Waqf Board Chief Wasim ‘Ex-Communicated’ From Islam
Emphasises Preservation of Environment’: Pakistan Supreme Court
Hijackers Were Brought To US from Saudi Arabia by CIA: American Scholar
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HC Ban on Fatwas: Darul Uloom Cites 2014 SC Order
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The chairman of the UP Shia Waqf Board, Waseem Rizvi, has been “ex-communicated”
from Islam for not accepting the fatwa issued by Iraq’s top Shia cleric
Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani against handing over Waqf properties for the
construction of a temple or shrine.
Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad announced Waseem Rizvi’s “ouster” from the Shia
community, following the controversy over his offer of disputed land at Babri
Masjid site for Ram Temple construction.
talking to reporters, Maulana Kalbe Jawwad said Shias all around the world were
“embarrassed” by Rizvi’s pro-temple stand.
like Waseem Rizvi are working against Islam, either under pressure or just to
please their masters. On my recent visit to Iran, people were asking me
questions and I am answerable to them on the kind of things he is doing here”,
Jawwad also said that since Waseem Rizvi was “not a Shia anymore”, he must be
removed from the post of Shia Waqf Board chairman.
fatwa from Ayatollah Ali Al Sistani cannot be rejected. Anyone who opposes his fatwa has no right to
be called a Shia anymore. Hence, I have asked the government to remove him from
the post. We have already said that whatever the court decides will be
acceptable to us, but Waseem Rizvi seems to be in a hurry. How can he donate
land of which he is not even the owner? He is just the caretaker. He is fooling
the entire nation by saying that he is donating the land. He can donate his own
house if he wants, but he cannot donate land which does not belong to him”, the
Mr Waseem Rizvi rejected ‘ex-communication’ and said, “Maulana Kalbe Jawwad is
a witness in the Babri Masjid demolition case, which is why he is trying to put
pressure on the Shia Waqf Board. Nobody has the right to throw anyone out of
Islam, no matter how big the cleric is”.
controversy began some months ago when Mr Rizvi announced that he would offer
the disputed land at Babri Masjid site for the construction of Ram Temple in
Kanpur-based educationist, Dr Mazhar Naqvi, had posted a query on the legality
of the announcement and Ayatollah Ali Al Sistani’s fatwa was in response to
Emphasises Preservation Of Environment’: Pakistan Supreme Court
- Justice Qazi Faez Isa of the Supreme Court on Saturday said Islam has
strongly emphasised preservation of nature and environment and made it clear to
its followers not to litter streets and fell trees.
universe belongs to Allah. And what value we Muslims have given it. Can anyone
show me a single nullah clean anywhere in the country?”
was speaking on the topic of climate change, conservation of water and
environmental principles in Islam at the 1st Lahore High Court Environmental
Conference” held at Dr Javed Iqbal Auditorium at Lahore High Court Bar
of a tree is a perpetual virtue for a Muslim who gets its reward even after the
death,” said Justice Isa.
he said that he never saw such concept in any other religion except Islam which
ordains us to preserve fruit plants even during a war.
Isa gave a number of references from Holy Quran and Sunnah to describe very
close connection between nature and the human beings, saying that Islam
strongly emphasizes over preservation of nature. He defined climate change that it is
increasing temperature which is turning our environment into a threat.
temperature has increased from 2 degrees Celsius to 3 C that if continued to
increase will be a looming threat to human life,” said Justice Isa. He said he
personally observed that how Climate Change has turned disastrous for Pakistan
and how fast the glaciers have been melting down in northern areas of the
trees, pigeons, camel and horses are very important. And we know that how a
spider built a net outside the cave where our Holy Prophet (PBUH) stayed during
his migration to Madina to save himself from the enemies. That tiny insect
provided a great service,” said the senior judge while philosophically
contending on preservation of nature and environment. He said human being is “Naib of Allah” on
earth and he is not Naib only for the fellow human beings and Holy Prophet
(PBUH) is ‘Rahmat-ulil-Aalmeen,” (blessing for the Worlds)—which also indicates
that the Holy Prophet (PBUH) is not “Rehmat” only for human beings but for the
entire universe. Islam clearly orders
its followers not to waste water, he said.
Justice Isa also gave presentation on climate change, presenting the
facts of a German Research in which it was claimed that there would be more
plastic in water than fishes in 2050.
use of plastic is the major reason of environmental pollution and that glaciers
store 75 per cent of the world’s fresh water. He showed many nullahs filled
with plastic bottles in his presentation, saying that it was very unfortunate
that entire Indus water was going directly into sea and there was no system yet
to save it.
is a very beautiful country but we are not caring of it,” said Justice
Isa. Karachi has worst water crisis and
the adjoining sea has turned into a threat for fishes and other animals
there. He urged every citizen to play
his role to protect the environment.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, LHC Justice Muhammad Farrukh Irfan Khan, Justice Ali
Akbar Qureshi, Justice Ali Baqar Najfi,
international law expert Ahmer Bilal Soofi, known environmentalist Dr.
Pervez Hassan and Lums School of Law Dean Martin Lau also spoke on the
large number of lawyers were also present there on the occasion.
of the 9/11 “hijackers” from Saudi Arabia were CIA agents who were brought to
the United States by the American spy agency, says Dr. Kevin Barrett, an
American academic who has been studying the events of 9/11 since late 2003.
Barrett, a founding member of the Scientific Panel for the Investigation of
9/11, made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV on Friday while
commenting on a Newsweek report about a new explosive book on 9/11 that has
revealed a US government-wide cover-up of Saudi complicity in the September 11,
2001 terrorist attacks.
9/11 attacks were a series of strikes in the US which killed nearly 3,000
people and caused about $10 billion worth of property and infrastructure
officials assert that the attacks were carried out by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists –
15 of them were Saudi citizens -- but many experts have raised questions about
the official account.
believe that rogue elements within the US government, such as former Vice
President Dick Cheney, orchestrated or at least encouraged the 9/11 attacks in
order to accelerate the US war machine and advance the Zionist agenda.
The Watchdogs Didn’t Bark: The CIA, NSA, and the Crimes of the War on Terror,
John Duffy and Ray Nowosielski dismissed the official story that 9/11 was
merely “a failure to connect the dots.” The book claimed that the CIA and Saudi
Arabia conspired to keep 9/11 details secret.
a welcome development that we are getting some skeptical reportage in the
mainstream about 9/11 during the run-up to the holy, sacred anniversary. The
9/11 human sacrifice event has been turned into a sort of religious myth here
in the United States—and that has been done so that they can demonize the
people who question the official story as heretics. And that way they can
prevent any rational scrutiny of the story, because the official story falls
apart instantly. It crumbles to dust under the most superficial scrutiny,” Dr.
it’s great that Newsweek is at least poking another at least couple of small holes
in the story. The interesting part of this is that what it is about is that FBI
agents are now going on the record expressing their extreme anger at the fact
that they were prevented from looking at the alleged 9/11 hijackers, apparently
by the CIA. These alleged hijackers were Saudi agents. According to reports
that I find convincing, they were actually CIA agents,” he stated.
were CIA assets from Saudi Arabia who were brought to the United States. And
the FBI saw that they were actually sheep-dipped in al-Qaeda, that is that they
were made to look like they had some kind of relationship with al-Qaeda, and
the FBI wanted to investigate them, and they were told by higher-ups not to,
hands off,” the analyst noted.
there were all sorts of reports about this. Congressman Curt Weldon tried to
investigate this about ten years ago and then his career was destroyed as a
result. So this is a sensitive topic. But it becomes even more sensitive when
we go one step beyond what Newsweek is reporting and what this book is
reporting and ask: ‘Why were higher-ups telling the FBI to stay away from these
guys who would be later blamed for the alleged 9/11 hijackings?’” he said.
reason they are giving is that, well, perhaps the CIA was interested in
recruiting these guys, Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi among them, and
therefore the FBI would be getting in the way of their recruitment. But that is
a baby-step towards the actual truth, which is of course that the people who
ordered the FBI not to investigate these patsies, did so precisely because
these guys were being set up as proxies to be blamed for the September 11
events that they really had nothing to do with other than playing the role as
patsies,” he stated.
this information does lead to the destruction of the official story of 9/11.
And it leads towards the full truth that this was a false flag event, that the
World Trade Center was blown up with explosives. It just did not fall down
because of the minor office fire kindled by kerosene,” Dr. Barrett argued.
- Critics of London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Saturday launched a big balloon
caricaturing him in a yellow bikini "in retaliation" for the
"Baby Trump" blimp he let fly over Westminster in July. The stunt was
staged by Yanny Bruere, who describes himself as a free speech advocate, and
funded through nearly £60,000 ($78,000) in donations on a crowdfunding website.
It follows activists flying a giant balloon depicting US President Donald Trump
as an orange nappy-clad baby during demonstrations on July 13 against his visit
the fury of Trump supporters, Khan authorised the flying of the caricature,
arguing Londoners had a right to peaceful protest.
than 50 militants killed, wounded in U.S. airstrike in Paktia
than fifty militants were killed or wounded during the airstrike conducted by
the U.S. forces in southeastern Paktia province of Afghanistan.
203rd Thunder Corps of the Afghan Military in the Southeast said the latest
airstrike was carried out in the vicinity of Syedabad district.
statement by 203rd Thunder Corps stated that the militants were targeted in
Zargul area of the district, leaving at least 30 militants dead.
statement further added that 22 militants also sustained injuries during the
anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban militants have not
commented regarding the report so far.
has been among the relatively calm provinces in southeaster parts of the
country since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001.
the security situation of the province has deteriorated during the recent years
amid ongoing efforts by the anti-government armed militant groups to expand
their insurgency in key provinces in southeastern parts of the country.
HC Ban On Fatwas: Darul Uloom Cites 2014 SC Order
Two days after Uttarakhand high court issued a ban on fatwas and declared them
illegal, Darul Uloom has strongly reacted to the development and cited a
Supreme Court order of 2014 to this effect.
to Ashraf Usmani, In-charge, Organisation and Development Department of world
renowned Deoband based Islamic Seminary Darul Uloom, "I think Uttarakhand
HC has given this order out of some confusion. In its 2014 order The SC had
clearly stated, 'A fatwa is an opinion, only an expert is expected to give. It
is not sanctioned under our Constitutional scheme. It is an informal justice
delivery system with an objective of bringing about amicable settlement between
the parties. It is within the discretion of the persons concerned either to
accept, ignore or reject it.' Even Supreme Court did not ban fatwa and allowed
its prevalence as it has no legal status then how can a lower court give an
order contradictory to the SC order? I feel that Uttarakhand HC must reconsider
its decision under the light of this judgement."
Deoband based cleric who did not wish to be quoted said, "Media is twisted
the meaning of fatwa out of proportion.
fatwa is seen as some kind of an evil diktat but reality is that it is nothing
more than a religious advice. And, giving or taking religious advice is an
integral part of any religion. How can it be banned?"
high court in its Thursday order had stated, "In Uttarakhand all religious
bodies, the statutory panchayat, and any other groups of people are banned from
issuing fatwas, since they infringe upon statutory rights, fundamental rights,
dignity, status, honour and obligation of individuals."
two judge bench comprising acting Chief Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Sharad
Kumar Sharma was responding to a PIL pertaining to a fatwa issued by a local
panchayat that banished a rape victim's family from a village.
Rizvi, Chairman, Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board while reacting on the issue told
TOI, "The real meaning of fatwa is an opinion or advice in the light of
Islam but many Mullas or clerics try to impose this opinion by force which is
wrong. Regarding HC order, in any case every citizen of India is governed by
the Constitution of India and not by Islamic Sharia so fatwas have no legal
terrorists who had been hiding in a house at Laddi Imamsahib village of Jammu
and Kashmir's Shopian district managed to flee amid clashes near encounter
the terrorists was Hizbul top commander Zeenat ul-Islam.
encounter was underway Sunday morning. Security forces had launched search
three terrorists were killed by the army in Danda forests of Bandipore,
Director General of Police (DGP) of Jammu & Kashmir Shesh Paul Vaid said.
Three Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists and a jawan were killed in an anti-terror
operation in the Danna forest area ofKashmir’s Bandipora district. Two other
soldiers also sustained injuries.
the past one week, a joint team of the Army’s 31 RR and 27 RR were conducting a
cordon-and-search operation in the woods. On Friday, a gunfight ensued when the
forces encountered the terrorists hiding in the forest. The gunfight continued
Shiv Kumar of 31 RR was injured and was evacuated to... (a) hospital where he
succumbed to injuries,” Army sources said. Army’s Srinagar-based spokesperson
Col Rajesh Kalia said the bodies of the slain terrorists, several weapons and
other material, had been recovered.
journalist has been arrested in Srinagar for allegedly “harbouring terrorists”,
the police said.
Sultan, a young journalist working with Srinagar-based news magazine Kashmir
Narrator, was detained a few days ago. On Saturday, the police said he had been
arrested. They have also got his remand.
31/8/2018 Asif Sultan S/O Mohammad Sultan Saida R/O Firdousabad Batamaloo has
been arrested by Police Station Batamaloo in case FIR No 173/2018,” a police
statement said. “Initial questioning of the accused, subsequent searches and
disclosures, made in the case, so far have led to seizure of incriminating
materials from various locations. It also establishes his complicity for
harbouring known terrorists involved in serious terror crimes. Further
investigation of the case is going on.”
Narrator’ Editor Showkat Motta told The Indian Express that Asif was framed.
“This (police version) is a cock and bull story. They (police) are not happy
with our reportage,” he said. “We have taken up his arrest with CPJ, IFJ and other
global organisations. We will fight it in the court of law.”
cancels aid to Pakistan over record on terrorists
The US military said it has made a final decision to cancel $300 million in aid
to Pakistan that had been suspended over Islamabad's perceived failure to take
decisive action against terrorists, in a new blow to deteriorating ties.
so-called Coalition Support Funds were part of a broader suspension in aid to
Pakistan+ announced by President Donald Trump at the start of the year, when he
accused Pakistan of rewarding past assistance with "nothing but lies &
Trump administration says Islamabad is granting safe haven to insurgents who
are waging a 17-year-old war in neighboring Afghanistan, a charge Pakistan
US officials had held out the possibility that Pakistan could win back that
support if it changed its behavior. US defense secretary Jim Mattis, in
particular, had an opportunity to authorize $300 million in CSF funds through
this summer - if he saw concrete Pakistani actions to go after insurgents.
Mattis chose not to, a US official told Reuters.
to lack of Pakistani decisive actions in support of the South Asia Strategy the
remaining $300 (million) was reprogrammed," Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant
Colonel Kone Faulkner said.
said the Pentagon aimed to spend the $300 million on "other urgent priorities"
if approved by Congress. He said another $500 million in CSF was stripped by
Congress from Pakistan earlier this year, to bring the total withheld to $800 million.
disclosure came ahead of an expected visit by US secretary of state Mike Pompeo
and the top US military officer, General Joseph Dunford, to Islamabad. Mattis
told reporters on Tuesday that combating militants would be a "primary
part of the discussion."
on the Afghan conflict, America's longest war, argue that militant safe havens
in Pakistan have allowed Taliban-linked insurgents in Afghanistan a place to
plot deadly strikes and regroup after ground offensives.
Pentagon's decision showed that the United States, which has sought to change
Pakistani behavior, is still increasing pressure on Pakistan's security
also underscored that Islamabad has yet to deliver the kind of change sought by
is a calibrated, incremental ratcheting up of pressure on Pakistan," said
Sameer Lalwani, co-director of the South Asia program at the Stimson Center
think tank in Washington.
reported in August that the Trump administration has quietly started cutting
scores of Pakistani officers from coveted training and educational programs
that have been a hallmark of bilateral military relations for more than a
Pentagon made similar determinations on CSF in the past but this year's move
could get more attention from Islamabad, and its new prime minister, Imran
Khan, at a time when its economy is struggling.
foreign exchange reserves have plummeted over the past year and it will soon
decide on whether to seek a bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
or friendly nations such as China.
are squeezing them when they know that they're vulnerable and it is probably a
signal about what to expect should Pakistan come to the IMF for a loan,"
Lalwani said. The United States has the largest share of votes at the IMF.
who once suggested he might order the shooting down of US drones if they
entered Pakistani airspace, has opposed the United States' open-ended presence
in Afghanistan. In his victory speech, he said he wanted "mutually
beneficial" relations with Washington.
Pakistani official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said he was unaware
of a formal notification of the US decision on assistance but said one was
expected by the end of September.
has received more than $33 billion in US assistance since 2002, including more
than $14 billion in CSF, a US Defense Department program to reimburse allies
that have incurred costs in supporting counter-insurgency operations.
could again be eligible next year for CSF.
recent job advertisement in a popular Pakistani daily has become a raging
debate online. The advertisement by the Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) for their
recruitment programme published in a national daily is going viral but not for
the right reasons. The ad specifies “non-Muslims only” for the post of
sanitation workers and is being seen as a major snide towards the minorities in
advertisement, which was published in Dawn on August 26 listed vacancies for
various posts in both combatant and non-combatant services. However, among all
the designated job only the work of sanitation worker specified the preference
for minorities. A photo of the ad went viral after a minority rights activist,
Kapil Dev, shared the clip on Twitter.
the criteria for job of a sweeper/sanitary workers in Pakistan is just you
should be “NON-MUSLIM ONLY”!! Your job is to make filth only, and our is to
clean only!” Dev tweeted.
photo started a debate online with even people across the border participating
in it and some questioning the authenticity of the photo. A similar version of
the ad has been put up on the Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) website and the ad
appeared under miscellaneous section of the daily.
The US on Saturday slapped sanctions on two Pakistani companies by placing them
on the export entities list for activities related to nuclear and missile
two companies - Technology Links Pvt Ltd and Techcare Services FZ have been
placed under the Entity List by the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).
a federal notification, the US Department of Commerce said that the entities
added to the EAR list have been determined by the US government to be acting
contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the US.
move comes days ahead of the visit of secretary of state Mike Pompeo to
EAR determined that Technology Links Pvt. Ltd., located in Pakistan, be added
to the Entity List based on the company's involvement in the supply of items
subject to the EAR to nuclear and missile-related Entity List parties in
Pakistan without the required license, the federal notification said.
to withdraw from the presidential run, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam chief Fazlur Rehman
explained that all parties in the grand anti-PTI alliance support him except
Pakistan Peoples Party.
decision to withdraw Aitzaz Ahsan’s nomination has to be done by only one party
[PPP] while 10 parties will have to consent for his nomination withdrawal, Fazl
said in Geo News show Jirga.
was responding to PPP’s requests to him to withdraw in favour of its candidate,
Ahsan, after the opposition failed to field a joint candidate against Pakistan
Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Arif Alvi.
cautioned against sneer comments against him, which mocked him for taking up
the opportunity himself when he was supposed to mediate between the two main
opposition parties, PPP and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.
Ahsan is the one whom no one is agreeing upon, he said, adding that there
should be consensus on the nominee agreed upon by all opposition parties.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed the Punjab chief minister and his
cabinet members to rein in the corrupt and land grabbers besides coming up to
people’s expectations in terms of relief and service delivery.
over a meeting of Punjab cabinet members alongside Chief Minister Sardar Usman
Buzdar at the CM secretariat on Saturday, Mr Khan said it was a matter of
concern for the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government that mafias and the
influential continued to usurp the rights of have-nots, who ran from pillar to
post for their due rights.
launch an anti-encroachment drive and action against land grabbers across the
province,” he directed the government and assured it of his full support.
have attached high hopes with the PTI government and they must not be
disappointed,” the prime minister said. He, however, stressed that the chief
minister should be allowed at least three months to show result before
criticism was directed at him.
prime minister also said that all mega projects being run on subsidy in Punjab
should be audited.
Khan, who was on his first visit to Lahore after becoming chief executive of
the country, said that the police should be made independent of political and
elite pressure and asked to deal with issues on merit.
his 100-day agenda of ‘change’, the prime minister said a huge responsibility
was on the shoulders of the chief minister and provincial ministers to deliver
with the sole objective of serving the poor and downtrodden. “I want that each
of the 23 ministers should work hard and emerge as stars,” he said, adding he
did not want a one-man show as was in the case of the Shahbaz Sharif
the need for making the police a result-oriented force, the prime minister
claimed that reforms in the police department as well as health and education
sectors in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had helped the PTI get re-elected in the
province. “KP’s health and education ministers did not need to make much effort
to get re-elected just because of their unparalleled performance,” he added.
Khan said he would frequently visit the province and remain at the forefront to
oversee the 100-day change agenda. He reiterated his resolve of observing
simplicity and urged the cabinet members to set examples by shunning
extravagance on taxpayers’ money. The ministers should use only one official
car and auction the additional vehicles. “When we will start saving, every
penny will count,” he stressed.
premier said the government would focus on investing state resources on human
development, adding that Pakistan ranked low on Human Development Index in the
chief minister and cabinet members assured the prime minister of their
commitment to implementing the PTI’s reforms and development agenda. The
ministers also shared their ideas concerning their departments.
On her maiden visit to Lahore after her husband Imran Khan took oath as prime
minister, the First Lady Bushra Imran on Saturday spent time with orphans at
the Darul Shafqat and visited Data Darbar, the shrine of Ali Hajveri.
by her friend Farah Khan, Mrs Imran brought food for the children at the shelter
house and also had lunch with them.
patiently heard problems of the children and expressed her affection for them.
promised better facilities for the children at the orphanage.
she also visited Data Darbar and offered fateha there.
anchor claims religio-political leader contacted TTP for PM Imran’s
and TV anchor Sadia Afzaal on Friday night claimed that a renowned
religio-political personality of Pakistan has contacted the proscribed
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) to assassinate Prime Minister Imran Khan.
cannot reveal the name of that person but it has been stated in a Military
Intelligence (MI) report,” she said, adding that this news has been confirmed
by “very reliable sources”.
female TV anchor Jasmeen Manzoor also made a similar claim stating that there
are serious security threats to Imran Khan.
Friday, Manzoor tweeted: “High placed sources have disclosed that severe
security threat to PM Imran Khan. I will also disclose who contacted TTP local
groups for planning to assassinate him. May Allah protect him, Ameen.”
As per its frugal policies, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government
announced on Sunday to keep a limited team for foreign visits.
government had decided that delegations that are to attend seminars,
conferences and meetings overseas will consist of no more than four members.
step has been taken to reduce the overall expenditure on foreign visits.
four members will include a federal minister, a secretary and two respective
officers of the concerned ministry or department.
‘deeply concerned’ about reports of Iran smuggling missiles into Iraq
of State Mike Pompeo tweeted on Saturday that he was ‘deeply concerned’ about
reports of Iran transferring missiles into Iraq and warned that if true, it
would be a ‘gross violation of Iraqi sovereignty”.
concerned about reports of #Iran transferring ballistic missiles into Iraq. If
true, this would be a gross violation of Iraqi sovereignty and of UNSCR 2231.
Baghdad should determine what happens in Iraq, not Tehran,” Pompeo wrote.
comes one the same day as the top US diplomat spoke with two Iraqi leaders to
express support for Iraq’s efforts to form a “moderate, nationalist” government
that would serve all Iraqis.
Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert says in statements that Pompeo spoke with
Iraq’s prime minister and vice president.
results of Iraq’s elections were ratified two weeks ago, paving the way for a
new parliament to convene and elect a president and a prime minister, who would
form a new government. The process is complicated by political wrangling. A
coalition led by a maverick Shiite cleric won the largest number of seats.
Pompeo’s call with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, he made clear “the
importance of safeguarding Iraq’s sovereignty during this critical time.”
bystanders who were seriously injured in a knife attack at Amsterdam's Central
Station are US citizens, the US ambassador said Saturday.
are aware that both victims were US citizens and have been in touch with them
and their families," Pete Hoekstra said in a statement.
shot and wounded a 19-year-old Afghan man, who stabbed the two people at the
Dutch capital's busy station in the city center on Friday.
said the man seemed to have randomly picked his two victims in the busy hall of
Amsterdam central station at around midday.
was shot and taken to a hospital by police where he was being interrogated,
police and the Amsterdam city council said in a joint statement.
investigation into the incident is ongoing”, the authorities said. “All
scenarios are taken into consideration, including a terrorist motive.”
this week, Dutch police arrested a 26-year-old man suspected of threatening to
attack far-right politician Geert Wilders over his plan to hold a contest of
cartoons depicting Islam’s Prophet Mohammad.
minister holds talks in Iran in first visit since US quit nuclear deal
junior British minister held talks with his Iranian counterpart in Tehran on
Saturday, Iran’s television reported, the first visit by a UK minister since US
President Donald Trump withdrew from Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers.
and other European signatories are trying to keep the nuclear deal alive,
despite Trump’s reimposition of sanctions on Tehran.
Foreign Minister Alistair Burt met Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi, the
state television reported
talks mainly covered economic cooperation and mechanisms of financial and
monetary dealings between the two countries after the US withdrawal from the
nuclear accord,” the television report said.
two sides also discussed regional developments, it added.
secure future for the region’
a statement before his visit, Burt said: “As long as Iran meets its commitments
under the deal, we remain committed to it as we believe it is the best way to
ensure a safe, secure future for the region.”
was also expected to discuss the cases of dual nationals detained in Iran.
is seeking the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the
Thomson Reuters Foundation who was arrested in April 2016 at a Tehran airport
as she headed back to Britain with her daughter, now aged four, after a family
was convicted of plotting to overthrow Iran’s clerical establishment, a charge
denied by her family and the Foundation, a charity organization that is
independent of Thomson Reuters and operates independently of Reuters News.
is due to meet non-governmental organizations (NGOs) during his two-day visit
when he will also discuss Iran’s role in conflicts in Syria and Yemen.
- A Dutch former defence minister has been appointed as the United Nation's
envoy to Iraq, to head a mission which plays an essential role in the country's
political and economic spheres.
Hennis-Plasschaert was named special representative and will head up the United
Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), a statement from the organisation
said on Saturday. She will replace Jan Kubis, a Slovak former foreign minister
who took up the post in February 2015. During his tenure the mission tried to
curb internal conflicts, such as the crisis which erupted between the
autonomous Kurdish region and the central government in Baghdad.
Hennis-Plasschaert, 45, served as the Netherlands' defence minister from 2012
until 2017. She was also a lawmaker in her home country and at the European
Parliament, as well as working for the European Commission.
was established in 2003 by a UN Security Council resolution, at the request of
the Iraqi government, and the mission was expanded four years later.
- Dutch officials Saturday said a knife-wielding attacker who wounded two US
citizens at Amsterdam Central Station a day before “had a terrorist motive”.
an initial statement by the suspect it has emerged that the man had a terrorist
motive,” Amsterdam City Hall said in a statement after police had questioned
ambassador Pete Hoekstra earlier confirmed both the victims, who were rushed to
hospital after Friday’s attack, were American citizens. The pair are in a
satisfactory condition, officials said.
broke out at the Dutch capital’s main station shortly after midday Friday when
the suspect stabbed two bystanders before he was shot and wounded by officers.
later identified the man as a 19-year-old Afghan with a German residency
permit. His name was released by Dutch authorities as “Jawed S.”.
City Hall said the suspect was being held in hospital under police guard and
would briefly appear in court Monday behind closed doors.
authorities said they were in close contact with their German counterparts who
raided the suspect’s home Saturday at an unknown location in Germany.
other things, several data carriers have been confiscated and are being
investigated,” they said.
investigations also indicated the man had not specifically targeted the
Americans - suggesting a random attack.
police spokesman Frans Zuiderhoek had already told AFP late Friday that
authorities were “seriously taking into account that there was a terrorist
details of the two Americans injured were not immediately known, although one
was reported to be a young man.
expert has told the Press TV that British elites do not actually need any puppeteering
from outside to stay committed to Israel as they always see any threat to the
regime in Tel Aviv as a threat to the old alliance between the Zionists and
don’t think certain British MPs and opinion-makers need to be prodded by the
Israeli state they are always loyal to Israel and they are committed to
defending Israel,” Chris Bambery, an author and poetical activist from London
said on Friday.
comments come amid a row over positions of leader of the United Kingdom’s
Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn on Israel and its crimes against the Palestinians,
which some in the UK have sought to depict as racist and against Jews.
has lashed out at those criticisms, saying Israel controls even the speeches
made by certain lawmakers of the British parliament.
said attacks on Corbyn over his pro-Palestinian position were systematic and
stemmed from the fact that certain people in Britain could under no
circumstances tolerate any criticism of Israel.
think what we are seeing is a very sustained track on Jeremy Coryn because of
his position on Palestine and generally on the Middle East,” he said.
expert said the British elites have remained loyal to Israel for the past 100
years and since Israel was created as a result of the Sykes–Picot Agreement and
the Balfour Declaration at the end of the first world war which paved the way
for the partition of the Palestinian lands.
this is an old alliance which goes back a very long way and runs very deep,” he
said, adding, “Britain was the chief ally of the Zionists, then replaced by the
French and then by the United States.”
said such a deep alliance would make it very easy for the elites in Britain to
be influenced by Israel and its policies.
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An Afghan man shot by police at Amsterdam's central station on Friday after
stabbing two American tourists had a "terrorist" motive, city
officials said on Saturday.
suspect, who was identified as a 19-year-old Afghan with a German residence
permit, was questioned on Saturday in hospital where he was being treated for
gunshot wounds to his lower body.
statements made by the suspect indicate he had a terrorist motive," Amsterdam
city council said in a statement.
police searched the man's house at the request of their Dutch colleagues and
seized several data carriers, the authorities said.
suspect, who is being held in solitary confinement, will be brought before a
judge on Monday to decide whether he should remain in custody.
two people injured in the incident were US citizens, the US ambassador to the
Netherlands said in a statement on Saturday.
Pete Hoekstra said the pair were tourists visiting the city. They remained in
hospital on Saturday with serious injuries, local police said.
this week, Dutch police arrested a 26-year-old man suspected of threatening to
attack far-right politician Geert Wilders over his plan to hold a contest of
cartoons depicting Islam's Prophet Mohammad.
on Thursday cancelled the contest citing security risks, as thousands of people
in Pakistan marched in protest of his plan, while the Taliban in Afghanistan
called for attacks on Dutch troops serving in the country.
National Coordinator for Counter-terrorism and Security Policy said the
national threat level in the Netherlands was unchanged at
"substantial", or one notch below the highest.
attacks by Islamist radicals in France, Belgium, Britain and Germany, the
Netherlands has been considered a target, because it supports US-led military
operations against Islamic State in the Middle East.
call on Myanmar to release Reuters journalists
Dozens of people marched through Myanmar’s largest city Yangon on Saturday,
calling on the government to release Reuters journalists on trial for allegedly
collecting state secrets, and to demand press freedom.
protesters marched with banners, flags and balloons with the faces of the two
jailed Reuters journalists – Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo – printed on them.
chanted: “The right to know the news! The people’s right! The people’s right!”
carried banners that read “Immediately release imprisoned journalists.
Immediately release them.”
Yangon court is on Monday expected to hand down the verdict in the case against
Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, who have been charged under the colonial-era
Official Secrets Act.
freedom advocates, the United Nations, the European Union and countries
including the United States, Canada and Australia have called for the Reuters
Myint Maung, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Information told Reuters
by phone: “No matter what side you are on, freedom of the press is important.”
the current situation, you can say that we have it (freedom of the press), but
there may also be things that we can improve on.”
spokesman Zaw Htay has in the past said of the case against Wa Lone and Kyaw So
Oo that Myanmar’s courts are independent and the case will be conducted
according to the law.
the time of their arrest, the reporters had been working on an investigation
into the killings of 10 Rohingya Muslim men and boys in a village in western
Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
killings took place during an army crackdown that United Nations agencies say
sent over 700,000 people fleeing to Bangladesh.
As many as half-a-million Bangladeshi migrant workers face an uncertain future
in Malaysia following a crackdown on illegal immigrants in the country.
operation, dubbed Ops Mega 3.0, started on Saturday when the 3+1 voluntary
surrender program for illegal immigrants ended.
3+1 program began in 2014 and allowed illegal immigrants who surrendered
voluntarily to obtain a special pass for 100 Malaysian ringgits ($24) and be
charged a compound fee of 300 ringgits, which would enable them to return home
to the local TV network NST, 840,000 illegal immigrants have surrendered
through the program, including 148,774 who surrendered this year.
applied to legalize my papers about 10 months ago and spent $1,300, said
Mohammad Shohag, a Bangladeshi worker living in Kuala Lumpur for the past three
the past last 10 months I have visited the immigration office at least 20
times, but have yet to receive permission from the authority. “I am worried
what happens if the police come to me,” he said.
and his colleague Mahfuj Ahmed are frightened to leave their workplace and
sleep on the floor of the shop.
employers are facing a lot of trouble from the Malaysian immigration department
and they don’t provide any timely service due to a bureaucratic problem,” said
Bangladeshi immigrant businessman Abdullah Al-Mamun, who has lived in the country
for 23 years.
Shohag’s employer, said: “Every time I visited the immigration authority along
with my employees. But they (immigration authority) have kept our papers
pending for 10 months.
I am waiting for the moment to get the call from the authority to receive
permission for my workers.”
the outset of the crackdown, the Malaysian authority adopted a tough stance on
Mega 3.0 operation.
amnesty deadline will not be extended. We will intensify our operations against
illegal immigrants starting on Friday. We have given them ample time to sign up
for the program,” said Datuk Mustafar Ali, Malaysian immigration
director-general, on Thursday.
Haider, former secretary-general of the Bangladesh Association of International
Recruiting Agents (BAIRA), told Arab News: “Illegal migration always hampers
the legal migration process of the workers. We are dead against of this sort of
said “illegal syndicates” are depriving poor workers struggling to legalize
their visa status in Malaysia.
that treat workers like “modern-day slaves” will be targeted in the operation,
immigration department arrested 28,063 undocumented immigrants and 799
employers in 9,200 raids between January and Aug. 15 this year, he said.
sources in Malaysia said over one-third of those arrested were likely to be
Bangladesh’s High Commissioner in Malaysia,
Shahidul Islam, told Arab News he had no knowledge of the Malaysian
is obvious that the authority will run a drive against illegal migrants. They
(Malaysian authority) conduct this type of operation throughout the year,” he
least four members of the Al-Qaeda terrorist network were killed during the
airstrikes conducted by the U.S. forces in eastern Kunar province of
201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East said the Al-Qaeda network
members were killed in the vicinity of Watapur district.
to a statement released by 201st Silab Corps, the coalition forces based in
Afghanistan carried out airstrikes using unmanned aerial vehicles, leaving at
least 4 Al-Qaeda network members dead.
statement further added that the airstrikes were carried out on Friday in Khaki
Bandi area of the district.
201st Silab Corps also added in its statement that the Al-Qaeda network members
killed during the airstrikes have been identified as Habib Ur Rehman also
famous as Malik, Syeda Jan, Nematullah, and Mullah Jan.
security situation in eastern Kunar province has started to deteriorate sharply
during the recent months amid growing insurgency activities by the Taliban and
report was presented to President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani regarding the security
situation, existing threats, and security developments in Kabul and other
provinces of Afghanistan.
Office of the President, ARG Palace, in a statement said the report was
presented by the security and defense officials during a meeting of the
National Security Council.
statement further added that meeting of the National Security Council was
organized late on Friday in ARG Presidential Palace.
to ARG Palace, the meeting emphasized on further coordination among the
security and defense institutions and forces to curb the enemies’ plots.
participants of the meeting also hailed the bravery and efforts of the national
defense and security forces and necessary instructions were issued to the
security and defense officials to thwart the plots of the enemies, ARG Palace
added in its statement.
Office of the President has not provided further details regarding the latest
meeting of the National Security Council.
helicopter crashed in an Afghan army base in northern Balkh province of
Afghanistan amid fears several people on board have been killed or wounded.
spokesman for the 209th Shaheen Corps Mohammad Hanif Rezaie confirmed the
incident and said the helicopter crashed at around 7:30am local time in the
Shaheen Corps headquarters.
further added that the helicopter belonged to a foreign firm and was about to
leave for Faryab province when it crashed and caught fire.
to Rezaye, four public order police soldiers, 4 army soldiers, and 2 national
police soldiers were on board when the helicopter crashed.
Afghan official says a foreign pilot and two Afghan soldiers were killed when a
helicopter contracted by NATO crashed inside an army base.
Hanif Rezaie, an army spokesman, says three others, including another foreign
pilot, were wounded when the MI-14 helicopter crashed shortly after takeoff
from the base near the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif.
says the crash was caused by a technical problem and the helicopter caught fire
after it hit the ground. He says there was no enemy fire.
other security forces on board the helicopter were rescued.
pummel Libya's Tripoli as rival militias clash
- Rockets rained on several parts of the Libyan capital Saturday despite a
truce to end fighting between rival militias, with one projectile hitting a
popular hotel and wounding three people, rescuers and medics said.
renewed violence came as Britain, France, Italy and the United States denounced
the violence and warned that an escalation would hamper the political process
in North African country.
and witnesses said three people were wounded when a rocket hit the Al-Waddan
Hotel, which overlooks the bay of Tripoli and is popular with foreigners.
was not immediately clear if they were clients of staff members.
also hit other areas of the city, which has been at the epicentre of a bitter
power struggle since the fall of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in a 2011 NATO-backed
Friday, at least 15 rockets rained on Tripoli and its immediate surroundings,
including the capital's only operational airport, according to rescue workers
and an airport source.
then, authorities have suspended all flights in and out of Mitiga airport, just
east of Tripoli, and rerouted them to the airport in Misrata, some 200
kilometres (125 miles) further east.
fighting broke out on Monday in suburbs south of Tripoli and continued into
Wednesday evening after a truce collapsed, despite the United Nations appealing
clashes had paused on Thursday after a ceasefire agreement announced by
officials from western Libya, but by late afternoon the hostilities had
a joint statement, Britain, France, Italy and the United States said they
"warn those who tamper with security in Tripoli or elsewhere in Libya that
they will be held accountable for any such actions."
also called on all sides "to refrain from any action that would jeopardise
the political framework established by the UN-led mediation to which the
international community is fully committed". The interior ministry of
Libya's UN-backed unity government, the Government of National Accord (GNA),
also denounced the renewed violence Saturday. In a statement, it blamed unnamed
factions for "undermining the ceasefire (announced on Thursday)... by
blindly launching rockets and shells on Tripoli and its suburbs".
to the GNA's health ministry, around 40 people have been killed and more than
100 wounded since the fighting first broke out on Monday in the capital's
Rights Watch said four children were among at least 18 civilians killed in the
fighting. "The recklessness of armed groups currently fighting each other
for power appears to have no boundaries, and civilians are paying the
price," said the rights group's Middle East director Sarah Leah Whitson.
sides need to do everything they can to spare civilian lives."
Nigerian soldiers killed in Boko Haram raid
- At least 30 Nigerian soldiers died in combat with Boko Haram militants who
overran a military base in the northeast near the border with Niger, two
military sources told AFP on Saturday.
of militants in trucks stormed the base at Zari village in northern Borno state
late Thursday and briefly seized it after a fierce battle, they said.
came in large numbers in trucks and carrying heavy weapons and engaged soldiers
in a battle that lasted for an hour," a military officer said. "We
lost at least 30 men," the officer said, adding that the attack took place
at around 4:00 pm.
overwhelmed the troops who were forced to temporarily withdraw before
reinforcements arrived," said the officer who asked not to be named
because he was not authorised to speak.
Haram has intensified attacks on military targets in recent months.
attacks appear to undermine repeated claims by the military that Boko Haram had
militants took weapons and military equipment before they were pushed out of
the base by troops with aerial support, said a second military source who gave
a similar death toll. The militants were pursued and bombarded by a fighter
jet, said the military sources.
terrorists also suffered heavy casualty from the bombardment", one of the
military officers said.
is located 30 kilometres (20 miles) from the town of Damasak on the border with
militants are thought to have attacked the base from the nearby Garunda
village, where 17 troops were killed and 14 injured in an attack on another
military base last month, the sources said.
a statement late Friday the Nigerian military confirmed troops fought Boko
Haram "insurgents...on rampage to loot the community and extort money from
successfully routed Boko Haram insurgents in an encounter that ensued yesterday
evening at Zari village," the military said in the statement.
did not speak of military casualties and the raid on the base but maintained
"several Boko Haram fighters and weapons" were destroyed in the
Nigerian army has on several occasions disputed reports on losses to Boko Haram
and has in some cases played them down.
July 14 Boko Haram militants overran a military base in Jilli village, in
neighbouring Yobe state when dozens of troops were said to be been killed,
wounded or missing.
army at the time conceded the base was attacked but said troops remobilised and
succeeded in repelling the attackers.
a short statement on Wednesday, IS-affiliated Boko Haram militants claimed to
have killed "several" Nigerian troops in mortar strikes on a military
base in the town of Arge in the Lake Chad area. AFP could not independently
verify the claim.
says US move to halt UN refugee agency funding fuels radicalism
said on Saturday it regretted a US decision to halt funding to a United Nations
agency for Palestinian refugees, saying it would only fuel radicalism and harm
prospects for Middle East peace.
Minster Ayman Safadi told Reuters his country, which hosts more than 2 million
of the over 5 million registered refugees whom the agency supports, would
continue to rally donor support to ease the acute financial crunch faced by the
US announced on Friday it would no longer support the United Nations Relief and
Works Agency (UNRWA). Earlier this year the United States, long its biggest
donor, had slashed funding.
of UNRWA services will have extremely dangerous humanitarian, political and
security implications for refugees and for the whole region,” Safadi said.
will only consolidate an environment of despair that would ultimately create
fertile grounds for further tension. Politically it will also further hurt the
credibility of peacemaking efforts.”
said a meeting on Sept. 27 in New York in the United Nations which the kingdom
was co-sponsoring with Japan, the European Union, Sweden and Turkey would seek
to “rally political and financial support for the agency”.
Nations chief Antonio Guterres on Saturday called for an end to violence in
Libya in accordance with a UN-brokered ceasefire agreement.
to a health ministry toll at least 39 people have been killed and some 100
injured in five days of clashes among rival militias, which broke out Monday in
suburbs south of Tripoli.
Secretary-General condemns the continued escalation of violence in and around
Libya's capital and, in particular, the use by armed groups of indiscriminate
shelling leading to the death and injury of civilians, including children,"
a statement from Guterres' office said.
Secretary-General calls on all parties to immediately cease hostilities and
abide by the ceasefire agreement brokered by the United Nations and the
a joint statement Britain, France, Italy and the United States have said they
"warn those who tamper with security in Tripoli or elsewhere in Libya that
they will be held accountable for any such actions."
continues on in Tripoli
between rival militias in Libya escalated on Saturday, with the forces of the
seventh brigade seizing control of large parts of the capital Tripoli,
including the airport road and a number of military camps as it continues to
advance towards the city center.
a related development, at least three people were injured in random shelling
when a rocket hit the Al-Waddan Hotel, which overlooks the bay of Tripoli and
is popular with foreigners, and only 100 meters away from the Italian embassy.
was not immediately clear if they were clients or staff members.
rival militias reached a cease-fire agreement, but continued rocket attacks
breached the agreement, with more than 15 rockets hitting other parts of the
city on Friday and early Saturday morning, which has been at the epicenter of a
bitter power struggle since the fall of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in a 2011
United States, France, Italy and Britain on Saturday condemned what they called
an escalation of violence in and around the Libyan capital Tripoli, warning
that armed groups which undermined Libyan stability would be made accountable.
attempts to weaken the legitimate Libyan authorities and hinder the ongoing
political process are not acceptable,” Washington, Paris, Rome and London said
in a joint statement published by the French foreign ministry.
are calling on the armed groups to immediately stop all military action and
warn those who seek to undermine stability, in Tripoli or elsewhere in Libya,
that they will be made accountable for it,” the statement said.
authorities closed Tripoli airport on Friday after some rockets were fired in
its direction, a spokesman for the state airline Libyan Airlines said.
soldiers killed in militant ambush in Nigeria
militants have ambushed a military base in northeastern Nigeria, and killed as
many as 30 soldiers.
attack targeted a base in Zari village in the Guzamala local government area of
Borno State on Thursday.
details emerged later because the village is located in a remote area near the
border with Niger.
battle lasted for about two hours and our colleagues fought them, but things
became bad before the fighter jets arrived. We lost about 30 of our soldiers
and about 10 were wounded," an unidentified military source confirmed on
violence, which has been attributed to a militant group identified as ISWA,
undermines Nigeria's ongoing efforts to improve security and defeat militancy
in the region, ahead of the upcoming presidential election.
is an offshoot of Boko Haram, the notorious group linked to the Takfiri
terrorist group Daesh.
Zari attack highlights the challenge to secure the northeast, months ahead of
the February election in which security looks set to be a main issue.
Muhammadu Buharia, a former general, who came to power in 2015 on a platform of
stamping out rampant militancy, plans to seek a second term in office in the
is still rife in the West African country despite the government's announcement
in late 2015 that militants in the region had been largely defeated.
July, Nigeria appointed the fourth commander in 14 months to lead the campaign
A car bomb struck a local government office in Mogadishu in a suicide attack on
Sunday, police said.
Reuters witness said there was a huge blast and clouds of smoke could be seen
in the city.
suicide car bomb (rammed) into the district office of Hawlwadag in Mogadishu.
It is too early to know casualties," major Abdullahi Hussein, a police
officer told Reuters.
more to ‘new Malaysia’ than Mahathir and Anwar
would like to invite my fellow Malaysians to very seriously ponder over the
question of who should lead Malaysia in the future. Most Malaysians will
obviously think of Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Anwar Ibrahim, but I have a
different candidate in mind.
before I reveal it, let me say that for the first time since 1998, I bought a
Malaysian flag, costing RM1.80, and flew it on one of my cars. I am elated with
the result of the recent general election, where the people threw out Umno and
am mostly happy with the first 100 days of the new government as it is all
about fixing up a house that has been badly broken by a terrible storm and
neglect. Knocking nails into doors, fixing up windows and plugging leaks on
roofs seem to be the order of the day for the first 100 days.
am willing to let the new government float for another 100 days to see some
real institutional reforms take place – such as the cleansing of the judiciary,
the revamp of an inept police force, the restructuring of our “worthless”
public universities and education system, and the dressing down of our gigantic
and arrogant public service.
hundred more days. After that, for the next 100 days, I wish to see the new
government come up with a new blueprint on how Malaysians are going to live and
prosper over the next 50 years. Can the PH government do it?
far, what I have been witnessing is simply drama after drama being played out
in our Parliament. There is absolutely nothing of worth for us to chart our
future coming from the parliamentarians, except street fighting with the
face it Malaysians, PAS and Umno are the poorest excuse for an opposition in
the history of our nation. Umno harps on Malay supremacy and PAS on so-called
Muslim morality, ill-defined and ill-understood.
the opposition is useless, can the new PH government come up with more sound
ideas? Forget it. The new PH parliamentarians are certainly more civilised than
their opposition counterparts, but with respect to visions of the future, there
is none whatsoever.
Noor and PH morality
appointment of former inspector-general of police Abdul Rahim Noor as special
envoy to mediate peace talks in southern Thailand signalled the end of the PH
morality and ideas management.
thought the introduction of the third national car was the end but apparently
the new leader still has his 1980s thinking in high gear.
next, Malaysians will ask. I think we have to sit through a Mahathir versus
Anwar Saga 2.0 for the next 10 years!
Mahathir said he would relinquish the seat of the prime minister in two years,
I knew he was not serious. I mean, the man is healthier than most of the
parliamentarians and has grey matter that outsizes the whole defunct National
had predicted that Anwar would make his bid for the prime ministership by
December 2018 and that he would be a parliamentarian by October. I thought that
Anwar would go on a nationwide tour to rally the members of Amanah and PKR to
his side, for I think the leadership of those parties which have substantive
cabinet appointments are mostly in Mahathir’s pocket.
has the royals behind him but the royals are not the kingmakers. It will be the
members of the political parties of Amanah, DAP and PKR. The wild card is the
DAP. Who will the leadership support? It has a poker face.
if Rafizi’s team sweeps the PKR election, Anwar and company will have to face
off against the Mahathir-Azmin-Mat Sabu tag team. With Mahathir and Azmin
solidly holding Khazanah, will we see money politics once again becoming the
bane of Malaysia?
of money politics and race rhetoric
think we will, sad to say, see a rebirth of money politics and who knows a
rebirth of race and religious rhetoric once again.
future is looking bleak for Malaysians. To me the answer lies in a new
leadership for Malaysia. Who is the new personality? Well, that’s the wrong
question. We, Malaysians must get away from personality cults and political
is more than one way to rule Malaysia. Alvin Tofler predicted that the internet
would topple governments and he was right. In the face of the drama of Malay
politics of Mahathir-Anwar and the next era of Azmin-Mukhriz, we, Malaysians
must pull the brakes. We, Malaysians, must reject reliance on party politics
outright. We, Malaysians must determine the discourse and we, Malaysians must
put forth OUR own visions for Malaysia.
are still talking about marrying off 11-year-old girls and canning LGBTs. Do we
have enough food production to feed our people? Do we have enough clean water
to serve our needs? Should we work in offices and let our young graduates trap
themselves in housing and car loans?
Malays forever suspicious of the non-Malays next door? What is our agenda for
the next 50 years?
is time for Malaysians to draft our education policies, food production
strategies, healthy lifestyle living and sustainable existence within a
universalistic spiritual construct of mutual acceptance and respect. We cannot
hope for the PH politicians to come up with these plans as they will eventually
succumb to the temptations of their offices.
a democracy, WE are the masters in our own country! Is that not so? Let us
treat our ministers as our workers, and not as our leaders. They cannot lead us
into prosperity and harmony. Only we can, because it is we who are at the
Merdeka, let us free ourselves from the present leadership of PH and lead
ourselves to our own promised land. Negara Kita, Tanggugjawab Kita!
SALAK, Sept 2 — For a political party that is still finding its feet as a
member of the Opposition, Umno drew thousands of Malays to its “Melayu Bangkit”
rally at the Kampung Gajah taxi stand here last night.
and Umno supreme council member Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman claimed there
were 10,000 attendees who came from all over the country, not just Perak,
adding that they included non-party members.
gathered here to show their support in protecting the Malay rights, Malay
Rulers and Islam.
the organiser for the gathering, I’m pleased with overwhelming response from
the crowd which came from Perlis right until to Johor,” he said in his speech.
Pasir Salak MP said the gathering was held to show that Malays will unite when
their rights, Islam and Malay institutions are under threat or disrespected.
Umno leaders present at the gathering were party secretary-general Tan Sri
Annuar Musa, its youth chief Datuk Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki and another supreme
council member Datuk Lokman Noor Adam.
SALAK, Sept 2 — Umno will not cooperate with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim if he is
appointed as prime minister, party secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa said.
in his speech during the ‘Melayu Bangkit’ rally at Kampung Gajah here last
night, said that the PKR president is the one who will need Umno’s help for
political purposes someday.
said he doesn’t need Umno, but the reality is, Umno never wanted him. But a
time will come where he will need Umno.
is not dead yet. Instead it appears to be more powerful because the party did
not depend on any individuals or leaders,” he said.
a newspaper reported that Anwar will reject any cooperation with Umno if he is
appointed as Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s successor.
Anwar said his statement on Umno was misinterpreted.
said Umno’s strength lay in the loyal commitment shown by the Malay community.
gathering is the perfect example. People claim Umno attracts crowd by bribing
them, but today Umno is no longer the government yet thousands of people
gathered. This is where our strength lies,” he said.
also said Umno will not be racist if Malay rights were not questioned or
of the rich people in the country are Chinese and Indians. We never questioned
them why they are rich.
Malays are willing to remain as farmers and do other jobs as long as their
rights and interests were not threatened,” he said.
also said when Barisan Nasional was the government, Malays never had to worry
about having their rights or interests threatened.
three days ago Scott Morrison tweeted a picture of his Australian flag lapel
pin, saying he wears it every day as a reminder of whose side he is on.
the sight of dozens children enthusiastically waving Australian flags as he
walked the red carpet, up the marble steps into Joko Widodo's Presidential
Palace in Indonesia must have been quite the reminder.
Morrison's first port-of-call as Australian Prime Minister has been a success.
it was clapping along to singing children at an Indonesian school funded by
Australia, or making small-talk for the cameras with the president of the
world's most populous Muslim nation, Mr Morrison appeared relaxed and
close to his office have told the ABC there was no time to prepare for the
trip, almost until they got on the RAAF jet, following what Malcolm Turnbull
called the "form of madness" that resulted in Mr Morrison being
thrust into the prime ministership.
school visit, which provided the media with folksy pictures of the Prime
Minister, away from the manicured lawns of the Presidential Palace, was pulled
together by the team at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta in a matter of hours.
minutes before the new prime minister arrived, a teacher was spotted rubbing
the well-worn plaque about Australia's funding of the school with an old rag.
SBS political editor Brett Mason asked the school principal how she felt about
the visit she replied, "Surprised … very surprised. But proud."
sense of surprise at Mr Morrison's visit went all the way up the Indonesian
ranks to the President himself.
Widodo had been preparing the red carpet for his good friend Mr Turnbull.
course, he had no option but to roll it out for Mr Morrison, a man he'd never
the business end of the trip went off without a hitch.
leaders concluded an "economic partnership", eight years in the
making, that will reduce or abolish 99 per cent of tariffs on trade between the
should be signed by the end of the year.
Mr Morrison was cautious not to take the credit, paying tribute to those who
laid the foundations, namely Mr Turnbull, the former foreign minister Julie
Bishop and former trade minister Steve Ciobo who, up until this week, had
monthly meetings with his Indonesian counterpart.
it is, Mr Morrison said, "a landmark agreement and Indonesia's most
ambitious to date."
the deal, the two leaders also agreed to elevate the diplomatic relationship by
way of a "comprehensive strategic partnership".
basically puts Jakarta on the same level as Beijing in Australia's power
ranking of relationships.
timing is interesting.
has been seeking closer ties with India and Vietnam, and belatedly, some
Pacific countries, as concerns rise about China's influence, and investment, in
that China was mentioned in the four-page declaration following the signing ceremony.
fact, Mr Morrison did not want to be drawn on the deeply held concerns within
security and diplomatic circles about Beijing's expansionist agenda and
militarisation of the South China Sea.
don't accept the zero-sum game of dealing with our partners and our
went on to tell a business breakfast that Australia would "deepen"
its strategic partnership with China, after talking up the "economic
miracle" of the east.
if he has concerns, he is not sharing them.
be fair, it would have taken a monumental misstep by Mr Morrison to screw up
this visit, after years of relationship building by Mr Turnbull and hard-fought
negotiations by his trade and foreign ministers.
observer of Indo-Australian relations, from either side of the Timor Sea, will
tell you of the "special relationship" Mr Turnbull enjoyed with the
Indonesian President, all the more remarkable as it followed a low-point in
relations under the Abbott Government.
Arabic-language website of Sputnik reported that large trucks, carrying more
than 200 drones, left the town of Sarmada in Northern Idlib for a Tahrir
al-Sham base in al-Mohandesin neighborhood in Idlib city.
further said that the drones were brought to Syria from Turkey, adding that
five Turkish and two Chechen experts are in Tahrir al-Sham base, checking the
drones to be later sent to Jisr al-Shughour in Western Idlib and a region in
Russian air defense at Humeimim airbase in Western Syria and the Syrian army
have shot down tens of drones in recent months.
Syrian army has also targeted a number of combat and spying drones of the
terrorists in Northern Hama in the last few days.
sources reported on Thursday that the Turkish army dispatched a military
convoy, consisting of 15 military vehicles to Northern Syria through Kafr
added that the convoy also included truckloads of Turkish army soldiers and
officers and building blocks transferred to the Turkey-occupied region in the
town of Morek.
to the report, also another military convoy of the Turkish army, which included
several military vehicles, was sent to the town of al-Sarman in Eastern Idlib.
developments came as the Syrian army is preparing for a major fight in Idlib
and is sending large volume of military equipment to its positions.
Arabic-language al-Watan daily quoted opposition sources as reporting that the
US-led coalition has reinvigorated its military presence on the Eastern bank of
the Euphrates River in the second half of the current year via setting up 18
bases in the Northeastern and Eastern provinces of Syria.
US-run bases are in Ein al-Arab (Kobani), Kharab Ashak, Manbij, Ein Issa, Raqqa
and Tabaqa in Raqqa province, al-Shadadi, al-Houl, Tal Tamar, Tal Bidar and
Romeilan in Hasaka province and al-Amr oilfield and al-Bahrah region in Deir
Ezzur province, al-Watan went on to say, adding that some of the bases have
runways for the take-off and landing of military aircraft.
further said that the US-run bases are under tight military protection via
ground and aerial patrol and are surrounded by a circle of checkpoints.
London-based pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported
on Friday that the US-led coalition dispatched a large military convoy to the
SDF-occupied regions in Hasaka province.
added that the convoy which included over 150 vehicles, carrying military and
logistic equipment, moved towards the town of al-Shadadi and its military
airport which has been set up by the Americans in Southern Hasaka.
report also said that over 1,450 vehicles carrying US-made military equipment
were sent to the SDF-occupied regions in Syria in August.
quoted the military source as rejecting reports on Israeli forces' missile
attack on Mezzeh airport West of Damascus, adding that the blasts in the
ammunition depot near the airport started after a short-circuit incident in the
media, including The Times of Israel, claimed that the Israel fighter jets
targeted Mezzeh airport by several missiles, causing huge blast in the airport
the meantime, Israeli media activists claimed that the Israeli fighter jets'
missiles targeted a convoy of long-range missiles that had recently been sent
to the base.
July, Israel launched another strike against the Syrian territories to support
the terrorist groups stationed in the region.
Israeli drone launched missile strike against a Syrian army positions in the
Northern parts of Quneitra province.
army men engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL in Toloul al-Safa in the Eastern
deserts of Sweida, and imposed control over several key points in the rocks.
the meantime, the army's artillery and aircraft pounded ISIL's positions and
movements in Toloul al-Safa, and destroyed several strongholds after inflicting
heavy casualties on the terrorists.
units of the army managed to repelled ISIL's heavy offensive aimed at lifting
the government forces' siege in the newly-freed Hatil Dam in Toloul al-Safa.
suffered heavy casualties in the failed attack.
a relevant development on Saturday, the army men opened heavy fire at a group
of terrorists that tried to prevail over the government forces' positions in
the rocks in the Eastern deserts of Sweida, inflicting major losses on them and
repelling their attack.
terrorists further failed to lift the army siege and move towards al-Tanf
region in Southern Homs near the border with Jordan and Iraq.
the meantime, the army's artillery and missile units pounded ISIL's positions
in Toloul al-Safa, inflicting heavy casualties on the terrorists and destroying
their military equipment.
Syria: US Conducts Another Heliborne Operation to Rescue ISIL Terrorists
US-led coalition conducted a new heliborne operation between the village of
Hazimeh and Tishrin Farm and took away Abu Zeid, a commander of ISIL, to an
unknown location with the cooperation of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
Zeid is one of the senior ISIL commanders in Raqqa that was once in charge of
the terrorist group's arms supply.
the meantime, the SDF also released over 150 captured ISIL terrorists,
including their commander Jom'ah al-Sarmoudi, in Raqqa city.
July, the sources said that an American military helicopter, accompanied by
several military vehicles of the Washington-backed Kurdish militias, conducted
a heliborne operation between the villages of Tal Mashhan and Tal Dowayem in
al-Ya'arabiyeh region in Eastern Hasaka near the border with Iraq.
sources further said that three ISIL members, including an Iraqi terrorist,
were rescued in the US heliborne operation and were transferred to an unknown
rocked a Syrian military airport near the capital Damascus late Saturday, with
an NGO saying it was a "possible Israeli missile" but state media
blaming a technical issue at a munitions depot.
military airport of Mazze, in the west suburbs of Damascus, was hit by a
"possible Israeli missile, which hit a munitions store setting off
successive explosions," the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human
Rights Rami Abdel Rahmane told AFP.
airport houses Syrian Air Force intelligence, and in early 2017 the Syrian
regime accused neighboring Israel of bombing the base.
Syrian military source said that "the Mazze airport was not the target of
Israeli aggression," according to a Saturday report by the official Sana
explosions heard were due to an explosion at a munitions deposit close to the
airport which was due to an electrical short circuit," the source said.
has sought to avoid direct involvement in the conflict but acknowledges
carrying out dozens of air strikes in Syria to stop what it says are deliveries
of advanced weaponry to its Lebanese enemy Hezbollah.
has also pledged to prevent its arch foe Iran from entrenching itself
militarily in Syria, and a series of strikes that have killed Iranians in Syria
have been attributed to Israel.
this week, Israel reiterated its threat to hit Iranian military targets in
IDF (Israel Defense Forces) will continue to take strong and determined action
against Iran's attempts to station forces and advanced weapons systems in
Syria," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
July, Syria accused Israel of bombing a military post in the northern province
of Aleppo, where the Observatory reported at least nine pro-regime fighters
than seven years since the conflict began, regime forces have managed to retake
entire regions from rebels and jihadists and now control nearly two-thirds of
military commanders from Iraq, Russia, Iran and Syria have met in Baghdad and
exchanged views on security and intelligence cooperation.
commanders from the four countries, which have joint operation rooms to
coordinate the fight against the Daesh terror group, attended the conference on
Iraqi Defense Ministry said it had received delegations led by deputy chiefs of
staff to "strengthen cooperation and coordination in terms of security and
intelligence among these countries."
General Salim Harba, head of the Syrian delegation to the conference, said that
the four countries are in agreement over tackling terrorism, which is a threat
also warned that US proxies were planning a new chemical attack in Syria to pin
the blame on Damascus and justify a new aggression against the Arab country.
the request of Damascus, Iran has been offering advisory military assistance to
the Syrian government fighting an all-out militancy.
too, has military advisers in the Arab country, beside carrying out aerial
bombardments on behalf of the Syrian government.
support by Tehran and Moscow has enabled the Syrian army to speed up its gains
on various fronts against Takfiri militants.
started its campaign of terror in Iraq and Syria in 2014, occupying territory
in the two Arab countries and establishing a self-proclaimed “caliphate.”
Takfiri group was gradually driven out of all the land it had occupied in Iraq
and Syria and both countries announced Daesh’s territorial collapse in December
remnants, however, are now believed to be hiding in the Iraqi-Syrian border
recent report by the United Nations estimates that between 20,000 and 30,000
Daesh members are still holed up in Iraq and Syria.
risks Daesh re-emergence
Saturday, a study warned that extremist groups such as Daesh may re-emerge in
Iraq if the country fails to tackle a critical drought and other
study, conducted by the Expert Working Group on Climate-Related Security Risks,
was presented to the UN Security Council.
combination of its hydrological limitations, increasing temperatures and
extreme weather events puts pressure on basic resources and undermines
livelihood security for Iraq’s population,” the report said.
to monitor and manage these climate-related risks will increase the risk of
Daesh and post-Daesh terrorist groups gaining support and regaining strength
within resource-constrained communities."
state media said loud blasts coming from an airbase early on Sunday, September
2, were from an explosion at an ammunition dump caused by an electrical
problem, but an official in the regional alliance backing Damascus said they
were from Israeli strikes.
state media cited a military source as saying there was no "Israeli
aggression" directed at the Mezzeh airbase near Damascus, after the sound
of explosions was heard across the Syrian capital.
official had said the blasts were caused by Israeli missile fire from across
the occupied Golan Heights frontier and by Syrian air defenses responding.
war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, also attributed the blasts
to Israeli strikes, which it said caused deaths and injuries.
has previously acknowledged having carried out air strikes in Syria aimed at
degrading the capacity of Iran and its allies, including Lebanon's Hezbollah
group, which are backing Assad in the country's seven-year civil war.
was no immediate comment from Israel on reports of Sunday's blasts or that it
was behind them.
Foreign Minister Walid Muallem has warned that terrorists operating in the
northwestern province of Idlib have managed to smuggle containers of chemical
gas to use them in a false-flag operation against the Syrian government.
to Russia’s RT news channel on Saturday, Muallem said British intelligence
services had helped terrorists of the Nusra Front group to transfer gas
canisters to areas in Idlib that are currently controlled by the so-called
White Helmet troops.
said the move was meant to stage a gas attack on civilians and then blame it on
the Syrian government as soon as it begins its long-anticipated operation to
retake Idlib from the terrorists.
months, Syria has been planning a decisive operation to purge terrorists from
Idlib, the last of its provinces that still remain under the control of
government has been accused of attacking civilians with chemicals in previous
operations, including in Douma near Damascus and in Khan Sheikhun, in Idlib.
Syrian authorities have denied any involvement in the two cases, saying the
attacks had been carried out by militants to slow Syria’s progress in the fight
and its allies, including Russia, believe a similar scenario could be staged in
defense ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said last week that terrorists had
smuggled eight canisters of chlorine gas into a village near Jisr al-Shughur, south-west
of Idlib city. The official said the transfer of the weapons into the province
was in line with a plan to prompt Western intervention in Idlib operation.
his Saturday interview with the RT, Muallem said plots like staging false-flag
gas attacks would help the objectives of Western governments like the United
States who maintain an “illegal” presence in Syria.
said there was clear evidence that the US was continuing to support terrorist
groups like Daesh and Nusra Front, adding that the US would certainly use a
chemical weapons incident as a pretext to attack Syria.
Russian Defense Ministry says newly-obtained information from captured
militants has revealed that the US-trained militants are set to conduct a
terrorist attack on Palmyra, a city in Syria’s central province of Homs, almost
a year after it was liberated from the clutches of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist
to the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation, part of the Russian Defense
Ministry, the information was received from two militants of the Lions of the
East Army group, affiliated with the so-called Free Syrian Army, a
Turkish-backed militia fighting against Damascus.
captured militants, along with their comrades, were heading toward Palmyra from
a settlement of 500-strong militants near the US-led international coalition’s
Tanf military base, when they were ambushed in early morning by the Syrian
government troops, said a spokesman of the center in a press conference on
of the terrorists said US instructors were involved in training their group,
weapons and ammunition were delivered from the US base. The militants’
objective was to commit a series of terrorist attacks near the inhabited
community of Palmyra and ensure the passage of about 300 militants to capture
the city within the next week,” he added.
militants were to carry out “a series of terrorist attacks in Palmyra area” and
ensure the passage of around 300 militants to seize the city within the next
week, he further revealed.
Tanf base is close to the Rukban refugee camp, which is home to more than
60,000 internally displaced women and children from the cities of Raqqah and
security forces have killed a high-ranking commander of the Daesh Takfiri
terrorist group in the country’s north-central province of Salahuddin as
government troops, backed by allied fighters from the Popular Mobilization
Units, are seeking to purge the war-ravaged Arab country of remnants of the
Mohammed al-Bazi, a provincial police source, said members of the Federal
Police force and pro-government fighters – more commonly known by the Arabic
name Hashd al-Sha’abi – engaged in a fierce exchange of gunfire with Daesh
Takfiris in a rural area west of Shirqat town, located some 280 kilometers
north of the capital Baghdad, early on Saturday.
added that Iraqi soldiers and their allies managed to fatally shoot Salih
Karkaz, wanted by Iraqi forces as the leader of the so-called Nahavand
two dozen Daesh terrorists captured northwest of Mosul
at least 26 Daesh terrorists have been arrested during a counter-terrorism
operation near Badush village, situated 24 kilometers west of Mosul.
Omar Sabah of the Nineveh Operations Command said Iraqi security forces also
seized weapons and hand grenades from the captured Takfiris.
added that the extremists have been transferred to prison pending trial.
terrorists murder Hashd Sha’abi cmdr., family
in Khuwair village of the northern province of Nineveh, Daesh terrorists
executed a senior Hashd al-Sha’abi commander and seven members of his family.
security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Arabic-language
Baghdad Today news website that the Takfiri militants, disguised as security
forces, stormed the house of Hussein al-Hamad, shooting him, his wife, five
children and his father to death.
source added that Iraqi army troops and police forces have been dispatched to
the village, and launched an operation to capture the perpetrators.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who is also the commander-in-chief of Iraqi
forces, pledged on June 30 to hunt down Daesh terrorists across Iraq after a
series of attacks and abductions carried out by the terrorist group.
will chase the remaining cells of terrorism in their hideouts and we will kill
them, we will chase them everywhere, in the mountains and the desert,” Abadi
declared the end of military operations against Daesh in the Arab country on
December 9, 2017.
July 10 that year, the Iraqi prime minister had formally declared victory over
Daesh in Mosul, which served as the terrorists’ main urban stronghold in the
conflict-ridden Arab country.
the run-up to Mosul's liberation, Iraqi army soldiers and volunteer Hashd
al-Sha’abi fighters had made sweeping gains against Daesh.
forces took control of eastern Mosul in January 2017 after 100 days of
fighting, and launched the battle in the west on February 19 last year.
grand mufti praises MWL’s control of halal meat imports
Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, who is also the head
of the Supreme Council of Scholars, praised the efforts of the Muslim World
League (MWL) to unify Muslims, advocate for their cause and protect them,
making sure that everyone is aware of the league’s blessed efforts and great
said: “The Muslim World League is performing its role to impose the Islamic
halal slaughter, by making sure animals are slaughtered according to the halal
standards and trusted mechanisms.”
reaffirmed its commitment to applying the highest standards of halal slaughter.
When issuing halal certificates, MWL adheres to regulations and standards set
by the GCC Standardization Organization.
recently suspended several abattoirs and slaughter companies around the world
for violating the rules of halal slaughter.
royal decree gave the MWL sole responsibly for issuing halal certificates, in
recognition of its international-relations expertise in coordinating and
cooperating with local and international bodies, and having met Shariah
requirements for producing, manufacturing and marketing halal products.
Supreme Council of Scholars issued a fatwa through the Ifta permanent
committee, presided over by Al-Asheikh, stating that the only authority
responsible for imported slaughtered halal products is the MWL, as it
represents the older Islamic organization working in the field of halal and
foods and has an expertise of more than 30 years as well as partners, centers
and offices around the world.
MWL works on finalizing the largest center for halal in the world, as part of
its headquarters in Makkah.
center’s functions include supervising slaughter and the production of halal
goods, and issuing certificates, directly or through its offices and
representatives abroad, according to the halal certification mechanism and
welcomes end of US funding for UN Palestinian refugee agency
welcomed Saturday a US decision to end funding for the UN Palestinian refugee
agency (UNRWA), accusing the organisation which supports some five million
Palestinians of perpetuating the Middle East conflict.
and the United States have accused the nearly 70-year-old agency of maintaining
the idea that many Palestinians are refugees with a right to return to the
homes from which they fled or were expelled during the 1948 war that
accompanied Israel's creation, an idea they both oppose.
Friday, Washington, which until last year was by far the agency's biggest
contributor announced it was ending funding to the "irredeemably flawed
supports the US move," an official in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's
office said on condition of anonymity.
the refugee status of Palestinians is one of the problems that perpetuates the
ambassador Hossam Zomlot accused the United States of "reneging on its
international commitment and responsibility" towards a body that was set
by UN General Assembly resolution in 1949.
endorsing the most extreme Israeli narrative on all issues including the rights
of more than five million Palestinian refugees, the US administration has lost
its status as peacemaker and is damaging not only an already volatile situation
but the prospects for future peace," he said.
now supports some five million registered Palestinian refugees and provides
schooling to 526,000 children in the Palestinian territories as well as in
camps in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan.
Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the agency had his "full
confidence" and called on "other countries to help fill the remaining
financial gap, so that UNRWA can continue to provide this vital
spokesman Chris Gunness tweeted: "We reject in the strongest possible
terms the criticism that UNRWA's schools, health centres and emergency assistance
programmes are 'irredeemably flawed.'"
which had already frozen $300 million in funding this year throwing the agency
into financial crisis, said it would seek ways to prevent its decision from
hurting "innocent Palestinians".
expressed support for a new conduit for humanitarian assistance to the
would be good to allocate the funds to other elements that would use the money
properly for the benefit of the population, and not for perpetuating the notion
that they are refugees," the official in Netanyahu's office said.
of Houthi militants killed in clashes with Yemeni army in Saada
Yemen’s army, backed by the Saudi-led Arab Coalition, killed more than 140
Houthi militants during clashes in the northwestern province of Saada,
according to Saudi state-news channel Al-Ekhbariya.
Yemeni military source said the army continued its advance toward Hajjah
province, where it liberated several villages and other strategic locations.
the army launched artillery raids targeting Houthi reinforcements sent to
Sufyan directorate in an effort to retake strategic sites it had lost.
140 Houthi militiamen killed while Yemeni army advances in Saada
legitimate army continues to advance in several areas west of Saada, a military
source confirmed that the army carried out a wide-scale operation during which
several key areas were liberated including the Hbeish and al-Safiah mountains
that look over Miran.
forces also continue to advance in the Hajjah governorate, where they have
taken control of several villages and valleys, while intense battles continue
in areas adjacent to the Haidan directorate in Saada.
military commander stated that over 140 Houthi militiamen were killed during
battles in the Zaher directorate, while hundreds more were wounded and Houthi
weapons and equipment were destroyed by Arab Coalition air raids.
Arab Coalition’s Joint Incident Assessment Team (JIAT) in Yemen, held a press
conference on Saturday, in the Saudi capital Riyadh, to release its assessment
of the investigations conducted into the air strike targeting a building in
official spokesman of the JIAT, Legal Counsellor Mansour al-Mansour said during
the press conference that video footage from the plane which conducted the
strike was analyzed.
Al-Mansour said: “The investigation involved flights in the area of Dhahyan on
the day of the incident.”
have checked videos from the plane that was flying in the area at the time of
said the coalition launched the raid in Dhahyan based on intelligence.
presence of Houthi leaders in the region was reported. Sources reported that
the Dhahyan bus was transporting elements of armed Houthis, targeting the bus
inDhahyan led to the killing of a number of Houthi leaders.”
raid on Dhahyan targeted several training camps for the Houthis.
addeded that the bus Dhahyan was a legitimate military target because it has
confirmed that targeting the bus led to the killing of a number of Houthi
leaders. He said that “the raid on Dhahyan does not comply with the coalition’s
rules of engagement,” adding that the bombing was not justified at the time,
since the target was not a threat to the coalition forces in this case.
spokesman called on the coalition to provide assistance to civilians affected
by the raid.
official spokesman of the JIAT also called on the coalition to hold accountable
those responsible for the mistakes in the Dhahyan raid.
added “There was a significant delay in preparing the fighter jet assigned to
target the bus in Dhahyan.”
National Army forces liberated al-Dhaher directorate, north-west of Saada
province, after a large-scale military operation, in which Houthi militias
suffered heavy losses.
military source confirmed that the legitimate forces, backed by the Arab
coalition completed liberating the whole of the district from the Houthis,
following the liberation of a number of other posts controlled by the
to the military source, the Yemeni army defeated the militias in Hajjah
governorate and Razih directorate, with many field commanders in the Houthi
militias killed, most notably the commander responsible for arms supply known
by the name Abu Dia, who was killed along with seven others in addition to
commander Hassan Ali Hassan.
Turkey’s foreign minister called for a new chapter in testy diplomatic ties
with Greece on Saturday, even as he berated the neighboring country for
providing a safe haven for Turkish “criminals.”
Turkish commandos are seeking asylum in Greece after commandeering a helicopter
to flee Turkey following a failed coup attempt against President Tayyip Erdogan
in July 2016.
describes the fugitives as criminals involved in the coup plot, and has
demanded that Greece hand them back. Greek courts have so far rejected Ankara’s
situation in our relations today is not to the benefit of our countries.
Building trust is important. We should open a new chapter in our relations,”
Mevlut Cavusoglu told Ta Nea newspaper in an interview released on Saturday.
should continue the process of bilateral talks without any conditions. This is
the way to solve our problems.”
repeated demands, however, for the eight commandos to be sent to Turkey to face
Greek justice system, contrary to the rules and the principles of the
international law, is letting the culprits go unpunished and is violating the
victims’ rights,” Cavusoglu was quoted as saying.
remain determined in our effort to make sure that the fugitive coup
perpetrators will be extradited and stand trial in Turkey,” he added.
regional rivals, the two neighbors have been at odds over a host of issues from
ethnically divided Cyprus to rights in the Aegean Sea.
on both sides in recent months has taken a marked turn for the worse,
particularly after the collapse of peace talks in Cyprus in July 2017.
European Union depends on Turkey to keep a tight lid on immigration from the
Middle East, where the war in Syria has killed hundreds of thousands and pushed
millions from homes.
a 2016 deal, Ankara has to take back all migrants and refugees, including
Syrians, who cross to Greece illegally across the sea. In return, the EU has to
take in thousands of Syrian refugees directly from Turkey and reward it with
more money, early visa-free travel and faster progress in EU membership talks.
Palestinian pilgrims returning to camps in Lebanon expressed thanks to Saudi
Arabia for the care offered to them and other worshippers during Hajj.
returning to Shatila, Burj Al-Barajneh, Miyyah Miyyah, Ain Al-Hilweh, Rashidiya
and the Bader River camps in Lebanon were welcomed with decorations, banners,
confetti and songs that filled the public squares.
pilgrims praised the Kingdom, King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
for its “goodness and leadership.”
of the delegation of Palestinian martyrs’ families Sheikh Iyad highlighted the
care provided by the Kingdom during the performance of the rituals of Hajj.
organization and technological innovations were major factors in the success of
this year’s Hajj, he said.
year, King Salman hosted 1,000 female and male pilgrims who were relatives of
initiative was part of the King Salman Hajj and Umrah Program, supervised by
the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance.
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