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PM Modi, HM Amit Shah Wish the Nation on Eid-ul-Fitr, Send Messages of Peace and Harmony

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PM Modi, Amit Shah Wish the Nation on Eid-ul-Fitr, Send Messages of Peace and Harmony

Both, Indian and Pakistani Armies Reiterated Their Resolve, To Ensure Peace Along The Border And Exchange Sweets On The Occasion Of Eid-Ul-Fitr

The Taj Mahal Is the First Indian Heritage Site to Get a Breastfeeding Room

Eid Mubarak 2019: People around the world celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr

Woman killed, 1 injured as militants open fire in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama

Pak foreign secretary Mahmood offers Eid prayers at Jama Masjid

Terror hideout busted in Poonch forest in J&K

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SouthEast Asia

Myanmar White Roses Offer Eid Solidarity to Muslims

Xinjiang’s Vanishing Mosques Highlight Pressure on China’s Muslims as Ramadan Ends with a Whimper

On Eid 2019, Filipino Muslims recall Ramadan teachings to attain peace

Muslims in southern Thailand celebrate 1 Syawal in calm and joy

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Mideast

Iran’s Leader Reassures: Occupied Territories to Return to Palestinians

Lone attacker kills four in Lebanese city

President Rouhani: US Officials’ Anti-Iran Remarks Baseless

Russia Once Again Rejects Turkey's Demand to Stop Military Operations in Idlib Province

Iran Raps Western Arms Sellers for Helping Saudi War Crimes in Yemen

Palestinians converge at Al-Aqsa Mosque to celebrate Eid al-Fitr

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South Asia

Taliban Detain Afghan Peace Marchers

Taliban militants suffer casualties in Kandahar, Uruzgan operations

NATO allies, partners reaffirm steadfast support to financial sustainment of Afghan forces

Afghan Special Forces rescue 9 more hostages from a Taliban prison in Ghor

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Europe

Militants Attack Donetsk Mosque, Blame Ukrainian Servicemen For That

Russia Once Again Rejects Turkey's Demand to Stop Military Operations in Idlib Province

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North America

Interfaith Iftars Allow US Muslims To Mainstream Their Faith

Senators look to force 22 votes blocking arms sales to Saudi Arabia

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Arab World

Syrian Army Liberates 4 Regions in Northern Hama

Ankara-Backed Militants Sent to Southern Idlib to Regain Control of Lost Region

Assad appears in public for end of Ramadan festival

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PM Modi, Amit Shah Wish the Nation on Eid-ul-Fitr, Send Messages of Peace and Harmony

'May this special day ignite the spirit of harmony, compassion and peace in our society

May everyone be blessed with happiness,' Prime Minister Modi said.

News18.comJune 5, 2019

PM Modi, Amit Shah Wish the Nation on Eid-ul-Fitr, Send Messages of Peace and Harmony Pigeons fly past as Muslims gather to offer Eid al-Adha prayers at the Jama Masjid in New

 New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished the country on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr calling for peace and harmony in the society. "May this special day ignite the spirit of harmony, compassion and peace in our society. May everyone be blessed with happiness," he said.

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Home Minister Amit Shah also greeted the nation and hoped the festival would bring peace and happiness for everyone. "Extend my warm greetings on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. May this festival bring peace, joy and happiness in everyone's life," he tweeted.

Extending warm wishes of the festival, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh wished the people, saying, "Warm greetings and best wishes to everyone celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr. May this festival strengthen the bonds of peace, harmony and brotherhood in our society."

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also joined the league of leader wishing the country as he wrote on Twitter, "May the pious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr bring peace, prosperity and harmony in every part of the world."

Wishing the people on the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr, Congress President Rahul Gandhi said, "Eid Mubarak and my best wishes to all on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr."

https://www.news18.com/news/india/pm-modi-amit-shah-wish-the-nation-on-eid-ul-fitr-send-messages-of-peace-and-harmony-2172575.html

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Both, Indian and Pakistani Armies Reiterated Their Resolve, To Ensure Peace along the Border and Exchange Sweets On The Occasion Of Eid-Ul-Fitr

By Express News Service

Jammu |

Published: June 5, 2019

“Only defence officials, not politicians should talk about military actions”

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Indian and Pakistani armies exchanged sweets on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. (Express photo)

Indian Army and Border Security Force (BSF) Wednesday exchanged Eid greetings and sweets with their Pakistani counterparts at nearly a dozen places along the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir.

A defence ministry spokesperson Lt Colonel Devender Anand said that Indian and Pakistani armies exchanged sweets on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr at Chakkan Da Bagh along the Line of Control in Poonch.

Sweets were also exchanged between BSF and Pakistani Rangers at various places along the IB from Kanachak to Kathua in Jammu region. Both the sides on the occasion also reiterated their resolve to ensure peace along the border.

Meanwhile, Eid was celebrated with fervour all over the region including border areas, with Muslims offering Eid prayers in mosques. The borders remained peaceful during the day.

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/indian-and-pakistani-armies-exchange-sweets-on-the-occasion-of-eid-ul-fitr-5767157/

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Myanmar white roses offer Eid solidarity to Muslims

5 June 2019

Myanmar Buddhists handed out white roses to Muslims heading to pray Wednesday to mark the end of Ramadan -- the culmination of a rare show of solidarity in a country where Islam is often vilified.

Volunteers lined up outside Dargah mosque in eastern Yangon, giving flowers to scores of devotees heading inside to mark the Eid festival, weeks after a mob of hardliners had tried to shut down Ramadan prayers.

Muslim motorbike courier Tin Myint, 42, said the gesture had raised spirits in the Muslim community.

"Some Buddhists really helped protect us," he told AFP.

The white rose campaign started three weeks ago after a mob of some 200 ultra-nationalists descended on three sites hosting Ramadan prayers in Yangon, forcing them to stop.

Police responded in the following days by offering protection to the shocked worshippers and an arrest warrant was issued for one protest leader.

Respected moderate monk Seindita also came to plead for their patience, handing out white roses in solidarity and triggering the campaign.

The team of some 100 volunteers gave out around 15,000 flowers to Muslims at 23 locations across the country during Ramadan.

ThetSwe Win, 33, explained the roses were a "warning to extremists that many in Myanmar don't share their unjust views".

About three to four percent of Buddhist-majority Myanmar's population is Muslim although the religion traces its roots in the country back centuries.

A brutal 2017 military crackdown forced some 740,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh.

But discrimination against the Muslim community -- which includes people from many ethnic groups -- goes back further.

Critics say Muslims were particularly targeted by changes to Myanmar's laws in 2015, which heavily restricted inter-faith marriages.

WunnaShwe, joint-secretary of the Islamic Religious Affairs Council Myanmar, said the white rose campaign had really helped after years of degradation of their rights.

"We used to live like brothers and sisters with each other (alongside Buddhists)," he said, adding the problems were created for "political purposes".

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-7107207/Myanmar-white-roses-offer-Eid-solidarity-Muslims.html

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Xinjiang’s vanishing mosques highlight pressure on China’s Muslims as Ramadan ends with a whimper

5 Jun, 2019

Few signs of Eid celebrations after crackdown that has seen a reported million Uygurs and other minorities interned in camps

Muslims in far western Chinese region say they are now ‘too scared’ to practise their faith in public

Worshippers leave a mosque in Kasghar after prayers on Wednesday. Photo: AFPWorshippers leave a mosque in Kasghar after prayers on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

Worshippers leave a mosque in Kasghar after prayers on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

The corner where Heyitkah mosque in China’s far western region of Xinjiang once hummed with life is now a car park where all traces of the tall, domed building have been erased.

While Muslims around the world celebrated the end of Ramadan with prayers and festivities this week, the recent destruction of dozens of mosques in Xinjiang highlights the increasing pressure Uygurs and other ethnic minorities face in the heavily policed region.

Behind the car park in the city of Hotan, the slogan “Educate the people for the party” is emblazoned in red on the wall of a primary school where students must scan their faces upon entering the razor-wired gates.

The mosque “was beautiful,” recalled a vendor at a nearby bazaar. “There were a lot of people there.”

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“The situation here is very strict, it takes a toll on my heart,” said one Uygur, who requested anonymity for fear of reprisals. “I don’t go any more,” he added, referring to mosques. “I’m scared.”

In the ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar, no longer does the sunrise call for prayer echo throughout the city – a ritual the manager of the city’s central mosque once proudly shared with tourists.

On Wednesday, locals celebrating Eid al-Fitr quietly filed into the entrance of state-approved Idkah Mosque – one of the largest in China – as police and officials fenced off the wide square surrounding the building and plain clothes men monitored every person’s actions.

It was another low-key Ramadan for Muslims in Xinjiang, where restaurants were busy serving food to customers throughout the day, a time when practising Muslims fast.

In Hotan on Friday – a holy day for believers – the only mosque in the city was empty after sundown, an important prayer session when Muslim families typically break their daily Ramadan fast.

Earlier in the day, at least 100 people attended a midday session but the vast majority were elderly men.

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The ruling Communist Party “sees religion as this existential threat”, said James Leibold, an expert on ethnic relations and policy in China at La Trobe University.

Over the long term, the Chinese government wants to achieve “the secularisation of Chinese society,” he told AFP.

The Xinjiang government told AFP that it “protects religious freedoms” and citizens can celebrate Ramadan “within the scope permitted by law”, without elaborating.

The authorities have thrown a hi-tech security net across the region, installing cameras, mobile police stations and checkpoints in seemingly every street in response to a spate of deadly attacks blamed on Islamic extremists and separatists in recent years.

An estimated one million Uygurs and other Turkic-speaking ethnic groups are held in a vast network of internment camps.

After initially denying their existence, Chinese authorities last year acknowledged that they run “vocational education centres” aimed at steering people clear of religious extremism by teaching them Mandarin and China’s laws.

In those centres, it was a different Ramadan.

The Xinjiang government told AFP that people in the centres are not allowed to hold religious activities because Chinese law forbids it within education facilities, but they are free to do so “when they return home on weekends”.

In recent years, Chinese authorities have ramped up controls on public displays of religion and Islamic traditions in Xinjiang.

AFP reporters did not see any veiled women and few men sporting long beards during a week-long visit to the region. Former internment camp inmates have said they were incarcerated for these outward signs of their religion.

Places of worship too have become targets of Beijing’s draconian security measures.

Human Rights Watch decodes surveillance app used to classify people in China’s Xinjiang region

In the satellite images analysed by AFP and Earthrise Alliance, 30 religious sites were completely demolished while six had their domes and corner spires removed.

AFP reporters visited about half a dozen sites, and found that some mosques had been repurposed into public spaces.

Police officers blocked journalists from entering Artux, just north of Kashgar, where the town’s grand mosque and dozens of other community mosques were destroyed.

The area is some 22 kilometres (14 miles) away from an enormous complex believed to be a re-education centre. Visible from a nearby village, the facility has razor-wired walls, watchtowers and imposing block buildings.

In Kashgar, two cameras perched on the columns of a former mosque point at its entrance. There is no minaret or dome – instead, a shop selling dresses lies to its right alongside houses.

A demolished mosque in Hotan has been converted into a garden, paved with concrete walkways and sparsely planted trees.

On the outskirts of town, situated between a cemetery and sand dunes, two white flags and a pile of burned refuse and debris was all that was left of an old shrine named Imam Asim.

China’s top Xinjiang official Chen Quanguo should face sanctions over alleged abuses, US lawmakers say

Uygurs consider these mosques and shrines “their ancestral heritage,” said Omer Kanat, director of the Uygur Human Rights Project.

“The Chinese government just wants to erase everything … that is different from Han, everything which belongs to Uygur culture or Islamic culture in the region,” he said.

JumaMaimaiti, the official imam of Idkah Mosque, told AFP in an interview arranged by the propaganda department that the demolition of mosques “has never happened here”.

“But our government has proceeded to protect some key mosques,” he added, and said that the city of Kashgar has over 150 mosques.

Though Beijing’s restrictions on religious piety, such as fasting, are not new, observers say conditions have deteriorated to the point where celebrations for the holy month in Xinjiang are reduced or largely invisible.

Islamic greetings and openly fasting in public are no longer permitted, said Darren Byler, a lecturer at the University of Washington who focuses on Uygur culture.

While there are Uygurs who continue to practise their faith, they are “internalising it at this moment – they’re not expressing it openly,” he said.

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At state-backed mosques, religious activity is controlled as Beijing pursues a five-year plan to “Sinicise” Islam as the “only way for a healthy development of Islam” in the country, said Yang Faming, president of the state-backed Islamic Association of China, in January.

Propaganda signs with slogans such as “love the Party, love the country” hang at many mosques.

In Yengisarcounty, south of Kashgar, one mosque hung a photo of Chinese President Xi Jinping inside its premises, where most posters were dedicated to warning against religious extremism and promoting ethnic harmony.

“Unity and stability is a blessing,” read a red banner draped across the wall. “Division and turmoil is a disaster.”

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3013255/xinjiangs-vanishing-mosques-highlight-pressure-chinas-muslims

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Iran’s Leader Reassures: Occupied Territories to Return to Palestinians

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, in a Wednesday meeting with ambassadors of the Islamic countries and Iranian government officials on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, underlined that Palestinians will reclaim their motherland in the very near future.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that relying upon the assistance of the Almighty God, Palestine will definitely be returned to its nation in the very near future.

He pointed to the message of Eid al-Fitr and said, “Establishing unity and amity among Muslim countries and returning to the concept of 'Islamic Ummah' is the salient message of this auspicious feast.”

In this meeting, the Leader also referred to the plots waged by enemies against Islamic countries and said, "Instead of standing against one another, Islamic countries should unite against criminal acts of the Israeli regime in Palestine.”

Leaders of some Islamic countries are trying to reach a compromise with the Zionist regime and sow seeds of discord among other Muslim nations, he warned, and called on all Islamic states to make their utmost efforts to foil conspiracies orchestrated by enemies.

Earlier on the day, addressing worshipers in Tehran, Ayatollah Khamenei reassured that the so-called “Deal of the Century” plot of the US against Palestine will never materialize.

Ayatollah Khamenei, delivering a sermon at Imam Khomeini’s Mosalla in Tehran this morning after leading Eid al-Fitr’s prayers there, underlined that the upcoming US-devised deal, known as the “Deal of the Century”, on the Palestine issue is doomed to fail and will “never materialize.”

The Leader further rejected US President Donald Trump’s yet-to-be-unveiled deal on the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict as “a betrayal of the Muslim world.”

Ayatollah Khamenei further denounced the Bahraini regime for agreeing to host a conference, where Washington is set to unveil parts of the plan later this month.

All Palestinian groups — along with the United Nations and several other countries — have boycotted the event.

“The objective of this conference is to materialize America’s wrongful, treacherous and evil scheme for Palestinians — which they (Americans) have called ‘the deal of the century.’ However, this will not happen, and this plot will never get off the ground, by divine grace,” the leader said.

Ayatollah Khamenei described the Palestinian cause against Israeli occupation as the “number one issue” on the agenda of the Islamic world, thanking those who have voiced opposition to the so-called “peace” deal and the relevant event in Bahrain.

“The treachery of some Muslim states such as Saudi Arabia and Bahrain set the stage for such an evil plot,” Ayatollah Khamenei said. “I wish Bahraini and Saudi rulers would (eventually) realize what a quagmire they are stepping in and what damages this will do to their future.”

The economic portion of the so-called deal of the century is set to be unveiled during a conference in Manama, Bahrain, on June 25-26. All Palestinian factions have boycotted the event, accusing Washington of offering financial rewards for accepting the Israeli occupation.

In a recent speech broadcast on Palestine TV recently, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas rejected both the “Deal of the Century” and the Trump administration's upcoming economic summit for the Palestinians in Bahrain, noting that Palestinian officials will boycott the summit in Bahrain.

US President Donald Trump acknowledged that his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s doubts about his so-called “Deal of the Century” “may be right”.

In a closed-door meeting with Jewish leaders, Pompeo conceded that the plan might be rejected, according to an audio recording of the private meeting obtained by The Washington Post.

According to the audio recording of the private meeting between Pompeo and Israelis, the US top diplomat is heard suggesting that the plan is “unexecutable” and it might not “gain traction”.

“It may be rejected. Could be in the end, folks will say, ‘It’s not particularly original, it doesn’t particularly work for me’, that is, ‘It’s got two good things and nine bad things, I’m out’,” the former CIA chief stated, adding, “The big question is can we get enough space that we can have a real conversation about how to build this out.”

The unveiling of the plan has been repeatedly delayed, a point Pompeo stressed.

“This has taken us longer to roll out our plan than I had originally thought it might — to put it lightly,” he stated at a meeting on Tuesday of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, a group that addresses concerns of the Jewish community.

The secretary of state said that there are “no guarantees that we’re the ones that unlock it", referring to the frozen conflict between Israel and Palestine. He added, “I hope everyone will engage in a serious way.”

He also revealed that the administration never believed achieving a lasting peace agreement would be easy.

Pompeo also recognized the popular notion that the agreement will be one-sided in favor of Israel.

“I get why people think this is going to be a deal that only the Israelis could love,” he stated, noting, “I understand the perception of that. I hope everyone will just give the space to listen and let it settle in a little bit.”

US president’s son-in-law and White House senior advisor Jared Kushner has noted that the deal would be unveiled at the conclusion of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has formed a new administration in the wake of reelection. The timeline could change as the Israeli parliament (Knesset) voted to dissolve last week, forcing the premier to runs for the post in a second election this year.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13980315000348

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Taliban detain Afghan peace marchers

AFPUpdated June 05, 2019

KANDAHAR: Afghan peace protesters marching through Taliban territory have been detained by the insurgents, two supporters of the movement said on Tuesday.

The so-called People’s Peace Movement attracted international attention last year when they walked across Afghanistan and into the capital Kabul in an attempt to reduce the record levels of violence across the country.

Thousands of civilians have been killed or injured in the past 18 years of fighting between the militant group and US-backed forces.

About 30 members of the People’s Peace Movement started a new walk on May 27, when they set out from Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand province.

According to Abdul Malik Hamdard, a peace march supporter, the Taliban forced four members of the group to accompany them in vehicles on Sunday night as they crossed into Taliban territory in the south of the country. Then on Monday, Taliban fighters returned and took the rest of the group, except for a few older members, he added. About 25 marchers were detained in total, he said.

“Initially (the Taliban) told us that ‘we will talk to them’,” Hamdard said.

“We have had no news from them since then.” After refusing to comment about the marchers’ plight for more than 36 hours, the Taliban on Tuesday released photos of four of the group including its leader, Iqbal Khyber, and said the men were safe and would not be harmed.

“We do not know for what purpose the Taliban fighters have taken our members,” another supporter, Bacha Khan Muladad, said.

“We don’t know whether they have been taken hostages or are negotiating with them.” Muladad added he had been unable to contact any of the members directly because their phones were switched off.

BismillahWatandost, the marchers’ spokesman who is now among the detained group, last week said that the group aims to express to the Taliban the pain and suffering of Afghans, and call for a ceasefire over the festival of Eid, which began on Tuesday.

The group had initially planned to march to MosaQala, a Taliban’s stronghold some 130 kilometres from Lashkar Gah.

According to the UN, almost 4,000 civilians — including more than 900 children — were killed in Afghanistan last year, with more than 7,000 wounded. It was the deadliest year on record.

Published in Dawn, June 5th, 2019

https://www.dawn.com/news/1486632/taliban-detain-afghan-peace-marchers

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Militants attack Donetsk mosque, blame Ukrainian servicemen for that

5 June 2019

Militants attacked a mosque in Donetsk, and then they blamed Joint Forces Operation unit for that, as Joint Forces Operation HQ reported.

“On June 4, 2019 under the information received from OSCE Special Monitoring Mission, Russia’s armed formations in Donetsk region accused Armed Forces of Ukraine of shooting at Donetsk mosque,” the message reads.

As it was reported, on June 4 no attacks at Ukraine’s positions from Donetsk were performed. Ukrainian units did not respond.

It is noted that if one analyzes it, the direction of shooting and actual distance from the mosque to the nearest position of Ukraine’s Armed Forces which was 5,5 km, and maximal distance of shooting from 82mm mortar (4 km), including existing dispersion during shooting, one concludes that it is impossible to hit the dome of the mosque with four mines.

“Considering insolence of the occupants, there are reasons to state that another shooting was planned in advance, when a lot of people were in the mosque. As a result, one can conclude that Russian occupational administration tried to discredit Ukraine’s Armed Forces before the people of Donbas and its Muslim part,” the HQ informed.

https://112.international/conflict-in-eastern-ukraine/militants-attack-donetsk-mosque-blame-ukrainian-servicemen-for-that-40425.html

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Interfaith iftars allow US Muslims to mainstream their faith

Anwar IqbalUpdated June 05, 2019

WASHINGTON: Efforts to mainstream Muslims and their faith marked the month of fasting in the United States this year — as Muslims and their Christian and Jewish friends reached out to other Americans with a message of unity.

And there was no better platform than an interfaith iftar to convey this message. Churches and synagogues joined mosques across America in hosting interfaith iftars while some also encouraged their followers to attend regular iftars at their neighborhood mosques.

The last iftar, on the Eid evening, at a Presbyterian church in Fairfax, Virginia, brought a large crowd, which dispersed quickly as most Muslims were already in a festive mood. There were three Chand Raatmelas in Virginia alone, each packed to capacity. People often had to wait for more than two hours to get in as the Fire Department only allows a certain number of people inside a building. So, the organisers had to push people out to get new comers in.

The Trump administration joined the celebrations with an Eid message:

Churches and synagogues joined mosques in hosting interfaith iftars

“On behalf of the United States Department of State, I would like to wish all Muslims a blessed Eid al-Fitr,” said US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo in a message released on Chand Raat.

“As you attend Eid prayers, share gifts, and visit each other’s homes on this joyous occasion, we extend our best wishes to you. Eid Mubarak,” he wrote.

The Pakistan Embassy was among the first to host an interfaith iftar — bringing together representatives of the Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist communities to share a traditional Pakistani iftar dinner, with pakoras and samosas.

President Donald Trump hosted his second iftar this year. In 2017, Mr Trump broke the tradition that President Bill Clinton started in 1996 and did not host a reception.

Before addressing his host, Mr Trump introduced Vice President Mike Pence and other members of his cabinet to his guests, mostly Muslim diplomats.

“Ramadan is a time when people joined forces in pursuit of hope, tolerance, and peace. It is in this spirit that we come together tonight,” he said.

But the iftar that was the talk of the town was the one hosted at the Capitol, as American lawmakers used this opportunity to encourage American Muslims to come forward and join the mainstream. The congressional iftar also provided an opportunity to three Muslim lawmakers — Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and André Carson, all Democrats — to explain their faith to their colleagues.

The Washington Post noted that this “break-the-fast meal in the halls of Congress included a hefty serving of politics alongside the naan and kebabs”.

The New York Times even listed the food served at this iftar: “Dates, spiced rice, baked pumpkin, salad and fruit — and cans of whipped cream for sundaes.”

The Guardian noted “the fast was the first to be organised by three Muslim members of Congress and be attended by party leadership”.

Speakers included the House majority leader, Steny Hoyer, Senate minority whip, Dick Durbin, and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the progressive star and close friend of Ms Omar’s and Ms Tlaib’s, the first-ever Muslim women in Congress.

Ms Ocasio-Cortez condemned the targeting of Ms Omar and Ms Tlaib, stating: “We know these divisions are a distraction, and they are rooted in the subjugation of all the communities involved that are being pitted against one another.”

“We wanted to bring a different lens that hasn’t been at the table. “And we’ve had to do it courageously, even under attack,” Ms Tlaib said.

KhizrMuazzam Khan — a Pakistani American whose son Humayun Khan was captain in the US Army and was killed in 2004 during the Iraq War — was a guest of honour.

House Majority Hoyer told the mostly Muslim audience, “The Bible doesn’t tell me to love my neighbour if they’re Christian ... The Bible tells me to love my neighbour”.

Senator Durbin told the guests that “your religion gives you values and inspiration” and pledged to work with them to stop those who attack Muslims because their “rhetoric is so hateful, so divisive, so deadly”.

Published in Dawn, June 5th, 2019

https://www.dawn.com/news/1486610/interfaith-iftars-allow-us-muslims-to-mainstream-their-faith

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India

PM Modi, Amit Shah Wish the Nation on Eid-ul-Fitr, Send Messages of Peace and Harmony

'May this special day ignite the spirit of harmony, compassion and peace in our society

May everyone be blessed with happiness,' Prime Minister Modi said.

News18.comJune 5, 2019

PM Modi, Amit Shah Wish the Nation on Eid-ul-Fitr, Send Messages of Peace and Harmony Pigeons fly past as Muslims gather to offer Eid al-Adha prayers at the Jama Masjid in New

 New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished the country on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr calling for peace and harmony in the society. "May this special day ignite the spirit of harmony, compassion and peace in our society. May everyone be blessed with happiness," he said.

Narendra Modi

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Home Minister Amit Shah also greeted the nation and hoped the festival would bring peace and happiness for everyone. "Extend my warm greetings on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. May this festival bring peace, joy and happiness in everyone's life," he tweeted.

Extending warm wishes of the festival, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh wished the people, saying, "Warm greetings and best wishes to everyone celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr. May this festival strengthen the bonds of peace, harmony and brotherhood in our society."

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also joined the league of leader wishing the country as he wrote on Twitter, "May the pious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr bring peace, prosperity and harmony in every part of the world."

Wishing the people on the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr, Congress President Rahul Gandhi said, "Eid Mubarak and my best wishes to all on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr."

https://www.news18.com/news/india/pm-modi-amit-shah-wish-the-nation-on-eid-ul-fitr-send-messages-of-peace-and-harmony-2172575.html

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Both, Indian and Pakistani Armies Reiterated Their Resolve, To Ensure Peace along the Border and Exchange Sweets On The Occasion Of Eid-Ul-Fitr

By Express News Service

Jammu |

Published: June 5, 2019

“Only defence officials, not politicians should talk about military actions”

eid-ul-fitr, indian army, pakistan army, indian and pakitani army exchange sweets on eid, loc, india pakistan border, jammu and kashmir

Indian and Pakistani armies exchanged sweets on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. (Express photo)

Indian Army and Border Security Force (BSF) Wednesday exchanged Eid greetings and sweets with their Pakistani counterparts at nearly a dozen places along the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir.

A defence ministry spokesperson Lt Colonel Devender Anand said that Indian and Pakistani armies exchanged sweets on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr at Chakkan Da Bagh along the Line of Control in Poonch.

Sweets were also exchanged between BSF and Pakistani Rangers at various places along the IB from Kanachak to Kathua in Jammu region. Both the sides on the occasion also reiterated their resolve to ensure peace along the border.

Meanwhile, Eid was celebrated with fervour all over the region including border areas, with Muslims offering Eid prayers in mosques. The borders remained peaceful during the day.

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/indian-and-pakistani-armies-exchange-sweets-on-the-occasion-of-eid-ul-fitr-5767157/

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The Taj Mahal Is the First Indian Heritage Site to Get a Breastfeeding Room

 

An official said the room would be functional by July to aid the "millions of mothers who visit with their babies”.

The Archeological Survey of India has announced that the iconic Taj Mahal will soon boast of a breastfeeding room for mothers, becoming the first Indian heritage site to boast of such a facility.

ASI official Vasant Kumar Swarnkar told Reuters that the room would be functional by July in order to aid the "millions of mothers who visit with their babies”.

He said they had arrived at the decision after he spotted a mother hiding under a stairway in order to feed her child. "“I could see it was so difficult for her (to feed her child) which is a basic motherhood right. So I thought we have to do something.”

Located in Agra, India, the Taj Mahal was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as an ode to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. It has since become an iconic heritage site which attracts up to 8 million visitors annually.

Commentators have praised the move, saying it is a necessary step towards destigmatising breast feeding and allowing mothers greater ease to move freely in public spaces.

https://images.dawn.com/news/1182948/the-taj-mahal-is-the-first-indian-heritage-site-to-get-a-breastfeeding-room

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Pak foreign secretary Mahmood offers Eid prayers at Jama Masjid

PTI | Updated: Jun 5, 2019

It is not immediately known whether Mahmood would meet any Indian officials or leaders during his stay here

Mahmood was Pakistan's high commissioner to India before he assumed charge of the top post in mid-April. His children were studying here

He is scheduled to return to Pakistan on Friday along with his family, sources said

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NEW DELHI: Pakistan foreign secretary Sohail Mahmood arrived here on a three-day private visit on Tuesday night, diplomatic sources said.

On Wednesday, he offered Eid prayers at historic Jama Masjid here.

Mahmood was Pakistan's high commissioner to India before he assumed charge of the top post in mid-April.

It is not immediately known whether he would meet any Indian officials or leaders during his stay here.

Mahmood's children were studying here.

He is scheduled to return to Pakistan on Friday along with his family, sources said.

Before returning to Pakistan on April 14, Mahmood had told PTI that dialogue between India and Pakistan was the only option to understand mutual concerns and ensure peace, prosperity and security in the region.

He said Pakistan was hoping for "re-engagement" with India after the Lok Sabha polls.

"Sustained engagement and structured dialogue would enable the two countries to understand mutual concerns and differences, resolve outstanding disputes and build the edifice of durable peace, security and prosperity in the region," he said.

Tensions between the two countries worsened after the Pulwama terror attack and both the nations were almost on the brink of a war after India's military planes struck a terrorist training camp in Pakistan's Balakot on February 26 and Pakistan carried out a counter-offensive the next day.

Breaking the ice in bilateral ties, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on May 26 spoke to Modi over phone and expressed his desire to work together for peace and prosperity in the region.

Modi on his part called for creating trust and an environment free of violence and terrorism for fostering peace and prosperity in the region.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/pak-foreign-secretary-mahmood-offers-eid-prayers-at-jama-masjid/articleshow/69661561.cms

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Terror hideout busted in Poonch forest in J&K

TNN | Updated: Jun 5, 2019, 5:14 IST

JAMMU: The J&K Police on Tuesday busted a terrorist hideout in a forest area of Poonch district and recovered a pistol along with 214 pieces of ammunition.

The action comes a month ahead of the commencement of Buddha AmarnathYatra to Mandi in Poonch. “A joint operation was launched on the basis of input about a terror hideout in forest area of Sanai. The hideout was successfully busted and recoveries were made,” sources said.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/terror-hideout-busted-in-poonch-forest-in-jk/articleshow/69657573.cms

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SouthEast Asia

Myanmar white roses offer Eid solidarity to Muslims

5 June 2019

Myanmar Buddhists handed out white roses to Muslims heading to pray Wednesday to mark the end of Ramadan -- the culmination of a rare show of solidarity in a country where Islam is often vilified.

Volunteers lined up outside Dargah mosque in eastern Yangon, giving flowers to scores of devotees heading inside to mark the Eid festival, weeks after a mob of hardliners had tried to shut down Ramadan prayers.

Muslim motorbike courier Tin Myint, 42, said the gesture had raised spirits in the Muslim community.

"Some Buddhists really helped protect us," he told AFP.

The white rose campaign started three weeks ago after a mob of some 200 ultra-nationalists descended on three sites hosting Ramadan prayers in Yangon, forcing them to stop.

Police responded in the following days by offering protection to the shocked worshippers and an arrest warrant was issued for one protest leader.

Respected moderate monk Seindita also came to plead for their patience, handing out white roses in solidarity and triggering the campaign.

The team of some 100 volunteers gave out around 15,000 flowers to Muslims at 23 locations across the country during Ramadan.

ThetSwe Win, 33, explained the roses were a "warning to extremists that many in Myanmar don't share their unjust views".

About three to four percent of Buddhist-majority Myanmar's population is Muslim although the religion traces its roots in the country back centuries.

A brutal 2017 military crackdown forced some 740,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh.

But discrimination against the Muslim community -- which includes people from many ethnic groups -- goes back further.

Critics say Muslims were particularly targeted by changes to Myanmar's laws in 2015, which heavily restricted inter-faith marriages.

WunnaShwe, joint-secretary of the Islamic Religious Affairs Council Myanmar, said the white rose campaign had really helped after years of degradation of their rights.

"We used to live like brothers and sisters with each other (alongside Buddhists)," he said, adding the problems were created for "political purposes".

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-7107207/Myanmar-white-roses-offer-Eid-solidarity-Muslims.html

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Xinjiang’s vanishing mosques highlight pressure on China’s Muslims as Ramadan ends with a whimper

5 Jun, 2019

Few signs of Eid celebrations after crackdown that has seen a reported million Uygurs and other minorities interned in camps

Muslims in far western Chinese region say they are now ‘too scared’ to practise their faith in public

Worshippers leave a mosque in Kasghar after prayers on Wednesday. Photo: AFPWorshippers leave a mosque in Kasghar after prayers on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

Worshippers leave a mosque in Kasghar after prayers on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

The corner where Heyitkah mosque in China’s far western region of Xinjiang once hummed with life is now a car park where all traces of the tall, domed building have been erased.

While Muslims around the world celebrated the end of Ramadan with prayers and festivities this week, the recent destruction of dozens of mosques in Xinjiang highlights the increasing pressure Uygurs and other ethnic minorities face in the heavily policed region.

Behind the car park in the city of Hotan, the slogan “Educate the people for the party” is emblazoned in red on the wall of a primary school where students must scan their faces upon entering the razor-wired gates.

The mosque “was beautiful,” recalled a vendor at a nearby bazaar. “There were a lot of people there.”

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“The situation here is very strict, it takes a toll on my heart,” said one Uygur, who requested anonymity for fear of reprisals. “I don’t go any more,” he added, referring to mosques. “I’m scared.”

In the ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar, no longer does the sunrise call for prayer echo throughout the city – a ritual the manager of the city’s central mosque once proudly shared with tourists.

On Wednesday, locals celebrating Eid al-Fitr quietly filed into the entrance of state-approved Idkah Mosque – one of the largest in China – as police and officials fenced off the wide square surrounding the building and plain clothes men monitored every person’s actions.

It was another low-key Ramadan for Muslims in Xinjiang, where restaurants were busy serving food to customers throughout the day, a time when practising Muslims fast.

In Hotan on Friday – a holy day for believers – the only mosque in the city was empty after sundown, an important prayer session when Muslim families typically break their daily Ramadan fast.

Earlier in the day, at least 100 people attended a midday session but the vast majority were elderly men.

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The ruling Communist Party “sees religion as this existential threat”, said James Leibold, an expert on ethnic relations and policy in China at La Trobe University.

Over the long term, the Chinese government wants to achieve “the secularisation of Chinese society,” he told AFP.

The Xinjiang government told AFP that it “protects religious freedoms” and citizens can celebrate Ramadan “within the scope permitted by law”, without elaborating.

The authorities have thrown a hi-tech security net across the region, installing cameras, mobile police stations and checkpoints in seemingly every street in response to a spate of deadly attacks blamed on Islamic extremists and separatists in recent years.

An estimated one million Uygurs and other Turkic-speaking ethnic groups are held in a vast network of internment camps.

After initially denying their existence, Chinese authorities last year acknowledged that they run “vocational education centres” aimed at steering people clear of religious extremism by teaching them Mandarin and China’s laws.

In those centres, it was a different Ramadan.

The Xinjiang government told AFP that people in the centres are not allowed to hold religious activities because Chinese law forbids it within education facilities, but they are free to do so “when they return home on weekends”.

In recent years, Chinese authorities have ramped up controls on public displays of religion and Islamic traditions in Xinjiang.

AFP reporters did not see any veiled women and few men sporting long beards during a week-long visit to the region. Former internment camp inmates have said they were incarcerated for these outward signs of their religion.

Places of worship too have become targets of Beijing’s draconian security measures.

Human Rights Watch decodes surveillance app used to classify people in China’s Xinjiang region

In the satellite images analysed by AFP and Earthrise Alliance, 30 religious sites were completely demolished while six had their domes and corner spires removed.

AFP reporters visited about half a dozen sites, and found that some mosques had been repurposed into public spaces.

Police officers blocked journalists from entering Artux, just north of Kashgar, where the town’s grand mosque and dozens of other community mosques were destroyed.

The area is some 22 kilometres (14 miles) away from an enormous complex believed to be a re-education centre. Visible from a nearby village, the facility has razor-wired walls, watchtowers and imposing block buildings.

In Kashgar, two cameras perched on the columns of a former mosque point at its entrance. There is no minaret or dome – instead, a shop selling dresses lies to its right alongside houses.

A demolished mosque in Hotan has been converted into a garden, paved with concrete walkways and sparsely planted trees.

On the outskirts of town, situated between a cemetery and sand dunes, two white flags and a pile of burned refuse and debris was all that was left of an old shrine named Imam Asim.

China’s top Xinjiang official Chen Quanguo should face sanctions over alleged abuses, US lawmakers say

Uygurs consider these mosques and shrines “their ancestral heritage,” said Omer Kanat, director of the Uygur Human Rights Project.

“The Chinese government just wants to erase everything … that is different from Han, everything which belongs to Uygur culture or Islamic culture in the region,” he said.

JumaMaimaiti, the official imam of Idkah Mosque, told AFP in an interview arranged by the propaganda department that the demolition of mosques “has never happened here”.

“But our government has proceeded to protect some key mosques,” he added, and said that the city of Kashgar has over 150 mosques.

Though Beijing’s restrictions on religious piety, such as fasting, are not new, observers say conditions have deteriorated to the point where celebrations for the holy month in Xinjiang are reduced or largely invisible.

Islamic greetings and openly fasting in public are no longer permitted, said Darren Byler, a lecturer at the University of Washington who focuses on Uygur culture.

While there are Uygurs who continue to practise their faith, they are “internalising it at this moment – they’re not expressing it openly,” he said.

EU calls out Beijing on human rights but activists want harder line against China’s Xinjiang and Tibet policy

At state-backed mosques, religious activity is controlled as Beijing pursues a five-year plan to “Sinicise” Islam as the “only way for a healthy development of Islam” in the country, said Yang Faming, president of the state-backed Islamic Association of China, in January.

Propaganda signs with slogans such as “love the Party, love the country” hang at many mosques.

In Yengisarcounty, south of Kashgar, one mosque hung a photo of Chinese President Xi Jinping inside its premises, where most posters were dedicated to warning against religious extremism and promoting ethnic harmony.

“Unity and stability is a blessing,” read a red banner draped across the wall. “Division and turmoil is a disaster.”

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3013255/xinjiangs-vanishing-mosques-highlight-pressure-chinas-muslims

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On Eid 2019, Filipino Muslims recall Ramadan teachings to attain peace

As they break their fast, Muslims reflect on how Ramadan taught them patience and devotion to their faith

June 05, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – As the Islamic world marked the end of Ramadan with the feast of Eid’lFitr, Filipino Muslims reflected on the value of the monthlong celebration in attaining lasting peace. (READ: IN PHOTOS: Filipino Muslims break fast at start of Eid'lFitr)

On the morning of Wednesday, June 5, Islamic scholar Abdul Fattah Tanog reiterated the essence of Ramadan as he joined hundreds of Muslims who flocked to the Golden Mosque in Quiapo, Manila.

Ramadan is a monthlong period of fasting from sunrise to sunset, where Muslims devote time to seeking forgiveness, exercising self-control, and doing charity. (READ: FAST FACTS: What you should know about Eid'lFitr, end of Ramadan)

“[The celebration encourages us] to be more spiritual and to be more attentive to the devotion, and [to] focus one's self to spiritual enhancement over worldly and material things, and if possible, to eliminate the bad traits or spiritual ailments especially arrogance and envy,” Tanog said in a mix of Filipino and English.

According to him, the lack of spirituality is the root cause of all conflicts – from marriage disputes to wars between nations. "Everyone is thinking that they are superior than the rest and that they have the desire to bring down others,” he said.

https://www.rappler.com/move-ph/232359-filipino-muslims-recall-ramadan-teachings-attain-peace-eidl-fitr-2019

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Muslims in southern Thailand celebrate 1 Syawal in calm and joy

Last update: 05/06/2019

PATTANI, June 5 (Bernama) – Muslims in southern Thailand today celebrated 1 Syawal in calm and festivity without any untoward incidents.

It was much welcomed atmosphere in the southern provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat compared to the uneasiness in the last 10 days of Ramadan.

More than 5,000 Muslims flooded Pattani Central Mosque here for Aidilfitri prayers with family members and relatives including Malaysians visiting relatives in the province.

Here mosques and suraus were decorated with arches to give the festive mood in the city while Muslims were seen greeting each other after the prayer.

Many Muslims proceeded to visit the graves of loved ones after that.

Apart from that, they were busy visiting the houses of relatives in conjunction with Aidilfitri.

The month Ramadan in southern Thailand this year was rocked by several incidents of bombings and shootings in the three provinces among them was the explosion at a Ramadan bazaar in Pattani which killed two and injured 14 others.

Meanwhile, in BANGKOK, the Malaysian Ambassador to Thailand also held a simple Hari Raya Aidilfitri gathering for embassy staff and their families.

An array of hariraya delicacies such as rendang, lemang and laksa were served to treat all present.

The Malaysian Ambassador to Thailand Datuk Jojie Samuel and his wife Datin Catherina Cherian Samuel attended the ceremony and also presented ‘duitraya’ to children embassy staff.

- BERNAMA

http://www.bernama.com/en/general/news.php?id=1733060

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Mideast

Iran’s Leader Reassures: Occupied Territories to Return to Palestinians

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, in a Wednesday meeting with ambassadors of the Islamic countries and Iranian government officials on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, underlined that Palestinians will reclaim their motherland in the very near future.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that relying upon the assistance of the Almighty God, Palestine will definitely be returned to its nation in the very near future.

He pointed to the message of Eid al-Fitr and said, “Establishing unity and amity among Muslim countries and returning to the concept of 'Islamic Ummah' is the salient message of this auspicious feast.”

In this meeting, the Leader also referred to the plots waged by enemies against Islamic countries and said, "Instead of standing against one another, Islamic countries should unite against criminal acts of the Israeli regime in Palestine.”

Leaders of some Islamic countries are trying to reach a compromise with the Zionist regime and sow seeds of discord among other Muslim nations, he warned, and called on all Islamic states to make their utmost efforts to foil conspiracies orchestrated by enemies.

Earlier on the day, addressing worshipers in Tehran, Ayatollah Khamenei reassured that the so-called “Deal of the Century” plot of the US against Palestine will never materialize.

Ayatollah Khamenei, delivering a sermon at Imam Khomeini’s Mosalla in Tehran this morning after leading Eid al-Fitr’s prayers there, underlined that the upcoming US-devised deal, known as the “Deal of the Century”, on the Palestine issue is doomed to fail and will “never materialize.”

The Leader further rejected US President Donald Trump’s yet-to-be-unveiled deal on the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict as “a betrayal of the Muslim world.”

Ayatollah Khamenei further denounced the Bahraini regime for agreeing to host a conference, where Washington is set to unveil parts of the plan later this month.

All Palestinian groups — along with the United Nations and several other countries — have boycotted the event.

“The objective of this conference is to materialize America’s wrongful, treacherous and evil scheme for Palestinians — which they (Americans) have called ‘the deal of the century.’ However, this will not happen, and this plot will never get off the ground, by divine grace,” the leader said.

Ayatollah Khamenei described the Palestinian cause against Israeli occupation as the “number one issue” on the agenda of the Islamic world, thanking those who have voiced opposition to the so-called “peace” deal and the relevant event in Bahrain.

“The treachery of some Muslim states such as Saudi Arabia and Bahrain set the stage for such an evil plot,” Ayatollah Khamenei said. “I wish Bahraini and Saudi rulers would (eventually) realize what a quagmire they are stepping in and what damages this will do to their future.”

The economic portion of the so-called deal of the century is set to be unveiled during a conference in Manama, Bahrain, on June 25-26. All Palestinian factions have boycotted the event, accusing Washington of offering financial rewards for accepting the Israeli occupation.

In a recent speech broadcast on Palestine TV recently, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas rejected both the “Deal of the Century” and the Trump administration's upcoming economic summit for the Palestinians in Bahrain, noting that Palestinian officials will boycott the summit in Bahrain.

US President Donald Trump acknowledged that his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s doubts about his so-called “Deal of the Century” “may be right”.

In a closed-door meeting with Jewish leaders, Pompeo conceded that the plan might be rejected, according to an audio recording of the private meeting obtained by The Washington Post.

According to the audio recording of the private meeting between Pompeo and Israelis, the US top diplomat is heard suggesting that the plan is “unexecutable” and it might not “gain traction”.

“It may be rejected. Could be in the end, folks will say, ‘It’s not particularly original, it doesn’t particularly work for me’, that is, ‘It’s got two good things and nine bad things, I’m out’,” the former CIA chief stated, adding, “The big question is can we get enough space that we can have a real conversation about how to build this out.”

The unveiling of the plan has been repeatedly delayed, a point Pompeo stressed.

“This has taken us longer to roll out our plan than I had originally thought it might — to put it lightly,” he stated at a meeting on Tuesday of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, a group that addresses concerns of the Jewish community.

The secretary of state said that there are “no guarantees that we’re the ones that unlock it", referring to the frozen conflict between Israel and Palestine. He added, “I hope everyone will engage in a serious way.”

He also revealed that the administration never believed achieving a lasting peace agreement would be easy.

Pompeo also recognized the popular notion that the agreement will be one-sided in favor of Israel.

“I get why people think this is going to be a deal that only the Israelis could love,” he stated, noting, “I understand the perception of that. I hope everyone will just give the space to listen and let it settle in a little bit.”

US president’s son-in-law and White House senior advisor Jared Kushner has noted that the deal would be unveiled at the conclusion of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has formed a new administration in the wake of reelection. The timeline could change as the Israeli parliament (Knesset) voted to dissolve last week, forcing the premier to runs for the post in a second election this year.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13980315000348

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Lone attacker kills four in Lebanese city

APUpdated June 05, 2019

TRIPOLI: Military police and forensics in white overalls deployed in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Tuesday after a lone gunman went on an overnight shooting spree, killing four security personnel before blowing himself up in an apartment in a residential building.

The rare shooting, in which the gunman used a motorcycle to move around, opening fire on police and army vehicles, shook the predominantly Sunni Muslim coastal city on the eve of the EidulFitr holiday, which marks the end of Ramazan.

Interior Minister Raya El Hassan told reporters that the gunman, identified as Abdul-Rahman Mabsout, is a former member of the militant Islamic State group and now a “lone wolf.” She said the situation was under control.

The shooting began late on Monday with Mabsout first firing at a branch of the Lebanese Central Bank, then driving around, shooting at police and later at an army vehicle, killing four.

With police in hot pursuit, opening fire and using tear gas, Mabsout then drove to a residential building, where he shot his way up the stairs and into an empty apartment on the fourth floor and barricaded himself inside.

An hours-long standoff ensued, culminating with security forces storming the apartment. Cornered, Mabsout detonated his explosives vest, killing himself instantly.

On Tuesday, there were multiple signs of battle. At least four civilian cars and one police car were heavily damaged, their windshields smashed and pocked by bullet holes.

Military police and forensics removed bullets from the street. Tear gas canisters were still on the ground.

The nine-floor apartment building where Mabsout died was shell pocked and the apartment itself partially destroyed.

The owner of the apartment said he and his family were not in the house when the gunman stormed the building, but that his flat was left largely destroyed by the explosion. He said the attacker entered his building after shooting one person in the street.

“Thank God there was nobody in the house, and my door is not made of steel, it is a wooden door so I think he broke the door and he walked in,” Kamal Ferri said. Mabsout is a former member of the IS group who fought with the extremist movement in Syria. He had been detained when he returned to Lebanon in 2016 and was released a year later.

The Lebanese army announced earlier that it has increased security around the country because of the holiday, when people go out to celebrate.

Tripoli, which is Lebanon’s second largest city, has in the past seen clashes between rival groups that support or oppose the Syrian government of President Bashar Assad. The city is also home to some extremists who fought against the Lebanese army in the past.

The militant Islamic State group and Al Qaeda-linked militants have claimed responsibility over the past years for attacks in different parts of Lebanon that killed dozens of people. Such attacks have been rare recently.

Published in Dawn, June 5th, 2019

https://www.dawn.com/news/1486635/lone-attacker-kills-four-in-lebanese-city

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President Rouhani: US Officials’ Anti-Iran Remarks Baseless

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that the remarks made by US officials against Iran are baseless and leaves no impact on the resolute determination of the people and officials in Tehran.

Today, the enemy has changed its tactic in the region although these baseless and unfounded statements of US officials will have no effect in the strong will of Iranian people, President Rouhani stated in a meeting of Iranian government officials and ambassadors of Islamic countries with the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, today, on the occasion of auspicious Eid al-Fitr.

Rouhani pointed to the US’ unilateral withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and said, “US President Trump pulled his country out of Iran’s nuclear deal last year and expected Iran to leave the deal like itself in order to easily enforce the international sanctions against Iran without paying a cost but perseverance and patience of Iranian government and people foiled conspiracies waged by the United States against the country."

He went on to say that US was forced to shoulder the responsibility for violating the agreement which led to the political and social victory of Iran in the world.

“Undoubtedly, the enemy can never bring the noble nation of Islamic Iran to its knees, and the Iranian people and government will come out victorious with their patience,” he added.

He seized this opportunity to express his sincere congratulations to the noble nation of Islamic Iran and all Islamic communities in the world and said, “Eid al-Fitr is the feast of freedom, liberation and also get rid of the Divine retribution.”

Elsewhere in his remarks, President Rouhani pointed to the economic problems overshadowing the country caused by US sanctions and said, “effective steps have been taken by the government in line with resolving problems facing the noble nation of Islamic Iran.”

The government will make its utmost efforts to settle economic problems that the people of the country are facing, Rouhani emphasized.

Last month, Chairman of Iran's Strategic Council on Foreign Relations Seyed Kamal Kharrazi, who served as the country’s top diplomat between 1997 and 2005, underlined that the behavior of US President Donald Trump has made Tehran certain that Washington is completely untrustworthy and the call for talks is not sincere.

Iran cannot trust the US anymore and President Trump's call for negotiation is propaganda, Kharrazi said on May 12 in Paris referring to the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal, known also as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

He made the remarks in a meeting with French think tankers' officials and staff.

Trump proved that he has no respect for previous US government's agreements as well as the UN Security Council Resolution 2231, the Iranian official added.

He noted that Iran's decision to suspend parts of its commitments is based on the JCPOA articles and the Europeans should show their commitment to the nuclear deal by execution of the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX).

No country will negotiate its deterrence power and Iran's ballistic missiles are for deterrence and non-negotiable, Kharrazi said.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Seyed Abbas Araqchi said a day earlier that Donald Trump and his administration are needed to shift policies and correct their approach to get rid of the present crisis instead of sending his phone number, saying ironically that "Americans have our number if needed"

US media reports said on May 10 that the White House had contacted Swiss officials and given them a phone number for Iran to directly call Trump as tensions rise between the two countries.

“I’d like to see them call me,” Trump said a day before that, referring to the Iranian officials.

Araqchi reacted to the report and Trump's remarks, saying, "There is no need for a mediator or phone number for Trump to get rid of the hard and critical conditions that he has created for himself and the US."

He stressed the necessity for Washington to correct its policy and behavior to get out of the crisis and tensions that it has created, adding that the entire world has admitted that the White House policies, its withdrawal from the nuclear deal and re-imposition of sanctions against Iran, are wrong.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13980315000364

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Russia Once Again Rejects Turkey's Demand to Stop Military Operations in Idlib Province

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- Russia rejected another demand by Turkey to bring to a halt its military operations in Northern Syria as Damascus army troops are making fresh advances in Northern Hama and Southern Idlib, media reports said.

The terrorist groups' commanders and the Turkish Army's officers have recently attended a joint meeting in Northern Syria, the pro-militant Arabic-language al-Wasl news website quoted some special sources as saying.

The sources also told al-Wasl that Turkey continues logistical support and arms shipments to the terrorists, including anti-Tank missiles.

Meantime, the Syrian Army completed its mop-up operations in the villages of al-Hawash and Tal Hawash after fierce clashes with Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) North of the town of al-Jaberieh in Southern Idlib.

The Syrian Army' Air Defense systems for the fourth consecutive day targeted and destroyed several drones of the terrorists that tried to target JabalRamleh Airport in Northwestern Hama.

In a relevant development on Tuesday, Ankara dispatched a large number of militants to reoccupy the vital al-Qassabiyeh-al-Habit road in Southern Idlib after its affiliated militants sustained a heavy defeat from the Syrian army in the region.

Sources close to the terrorists reported that hundreds of the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) special forces and military equipment have been sent to Southern Idlib to take control of the town of al-Qassabiyeh from the Syrian army.

Meantime, a Syrian military source said that the terrorists' supply route from the town of al-Qassabiyeh to the strategic region of al-Habit has been cut off during the Syrian army operations on Monday, and added that the army forces plan to take back control of al-Habit by advancing from the two fronts of KafarNaboudeh and farms between al-Habit and al-Qassabiyeh.

He added that the army troops have killed tens of Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at terrorists and other militants fighting under Ankara's command during the operations to liberate al-Habit.

Also, the Syrian army targeted the positions and moves of Tahrir al-Sham in the towns of al-Naqsir, Tarmila, Ma'aratHarmah, Ma'ar Zita, KafarSajnah and Ma'aratNuman in Southern Idlib with missile and artillery fire, destroying several of their positions and military vehicles.

The Syrian army on Monday seized control of the first region in the Southern parts of Idlib province during a major offensive on Tahrir al-Sham terrorist group in Northern Syria.

The Arabic-language service of Sputnik reported that the Syrian army, supported by heavy artillery and missile fire and air force, attacked Tahrir al-Sham's positions in the town of al-Qassabiyeh in Southern Idlib from the Northern parts of the town of KafarNaboudeh, taking back control of the town after heavy clashes.

Meantime, a military source underlined the Syrian army troops' control over the hills near the town, saying that the army forces could extend the security umbrella over KafarNaboudeh from the North.

The terrorists had transferred their first defense lines to this region after losing KafarNaboudeh in Northwestern Hama.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13980315000322

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Iran Raps Western Arms Sellers for Helping Saudi War Crimes in Yemen

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad JavadZarif categorically denounced Western governments’ thirst for selling more arms and weapons to Saudi Arabia and its allies who are blatantly involved in war crimes against civilians in impoverished Yemen.

Zarif, in a tweet on Tuesday, once again slammed Western governments for pushing through arms exports to Saudi Arabia and its allies, which are used in the devastating Yemen war.

The Iranian top diplomat said the Western-made weapons are being used by Saudi Arabia and the UAE to perpetrate war crimes in Yemen.

He said the Western governments’ arms sales continue despite calls from their publics and legislatures for an end to the war on Yemen.

Zarif also noted how Iran’s offers of a political way out of what he called "the evil cycle", has been repeatedly rebuffed.

Newly-released figures show that France increased its weapons sales to Saudi Arabia by 50 percent last year despite growing international concern about the atrocities committed in a Saudi-led war on Yemen.

On Tuesday, an annual report by the French government showed that the country sold 1 billion euros’ worth of arms to Saudi Arabia in 2018, with the main item being patrol boats.

The Saudi-led coalition has widely used French boats and at least two ships in placing a tight siege on Yemeni ports, particularly Hudaydah, a lifeline for the war-ravaged country’s crippled economy.

The French government has faced massive criticism for complicity in the war but has so far resisted pressure from rights groups to stop the lucrative arms trade with the two Persian Gulf countries, denying that the weapons are being used against the Yemenis. Paris claims that the arms are being deployed in “self-defense.”

This is while in mid-April, a classified note from the French military intelligence service (DRM) estimated that over 430,000 Yemenis lived within the range of French artillery weapons on the Saudi-Yemeni border. It further estimated that French weapons had resulted in civilian casualties.

The revelation about the increased sales last year is expected to deepen mistrust in France’s position on the war.

Late last month, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian described the war on Yemen as a “dirty war” and said that it “has to be stopped,” even as his country continued to mostly quietly sell weapons to both Riyadh and Abu Dhabi on a large scale.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its allies — mainly the United Arab Emirates (UAE) — invaded Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing a former Yemeni client regime back to power. The ongoing war has killed tens of thousands and disrupted the lives of millions by causing widespread famine as well as epidemics.

Saudi Arabia and its allies, including the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, and Sudan, launched a brutal war against Yemen in March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall Yemen’s former president AbdRabbuh Mansur Hadi.

The aggression initially consisted of a bombing campaign but was later coupled with a naval blockade and the deployment of ground forces to Yemen. Around 20,000 people have died since the war began, says Yemen’s Health Ministry.

The Saudi-led war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The United Nations (UN) has said that a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in dire need of food, including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger.

Despite Riyadh's claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

According to several reports, the Saudi-led air campaign against Yemen has driven the impoverished country towards humanitarian disaster, as Saudi Arabia's deadly campaign prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13980315000242

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Palestinians converge at Al-Aqsa Mosque to celebrate Eid al-Fitr

June 05, 2019

Thousands of Muslims in Jerusalem perform Eid prayers converging on iconic Al-Aqsa Mosque

Palestinians in east Jerusalem celebrated Eid al-Fitr on Wednesday, a three-day festival that follows the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Some 120,000 Muslims converged on the iconic c -- which for Muslims represents the world's third holiest site -- to perform Eid prayers.

Also, Muslims in Malaysia, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, China, Uzbekistan, Iran and Azerbaijan attended Eid al-Fitr prayers on the first day of the holy festival in their respective countries.

https://www.yenisafak.com/en/world/palestinians-converge-at-al-aqsa-mosque-to-celebrate-eid-al-fitr-3482601

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South Asia

Taliban detain Afghan peace marchers

AFPUpdated June 05, 2019

KANDAHAR: Afghan peace protesters marching through Taliban territory have been detained by the insurgents, two supporters of the movement said on Tuesday.

The so-called People’s Peace Movement attracted international attention last year when they walked across Afghanistan and into the capital Kabul in an attempt to reduce the record levels of violence across the country.

Thousands of civilians have been killed or injured in the past 18 years of fighting between the militant group and US-backed forces.

About 30 members of the People’s Peace Movement started a new walk on May 27, when they set out from Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand province.

According to Abdul Malik Hamdard, a peace march supporter, the Taliban forced four members of the group to accompany them in vehicles on Sunday night as they crossed into Taliban territory in the south of the country. Then on Monday, Taliban fighters returned and took the rest of the group, except for a few older members, he added. About 25 marchers were detained in total, he said.

“Initially (the Taliban) told us that ‘we will talk to them’,” Hamdard said.

“We have had no news from them since then.” After refusing to comment about the marchers’ plight for more than 36 hours, the Taliban on Tuesday released photos of four of the group including its leader, Iqbal Khyber, and said the men were safe and would not be harmed.

“We do not know for what purpose the Taliban fighters have taken our members,” another supporter, Bacha Khan Muladad, said.

“We don’t know whether they have been taken hostages or are negotiating with them.” Muladad added he had been unable to contact any of the members directly because their phones were switched off.

BismillahWatandost, the marchers’ spokesman who is now among the detained group, last week said that the group aims to express to the Taliban the pain and suffering of Afghans, and call for a ceasefire over the festival of Eid, which began on Tuesday.

The group had initially planned to march to MosaQala, a Taliban’s stronghold some 130 kilometres from Lashkar Gah.

According to the UN, almost 4,000 civilians — including more than 900 children — were killed in Afghanistan last year, with more than 7,000 wounded. It was the deadliest year on record.

Published in Dawn, June 5th, 2019

https://www.dawn.com/news/1486632/taliban-detain-afghan-peace-marchers

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Taliban militants suffer casualties in Kandahar, Uruzgan operations

By Khaama Press / in Afghanistan / on Wednesday, 05 Jun 2019

The Afghan security forces carried out separate operations in southern Kandahar and Uruzgan provinces inflicting casualties on Taliban militants.

The 205th Atal Corps of the Afghan Military in a statement said the 1st Brigade of 205th Army Corps carried out artillery strikes in ShahwaliKot of Kandahar.

The statement further added that the artillery strikes left two Taliban militants dead and three others wounded.

Similarly, the 4th Brigade of 205th Atal Army Corps conducted mortar strikes in Uruzgan province killing 3 Taliban militants.

The operation was conducted in KhasUruzgan district of the province, the 205th Atal Corps said.

The 205th Atal Corps also added that the mortar strikes also wounded nine Taliban fighters.

The security forces also destroyed two motorcycles and a vehicle during the same operation.

Both Kandahar and Uruzgan are among the relatively volatile provinces in the South. Taliban militants are active in remote and restive areas of the two provinces.

In the meantime, the Afghan forces are busy conducting counter-terrorism operations against the anti-government armed groups in the two province.

Similarly, the U.S. forces also conduct regular airstrikes in restive parts of the country to suppress Taliban and other anti-government militants.

https://www.khaama.com/taliban-militants-suffer-casualties-in-kandahar-uruzgan-operations-03548/

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NATO allies, partners reaffirm steadfast support to financial sustainment of Afghan forces

By Khaama Press / in Afghanistan / on Wednesday, 05 Jun 2019

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg with members of the Afghan National Army Trust Fund Board

The NATO allies and partners on Tuesday reaffirmed their steadfast support to financial sustainment of the Afghan forces.

They reaffirmed their support at the plenary meeting of the Afghan National Army Trust Fund Board.

The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the donors agreed to extend their funding support through 2024 at Brussels summit last year.

He also added that the international community had earlier made similar commitments in Chicago and Warsaw Summits.

Furthermore, Mr. Stoltenberg said “It is difficult to overstate the political significance of the demonstration of long-term commitment by the international community to Afghanistan’s security.”

Mr. Stoltenberg also added that it would be difficult to overstate and how much this commitment is influencing the Taliban’s considerations to enter into a discussion on a negotiated solution to the conflict in Afghanistan.”

However, he said “The Afghan National Army Trust Fund plays an important part in linking this international commitment with worthwhile projects that improve the capabilities of the Afghan forces and help keeping them in the fight.”

He also highlighted that today’s meeting “is evidence of strong and continued commitment to the financial support of the Afghan security forces, improving chances for a negotiated solution to the conflict and for peace that all Afghans demand.”

As of 15 May 2019, total contributions made to the Trust Fund amount to 2.8 billion U.S. dollars. The ANA Trust Fund is open for contributions by the broader International Community, according to a NATO news release.

https://www.khaama.com/nato-allies-partners-reaffirm-steadfast-support-to-financial-sustainment-of-afghan-forces-03547/

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Afghan Special Forces rescue 9 more hostages from a Taliban prison in Ghor

By Khaama Press / in Afghanistan / on Tuesday, 04 Jun 2019

The Afghan Special Forces conducted an operation in north-western Ghor province of Afghanistan and released nine hostages from a Taliban prison.

The Special Operations Corps in a statement said the Special Forces stormed the Taliban prison in SurkhBalagh Village located in Pasaband district.

The statement further added that the Special Forces rescued nine hostages during the same operation.

The Afghan Special Forces had earlier rescued nine people from a Taliban prison in Ghazni province.

This comes as the security situation in some districts of Ghor province has deteriorated during the recent months.

Taliban militants are active in remote and restive areas of the province and often conduct terrorist related activities.

Meanwhile, the Afghan forces are busy conducting counter-terrorism operations against the terrorist groups in this province.

The U.S. forces also conduct regular airstrikes in restive parts of the country to suppress Taliban and other anti-government militants.

https://www.khaama.com/afghan-special-forces-rescue-9-more-hostages-from-a-taliban-prison-in-ghor-03546/

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Arab World

Syrian Army Liberates 4 Regions in Northern Hama

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army captured villages in four regions in Northwestern Hama on Tuesday during its major offensive against Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) terrorists in the region.

The Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper reported that the Syrian army operations continue in Northwestern Hama, adding that army forces have advanced in several fronts.

It added that the villages of al-Qayroutiyeh, Qirateh, al-Hamirat and al-Hardaneh have been set free by the army from militants' control, noting that heavy clashes are underway between the Syrian army forces and Tahrir al-Sham terrorists in Northwestern Hama.

Relevant reports from Hama said late last week that the terrorist groups prevented civilians from leaving areas under their control in Idlib to regions controlled by the Syrian army in Northern Hama as government forces continued advances in the region.

The Syrian Army troops engaged in fierce clashes with the terrorists of Tahrir al-Sham and the National Liberation Front (NLF) who had attacked the government forces' military positions in al-Karkat and al-Hawiz in Northern Hama last Saturday.

The Syrian army foiled the terrorists' attacks after killing a large number of them and destroying several of their military vehicles, including bomb-laden cars.

Meantime, the Arabic-language website of Russian Sputnik News Agency reported that Tahrir al-Sham,Harrasudin and Ajnad al-Qafqaz have blocked the roads leading to Khan Sheikhoun in Southern Idlib and Mourek in Northern Hama as well as the Western section of Abu al-Dhohour crossing.

The Arabic-language service of Russia Today also reported that hundreds of Syrian families gathered near the corridors declared by the Syrian government in Hama and Idlib, and demanded exit from areas under control of terrorists which faced terrorist groups' opposition.

Meantime, a member of the National Peace Committee in Syria Omar Rahmoun also reiterated that the terrorists blocked civilians' move through confiscating their assets, arresting and torturing them.

The terrorist groups also launched rocket attacks on the town of Qamhaneh in Northern Hama.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13980314000383

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Ankara-Backed Militants Sent to Southern Idlib to Regain Control of Lost Region

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- Ankara has dispatched a large number of militants to reoccupy the vital al-Qassabiyeh-al-Habit road in Southern Idlib after its affiliated militants sustained a heavy defeat from the Syrian army in the region.

Sources close to the terrorists reported on Tuesday that hundreds of the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) special forces and military equipment have been sent to Southern Idlib to take control of the town of al-Qassabiyeh from the Syrian army.

Meantime, a Syrian military source said that the terrorists' supply route from the town of al-Qassabiyeh to the strategic region of al-Habit has been cut off during the Syrian army operations on Monday, and added that the army forces plan to take back control of al-Habit by advancing from the two fronts of KafarNaboudeh and farms between al-Habit and al-Qassabiyeh.

He added that the army troops have killed tens of Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) terrorists and other militants fighting under Ankara's command during the operations to liberate al-Habit.

Also, the Syrian army targeted the positions and moves of Tahrir al-Sham in the towns of al-Naqsir, Tarmila, Ma'aratHarmah, Ma'ar Zita, KafarSajnah and Ma'aratNo'eman in Southern Idlib with missile and artillery fire, destroying several of their positions and military vehicles.

The Syrian army on Monday seized control of the first region in the Southern parts of Idlib province during a major offensive on Tahrir al-Sham terrorist group in Northern Syria.

The Arabic-language service of Sputnik reported that the Syrian army, supported by heavy artillery and missile fire and air force, attacked Tahrir al-Sham's positions in the town of al-Qassabiyeh in Southern Idlib from the Northern parts of the town of KafarNaboudeh, taking back control of the town after heavy clashes.

Meantime, a military source underlined the Syrian army troops' control over the hills near the town, saying that the army forces could extend the security umbrella over KafarNaboudeh from the North.

The terrorists had transferred their first defense lines to this region after losing KafarNaboudeh in Northwestern Hama.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13980314000289

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Assad appears in public for end of Ramadan festival

05 JUNE, 13:06

BEIRUT - Syrian President Bashar al Assad appeared in public on Wednesday at a mosque on the outskirts of Damascus to celebrate the first day of the festival of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting.

Syrian state news agency SANA and other government media gave widespread coverage to the fact that Assad spoke with local religious dignitaries and the Grand Mufti of Syria, Sheik Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun.

The Grand Mufti is the highest Sunni religious position in Syria and is nominated by the government.

In recent years for Eid al-Fitr, Assad went to mosques situated in other cities in Syria marked directly and indirectly by the effects of the ongoing civil war.

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/politics/2019/06/05/assad-appears-in-public-for-end-of-ramadan-festival_496552b7-ab7e-426f-8317-80b6e19ae05a.html

 

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