Imam of Fatehpuri Masjid, Delhi, Appeals to Muslims to Restore Temple after
Clash over Parking Turns Communal
Terror Outfit Using Bengal Madrassas to Radicalise Local Youths’
Designates Balochistan Liberation Army as Global Terrorist Group
Back 'Looted' Money and Leave Pakistan: PM Imran Khan to Zardari, Sharif
Deputy President Defends His Remarks That Declaring Assets Is Un-Islamic
Prime Minister Tries to Rein in Militias, and Their Grip on Economy
Hackers Said to Be Ready for Attacks on U.S. Targets
of War, Libyans Divided on What Kind of Leadership They Need
Loophole on Terror Financing Is an Urgent Wake-Up Call: The World Deserves
Imam of Fatehpuri Masjid, Delhi, Appeals to Muslims to Restore Temple After
Clash Over Parking Turns Communal
IS Supporters, Members Arrested Across Nation: Govt
case on row between church factions, SC asks: Is Kerala above the law?
2024? RSS Muslim Wing Opens Units across Telangana
Arrested in Case of Weapons Supply to ISIS-Inspired Terror Group Gets Bail
summons Geelani’s son in terror funding case
group vows to eliminate “dogs of Pakistan” from Jammu and Kashmir
militants killed in police raid on planned terror attack in E. Pakistan
al-Qaeda and TTP terrorists killed in Pakistan's Punjab
interview taken off air, sparks censorship fears in Pakistan
PPP face repercussions for not ending NAB: Fazl
Assembly has 10 declared billionaires: ECP
holds brief hearing on references against two judges
pilgrims arrive in Hassanabdal for Ranjit Singh’s death anniversary
says Pakistan wants peace, integration in region
Sanaullah’s arrest is state terrorism: PML-N
PPP in trouble for not ending NAB: Fazl
to Obtain Sharia Certification amid Halal Lifestyle Boom
Bloc, an Outspoken Contingent at the U.N.H.R.C Challenged Over Its Silence on
Arrests Suspected Leader of Terror Group Jemaah Islamiyah
defense chief voices concern over suicide bombings in Philippines
Police Arrest Leader Of Network With Al-Qaeda Ties
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Plotting Against Syria by Supporting Kurdish Separatists
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Council of Ministers reiterates support for Palestinian refugees
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Investigator Calls For Spy Tech Sales Ban On Riyadh
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says he is worried about terrorist attacks if U.S. troops leave Afghanistan
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Imam of Fatehpuri Masjid, Delhi, Appeals To Muslims To Restore Temple After
Clash Over Parking Turns Communal
Delhi: Shahi Imam of Fatehpuri Masjid, Mufti Mukarram appealed to the Muslims
to restore the temple which was allegedly vandalized after a clash which broke
out over parking. The temple is located in Hauz Qazi area of Chawri Bazar, old
a video message, he asked members of both the communities to sit and resolve
the matter to restore peace in the area. He also appealed not to make it a
the communal incident, he said that the one who is responsible for the incident
should be punished legally.
may be mentioned that on Sunday night, a clash erupted over the parking of a
scooty and quickly took a communal turn. Later, the temple was reportedly
officials are scanning the CCTV footage to identify persons who were involved
in the violence.
order to restore peace in the area, members of both the communities met on
Siddiqui, who was heading the Muslim community, said: “We have spoken to each
other on the issue and decided that the Aman Committee would bear the expenses
to renovate the vandalised temple.”
want peace in the area as it was earlier. We condemn the incident and the
culprits, who have vandalised the temple, must be punished,” he added.
DELHI: Inputs with the Centre point to the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh
(JMB), declared as terrorist outfit only recently, using some madrasas in
Burdwan and Murshidabad in West Bengal for radicalising and recruiting local
youth for terror acti- vities, the home ministry told the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
home minister G Kishan Reddy, in written reply to a question, said inputs
regarding JMB influence in madrasas had been shared with the state governments
and agencies concerned, “with the advice to take appropriate action”. JMB is
said to be behind the 2014 Burdwan blast and the blast in Bodh Gaya last year.
designates Balochistan Liberation Army as global terrorist group
United States on Tuesday designated militants fighting Pakistani rule in
Balochistan as terrorists after it carried out deadly attacks targeting Chinese
US State Department said it was classifying the Balochistan Liberation Army
(BLA) as a global terrorist group, making it a crime for anyone in the US to
assist the militants and freezing any US assets they may have.
a look: 'Attack on Chinese consulate in Karachi planned in Afghanistan with
support of Indian agency'
banned BLA “is an armed group that targets security forces and civilians,
mainly in Baloch areas of Pakistan,” the State Department said in its
security forces have been fighting terrorists in Balochistan since 2004, with
the militants recently finding a new focus in rallying against China's
investment that is part of its major Belt and Road initiative.
BLA has targeted Chinese nationals in Pakistan multiple times, including a
brazen daylight attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi that killed four
people in November 2018.
May, five people including a soldier were killed after gunmen stormed the only
five-star hotel in Gwadar, the port city which Islamabad is hoping to develop
into a major commercial hub.
responsibility for the hotel attack, the BLA warned China to stop its
“exploitative projects in Balochistan” and threatened further attacks.
US designation of the group comes despite vocal concerns by Washington over the
Belt and Road initiative, with Washington accusing China of imposing debt traps
on developing nations.
the US announcement, the Foreign Office (FO) issued a statement, taking note of
the designation by the US administration.
is hoped that this designation will ensure that BLA’s space to operate is
minimised," the statement read.
FO pointed out that the BLA has been a proscribed entity in Pakistan since
is important that the perpetrators, organisers, financers and external sponsors
including those glorifying these acts of terror against Pakistan are held
accountable and brought to justice."
back 'looted' money and leave Pakistan: PM Imran Khan to Zardari, Sharif
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has declared that his government would not
offer any amnesty to politicians like ex-president Asif Ali Zardari and premier
Nawaz Sharif accused in corruption cases but if they returned the "looted
money" under a plea bargain, they could leave the country.
also revealed that the incarcerated former prime minister Sharif's sons tried
to secure the release of their father with the help of "two friendly
did not reveal the names of the two countries but said they just conveyed him
the message but did not press for Sharif's release.
told me that we will not interfere," said Khan, who was accompanied by the
adviser on Finance, Hafeez Sheikh, and Federal Board of Revenue Chairman,
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.
May, the apex court rejected Sharif's review petition seeking bail on medical
grounds and permission to go abroad for medical treatment.
said that those convicted for corruption would not be allowed to go away until
they gave back the stolen money.
need to return the country's money first then they can go anywhere they
want," he said.
Nawaz (Sharif) wants to go abroad for his medical treatment then he should
return the looted money first and if Asif Ali Zardari has such an issue he
should return the money," Khan told ARYNewsTV on Monday.
NRO will not be offered," he said, referring to a deal similar to the
National Reconciliation Ordinance issued by former dictator Pervez Musharraf,
under which cases against a large number of politicians and political workers
NROs issued by Musharraf to [PML-N's 'supreme leader'] Nawaz Sharif and [PPP
Co-Chairman] Asif Ali Zardari destroyed the country... Later, both of them also
gave NROs to each other," Khan said.
prime miniser added, "Money launderers are being kept as VIPs. I have
asked the law ministry to shift them to a jail where regular prisoners are
plea bargain can be allowed and no foreign country can do anything. They
(Sharif and Zardari) will have to pay the money," he said.
president Zardari is in the custody of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB)
for his role in three corruption cases.
has been named in a multi-million dollar money laundering case along with his
sister Faryal Talpur.
to the NAB, the duo made transactions of Rs 150 million through alleged fake
also spoke about the economy and said that it would improve as the difficult
time was over.
said his government had spent $ 10 billion on debt servicing on loans taken by
the previous governments.
comprehensive plan is being devised including new legislation to control
smuggling and money laundering," he said.
LUMPUR: PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man defended his remarks
that it is un-Islamic to declare assets.
have checked the authenticity of the hadith and although there are differing
views among the ulama, they accept it as an authentic hadith," he told
reporters at Parliament lobby on Tuesday (July 2).
differing views, he said that PAS only accepted the mainstream interpretation
of the hadith.
denied that PAS was using religion with regard to the issue and said the party
only uses it as a guideline.
only issue, he noted, was the manner in which it is being done.
is only a motion that does not require two-thirds majority votes.
not make it a law instead of a motion?" he asked.
Ibrahim also defended PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan, who is
Kota Baru MP, who said that he would be the first not to declare his assets.
merely said that as a challenge as the motion has no force of law to compel MPs
to declare their assets," he added.
Monday (July 1), Tuan Ibrahim claimed that Islam does not allow Muslims to
publicly disclose their wealth as it could lead to security issues.
Rakyat passed a special motion on Monday (July 1) to compel all lawmakers to
declare their assets, including those held by their spouses, children and
motion by unanimous voice vote was passed after six hours of heated debates.
MPs voiced their disagreement over the motion and abstained from voting.
argued that the asset declaration should be done by law and not through a
motion in Parliament.
Alissa J. Rubin and Falih Hassan
prime minister issued an order on Monday to rein in armed groups known as
popular mobilization forces in an effort to curtail their growing influence
over some of the economy and their control of checkpoints in some provinces.
some of the armed groups have ties to Iran, Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has
been under pressure to move against them from the United States and some Arab
countries that fear Iranian influence in Iraq.
March 2018, Mr. Mahdi’s predecessor, Haider al-Abadi, tried to chip away at the
militias’ independence by formally making them part of the country’s security
forces. But they have remained largely independent.
Mahdi’s decree restated Mr. al-Abadi’s order and went further by ordering the
militias to leave their local military headquarters and shut down their
so-called economic offices.
is uncertain how Mr. Mahdi plans to enforce the order, or even whether he can.
He has set a tight deadline for the militias to comply: July 31.
decree was welcomed by many of the popular mobilization groups, including some
of the largest and most powerful. The Peace Brigades, which are attached to
Moktada al-Sadr, the influential Shiite cleric, said they were already putting
the new rules in place.
today we have dismantled the Peace Brigades and they are now disconnected from
Moktada al-Sadr,” said Safa’a al-Tamimi, the brigade’s spokesman. “From now on
we will be known as Brigade 313, 314 and 315. We are giving up the name ‘Peace
Brigades’ — although we love this name — but we will go with the procedures and
we will be under the control of the prime minister.”
the official language, Mr. Mahdi is trying to address a multifaceted problem
that has plagued Iraq since the Islamic State began to seize Iraqi territory in
2014. That prompted the formation of informal armed groups to help fight the
extremists. Some of those groups were initially fostered, financed and backed
by Iran, but they soon multiplied, and many had little or no connection to
United States has become increasingly suspicious about the role of the militias
and has designated two of them — Qutab al Hezbollah and Qutab al Nujaba — as
foreign terrorist organizations. When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited
Iraq in June, he raised concerns that some of the Iranian-linked groups posed a
threat to American forces in Iraq.
who work closely with Mr. Mahdi said he had issued his order to curtail the
armed groups’ power under pressure from the United States.
groups will remain under the direct control of the prime minister rather than
being integrated fully into the Ministry of Defense or the Interior Ministry,
which controls the police.
Prime Minister al-Abadi tried last year to gain more influence over the
militias’ leadership and reduce their power, their numbers actually expanded.
There are now about 30 armed groups with a total of about 130,000 to 150,000
order issued Monday says that the groups must close their local headquarters
and their economic offices, as well as the checkpoints they control.
control over the groups has been difficult, because when they came to the
defense of the country as the Islamic State had the Iraqi army on the run in
2014, they achieved the status of heroes.
the fight against ISIS subsided, the militias showed little inclination to
disarm and go home.
fewer extremists to fight, the groups began to branch out, making money by
using their checkpoints to extort truckers.
some provinces, their economic offices became involved in existing businesses.
In Nineveh, for example, two or three popular mobilization groups took over the
scrap metal business for a time, making millions of dollars until they were
shut down by the Iraqi government.
type of activity has been deeply resented by local business people, who view
some of the groups as behaving like homegrown mafias.
an intensifying standoff between Washington and Tehran, hackers linked to Iran
have in recent weeks stepped up their operations in cyberspace in what appear
to be preparations for possible attacks on U.S. businesses, according to
American security firms and government officials.
increased Iranian activity in cyberspace comes as Tehran announced on Monday
that its stockpiles of low-enriched uranium have exceeded limits established in
the 2015 nuclear agreement inked by Iran and world powers. The announcement
sets the stage for renewed confrontation between Iran and the United States,
which may well play out online as Washington and Tehran attempt to inflict pain
on one another.
observers of cyberconflict, Iran’s preparations for an attack represent the
possible beginning of a new phase in cyberwarfare, in which countries trade
tit-for-tat attacks in cyberspace.
last month, President Donald Trump canceled a planned strike on Iran intended
to retaliate for the shootdown of a U.S. drone near Iranian airspace. With the
American attack projected to kill 150 Iranians—which the president said would
not be “proportionate”—Trump found a ready, less bloody option by striking back
at Iran through cyberspace. Those attacks reportedly targeted Iran’s
intelligence units behind the tanker attacks and knocked command and control
systems for the country’s missile systems offline.
power through cyberspace is now a method of statecraft, but it usually involves
one country striking another rather than a skirmish. “We’ve never really seen a
back-and-forth between two countries,” said Sergio Caltagirone, the vice
president of threat intelligence at the cybersecurity firm Dragos and a veteran
of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).
Iran strike back against the United States, “we are seeing the dawn of
cyberwar,” Caltagirone said.
has retaliated against the United States in cyberspace before, striking the oil
giant Saudi Aramco in 2012 in an apparent retaliation for an American
cyberoperation aimed at damaging Iran’s nuclear infrastructure. But recent
Iranian preparations raise the prospect of more immediate, fast-paced
exchanges, and U.S. cybersecurity firms have in recent weeks observed the
escalating Iranian activity with alarm.
the week of June 11, around the time of the first of a pair of attacks on ships
in the Gulf of Oman that U.S. officials have blamed on Iran, Iran-linked
hackers began targeting energy and financial companies in an attempt to
establish access on their networks.
attacks relied on spearphishing, the use of a targeted email to get a user to
click on a link to download malware or give up his or her credentials, and
password spraying, a type of brute-force attack in which a hacker tries a
number of different passwords to gain access to an account.
was wide and loud and against the U.S., which we hadn’t seen them do in 2019,”
said Ben Read, the senior manager for cyber-espionage analysis at the security
Iranian attempts to gain access to the computer systems of key American firms
has also caught the attention of the U.S. government, which is warning U.S.
businesses to be on guard.
you combine this increase with past destructive attacks launched by
Iranian-linked actors, we’re concerned enough about the potential for new
destructive attacks to continue sounding the alarm,” Christopher Krebs, the
head of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure
Security Agency, said in a statement to Foreign Policy.
relations between the United States and Iran balanced on a knife’s edge,
Iranian operatives are doing the work necessary to be able to digitally strike
at the United States, researcher say. In the past two to three months, the
cybersecurity firm Recorded Future has observed the registration of more than
1,200 command and control domains linked to Iran, more than 700 of which are
we are seeing is preparation of the environment for attacks,” said Priscilla
Moriuchi, another NSA veteran and the director of strategic threat development
at Recorded Future.
caution that these preparations do not imply that Iran is planning to carry out
destructive cyberattacks against the United States. They could also be
preparation for espionage. Companies may already have been breached but may not
be aware of it yet.
researchers say the most recent destructive attack linked to Iran occurred in
December, when the country’s operatives struck the Italian petrochemical firm
Saipem. That attack immobilized between 300 and 400 company computers and was
carried out using a variant of the Shamoon malware, which was used in the 2012
attack on Saudi Aramco.
cyberattacks cannot be carried out at the drop of a hat and require access to
sensitive systems in order to succeed. The flurry of activity in recent weeks
may indicate that Iran was ill-prepared for conflict with the United States and
that recent rounds of escalation have left commanders in Tehran searching for
new ways to strike at Washington.
these preparatory operations will take Iran remains unclear, and Caltagirone
describes Tehran’s actions as an attempt to catch up to U.S. capabilities
are waiting and watching,” Caltagirone said. “Fundamentally the ball is in the
Iranians’ court right now.”
LIBYA - The day after the battle for the Libyan town of Gharyan, burnt-out cars
were flipped on the side of the highway and only a few shop owners opened their
doors to see if they could do business.
farmers picked through bombs dropped from drones the night before.
is the third bomb that dropped last night," said Ossama, pointing to a
broken shell outside a suburban compound Friday. "People are still
week's battle could be a turning point in the war surrounding the Libyan
capital, Tripoli, which has largely been a bloody stalemate, according to
soldiers fighting for Tripoli's western forces. Supply lines for the eastern
forces that first attacked three months ago have now been cut, they say.
forces have vowed to continue the fight, threatening both Tripoli forces and
their international allies. On Monday, eastern forces threatened further
airstrikes, including Tripoli's airport.
both sides, this not a just a battle for one city, it is a fight for the heart
and future of Libya. If western forces win, Libya can remain divided and return
to slowly making efforts to reunite through diplomacy and elections. If eastern
forces win, it could usher in a new era for Libyan strongmen.
a market in central Tripoli, shop owners say the city has become more crowded,
tense and poor since this latest war began. More than 650 people have been
killed in three months of fighting, and more than 94,000 have fled their homes.
in the market are divided on what kind of leadership they want, but united in
their exhaustion after eight years of wars, economic turmoil and national
are scared and surrounded," said Abdullah, 50, who runs a small shoe store
with his cousin, Mohammed. "But the war is out of our hands. We wanted a
peaceful solution, but now, I don't know."
has been functioning essentially under two governments for roughly five years:
the internationally recognized government in the west known as the Government
of National Accord, and the eastern government, lead by Field Marshal Khalifa
Haftar, a strongman heading the Libyan National Army.
war began in early April, when Haftar declared he would take the western
capital Tripoli by force, and unite the country under the LNA. Forces loyal to
the GNA have been repelling attacks ever since, and neither side has shown any
sign of giving up.
the strategic town re-captured by the GNA last week, is about 80 kilometers (50
miles) south of Tripoli. Haftar's forces took the town as the assault began in
April, using it to launch attacks on the Tripoli suburbs.
the market in Tripoli, some sellers say the idea of a single man leading the
country is ultimately a good idea. Life was easier before the 2011 ouster and
death of dictator Muammar Gadhafi, according to Mohammad, 43, selling shoes in
the Tripoli market with his cousin.
was more stable and secure," he said, quickly adding that he was not
expressing support for any particular leader. A few blocks away in Tripoli's
central Martyr's Square, banners of Haftar's picture hang, stamped with the
in the beaten-down town center of Gharyan, Saddam Abdul-Gheni Ghazowi says he
fought for freedom against Gadhafi, and will continue to fight. When Haftar's
forces came to town, he fled his home and his job in an oil field to join the
left home because I wanted to be ready to liberate my town," he said.
"And we'll keep fighting until Haftar is gone."
many Libyans are squarely in support of either the GNA or the LNA, loyalties in
Libya and among their international allies are not divided along simple lines.
Tribal loyalties run deep among the Libyan public, and local leaders often
command more authority than the leaders running the eastern and western
forces are backed by the United Nations, but Haftar's forces have their own
allies in Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Turkey, Italy and
Britain have all shown support for the GNA, with Haftar's forces threatening
Turkish interests in Libya after their defeat in Gharyan.
even international alliances are not clear-cut. For example, the United States
officially supports the GNA and the peace process. But in April, more than a
week after Haftar's assault on Tripoli began, U.S. President Donald Trump
called Haftar on the phone to discuss "a shared vision" for Libya.
The State Department later affirmed U.S. support for Tripoli.
Zintan, a town in the mountains southwest of Gharyan, two children of an
officer played in a parking lot storing tanks and other heavy weapons on
Thursday evening. Essam Abdullah, a GNA soldier, said he fought with Haftar
when they were fighting extremist militants for Libya's oil fields, which hold
the largest reserves in Africa and the 9th largest in the world.
left Haftar's forces to fight with Tripoli when the leader's rhetoric expanded
his definition of "extremist militant" to include established
military groups in the west that are not affiliated with extremist ideologies.
fought to take our oil fields back from terrorists," Abdullah said.
"We thought he was building a new army for Libya. But it turns out he was
building a new army for himself."
loophole on terror financing is an urgent wake-up call: The world deserves
Wall Street Journal recently reported that blacklisted al Qaeda and Islamic
State terrorists and their supporters are able to tap their bank accounts
despite a U.N. asset freeze.
to the WSJ, amongst those who had banking facilities was Khalifa al-Subaiy, a
Qatari financier who the U.S. says long provided financial support to senior al
Qaeda leadership, including Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. The WSJ
said that documents it reviewed showed al-Subaiy had an account with Qatar
National Bank. The WSJ attributed this to what it called “loopholes” in United
Nations sanctions procedures.
revelations in the WSJ should serve as a wake-up to Europe and the rest of the
civilized world. For someone to make it to the UN sanctions list is not an easy
achievement. Al-Subaiy is someone well known to the authorities, including,
supposedly, banks. He was associated with the most dangerous of terrorists, responsible
for the 9/11 terrorist attacks, that changed the face of the world. As he is on
the UN sanctions list, he is not the sort of person who can be given the
benefit of the doubt and certainly not the sort of person who deserves
al-Subaiy banking facilities is a collective failure of all those involved. The
United Nations’ ability to enforce its own sanctions list is very much under
the spot light. In addition, Qatar needs to explain to the world why it has
allowed such a dangerous person to continue having banking services. Of equal
importance is the responsibility of the banks that provided such facilities for
bank accounts has become a very tedious endeavour even for the most average of
citizens. Banks conduct very strict due diligence on account holders to ensure
the bank does not become inadvertently a vehicle for malicious financing
activities. Whilst the failure of states in enforcing UN sanctions is something
for the international community and international courts to deal with, banking
regulators also need to act.
bank that the WSJ said al-Subaiy used has branches across Europe and around the
world. It can only be assumed that al-Subaiy had through this extensive global
banking network, access to those countries in which banks he uses operate. This
not only makes a mockery of the United Nations, it also endangers global
security. Banks should no longer be allowed to hide behind loopholes,
particularly when it comes to terrorism financing.
is impossible to assess the potential harm that has been caused without an
extensive and transparent investigation. It is therefore of extreme urgency
that the relevant authorities conduct the following:
the United Nations needs to investigate why loopholes in its own procedures
allowed this breach.
Qatar needs to conduct its own investigations and report to the international
community why it has allowed an individual on the UN sanctions list to have
banking facilities through its most global bank, and give reassurances that he
— and other terrorists — are not afforded banking facilities.
Qatar National Bank needs to conduct its own investigation on the matter and
offer to law enforcement authorities around the world, particularly where the
bank operates, details of transactions carried out by the individual named in
the WSJ investigation, and give reassurances that others who may also be on the
list are not being provided banking facilities.
banking regulators in countries where the bank operates should conduct their
own investigations on why this failure happened and employ urgent remedial
measures both to ensure any potential damage done is mitigated and that no such
potential breaches take place.
the WSJ investigation proves to be correct, it a clear collective failure of
the sort that endangers global security. Such failures can cost lives.
financing is the backbone of the ecosystem that allows terrorism to flourish.
Europe and the rest of the world need urgent answers that such failures not
only will not happen again, but that they will carry heavy consequences against
those who turn a blind eye on our collective prosperity as a human race.
IS supporters, members arrested across nation: Govt
Delhi: So far 160 members and supporters of banned terrorist organization
Islamic State(IS) have been picked up across the nation and are put behind bars
informed Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy to Lok Sabha today.
intelligence inputs on terror threats are regularly shared with the state
governments and agencies concerned along with monitoring them for appropriate steps
taken to prevent any untoward incident the minister said, TT reports.
National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the states police have registered cases
against IS members and sympathisers and have arrested 160 accused so far all
over the country,” he replied to a written question.
Supreme Court on Tuesday lashed out at the Kerala Chief Secretary over a
dispute between two church factions and asked whether the state was “above the
is enough…. Is Kerala above the law? We can’t tolerate this any more. Tell your
client that he is already in contempt…. We will call your Chief Secretary and
send him to jail directly from here,” Justice Arun Mishra, heading a bench with
Justice M R Shah, told senior advocate Jaideep Gupta, representing the state.
issue relates to the more than a century-old row between the Orthodox and
Jacobite factions of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church over administration
of various churches in its fold and its properties.
Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Mishra had, in July 2017, delivered a
judgment upholding the rights of the Orthodox faction.
the verdict, the Orthodox faction approached the Kerala High Court seeking
police protection to enter and conduct worship rituals in a few churches. The
HC disposed of the plea with a direction to provide security if the
circumstances demanded it.
Orthodox faction approached the apex court against the HC order.
Orthodox church has alleged that the state has failed to provide security to
conduct worship in the churches, which angered the apex court.
2024? RSS Muslim wing opens units across Telangana
At a time when the BJP is trying to consolidate its presence in Telangana,
RSS’s Muslim arm – the Muslim Rashtriya Manch – has for the first time opened
district units across the state. The Manch had opened its office in Hyderabad
about four years ago with just two members. Today, its office-bearers claim
that they have about 3,000 members in Hyderabad. They are now targeting 10,000
members across the state by the end of this year. The Manch will also be
opening offices in Andhra Pradesh next month.
its Mission 2024 plan, RSS has lined up a series of programmes to connect with
Muslims in the two Telugu states.
RSS leader and MRM patron Indresh Kumar even addressed a meeting in the city on
Sunday. He is expected to visit Telangana again later this month while Andhra
Pradesh is on his itinerary for next month.
2010, Kumar had been questioned by the CBI in the Mecca Masjid blast of 2007.
The RSS leader had consistently maintained that he was being falsely implicated
in the case as part of a political controversy.
RSS has been holding interactive sessions with Muslims through MRM in north
India, it is the first time that it has focused its attention on minorities in
the two Telugu states. The MRM headquarters for Telangana and AP is located in Afzalgunj
in Hyderabad and its area of operation is mainly in Hyderabad Lok Sabha
constituency, which has been represented by Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM for over
Sunday’s meeting held in Old City, considered an MIM citadel, a couple of
Muslim religious scholars, including Moulana Shaik Moinuddin Shah Qadri rubbed
shoulders with Kumar. Though the meeting raised many an eyebrow and invited
criticism from local Muslim leaders, MRM state convener M A Sattar told TOI
that the response to the meeting addressed by ‘bhai saheb’ (Indresh Kumar) was
“tremendous and unexpected”. RSS leader from Nagpur Virag Pachpore was also
fear about RSS should end. Muslims should listen to the RSS to know its stand
on minorities,” said MRM state co-convener Syed Fayazuddin. “We will enrol more
Muslims,” Sattar said adding, “This is an achievement as the meeting was held
in the Old City.”
the meeting, Kumar quoted verses from the Holy Quran to drive home his argument
that no religion teaches terrorism and linking terrorism with Muslims was
wrong. He also quoted Prophet Muhammad saying that the love for motherland is
part of Islamic faith. Kumar told the Muslim gathering that the BJP government
is committed to the welfare of Muslims.
Moinuddin Shah Qadri, unmindful of the flak he got from some community elders
for attending the MRM meeting, said that his interaction with Indresh Kumar
helped him clear the misunderstanding he had about the RSS and the BJP.
said the immediate task of the MRM is to increase the membership in the Telugu
states to at least 10,000 over the next few months. “Now that district
committees have been formed in Telangana and proposed in AP, it is only a
matter of time that the MRM would emerge as a formidable force in AP and
Telangana in general and Hyderabad in particular,” he said.
minority cell spokesperson Firasat Ali Baqri said the RSS had convened the
meeting for the Id Milap. “The BJP had organised Iftar during Ramzan and now
the RSS arranged Id Milap. This is to foster brotherhood in the country,” he
Delhi: A Delhi court on Tuesday granted bail to four persons arrested for
allegedly providing weapons to members of a suspected ISIS-inspired terrorist
group busted after a multi-city swoop.
Judge Rakesh Syal enlarged Zaid Malik, Mohammed Azam, Raees Ahmad and Mohammed
Irshad on bail on a personal bond of Rs 70,000 with two sureties of like
MS Khan, appearing for the accused, argued that no charge sheet has been filed
against his clients despite passage of mandatory period of 90 days and hence
they are liable to be released on bail.
accused were arrested after raids in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh at six places in
Amroha, two in Lucknow, two in Hapur and two in Meerut.
agency said it had recovered 25kg explosive materials potassium nitrate,
ammonium nitrate and sulphur after the raids.
ISIS-inspired group 'Harkat ul Harb e Islam', which loosely translates into war
for the cause of Islam, allegedly had purchased remote control cars and
wireless doorbells to use their circuits in assembling remote-controlled
improvised explosive devices.
National Investigation Agency (NIA) has summoned the grandson of prominent
separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani for questioning in a terror funding
is the second time that Anees-ul-Islam, whose father Altaf Ahmad Shah is in
judicial custody in Tihar jail in the same case, has been summoned by NIA for
who is the son of Geelani’s eldest daughter, was in news for his appointment as
research officer at the Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Complex (SKICC)
in 2017 by the then Mehbooba Mufti government allegedly in violation of the recruitment
Indian media are projecting the emergence of a third force in Jammu and Kashmir
as “a militant outfit linked to Islamic State”, which recently has reportedly
declared a war on pro-Pakistan Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba by vowing
to eliminate what it called “dogs of Pakistan” – the fact is rather just the
to Indian media, in Kashmir, a new battle has begun that is being fought in the
courtyards of the people. But unlike in the early 90s, this time, the war will
infighting between militant groups has left the entire Valley in shock. Every
day, particularly in the restive southern Kashmir, militants are raiding each
other’s locations, according to Telegram channels of the warring groups.
media further said, quoting Islamic State’s Hind (Indian) Province (ISHP), “Our
hands will feel no weakness in slaying these enemies of Islam. They have
unleashed a reign of terror in last 30 years and by the will of God their end
said, the ISHP statement added, referring to the militancy groups named Hizbul
Mujahedin and Lashkar-e-Taiba.
trigger for the first of its kind internal fighting between Kashmiri militants
was the killing of a local militant, Adil Dass, who was earlier affiliated with
the LeT and had switched over to the IS-affiliated group.
was lured, according to police, by the opposite group and told to lead the
prayers somewhere in Sirhama village of Bijbehera in South Kashmir’s Anantnag
of one group asked him to lead the prayers, said an IS militant in a video,
“When he finished the prayer they fired a volley of bullets on him. We will not
leave these murtadas (apostates).”
militants of pro-IS groups consider the Hurriyat leadership, including Syed Ali
Shah Geelani as an apostate and so is Syed Salahuddin, the head of United Jihad
Council based in Pakistan. They call Reyaz Naikoo, the chief of Hizbul
Mujahideen in Kashmir Valley, Reyaz Nalaikoo, (Reyaz Useless). Even Zakir Musa,
the man who floated pro-IS ideology in Kashmir, is a good man for them, but a
a statement that surfaced on social networking sites linked to the IS, the
group — Islamic State (Province in India) — called Hizbul Mujahideen and
Lashkar militants a group of apostates and blamed them for drawing the “first
blood” in Kashmir.
July 1 (Xinhua) -- Police in Gujrat district of Pakistan's east Punjab province
foiled a terror plot on Monday by gunning down three alleged militants of a
proscribed organization, local reports said.
Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of police raided a compound on an
intelligence tip-off regarding presence of six suspected militants who were
planning a terrorist attack in the province, local Urdu TV channel ARY News
militants were killed after a tough resistance, while their three accomplices
managed to flee from the site. A search operation to nab the escaped militants
has been kicked off.
killed terrorists were trained by Pakistani Taliban and were involved in
various terrorist activities, including attacks on Pakistan Air Force base,
Police Training School, and several attacks on check posts.
recovered arms, ammunition and maps of sensitive buildings of the province from
the militants' compound.
forces have intensified operation against militants recently across the
country. More than a dozen militants have been killed and arrested during
various search operations over the last two weeks.
current crackdown against militants associated with banned outfits is said to
be in line with the decisions made during a meeting of the country's National
Security Committee (NSC) in January this year.
Three terrorists of Al-Qaeda and Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were killed
by the security forces during a raid in Pakistan's Punjab province.
to the Crime Investigation Department of the Punjab police, an
intelligence-based operation was launched in Tibbi Bhosa village, some 200-km
from Lahore, on Monday on information that some six terrorists hiding there
were planning to attack the offices of the intelligence agencies.
CTD said it along with police besieged the area and challenged the terrorists
to surrender. Instead they opened fire on the police which was returned. As a
result three terrorists were killed and as many managed to escape taking advantage
CTD said three terrorists killed in the shootout are identified as Tayab Jamil
alias Baba, Bilal alias Abdul Raheem and Nadir alias Abdullah. It said the
terrorists' names were mentioned in the Red Book belonging to Al-Qaeda and TTP.
Kalashnikov, a rocket, a pistol, explosives, cash and maps of sensitive places
have been recovered from the scene.
Saturday, journalist Hamid Mir interviewed former President and co-chairman of
the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Asif Ali Zardari, in Parliament House in
Islamabad. The interview was to be aired at 8 pm on Geo News on Monday.
interview went on air but after a few minutes, it was taken off air without any
explanation. Mr. Mir tweeted: “Interview of Asif Zardari stopped on Geo News
within few minutes.. those who stopped it have no courage to accept publicly
that they stopped it.”
incident started a debate on Twitter about media censorship in Pakistan and
whether someone who is under arrest should be interviewed in the first place.
Mr. Zardari is under arrest and being investigated for corruption, including a
fake bank accounts case, by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
Mir told The Hindu that Mr. Zardari came to Parliament on a production order
(with permission to attend a Parliament session), so there is nothing illegal
about the interview. “Asif Zardari spoke to other journalists also but he gave
me exclusive time separately. We broke the story the same day (Saturday). We
ran the promo for the next two days, but finally when the interview started, it
was stopped by Geo.”
Mir added that he was told by Geo that they were under pressure but they only
announced ‘this interview cannot be broadcast today’. “I announced on Twitter
that it was stopped from outside.”
Mir said Mr. Zardari mentioned about some investigation against Prime Minister
Imran Khan in the U.K. “Maybe that’s what bothered the government.”
Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Haider Zaidi of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
(PTI) believes this interview should have never been done in the first place.
“How can we interview criminals arrested for money laundering? Will we
interview someone arrested on drug possession charges? We have to draw the line
somewhere,” Mr. Zaidi told The Hindu.
Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, a spokesperson of PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari,
told The Hindu that this government believes in censorship like no other
political party in Pakistan’s history.
they can even ban harmless, innocent words in Parliament, they can ban anything
and everything. Under what law they asked Geo News to take off an important
interview? He hasn’t been convicted of anything. This government is scared of
the truth coming out and their lies being exposed. This is a shameless
Prime Minister and senior leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi told The Hindu that “suppression of alternative viewpoints
and dissent never works, not even in martial law regimes. We supposedly have
democratic rule in Pakistan.”
The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Fazl) leader Maulana Fazl ur Rehman said on Tuesday
that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan Peoples Party are facing
repercussions for not terminating the constitutional mandate of the National
Accountability Bureau (NAB).
told both the parties to dismantle NAB but they didn't, today they are facing
the repercussions of it," said the JUI-F leader while speaking in Geo News
show Capital Talk.
JUI-F leader said that all decisions were made with consensus in the All Parties
Conference, including changing Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani. "I am sure
PML-N and PPP will have insight over how to change the chairman. We have to
organise the members to put a motion of no confidence."
said that all members have been finalised for the opposition's Rehbar Committe.
As many as 10 out of the total 342 members of the National Assembly have
declared that they own assets worth over a billion rupees, according to a
statement of assets held by MNAs for year 2008 released by the Election
Commission of Pakistan on Tuesday.
include four members from the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), two from
its ally Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid — both sons of the Chaudhrys of Gujrat —
two from the PML-N and one each from Pakistan Peoples Party and Awami National
to the statement of assets and liabilities of the MNAs, Ihsan Bajwa, PML-N MNA
from Bahawalnagar, is the richest among the lawmakers having total assets worth
more than Rs3 billion, excluding liabilities of Rs1.18bn in the UAE. He has
huge business capital of Rs56.4 million dirhams, nine houses and one building
in the UAE. The value of his agricultural property in Pakistan comes to
Rs249.5m. He also owns commercial and residential properties valuing Rs92.5m.
Umar Amir Ayub, PTI MNA from NA-28 (Peshawar), owns assets the worth of which
comes to over 2.56bn. He owns 28 properties including plots and poultry farms
valuing Rs2.41bn and holds Rs12.49m in seven bank accounts.
Salik Hussain of the PML-Q, son of former prime minister Chaudhry Shujaat
Hussain, is also on the list, with the worth of his assets put at Rs1.60bn. He
holds millions of shares in different industrial groups and Rs410m in bank
chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari too is on the list of declared billionaires
having assets worth Rs1.54bn — most of which are abroad.
holds over two dozen movable and immovable assets and has extended loans of
over Rs1.24bn to four companies out of the money he inherited from his mother
Benazir Bhutto. Mr Bhutto-Zardari has shares in two villas in Dubai, one of
which is located at Jumairah.
has also declared owning 10 sets of jewellery and ornaments and seven watches
among his assets in Dubai, gifted to him by his mother, but has not mentioned
Haroon, PTI’s MNA from NA-256 (Karachi), owns assets of Rs1.54bn. He has
business capital of Rs1.34bn and properties worth Rs68.17m. He has Rs36.21m
cash in hand and banks and owns four vehicles valuing Rs42.39m.
addition, one of his wives, Hamida Najib Haroon, owns an apartment in Dubai valued
at Rs17.43m and a 1,000 square yards house in DHA Karachi, current market value
of which has been shown to be Rs7m. His other spouse Naheed Najib Haroon has a
500 square yards house in a different phase of DHA Karachi.
MNA from NA-69 (Gujrat) Moonis Elahi, son of Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhry
Pervaiz Elahi, owns assets worth Rs1.43bn.
As the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) held a brief hearing on the references
against two superior court judges here on Tuesday, lawyers described Justice
Qazi Faez Isa as the Nelson Mandela of the judiciary for his struggle for the
rights of Balochistan.
the judiciary should exercise extreme caution while dealing with the judge lest
it should commit discrimination,” warned Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA)
president Amanullah Kanrani.
SJC met for a brief period — between 10 and 15 minutes. Attorney General Anwar
Mansoor did not appear before the council, unlike the first hearing, as he was
not on notice. It is believed that the two judges also did not appear, though
they furnished their replies rebutting the allegations levelled against them in
the presidential references.
five-judge SJC consisting of Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa,
Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, Sindh High Court Chief
Justice Ahmed Ali M. Shaikh and Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Waqar Ahmed
Seth is hearing the references against Justice Faez Isa of the Supreme Court
and Justice K.K. Agha of the Sindh High Court for allegedly possessing
properties in the United Kingdom.
SJC after a preliminary hearing on June 14 had decided to share documents with
the judges and directed them to volunteer and clarify their position on the
allegations levelled in the complaint against them. However, none of the judges
had been issued any formal show-cause notice under the Supreme Judicial Council
Procedure of Enquiry 2005.
the leaders of lawyers and representatives of different bar associations
wearing black armbands kept on chanting slogans against the filing of the
references and also showed complete unity among them, their number visibly came
down from the June 14 protest demonstration. They, however, remained seated
inside and outside the Supreme Court building to express solidarity with
Justice Isa and Justice Agha.
was the reason why Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) vice chairman Syed Amjad Shah
announced launching an awareness campaign throughout the country to muster
support for a full-fledged movement for the sake of the independence of the
judiciary. He said a number of conventions would be held in different cities of
the country, the first being on July 13 at the Peshawar High Court.
have given SJC ample opportunity to decide the fate of the references,” he
said, adding that time had come that a forceful movement be launched to prevent
attempts to push the country towards darkness.
PBC also circulated signatures of 54 representatives of different bar
associations agreeing on the decision taken at a meeting of the action
committee of lawyers of the PBC and SCBA. The PBC said the lawyers’ bodies had
taken serious notice of attempts on the part of the government to divide the
legal fraternity by luring or harassing the representatives of different bodies
of lawyers and vowed to brave such challenges with full force.
the other hand, the SCBA also constituted a 10-member coordination committee
under its president Kanrani as convener to interact with the representative
bodies of lawyers across the country to make the proposed movement a success.
counsel Hamid Khan, who yields considerable influence among lawyers and
represents the Professional Group, warned that the judiciary would have to pay
heavily if any discrimination was committed against Justice Isa, emphasising
that the independence of judiciary rested on the independence of lawyers.
Khan later told reporters that there was a possibility that the SJC might ask
the two judges to appear before it again on some date to explain in person what
justification they had to oppose the contents of the references.
Shah regretted that despite a demand no information had been disseminated so
far about the fate of 400 references the SJC was seized with, adding that it
was obligatory under Section 13(2) of the SJC rules to make public the
proceedings of the council on different references.
was also critical of Monday’s proceedings of the judicial commission which had
recommended elevation of five individuals as additional judges of the Peshawar
High Court despite the fact that the representatives of lawyers’ bodies had
expressed concern before the commission about the competence and integrity of
representatives had even produced evidence to establish what we were objecting
to,” he said, adding that such development had created doubts about the SJC
proceedings against the two judges.
Shah was of the opinion that different sections of society, including
parliament and civil society, needed independence of the judiciary more than
the judiciary itself and, therefore, they should participate in “our movement
in large number”.
Kanrani said Justice Isa had become a standard of independence in the eyes of
the public who perceived him as the most honest and competent judge.
meeting of the PBC action committee stressed the need for putting more impetus
on the lawyers’ movement and said the entire lawyers’ community considered
these references as mala fide that had put a question mark on the integrity of
the lawyers, except a part of the legal fraternity, observed on Tuesday a
strike across the country on the call of the PBC to protest the filing of
references against the two superior court judges.
A total of 482 pilgrims have arrived at Gurdwara Punja Sahib from India on
Tuesday for a three-day pilgrimage to mark the 180th death anniversary of
Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
Ranjit Singh (Nov 13 1780 – June 20 1839) was a 19th century ruler of Punjab
and the first maharaja of the Sikh Empire. He belonged to a Sikh claim from
northern India and was born in Gujranwala, in what is now Pakistan, into a Jatt
pilgrims were welcomed by officials from the Evacuee Trust Property Board
(ETPB), the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and the local
to the press, the leader of the Indian pilgrims Sardar Gurumeet Singh said that
Indian Sikhs were thankful to the Pakistani government for providing them the
maximum number of visas.
is sacred for us and we love it, and we come here with a message of peace and
brotherhood,” he said.
Roop Singh from the Shriomani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee in India said:
“There should be cordial relations between India and Pakistan so that we have
ease in getting visas to visit our holy sites here in Pakistan.”
said Sikh pilgrims consider Pakistan a second homeland, as some of their
holiest sites are located here. He said the Pakistani government has always
been welcoming and has taken good care of Sikh holy sites, which was why the
country and its people are so dear to Sikhs. He also praised the arrangements
made by the ETPB.
number of other pilgrims also told the press they felt overwhelmed by the respect,
hospitality and love shown to them by the people of Pakistan and the
Vinindar Singh, from Amritsar, said Pakistan is very important to Sikhs because
this is where Guru Nanak Dev was born and died.
Ballinder Singh thanked the government for making good arrangements for them,
and for providing them with security and keeping their sacred sites in good
condition. He said the people of Pakistan and especially of Lahore are loving
Deputy Secretary Shrines Imran Gondal told the press that pilgrims have been
provided all the necessary facilities, including foolproof security.
per the 1974 bilateral protocol between Islamabad and New Delhi, the Pakistani
High Commissioner in India has issued visas between June 21 and June 30,” he
issuance of pilgrimage visas is in line with the government’s efforts to
promote visits to religious sites and people-to-people contact, he said, adding
that it also reflects the government’s commitment to implementing the bilateral
Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday said Pakistan
wants peace and integration in the region as it does not believe in zero-sum
said this while meeting with General Oleg Salyukov, the commander in chief of
Russian ground forces at the General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi on
Tuesday, as per a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations
the meeting, the army chief said that military cooperation between Pakistan and
Russia will not only help in improving peace and stability in the region, but
also usher economic prosperity.
sides discussed matters concerning enhanced security and training cooperation
and measures to further expand joint military ties between the two armies were
discussed, it added.
visiting dignitary appreciated Pakistan Army’s professionalism and achievements
in war against terrorism. He said that the world should appreciate more what
Pakistan has achieved, said the statement, adding that Russia desired to forge strong
and broad-based relations with Pakistan.
on arrival at GHQ, the Russian army chief laid floral wreath at
Yadgar-e-Shuhada. A contingent of Pakistan Army presented the guard of honour
to the visiting dignitary.
ENVOY MEETS GEN BAJWA:
Secretary-General for National Defence and Security Claire Landais also called
on General Bajwa.
to the Inter-Services Public Relations’ (ISPR) press release, “matters of
mutual interest including defence and security cooperation and overall regional
security situation were discussed” during the meeting.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Tuesday called the arrest of its Punjab
President Rana Sanaullah an act of “state terrorism”, with Opposition Leader in
National Assembly accusing Prime Minister Imran Khan of being the masterminding
attacks on opposition.
to the media at his residence in Model Town Lahore after chairing a meeting of
the parliamentary working group of the PML-N, which was called to devise a
strategy after the arrest of Rana Sanaullah by the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF),
Shehbaz said the premier was the ‘informant’ in the case, who got Sanaullah
arrested by leveling false allegation of heroin trafficking against him.
meeting of parliamentary working group deliberated upon the post-arrest
situation, and it was decided that the production order of Rana Sanaullah would
also be demanded from the National Assembly speaker for the session.
meeting was also attended by former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, PML-N
Secretary General Ahsan Iqbal, Information Secretary Marriyum Aurangzeb, senior
parliamentarian Rana Tanveer and Deputy Secretary General Attaullah Tarrar.
arrest of Rana Sanaullah is the worst kind of cruelty and injustice by Imran
Khan Niazi,” said Shehbaz, talking to the media. He further added that
Sanaullah worked with him as a law minister for 10 years in Punjab and had
ordered conducting numerous raids at the dens of drug peddlers, and now “Niazi”
got him arrested by leveling false allegation of selling heroin.
is using such tactics against the PML-N because we are standing with the poor
in this time of inflation and we raised our voices against the budget that was
meant to kill the farmers, traders, students, orphans and widows,” he added.
“We all are ready to go to jails if inflation can be controlled through such
tactics… We’ll not budge from raising voice for the poor,” Shehbaz said. He
also announced that Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Ahsan Iqbal would be the PML-N’s
members for the newly formed Rehbar Committee constituted after the recently
held all parties conference (APC) to craft a joint strategy against the
asked whether things had started going against the PML-N when one of his party
leaders (Maryam Nawaz) rejected the Charter of Economy while terming it as the
‘Joke of Economy’, Shehbaz said that everyone, including him, was bound to obey
the party discipline and there was only one leader in the party – Nawaz Sharif.
“The Charter of Economy will be meant only for the people of Pakistan,” he
about the PML-N MPAs who recently held a meeting with the prime minister, he
said that the notices had been sent to those MPAs and a committee was
constituted to ask them about the reasons behind their meetings. “The man who
used to give lectures against horse-trading is now himself involved in the same
horse-trading,” Shehbaz said.
Ulema-e-Islam (Fazl) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said on Tuesday that the
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan People’s Party were facing the
consequences of not terminating the constitutional mandate of the National
Accountability Bureau (NAB). “I told both the parties to dismantle NAB, but
they didn’t. Today they are facing the repercussions of it,” said the JUI-F
leader while talking to a private TV channel. The JUI-F leader said that all
decisions were made with consensus in the All Parties Conference, including
changing Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani. “I am sure PML-N and PPP will have
insight over how to change the chairman. We have to organise the members to put
a motion of no confidence.” Fazl said that all members had been finalised for
the opposition’s Rehbar Committee. “The PML-N wants me to chair the Rehbar
Committee as I headed the APC but I won’t have any issues if Yousuf Raza
Gillani heads it,” the JUI-F leader said. “The opposition just a week after
general elections agreed that the polls were rigged.”
to obtain sharia certification amid halal lifestyle boom
for sharia certification is on the rise as businesses, including hospitals,
adjust to the Islamic lifestyle increasingly being adopted by Muslims in
Indonesia, an official at the National Sharia Board of the Indonesian Ulema
Council (DSN-MUI) has said. The head of DSN-MUI's sharia business and economy
department, Moch. Bukhori Muslim, said that at least 10 hospitals were in the
process of obtaining sharia certification as Muslims increasingly want services
and products aligned with Islamic principles. "There is increasing demand
from people who want to adopt the halal lifestyle, so there should be
[authorities] who set up the standards. According to Kyai [religious teacher]
Ma'ruf Amin, our sharia standards for hospitals are the foremost in the
world," Bukhori told The Jakarta Post recently, quoting the vice-president-elect
who is also chairm...
– The bloc of Islamic nations is an outspoken contingent at the U.N. Human
Rights Council but was challenged there this week for its silence about the
plight of at least one million minority Muslims in detention camps in China’s
they truly care about Muslims, and for their religious freedoms, why has
Pakistan and the Islamic group failed to introduce a single resolution” about
China’s persecution of Muslims, asked Hillel Neuer, executive director of U.N.
Watch, a non-governmental organization.
target of his remarks, the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC),
wields considerable influence at the Geneva-based HRC. The council has 47
members, and the OIC has accounted for no fewer than 13 of them – and as many
as 18 – in any one year of the council’s 14-year existence.
year, OIC countries make up 15 (31.9 percent) of the 47 members. (They are
Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Egypt, Iraq, Nigeria,
Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Somalia, Togo, and Tunisia.)
Pakistan generally at the helm, the Islamic states have helped to guide the
agenda, and are largely responsible for the HRC’s disproportionate targeting of
Israel, and a controversial push to outlaw “defamation” of religion.
China’s treatment of ethnic Uighurs and other minority Muslims in Xinjiang,
however, has drawn little public attention from the OIC.
began his statement by naming five countries identified in the latest U.S.
Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) annual report as
egregious religious freedom violators.
documented therein, I wish to list five of the world’s worst violators of
religious freedom: China, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Nigeria, Eritrea,” he said.
I will now list five members who sit here on this U.N. Human Rights Council:
China, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Nigeria, and Eritrea.”
pointed out that the HRC is charged with protecting rights including religious
freedom, “as guaranteed under article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human
also reminded the council that, under its 2006 founding charter, members have
the duty to “uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of
we’d like to know: Why has there never been a single resolution for religious
minorities oppressed by council members like Pakistan and Saudi Arabia?” Neuer
then noted that Pakistan had spoken earlier in the day, on behalf of the OIC.
spoke of Islamophobia and of criticism of religion,” Neuer recalled. “Yet if
they truly care about Muslims, and for their religious freedoms, why has
Pakistan and the Islamic group failed to introduce a single resolution, a
single urgent session, a single commission of inquiry for one million Muslims
currently being detained in camps and persecuted because of their religion – by
the efforts of … China in providing care to its Muslim citizens’
mass incarceration of Muslims in camps in Xinjiang has drawn growing
international alarm over the past year.
a statement a month ago, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused the Communist
Party leadership of “methodically attempting to strangle Uighur culture and
stamp out the Islamic faith, including through the detention of more than one
million members of Muslim minority groups” in Xinjiang.
OIC, however, has been largely silent.
leaders held a summit in Mecca in May, and numerous other situations around the
world did feature, neither a 19-page communique nor a four-page final
declaration mentioned China, Xinjiang or Uighurs.
months earlier, OIC foreign ministers met in Abu Dhabi, and issued a 3,200-word
declaration which, again, did not raise the issue.
a separate document on resolutions relating to Muslims in non-Muslim countries,
the ministers did include one paragraph on China. It said the OIC “commends the
efforts of the People’s Republic of China in providing care to its Muslim
citizens; and looks forward to further cooperation between the OIC and the
People’s Republic of China.”
OIC secretariat in Jeddah issues statements regularly on a range of issues
affecting Muslims, but in a search on its website, the most recent statement
voicing concern for Uighurs was issued in June 2015.
is the leading trading partner of at least 20 of the 57 OIC members. Pakistan
historically an ally of China, is a key partner in Beijing’s massive
infrastructure program known as the Belt-and-Road initiative.
are an ethnic Turkic group, and one Islamic state that has raised the issue in
Geneva is Turkey.
encourage Chinese authorities and expect that universal human rights, including
freedom of religion, are respected and full protection of the cultural
identities of the Uighurs and other Muslims is ensured,” Foreign Minister
Mevlut Cavusoglu said at the HRC in February. He did not mention the detention
Tuesday, however, after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Chinese
President Xi Jinping in Beijing, Chinese state media quoted Erdogan as
expressing understanding for Chinese policies in Xinjiang.
said that Turkey firmly supports the one-China policy, and that it is a fact
that the people of all ethnicities in Xinjiang are leading a happy life amid
China's development and prosperity,” China Daily reported.
their reports on Erdogan’s visit, neither Turkey’s state news agency nor
Erdogan’s official website mentioned the topic.
portrays the camps as re-education and training facilities that have helped to
de-radicalize the Muslim population.
arrests suspected leader of terror group Jemaah Islamiyah
Indonesian police have arrested a man believed to be the leader of the
al-Qaida-linked Jemaah Islamiyah network who has eluded capture since 2003,
Police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo said Para Wijayanto was arrested Saturday by
counterterrorism police with his wife at a hotel in the Jakarta satellite city
said Wijayanto is suspected of being involved in the making of bombs used in a
series of attacks, including the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people and
a 2004 attack on the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia's capital, that
said Wijayanto, a civil engineer who received military training at a jihadi
camp in the southern Philippines in 2000, was also involved in the sectarian
conflict in Poso, known as a hotbed of Islamic militancy on Indonesia's
2013, Wijayanto also has recruited and trained members of Jemaah Islamiyah's
military wing, sending some to Syria to fight with extremist groups, according
was appointed as amir [leader] of Jemaah Islamiyah because of his capability
and track record as an Islamic fighter," he said.
convicted militant who now collaborates with Indonesia's counterterrorism
agency, Sofyan Tsauri, said Wijayanto became leader of Jemaah Islamiyah in
2007, replacing another militant, Zarkasih, who was arrested and sentenced to
15 years in prison.
Islamiyah was banned by an Indonesian court in 2008. It was significantly
weakened but not obliterated by a sustained crackdown on militants by
Indonesia's counterterrorism police with US and Australian support.
fact, Jemaah Islamiyah never vanished," said Tsauri.
State group attacks abroad have inspired a new generation of Indonesian
militants despite the sustained crackdown on extremists.
July 1 (Xinhua) -- Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana voiced concern
on Monday over the frequency of suicide bomb attacks in the Philippines.
said the twin bombing attacks, committed in broad daylight at an army camp in
Indanan, a town in Sulu province in the southern Philippines Friday last week,
was "obviously a suicide bombing" and has raised the level of
extremism in the Philippines.
twin attacks, carried out by two motorcycle riding suicide bombers, left seven
killed, including three soldiers, and 22 others injured.
said the incident was the third suicide attack in the Philippines. "This
is the third one so it's becoming an occurrence and we are very much concerned
about this," he said.
first suicide bomb attack was recorded on July 31, 2018 when a powerful bomb
exploded in a van the troops were inspecting at a military checkpoint in
Lamitan, a city in the island province of Basilan. A soldier, five militiamen, four
villagers and the driver of the van were killed in that incident.
said at the time that the bomb-laden van driven by the lone Moroccan terror
suspect was intended for a planned "feeding program" in the city's
plaza that will be participated in by 4,000 children.
second suicide bombing attack happened on Jan. 27 this year. At least 27 people
were killed and many more injured as a result of the bomb attacks at a Roman
Catholic cathedral on the remote Jolo Island in Sulu province. Authorities said
Indonesian suicide bombers carried out that attack.
believe this (the June 28 bombings) has changed, this has raised the level of
extremism here and I think we have a lot of work to do," Lorenzana said.
the reports that the Islamic State militants have claimed responsibility for
the June 28 attacks in Indanan, Sulu, Lorenzana said the military is checking
that information, including reports that the attacks were again carried out by
police arrest leader of network with al-Qaeda ties
(Reuters) - Indonesian police have arrested the leader of the Jemaah Islamiyah
militant network linked to al-Qaeda, authorities said on Tuesday, on suspicion
of recruiting members and sending them to Syria to train with extremist groups.
police also arrested at least four other suspects linked to Para Wijayanto, who
experts say was a student of Abu Bakar Bashir, the alleged mastermind of the
2002 Bali bombings that killed more than 200 people.
who had been on the run since 2003 and had trained with militants in the
southern Philippines, was arrested with his wife on Saturday on the outskirts
of Jakarta, the capital.
said Wijayanto owned palm oil plantations on Sumatra and Borneo islands, which
he used to pay some JI members up to 15 million rupiah ($1,061) a month.
money was also used to recruit and send people to Syria,” national police
spokesman Dedi Prasetyo told Reuters.
elite counter-terrorism squad, Densus 88, was created in the wake of the 2002
Bali bombings to quash JI and similar groups in the world’s largest
forces were seen as being successful in breaking up militant networks after key
figures like Bashir were rounded up and jailed.
who is considered the spiritual leader of JI, denied involvement in the Bali
bombings. He was convicted in 2010 under anti-terrorism laws for links to
militant training camps in Aceh province and jailed for 15 years.
have risen in recent years about a resurgence in homegrown militancy and
are still many JI members, and after the fall of Osama bin Laden, they became
sleeper cells,” said Stanislaus Riyanta, a terrorism analyst based in Jakarta.
fall of Islamic State may have left a gap for JI to rise again,” he added.
scrambled to tighten its anti-terrorism laws after a series of suicide bombings
killed more than 30 people in the East Java city of Surabaya last year.
Turkey recognises the fact that the people of China’s Xinjiang lead happy
lives, Chinese state media on Tuesday cited Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan as
saying, a region where China has been running a controversial de-radicalisation
has faced growing international opprobrium for setting up what it calls
vocation training centres to combat extremism in Xinjiang, home to the mostly
Muslim Uighur people who speak a Turkic language, which many Western countries
view as internment camps.
is the only Muslim nation to have regularly expressed concern about the
situation in Xinjiang, including in February at the UN Human Rights Council, to
meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, Erdogan struck a more positive
note, according to a Chinese state media read out of the event.
is a fact that the peoples of China’s Xinjiang region live happily in China’s
development and prosperity,” state television paraphrased Erdogan as saying.
does not permit any person to incite disharmony in the Turkey-China
relationship. Turkey firmly opposes extremism and is willing to increase mutual
political trust with China and strengthen security cooperation.”
told Erdogan that the two countries should take practical steps to promote
counter-terror cooperation, the report added.
appreciates Erdogan’s numerous comments saying that he will not permit “any
forces to carry out anti-China activities in Turkey and attaches great store on
Turkey stressing many times its support of China fighting terrorism”, Xi added.
have died in unrest in recent years in Xinjiang, blamed by Beijing on Islamist
extremists and separatists.
response to the blasphemy charge against a middle-aged woman identified only as
SM who entered a mosque in Bogor, West Java, with a dog on Sunday, the
Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) officially stated that such an action would only
be considered blasphemous had it been done intentionally by a person of sound
would only be considered blasphemous if it were done by a sane person. However,
if the person who did such a thing turned out to be mentally ill, it’s an
entirely different story,” MUI deputy chairman Yunahar Ilyas said on Tuesday,
adding that the MUI was not sure whether SM was of sound mind.
said he would wait for official police confirmation regarding SM’s mental
was detained by the Bogor Police and charged under Article 156 of the Criminal
Code on blasphemy.
Police spokesperson Adj. Comr. Ita Puspita Lena said SM’s family had provided
letters from two hospitals stating that SM had a history of mental illness.
police will verify the hospitals’ statements, Ita said.
52, caused a stir on social media over the weekend when a video of her entering
a mosque in Sentul with a dog went viral.
said that SM entered the Al Munawaroh Mosque in Babakan Madang district at
around 2 p.m. on Sunday, saying that she was looking for her husband.
Muslims consider dogs to be unclean or impure, particularly their saliva, and
most try their best to avoid contact with canine saliva.
Islam, keeping a dog as a pet is allowed for security and hunting purposes, as
long as the owner is able to keep their house clean,” Yunahar added.
the video, SM appeared to be involved in a brief altercation with a group of
people who had asked her to leave the premises.
resisted, saying that she was Catholic and accused the mosque of hosting her
Muslim husband’s wedding with another woman.
called on the public to stop sharing the video on social media and refrain from
adding provocative captions.
Thousands of Islamic State sympathizers from Indonesia currently in Syria may
wish they had the opportunity to vote for the right candidates in the April 17
election, as the decision whether to allow them to return now rests on a
political compromise between parties in the House of Representatives.
decision is currently being discussed by the various factions in the
legislature, because we know that this isn't only about repatriating someone
with a different mindset," Commissioner General Suhardi Alius, head of the
National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT), said on Monday, as quoted by Antara.
government has grappled with the dilemma of repatriating supporters of the international
terrorist group since its defeat earlier this year. Under Indonesian law, they
remain citizens because they did not swear allegiance to any recognized state.
the other hand, returnees from Syria could bring back extremist ideas, or
worse, the skills and means to carry out terror attacks in the country. About a
year ago, a family of six who spent time in Syria, attacked two churches in
Surabaya, East Java.
a practical level, Indonesian Islamic State sympathizers mostly do not have
official identity documents as they burned whatever they had when joining the
radical group, making it difficult for the government to confirm their
to reports, there are thousands of Indonesian citizens, mostly women and
children, among the families of Islamic State fighters sheltering in Al Hol
camp in eastern Syria. Many of them wish for the government to arrange their
Kurdish-language Hawar News website quoted local sources in Afrin as saying
that the Turkish Army and its allied militants in overnight excavations have
plundered the archeological works on the hills of the town of Kamrouk in Mobata
region in Afrin in Northwestern Aleppo.
sources noted that the Turkish Army and its allied militants transfer the
stolen artifacts from different regions of Afrin to Turkey.
the Ankara-backed terrorists still continue their killings and plundering of
civilians' properties and they also abduct people to blackmail their
a relevant development in April, the Kurdish-language media reported that the
Turkish Army had strengthened its military positions in areas under its control
in Afrin and set up another military base for Jeish al-Islam terrorists there.
Kurdish-language Hawar News quoted local sources in Afrin as saying that the
Ankara Army is presently setting up 3-meter walls in the surrounding areas of
its command centers in the villages of Afrin region, specially in the villages
bordering al-Shahba region.
report pointed to an attempt by the Turkish Army to destroy people's houses,
administrative buildings, schools and water reservoirs North of Jalbareh
village in Shirwa, and said that the occupying army intends to set a new
military base in the same region.
informed sources reported that the Turkish troops are establishing a command
center and a camp for Jeish al-Islam terrorists near Kawa al-Haddad Square.
also said that the Jeish al-Islam terrorists are meant to use the camp for
training their militants.
President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said Sunday that his country has succeeded in
destroying the infrastructure of terrorist organizations six years after the
June 30 revolution that toppled former president Mohamed Morsi.
Muslim-Brotherhood affiliate was deposed on July 3, 2013, following widespread
popular protests against his one-year rule. He died during his trial on June
an address to the nation on the sixth anniversary of the June 30 revolt, Sisi
said it wasn’t but a cry to express the patriotism of millions of Egyptians,
which have been embraced by their country and their ancestors over the years.
loyalty of Egyptians to their country and their rejection of any attempt to
erase their national identity are facts that can’t be changed with time,” Sisi
said that his people are loyal, and their belonging to their nation and
identity marks a priority.
of Egyptians in the June 30 Revolution marked a path for us to walk through,”
Sisi said, noting that their priority is to protect and preserve the country
and then improve it in order for Egypt to become a developed nation that
provides next generations decent opportunities and a life that is compatible
with the 21st century.
pointed out that over the past years, the country has managed to avoid
suffering from chaos, fragmentation and conflicts.
have managed to destroy the infrastructure of terrorist organizations that
tried to weaken the country.”
said Egypt had launched Comprehensive Operation – Sinai 2018, in which bloods
were shed to eliminate “forces of evil and darkness.”
armed forces and police personnel succeeded in protecting the nation and
preserving its dignity until Egypt became a hub for stability, security and
peace amid a turbulent regional environment,” Sisi said.
pledged to maintain Egypt’s security in order to build a nation worthy for the
Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper reported that Syria's Democratic Council
affiliated to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has held workshop in Paris on
June 29-30 in line with increasing the provocative measures of France against
Syria and in support of the Kurdish guerillas' separatist goals.
daily pointed to the presence of the members of the Syrian Democratic Council,
including Riyadh Darar who is head of the council, Head of the public relations
of Syria's self-ruled entity Jahad Omar and other representatives of
independent currents in the workshop, and said that participants in the
workshop discussed issues such as autonomy of the Kurds in Northern and
Western and Arab states have recently augmented their support for Kurdish
separatists in Eastern and Northeastern Syria, resulting in Kurish reluctance
in talks with Damascus.
a relevant development last month, Western officials intensified attempts to
speed up the moves underway by the Kurdish guerrilla to decompose Syria through
increased visits and helps to the regions occupied by the SDF.
Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper reported that Australian Envoy John Phillip
entered the town of Qamishli in line with attempts to support the Kurds'
separatist moves and held a meeting with Abdulkarim Omer, the head of the
Foreign Relations Commission in the Jazeera region, and his deputy Abir Ilia.
also quoted the Kurdish sources as saying that a delegation of the Kurdish
autonomous forces held a meeting with Special Envoy to Syria Geir Pedersen, UAE
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash, Norwegian Foreign Minister
Marie Eriksen and US Envoy to anti-ISIL Coalition Brett McGurk in Oslo on June
18 and 19.
the Kurdish forces formed military councils in the three occupied towns of Ain
al-Arab, Tal Abyadh and al-Tabaqah to strengthen their military structure in
Eastern Euphrates region after a US-Saudi delegation visited Eastern Syria.
Mazloum Abdi, the SDF spokesman, claimed on Saturday that Damascus should
recognize the local autonomous system, including the general department of the
Northern and Eastern Syria, as well as the SDF and its full responsibility in
the security and military issues in the autonomous regions.
reports said earlier this month that American and Saudi diplomatic delegations
held a meeting with the SDF commanders and a number of tribal leaders in a
Washington-occupied base in Deir Ezzur in a bid to coordinate a plan for the
separation of Eastern Euphrates from Syria.
Arabic-language Step news website affiliated to the militants reported that
recently a meeting was held between the two sides in al-Omar oilfield region in
Eastern Deir Ezzur.
added that Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Joel Rayburn, former US
Ambassador to Bahrain William V. Roebuck and Thamer al-Sabhan participated in a
meeting with Qassan al-Yousef and Leili al-Hassan, the co-chairs of Deir Ezzur
civil administration, noting that the event was meant do coordination for
supporting the SDF-occupied regions against any possible threat and political
and economic support for the SDF in Northern and Northeastern Syria.
to the report, another meeting was also held between the Arab and US
delegations and a number of tribal leaders of Deir Ezzur in al-Omar base to
remove differences between the tribes and the SDF and discuss financial and
logistical support for the Eastern Euphrates region.
the Arabic-language Xeber 24 news website reported that al-Sabhan conveyed a
message from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on his full support for
militants in Northeastern Syria.
pro-militant sources said that Tahrir al-Sham terrorists have dispatched tens
of military vehicles and militants to the battlefronts in Northern Lattakia and
Sahl al-Ghab in Northwestern Hama (in the demilitarized zone) with the aim of
confronting the Russian and Syrian troops.
the Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper reported that the Syrian Air Force
pounded the military positions and movements of the terrorist groups in the
towns of al-Zuka, al-Latamineh and Kafar Zita in Northern Hama and Ma'areh
Hormeh, Sheikh Mustafa, al-Rakaya, Karsaeh, Kafar Sanjeh, al-Baredeh, Ma'ar
Zita and Khan Sheikhoun in Southern Idlib, destroying a number of the
terrorists' military positions as well as killing and injuring tens of them.
Syrian Army's artillery and missile units also pounded the terrorists' military
positions around Kafar Nubl, al-Naqir and Abedin in Southern Idlib, destroying
several of their military vehicles.
was for the third consecutive day that Tahrir al-Sham and other terrorist
groups hit the Syrian Army's military positions in the towns of al-Hawiz and al-Karkat
in Western Hama with rockets.
a relevant development on Monday, the Syrian Army's ground and air forces
conducted a series of operations against the military positions and movements
of Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at in Northern Hama and Southern Idlib, destroying
several of their key centers and military positions.
Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper reported that the Syrian Army's artillery
and missile units pounded the terrorists' military positions and movements in
the towns of al-Arbaeen, al-Sayyad and al-Latamineh in Northern Hama.
Syrian Air Force also pounded the military positions and movements of Tahrir
al-Sham and other terrorist groups in the towns of al-Jabin, Kafar Sajneh,
al-Naqir, Kafar Nubl, Ariha, Jbal al-Arbaeen, Sarjeh, Taftnaz, Madaya, Khan
Sheikhoun, al-Hobait and al-Amerieh in Northern Hama and Southern Idlib.
centers and military positions of the terrorists were destroyed in the Syrian
Army attacks on safe zones in Northern Syria and their military equipment was
large number of terrorists, including several of their commanders, were also
killed in the Syrian airstrikes.
Arabia’s Council of Ministers said that the Kingdom would continue its support
for Palestinian refugees and reaffirmed in a statement that the Palestinian
right of return to their homeland was an inalienable one.
council cited Saudi Arabia’s address at the annual Pledging Conference of the
United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
(UNRWA) held in New York last week.
address emphasized that the right of the Palestinians and their descendants to
return to their homeland is an inalienable one which does not expire in time
because it is a humanitarian, moral, legal and political right guaranteed by
international resolutions,” a statement from the council read.
on Tuesday accused Israel of committing “state terrorism” after reported
Israeli air strikes killed 15 people including civilians.
authorities are increasingly practicing state terrorism,” the foreign ministry
said in a statement carried by the official SANA news agency.
latest heinous Israeli aggression falls within the framework of ongoing Israeli
attempts to prolong the crisis in Syria,” it added.
air strikes near Damascus and in Homs province late Sunday killed nine mostly
foreign pro-regime fighters and six civilians, including three children, the
Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
was not immediately clear if the civilians died in the strikes or in their
aftermath, it added.
Israeli military spokeswoman declined to comment.
foreign ministry filed a complaint to the United Nations Security Council over
the attack, demanding accountability, according to SANA.
said Israel’s “dangerous and hostile” actions would not have been possible
without the support of its ally the United States, which protects it in the
strikes hit several Iranian positions near Damascus, and also targeted a
research center and a military airport west of the city of Homs where the
Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah and Iranians are deployed, the Observatory
of the pro-regime fighters killed was Syrian, while the rest were of other
nationalities, Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.
has carried out hundreds of air strikes in Syria since the beginning of the
conflict in 2011, targeting forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and the
regime’s allies Iran and Hezbollah.
UN expert, who recently concluded a probe into the state-sponsored
assassination of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi, has called for sanctions on
surveillance technology sales to Riyadh, amid reports that the regime has been
using such spyware to keep track of the dissidents living abroad.
at the Brookings Institution in Washington on Tuesday, Agnes Callamard, the UN
special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions, said
that such a ban would help to not only hold Riyadh accountable for Khashoggi’s
murder, but also to prevent similar extrajudicial killings.
do believe there should be a moratorium on the sale of surveillance technology
to Saudi Arabia,” she said, adding that the regime has shown it “cannot be
trusted” with it.
— a late but vocal critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman— was killed
and his body was dismembered by a Saudi hit squad after being lured into the
kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2, 2018.
fate was unknown for several weeks, until Saudi Arabia confirmed under rising
international pressure that the journalist had been murdered at the diplomatic
month, Callamard presented findings of her six-month investigation into
Khashoggi's murder case.
her 101-page report, she said that there is “sufficient credible evidence”
indicating that bin Salman bears responsibility for the murder, and that he
should be investigated for the murder.
revealed last year that Saudi Arabia had been using extensive technology tools
to harass the dissidents living abroad or spy on them using Israeli software
long before it ordered Khashoggi’s assassination.
in her Tuesday’s remarks, the UN expert stressed that Khashoggi’s killing had
violated various international norms, including the Vienna Convention on
consular relations and the UN charter on the extraterritorial use of force.
also underlined the need to recognize that a state had carried out the murder.
really must insist that this was a state killing, and for it, the state must be
held responsible and accountable,” Callamard said, noting that the killers were
state agents who used Saudi government means to execute their crime.
you know, the killing took place in a consulate; the consul himself used his
power to ensure that there were no witnesses on the floor when the killing took
place,” she said. “So all of the dimensions of the execution of the crime meet
the definition of a state killing.”
UN rapporteur further complained that Western sanctions on Saudi citizens
involved in the crime amount to an endorsement of Riyadh’s claim that the
murder was carried out by “rogue” agents.
it’s really important to insist on what we do vis-a-vis the state of Saudi
Arabia, not some 15, 17 individuals,” she said.
also criticized the Saudi investigation into the case for failing to meet
is no way I can conclude that the investigation conducted by Saudi Arabia was
done effectively, was done in good faith and allowed for international
cooperation,” she said.
powers should reconsider holding the next G20 summit in Saudi Arabia, the UN
expert said, noting that the event, scheduled for November 2020 in Riyadh,
offered a chance to pressure the regime over the killing.
Bashar al-Assad says Syria fully supports the Iranian nation and the Islamic
establishment against all threats and acts, which contravene international law
during a meeting with Ali Asghar Khaji, a senior assistant on special political
affairs to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, in Damascus on
Tuesday, Assad underscored his country’s backing for Iran and its leadership,
stating that Syria defends Iranians’ strive for their rights and stands by them
against all threats and acts that violate the basis of the international law.
was then briefed on the developments concerning the Iran nuclear deal, formally
known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), following the US departure
from the 2015 agreement, and Washington’s latest escalatory moves in the Middle
two sides also exchanged viewpoints on Syria’s counter-terrorism campaign,
counterattacks to assaults being carried out by foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorist
groups positioned in Syria’s embattled northwestern province of Idlib,
initiatives for a political solution to Syria's crisis, the next round of Syria
peace talks in Kazakhstan, as well as the latest regional and international
for his part, pointed to the deeply-rooted relations between Tehran and
Damascus, emphasizing that Iran is determined to bolster such ties in all areas
in order to serve the interests of both nations.
Iranian nation and government will continue to support Syria until it liberates
all its territory and rebuilds what has been destroyed by the war, he pointed
the Iranian official met and held talks with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid
stressed the need for enhanced coordination and consultations between the two
countries regarding upcoming international meetings on the political process in
Syria, and all-out promotion of bilateral relations.
has dismissed as “baseless” Israel’s claims that the Persian Gulf sultanate is
establishing diplomatic ties with the Tel Aviv regime.
a statement published on its official Twitter page on Tuesday, the Omani
Foreign Ministry reacted to comments by the head of the Mossad intelligence
service, who had said a day earlier Israel was renewing ties with Oman.
Sultanate is keen to exert all efforts to create favorable diplomatic
conditions to restore contacts between all international and regional parties
to work towards achieving peace between the Palestinian Authority and … Israel,
leading to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state,” the Omani
Foreign Ministry said in the statement.
Mossad chief, Yossi Cohen, had claimed at the Herzliya Conference on Monday
that, “Just recently, renewal of formal relations with Oman was declared and the
establishment of a representative office of the foreign ministry in that
is only the visible tip of a much broader secret effort,” he added. “We do not
yet have with them (Arab states) official peace treaties but there is already a
communality of interests, broad cooperation and open channels of
and Egypt are the only two Arab states that have diplomatic ties with Israel.
However, reports have indicated that several of them, including Saudi Arabia,
the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, have had secret relations with Tel Aviv.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in late November last year visited Oman,
where he met Sultan Sayyid Qaboos bin Said Al Said at the Bait al-Barakah Royal
Palace in the coastal city of Seeb near the capital Muscat.
Jerusalem Post daily newspaper reported that the two men had discussed ways to
advance the so-called Middle East peace process as well as other matters of
Omani Foreign Ministry announced on June 26 that it will open an embassy in the
occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.
decision was made “in continuation of the sultanate’s support for the
Palestinian people,” it said.
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is among the best places for victims of genocide to see how Jews have processed
the trauma of the past, says Mirza Dinnayi, head of a German humanitarian
organization that treats Iraqi children and terror victims. He is part of a
group that came to Israel this month to support victims of the Yazidi genocide.
shuk in Jerusalem is always a bustling mosaic of people on a Friday. In late
June, however, it hosted a group of Iraqis who had survived the depredations of
Islamic State. It was a unique gathering, and the clanging of the shops and
bustle of people helped distract the survivors from difficulties they have
faced over the years.
years have passed since ISIS was at the height of its power in 2014, declaring
its “caliphate” in Mosul in northern Iraq. Today, ISIS has been largely
defeated, but its victims still hold the scars of trauma from 2014. Thousands
of Yazidis, a minority group, were systematically murdered, and women and
children sold into slavery. Although 3,000 remain missing, several thousand
were able to escape or were freed from the hands of ISIS.
of those is Lamiya Aji Bashar, who won the 2016 Sakharov Prize alongside Nadia
Murad, another Yazidi victim. Aji Bashar was wounded in April 2016 while
escaping and went to Germany to receive assistance. She came to Israel as part
of a Bar-Ilan University and IsraAid initiative. The two-week workshop took
place at the end of June and included a closing ceremony with Natan Sharansky.
The university says that for four years, it has been conducting studies on PTSD
and other issues facing Yazidi genocide survivors.
Yaakov Hoffman and Prof. Ari Zivotofsky from Bar-Ilan University said that they
felt a moral obligation to study the effects of genocide and to share the
know-how that exists in Israel. Dinnayi, who runs the German NGO Luftbrucke
Irak, has helped more than 1,000 Yazidis who escaped ISIS and have gone to
Germany for assistance.
June 27, the group visited Yad Vashem. Aji Bashar said she felt that the Yazidi
experience is linked to the images she saw at the Holocaust memorial. “They
killed the men, and it is similar to what happened to us,” Bashar said.
vice president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, Edwin Shuker, who has
a keen interest in Iraq where he was born, said that the Jewish mission of
being a light unto the nations can be seen in the connections with Yazidis and
other survivors of ISIS crimes.
must remember that we understand this is our core mission,” said Shuker. “When
I see what these kids went through and see them here and watch their faces
smiling, you know we have done our mission.” Shuker was one of several people
who came to the shuk with the Yazidis and Christians as they prepared to tour
the Old City of Jerusalem.
Dinnayi, the most important thing is that Iraq needs experienced professionals
in trauma and psycho-therapy. “We began this initiative to help those who can
help and create sustainability,” he says, adding that “I hope we can do a
follow-up, and bring peace and solidarity for survivors of genocide.”
Kewe, a researcher in genocide, also accompanied the group. Born in Sulimaniyeh
in northern Iraq’s Kurdish region, she moved to Europe and then returned to
Iraq. She said that the visit to Yad Vashem was especially impactful for the
is an expert on the genocide carried out against Kurds in the 1980s by the
regime of Saddam Hussein, including the Halabja poison gas attacks. “This is so
much to learn, and I hope to write about it and show the resilience and
commitment that people here [in Israel] took care [regarding] their history,”
it is an uphill struggle. Lisa Miara, president and founder of the Springs of
Hope Foundation, which has worked in a Yazidi IDP camp for years, says that the
visit can help those who work with youth back in the Yazidi camps. Even though
ISIS was defeated in Iraq in 2017, many hundreds of thousands of Yazidis remain
in displaced persons camps because they fear returning to Sinjar where the
genocide took place.
are many hurdles for the community, not only in terms of security and the
required investment in their former villages that were destroyed by ISIS, but
also in helping women who survived sexual assault and had children while under
ISIS captivity. This sensitive subject has caused controversy, as some women
faced challenges returning to their communities. Some of the children were also
brainwashed by ISIS.
says that she has seen 200 kids who were once held by ISIS and that some of
them were even child soldiers, forced to fight by the extremists. “No one in
Iraq has experience with child soldiers,” she says, in terms of psychological
support for the kids. These are uncharted waters. Some 30 kids and 10 women
were rescued in battles near Baghouz earlier this year, but it’s difficult to
confront the way ISIS sought to program them to be extremists.
DID a unique group of survivors from ISIS end up in Israel in the first place?
went to Kurdistan to do research on disappearing Jewish communities,” says
Zivotofsky. Hoffman, who was studying PTSD, asked him if he could help bring a
questionnaire to Yazidi survivors.
decided to help them. And as people who know what it is like to be without a
home and at the whim of evil, like ISIS was for them – and let them know that
people are here to help them – they view us as a role model,” Zivotofsky said.
“There must be follow up if we bring them here – if we want the therapy they
learned to be effective – so we hope to do that and have visits, and we are
planning on this. Bar-Ilan is planning follow up.”
group also learned about what Jewish child survivors faced after 1945, and
heard a lecture from Dr. Sharon Shalom, an Ethiopian Israeli who also survived
the difficulties Ethiopian Jews underwent leaving Ethiopia in the 1980s. The
Yazidis and Christians were inspired by his lecture, asking for selfies and seeing
in his message of hope, a message they could take home.
wasn’t an easy trip to get to Israel. Some of the participants’ names could not
be mentioned, and the process and bureaucracy to come was complex. But they
surmounted the hurdles. But the real hurdle remains in the future.
haven’t received enough support from the international community,” says Aji
Bashar. “But it has been an amazing experience.”
Chinese state media have said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told
President Xi Jinping that ethnic minorities live happily in Xinjiang, in what
would be a stark reversal of Ankara's past criticism of Beijing's crackdown in
met Xi at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Tuesday, four months after
the Turkish foreign ministry called the treatment of mostly Muslim
Turkic-speaking Uighurs was "a great embarrassment for humanity".
has come under growing criticism over its security clampdown in the northwest
region, where more than one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities
are believed to be held in a network of internment camps.
denies forcibly holding people in what it describes as "vocational
education centres" where "trainees" learn Mandarin and job
skills in an effort to steer them away from religious extremism.
countries had been largely silent about China's treatment of Uighurs until
Turkey's statement in February, but the official Xinhua news agency reported
nicer words from Erdogan on Tuesday.
stays committed to the one-China policy, Erdogan said, stressing that residents
of various ethnicities living happily in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region
thanks to China's prosperity is a hard fact, and Turkey will not allow anyone
to drive a wedge in its relations with China," Xinhua reported.
Michael Forsythe and Ronen Bergman
week ago, a small tanker ship approached the Persian Gulf after a 19-day voyage
from China. The captain, as required by international rules, reported the
ship’s position, course, speed and another key detail: It was riding high in
the water, meaning it was probably empty.
the Chinese-owned ship, the Sino Energy 1, went silent and essentially vanished
from the grid.
reported in again on Sunday, near the spot where it had vanished six days
earlier, only now it was heading east, away from the Strait of Hormuz near
Iran. If past patterns hold, the captain will soon report that it is riding low
in the water, meaning its tanks are most likely full.
the Trump administration’s sanctions on Iranian oil and petrochemical products
have taken hold, some of the world’s shipping fleets have defied the
restrictions by “going dark” when they pick up cargo in Iranian ports,
according to commercial analysts who track shipping data and intelligence from
authorities in Israel, a country that backs the Trump crackdown.
are hiding their activity,” said Samir Madani, co-founder of TankerTrackers.com,
a company that uses satellite imagery to identify tankers calling on Iranian
ports. “They don’t want to broadcast the fact that they have been in Iran,
evading sanctions. It’s that simple.”
maritime treaty overseen by a United Nations agency requires ships of 300 tons
or more that travel international routes to have an automatic identification
system. The gear helps avoid collisions and aids in search-and-rescue
operations. It also allows countries to monitor shipping traffic.
is not illegal under international law to buy and haul Iranian oil or related
products. The Trump administration’s sanctions, which went into effect last
November after the United States pulled out of the Iran nuclear agreement, are
foreign companies doing business with American companies or banks risk being
punished by the United States. Actions can include banning American banks from
working with them, freezing assets and barring company officials from traveling
to the United States, said Richard Nephew, a research scholar at Columbia
University who oversaw Iran policy on the National Security Council during the
have sanctioned dozens of Chinese state-owned enterprises for nuclear, missile,
arms and other forms of proliferation,” Mr. Nephew said. “But it is not entered
State Department spokeswoman said, “We do not comment on intelligence matters.”
Tankers Keep Disappearing in the Persian Gulf
SC Mercury, an oil and chemical tanker owned by Sinochem until April 2019,
sails regularly from Chinese ports into the Persian Gulf.
the morning of Jan. 27, 2018, it disappeared. The Mercury's A.I.S. transponder
— a device that broadcasts a ship's location continuously, required by an
international maritime treaty — fell silent.
days later, the transponder came back to life, tracking the Mercury as it
sailed toward ports in India. Having deposited its cargo, it turned back toward
Feb. 15, 2018, the ship went dark again as it navigated the Strait of Hormuz,
reappearing days later to begin a weekslong journey back to Shanghai.
ships 300 tons or greater on international journeys are required to broadcast
their location, course and speed on the system, but sometimes, to hide their
activities from competitors, ships “go dark,” analysts say.
Persian Gulf isn’t the only place in the world where ships go silent. It also
happens in the South China Sea, but there, one analyst said, the reason may be
because the sheer number of ships overwhelms the system.
the case of the Mercury, outages appeared to be more selective. In April and
May 2018, the ship’s transponder stayed active as it visited ports in Saudi
Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.
a ship goes dark in the Persian Gulf, it may be related to dodging sanctions,
not technical problems, said Samir Madani of TankerTrackers.com, which uses
satellite technology to monitor ships. Countries and companies that import
Iranian oil risk punishment from the United States.
the past 18 months, the five ships, which regularly sail between China and the
Persian Gulf, made only two port visits in Iran, according to information from
their A.I.S. data. In contrast, those ships made close to 50 stops in ports in
Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. In another 28 instances, the ships
vanished in the region for days or weeks.
Rich Harris and Derek Watkins. Source: VesselsValue
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Hook, the United States special representative for Iran, told reporters in
London on Friday that the United States would punish any country importing
Iranian oil. Mr. Hook was responding to a question about reports of Iranian oil
going to Asia, according to the Reuters news agency.
Trump’s efforts to halt Iranian oil and petrochemical exports are at the heart
of rising tensions between the two countries. Last month, he imposed new
sanctions on Iran’s leaders after it downed an American surveillance drone and
nearly precipitated a counterstrike that was called off at the last minute. The
attack on the drone came a week after the United States accused Iran of being
responsible for explosions that had crippled two tankers near the Strait of
and Israeli intelligence agencies say the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard
Corps is deeply entwined with its petrochemical industry, using oil revenues to
swell its coffers. Mr. Trump has labeled the military group a terrorist
has been trying to work around the American sanctions by offering “significant
reductions” in price for its oil and petrochemical products, said Gary Samore,
a professor at Brandeis University who worked on weapons issues in the Obama
administration. When shipping companies defy the sanctions, they weaken their
effectiveness, especially if the companies — or the countries where they are
based — see no consequences, analysts said. Some shipping companies with direct
Iranian ties do not try to hide their movements, according to data collected by
the commercial tracking sites.
month, the Salina, an Iranian-flagged oil tanker under American sanctions,
docked in Jinzhou Bay, a port in northeastern China, according to data from
VesselsValue, a website that analyzes global shipping information. The Salina
regularly reported its position, course and speed via the automatic
tankers like the Salina, which can transport as much as a million barrels of
crude, or about 5 percent of the daily consumption of the United States, are so
big that they can call on only a limited number of ports. They are also more
easily spotted by satellites than smaller ships like the Sino Energy 1.
vessel, and its more than 40 sister ships, are far more difficult to track when
they go off the grid. They were owned until April by a subsidiary of Sinochem,
a state-owned company in China that is one of the world’s biggest chemical
has extensive business ties in the United States. It has an office in Houston
and works with big American companies including Boeing and Exxon Mobil. In
March, it signed an agreement with Citibank to “deepen the partnership” between
the two companies, Sinochem said. In 2013, a United States subsidiary of
Sinochem bought a 40 percent stake in a Texas shale deposit for $1.7 billion.
April, it sold a controlling share in its shipping fleet to a private company,
Inner Mongolia Junzheng Energy & Chemical Group Co., whose biggest
shareholder is Du Jiangtao, a Chinese billionaire who made his fortune in
medical equipment, chemicals and coal-generated power.
person answering the phone at Junzheng’s investor relations office was not
familiar with the newly acquired shipping business. For now, Junzheng owns 40
percent of Sinochem’s former shipping fleet, with the rest owned by two Beijing
Ning, the chairman of Sinochem, speaking in a brief interview in Dalian, China,
said that shipping had not been central to the company’s business. In a
statement, the company said it had “adopted strict compliance policies and governance
on export control and sanctions,” though a former employee who had helped
manage the shipping business, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the
company had shipped petrochemicals from Iran for years.
tracking data also show that some of the Sinochem ships made trips to Iran
before the fleet was sold, and both before and after the American sanctions
went into effect.
April 2018, for example, one of the ships, the SC Brilliant, was moored at
Asalouyeh, a major Iranian petrochemical depot on the Persian Gulf, according
to data from VesselsValue. The SC Brilliant’s voyage was easy to plot. Its
captain made constant reports via the automatic identification system,
broadcasting its course, speed and destination.
after Mr. Trump’s announcement last August that he would reimpose sanctions on
Iran’s petroleum industry, the SC Brilliant’s voyages became less transparent.
late September and early October, shortly before the sanctions took effect, the
ship went off the grid for 10 days in the same stretch of the Strait of Hormuz
where the Sino Energy 1 disappeared last week. When the SC Brilliant went off
the grid, it appeared empty; when it re-emerged, it appeared full.
pattern was repeated in February, with the ship disappearing for four days,
according to the tracking data.
month, another Sinochem ship, the SC Neptune, stopped transmitting its position
when it approached the Strait of Hormuz, the tracking data show. Four days
later, for a brief period, it appeared back on the grid, transmitting its
location from an export terminal on Iran’s Kharg Island. It then went quiet for
another 24 hours, reappearing on its way out of the strait.
some parts of the world, including the South China Sea, it is not uncommon for
ships to go silent because the automatic identification system may be
overloaded by the volume of vessels, said Court Smith, a former officer in the
United States Coast Guard who is now an analyst at VesselsValue. Sometimes they
do so for competitive reasons, he added.
in the Persian Gulf, where traffic is lighter, Mr. Smith said, vessels
generally do not turn off the system, known in the industry as A.I.S.
the A.I.S. signal is lost, it is almost certainly because the A.I.S.
transponder has been disabled or turned off,” Mr. Smith said of ships in the
Persian Gulf. “The captain has decided to turn off the A.I.S.”
possible clue that Iran-bound ships are disabling their reporting systems is
that ships making trips to countries on the western part of the gulf are not
going off the grid.
people were injured following an attack by the Houthi militia targeting Saudi
Arabia’s Abha International Airport on Tuesday, the Arab Coalition said.
terrorist attack on Abha airport... led to the injury of nine civilians,
including eight Saudi citizens and one carrying an Indian passport,"
coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki said in a statement, adding that
they were all in stable condition.
stated that the attack took place at 12:35 am local time.
head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday the enemy was worried
about the prospect of war and was focused instead on an economic conflict,
according to the semi-official Fars news agency.
between the United States and Iran have increased since Trump pulled Washington
out of a nuclear deal last year and moved to bar all international sales of
month the United States came as close as it has ever come to bombing Iran, when
President Donald Trump aborted a retaliatory air strike minutes before impact.
Trump said he decided the strike, to punish Iran for shooting down a drone,
would have killed too many people.
the military sphere, we have completely closed the path for the enemy,” Major
General Hossein Salami was quoted as saying.
head of Israel’s spy agency Mossad says the occupying regime is renewing ties
with Oman, adding that a representative office of the Israeli foreign ministry
will open in the Persian Gulf, as Tel Aviv and Arab monarchies move to bring
their clandestine ties to light.
at the Herzliya Conference on Monday, Yossi Cohen said “Just recently, renewal
of formal relations with Oman was declared and the establishment of a
representative office of the foreign ministry in that country.”
is only the visible tip of a much broader secret effort,” he added.
do not yet have with them (Arab states) official peace treaties but there is
already a communality of interests, broad cooperation and open channels of
communication,” Cohen said.
and Oman agreed to open trade representative offices in the 1990s, but in 2000,
the Persian Gulf sultanate shut them down after the outbreak of the second
Palestinian intifada (uprising).
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Oman’s Sultan Qaboos in Muscat last
October. The controversial visit was kept secret until after the Israeli
premier returned to the occupied territories.
Wednesday, Oman announced plans to open an embassy in Palestine in support of
the Palestinian people, in a first for a Persian Gulf state.
Ashrawi, a senior official in the Palestine Liberation Organization, welcomed
Muscat’s decision, saying “I hope the embassy will help in educating the Omani
government on the real nature of the Israeli occupation.”
however, warned Oman against using its mission to establish formal ties with
Tel Aviv, saying, “If this has a political price attached then certainly there
will be ramifications.”
and the Persian Gulf Arab regimes have dramatically increased their contacts
since late June, when Bahrain hosted a US-led conference where the “economic”
part of President Donald Trump’s “peace” plan for the Middle East was unveiled.
recent moves towards normalization of ties have angered Palestinians, who see
them as an attempt to liquidate the Palestinian cause.
an unprecedented move, a handful of Israeli journalists, hand-picked by the
White House, traveled to Bahrain last week to attend the US-led conference.
conference was boycotted by the Palestinians. Critics say Washington is
offering financial rewards for Palestinians to accept the Israeli occupation.
the event, Bahrain openly said that it wants “peace” and “better” relations
with the occupying entity.
the weekend, the Israeli foreign minister, Yisrael Katz, arrived in the United
Arab Emirates for a UN environmental conference.
the visit, he met an unnamed “high ranking UAE official”.
shall continue to work together with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to
advance the normalization policy,” Katz said in a Facebook post.
has strongly condemned the United Nations for signing an agreement over the
weekend with the US-sponsored and Kurdish-led militants of the so-called Syrian
Democratic Forces (SDF), which Ankara views as terrorists.
is a calamity for the UN that Virginia Gamba, Special Representative of the
Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, signed an ‘Action Plan’ with
the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party) terrorist group, the commander of the
so-called SDF, Ferhat Abdi Shahin, without the knowledge of UN members in
Geneva. We strongly condemn this,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a
written statement released on Tuesday.
statement added that necessary steps have been taken with the UN.
is unacceptable for an organization like the UN, which needs to be at the front
row with the fight against terror, to sign an agreement with a terrorist
organization. This is also a clear violation of the UN’s own rulings about
terrorism,” it pointed out.
ministry further noted that the UN has confirmed the “gross crimes of the
illegal PKK/PYD/YPG against humanity and international law” by signing this
is unacceptable that the UN addressed remarks to a bloody-handed terrorist
organization to solve the issue,” the statement read.
Saturday, Gamba and Mazloum Abdi, Force Commander of the SDF, signed an Action
Plan to end the recruitment and use of children in conflict.
People’s Protection Units (YPG), which forms the backbone of the SDF, has been
accused several times of recruiting child soldiers over the course of its
purported fight against the Daesh terrorist group.
its 2018 report on child recruitment in Syria, the UN said 263 boys and 152
girls have been recruited and used by Kurdish groups between 2013 and the first
quarter of 2018.
United States has long been providing the SDF with arms and militants, calling
them a key partner in the alleged campaign against Daesh.
observers, however, see the support in the context of Washington’s plans to
carve out a foothold in the Arab country.
support has also angered Washington’s NATO ally, Turkey, which views the YPG as
the Syria branch of the homegrown PKK militant group.
PKK has been seeking an autonomous Kurdish region in Turkey since 1984.
protest group calls for nationwide ‘civil disobedience’ on July 14
key Sudanese protest group on Monday announced a one-day nationwide “civil
disobedience” campaign on July 14, a day after it organized mass protests
against the ruling generals that rocked the country.
Sunday, July 14, a civil disobedience and total political strike in Khartoum
and across all provinces will be held,” the Sudanese Professional Association
said in a statement, adding that a mass protest will also be launched on July
SPA had initiated the protests in December that finally led to the ouster of
longtime president Omar al-Bashir in April.
Sunday, Seven people were killed and 181 others were wounded during mass
demonstrations across Sudan, the state news agency (SUNA) reported citing the
deputy head of Sudan’s Transitional Military Council, Gen. Mohamed Hamdan
Daglo, called on Sunday for “an urgent and comprehensive agreement” with the
Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) opposition coalition.
airstrike hit a detention center for migrants early Wednesday in the Libyan
capital, killing at least 40 people, a health official in the country’s
UN-recognized government said.
airstrike targeting the detention center in Tripoli’s Tajoura neighborhood also
wounded 80 migrants, said Malek Merset, a spokesman for the health ministry
fighting for Tripoli has threatened to plunge Libya into another bout of
violence on the scale of the 2011 conflict that ousted longtime dictator
Moammar Gadhafi and led to his death.
of migrants are detained in Libya after being apprehended by local forces
funded by the European Union and are now caught up in the armed conflict.
Troops Retake New Area From Al-Shabaab
government forces were reported to have retaken a key area in the country's
Middle Shabelle region following a military operation against the
senior military officer told Radio Shabelle by phone that the SNA troops backed
by African Union peacekeepers rolled into Madah-Isse village, located in the
outskirts of Jowhar, the region's administrative capital on Sunday.
said its fighters retreated from the location after a brief confrontation with
government soldiers moved from military bases in Qalimow town and Ceelka
Geelow, all situated in the same region.
a separate incident, the militants attacked Bariire area, about 65 Kilometers
southwest of Mogadishu, and engaged in a heavy gunfight with the Somali troops,
according to local residents.
soldiers were killed when "terrorists" struck an army camp in western
Niger, the government said Tuesday, adding the US and France had provided air
support to help repel the assault.
attack took place on Monday afternoon at a camp at Inates on the border with
Mali, the defense ministry said in a statement. Four soldiers were listed as
one of the world's poorest countries, lies in the heart of the fragile Sahel
region, which is battling an insurgency.
attack began with the detonation of two suicide vehicles at the entrance to the
camp, followed by gunfire from terrorists who arrived on motorbike," the
statement said. "The counter-attack, with air support from our partners
[French and American], enabled the enemy to be routed beyond our borders,"
operations are continuing."
"terrorists" were killed, a truck was destroyed by airstrikes and two
explosive-laden vehicles were destroyed, it said.
Monday, a military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP there
had been a twin "car-bomb attack" at the camp and suggested the toll
would be high. The base, located in a volatile region, trains Nigerien soldiers
to serve in a UN peacekeeping mission in Mali.
groups are active in western and northern Mali, spilling over from a
long-running militancy in Mali, while Nigeria's Boko Haram is present in the
month, the defense ministry said 18 members of Daesh in the Greater Sahara, or
ISGS, were killed in a joint operation by US, French, and Niger troops in the
southwestern border region of Tongo Tongo.
October 2017, the ISGS claimed responsibility for a raid that killed four US
soldiers and five Nigerien troops in the same region, a mere 20 kilometers from
the Malian border. The United States has a big base for drones in the northern
city of Agadez and Niger recently gave the Americans permission to arm their
drones. The French also have a military base near the airport at the capital,
Niamey, and another at Madama in the north.
is part of the so-called G5 Sahel group of five nations set up to manage a
coordinated response to the militancy in the impoverished region.
German Politician's Assassination Prompts New Fears About Far-Right Violence
assassination last month in Germany of a popular pro-migrant politician has
raised alarm about a growing threat of right-wing terrorism. It was the first
political assassination in more than half a century, and it has shaken the
Lübcke, a 65-year-old member of the Christian Democratic Union and a staunch
defender of Chancellor Angela Merkel's open-door refugee policy, was shot in
the head late at night on June 2 as he sat smoking on his terrace, according to
German investigators. The confessed killer is an avowed neo-Nazi with a
20-plus-year history of violence against immigrants. But experts on extremism
and some mainstream political leaders suggest the far-right, anti-immigrant
Alternative for Germany political party shares at least some of the blame.
recent German history, right-wing attacks have mostly targeted immigrants. The
assassination of a prominent German politician is unprecedented, says Hajo
Funke, a professor at the Free University of Berlin who studies right-wing
coldblooded, so prepared, so decisive," he says. "That kind of
killing is a new step, and that is what, for me, is right-wing terror."
officials were still calling Lübcke's assassination a mystery at the time of
his funeral on June 13 in the German state of Hesse, where he was the district
president of the city of Kassel. Gun homicides are rare in a country with
strict gun laws.
break in the case came on June 15, when a German SWAT team arrested 45-year-old
Stephan Ernst, based on DNA evidence collected at the crime scene.
police record includes an attempt to plant a pipe bomb at a hostel for
asylum-seekers in 1993. Investigators say he had ties to neo-Nazi groups,
including Combat 18, an extremist group that originated in the United Kingdom,
spread to other European countries and has chapters in the U.S. and Canada.
was closely associated with leading figures of Combat 18," says Daniel
Koehler, director of the German Institute on Radicalization and
De-radicalization Studies in Stuttgart. "He was friends with them on
Ernst was arrested, says Koehler, "Combat 18, for the first time ever in
Germany, released a propaganda video in support of the suspect."
Ernst confessed to the killing, he told police he acted alone. But German
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said investigators continue to look for accomplices
and a network. Two more arrests were made last week.
case is a "game changer, an extremely extraordinary incident," says
Koehler. Leading politicians in Germany now feel under direct threat of
violence from far-right extremists. "It's not that [extremists] didn't
want to do it before, but they simply didn't dare," says Koehler.
the weekend, media reports — confirmed by Germany's domestic intelligence
agency — surfaced of a neo-Nazi network that ordered body bags and compiled a
target list of political leaders.
Lübcke's killer confessed, he also spelled out his motives to investigators. He
said he was enraged by comments Lübcke made in 2015 in support of refugees in
remarks came during a heated town hall meeting to discuss a new shelter for
asylum-seekers, as hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees began
entering the country. Far-right hecklers interrupted the meeting. Lübcke
is this famous town hall where he was telling people in the audience, 'If you
don't like human rights, you should go,' " says Mohamed Amjahid, a
political reporter for Die Zeit newspaper. "He was very tough."
exchange led to an online hate campaign against Lübcke, who received death
threats. He was provided police protection until the storm eventually subsided.
February, his 2015 town hall comments surfaced again in a video posted by Erika
Steinbach, a former CDU member of parliament who broke with her party and
aligned herself with the political ideology of the AfD, German's far-right
party, now the third-largest in parliament.
post spurred another storm of hate.
herself never actually threatened Lübcke, but she provided the platform for
those who did," says Koehler.
connects AfD rhetoric to growing extremism. The AfD's warning of an existential
threat to German culture has contributed to extremist violence, he says.
produced by his institute show "a significant link between AfD hate speech
directed against refugees and the level of far-right, xenophobic crimes in
certain areas," Koehler says. A prominent AfD member of parliament was
temporarily suspended from Twitter last year after she referred to Muslim men
as "barbaric" and "gang-raping hordes."
there are three violent, far-right attacks every day in Germany, so that is
just significant. We have no other form of violent extremism that presents such
a threat," Koehler says.
high-ranking AfD members use language that dehumanizes refugees to create an
existential threat, he says, that spurs violence: "Far-right extremists
act out on that fear and threat."
the Lübcke assassination investigation continued and alarm rose in Germany,
senior members of the CDU charged that the AfD was partly to blame for the
rhetoric especially demonizes refugees from the Middle East, Funke says.
an ... indirect link," he says, "being utterly against all Muslims,
Muslims in this country, Muslims around the world. Unleashing of resentment is
one of the conditions for murder and for violence."
leaders and supporters accuse the CDU of attempting to politicize Lübcke's
has to condemn a murder," says Armin-Paul Hampel, an AfD member of
parliament. Threats, he says, are "my daily business. I got threatened,
including 'We will kill you' and things like that. Nobody complained, by the
way, in the German media."
political leaders have also dismissed fears of an extreme right-wing terrorist
network. "The one gentleman imprisoned is saying nothing. So, let's
wait," says Hampel.
heated political exchanges come as the AfD hopes to boost its support in a
series of local elections in the fall. AfD leaders have accused CDU leaders of
"using a murder to discredit political competitors," as an AfD
parliamentary leader wrote on Twitter.
AfD has been consistent in criticizing what Hampel calls Merkel's "illegal
open-door policy" for refugees and asylum-seekers. AfD leaders demand that
most, if not all, of the recent arrivals be sent home. Germany's welfare system
will collapse, he believes, under the strain of refugees who refuse to
central message of his party, he says, is "Do we really want a melting pot
from all nationalities, or do we want to keep our identity?"
insists that message had nothing to do with Lübcke's assassination.
Sydney-based Islamic State members had reached out to contacts overseas to
obtain weapons and explosives as part of a plot to carry out attacks on city
churches, courts, police stations and defence locations, police allege.
police raided six homes in Sydney on Tuesday morning arresting 20-year-old
Isaak el Matari and Radwan Dakkak, 23, over their connection to alleged plans
for a terrorist attack.
third man, Ahmed Tebya, 30, was also arrested, over unrelated charges of defrauding
began an investigation 12 months ago and allege the men made threats about
central Sydney locations on social media including messaging services WhatsApp
el Matari, who was arrested at his Greenacre home, had been under police
surveillance since returning to Sydney from Lebanon 12 months ago.
will allege in court that the man was in early-stage preparations and was
someone who had expressed intentions to carry out a terrorist attack in
Australia," Australian Federal Police's national manager of
counter-terrorism, Ian McCartney, said.
station, defence establishments, embassies and consulates, courts and churches
[were all potential targets]," he said.
man had not moved to finalise his plans to finalise a terror attack."
said Mr el Matari had only become of interest to Australian authorities because
of his trip to Lebanon.
he travelled overseas to Lebanon, he wasn't of interest to Australian
authorities. We had concern once he returned to Australia. Movements have been
monitored since he returned to Australia," NSW Assistant Commissioner Mick
Willing, the Counter Terrorism and Special Tactics commander, said.
raid was the 16th alleged planned terror attack police have foiled since the
terrorist threat level in Australia was elevated to "probable" in
are still people who wish to do the community harm. Their actions are criminal
and they represent hate and terror," Mr McCartney said.
raids in south-west Sydney
Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said the case bolstered the argument for new laws
the government plans to put to Parliament this week that would let authorities
block Australians deemed a terrorist threat from returning from overseas for up
to two years.
Dutton said the government could not be certain how many Australians who
supported Islamic State might still be at large in the Middle East.
though there’s been an enormous disruption and the taking over of areas …
nonetheless there are many people who still are involved in different theatre
skirmishes, regroupings. It may be the case that some Australians we assume
have been killed in the theatre of war may not have been."
allege the pair arrested on Tuesday had planned to import firearms and
explosives to carry out the attacks.
were starting to reach out to people overseas," Mr McCartney said.
el Matari also allegedly had plans to go to Afghanistan to pledge allegiance
to, and fight for, the Islamic State, he said.
had a visa and a plane ticket to Afghanistan, and planned to purchase a firearm
upon arrival, police alleged.
these activities, he'd sworn allegiance to IS," Mr McCartney said.
"There was a domestic plan at the same time."
el Matari, who lives with a woman and two children, is expected to be charged
with one count of preparing for a terrorist act and one count of being part of
a terrorist organisation.
will also face charges under the so-called foreign fighters legislation
designed to stop Islamic State sympathisers from going to the Middle East to
neighbours at the home in Chiswick Street, Greenacre, where Mr el Matari had
lived for several months, told the Herald they were in shock.
very terrible, what we heard this morning. My four-year-old daughter is very
scared. She asked what is going on," one neighbour said.
said she wanted to move. "I'm disgusted, I don't want to live here any
more. It's terrifying, you don't feel safe. It's just shocking," she said.
Dakkak, from Toongabbie, is expected to be charged with being a member of the
third man arrested in the raid, Mr Tebya, will face unrelated charges of
Tebya was granted police bail to appear in Burwood Local Court later this
also had in place an "escalation plan" if any of the attacks had
progressed, Mr Willing said.
matters of this type, public safety is paramount. We had appropriate resources
briefed and ready, including tactical resources and the like," he said.
prosecutors on Monday said they are investigating a "terrorist
motive" in a deadly tram shooting in Utrecht.
main suspect, Gokmen T., confessed to the shooting on Monday, saying: "I
am not a suspect, I pleaded guilty to the crime."
is suspected of boarding a tram and opening fire on passengers in March,
killing four people and wounding two others. He was arrested shortly after the
said they discovered a handwritten letter in an alleged getaway vehicle near
the scene of the crime.
doing this for my religion, you kill Muslims and you want to take our religion
away from us, but you won't succeed. God is great," the Dutch-language
have been on high alert since a series of terrorist attacks targeted European
capitals across the EU, including Paris, Brussels and Berlin. Several of them
were claimed by the "Islamic State" militant group.
prosecutors said that while the main suspect was a "difficult person"
given his criminal past, they had yet to uncover clues to indicate he had
previously considered a "terrible deed such as the one he is now suspected
warned Iran on Tuesday against carrying out any further measures that could
hinder its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, but appeared to hold off on
confronting Tehran over its decision to exceed its low enriched uranium (LEU)
along with Britain and Germany, is seeking to save the deal since US President
Donald Trump quit the accord last year and imposed punishing sanctions on Iran.
had been cautious about responding following Monday’s confirmation by the
International Atomic Energy Agency that Tehran had amassed more LEU than
permitted under the accord.
Emmanuel Macron recalled “his attachment to the full respect of the 2015
nuclear accord and asks Iran to reverse without delay this excess, as well as
to avoid all extra measures that would put into question its nuclear
commitments,” the French presidency said in a statement.
move is a test of European diplomacy after French, British and German officials
had promised a strong diplomatic response if Iran fundamentally breached the
Europeans, who opposed Trump’s decision to abandon the agreement, had pleaded
with Iran to keep within its parameters.
the terms of the deal, if any party believes Iran has violated the agreement,
they can trigger a dispute resolution process that could end at the UN Security
Council with a so-called snapback of UN sanctions on Iran.
French presidency statement said that Macron would take steps in coming days to
ensure Iran met its obligations and continued to benefit from the economic
advantages of the deal.
did not immediately clarify what those steps would be.
has ordered the arrest of 122 military personnel over suspected links to the
network blamed by Ankara for orchestrating a failed military coup, prosecutors
and the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Tuesday.
has accused US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen of masterminding the
attempted putsch in July 2016. He has denied any involvement.
have launched one operation in Istanbul, prosecutors there said. Authorities
have also launched separate operations in the western coastal province of Izmir
and the central province of Konya, Anadolu added.
three years after the failed coup, more than 77,000 people have been jailed
pending trial and about 150,000 civil servants, military personnel and others
have been sacked or suspended from their jobs.
groups and Turkey’s Western allies have criticized the scope of the crackdown,
saying President Tayyip Erdogan has used the abortive coup as a pretext to
government has said the security measures are necessary due to the gravity of
the threat Turkey faces, and has vowed to eradicate Gulen’s network in the
based in Izmir were looking for 42 suspects there and in 17 other provinces,
Anadolu said. Authorities believed members of Gulen’s network had used pay
phones to contact the suspects, it added.
in Konya were looking for another 40 suspects, including soldiers on active
duty, there and in 25 other provinces, the news agency reported.
foreign ministers of the U.K., Germany and France along with the European
Union’s high representative issued a joint statement Tuesday urging Iran to
reverse its decision to breach a limit under a 2015 nuclear agreement.
statement by the European 3 (E3) and the European External Action Service
(EEAS) expressed dismay and concern over Iran’s decision to exceed the limit
set on its low-enriched uranium reserves.
Foreign Ministers of France, Germany, the UK, and the High Representative are
extremely concerned at Iran’s announcement that it has exceeded the Joint
Comprehensive Plan of Action stockpile limit for low enriched uranium. The
International Atomic Energy Agency has confirmed this information,” the
have been consistent and clear that our commitment to the nuclear deal depends
on full compliance by Iran. We regret this decision by Iran, which calls into
question an essential instrument of nuclear non-proliferation.”
E3 and the EEAS urged Iran to refrain from further exceeding the limits on its
low-enriched uranium reserves and thus undermining the nuclear deal. The
foreign ministries said they are considering the next steps to ensure the
agreement does not collapse and are in coordination with their partners.
Monday, Iran revealed that it had breached the limit set on its stockpile of
low-enriched uranium, allowing it to exceed the 300 kilograms agreed under the
deal. Iran had warned that it had intended to breach the deal if the EU was not
able to bypass U.S. sanctions.
breach follows the U.S. withdrawal from the deal last year and Tehran’s
frustration over the EU’s failure to counter crippling U.S. sanctions and
increase trade with Iran. U.S. sanctions have deterred European businesses from
conducting trade with the country.
to the breach, the EU had announced the establishment of a trading mechanism
known as Instex that would allow European businesses to trade with Iran without
facing U.S. scrutiny.
the Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
(JCPoA), Iran agreed to destroy its stockpile of medium-enriched uranium and
cut its stockpile of low-enriched uranium by 98%.
JCPoA was signed by the U.K., the U.S., Russia, China, France, Germany and the
EU in 2015.
investigator calls for spy tech sales ban on Riyadh
UN special rapporteur for extrajudicial killings on Tuesday called for a
moratorium on selling surveillance technology to Saudi Arabia over the murder
of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
call from UN investigator Agnes Callamard comes after last month’s release of
her report on Khashoggi's death.
was killed and dismembered by a group of Saudi operatives shortly after he
entered the country's consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 last year.
offered various, conflicting narratives to explain his disappearance before
acknowledging he was murdered in the diplomatic building while seeking to shift
blame for his death on a botched rendition operation being carried out by rogue
body has not been recovered, and the Kingdom has remained silent on its
said that a ban on foreign sales of that technology would help to not only hold
Riyadh accountable for Khashoggi's death but to prevent such an extrajudicial
killing from happening again.
Israeli spyware company, Pegasus, reportedly sold surveillance technology to
Saudi Arabia that was used to track the murdered journalist, according to NSA
whistleblower Edward Snowden.
do believe there should be a moratorium on the sale of surveillance technology
to Saudi Arabia," Callamard said at a panel hosted by the Brookings
Institution, a Washington-based think tank.
UN investigator’s report was released at the end of June, and said that the
state of Saudi Arabia was responsible for the killing of Khashoggi, but fell
short of placing the blame on the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
of the dimensions of the execution of the crime meet the definition of a state
killing," Callamard said.
her report, however, she called for sanctioning bin Salman because there is
"enough evidence to suggest that he has a part of responsibility for the
said in the report she found "credible evidence" to further probe
Saudi officials’ individual liability in Khashoggi's killing, including bin
its other recommendations, the UN report calls on the FBI and UN secretary
general to launch criminal investigations into the murder of Khashoggi, who was
a U.S. resident.
said that the UN has been "paralyzed" in how to deal with the killing,
with many world leaders being hesitant in their responses.
senior U.S. senator on Tuesday demanded an investigation over reports that
American-made weapons were found at a base of forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar,
the East Libyan-based military commander.
UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) said its forces found the
weapons at a base they captured from Haftar's militia in the strategic town of
Gharyan, south of the capital Tripoli, last week.
said the seized weapons included four Javelin anti-tank missiles packed in
wooden crates marked "armed forces of the United Arab Emirates."
a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Senator Robert Menendez of New
Jersey, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, voiced deep
concern over the reports and said if the Emirates transferred the weapons, it
would be a "serious violation" of U.S. law.
a transfer would also almost certainly be a violation of the UN arms embargo on
Libya," said Menendez’s letter.
understand that the State Department may have begun an investigation; if not, I
demand that a full investigation be done immediately," he added.
are surely aware that if these allegations prove true you may be obligated by
law to terminate all arms sales to the UAE.," Menendez told Pompeo.
senator also asked for explanations by July 15 on arms agreements with the UAE.
forces have been unsuccessful in seeking to capture Tripoli from the Government
of National Accord in an offensive that began in April.
has remained beset by turmoil since 2011, when a bloody NATO-backed uprising
led to the ouster and death of long-serving President Muammar Gaddafi after
more than four decades in power.
(Reuters) - President Donald Trump said he wants to pull U.S. troops out of
Afghanistan but is concerned that without an American military presence, the
country could be used as a base for terrorist attacks on the United States.
an interview on Fox News broadcast on Monday, Trump said the problem with
pulling the 9,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan, the site of America’s longest
war, is that the country is a “lab for terrorists.”
call it the Harvard of terrorists,” Trump said.
recounted conversations he had with U.S. military officials telling them of his
desire to remove troops. He said they warned him it would be better to fight
terrorists in Afghanistan than at home.
I’d rather attack them over there, then attack them in our land,’” Trump said a
general had told him. “It’s something you always have to think about,” Trump
if the United States did remove its troops, Trump said, it would leave a “very
strong intelligence” presence in Afghanistan.
interview with Trump was taped over the weekend, prior to Monday’s truck bomb
attack by Taliban Islamist fighters that killed six people and wounded 105 in
special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad held a seventh round of peace talks on
Monday with the Taliban in Qatar, aimed at bringing the 18-year-old war to an
focus of the peace talks has been a Taliban demand that foreign forces leave
and a U.S. demand for a guarantee that Afghanistan will not be used as a base
for attacks elsewhere.
four-star Army general Jack Keane "spooks" US President Donald Trump
out of attacking Iran, according to a report.
comments on the evening of June 20 regarding how to respond to Iran’s downing
of a US drone dissuaded Trump from an Iran attack, according to sources close
to the president.
comments on Trump's favorite TV news channel made a profound impact on the
president, who was “spooked”, according to a report published by Politico on
Tuesday which cited two sources briefed on the president's reaction.
who was making his second appearance of the day on the Fox News Channel, said
that Trump, who had speculated earlier in the day that the Iranian action might
have been a fluke rather than a deliberate provocation, had a point.
viewers may have forgotten, but during the tanker war in the late ‘80s when
Reagan did take some action, we actually made a mistake,” Keane said, referring
to President Ronald Reagan. “We had a USS warship shoot down an Iranian
airliner in Iranian airspace. Two-hundred ninety people killed. Sixty-six of
them were children," claimed the 76-year-old former Army vice chief of
added, "we made a horrific mistake!”
who had green lighted airstrikes, told NBC News the day after changing his mind
on the airstrikes that, given a Pentagon estimate that the retaliatory strikes
could leave 150 civilians dead, he didn’t believe the strikes were a
“proportional” response to the downing of an unmanned drone.
new opinion poll shows that a vast majority of American voters oppose a
military conflict with Iran and express support for US President Donald Trump’s
decision last month not to launch a military strike against the Islamic
Harvard CAPS/Harris poll, released to The Hill newspaper on Tuesday, found that
78 percent of voters said they believed Trump’s decision to call off the strike
on Iran was the right move.
survey also found that 57 percent of respondents were against military
confrontation with Iran if the US was not directly attacked by the country.
percent of voters said they disapproved of the way the US was handling
relations with Iran.
Harvard CAPS/Harris poll was conducted online among 2,182 registered voters
between June 26 and June 29.
opinion poll found last week that only five percent of Americans wanted the US
to declare war on Iran, amid rising tensions between Tehran and Washington.
have been running high between the two countries since Washington’s decision in
May last year to abandon the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions on
Tehran as part of a “maximum pressure” campaign aimed at forcing it to
renegotiate a new deal that addresses its ballistic missile program and regional
influence as well.
US has also sent warships, bombers and additional troops to the region in the
wake of suspicious tanker attacks in the Sea of Oman, which it has blamed on
Iran without providing evidence.
between Washington and Tehran hit a new high after Iran shot down a US
surveillance drone on June 20 following its violation of Iranian airspace.
US president said a day later that he had ordered and then reversed a decision
to strike Iran after the drone incident, claiming that he had learned 10
minutes before the US strike that 150 Iranians would die as a result.
killed, 51 schoolchildren injured in Taliban attack on Kabul
Afghanistan (CNN)At least six people were killed and 116 more were wounded
during a Taliban attack in the Afghan capital of Kabul, authorities said
Taliban targeted the Afghan Ministry of Defense logistics center at around 8:55
a.m. local time with a car bomb followed by a ground assault, Interior Ministry
spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said.
said 51 schoolchildren were among the injured. Five schools were damaged in the
attack, an Education Ministry spokesman said.
forces waged an eight-hour gun battle with insurgents before the attack was
neutralized. All five of the fighters who had attacked the logistics center
were killed, Rahimi said.
logistics center is in an area that houses a number of government offices and a
local TV station.
Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in Kabul, which took place just
days after a new round of peace talks with the US got underway in Qatar.
conflict has spanned some 18 years and three US administrations, and has cost
more than 2,400 American lives and billions of US dollars.
Afghan civilians were killed in the conflict in 2018 than at any time since the
United Nations began keeping records in 2009, according to a UN report released
in February. The report said 3,804 people died in 2018, including 927 children.
Sri Lanka’s former defence secretary Hemasiri Fernando and suspended police
chief Pujith Jayasundera were arrested on Tuesday, a day after the attorney
general instructed the authorities to charge them for their failure to prevent
the Easter terror attacks that claimed 258 lives.
and Fernando were suspended by President Maithripala Sirisena for their alleged
inaction on the intelligence shared by India, which warned of an impending
attack by Islamic militants, and thereby, failing to prevent the serial blasts
on April 21.
Spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara said a group of CID officials arrested
Fernando, who was earlier admitted to a hospital.
was issued notice on Tuesday to appear before the CID to record a statement
over the Easter Sunday attacks. However, he fell ill and was admitted to the
Police Hospital. The CID officers visited the hospital and questioned him and
later arrested him, the Colombo Gazette reported. In a letter to acting police
chief Chandana Wickremaratne, Attorney General Dappula de Livera on Monday said
the duo should be tried for “grave crimes against humanity” for their failure
to prevent the bombings.
soldiers of the Afghan National Army Territorial Force confiscated a large
cache of weapons and munitions of Taliban in Faryab.
informed military officials said Tuesday that the ANA Territorial Force
confiscated the weapons and munitions in Pashtun Kot district.
officials further added the security forces identified the cache with the help
of Qata Qala villagers.
cache included 2500 Dushka rounds, 200 ZPU rounds, 6 land mines, one flame
thrower, half kg explosives, 2 missile, 1 BM12, 1 anti-vehicle mine, 500 rounds
of machine gun and 30 AGS rounds.
Taliban group has not commented regarding the confiscation of weapons and
munitions cache so far.
security situation in northern Faryab province has deteriorated during the
militants are active in some districts of Faryab and often conduct terrorist
Special Forces of the Afghan National Police arrested three irresponsible armen
men during an operation in Kabul.
Ministry of Interior (MoI) in a statement said Wednesday that the Special
Forces arrested the armed men in 8th district of Kabul city.
statement further added that the Special Forces seized 4 Ak-47 rifles, 20 Ak-47
ammunition magazines, 2 pistols, a Toyota Land Cruiser vehicle and some other
the Ministry of Interior said the security forces are busy conducting
operations to round up irresponsible armed individuals in Kabul city.
Afghan Special Forces killed the shadow district Chief of Taliban for Andkhoi
district of Faryab province.
209th Shaheen Corps said in a statement that the Special Forces killed Mullah
Raz Mohammad, the shadow district Chief of Taliban for Andkhoi district.
statement further added that the Special Forces killed Mullah Raz Mohammad
during an operation in Jat Kok Village.
least 151 Taliban militants were killed in counter-terrorism operations during
the past 24 hours across Afghanistan, said a Defense Ministry statement on
to the ministry, the Afghan security forces conducted 14 joint operations and
89 special tasks to suppress the militant groups besides 24 airstrikes to
support the ground forces.
operations were carried out in Faryab, Badghis, Paktiya, Maidan Wardak, Ghazni,
Takhar, Helmand, Kapisa, Khost, Logar, Nimroz, Herat, Balkh and Sar-e-Pul
provinces, the statement added.
did not mention which militant group they belong to but the Taliban is mostly
active in the provinces where the operations were conducted.
a counter statement, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed said in a social
media post that they carried out 45 attacks in different parts of the country,
killing 98 members of the Afghan security forces.
Agency could not independently verify the authenticity of the Taliban's claim.
came a day after officials in Kabul confirmed three people were killed and over
100 more, including nearly 50 school children, got injured in a Taliban-claimed
suicide car bombing followed by gunfight close to a Defense Ministry facility.
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