Democracy Vs ‘Khilafah’: Challenge for Indonesia
Aim to Turn M'sia into Theocratic, Islamic State
Fatwa on Triple Talaq to Be Issued: Dargah-e-Ala Hazrat, Bareilly
Coffee Shop Says 'Food Has No Religion', Shuts Door on Bigots
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democracy vs ‘khilafah’: Challenge for Indonesia
the morning of July 18, a Yogyakarta radio station broadcast a long lecture on
the urgency of an Islamic caliphate. The speaker said democracy was not in line
with Allah’s way, but rather the product of Western politics that marginalized
Islam and restricted Muslims’ role in politics. Political parties, as a product
of democracy, have split Muslims and pitted them against each other, so they
are dubbed assobiyah zalim (cruel primordial groups). At the end of the
lecture, the speaker said: “Seize the power, go into politics in the name of
Islam and establish khilafah [Islamic State]!” More or less around that day,
the 212 Alumni Association leaders stated that khilafah Islamiyah must be
upright in 2024. Then, they denounced their losing presidential candidate
Prabowo Subianto as a traitor for agreeing to reconcile with Joko “Jokowi” W...
aim to turn M'sia into theocratic, Islamic state
is made to Umno secretary-general Annuar Musa’s recent statement that the
Umno-Pas cooperation charter will be based on the constitution of Medina which
was drawn up in the year 662 AD, that is in the seventh century.
charter of Medina is a historical document and a source of reference. It cannot
be a constitution for Malaysia as Malaysia has already a written Constitution
which was formulated after thorough discussions by the people of Malaysia.
historical documents preceding the drafting of the constitution are amongst
others, the Reid Commission report, the Alliance memorandum, the British White
Paper 1957, the Cobbold Commission Report etc.
appears that the use of the words “Constitution of Medina” is an innocent
external packaging to hide the real intent to move Malaysia towards a
country Malaysia has a written constitution. Article 4(1) declares it to be
“the supreme law of the Federation and any law passed after Merdeka Day which
is inconsistent with this constitution shall to the extent of the inconsistency
a country has a written constitution then all laws including Islamic law will
be subject to it: “Implicit in the concept of a constitution is that of a
higher law that has superiority over the institutions it creates. The
constitution takes precedence over all other laws.
law" - the implication of these words is that the norms of the
constitution have higher legal validity than any other rule in society whether
federal or state, enacted by Parliament or the states, of primary or secondary
status, of peace-time or emergency status and of secular or theocratic nature.”
Per Prof Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi at page 63 of his book Document of Destiny.
all laws must be tested against the constitution for their validity.
Islamic state - (i) “Islam is the religion of the federation and syariah law is
applied to all Muslims in areas designated by the constitution in schedule 9,
List I and II” - page 110, Document of Destiny.
literally means rule by god. In political science, the term has come to mean
either one of two things. First, the temporal rule is subjected to the final
direction of the theological head because the spiritual power is deemed to be
higher than the temporal and the temporal is to be judged by the spiritual.
Iran has such a constitutional rule. Second, the law of god is the supreme law
of the land. The divine law is expounded and administered by pious men as god’s
agents on earth [...]” - page 127, Document of Destiny.
is in unrelenting pursuit of a theocratic Islamic state. It appears that the
use of the “Constitution of Medina” is meant to pacify Malaysians into
believing that it is an innocent charter of cooperation. But the exterior
labelling appears to be a deception to hide the agenda of turning Malaysia into
a theocratic Islamic state. If we examine the PAS statements and actions in the
past their such intent is laid bare for
all to see, as follows:
PAS consistent claim is that syariah law is divine law.
The Kelantan Syariah Criminal Code (II) Bill 1993 (as amended in 2015) has not
been repealed until today. It provides for hudud offences including amputation
of limbs and stoning to death.
Haji Hadi Awang when opening 62nd PAS muktamar announced an Islamic government
Abdul Hadi Bin Awang had introduced a bill in Parliament in 2016 seeking to
amend Act 355 which at present imposes a limit on punishments.
Abdul Hadi Awang in his message published in Harakah Daily on Dec 9, 2017,
stated that PAS's struggle is to uphold rule by Islam, not for Islam to be
Hadi Awang as the menteri besar of Terengganu stated on July 7, 2002, that
“when the time comes, hudud will be extended to non-Muslims.
conclusion, Malaysians are reminded that our beloved king the Yang Di- Pertuan
Agong has called for a peaceful and united Malaysia. The Yang Di- Pertuan Agong
also reminded Muslims to respect other religions and races and that there was
no such thing as suppressing other religions or races.
it is a clarion call to all Malaysians to heed our beloved Yang Di-Pertuan
Agong’s call for unity and harmony. Let us all unite as one for the greater
good and solidarity of the country guided by the federal constitution and the
rule of law.
The Dargah-e-Ala Hazrat here has announced that it will not issue a ‘fatwa’ on
the matter of triple talaq after Parliament recently passed a law making it a
cognizable and non-bailable offence.
Parliament passed a law on triple talaq criminalizing it, we have decided that
we will not issue any fatwa in such matters. Nothing in writing will be given
by us as if someone approaches the police or law court we might land into
complex intricacies of the law,” said Maulana Shahabuddin, official
spokesperson of the Dargah-e-Ala Hazrat.
we will give advice to those who seek it. The advice would be given in the
light of the Holy Quran and Hadith,” he said.
spokesperson also lauded the new law and said it is favour of Muslim women.
will definitely help in controlling the cases of triple talaq and would be
helpful for Muslim women,” he said.
Central government on Tuesday scored a major victory in the Rajya Sabha when
the House passed the Triple Talaq Bill after rejecting the opposition’s demand
to refer the Bill to the Select Committee and to remove the criminality clause
which provides for jailing the husband for three years for pronouncing triple
talaq to his wife.
Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage), Bill, 2019 criminalises
instant triple talaq among Muslims and attracts a jail term of three years for
Coffee Shop Says 'Food Has No Religion', Shuts Door On Bigots
Zomato's stand against religious bigotry had an echo in the Tamil Nadu town of
Pudukottai with the owner of a coffee shop putting up a board saying food has
no religion and his establishment was closed to bigots.
Arunmozhi, 47, owner of Ayngaran restaurant and coffee shop in Pudukottai, told
TOI he was deeply moved by the strong stand food delivery app Zomato took when
a customer asked it to change the Muslim deliveryman.
a gesture of solidarity he put up a signboard in front of his restaurant saying
"food has no religion and Ayngaran is shut for bigots". Arunmozhi
says many of his customers were all praise for his gesture.
said he was also very disturbed by clashes among people of different religious
group in Pudukottai in the last week. Thus he had decided to openly condemn the
spread of hate by those who differentiated among people on the basis of
300 civilians stationed in al-Rukban Refugee Camp in al-Tanf region of Homs
province fled incarceration to safe areas under the control of the Syrian Army
in Eastern Homs via Jaliqam crossing, the Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper
quoted special sources as saying.
civilians leaving the camp pointed to the very difficult conditions at
al-Rukban Camp and acute shortage of foodstuff, potable water and hygienic
products, and said that the US humiliates civilians, starves them and deprives
them of humanitarian aids dispatched to the camp in a move to make them
the Syrian Army troops engaged in fierce clashes with a group of the ISIL
terrorists who had attacked the government forces’ military convoy in Badiyeh
al-Sukhneh region in Eastern Homs, killing and injuring all terrorists after
warding off their attack.
the Syrian Air Force in consecutive attacks pounded the ISIL’s movements near
T3 Station, around Baiyeh al-Sukhneh and in desert regions stretching to the
administrative border with Deir Ezzur, inflicting heavy losses on the
a relevant development late April, Al-Watan newspaper reported that "there
are around 40,000 to 60,000 people residing in al-Rukban Camp and about 2,500
of them have managed to leave the camp".
on media reports, the US troops that occupy a 55-km zone in Southern Syria
block Russian and Syrian diplomatic and military officials from entering
al-Rukban Camp to provide people with humanitarian aid.
US command in Al-Tanf had previously delayed the delivery of aid to al-Rukban
from Damascus, after refusing to guarantee its safety. It has also prevented
buses sent by Damascus and guarded by the Russian military police from taking
Syrians from the camp to other parts of Syria.
opening in 2014, Rukban is home to more than 40,000 Syrians, the majority of
which have expressed a desire to return home. A survey released by the UN in
February found that nine out of 10 living at the camp wanted to return.
However, many expressed worry over gaining access to their property, possible
retribution, as well as general safety and security concerns.
Lebanese government has been disabled for a while due to a concocted crisis,
the intentions behind which go much further exploiting the deaths of two young
men in the village of Qabr Shmoun, in Mount Lebanon’s Aley District.
true intentions are to undermine, and bring down, a redundant ‘compromise
cabinet’ through making the position of Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri
untenable; leading to either impose presidential rule through pro-Hezbollah
President Michel Aoun, or to a political ‘vacuum’ that only Hezbollah can fill.
way, then, Hezbollah is the party most interested in undermining the current
fragile compromise, bringing down the cabinet, and fomenting internal strife
within Lebanon’s sectarian communities. Contrary to Hezbollah media denial a
few days ago, this party is indeed the ‘orchestrator’, coordinator, and
commander-in-chief behind the crisis. As for its henchmen, whether Christians,
Druze or others, they are nothing but pawns in a dangerous game that is pushing
Lebanon to a political and sectarian ‘inferno’ created by Iran as part of its
raising the tempo of concluding the deal of its regional influence.
incident in which the two men were killed, occurred around a month ago as the
Lebanese Foreign minister Gibran Bassil – who is also the president of the Free
Patriotic Movement (FPM), President Aoun’s son-in-law, as well his ‘heir
apparent’, was conducting his political tours in the country.
his tour, Bassil’s speeches have included unrelenting strong attacks on his
‘adversaries’, who also happen to be the FPM’s partners in the cabinet.
Politically, those attacks were intended not only to outbid all others about
defending the Christians’ right but also insisting on the Christians regaining
the upper hand. This message is conveyed through insinuating that his
adversaries within the Christian community have either sold cheap those
‘rights’ or are ‘weak’ enough to lose out to Muslim competitors; thus, making
them unworthy of claiming the honor of defending the Christians!
has not only been repeating this negative and destructive message in the
Christian heartland, but also carried it to mixed districts, such as Aley and
Al-Shouf, in a direct and audacious provocation to the Druze, and their
principal political umbrella, the Progressive Socialist Party. In one of his
provocative speeches, Bassil recalled the battles that Aoun – a former army
chief - fought against the PSP during the Lebanese ‘Mountain War’, just hours
before his scheduled visit to Kfar Matta, which was witnessed a massacre
committed against its Druze community in the late 1980s.
the expected popular reaction against the said speech, Bassil decided to cancel
his scheduled visit. However, his ‘host’, a Kfar Matta-Druze minister, who was
recently brought into the cabinet by Hezbollah, Aoun and the Syrian regime,
insisted on what he viewed as his right to invite the FPM leader. But as the
latter’s convoy reached the village of Qabr Shmoun it was surprised by the
blocked road ahead, so some hot-headed young men from the convoy began shooting
at the crowd to disperse then and open the road. This led to the exchange of
fire and the death of two young men who were with the minister’s convoy, as
well as among the locals.
political exploitation of the incident began immediately. Pro Hezbollah – Aoun
Druze called on referring it to the ‘Judiciary Council’, which is a special and
final resort tribunal set for major national security crimes. The Hezbollah –
Aoun camp’s attempt has been to divide the Druze and legally blackmail the PSP
and its leader Walid Jumblatt, as they have kept calling for the ‘Judiciary
Council’ before any proper initial investigation, or even handing over their
people accused of taking part in the shooting.
situation is looking very much like turning what should be a purely legal
process into a war of political exclusion and sectarian intrigue. In this war
Hezbollah and its ally, the Syrian regime, want to settle old scores with Walid
Jumblatt, one of the leaders of the March 14th uprising in 2005.
today, in fact, since the assassination of Rafic Al-Hariri and others, is
living an uneasy political and security period, whereby it is impossible to
ensure any fair trial. Just as a reminder, because it was impossible to ensure
a proper investigation, and later a trial, the Lebanese government had to
resort to international justice through a special tribunal that would handle
Al-Hariri’s assassination as well as other crimes deemed connected to it. Hezbollah,
however, refused to cooperate with the tribunal, and later refused to hand over
party member accused of links with the assassination.
is fair to say that Lebanon has inherited two problems from the 1975 – 1990
Lebanese War: weapons, and a sectarian exclusionist ‘war culture’; and although
it was possible to formally ‘rebuild’ the disagreements on the country’s
national identity, fate, coexistence and legitimacy persisted. In addition to
these disagreements, the country’s legitimacy means little when one sectarian
faction enjoys the exclusive right to keep a private army that is more powerful
than the state’s army, and uses it inside Lebanon and abroad without its
government’s permission. Moreover, this faction confesses that its political
and religious allegiance lies with another independent UN-member state that
provides it with all kinds of funding and support.
‘Taif Accords’ of 1989, which ended the Lebanese War, instituted constitutional
reforms based on a no victor-no vanquished equation. It was endorsed by almost
all major political and sectarian leaderships; however, the hard-line Christian
faction, led by the then army chief General Michel Aoun, openly refused to
endorse it, claiming that it deprived the Christians of their ‘rights’ and
the other hand, Aoun’s ‘open’ opposition later found a tacit ally that was as
opposed to the ‘Taif Accords’, and willing to undermine, although for reasons
not connected with the Christians’ ‘rights’. That ally was the Damascus – Tehran
axis represented by the Assad regime in Syria and the regime of Vali e Faqih
and Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) in Iran.
security apparatus of the Assad regime, that controlled Lebanon between 1976
and 2005, was the de facto ‘nanny’ for the sectarian Shi’ite IRGC-linked
militia that became … Hezbollah. As that security apparatus invented artificial
Christian leaderships which were nothing but ‘fronts’ that covered the on-going
work to effect a profound change in Lebanon’s political chemistry, it weakened
the traditional Christian leaderships through imprisonment, exile,
marginalization, assassination, as well penetrating their parties. It, later
on, struck a deal with Aoun, before his return from exile in Paris, to sabotage
the March 14th camp and join hands with Hezbollah.
speech of Hezbollah’s Secretary-General last week, in which he touched on the
government crisis and the Qabr Shmoun incident was exceptionally interesting.
He fully endorsed the positions of Jumblatt’s enemy, while claiming that he was
not interfering in Druze affairs. He then continued covering Aoun and Bassil’s
stances within the cabinet, including Bassil’s stopping the hiring of 900 state
employees despite fulfilling the requirements of the Civil Service Council,
simply because the foreign minister noticed that there were more Muslims than
Christians among the 900 candidates!
Hezbollah is Lebanon’s de facto government.
Ulema-e-Islam Bangladesh secretary general Nur Hossain Kasemi in a statement on
Friday expressed deep concern over an Indian proposal to Bangladesh seeking
land for the expansion of their airport in Agartala.
to a New Age report published on August 1, Nur Hossain Kasemi, also the
vice-president of Hefajat-e-Islam and its Dhaka unit president, also said they
found no strong statement of Bangladeshi officials against the Indian proposal
rather they tried to substantiate arguments of the Indian proposal.
Jamiat leader said everyone should remember that people would not compromise
rather would embrace supreme sacrifice to protect independence, sovereignty and
Age on August 1 reported that India has proposed to expand its Agartala airport
into the Bangladesh territory in Brahmanbaria for an upgrade to international
foreign ministry held a meeting with other relevant ministries and intelligence
agencies to examine whether or how Bangladesh could share its land with India
for the expansion of Agartala Airport in Tripura which was renamed as Maharaja
Bir Bikram Airport on August 7, 2018.
and its affiliates remain as much of a threat to the U.S. as “it has ever been”
after the terrorist group rebuilt itself while the U.S. and other nations
focused on destroying Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a State Department
has been strategic and patient over the past several years,” Nathan Sales, the
State Department’s coordinator for counterterrorism, said on Thursday at a
briefing in Washington. “It’s let ISIS absorb the brunt of the world’s
counterterrorism efforts while patiently reconstituting itself. What we see
today is an al-Qaeda that is as strong as it has ever been.”
nephews of former Pak PM Sharif offloaded from Haj-bound flight
Two nephews of jailed former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who are
under investigation in the alleged money laundering and income beyond means
case, were offloaded from a Haj-bound flight by the immigration officials here,
a media report said Friday.
Abbas and Abdul Aziz Abbas were going to Saudi Arabia to perform Haj when they
were offloaded on Thursday from the Madina-bound flight at Allama Iqbal
International Airport on the request of the National Accountability Bureau
Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) immigration officials said the two were
stopped from travelling as their names were on the Provisional National
Identity List (PNIL), a new Exit Control List-like category introduced recently
in immigration laws under which a passenger can be stopped from leaving the
country on the request of a government department.
had recently written to the interior ministry to place the names of Yousuf
Abbas and Abdul Aziz Abbas on the PNIL so that they could not leave the
country," an official told the Dawn.
said the two brothers were shareholders in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills (CSM) and
had failed to reply to the NAB's queries regarding investments and remittances
they received when they appeared recently before a combined investigation team
of NAB Lahore.
are facing money laundering and 'income beyond means' investigations in this
case along with Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, Hamza Shahbaz and
others," the official said.
Muslim League-Nawaz vice president Maryam Nawaz was questioned by the NAB
officials in in the same case.
Prime Minister Sharif, 69, has been serving a seven-year prison term at the Kot
Lakhpat Jail in Lahore since December 24, 2018 when an accountability court
convicted him in one of the three corruption cases filed in the wake of the
apex court's July 28, 2017 order in the Panama Papers case.
and his family have denied any wrongdoing and allege that the corruption cases
against them were politically motivated.
appeals court rules in favor of Facebook in case on Hamas terror victims
1, 2019 / JNS) A federal appeals court on Wednesday sided against victims of
attacks by Hamas who looked to hold Facebook accountable for allegedly enabling
a social-media platform for the U.S.-designated terrorist group to promote its
objectives. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the 1996
Communications Decency Act, which monitors Internet material, protected
Facebook from liability.
arranging and displaying others’ content to users of Facebook through such
algorithms—even if the content is not actively sought by those users—is not
enough to hold Facebook responsible as the ‘developer’ or ‘creator’ of that
content,” wrote Judge Christopher Droney of the three-judge appeals court
Chief Judge Robert Katzmann dissented and wrote, “Over the past two decades the
Internet has outgrown its swaddling clothes. It is fair to ask whether the
rules that governed its infancy should still oversee its adulthood.”
plaintiffs, which included Stuart and Robbi Force, whose son 28-year-old Taylor
Force was stabbed to death in Israel by a Palestinian in 2016, asked for $3
billion in damages from Facebook for allowing a platform for Hamas to promote,
encourage and celebrate terrorist attacks in Israel.
complaint mentions Hamas attacks against five Americans, four of whom were
killed, in Israel between 2014 and 2016.
must be done to hold Facebook accountable for providing a platform for Hamas,”
David Ibsen, executive director of the Counter Extremism Project, told JNS.
“Unfortunately, the existing U.S. regulatory framework created in 1996 is no
longer adequate to provide solutions and relief to individuals that endure the
consequences of terrorist misuse of Facebook and other platforms.”
groups have clearly used Facebook to host meetings, distribute propaganda and
organize activities, despite the tech giant’s promise to aggressively target
this content,” he continued. “Moreover, Facebook’s recommended friends feature
connect known terrorists with other supporters across the globe. The victims
and their families should be empowered to hold these multi-billion-dollar
companies accountable for turning a blind eye to terrorist activities on their
Rise After Nigerian Court Labels Muslim Sect 'Terrorists'
- Tension between a Nigerian Shi'ite Muslim group and authorities is growing
after a court last week granted permission to label the Islamic Movement of
Nigeria (IMN) a terrorist organization.
Security forces clashed violently with the group as they took to the
streets of Abuja this month to call for the release of their leader, Ibrahim
el-Zakzaky, who authorities have held since deadly clashes in 2015, despite a
court order for his release.
Dauda's three children, two daughters and a son, are among more than 350
Shi'ite Muslims killed in the city of Zaria in December 2015.
were members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, or IMN, and had just returned
from school when violence broke out between members of the group and the
military as they tried to block a military convoy.
remembers the military cracked down hard on the IMN, accusing it of trying to
kill the Nigerian army chief.
got a call from my daughter that the military had shot her in the stomach and
her sister in the head and set the leader's house, where they were hiding, on
fire. When I called back, I could no longer reach them. They had burned with
the building," said Dauda.
later, authorities arrested IMN leader Ibraheem el-Zakzaky and his wife and
have detained them ever since, despite court rulings for their release.
supporters’ sporadic protests and security crackdowns have left many people
Musa, a media head with the movement, accuses the government of deliberately
trying to eliminate their leader.
government doesn't want to free Sheik Ibraheem Zakzaky. They want him
dead. As they tried killing him in his
house, God did not allow them. Now, they
keep him in their custody," said Musa.
is facing murder charges for the death of a soldier killed in the 2015 clashes.
founded the IMN in the late 1970s, taking after a revolution in Iran. The group
now claims to have over 2 million members.
General of Nigeria's National Orientation Agency, Garba Abari, says their
confrontation with authorities is a breach of the law.
have become like a law unto themselves," he said. "In Zaria, where their
political-spiritual leader used to live, they constituted themselves into
serious public nuisances. No responsible government can watch when public order
is being breached."
police blame the IMN for the recent escalation in violence.
seen protesters carry out unprovoked attacks on law enforcement officers who
are on legitimate national assignment," he said.
Nigerian court recently granted permission to label the IMN a terrorist
organization, further raising tensions with the Shi'ite sect.
IMN rejected the label, and observers expect further protests, clashes and
case of Dr Zakir Naik, the Indian-born Muslim preacher wanted in India on money
laundering charges, is an issue that simply refuses to go away. It doesn’t
help, of course, that Putrajaya keeps issuing contradictory statements on the
matter. It makes one wonder whether our ministers really bother to think
through their statements or just make them up on the fly.
the government insisted that there hadn’t been an extradition request from
India, so the question of extraditing him didn’t arise. Then the foreign
minister revealed that there was, in fact, an extradition request but he
couldn’t remember when it was submitted.
esteemed minister of Islamic affairs, meanwhile, embraced Naik and hailed him
as an inspirational figure despite noting, months earlier, that Naik’s
combative style of preaching including putting others down was not suitable for
Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, for his part, insisted that Naik wouldn’t be
extradited because there were doubts about the fairness of the Indian justice
system, implying, whether intended or otherwise, that a Muslim preacher would
not be fairly treated in a Hindu-dominated country. He also said that for so
long as Naik didn’t create any problems here, there was no reason to send him
his recent visit to Turkey, however, Mahathir offered a different take on the
to Turkish media, Mahathir said, “We have a multiracial and multi-religious
population in Malaysia. We don’t want anybody who comes up and expresses
extreme views about race relations and about other religions. So, to that
extent, we cannot have him, but on the other hand, it is difficult to send him
anywhere else because many countries do not want to have him.”
other words, Naik is not really welcome here – given his penchant for
exacerbating racial and religious tension – but we are stuck with him because
few countries are willing to accept him. What a disingenuous argument; how many
countries have to agree to accept him before he can be asked to leave? Isn’t
is it about Naik that leaves all these Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders with their
knickers in a knot? They can’t even seem to agree whether he’s a villain or a
hero, an inspiration or a threat, and yet they seem determined to treat him as
if he is already a Malaysian citizen. Is he?
while our ministers bob and weave over the issue, Naik himself is irritatingly
consistent, insisting that he has nothing to apologise for and does not regret
anything he has said – presumably that includes urging Muslims to vote for the
corrupt Barisan Nasional government in the last elections because it was
Muslim-led instead of PH which he deemed insufficiently Muslim. Of course, when
BN lost, he quickly rushed over to greet Mahathir and proclaim him a great
Muslim statesman. Who says flattery will get you nowhere?
has now become so cocksure of himself that instead of just keeping quiet when
Mahathir and others are bending over backwards to protect him from Indian law
enforcement, he makes their position yet more untenable with his inane
comments. The least PH leaders can do is to tell him to just shut up until they
decide what to do with him.
the meantime, the government should explain why it is so concerned that Naik
will not receive a fair trial in his homeland. The Indian judicial system is,
mind you, respected enough that Indian case law is often cited in other
Commonwealth jurisdictions including our own. In the interests of transparency,
and in order to avoid the impression that this is all about local politics
instead of the rule of law, the government must make public its concerns about
the Indian justice system if that is the worry. Whatever it is, it is high time
for Putrajaya to be more transparent on the issue. If it intends to allow him
to stay, it should let the public know why it is in the national interest to
permit a wanted foreign fugitive to stay in the country especially now that the
prime minister himself has admitted that Naik’s “extreme views about race relations
and other religions” render him unfit to stay.
Police warn Hindu man for rejecting Muslim Zomato driver
Delhi, India - Police in India have warned a Hindu businessman, who refused to
accept his food delivery from a Muslim driver, of punishment if he repeats his
offence within six months.
have sent a notice to Amit Shukla for his tweets. In the next six months, if he
again posts such tweets or commits an act which is against the basic tenets of
the constitution, then it will be considered a breach of trust and he will be
sent to jail," Amit Singh, a senior police officer in central India's
Madhya Pradesh state, told Al Jazeera on Friday.
controversy began earlier this week when Shukla, 40, posted on his Twitter
account that he cancelled his order from food delivery app, Zomato, since they
had assigned a "non-Hindu" driver.
cancelled an order on Zomato," he tweeted. "They allocated a
non-Hindu rider for my food. They said they can't change rider and can't refund
businessman from Jabalpur city in Madhya Pradesh has deleted his Twitter
account following the controversy.
response to Shukla's post has been retweeted nearly 30,000 times and liked by
more than 90,000 Twitter users. "Food doesn't have a religion. It is a
religion," the company said.
doesn’t have a religion. It is a religion.
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founder Deepinder Goyal echoed his company's stand with a firm message.
"We are proud of the idea of India - and the diversity of our esteemed
customers and partners. We aren't sorry to lose any business that comes in the
way of our values."
food delivery app, Uber Eats, also spoke out in support. "We stand by
you," the US-based company said.
the controversy intensified with many on Twitter calling on the authorities to
act, police in Madhya Pradesh slapped Shukla with a Rs 10,000 ($144) "good
I love your app'
is a secular state, whose constitution allows officials to act against
individuals if they threaten public peace or communal amity.
since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in 2014, the right-wing
party has been accused of pushing a hardline Hindu agenda and patronising
far-right groups that target Muslims and other minorities.
Zomato driver, identified only as Faiyaz, told an Indian news agency the
incident had "hurt" him.
opposed to the BJP backed Zomato. "I have not ordered food so far, but I
think I will do so now from Zomato," India's former finance minister and
senior Congress leader P Chidambaram tweeted.
I love your app. Thank you for giving me a reason to admire the company behind
it," former Jammu and Kashmir state's Chief Minister Omar Abdullah wrote.
in Madhya Pradesh said Shukla's tweet could have disturbed peace in Jabalpur,
which they said is a "communally sensitive city".
[Jabalpur] has a history of communal riots and that is why we didn't take
anything lightly. We will investigate all the aspects of the case, most
importantly, the motive behind this person's tweets," said Singh.
the action against Shukla angered some Twitter users, who said they had
uninstalled both Zomato and Uber Eats apps over what they called unfair
discrimination against Hindus. Hashtags #BoycottZomato and #BoycottUberEats
trended in India on Thursday.
told Al Jazeera he remains unfazed by the controversy, which he said had been
"blown out of proportion". He also denied receiving any notice from
issue has been blown out of proportion by Zomato itself. It was a dispute
between a consumer and the company," he said.
is our holy month in which we fast and do other religious activities. That is
why I declined the order," he said. "In the past, I have accepted
Zomato orders from both Hindus and Muslims."
said intolerance towards minorities has been "emboldened" in recent
is the result of hatred that has been spread against the minorities,
particularly the Muslims. Hate crimes and religious discrimination are on the
rise and government is not doing anything to stop them," said Nadeem Khan,
an activist with civil society group, "United Against Hate".
activist Shabnam Hashmi praised Zomato for "not cowing down to a man's
users slam Hum Hindu Founder Ajay Gautam for closing eyes on seeing Muslim
anchor on TV
Ajay Gautam, founder of right-wing organisation 'Hum Hindu', closed his eyes on
Live TV to avoid seeing a Muslim anchor, Twitter was abuzz with indignation
over his actions.
Gautam, who started Hum Hindu in 2015, has his own website, which describes the
objective of the group to be "against politics of Muslim appeasement"
and have "the sole objective of complete Swaraj, absolute Hindu
incident took place after Ajay Gautam was invited on television news channel
News24, to discuss the Zomato incident, when he saw the anchor, Khalid, and
straight up refused to see him.
literally put his hands over his eyes on TV to avoid seeing him.
editor-in-chief of News24, Anurradha Prasad, expressed horror over his actions
and put out a statement saying that the news channel had refused to invite him
further to their studio.
at the newsroom of @news24tvchannel are in shock at the inappropriate &
condemnable behaviour of Mr Ajay Gautam . Ethics of journalism do not allow to
give platform to such devisive voices & gestures . @news24tvchannel has
decided not to invite Mr Ajay Gautam to its studio .
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clip of this incident soon went viral on Twitter, where users slammed the
behavior Gautaum displayed on live television.
user tweeted, "Hindu leader Ajay Gautam was on a debate show and covered
his eyes so he didn't have to see Khalid, a Muslim news presenter. This is NOT
SATIRE! This is the state of national TV in India in 2019."
user tweeted, "Such bigots and communal minds should not only be banned by
entire electronic media but strong criminal action must be taken against
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bigots and communal minds should not only be banned by entire electronic media
but strong criminal action must be taken against them.
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user also wrote, "Why was it even allowed to be aired...it was a criminal
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was it even allowed to be aired ...it was a criminal act ....
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a tweet, a user said, "This needs to make headlines world over! This level
of islamophobia needs to be exposed."
leader Ajay Gautam was on a debate show & covered his eyes so he didn't
have to see Khalid, a Muslim news presenter.
is NOT SATIRE!
is the state of national TV in #India in 2019.
needs to make headlines world over! This level of islamophobia needs to be
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user also said, "OMG !! This is sheer nonsense. I cant believe that
sensible people could do this."
!! This is sheer nonsense. I cant believe that sensible people could do this.
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A Muslim youth from Baghpat has claimed that he was assaulted by some members
of his own community after he came back from his kanwar yatra from Haridwar
along with his Hindu friends. The family has lodged a named FIR against a
person from Badka village of Baraut tehsil.
situation turned tense in the village on Friday morning when Irshad's video in
which he was wearing saffron vest and chanting slogans in reverence to Lord
Shiva went viral. “I had gone with a few Hindu friends on a bike and even
fetched Ganga water in a small bottle which is still with me at my home. But
this did not go down well with a few of my neighbours and they thrashed me
after I returned. Before that, they threatened my family,” Irshad revealed.
on the other hand downplayed the religious angle. According to circle officer
Baraut, Ramanand Kushwaha, "Preliminary investigation has revealed that
it’s a more a case of village rivalry than religious one. Irshad's family has a
rivalry with one of the neighbourhood's family and the slight skirmish was a
result of that rivalry. It's just that it coincided with Irshad bringing the
‘kanwar’. But we are investigating the matter to ascertain if it has something
to do with Kanwar."
FIR has been filed against Zakir Ahmad under IPC sections 323 (voluntarily
causing hurt), 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the
peace) 452 (House-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful
restraint). No arrests have been made.
universities instead of Taj Mahal would have made Muslims the world’s most
educated community: Azam Khan
you tell us what exactly happened in Parliament that led to the furore?
Urdu language has only love, kindness and humanity. I said in Parliament as
well that if I have even uttered one word which is remotely unparliamentary, I
am willing to resign on the floor of the House. The main problem is that I got
elected as a Lok Sabha MP despite all efforts of the local administration to
ensure I don’t win.
police resorted to strong arm tactics in Muslim areas of Rampur that no one was
willing to come out and vote during the 2019 elections. There was no voter or
polling agent at the polling booths till 11am, you can check the records. It
was then that I put out an appeal to come out and vote on social media. It was
after this that the DM slapped several cases of code of conduct violation
against me. Despite that I won by over a lakh votes.
will be surprised to know that I didn’t lose even a single booth and led in all
polling stations in Rampur Lok Sabha constituency.
have made such controversial comments in the past as well. How do you defend
run educational institutions for girls and if I am such a serial offender, one
would have heard complaints from other places as well. This allegation has been
made a particular film actor (Jaya Prada), a political rival who just lost an
election against me and enjoys the patronage of Amar Singh. I had simply used a
phrase and I don’t mention anybody’s name at rallies, meetings, press
conferences or any public gathering. Why do they think I am talking about them?
son Abdullah was detained and has been booked for forging documents?
we were having our first child, it was a baby girl and we had admitted my wife
as the district hospital, Rampur. My wife’s report mentioned sluggish for three
consecutive days. Later I got to know that even if sluggish is written once,
doctors normally conduct the operation quickly. By the time the doctors took my
wife to the labour room, the child had died. I didn’t create a hue and cry over
this as I thought people would say you are only criticising now because your
own child had to suffer.
was born in KGMC, Lucknow. When the doctor Asha Harish (she became my sister)
handed me the new-born baby, someone shouted ‘Tazeen (my wife) has expired.
Rush’ I saw my wife’s body wrapped in a sheet on a stretcher and the doctors
desperately trying to revive her before taking her to the operation theatre. My
wife was given two injections in the heart. Doctor Asha left the child in my
arms and rushed as well. I fainted and was admitted in the hospital while the
child suffered injuries. I am grateful to the doctors and KGMC staff for being
able to revive my wife later.
gained consciousness the next day and was told that chances of survival for my
wife are limited. It was in these conditions that Abdullah was born. We only
got to know later that it was KGMC’s duty to inform the civic authorities about
the birth of new born babies. The date registered with Rampur civic authorities
is different from the one at Lucknow. The KGMC register has all the details.
The matter is being heard in the Allahabad High Court.
is no forgery or cheating in the passport. One mistake in the passport won’t
make us Dawood or Laden. The passport officer in Bareilly corrected the mistake
later. If the Court accepts the earlier date as Abdullah’s actual date of
birth, then there will be a re-election. Let’s wait for the court’s decision.
This is not a crime.
are you seen as a divisive figure in UP politics?
has lots to gain from me because they cannot break me or make cow down. I have
no allegations of being anti-national. They say I am a Pakistani agent, but
they wouldn’t know that my elder sister was married in Pakistan. I have not met
her family since then. She passed away ten days ago, and I didn’t even pay her
a visit. I only read in newspapers that I am a hate monger.
about irregularities in the Mohammad Ali Jauhar University in Rampur run by
University that buys 400 bighas of land will fudge documents for four bighas?
These allegations are being made by people who have already sold their land.
Some of them have a criminal past as well. I have been called a land shark for
these four bighas of land. Now I am being called a book thief because I have
books of madrasas that shut down 60 years ago.
University anyways doesn’t have any course related to Islam, it’s a modern
educational institution. Why will I steal books that are not a part of any
syllabus? We want to give education to our children, but it appears that BJP
wants to give them a broom in their hands.
you approve of the SP-BSP alliance?
party president did an experiment thinking it will yield better results. It
didn’t turn out as we expected it to be. “Wo khatm kar do giley aaj mil kar
galey, khair yoon hee sahi hum burey tum bhaley”. There was unanimity in the
party that we should put up a strong alliance against the ruling BJP. It is a
known fact that Dalits have historically been at the receiving end of every
if the Mughal kings had made universities and education institutions instead of
Taj Mahal. There would have been 2,000 universities instead of one Taj Mahal.
India would have been the global hub of education and Muslims would have been
the most educated community in the world.
have seen Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh from close quarters. How different
and I had to go through a lot of struggle to establish the Samajwadi Party and
state governments. He used to say, “desh bachega to dharm bachega, jab desh hee
nahi bachega to dharm kaise bachega”. This helped us get votes from both Hindus
and Muslims. Now we are ready for a new struggle under Akhilesh.
do you see the opposition headed considering they are disjointed?
spent almost two years in jail after the Emergency in 1975 under the MISA. That
time people thought I was a criminal like they think today. Today those
arrested under MISA are given the same status as freedom fighters. I even get a
Loktantra Senani pension. People had almost given up home during Indira
Gandhi’s regime but an old man like Jayprakash (JP) gave a clarion call and
united the nation.
about the criminalisation of Triple Talaq Bill?
moved by Pak ahead of Imran Khan’s US visit are back at LoC
reports and satellite imagery of the line of control bordering Pakistan reveal
that the country cleared all launch pads of terrorists in the run-up to
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Washington last week – and then
brought them back after his return.
several days, we got reports saying there are no terrorists at the launch pads
waiting to infiltrate into India. It was very surprising because the period
between May and October is when infiltration bids are made,” a senior army
officer who has seen the intelligence reports said on condition of anonymity.
met US President Donald Trump last week on July 22. For the first time, a
Pakistani prime minister was accompanied by the country’s army chief, General
Qamar Bajwa and spy agency Inter services Intelligence’s chief, Faiz Hameed.
The assessment in Delhi is that Pakistan did not want any skirmish on LoC to
spoil the high-level meeting, a first since 2015.
intelligence reports now indicate that 200 to 250 terrorists are back at the
launch pads waiting to infiltrate into India, the army official added. The
ceasefire violation in the Valley’s Gurez sector on Tuesday was an infiltration
attempt, the army officer confirmed. “We could see two bodies (of terrorists)
lying (there) ,” he said.
intelligence official confirmed that the launch pads were vacated and the
terrorists shifted to villages close to the line of control for the duration of
about two weeks. “The border has become active again and we are expecting more
ceasefire violations,” this person added on condition of anonymity.
artillery fire duels between India and Pakistan too escalated this week in the
Tangdhar and Keran sector. In another ceasefire violation in the Sunderbani
sector, one Indian soldier was killed.
a press conference in Srinagar on Friday, Chinar Corps Commander, Lt Gen KJS
Sandhu said Pakistan was continuing with its infiltration bids and was trying
to “disrupt peace in the Valley.”
was a spike in ceasefire violations after the Balakot air strike at a
Jaish-e-Mohammed facility in February, soon after the attack in Pulwama, in
which a vehicle laden with explosives rammed into a CRPF convoy, killing 40
mediation failure unfortunate, say Muslims
litigants and stakeholders have termed the failure of talks to find an amicable
solution to the Ayodhya land dispute unfortunate.
welcome the Supreme Court’s decision to start day-to-day hearing but we really
feel sad over failure of the mediation process. It was an opportunity to seek a
permanent solution to the problem but then we seem to have lost it,” said
Maulana Khalid Rashid, Imam of Lucknow Eidgah and also a member of the All
India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB).
Ansari, the Muslim litigant of Ayodhya, said it was impossible to reach a
consensus given the number of stakeholders in the case now. “We have a total of
25 litigants, eight of which are Muslims and remaining from the Hindu
community. Do you think it is possible to bring them all on one platform and
make them agree,” he said.
professor Iqtedar Farooqui, who had led a delegation of Muslim civil society
group and urged the Ayodhya mediation panel for an amicable settlement, too
feels sad that the opportunity has been wasted. “I still feel that Muslims
should have agreed to whatever terms and conditions were being offered to them
for a peaceful resolution of the dispute,” he said.
Hussein, director of Centre for Objective Research and Development, an NGO, who
also participated in the talks, however, was more candid. “I have definite
information that majority of the Muslim litigants were willing to settle the
issue once and for all as the mediation for the first time had the backing of
the country’s top court,” he said. “But a section of the Muslim clergy and
so-called leaders, whose very existence depends on prolonging this issue and
fighting the court case, scuttled the mediation panel’s effort, which had come
very close to a negotiated settlement,” he added.
vigilantism impact: Muslim MLAs seek protection for cattle transporters ahead
With cow vigilantism on the rise and Bakrid just around the corner, Muslim
legislators on Friday petitioned the BJP government, urging it to ensure
adequate protection for cattle traders and transporters of sheep, goat, oxen,
buffaloes and other animals. Acting on the petition, chief minister BS
Yediyurappa directed DG&IG Neelamani Raju to initiate necessary steps.
a letter to the chief minister, six Muslim legislators — Tanveer Sait, Raheem
Khan, NA Haris, CM Ibrahim, Nasir Ahmed and Abdul Zabbar — urged Yediyurappa to
direct police and district administrations to ensure vehicles carrying animals
for sacrifice and slaughter were not obstructed.
legislators stated Bakrid, which will be observed on August 12 this year, is a
sacred festival of Muslims and the tradition is to sacrifice animals to God on
festival day. The request came in the wake of increasing incidents of attacks
on vehicles transporting cows, besides cattle transporters being lynched across
Maldives vice-president Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Ghafoor deported from India
Former Maldivian vice-president Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Ghafoor, who came to India on
board a tugboat on Thursday morning+ , was deported to his country in the early
hours of Saturday.
to police sources, the nine crew members of the tugboat — Virgo 9 — were also
handed over to the Maldives security personnel along with Abdul Adeeb at the
International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL).
tugboat was denied permission to dock at the Tuticorin Old Port in Tamil Nadu
when it reached there on Thursday morning after officials came to know about
Adeeb’s presence in the boat. The tugboat was anchored a few nautical miles off
the port. Officials questioned Adeeb and the tugboat crew members on Thursday
the early hours of Saturday, Indian Coast Guard personnel took Adeeb, the
tugboat and its crew to the International Maritime Boundary Line and handed
them over to the Maldivian security personnel. The crew members included an
Indian and eight Indonesians.
Maldivian officials will conduct inquiries with them to find out how Adeeb, who
faces serious charges, had escaped from his country on the tugboat and who all
had helped him.
Eid, destroy skin, beat leather mafia, Muslims told
This Eid-ul-Zuha, the Muslim festival of sacrifice is going to be different.
Prominent Muslim religious scholars have appealed to the community across the
country to destroy the skin of the sacrificed animals in protest against what
they see as a deliberate move by leather traders to bring down prices of hides.
The scholars claim the traders have formed a cartel and artificially suppress
prices of the hide ahead of only Eid-ul-Zuha.
objective of the protest is to create a shortage of hides in the leather
industry, forcing traders to restore the original price. The call came after a
group of Muslim scholars cutting across schools of thought held a meeting in
Bhiwandi, Maharashtra, on July 20 and decided to destroy the skins. Leaders of
the Jamiat-ul-Hind, Jamaat-e-Islami Hindi, Ahle Hadees and Tableegh Jamaat were
among those present. A majority of the scholars agreed to destroy the animal
hides while some objected.
to the scholars, sheep or goat skins, which commanded aprice up to Rs 400 a
piece, has come down to just Rs 30 a fortnight before Eid-ul-Zuha, which falls
on August 12 this year. Every Eid-ul-Zuha an estimated three crore sheep or
goats are sacrificed across the country. The skin is normally donated to
madrassas which sell these and use the money to run their activities. Leather
exporter Mohammad Saleem told TOI an estimated income of Rs 1,200 crore is
generated through the sale of skins during Eid-ul-Zuha.
income of madrassas has come down since 2014 as the cost of skin is brought
down every year prior to the festival. Madrassas now together get not more than
Rs 150 crore, he said. The protest message is being spread on social media and
in mosques. Mufti Syed Mohammad Huzaifa Qasmi of Jamiat-ul-Ulema Hindi,
Bhiwandi said, “Scholars on Friday told Muslims in Bhiwandi not to destroy the
skin as it will affect the income of madrassas.”
your sons, stone-pelters die as terrorists, Army tells J&K moms
The Army said on Friday that “83%” of terrorists have a history of pelting
stones at security forces. The general officer commanding 15 Corps, Lt Gen K J
S Dhillon, also told reporters in Srinagar that the unearthing of a weapons
cache along the Amarnath yatra route, including a US-made sniper rifle and an
antipersonnel landmine with Pakistani ordnance markings, were additional
evidence of a threat to the yatra.
have done an in-depth analysis of data on insurgency in Kashmir. My request to
Kashmiri mothers is, listen to this carefully: 83% of local terrorists were
once stone-pelters. So, if your son is throwing stones at the forces today for
Rs 500, then he is tomorrow’s terrorist,” Gen Dhillon said. He then reeled off
data on the short life expectancy of terrorists, saying 64% of those who became
militants were killed within a year of choosing to live by the gun.
per cent terrorists die within 10 days, 9% in a month, 17% in three months, 36%
in six months, and 64% in a year. If parents do not stop their sons from
pelting stones, chances are he will be eliminated within a year of picking up
the gun,” Gen Dhillon added.
is desperate to vitiate the atmosphere in Kashmir, which is evident from
specific intelligence inputs, he said. IGP (Kashmir) S P Pani, who was also
present at the press briefing, said there had been more than 10 serious
attempts to trigger IED blasts in the Valley, mostly in the Pulwama and Shopian
areas, but security forces had tackled them.
advisory on Amarnath Yatra has created chaos, never seen such panic, says
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti on Friday
said that the state government's advisory to Amarnath pilgrims and other
tourists to curtail their visit "immediately" in view of the security
situation in the state, has created chaos and confusion among people.
said she has never seen such panic in the Valley.
Government advisory that was issued today has created chaos and confusion among
people... Due to recent developments here, there is an atmosphere of fear. I
have never seen such panic. One one side, Governor Sahib says that the
situation is normal. On the other side, deployment of additional forces is
being done," Mufti told media here.
added, "The Prime Minister talks of winning the hearts of people of Jammu
and Kashmir. Then, why are such rumours doing the rounds? The Amarnath Yatris
and tourists are being sent back. But, you are not thinking where the
Kashmiris, people of Jammu and Ladakh will go?"
Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday advised tourists and Amarnath pilgrims
to curtail their stay in the Valley "immediately" in view of a
possible terrorist attack.
in view the latest intelligence inputs of terror threats, with specific
targeting of the Amarnath Yatra, and given the prevailing security situation in
the Kashmir Valley, in the interest of safety and security of the tourists and
Amarnath Yatris, it is advised that they may curtail their stay in the valley
immediately and take necessary measures to return as soon as possible,"
the state government said in a security advisory.
in the day, Srinagar-based Chinar Corps commander Lt Gen KJS Dhillon said,
"In the last three to four days, we got confirmed intel reports that
terrorists are trying to disrupt the Amarnath Yatra. A thorough search was carried
out on the routes by a combined team of the Army, CRPF and Jammu and Kashmir
Jaish-e-Mohammed militant has been eliminated in an encounter in south Kashmir,
kilometres away from the spot where four policemen were shot dead in an attack
anchored by him. The encounter in Shopian’s Pandushan has been on for more than
security official said Zeenat ul Islam Naikoo had been neutralised. The
successful operation, however, came at a heavy cost. A soldier, Sepoy Rambir
Singh of 34 Rashtriya Rifles, made the supreme sacrifice.
Naikoo is being described as the most important local militant of Jaish-e
-Mohammad in Shopian, the terror group that has been prepping to scale up
activities in Kashmir valley over the last few weeks. Zeenat Naikoo played the
role of local anchor to the Jaish foreign terrorists who crossed over from
reports indicate that Jaish chief Masood Azhar’s brother, Ibrahim Azhar intends
to come to the Kashmir valley to lead attacks on targets in the valley to
avenge the death of his son. Ibrahim Azhar is reported to have attempted to
fire up the cadre, telling them that he wanted to die fighting Indian security
forces in Kashmir, the same way his son had.
played the role of local anchor to the Jaish FTs. He was involved in various
incidents of violence including cop killing and firing and grenade lobbing on
PS SHOPIAN and Gagren Camp.
senior official said Zeenat Naikoo played a key role in the deadly attack on
policemen escorting a deputy superintendent of police in Shopian last August.
The attack was carried out hours after security forces killed a top commander
of Hizbul Mujahedeen Altaf Ahmad Dar
was part of groups involved in planning and executing series of terror attacks
in the area and many other civilian atrocities. Zeenat has a long history of
terror crime records and several terror crime cases were registered against
him,” a Jammu and Kashmir police spokesman said.
the call from the opposition to send the Unlawful Activities (Prevention)
Amendment Bill, 2019 to a select committee, the Rajya Sabha Friday passed it
with 147 votes in favour and 42 against it.
Minister Amit Shah, during a discussion on the Bill, said that terrorism had no
religion and every member of the House should show their support to the Bill to
bring stringent laws against it. Assuring that no human rights will be
violated, Shah added that a four-level-scrutiny has been provided in the
amendment. Follow Parliament LIVE updates
senior Congress leader P Chidambaram alleged that the government is making
amendments to the already amended Act to empower the National Investigation
Agency (NIA). He added that individuals involved in unlawful activities, as
well as terror activities, are already covered under the Act.
further alleged that any individual could be named under this Act merely on the
government’s belief that they are involved in terrorism. “If the central
government believes an individual is involved in terrorism, he will be named.
There is no FIR, no chargesheet, no charges framed, no trial in a court, no
conviction. What is the basis of naming individuals? Only your belief,”
Chidambaram said in the Upper House.
former finance minister also suggested sending the Bill to a select committee,
stating that there can be dire consequences upon an individual if it is passed.
to concerns raised by Chidambaram, Shah said that the Opposition mixed up two
different statistics to argue on the Bill and that it could be used by both the
state and the NIA. Shah said “Out of 278 terror cases registered by NIA, charge
sheet filed in 204 cases. 48 out of 54 cases have been convicted so far.” He
added that the track record of the NIA in conviction in terror cases has been
can be declared terrorists if they commit or participate in acts of terrorism,
prepare or promote terror,” Shah said in the House.
Officer Commanding(GoC) of Army’s 15 Corps Lt General K J S Dhillon on Friday
said that in the last three to four days, Army has received specific reports of
Pakistan terrorists plotting to carry out an attack on the ongoing Amarnath
Yatra. He added that the Army has reasons to believe that Pakistan and its Army
are involved in terrorism in Kashmir, and were trying to disrupt peace in the
Valley. The Srinagar-based Chinar Corps Commander was addressing a joint press
conference along with JK DGP Dilbag Singh and IG CRPF Zulfiqar Hasan.
pictures of a land mine bearing a Pakistan stamp, Dhillon said combined teams
of the Army, CRPF and Jammu and Kashmir Police have been carrying out searches
for the last few days.
searches, identities of terrorists were recovered, along with caches of arms,
ammunition and explosives. “We have eliminated most of the top leadership, but
the job is still in progress,” he added.
and the Pakistan Army is desperate to disrupt peace in Kashmir Valley. I can
assure you that this will not be allowed to happen,” he said. “No one can
disrupt peace in Kashmir, this is our promise.”
about infiltration bids and ceasefire violations on the Line of Control, the Lt
General said the situation is under control and “very much peaceful”.
an appeal to mothers, Dhillon stated 83 per cent of terrorists have a record of
stone-pelting. “Stone pelters are tomorrow’s terrorists,” he said, adding it is
likely that terrorists will be eliminated within one year of picking up
J&K government has advised tourists and Amarnath pilgrims to curtail their
stay in the Valley, reports PTI. The state government issued an order in this
Dilbag Singh, on being asked about the increase in troop numbers in J&K,
said: “We had been into a number of activities since last few months. Our
troops that have been deployed did not get a chance to relax for a while.”
said that the state police is getting inputs that violence levels are likely to
be increased by militants. “So, we’ve tried to strengthen grid on the ground.
Also, we’ve been told that troops must get time to relax. This is time for
turnover. But grid will be in as much active form as required,” he told ANI.
Centre had deployed 10,000 personnel to the Valley last week to “strengthen CI
grid as well as for maintaining law and order”. The deployment comprised of 50
companies of the CRPF, 30 companies from the SSB and 10 companies each from the
BSF and the ITBP.
today, when reports of the additional movement of troops emerged, sources in
the Ministry of Home Affairs told The Indian Express that deployment was based
on internal security in the state, and would be on the basis of factors such as
rest and recuperation, and training.
government said it has agreed to a conditional cease-fire starting late
Thursday in northwestern Syria, according to state media. Government troops and
allied Russia warplanes have been carrying out a three-month offensive against
the rebel’s last stronghold, which has displaced hundreds of thousands and has
targeted health facilities and other infrastructure.
decision came hours after U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres authorized an
investigation into attacks on health facilities and schools in the rebel-held
enclave, following a petition from 10 members of the U.N. Security Council.
offensive in Idlib and surrounding areas has unfolded since April 30,
displacing more than 400,000 people and killing hundreds. Images of attacks on
health facilities and residential homes were reminiscent of the peak of the
violence in the eight-year conflict. International rights groups, western
countries and the U.N. had appealed for a cease-fire. Around 3 million people
are living inside the rebel-held area.
war monitoring group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said there was
no sign of a cease-fire. It said intense clashes continued on the southern edge
of the rebel stronghold.
Syrian decision, announced in state media through an unnamed military official,
said the cease-fire is conditional on the rebel’s retreat 20 kilometers (12.5
miles) deep and away from demilitarized areas that ring the stronghold, which
were agreed to in a cease-fire deal reached last September.
was supposed to be a de-escalation zone under the agreement signed between
Russia, a key Syrian government ally, and Turkey, which backs the opposition.
The rebel stronghold is dominated by Al Qaeda-linked militants and other jihadi
Syrian military official didn’t offer a timeline for applying the condition.
Failure to implement the retreat and disarmament of militants was one of the
reasons the September cease-fire collapsed. At the time, the retreat was for up
to 25 kilometers (15 miles) in some areas.
government declaration comes as a new round of talks sponsored by Russia began
Thursday in the Kazakh capital, attended by Iran and Turkey. The Syrian
government and the opposition are also in attendance. The two-day talks were
expected to focus on Idlib and plans to form a new constitutional committee.
Thursday, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Guterres was using his
authority under the U.N. Charter to establish an internal board of inquiry to
ascertain facts on the destruction and damage to civilian facilities in Idlib
province on the so-called “de-confliction” list given to the warring parties to
said the probe will also include U.N.-supported facilities in the area.
humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock urged an end to the bombing and shelling in
Idlib by Syrian and Russian warplanes, warning the Security Council Tuesday
that continued violence could create the worst humanitarian disaster of the
petition from 10 Security Council members was delivered to Guterres on Tuesday
asking for an investigation into attacks on medical facilities and other sites
on the “de-confliction” list.
deputy U.N. ambassador Dmitry Polyansky, whose country backs the Syrian
government, told reporters Thursday that Moscow was “amazed” at Guterres’
decision to establish an investigation, calling it “a mistake” and questioning
whether the U.N. chief had the authority to take such action.
stood by his decision, speaking to reporters shortly afterward.
fully respect the rights of the Russian Federation to disagree with me, as I
also respect the position of 10 other members of the Security Council that have
the opposite opinion,” he said.
Sirkin, policy director at Physicians for Human Rights, told the council during
a meeting Tuesday on the humanitarian situation in Syria that, since President
Bashar Assad launched the recent offensive, the organization had received
reports of 46 attacks on health care facilities. So far, she said, it has
verified 16 of them.
chief Lowcock said it was an “extremely important question” whether information
provided through the de-confliction system was being used to protect civilian
facilities — or to target them.
told the council Tuesday that parties to the conflict have been notified of six
different attacks in northwest Syria this year, and that “in the current
environment de-confliction is not proving effective in helping to protect those
who utilize the system.”
said his team will meet with humanitarian organizations “to update them on the
current situation and determine again whether we should continue to provide
information to the parties on new sites or humanitarian movements.”
Syrian emergency medical workers known as White Helmets said Thursday that
during the three-month offensive on Idlib, government forces and their allies
had targeted 15 of the group’s rescue centers and killed seven volunteers.
Al-Saleh, the head of the White Helmets, said nowhere is safe inside the
rebel-held area and that residents are experiencing “all types of death.”
Al-Saleh spoke via a social media broadcast from Idlib.
White Helmets are the main group providing rescue services in the enclave. The
Syrian government labels them terrorists.
all of its territorial losses, and despite President Trump’s boasts that we
have “wiped out” ISIS, the terror group has demonstrated a phoenix-like ability
to reconstitute itself from a mere 700 surviving fighters at the time of
President Obama’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011. It is far from
being completely defeated or obliterated.
Pentagon has estimated the terrorist group has as many as 30,000 followers and
has reverted to its roots as a deadly guerrilla insurgency. The United Nations
agreed with the Pentagon’s estimate of ISIS fighters remaining in Iraq and
Syria, and found that ISIS’s affiliates in Afghanistan, Libya and the Sinai
also had 4,000, 3,000 and 1,000 hardcore fighters, respectively. Most
worryingly, ISIS reportedly has set up fallback bases in the remote highlands
to the southeast of Mosul, Iraq, in the Qara Chokh, Hamrin, and Makhmour
members are carrying out sleeper cell terror attacks in Iraq and Syria,
including the systematic killing of pro-government Iraqi elders, setting off
massive car bombs, ambushing Shiite militias, dressing up as government troops
at fake checkpoints and executing government employees, wiping out Iranian
convoys in Syria, massacring pro-government villagers in Syria, killing Syrian
Army troops in ambushes, reconquering lands in central Syria, suicide bombing
allied Kurdish Syrian Democratic Force fighters and Kurdish intelligence
ISIS fighters have taken to burning the crops of their enemies in northern Iraq
and gloating in their online website, stating, “It seems that it will be a hot
summer that will burn the pockets of the apostates as well as their hearts as
they burned the Muslims and their homes in the past years.”
dark tendrils still extend abroad as well. In December 2018, the terrorist
group inspired the killings of tourists in lands as far flung as the Atlas
Mountains of Morocco and the Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan. In Morocco, two Scandinavian
women campers were filmed having their throats slit and being decapitated by
gloating ISIS supporters. This followed an attack four months earlier in which
ISIS supporters in Tajikistan plowed their car into a group of American and
European globetrotting cyclists on a mountain road, killing three before doing
a U-Turn and driving back to stab and shoot injured survivors.
post-caliphate ISIS’s bloodiest attack occurred in Sri Lanka on Easter 2019.
ISIS affiliate terrorists attacked Christians in their churches and hotels,
killing 253. It was ISIS’s deadliest terror attack to date, and the fact that
it took place after the fall of the caliphate in March 2019 sparked fears that
ISIS would be enacting its declared global “Campaign of Vengeance for the
Blessed Province of Syria.”
ISIS’s dream of a caliphate collapsed in 2016, its chief spokesman lashed out
defiantly, stating: “Do you think, O America, that victory is achieved by the
killing of one commander or more? It is then a false victory. … Victory is when
the enemy is defeated. Do you think, O America, that defeat is the loss of a
city or a land? Were we defeated when we lost cities in Iraq and were left in
the desert without a city or a territory? No; defeat is the loss of willpower
and desire to fight.”
spring, ISIS leader Caliph al Baghdadi told his followers: “Our battle today is
one of attrition and stretching the enemy. They should know that jihad is
ongoing until the day of judgment.” His dedicated “forever warriors” do not define
their movement strictly by the towns or provinces they control. They have
reverted to being “shadow warriors” who believe they are fighting an endless
war of terroristic attrition.
the “fickle” Americans, who al Baghdadi’s followers believe are not committed
to staying in the region to fight (as best demonstrated by President Trump’s
decision to unilaterally withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria in a December 2018
tweet), ISIS fighters fanatically believe in a saying attributed to the Prophet
Muhammad: “A victorious band of warriors from my followers shall continue to
fight for the truth. Despite being deserted and abandoned, they will be at the
gates of Jerusalem and its surroundings, they will be at the gates of Damascus
and its surroundings.”
to Gaza, the Iranian front – which to Israeli eyes stretches from the Persian
Gulf through Iraq and into Syria and Lebanon – is bustling with action.
Throughout July, reports attributed two attacks in Iraq to Israel and at least
three other attacks in southern Syria, which were directed against the military
apparatus Hezbollah is building on the Syrian side of the border on the Golan
Heights – and in one case included the killing of a local activist.
“campaign between the wars” is continuing with relative momentum, even if most
of it is being conducted under the radar and has not received almost any
detailed coverage in real time. What is going on in Iraq reached the headlines
in Israel with a delay of almost two weeks, and only after Arab media outlets
reported on two attacks by the Israel Air Force in western Iraq. One of the
reports even claimed that the attack was carried out by Israel’s new F-35s.
if the information is correct in general, as usual it is recommended to take
the details with a grain of salt. Not every attack needs to be carried out
using the most advanced technological means. The IDF’s military intelligence
directorate highlighted Iraq as the next arena for the military campaign back
Iranians are trying to translate their regional arc of influence into a real
land corridor – along with the arms smuggling network they are operating,
alongside their air and sea efforts, on the Tehran-Baghdad-Damascus-Beirut line
on the ground.
addition, it seems Tehran is making an effort to deploy some of its
longer-range missiles in western Iraq with the help of the Shi’ite militias
there, with the goal of distancing them from Israeli capabilities to attack
them, which have been demonstrated in the past in northern and eastern Syria.
the same time, Israel has continued to fight its holding action near the border
on the Golan Heights. A series of attacks attributed to the IDF there
illustrates again how ridiculous it was to rely on Russia’s promise, about a
year ago, to keep an Iranian presence away from the border in return for Israel
not interfering in the operation by the Assad regime to retake control of
the time, the Russians spoke about demilitarization of 70 or 80 kilometers
between Iranian forces and the border with Israel – and Netanyahu supporters
boasted about his “unprecedented diplomatic achievement.” In reality, it was
revealed very quickly that Hezbollah was actually more active in the region and
the organization was reestablishing its terror networks in southern Syria.
head of the IDF’s Operations Directorate, Maj. Gen. Aharon Haliwa, was in
Moscow in the middle of last month for a work meeting that the IDF described as
excellent. Nonetheless, when Israel came to complain to the Russians about the
Hezbollah presence on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, they were told that
the promises concerned only the Iranians themselves, and not their agents.
Given these circumstances, it seems Moscow has made peace with Israel’s limited
military actions against the Iranians and Hezbollah in Syria, as long as it
does not endanger the stability of the regime in Damascus.
United Nations has ordered an investigation into a surge of Russian and Syrian
airstrikes against hospitals and clinics in northwestern Syria amid growing
concerns that Russia is using U.N.-supplied data to deliberately target medical
Secretary General António Guterres authorized the inquiry Thursday after
pressure from U.N. Security Council members and human rights groups to do more
to establish why health facilities and other civilian infrastructure such as
schools and rescue services are being hit so frequently in the recent fighting.
investigation comes after a grim assessment of the civilian toll was delivered
to the Security Council on Tuesday by U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock.
the Syrian government launched an offensive in April to reclaim control of the
northwestern Idlib province and a portion of Hama province, more than 450
civilians have been killed, hundreds more have been wounded and 440,000 have
been forced to flee their homes, Lowcock said.
of the casualties have been caused by Russian and Syrian airstrikes, which have
pummeled towns and villages far from the front lines. Lowcock cited satellite imagery
that suggests 17 villages have been destroyed in airstrikes as part of what he
called a “scorched earth” policy by the Syrian government.
also noted the high frequency of attacks on civilian infrastructure, despite a
process known as “deconfliction” under which the United Nations supplies the
coordinates of hospitals, schools, bakeries and other civilian infrastructure
to Russia, Turkey and the United States, with the goal of preventing hits on
them. Russian and Syrian warplanes are the only ones active in the skies over
a minimum, Lowcock said, the deconfliction process “is not proving effective”
to avert attacks on civilian infrastructure. It is also possible, he said, that
the coordinates are being used to deliberately target facilities.
to Physicians for Human Rights, there have been 46 reported attacks on medical
facilities since the Syrian government launched an offensive in April, backed
by Russian warplanes, to regain control of the last areas still controlled by
those, 16 have been verified by the group and 14 were against facilities that
the United Nations had identified to Russia as hospitals, according to
testimony delivered to the Security Council on Tuesday by Susannah Sirkin,
director of policy with Physicians for Human Rights. She reminded the council
that targeting medical facilities is considered a war crime under international
has denied that it is using any of the information it receives to target
hospitals, but some international aid agencies such as Doctors Without Borders
have already stopped sharing the coordinates of their operations with the
an appeal last week to the international community to do more to prevent the
bloodshed in Syria, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, Michelle
Bachelet, said she did not believe the amount of damage being inflicted on
hospitals, as well as schools, bakeries and other civilian infrastructure, was
Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- Up to 19 Islamic State (IS) militants were killed and 16
other captured after continuing operation by Iraqi security forces to hunt down
IS militants in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, a security official said on
Iraqi army, intelligence service and paramilitary Hashd Shaabi units
participated in the operation which was launched about three weeks ago to hunt
down remnants of IS militants in seven areas in Diyala, Sadiq al-Husseini, head
of the security committee of the provincial council, told Xinhua.
far, the troops killed 19 IS militants and captured 16 others, al-Husseini
said, adding that six of the extremist group leaders were among the killed and
five other leaders were among the captured.
the operation, the joint forces have also destroyed 13 hideouts and confiscated
caches of weapons and ammunition, according to al-Husseini.
in Diyala, a security force captured three members of an IS supply cell as they
were moving in motorcycles in rugged area carrying foodstuff, weapons and
ammunition near Himreen Mountain, some 55 km northeast the provincial capital
Baquba, al-Husseini said.
repeated military operations in Diyala, IS remnants were still hiding in rugged
areas near the border with Iran, as well as the sprawling areas extending from
the western part of Diyala to Himreen mountainous area in the northern part of
security situation in Iraq was dramatically improved after Iraqi security
forces fully defeated the extremist IS militants across the country late in
number of Syrian children killed in al-Hawl refugee camp in Hasaka province has
exceeded 386 in the past seven months, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
(SOHR) reported on Thursday.
noted that another 12 kids died in al-Hawl Camp as a result of harsh living
conditions as well as shortage of foodstuff, medicine and favorable hygienic
SOHR said that the number of kids killed since the start of January has
a relevant development in early July, the SDF continued brutal suppression of popular
protests against the Kurdish militia in Hasaka province as clashes between
civilians and the Kurdish fighters had intensified.
large number of residents of the towns of al-Salehiyeh, Tal Balal and Mokhtaleh
in Western Ra'as al-Ain in Hasaka held protest rallies in front of SDF's
al-Mosmakeh, the pro-militant Arabic-language Baladi news website reported.
noted that the rallies were held in protest at SDF's torching their
agricultural lands West of Ra'as al-Ain, and said the Kurdish fighters started
to disperse the protesters by opening live fire on them.
Arabic-language website of the Russian Sputnik new agency quoted a war
correspondent Basil Shartouh as saying that the Syrian Army will move towards
the ‘death triangle’ comprising the three towns of al-Latamineh, Kafar Zita and
al-Zuka after the army’s recent advances in Tal Malh and al-Jobin massively
backed by the country’s air force.
noted that the Syrian Army is now very close to al-Zuka which is the main base
of Jeish al-Izzeh terrorists, and said that al-Zuka is the main place from
where the terrorists launch rocket attacks on the towns and cities in Northern
pointed to the Syrian Army’s recent military advances deep inside the
terrorist-controlled areas in Hama after securing al-Saqilbieh-Mahradeh road,
and said that the Syrian Air Force has cut terrorists’ movements and supply
routes in Idlib in massive air raids.
Syrian Army troops killed at least over 40 terrorists, most of them foreign
militants, in military operations on the road to the town of al-Zuka.
a relevant development on Thursday, the Syrian army hit a heavy blow at Tahrir
al-Sham terrorist group's defense lines in the town of al-Latamineh in Northern
Hama, forcing the militants to flee their most important headquarters in the
Syrian army forces continued clashes with Tahrir al-Sham terrorists in the
Eastern parts of the town of Tal Malah in Northern Hama on Thursday, retaking
control of Wadi Hasmin region and the farms near the town of al-Zuka.
a military source said that the Syrian army troops have regained control of
Wadi Hasmin region, broken the first defense line of Tahrir al-Sham from
al-Zuka and opened a new front towards the town of al-Latamineh as the
militants' key base in Northern Hama.
added that a large number of terrorists were forced to flee al-Latamineh as the
army is advancing in the region.
source also said that a group of 17 militants were killed in clashes in
al-Zakah, adding that the army forces targeted the terrorists' supply lines in
Hasraya and al-Arbaeen with artillery fire.
preparing to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan in initial deal with
Dan Lamothe , John Hudson and Pamela Constable
Trump administration is preparing to withdraw thousands of troops from
Afghanistan in exchange for concessions from the Taliban, including a
cease-fire and a renunciation of al-Qaeda, as part of an initial deal to end
the nearly 18-year-old war, U.S. officials say.
agreement, which would require the Taliban to begin negotiating a larger peace
deal directly with the Afghan government, could cut the number of American
troops in the country from roughly 14,000 to between 8,000 and 9,000, the
officials said. That number would be nearly the same as when President Trump
plan has taken shape after months of negotiations between the Taliban and
Zalmay Khalilzad, an Afghan-born American diplomat who was appointed by the
Trump administration last year to jump-start talks. Officials said an agreement
could be finalized ahead of the Afghan presidential election in September,
though they cautioned that Taliban leaders could delay and that significant
proposal is likely to be viewed skeptically by some U.S. and Afghan officials
who question the Taliban’s honesty and wonder how the United States can verify
whether Taliban leaders are following through. But if approved, it would be one
of the most significant steps toward ending the war, a goal that increasingly
has bipartisan support.
would say that they are 80 or 90 percent of the way there,” said one official,
who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss details of the
emerging deal. “But there is still a long way to go on that last 10 or 20
Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, declined to comment about the likelihood
of an initial agreement. In a brief telephone interview Thursday, he said he
did not know when talks would resume.
are hopeful,” he said. “Things look promising that there will be a
breakthrough. We hope there won’t be any obstacle, but it also depends on the
seriousness of the Americans.”
said in a tweet Wednesday that he plans to resume his next round of talks with
the Taliban in Qatar soon and that if the group does its part, an agreement
will be finalized.
cuts to U.S. forces would be negotiated as part of discussions involving the
Taliban and the Afghan government, U.S. officials said.
Gen. Austin “Scott” Miller, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, is open to
the proposal, two defense officials said, because he believes it would protect
U.S. interests by maintaining a counterterrorism force that can strike the
Islamic State and al-Qaeda. Miller, who took command in Kabul last September,
previously has said that political negotiations are “absolutely” a key to
ending the war.
side will win it militarily, and if neither side will win it militarily you
have to move . . . towards a political settlement here,” he said in an interview with ABC
News in February.
spokesman for Miller, Army Col. Sonny Leggett, declined to comment.
officials acknowledged there are legitimate concerns that the Taliban might not
break with al-Qaeda, as Washington has demanded, or stand up to the Islamic
State. Still, officials may be content with a partial troop withdrawal that
opens the door to additional negotiations and keeps the counterterrorism
mission alive as the status quo becomes politically untenable.
Taliban has refused to talk with the Afghan government, which it calls a puppet
regime, until it reaches a deal with the United States on its troops.
Pentagon spokesman, Cmdr. Sean Robertson, said the Defense Department has not
been ordered to withdraw forces from Afghanistan — a point that other officials
describing the potential deal also stressed. Robertson declined to discuss what
a partial troop withdrawal could include, saying the department does not
comment on military planning.
strategy in Afghanistan is conditions-based,” Robertson said. “Our troops will
remain in Afghanistan at appropriate levels so long as their presence is
required to safeguard U.S. interests.”
government officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the
sensitivity of the discussions, said they expected that an initial U.S. deal
with the Taliban would include some U.S. troop reductions but did not know what
numbers or timetable might be proposed.
officials said they were pleased to hear that a U.S. proposal would require the
Taliban to meet with them. But some expressed concerns that a partial pullout
would embolden the Taliban.
Americans call this a peace negotiation, but the Taliban definitely perceive it
as a withdrawal negotiation,” one Afghan official said.
State Department official rejected that view, saying the United States is
pursuing “peace” not “withdrawal.”
recent weeks, U.S. visitors to Afghanistan have included Marine Gen. Joseph F.
Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Marine Gen. Kenneth F.
McKenzie, the chief of U.S. Central Command; and Secretary of State Mike
task of explaining the negotiations in Afghanistan to the American public has
fallen to Pompeo. On Monday, when asked whether he expected a reduction in U.S.
forces before the 2020 election, he said, “That’s my directive.” The following
day, he clarified his remarks, saying that “there is no deadline” for the
mission there and accusing the news media of misinterpreting his words.
president wants to draw down forces “just as quickly as we can get there,
consistent with his other mission set, which is to ensure that we have an
adequate risk reduction plan for making sure that there is not terror that’s
conducted from Afghanistan,” Pompeo told reporters aboard his plane en route
said this week that he did not know whether all troops will come home from the
war before the U.S. election. “We hope in the coming days that we will be able
to urge the Taliban to talk,” he said.
the troop level to 9,000 would require commanders in the field to make some
tough decisions on which bases to close and which missions to curtail, and on
whether to scale back advising Afghan troops.
person with familiarity with Miller’s thinking said the general is sure to want
to keep open Bagram air base, from which the United States launches
counterterrorism strikes in Afghanistan’s eastern mountains. The military also
is likely to maintain a significant presence in Kabul, where there are numerous
bases, and some troops at Kandahar Airfield, the largest U.S. base in the
U.S. officials say that German troops are likely to keep a presence in northern
Afghanistan and that Italian troops will remain in the west.
some Afghan officials fear that a preliminary deal outlining a U.S. withdrawal
could weaken their negotiating position during intra-Afghan talks and
eventually leave them alone to fight the battle-hardened Taliban.
of the concerns is that gains made since the fall of the Taliban could be
erased if the group, which seeks to reestablish an Islamic emirate, becomes
part of a power-sharing government. Women’s rights groups are especially
concerned, given the Taliban’s restrictions on women and opposition to
educating girls. But the State Department says it has secured agreement with
the Afghan government on “next steps on the Afghan peace process.”
the absence of formal talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, the
militant Islamist group has been willing to meet with a delegation of Afghan
leaders in Qatar in recent weeks, with the understanding that the Afghans are
not acting in an official government capacity. Though the Taliban officials
were reportedly welcoming, progress was not made on preserving fundamental freedoms,
according to media reports citing people who attended the meetings.
State Department declined to comment on the details of the drawdown agreement,
but an official said that “any future reductions or withdrawal of forces will
Department officials say a breakthrough hinges on an agreement on four issues:
counterterrorism assurances, troop withdrawal, intra-Afghan dialogue and a
comprehensive cease-fire. In March, Khalilzad said that he reached agreement on
a draft containing the first two points but that a final deal would not
conclude “until everything is agreed.”
spent the past 10 days in Kabul for consultations with Afghans in what he
described to one reporter as his “most productive visit” there since becoming special
envoy. Next he will travel to Pakistan and then Qatar to continue talks with
the Taliban, a State Department official said.
another indication that a force-reduction deal may soon be reached, the Afghan
government named a 15-member team Wednesday to negotiate directly with the
Taliban. Meetings with the Taliban and the Afghan government would proceed
after the U.S. and Taliban officials reach their preliminary deal.
discussions continue even as violence across the country remains pervasive, with
the Taliban controlling more territory than at any point since 2001.
Sunday, Afghan vice-presidential candidate Amrullah Saleh was targeted in an
attack in Kabul that left at least 20 people dead. He has long been an
adversary of the Taliban.
Monday, two U.S. soldiers — Spec. Michael Nance, 24, and Pfc. Brandon
Kreischer, 20 — were killed in Uruzgan province in what officials have
described as an “insider” attack by an Afghan soldier. Fourteen U.S. troops
have died this year from injuries sustained in the conflict.
year was the deadliest year for civilians during the entirety of the Afghan
conflict, with 3,804 civilian deaths and 7,000 wounded, according to the United
2,400 American troops have died in the country since the war began in 2001 and
more than 20,000 have been wounded, according to the Pentagon.
reported from Kabul. Sayed Salahuddin in Kabul and Missy Ryan in Washington
contributed to this report.
Afghan Special Forces stormed a key Taliban compound in Baghlan province
killing at least 4 militants.
Special Operations Corps in a statement said the Special Forces stormed the
Taliban compound in Qaisari Village in Baghlan-e-Markazi district.
statement further added that the Special Forces destroyed the Taliban compound
and confiscated some weapons, military kits, various types of munitions and
U.S. envoy for Afghan peace Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad has said withdrawal
from Afghanistan will be condition-based.
Khalilzad said in a Twitter post that the presence of the United States in
Afghanistan is condition-based.
Ambassador Khalilzad said the United States is pursuing a peace agreement not a
also added that he has arrived in Doha and that U.S. is ready for a good
agreement with Taliban.
to Khalilzad, the Taliban are signaling they would like to conclude an
A-29 light attack planes of the Afghan Air Force pounded Taliban hideouts in
northern Faryab province killing at least 13 militants.
209th Shaheen Corps in a statement said the Afghan Air Force carried out the
airstrikes in Bulcheragh district on Thursday night.
statement further added that the airstrikes killed 13 Taliban militants and
destroyed a Taliban compound and some weapons together with munitions.
U.S. envoy for Afghan peace and Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa agreed to continue
working towards the mutually agreed goals regarding the Afghan peace process.
Inter-Services Public Relations, the media wing of the military of Pakistan in
a statement said Ambassador Khalilzad and Gen. Bajwa shared steps taken
regarding the peace process in Afghanistan.
statement further added that the two sides agreed to continue working towards
mutually agreed goals.
Zalmay Khalilzad appreciated Pakistan’s whole hearted support to the process
and expressed hope that others would follow in same vein,” the statement added.
Gen. Bajwa said Pakistan will play its role to enhance all efforts for peace
towards fullest potential, the statement said.
airstrike by the Afghan Air Force killed the shadow governor of Taliban for
Farah and two other senior leaders of the group.
Ministry of Defense in a statement said the Afghan Air Force conducted an
airstrike in Khak-e-Safid district.
Afghan Air Force conducted the raid at around 8:10 pm local time tonight.
statement further added that the airstrike killed Mullah Abdul Bari alias
Mullah Mashar, the shadow governor of the group for Farah.
the defense ministry said the airstrike also killed Mawlavi Syed, the Ring
Leader of Taliban.
airstrike also killed Mullah Sadiq, the Finance and Logistics Chief of the
Conspiracy theory ‘extremists’ are a terror threat
FBI has for the first time identified “conspiracy theory-driven domestic
extremists” as a terror threat — including the believers in the shadowy QAnon
network, according to a report.
FBI bulletin dated May 30, 2019, from the bureau’s Phoenix field office and
obtained by Yahoo News describes the growing threat and lists multiple arrests
tied to violent incidents sparked by fringe beliefs.
FBI assesses these conspiracy theories very likely will emerge, spread, and
evolve in the modern information marketplace, occasionally driving both groups
and individual extremists to carry out criminal or violent acts,” the document
feds believe the conspiracy theory extremists will likely increase their
activities during the 2020 presidential election cycle, according to the
document cited by Yahoo.
bureau said another factor driving the mounting threat is “the uncovering of
real conspiracies or cover-ups involving illegal, harmful, or unconstitutional
activities by government officials or leading political figures.”
FBI does not specify which people or cover-ups it was referring to.
document specifically mentions the infamous QAnon conspiracy, whose believers say
a deep state of Hollywood celebs and Democrats is working to undermine
President Trump and is running an international pedophile ring including
Clinton associates from a DC pizzeria.
about the intelligence bulletin comes as the FBI faces pressure to explain whom
it deems to be an extremist — and how the government prosecutes domestic
a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, FBI Director
Christopher Wray faced criticism from Democrats who said the bureau was not focusing
enough on violence by white supremacists.
term ‘white supremacist,’ ‘white nationalist’ is not included in your statement
to the committee when you talk about threats to America,” said Sen. Richard
is a reference to racism, which I think probably was meant to include that, but
nothing more specific.”
told the lawmakers the FBI had dispensed with separate categories for black
identity extremists and white supremacists, saying the bureau was focusing on
“racially motivated” violence.
will say that a majority of the domestic terrorism cases that we’ve
investigated are motivated by some version of what you might call white
supremacist violence,” he added.
May, Michael McGarrity, the FBI’s assistant director of the counterterrorism
division, told Congress the bureau “classifies domestic terrorism threats into
four main categories: racially motivated violent extremism,
anti-government/anti-authority extremism, animal rights/environmental
extremism, and abortion extremism.”
new category focuses on violence based specifically on beliefs that “attempt to
explain events or circumstances as the result of a group of actors working in
secret to benefit themselves at the expense of others” and are “usually at odds
with official or prevailing explanations of events,” according to the document.
advent of the Internet and social media has enabled promoters of conspiracy
theories to produce and share greater volumes of material via online platforms
that larger audiences of consumers can quickly and easily access,” the document
FBI’s national press office provided a written statement to Yahoo News.
our standard practice is to not comment on specific intelligence products, the
FBI routinely shares information with our law enforcement partners in order to
assist in protecting the communities they serve,” the bureau said.
FBI added that it can “never initiate an investigation based solely on First
Amendment-protected activity. As with all of our investigations, the FBI can
never monitor a website or a social media platform without probable cause.”
15-page report cited several incidents, including the Pizzagate conspiracy,
which led a 28-year-old man to invade the DC eatery to rescue the children he
believed were being kept there, and fire an assault-style weapon inside.
document also cites a California man who was arrested on Dec. 19, 2018, after
being found with what appeared to be bomb-making materials in his vehicle.
unnamed man was planning “blow up a satanic temple monument” in the Capitol
rotunda in Springfield, Ill., to “make Americans aware of Pizzagate and the New
World Order, who were dismantling society,” according to the document.
May, Facebook designated several extremist figures as “dangerous” — including
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, Infowars host Alex Jones, political
commentator Milo Yiannopoulos and conspiracy theorist Laura Loomer — and
permanently banned them.
the FBI document does not mention Jones or InfoWars by name, it does cite some
of the conspiracy theories frequently associated with the far-right radio host,
including the concept of the New World Order.
Uscinski, an associate professor of political science at the University of
Miami, whose work on conspiracy theories is mentioned in the FBI document, said
there’s no data suggesting conspiracy theories are becoming more widespread.
is absolutely no evidence that people are more conspiratorial now. They may be,
but there is not strong evidence showing this,” Uscinski told Yahoo News,
adding that it’s not that people are becoming more conspiratorial, but that
conspiracies are simply getting more media attention.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday said Washington would continue to
enforce sanctions against Iran.
sanctions on Iran have been effective and “we will enforce them” everywhere, he
was speaking at a regional youth leadership program in the Thai capital of
Bangkok during a wider meeting of Southeast Asian nations with world powers.
also said “decades of bad behavior”" from China have hampered free trade
and prompted tariffs and other action from Washington.
fresh round of US-Taliban peace talks will start in Qatar’s capital Doha on
Saturday, officials said, describing it as the “most crucial” phase of
negotiations to end the 18-year war in Afghanistan.
officials privy to the talks said a peace agreement could be expected at the
end of the eighth round of talks between the warring sides and would enable
foreign forces to be withdrawn from the war-torn country.
pro-Israel advocacy organization, the Israel Project (TIP), has reportedly been
forced to close its Israel office in anticipation of a complete shutdown due to
a sharp decline in support.
to the TIP’s managers, the group "simply ran out of money” after losing a
large proportion of its annual funds and donations due to the increased
“polarized political climate in the United States”, Haaretz reported on
pro-Israel group was a proponent of “hasbara”, an Israeli concept seeking to
legitimize Israel in the eyes of world public opinion through disseminating propaganda.
TIP formed in 2002, at the height of the second Palestinian Intifada, and
sought to influence journalists and their coverage of Israel.
activities gradually grew to cover multiple languages and countries, as well as
conducting influence operations on social media.
group has been known for its hard-hitting stance against Iran and even Islam,
going as far as promoting Islamophobia and conducting marketing research on how
to “sell military action against Iran to the American public”.
attacked the Iran deal’
group prides itself in having lobbied extensively against the 2015 Iran nuclear
deal, a key polarizing factor which also led to the group’s sharp decline.
vice president and head of its Israel office Lior Weintraub, a former Israeli
diplomat in Washington, described why the group gradually lost support among
attacked the Iran deal; because Israel became part of the internal American
political debate;...because support for Israel became too complicated for some
of them in these times,” he said.
believe that the pro-Israel advocacy group became too closely aligned with the
regime of Israeli prime minister Netanyahu, specifically in its bid to torpedo
the Iran nuclear deal, alienating many American supporters across the political
spectrum. Consequently starting from 2015, TIP lost a large number of its
donations, and is currently on the verge of shutting down all together.
month, TIP CEO Josh Block, a former spokesman for the American Israel Public Affairs
Committee resigned from the organization, issuing a statement citing “the
polarized political climate in the US, both in the wider body politic and
inside the Jewish community,” as the reason for TIP’s downfall.
US President Donald Trump’s strongly pro-Israel foreign policy, the fall of the
leading pro-Israel propaganda firm marks one of the latest signals of
increasing negative public opinion regarding Israel in the US.
strong stance regarding Israel has pushed t Tel Aviv into the center of
American political discussion, resulting in increased debate about Washington’s
recent Gallup poll found that American support for Israel has fallen to its
lowest level in the past decade.
President Donald Trump has once again warned that American troops could win the
Afghan war within days by killing millions across the conflict-ridden country.
made the warning on Friday as he hailed the “progress” made in peace talks
between his administration and the Taliban militant group.
made a lot of progress. We’re talking,” the US president told reporters at the
said that US forces, bogged down in the country for nearly two decades, “could
win Afghanistan in two days or three days or four days, but I’m not looking to
kill 10 million people.”
a similar comment in July, Trump spoke about 10 million casualties but this
time he specified that no nuclear weapons would be involved, saying, “I’m
United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in October 2001, shortly after
the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington. While the invasion ended the Taliban’s rule
in the country, it has failed to eliminate the militant group. The Daesh
terrorist group has also emerged in the Asian country more recently.
US has been attempting to negotiate an alleged peace deal with the Taliban
militant group, which now controls or influences about half of Afghanistan's
Afghan government is left out of the talks between the Taliban and the US. The
Taliban say they don’t recognize the Kabul government and that they will not
hold talks with it unless all foreign forces exit the country.
20,000 foreign troops, mostly Americans, are based in Afghanistan.
representatives and those of the Taliban are soon expected to begin their
eighth round of talks in the Qatari capital of Doha to reach an agreement on
ending the Afghan war, with the US saying it wants to see a deal inked by
has announced an extension of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 7,000
Syrian refugees living in the U.S., which protects them from deportation.
decision to extend the Syrians’ status for an additional 18 months “was made
after a review of the conditions upon which the country’s designation is based,
which was ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary
conditions," Kevin McAleenan, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s
acting secretary, said on Thursday.
added that the conditions supporting Syria’s designation for TPS continue to
statement underlined that the department head will review conditions in Syria
to determine whether its designation should be extended again or terminated
over the next 18 months.
secretary will make the next decision to extend or terminate the designation
for Syria on or before January 30, 2021," it added.
has only just begun to emerge from a devastating conflict that began in early
2011 when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on protesters with unexpected
of thousands of people have lost their lives, and more than 5.5 million
civilians took refuge in other countries.
envoy appreciates Pakistan for support to Afghan peace process
States special envoy for Afghan peace Zalmay Khalilzad on Friday “appreciated
Pakistan’s wholehearted support to the process” as he wrapped up a two-day
visit to the country.
a meeting with Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the US envoy also
“expressed hope that others would follow in [the] same vein”, according to a
statement released by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
handout by the military’s media wing said that the meeting was held in the
backdrop of ongoing discussions and efforts underway to secure peace in
shared the steps taken in this regards and agreed to continue working towards
mutually agreed goals,” said the statement.
Bajwa assured Khalilzad that Pakistan would play its role to its “fullest
potential” for peace in Afghanistan and the region.
his visit to Islamabad to discuss “developments in the Afghan peace process”,
Khalilzad also met with Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah
Mahmood Qureshi, a statement by the US Embassy said.
the discussions “Khalilzad outlined the positive momentum in the Afghan peace
process and next steps.”
role Pakistan has played thus far, as well as additional positive steps it can
take also came under deliberation.
peace will require reliable assurances from Afghanistan and Pakistan that
neither side’s territory is used to threaten the others’,” read the US Embassy
assurances on top of an intra-Afghan comprehensive peace agreement will allow
for increased regional economic integration, connectivity, and development,” it
had made a stopover in Islamabad while on his way to Doha to resume peace talks
with the Taliban.
off to Doha, with a stop in Islamabad. In Doha, if the Taliban do their part,
we will do ours, and conclude the agreement we have been working on,” Khalilzad
had said on Twitter.
had termed his latest visit to Afghanistan as the “most productive” since he
took up the office of the special representative.
Minister Qureshi, after meeting Khalilzad a day earlier, had “welcomed the
progress achieved in the talks and the Intra-Afghan Peace Conference in Doha in
which all participants agreed upon a basic roadmap”, according to a Foreign
Office press release.
was noted during the meeting between the two that ultimately, the intra-Afghan
dialogue would be vital to reach an agreement that brings peace and stability
The accountability court of Islamabad on Friday turned down an application
filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) seeking permission to probe
former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in connection with the Chaudhry Sugar Mills
Judge Mohammad Bashir asked the NAB to file an application before a court of
competent jurisdiction in Lahore where the watchdog’s regional directorate is
investigating the matter.
the accountability judge returned the application to the prosecution, saying
the accountability court of Islamabad lacked jurisdiction to entertain it.
recently started an investigation into the CSM case and also recorded statement
of Maryam Nawaz on July 31.
NAB summoned her, Maryam Nawaz responded that she would join the investigation
not to show respect for NAB but to expose them.
recorded her statement before an investigation team of NAB for 45 minutes
regarding ‘dubious’ business transactions of the CSM of which she was one of
the major shareholders.
appearing before NAB on Wednesday, Maryam Nawaz tweeted: “Back from NAB. Told
them the questions about family business have been asked & answered a
zillion times & nothing found even by agenda-driven JIT. But since the aim
is to use NAB as a tool to harass & victimise, the theatre of the absurd
had also summoned Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz; however, they did not join
members of the Sharif family are being investigated over a suspicion of being
stakeholders in the CSM and on charges of money laundering.
evidence against the owners of the CSM reportedly surfaced during the
investigation against Shahbaz Sharif and his sons Hamza and Salman in money
laundering and an income beyond means case.
has allegedly traced numerous telegraphic transfers (TTs) worth millions of
rupees by the Sharif family and the end beneficiaries allegedly included Maryam
Nawaz and other owners of the CSM.
National Party chief Senator Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo has said that although it
does not matter if he or Sadiq Sanjrani is chairman of the Senate, the “game
played with the constitution and the federation” does not augur well for
democracy in the country.
Bizenjo, who was the joint candidate of the opposition for the office of Senate
chairman when a no-vote of confidence was taken up against Senate Chairman
Sanjrani on Thursday, was talking to the media here on Friday before flying
back to Islamabad after a nightlong stay in Karachi.
reply to a question, Mr Bizenjo said over what had happened in the Senate on
Thursday “the spirit of the founders of the constitution might have trembled as
they would have been pondering if the constitution was framed by them for its
use in this way”. Mr Sanjrani survived the crucial no-trust motion as 14
opposition senators ditched the party leadership by either voting against their
own resolution or deliberately wasting their vote.
to another question, Mir Bizenjo said they were aware that money and pressure
would be used to get the no-trust motion defeated. “Horse-trading is a
tradition of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf,” he said, adding that last year
during the formation of the Punjab and federal governments Jahangir Tareen’s
aircraft was flying in a similar way as it did during the process of the
no-trust motion against Mr Sanjrani.
NP leader said that the opposition could move another no-confidence motion
against the Senate chairman, but any decision in this regard would be made in a
multi-party conference to be convened in a few days.
to another question, he said: “We have no interest in [removing] Sadiq Sanjrani
but we are concerned about those elements who want to discredit the upper
reply to a question, Mir Bizenjo said he was sure that all senators belonging
to his party had cast their votes against Mr Sanjrani. However, he said, the
opposition parties should conduct inquiries to find out the defecting senators
and seek resignations from those whose loyalty was doubtful.
Bizenjo said that if the opposition wanted to topple the government, it would
take less than a month, but “we think that the government needs one more
warning and now the opposition has no option but to stage protests”.
a court in Gujranwala has summoned Senator Bizenjo on Aug 8 to explain his
allegation that Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt Gen Faiz Hameed’s
“people” were behind the opposition’s embarrassing failure in the no-confidence
vote against the Senate chairman.
Sessions Judge Tariq Saleem Chohan accepted for hearing a petition submitted by
a lawyer, Manzoor Qadir Bhinder, and summoned a report on the matter from the
Gujranwala city police officer (CPO), reports Dawn.com.
per the petitioner, after losing the Senate vote, Mr Bizenjo had made a
“baseless and false” statement against the head of a state institution. Mr
Bhinder claimed that it was an attempt to defame a key leader of the Pakistan
asked the court to direct the Gujranwala CPO to instruct the Civil Lines police
station to register a case against Bizenjo.
Senate secretary has also been sent a notice to ensure Mr Bizenjo’s appearance
joint opposition had last month submitted a no-confidence resolution against Mr
Sanjrani and named Mr Bizenjo as its candidate for the position. On Thursday,
the opposition suffered a shock defeat when it fell three votes short to
dismiss the Senate chairman despite having a comfortable majority in the upper
house of parliament.
the vote, as Mr Bizenjo was walking out of the Senate building, a journalist
asked if he knew the 14 turncoats who had voted against stated stance of their
Bizenjo responded: “These were Gen Faiz’s people. You know Gen Faiz, the ISI
chief? [They] were his people.”
later, ISPR Director General Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor denounced the statement.
a tweet posted on Maj Gen Ghafoor’s official Twitter account in the early hours
of Friday morning, he said that Mr Bizenjo’s remarks were “unfounded” and did
not “serve democracy”.
a post shared on Twitter, Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad
Chaudhry has also slammed Mr Bizenjo’s remarks.
said: “Hasil Bazenjo is among the lot who have been made hero by [the] anti-Pak
and anti-Army segment of media [and] politicians, he is used [and] abused by
shrewd fellows like [Maulana Fazlur Rehman].”
Arifwala police have arrested a lawyer on charges of sharing through social
media `blasphemous and hate content.’
Farid Chishti faces proceedings under the PPC 295/C and other relevant laws for
sharing a post having blasphemous content and hate material against security
establishment and superior judiciary.
FIR was registered on the complaint of Ijaz Ahmed, also a lawyer.
Circle DSP Ghulam Muhammad confirmed the arrest of Chishti on the
recommendations of a committee headed by Pakpattan DPO Ibadat Nisar.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting, Dr Firdous
Ashiq Awan says Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf government believes in the supremacy of
law and the constitution.
to a channel, she said Prime Minister Imran Khan has never supported
horsetrading in the elections and no such incident was reported during the
no-confidence move against the Senate chairman.
said the opposition parties have no solid reason to bring no-trust motion
against Sadiq Sanjrani.
Pakistan will support all efforts for peace in war-torn Afghanistan, Chief of
Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Friday.
will play its role to enhance all efforts for peace towards fullest potential,”
the military’s media wing, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) quoted the
army chief as saying during his meeting with US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad.
two met as part of ongoing discussions and efforts for success of the peace
process in Afghanistan.
to the ISPR, the steps taken with regards to end the 18-year-old war in Afghanistan
were discussed. “[They] agreed to continue working towards mutually agreed
goals,” the communiqué read.
the statement added, appreciated Pakistan’s “wholehearted support to the
process and expressed hope that others would follow in same vein”.
peace will require reliable assurances from Afghanistan and Pakistan that
neither side’s territory is used to threaten the other’s,” read the US Embassy
had made a stop over in Islamabad, while on his way to Doha to resume peace
talks with the Taliban.
told Khalilzadad that Pakistan will continue to play its supportive role for
“smooth progress and successful outcome” of the peace efforts.
Can Israel Counter Iran’s Seaborne Shipments Of Weapons To Hezbollah?
Liron A. Libman
to recent reports, Israel estimates that Iran is working to move weapons to
Hezbollah in Lebanon by sea in response to attacks on similar weapons shipments
overland via Syria. What can Israel do to counter these shipments, and is
international law – just by chance – in its favor?
question immediately calls to mind the recent capture of the Iranian oil tanker
Grace 1 by Gibraltar authorities and the British Royal Navy on the suspicion
that it was headed for Syria, in defiance of European Union sanctions, which in
turn resulted in the capture of a British tanker by Iran. This incident demands
a discussion of very complex questions, including the applicability in
Gibraltar of the sanctions imposed on Syria by the European Union, the right to
freedom of navigation in international waterways, and the question of the
country to which the tanker was registered.
the case of marine weapons shipments from Iran to Hezbollah, the legal
situation is simpler and clearer: United Nations Security Council Resolution
1701, which was passed at the end of the Second Lebanon War (2006) and is
binding on all countries, requires that states take all necessary measures to
prevent the supply or sale of military equipment to any individual or entity in
Lebanon by their nationals or from their territories or using their flag
vessels or aircraft. The only exceptions to this ban are the Lebanese army and
fact, Israel can halt these shipments even without using military force, with
such use of force running the risk of incurring retaliatory actions, as
occurred in the British case. If Israeli intelligence services have concrete
information that military equipment destined for Hezbollah is aboard a certain
ship, Israel can inform the country to which the ship is registered, the
countries in which the ship is due to dock, and the countries whose citizens
(including corporations registered in those countries) are involved in
transferring the shipment. These countries are entitled and obligated to check
these claims, and if the suspicions are confirmed, to prevent the transfer of
this materiel to Lebanon and Hezbollah, which would be a contravention of the
UN Security Council resolution.
states do not always fulfill their obligations, and of course, in cases where
an Israeli military operation is being considered, there is a risk that
informing another country might endanger such an operation. However, military
action is not always practical or politically desirable. In these cases, why
should Israel not try this option?
can attempt to limit the risk of its arms shipments to Hezbollah being captured
by using ships under its flag and sailing in open seas directly from Iran to
Lebanon without any other country gaining the power accrued from using its
ships or passing through its waters. However, this course imposes significant
practical constraints on carrying out these shipments, and also makes it easy
to track and uncover Iranian actions contravening the UN resolution. Thus, even
forcing Iran to take such a course of action gives Israel an advantage.
way of circumventing the ban imposed by Resolution 1701, which would involve
cooperation with the Lebanese government, would be to designate the Lebanese
military as the official end-receiver of military shipments and then to
transfer these to Hezbollah. Given Hezbollah’s influence and involvement in the
Lebanese regime, this would certainly seem possible. However, this course of
action would also be advantageous from Israel’s perspective: Uncovering
evidence of military cooperation between the Lebanese government and Hezbollah
would give credence to Israeli claims in any future conflict with Hezbollah
that the Lebanese state should be held responsible for Hezbollah’s actions.
Concern about the consequences of being attributed such responsibility may well
deter the Lebanese government from becoming involved in smuggling weapons to
public sentiment in Israel toward international law is mostly negative and marked
by considerable suspicion, this case demonstrates that international law
sometimes works in Israel’s favor, and that there is nothing to lose by
harnessing the avenues it offers.
least 51 people died in twin attacks in the Yemeni city of Aden on Thursday,
according to security and medical sources.
city is the seat of power for Yemen's internationally recognized government,
which is in the midst of conflict with the Iran-backed rebel Houthis who
control the capital, Sanaa, and most of the country's north.
the attacks unfolded
were two attacks in the city: a strike on a military parade and coordinated
bombings near a police station.
early morning suicide bombing targeted policemen in Aden's Sheikh Othman area,
killing at least 11 people and injuring 29 others.
one has claimed responsibility for the police station attack.
the parade attack, Houthi rebels claimed they hit the Al-Jala Camp with an
armed drone and a medium-range ballistic missile.
attack killed at least 40 people, and injured many more.
blamed: Saudi Arabia's Yemen envoy, Mohammed bin Saeed Al Jabir, accused Iran
coordinating both attacks, in a series of posts on Twitter. Yemen's Prime
Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed also accused Theran of being behind the
It is unclear if the attacks are related but they highlight the precarious
security situation for the internationally-recognized Sunni government. After
being forced out of Sanaa in 2014, the Saudi-and-UAE-backed government faces
danger from increasingly ambitious rebels.
reduction: The UAE, one of the major coalition partners backing the deposed
government, recently announced it would reduce troop numbers in the country,
including Aden. The UAE claimed this would not leave a power vacuum in Yemen as
it had trained 90,000 Yemeni forces. One of those killed in Thursday's attacks
was Brigadier General Muneer al-Yafee, the commander of the
toll: The four-year war has devastated the civilian population of the Arab
world's poorest country, leaving them in a situation of insecurity, at risk of
starvation and widespread disease. About 85,000 children under the age of 5 are
estimated to have died from starvation or disease since the start of the war,
while hundreds of thousands of people are suspected to have contracted cholera.
Huthi rebels say they launched missile and drone attacks on a military parade
in Yemen's southern port of Aden, the headquarters of the Saudi-backed
government, that killed more than 30 people.
separate tweets, Yemeni Prime Minister, Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed and Saudi
Arabia's envoy to Yemen accused Tehran of being behind the August 1 attack
claimed by the Huthis, and an explosion at a police station in Aden, the
headquarters of the Saudi-backed government, that security sources said
involved a car bomb.
attack on the parade killed at least 32 people, including a commander,
according to medical and security sources.
Masirah TV, the Huthis' official channel, said the rebels launched a
medium-range ballistic missile and used an armed drone at the parade.
one has claimed responsibility for the car-bomb attack, which Doctors Without
Borders said killed 10 people. Car-bombings in Yemen have been carried out in
the past by the militant Islamist group Al-Qaeda.
Muslim Iran denies having any involvement in Yemen, where the Saudi-led Sunni
Muslim coalition intervened in 2015 to try to restore the internationally
recognized government ousted from power in the capital Sanaa by Shi'ite Huthis
in late 2014.
Huthis, who deny being a puppet of Iran and say they launched a revolution
against corruption, hold Sanaa and most of the biggest urban centers of Yemen.
Al Qaeda gunmen killed 19 soldiers in an attack on an army base in southern
Yemen on Friday, security officials said, a day after deadly assaults by rebels
and a jihadist bomber.
gunmen stormed Al-Mahfad base in Abyan province and remained inside for several
hours before military reinforcements came, three security officials said,
adding that the soldiers were killed in clashes with the jihadists.
Qaeda gunmen took advantage of what happened (Thursday) in Aden and launched an
assault on Al-Mahfad base and clashed with soldiers,” a government security
reinforcements were sent... and the gunmen were killed while others were driven
out with air support from the (Saudi-led) coalition, in an operation that
lasted hours,” the official said.
least 19 soldiers were killed and others wounded.” The other two officials
confirmed both the details and the death toll.
analyst Aleksandar Mitreski said the attacks “seem opportunistic”.
Qaeda has neither the capability nor the strategic appetite to open a new front
in south Yemen,” Matreski who is also a researcher at the University of Sydney
may see other sporadic attacks in the future motivated by Al Qaeda’s desire to
remain a relevant actor in the Yemeni conflict.” The Yemen-based Al Qaeda in
the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the militant Islamic State group and other
jihadists have flourished in the chaos of the civil war between the government
and the Houthi rebels.
United States considers AQAP the global jihadist network’s most dangerous
branch and has waged a long-running drone war against its leaders.
Thursday, separate attacks by the Huthis and jihadists hit security forces in
Yemen’s second city Aden, killing at least 49 people, many of them newly
trained police cadets, officials said.
first attack was a suicide car bombing carried out by jihadists on a police
station that killed 13 police officers and wounded several others, a security
will take another step to reduce its compliance with a landmark 2015 nuclear
deal, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday without
elaborating, according to parliamentary news agency ICANA.
has repeatedly said it will reduce its commitment to the nuclear accord in
stages and may even withdrew from the pact altogether unless the remaining
signatories find ways to shield its economy from US sanctions. Washington
pulled out of the deal last year.
third step in reducing commitments to (the nuclear deal) will be implemented in
the current situation,” he said.
have said that if (the deal) is not completely implemented by others then we
will also implement it in the same incomplete manner. And of course all of our
actions have been within the framework of (the deal).”
month, Iran threatened to restart deactivated centrifuges and ramp up
enrichment of uranium to 20 percent purity in a move away from the nuclear
officials have said that all of Tehran’s moves in reducing its commitments to
the nuclear deal are reversible as long as the remaining signatories uphold their
Daesh’s affiliate in Yemen has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on a
police station in the southern city of Aden the previous day.
attack killed 11 people and involved suicide bombers using a car, a bus and
motorcycles laden with explosives that targeted a police station in the city's
Omar al-Mokhtar neighborhood during a morning police roll-call.
was one of two major attacks in Aden on Thursday that killed a total of 51
people. The other attack involved a ballistic missile fired by Yemen's Houthi
militants at a military parade and killed at least 40 troops.
generals, protest leaders agree constitutional declaration: African Union
ruling generals and protest leaders reached a “full agreement” on the
constitutional declaration, the African Union said, paving the way for
transitioning to civilian rule.
agreement came after prolonged negotiations between Sudan’s ruling military
council and the Alliance for Freedom and Change which has been leading the
protest movement across Sudan for months.
am announcing to the Sudanese, African and international public opinion that
the two delegations have fully agreed on the constitutional declaration,” AU
mediator Mohamed El Hacen Lebatt told reporters.
said meetings will be held to discuss a formal signing ceremony.
main points of contention concerned the powers of the proposed joint
civilian-military ruling body, the deployment of security forces and immunity
for generals over protest-related violence.
announcement came after the military council announced nine paramilitaries had
been arrested for killing four teenage demonstrators earlier this week as talks
with protest leaders over the country’s future navigated a second day.
move against the paramilitary men of the feared Rapid Support Forces stemmed
from the fatal shooting of four schoolchildren and two other demonstrators
during a rally against fuel and bread shortages in the city of Al-Obeid in
North Kordofan on Monday.
killings have sparked anger across Sudan.
Thursday, four more protesters were shot dead in the capital’s twin city of
Omdurman, just across the Nile from Khartoum, said doctors linked to the
country’s protest movement.
investigation has been launched into the incident of Al-Obeid and seven members
of the RSF were immediately dismissed and handed over to civilian judges for
trial,” General Shamseddine Kabbashi, spokesman for the ruling military council,
told reporters earlier on Friday.
also said that measures will be taken against those responsible for Thursday’s
Defence Headquarters, DHQ, on Thursday, rubbished a report by the Wall Street
Journal which claimed that 1, 000 soldiers in the North-East were secretly
buried under the cover of darkness after being killed by Boko Haram and ISWAP
Director of Defence Information, Onyema Nwachukwu, insisted that the Nigerian
Armed Forces does not engage in the secret burial of soldiers but accords
fallen soldiers a befitting military funeral of international standard.
Wall Street Journal report had alleged that about 1,000 soldiers killed by Boko
Haram were secretly buried in the North-East.
Nwachukwu maintained that the report was a figment of the writer’s imagination.
statement signed by Nwachukwu and forwarded to DAILY POST reads: “The Defence
Headquarters has noted with dismay an Online Article by “Wall Street Journal”
purporting that the Nigerian Military maintains secret graveyards in the North
East theatre of operation. This insinuation can only emanate from an uninformed
position of the author of the said publication.
therefore, becomes necessary to inform the public that the Armed Forces of
Nigeria has a rich and solemn tradition for the interment of our fallen heroes.
it must be unambiguously clarified that the Armed Forces of Nigeria does not
indulge in secret burials, as it is sacrilegious and profanity to extant ethos
and traditions of the Nigerian military.
tandem with the traditions of the Armed Forces, Fallen heroes are duly honoured
and paid the last respect in befitting military funeral of international
standard, featuring funeral parade, gravesite oration, solemn prayers for the
repose of departed souls by Islamic and Christian clerics, as well as gun
salutes, aside other military funeral rites.
cemetery described in the publication, which is situated in Maimalari military
Cantonment is an officially designated military cemetery for the Armed Forces
of Nigeria in the North East theatre, with a Cenotaph erected in honour of our
fallen heroes. The official cemetery has played host to several national and
international dignitaries, where wreaths were laid in honour of the fallen
heroes. It is, therefore, a far cry from the sacrilegious impression being
painted by “Wall Street Journal”.
Defence Headquarters, therefore, urged members of the Armed Forces and the
general public to disregard the misinformed publication and see it as “a
figment of the imagination of the writer, whose knowledge of military valued
ethos and traditions is grossly misplaced”.
Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- Over 27,000 people were killed in Boko Haram's militancy in
Nigeria since the group launched operation in the northeast region of the
country in 2009, according to data by the United Nations (UN).
statement made available to Xinhua in Abuja on Thursday quoted Edward Kallon,
the UN humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, as saying 130,000 people have also
been newly displaced from their homes.
insecurity in recent months has pushed over 130,000 newly displaced people on a
long trudge. Arriving en masse to displaced camps, they are looking upon us for
aid and protection," the statement said.
Haram, whose agenda is to maintain a virtual caliphate in the most populous
African country, had also spread its tentacles to neighboring countries
including Chad, Niger, and northern Cameroon.
UN office in Abuja expressed the humanitarian community's willingness to assist
in abating the crisis while organizing on Wednesday a remembrance of 10 years
of the security crisis in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe -- the three most-affected
northeastern states in Nigeria.
aid workers, school boys and girls, women, and security operatives, among
others, have either been killed or abducted by Boko Haram during the decade of
Nigerian government has consistently declared winning the war against the Boko
Haram militants, despite growing concerns by citizens.
Tuesday, a presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, had maintained that the group's
agenda had been largely defeated by government forces.
Mayor Dies of Injuries From Suicide Bombing
Somalia — The mayor of Mogadishu has died after being badly wounded in a
suicide bombing by Al Shabab in his offices last week, Somalia’s government
said on Thursday. Six of his colleagues were also killed in the attack, and
nine members of his staff wounded.
Abdirahman Omar Osman had been airlifted to Qatar, along with nine other
injured people, for treatment after the attack, which struck on July 24, the
lawmaker Dahir Amin Jesow said.
Shabaab, the Qaeda-linked Islamist militant group that aims to topple Somalia’s
United Nations-backed government, claimed responsibility for the bombing. The
militants have lost territory but have kept up a relentless campaign of
bombings and assassinations.
extremist group and government officials said that the suicide bomber, a woman,
had been aiming for James Swan, the new United Nations envoy to Somalia, but
that he had left the office minutes before the bombing.
was not clear how the bomber managed to enter the mayor’s office, as visitors
are required to pass through at least four metal detectors.
Osman had been a councilor in London before returning to Somalia to enter local
politics and help rebuild his war-torn country.
his passage to Britain after civil war broke out in Somalia in 1991 to his
wounding back at home, his life story appeared to illuminate the hopes and
dangers of some of the world’s most divisive political topics: migration and
Bailey, a British communications consultant, first met Mr. Osman after Mr.
Osman was appointed Somalia’s information minister, in 2010, not long after his
was living and working in a ministry building that lay beneath a 50-foot radio
transmitter mast which acted as an aiming post for repeated Shabaab mortar
practice,” Mr. Bailey said.
London, Mr. Osman had been a councilor for the opposition Labour Party, and Mr.
Bailey, a former Conservative counselor, said he used to tease him about
politics over goat stew and coffee.
Osman was struggling to keep a generator going so that Radio Mogadishu could
broadcast to a city largely held at that time by insurgents who frequently
targeted the city’s journalists.
later served as the prime minister’s chief of staff as African Union
peacekeepers helped the federal government claw back territory outside the
capital from the insurgency.
worked as minister of information for a second time and was then appointed
mayor of Mogadishu in 2018, putting to work both his engineering degree and his
years of experience working for the housing department in the London borough of
Osman, nicknamed Engineer Yarisow (or “the young engineer”), had tried to clean
up the city and construct roads from the rubble, Mr. Jesow said.
was in the middle of constructing Mogadishu streets and roads,” he said, adding
that Mr. Osman had always spoken out against militancy. “He always struggled to
tighten Mogadishu’s security.”
mayor had introduced more measures to intercept potential car bombs and had
tried to find land, shelter and jobs for those fleeing the conflict, said the
British ambassador to Somalia, Ben Fender.
the news of his death, the ambassador called Mr. Osman “a kind and gentle man.”
United States will seek additional international cooperation to fight Islamic
State on a global scale, with a particular focus on Africa, following the
defeat of the group in Iraq and Syria, a State Department official said on
Thursday, August 1.
at a press conference in Washington, State Department Counterterrorism
Coordinator Ambassador Nathan Sales said the next stage of the counter-ISIS
campaign will require international coordination to combat the group’s
expansion in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Afghanistan.
so-called ISIS Caliphate has been destroyed, but the ISIS brand lives on around
the world,” Sales said, speaking alongside U.S. Envoy to the anti-ISIS
Coalition James Jeffrey.
are now working closely with our partners to identify focus regions for the
Coalition, and expect to have more clarity soon on where we intend to be
active.” Sales said a Coalition meeting on the situation in West Africa and the
Sahel is set for autumn.
Africa, ISIS-linked groups are on the rise. ISIS-linked groups now span the
African continent from east to west, from north to south,” Sales said.
increased the lethality of their attacks, they’ve expanded into new areas, and
they repeatedly target U.S. interests,” he said, referencing the killing of
four U.S. Special Forces members in Niger in October 2017, which he said was
carried out by “ISIS affiliates.”
also referenced the killing of “hundreds of Nigerian forces in the past year”
by Islamic State West Africa Province, and a May attack in Tongo Tongo in
northern Niger in May, in which ISIS claimed its West Africa Province fighters
killed 40 Nigerien soldiers.
armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique are now
“publicly aligning themselves with ISIS,” Sales said.
said the U.S. government believes a number of Africans who traveled to fight
for ISIS in Syria and Iraq, have “returned home to either found or enrich
existing ISIS affiliates.”
also said the U.S. was working to “revitalize” its counterterror cooperation
with Sri Lanka following the Easter bombing that killed 258 people. He also
referenced the growth of ISIS in Afghanistan, calling the group’s Khorasan
Province affiliate “one of the most dangerous ISIS affiliates in the world.”
Islamic State threat across Africa
affiliates from Libya and the Sinai in north Africa, to Mozambique in the
southeast pose a growing threat to often fragile nations on the continent.
the most significant threat comes from Islamic State West Africa Province in
Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon. Since May, Islamic State has attributed
insurgent activities in the Mali-Burkina Faso-Niger tri-border area to its West
Africa Province affiliate, rather than to what was previously known as Islamic
State in the Greater Sahara.
recently announced Islamic State Central Africa Province is a smaller but
ongoing threat in Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique.
also has acknowledged affiliates that have not been given the higher status of
provinces in Tunisia, Somalia and Yemen.
May, Burkina Faso called for an international coalition to tackle terrorism in
the G5 Sahel states – Chad, Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – and
across the entire Sahel. That was followed earlier this month, when Niger’s
president echoed the call for an international coalition to fight insurgency in
the Sahel, “just as there was a coalition against Daesh in the Middle East.”
military council spokesman said on Friday that nine soldiers from the Rapid
Support Forces (RSF) were dismissed and detained in connection with recent
violence in the cities of Omdurman and El-Obeid.
Lieutenant General Shams El Din Kabbashi added that the governor of North
Kordofan state and its security council will be held accountable for the
killings that took place in the state’s capital city of El-Obeid on Monday.
of thousands took to the streets on Thursday in response to the killings, and
opposition medics said four protesters were killed and many injured by gunfire
spoke at a press conference following a night of negotiations with opposition
groups over a constitutional declaration, a document that would pave the way
for a transitional government.
two sides had signed a political deal in July setting a three-year transition
period and a joint sovereign council, but talks over the constitutional
declaration were called into question earlier this week.
hopefuls in Tunisia began registering their candidacies on Friday for snap September
polls called after the death of 92-year-old leader Beji Caid Essebsi.
would-be candidates, including media magnate Nabil Karoui, submitted their
papers to the North African country’s electoral commission.
Minister Youssef Chahed has not yet officially registered, although his party
said on Wednesday he would stand in the polls.
scheduled for November, the vote was brought forward to September 15 following
Essebsi’s death in late July.
was charged with money laundering this month after stating his intention to
stand in the polls.
was nearly removed from the race in June when the parliament passed an amended
electoral code that would bar any electoral candidate who handed out “favours
in cash or in kind” in the year before the vote.
Essebsi neither rejected nor enacted the bill, leaving the door open for Karoui
media mogul was an active supporter of Essebsi’s election in 2014 and has
become the prime minister’s fiercest rival.
who studied agricultural engineering, entered politics after the 2011 uprising
which ousted autocratic president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
at the start of the year, his Tahia Tounes has become the second largest party
in parliament, behind Islamist-inspired Ennahdha.
Ben Ali opponent and head of Tunisia’s Democratic Current party Mohamed Abbou
also submitted his candidacy on Friday.
was joined by Abir Moussi, the only women so far running in the polls.
heads a party formed from the remnants of Ben Ali’s ruling party and has called
for the exclusion of Islamists, including Ennahdha.
hopefuls have until August 9 to register, with the commission set to provide a
final list of candidates on August 31.
campaigns are scheduled to run from September 2 to September 13, with the
preliminary results announced two days after the polls.
least four protesters were killed and many injured by gunfire in the Sudanese
city of Omdurman on Thursday, opposition medics said, as hundreds of thousands
took to the streets to pile pressure on the country's military rulers.
had called for a million-person march in cities across Sudan in response to the
killing of young protesters in El-Obeid, southwest of the capital Khartoum,
earlier this week.
has been gripped by months of political turmoil that climaxed in the army
overthrowing long-time leader Omar al-Bashir in April. Protesters have kept up
their rallies since then, pressing the army to hand over to civilians, accusing
the security services of violence and decrying the shortages and economic
hardships that triggered the unrest in the first place.
killings, reported by the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors, one of the main
protest groups, came as opposition leaders said there had been some progress in
talks with the military on a deal to form a new government after Bashir's
signing a deal in July which secured a three-year transition period and a joint
sovereign council with a rotating leadership, talks over the wording of a
constitutional declaration on the changes have stumbled.
agreement is really now just around the corner," Satea al-Hajj, a leader
in the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) coalition of opposition groups, said
in a press conference in Khartoum on Thursday.
over the declaration began again late on Thursday night.
opposition had demanded that members of the sovereign council, which is
intended to lead the country until elections are held, should not be granted
blanket immunity from prosecution for past crimes.
FFC leaders said on Thursday they had agreed that they could be granted only
'procedural immunity' - meaning top officials could be tried with the
permission of two-thirds of the legislative council.
opposition leaders said both sides also agreed another key point, reaffirming
that the parties included in the FFC would have 67% of the legislative council
while the rest will be granted to other opposition and political groups.
ruling military council did not immediately confirm the details of the
Omdurman, across the Nile from Khartoum, protesters chanted "it's too bad,
it's too bad, we don't have an army," expressing anger at the army for not
posted on social media also showed protests breaking out in El-Obeid, the state
capital of North Kordofan state, and Wad Medani, the state capital of Jazeera
state, southeast of the capital on the Blue Nile.
FFC has accused military and paramilitary forces of firing on the high school
pupils as they protested over bread and fuel shortages in El-Obeid on Monday.
Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), the main protest group and a leading
voice in the FFC, accused the military of failing to protect civilians and of
either being complicit in or neglecting to protect against roadblocks
preventing "the masses from achieving the goals of the revolution."
senior army commander said a security force assigned to guard a bank was
responsible for killing children protesting near there, the official SUNA news
agency reported on Thursday.
bank guards were a government security force.
groups have also accused the main paramilitary group, the Rapid Support Forces,
of killing scores of protesters since Bashir was ousted and the RSF's role
remains a point of contention.
Army to mobilise cyber spies to combat ISIS and Russia threats
British Army is launching a new division specialising in hybrid warfare to
combat cyber threats from hostile states and extremist groups.
in the Sixth Division, as the new unit has been titled, will be trained in
intelligence gathering, counter-propaganda and electronic warfare to be used
against groups such as ISIS, who have traditionally used the digital sphere -
and in particular social media - to share its propaganda and attract new
Ministry of Defence (MOD) said the new division was part of plans to “rebalance
the Field Army” and to “defeat adversaries both above and below the threshold
of conventional conflict”.
change will be integrated within broader defence, national and alliance efforts
and enable the Field Army to operate and fight more effectively above and below
the threshold of conflict,” the MOD said in a statement.
troops moved into the Sixth Division, the British Army’s first dedicated
information warfare formation, will come from existing units within the
military as well as a small number from the country’s Royal Navy and the Royal
additional resources are involved in the move and the overall military
personnel numbers would remain the same after the restructure, the MOD said.
move comes amid an increasing rush to use cyber platforms as an offensive tool
to target hostile activity. The US agencies and Britain’s GCHQ intelligence
operation used an information warfare campaign to undermine ISIS’s message in
northern Iraq and Syria. The combined forces used a redirection technique to
debunk ISIS’s ideology by sending a user to sites countering the extremist
group’s propaganda. GCHQ said the effort had contributed to the coalition
forces efforts to defeat ISIS in the region.
character of warfare continues to change as the boundaries between conventional
and unconventional warfare become increasingly blurred,” Lieutenant General
Ivan Jones, Commander of the Field Army, said.
army must remain adaptable and evolve as a fighting force.
three complementary British army divisions harness the wide range of British
army capabilities, providing choice to the government in defence of the UK’s
interests ... The speed of change is moving at a remarkable rate and it will
only get faster and more complex.”
and the West have come under criticism for being slow to react to cyber threats
from hostile states such as Russia.
recently bad actors linked to Russia were able to spread fake news stories
about the poor conduct of British Army soldiers during a military exercise in
Gen Jones revealed the Sixth Division’s formal inauguration at a flag-raising
ceremony would take place in Wiltshire, southern England on Wednesday.
described the ceremony as “a low key affair that rather befits a formation that
will operate discreetly to shape perception and behaviour”.
investigators have discovered weapons and a pledge of allegiance to ISIS after
charging three men with planning a terror attack, sources close to the inquiry
said on Thursday.
men had not yet decided on a specific target, but had considered attacking a
prison guard, another source had said on Wednesday.
of the men are already serving prison sentences and the letter claiming ISIS
allegiance was found on the third man, one source said Thursday.
have denied the claims after they were charged last Friday.
of the men was Zakaria Chedili, 31, who was behind bars for spending six months
in Syria in 2014 with a group affiliated to Al Qaeda, a source said.
sources added that the seized weapons were "old", without further
was a project, we were not on a particularly high level of risk," Interior
Minister Christophe Castaner said on Thursday, after the arrests were reported
by French daily Le Parisien.
mastermind of the group was a 27-year-old convert to Islam who had been jailed
for being an "apologist for terrorism", it said.
had been transferred to at least three different prisons and it was during
those transfers that he met the other two suspects.
third man, aged 42, had been released from prison earlier this year, the paper
recent months, two guards have been assaulted in prisons in the northwest of
France, one by a prisoner convicted of terrorism and the other by a radicalised
some 71,000 prisoners in France, about 500 are either awaiting trial or already
convicted for acts of terrorism.
US Republican Congressmen have sent a letter to German Foreign Minister Heiko
Maas expressing disappointment over a recent parliamentary vote that failed to
outlaw the political branch of Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah, and
urging the German government to outlaw Hezbollah completely.
vote in June was brought to parliament by the right-wing Alternative for
Germany [AfD] Party.
Congressmen wrote to Maas: "We urge your government to take a profound
step in the war against terrorism... And eliminate the artificial distinction
between Hezbollah's military and political branches."
only Hezbollah’s military wing is outlawed in Germany. Hezbollah as a political
entity is not.
well as referencing the growing number of Hezbollah members and supporters
throughout Germany, the Congressmen wrote that, "Hezbollah legally raises
funds and support through German community and Islamic centers and meets with
to an intelligence report from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Hezbollah
has centers in Hamburg, Berlin and Münster, according to the report.
giving evidence that Hezbollah's military and political factions operate in
close quarters, the US statesmen conclude the letter by declaring: "There
can be no dialogue with a terrorist organization... We urge the Federal
Republic [of Germany] to designate Hezbollah a terrorist organization in its
Russia -- A court in Russia's Republic of Tatarstan has arrested two men
suspected of supporting the extremist group Islamic State and planning a
Vakhitov district court in the regional capital, Kazan, on August 1 sent Ruslan
Shamsutdinov and Ilshat Zainabutdinov to pretrial detention for two months.
were detained a day earlier and charged with propagating terrorism and
recruiting for a terrorist group.
Federal Security Service said its agents had confiscated explosives and
components of explosive devices from the two men.
has granted citizenship to more than 92,000 Syrians including children, the
country's interior minister said Friday.
92,280 Syrians, including children, have been granted citizenship. Among them,
47,000 Syrians are adults and 45,280 are children. Most of them are teachers,
engineers and qualified people who can make their own living," Suleyman
Soylu told reporters at a news briefing.
added that 547,000 Syrians were currently living in Istanbul.
have already been given the permission to live in Istanbul. We are not
registering new ones. We only register university students or when they want to
run a business or there is a health issue in question," he said.
added that only 7,000 Syrians have registered in Istanbul for humanitarian
reasons since January.
said out of 72,000 Afghan irregular migrants, 29,000 were returned to their
added that Turkish security forces rounded up 177,654 irregular migrants as of
July, adding that the number was 268,000 in 2018 and 175,752 in 2017.
many as, 12,474 irregular migrants were detained in Istanbul between July
12-31," Soylu said.
asked if Daesh terrorists were posing as migrants to infiltrate Turkey, Soylu
accepted this was a routine practice also by PKK and Fetullah Terrorist
the last two to two-and-a-half years, about 8,000 FETO members crossed the
Turkish border from Edirne to Greece," Soylu said.
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.
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