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court in India has heard testimony from government archaeologists that the Taj
Mahal is a Muslim mausoleum built by a Mughal emperor to honour his dead wife –
delivering an official riposte to claims it is a Hindu temple.
Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), which protects monuments of national
importance, had been ordered to give its view in response to a petition filed
by six lawyers stating that the UNESCO world heritage site in the city of Agra
had originally been a temple called Tejo Mahalaya dedicated to the Hindu deity
petition also demanded that Hindus be allowed to worship in it. Only Muslims
are permitted to offer prayers at the 17th-century monument.
Bhuvan Vikrama, the ASI’s superintending archaeologist in Agra, said he
rejected the claims: “Our written statement called the claims concocted and we
asked the court to dismiss the petition. It’s up to the judge to decide what
that the Taj Mahal is a Hindu temple have surfaced periodically, either from
lone Hindu mavericks, revisionists, or extremist Hindu groups ever since PN
Oak, an Indian writer, published his 1989 book Taj Mahal: the True Story, in
which he claimed it was built before Muslim invaders came to India. Proponents
of this theory resent that its glory belongs to India’s Muslim heritage and
argue that since some of the Mughal invaders destroyed Hindu temples or
converted them into mosques, it follows that the Taj Mahal must have originally
been a Hindu structure.
shows conquerors all over the world converting existing monuments to suit their
own ideas,” said Parsa Venkateshwar Rao, an author and columnist. “But this
claim about the Taj is absurd because features such as the dome and minaret
cannot be found in earlier periods and it is silly for the judge to have even
allowed the petition.”
who died in 2007, took his claim as far as the Supreme Court in 2000 where it
was thrown out as no more than a “bee in his bonnet”.
Shankar Jain, one of the lawyers who took the case to the Agra court, had said
he was looking forward to winning the case and performing Hindu prayers at the
Taj Mahal. Asked if he would disinter the body of Mumtaz Mahal, the Mughal empress
buried inside, he replied: “Of course not because there is no body inside. It’s
built on a Hindu temple so there is no question of anyone being buried in it.”
megachurch in Houston closed its doors in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey,
which has caused catastrophic flooding and forced thousands to leave their
homes, reports The Independent.
announcement on Facebook said Pastor Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church had shut due
to the storm and asked people to pray for those affected.
Church is inaccessible due to severe flooding! We want to help make sure you
are safe,” the post read.
included a list of resources for those affected by the storm, including the
addresses for temporary shelters.
some responded sceptically to the Facebook post, questioning why one of the
largest churches in the US - including a 16,000-seat arena - was not able to
take in victims of Harvey.
Timbol, an author who has written critically about homophobic views among
conservative Christians, tweeted: “It doesn't make sense why you're not opening
up your mega church to house Houston citizens, help me understand that. Jesus.”
criticised televangelist Mr Osteen for not opening up his $10 million home in
the upscale area of River Oaks to those desperately seeking shelter.
on Joel Osteen,” one person tweeted. “Jesus would open the doors and care for
Osteen responded to the criticism in a statement quoted by ABC and the Atlanta
have never closed our doors. We will continue to be a distribution center to
those in need. We are prepared to house people once shelters reach capacity.
Lakewood will be a value to the community in the aftermath of this storm.”
pointed out that mosques in the region are still open and offering people
shelter, including the Islamic Society of Greater Houston’s 21 centres.
you went to @JoelOsteen's church for shelter & found it closed, don't
worry, the Islamic Society of Greater Houston's 21 mosques are open,” the
@altNOAA account posted on Twitter.
than 3,000 people have been rescued in Houston and the surrounding area since
the storm hit, with many still waiting to be picked up.
least nine people are reported to have died as a result of Hurricane Harvey,
the worst storm to strike the US in 12 years.
of TTP’s Mufti Shakir reveal dark underbelly of militancy in Karachi
Mohammad Shakirullah alias Mufti Shakir, who was arrested over charges of
killing policemen and carrying out the suicide attack on CID SP Chaudhry Aslam
in 2014, was released on bail and subsequently fled to Afghanistan and is now
running an active training camp for militants, it emerged on Wednesday.
interrogation by a joint investigation team (JIT) inside the Karachi Central
Prison in March 2014, he had confessed to having killed, along with his
accomplices, 10 policemen and an army soldier.
JIT report reviewed by Dawn revealed that he (Mufti Shakir) had once presented
himself for the suicide attack on SP Chaudhry Aslam but was prevented from
report further said that Shakir had submitted fake documents in order to get
said Shakir was born in 1981 in the SITE area and was raised among six brothers
and nine sisters. He received primary education from the KMC school there but
later studied at three famous seminaries of Karachi where he memorised Quran by
heart and completed a course for religious scholars in 2009. In the same year,
he established a seminary in SITE and became its principal. The seminary was
JIT report disclosed that Shakir joined a militant outfit, Harkatul Mujahideen,
when he was studying in a famous seminary in 1996. When differences erupted in
the group and Jaish-i-Mohammad emerged in 2000, he abandoned it.
in 2012, he joined outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (Khyber Agency) on
persuasion of the outfit’s then Karachi chief.
received militancy training in Mansehra in 1999 and bomb making in Khyber
Agency in 2012 and carried out three bomb blasts on an experimental basis
told the JIT members that in July 2012 he had received a ‘chit’ amounting to
Rs10,000 as fine imposed by the TTP (KA) on him. The TTP (KA) in its chit had
said they were imposing the fine on him because two of his brothers had links
with CID personnel and advised him to stay away from them.
further told the JIT members that subsequently he along with his mother and two
brothers visited the Khyber Agency where he met TTP (KA) chief and rejected the
staying there for 40 days, he returned to Karachi where he started working for
TTP (KA) and formed a cell which comprised 10 persons, four of whom were killed
had also ‘confessed’ to having killed, along with his accomplices, 10 policemen
and an army soldier from 2013 till his arrest in early 2014. During this
period, he along with his accomplices carried out around 20-25 attacks,
including grenade attacks, on police vans.
victims were identified as army soldier Imran, CID head moharir, police
constables namely Mohammed Anwar, Mohammed Sher, Pervez Akhtar, Shahzad Raza,
Rajab Ali, Rashid, Amir, Shabbir, Waqar and Fazl Amin. All law enforcers were
gunned down in the SITE area in 2013.
the same year, he had also attacked a police van outside a factory along with
his accomplices Fazl Rehman and Abdullah alias Mukhtar (both killed later on).
attack on Chaudhry Aslam
radicalised a seminary student, Naeemullah, 25, who carried out the suicide
attack on SP Aslam on January 9, 2014. The alleged suicide bomber was a son of
a religious scholar who ran a seminary in the Pirabad area.
report revealed that Shakir had developed ties with one militant linked with
banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LJ) who in December 2013 asked him to provide a
suicide bomber for carrying out the attack on SP Aslam.
Shakir indicated his desire to carry out the attack but the LJ militant told
him that he was a “religious scholar” and his preaching skills “were needed
another person was prepared for the attack.
mentally prepared Naeemullah and motivated him at his home for seven to eight
this period, Naeemullah told Shakir that he belonged to TTP (Swat) and without
approval of his group’s chief, he could not carry out the terror act. However,
Mufti Shakir motivated him that SP Aslam was such an “important target” that
the consent of the emir (chief) was not needed, according to the JIT report.
Air Force jets kill nearly 100 Daesh terrorist in Anbar province
Iraqi Air Force has killed at least 94 Daesh terrorists during extensive
operations carried out in the western Anbar province.
the Iraqi army’s War Media Cell the airstrikes targeted six Takfiri-held
positions in the town of Qa'im.
high-ranking Takfiri commander with close ties to Daesh’s leader Abu Bakr
al-Baghdadi was also killed in the Wednesday operations.
other senior Daesh militants identified as Zafer al-Rawi and Millat Hashem
Farahat were also killed in the strikes that were reportedly conducted with
precise information supplied by intelligence services. Farahat was a former
commander in Tal Afar and a close aide to Baghdadi.
small towns of Qa'im, Rawa and Anna have been held by Daesh since 2014.
in the country, Iraqi government forces regained full control over half of the
last remaining redoubt of Daesh Takfiri militants in Tal Afar with the aid of
volunteer fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units.
August 20, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, also the commander-in-chief of
Iraqi forces, declared the start of the operation to retake control of Tal Afar
and nearby areas from Daesh terrorists.
Afar is the last Daesh stronghold in Iraq’s northern province of Nineveh.
rejects contacts between Atmar and Taliban leaders in Pakistan and Qatar
Office of the National Security Council of Afghanistan rejected reports
regarding the contacts between the national security adviser Mohammad Hanif
Atmar and the Taliban leaders based in Pakistan and Qatar.
statement by the Office of the National Security Adviser said the reports are
baseless suggesting that contacts have been made with the Taliban leaders.
statement further added that the Afghanistan High Peace Council is the main
institution tasked with the affairs of holding talks with the anti-government
armed militant groups.
statement also added that the National Security Council supports peace talks
under the leadership of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and the Afghanistan
High Peace Council.
Associated Press earlier reported regarding the regular contacts between the
top Afghan security officials and the Taliban leadership, citing the credible
documents the agency has seen.
informed of the development have told the Associated Press on the condition of
anonymity that the Taliban group has show willingness to accept the
constitution of Afghanistan.
to the report, the group’s leaders have also agreed with the education of both
the boys and girls but want segregation by gender.
has also agreed that the women can serve in all sectors including government
apart from the Supreme Court of Afghanistan, the source informed of the
development has told The Associated Press.
days ahead of Bakrid, a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) affiliate flagged
controversy by declaring that ‘Qurbani’ or sacrifice of animals was ‘haram’
(prohibited) during the festival.
RSS affiliate Muslim Rashtriya Manch’s (MRM) stand evoked angry reactions from
both Shia and Sunni clerics who cited verses from the holy Quran to maintain
that ‘Qurbani’ had religious sanction since the days of the Prophet.
history can be rewritten but none can rewrite religious history. Qurbani of
animals has religious sanction dating back to the days of the Prophet and the
holy Quran clearly mentions it,” a visibly upset Sunni cleric Khalid Rasheed
Firangimahal, the naib-imam of Lucknow Eidgah, told HT.
also met UP DGP Sulkhan Singh with a delegation of clerics to state what he
called “community’s concern” on sacrifice during Bakrid, the first under Yogi
Adityanath government that had launched a crackdown against illegal slaughter
houses and cow slaughter.
Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) was set up in 2002 by the RSS to reach out to the
Muslims on various issues, including the vexed Ayodhya dispute. Interestingly,
even Muslims owing allegiance to the BJP too refused to buy the MRM claim.
sacrifice most certainly isn’t banned during Bakrid and whosoever is saying is
not putting the correct picture,” said Rumana Siddiqui the former president of
BJP’s minority cell.
few days back, the Lucknow district administration had announced a ban on camel
sacrifice during Bakrid and the clerics had supported the ban.
assured the DGP that animals banned by the government won’t be sacrificed and
those who violate the order won’t have our support as well. But to say that
qurbani of all animals was banned and justify it by citing religion is plain
mischief,” the Sunni cleric said.
their part, the MRM officials, who had celebrated Bakrid last year by cutting a
goat shaped cake and then followed up by getting Muslims to break their roza
(dawn to dusk fasting) with cow milk in Ayodhya during Eid, stuck to their stand
against animal sacrifice. “God loves all living beings. There is nothing to
justify animal sacrifice. We are Muslims too and believe animal sacrifice
doesn’t have religious sanction,” said Raees Khan, an MRM office bearer.
point didn’t cut much ice with Syed Saif Abbas Naqvi, president of Shia Chand
Committee, either who slammed MRM for trying to divide the community.
sad and highly condemnable,” he said.
Rashtriya Manch (MRM), an RSS-backed outfit, has decided to take out a march
from Lucknow to Ayodhya on September 11 to appeal to Muslims for an amicable
settlement of Ram temple-Babri Masjid dispute.
100 leaders of MRM from across the state are likely to participate in the march
on Lucknow-Faizabad National Highway. During the march, MRM workers will
interact with local Muslims on the route to appeal to them to allow Hindus
build the Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya. They will also distribute
UP-Uttarakhand convener Khursheed Agha said, “We will try to convince Muslims
that Hindus could tell better about birth place of Ram just like we, the
Muslims, could give better information about ‘Mecca Madina’.”
further said that MRM would also tell Muslims about Supreme Court’s recent
opinion regarding settlement of the issue and they will appeal to them to build
a mosque in some other locality with Muslim population. He also said that MRM
will inform the people of the community that idols had been found by ASI at the
disputed site which proves there was a temple.
bhai agar Ayodhya mein Ram mandir nahin banayega to kya Pakistan me banayega?
(If a Hindu doesn’t build a temple in Ayodhya, will he build it in Pakistan?),”
Agha said while speaking to The Indian Express.
tripartite talks, officials promise to find a site for Qabristan
verbal tussle ensued between two groups of Hindus and Muslims when the latter
buried a dead youth from their community in a residential locality on the
outskirts of Kumbakonam on Wednesday.
tripartite talks, the officials promised to find a suitable site for the
Muslims to establish their Qabristan, where they could bury their dead.
Muslims had buried the body of S. Mohammed Riyaz (18) of Alima Nagar on Tuesday
night at a plot in Bismillah Nagar. That was opposed by those living nearby,
mostly being Hindus who opposed burying the dead in a populated residential
reinforcements were posted in the area and talks were held involving the two
groups and the officials. During the talks, the Muslims claimed that they had
purchased the piece of land in 1977 itself but had started using that as a
Qabristan only later after securing permission from the Block Development
Officer in March this year.
on it, they buried the dead and now Hindus were opposing that, they contended.
Hindus pointed out that the Muslim group had purchased the piece of land in the
locality that was once called Teresa Nagar and then renamed it as Bismillah
Nagar. They had told the neighbours that they were purchasing the land for
constructing a marriage hall to which everyone around had happily agreed. But
when they tried to get the area marked as Qabristan, we opposed the move in
2015 itself, the Hindus and others said.
residents also demanded removal of the remains of the buried from the site.
troops Wednesday resorted to mortar shelling at various places along the border
in Nowshera sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district.
Army spokesperson here said, “Pakistani troops initiated small arms, automatics
and mortar fire from 10.35 am along the LoC in Nowshera sector.” He added that
the Army was retaliating “strongly and effectively’’. Sources said Pakistani
troops resorted to firing mortal shells and automatics along the entire stretch
of LoC in Kalsian, Bhawani and Baba Khori for more than three hours.
latest incident of ceasefire violation comes three days after four civilians,
including a woman, were injured at Bandi Chechian and Qasba areas of Poonch in
mortar shelling from across the border. Last week, at a flag meeting with their
Indian counterparts at Chakkan Da Bagh in Poonch, Pakistani troops agreed to
maintain peace and tranquility on the border.
sounded in Kashmir as intel suggests more suicide attacks
have sounded a high alert across Kashmir, especially in Srinagar and around
prominent security force installations, following intelligence inputs that two
fidayeen (suicide) squads were waiting to launch attacks. Police said the two
groups belong to Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and were either holed up on Srinagar
outskirts or somewhere in South Kashmir.
said security installations in Srinagar could be the main targets. They added
the intercepts were picked up during the fidayeen attack on Pulwama’s district
police lines that left eight security personnel dead last week. Three foreign
militants killed in the attack had scribbled on walls at the attack scene
saying JeM’s Afzal Guru Squad had carried out the attack.
terror with religion dangerous, says vice-president Naidu
has no religion, but a “dangerous game” is afoot to link it with one faith or
the other, vice-president Venkaiah Naidu said on Wednesday.
said people will have to guard against such attempts. He also stressed that no
language should be attached with any religion, saying many Hindus speak better
Urdu than Muslims.
who had earlier courted controversies emphasising on the need to learn Hindi,
said no language should be imposed on anyone and that the primary focus should
be on learning mother tongue.
has no religion, let us be clear in our minds. Unfortunately, some people are
connecting terror to this religion or that religion. It is a menace to the
friends want to mix terror with religion so as to confuse the people. It is a
very dangerous game being played by some people outside. We have to be extra
careful. No religion preaches terror,” the Vice-President said.
was delivering the second Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial Lecture at the India
Islamic Cultural Centre here.
who will steer Rajya Sabha proceedings in capacity as its chairman, also warned
legislators against wasting precious time and focus on making good laws.
have to be constructive, not destructive or obstructive. Parliament,
legislatures and other bodies should function effectively to get the best out
of every individual. We should not waste our precious time,” he said.
Parliament or any other legislature may make headline for a day, but the
country loses out in the end, he said.
to Start School During Muslim Religious Observance
in Tajikistan have decided to begin the new school year this Friday, even if
Friday is one of the holiest days for the country’s Muslims.
Education Ministry confirmed to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on Monday that
classes will be held in schools and universities across Tajikistan on September
1. This is the same day as the start of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha, or
“Feast of the Sacrifice,” which takes place over several days.
al-Adha is one of two major religious observances named as public holidays in
Tajikistan’s 1994 constitution. The other is Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim festival
that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
country also observes September 1 as the Day of Knowledge, which marks the
beginning of the school year. Tajik officials said they decided to start the
new school year on this date. But they also chose to give students a public
holiday on Saturday, September 2, to celebrate Eid al-Adha.
in Tajikistan attend school six days a week, including Saturday.
al-Adha is celebrated for three days, so our students will still have an
opportunity to celebrate it on Saturday and Sunday,” the ministry spokesman
decision was supported by imams across Tajikistan, where about nine out of 10
people are Muslim. The religious leaders urged parents to honor the
government’s decision and send their children to school on September 1.
in Tajikistan largely support the country’s secular system of government. In
recent years, Tajik leaders took steps to tighten control over some Islamic
customs as officials warned of the possibility of growing extremism.
hijab head covering and other forms of Islamic clothing are not permitted in
Tajik schools and government offices. Children are mostly barred from praying
in mosques. Other Central Asian states that declared independence from the
Soviet Union have made their own decisions on how to handle Eid al-Adha and the
start of school.
will mark both the religious festival and the first day of school on September
1, but has canceled classes. Instead, schools will hold gatherings to mark
moved the first day of school to September 2 to enable Eid al-Adha
did not need to make changes because September 1 is already a public holiday
held to mark Independence Day.
state media reported that Eid al-Adha would be celebrated with a three-day
public holiday starting on September 2. The country announced an additional
“day off” September 5, to make up for the Sunday that happens during the Eid
police launched a hate crime investigation after anonymous letters threatening
acid attacks were sent to Muslim homes in Bradford.
threatening messages contained images of a sword and St. George's flag, and
read: "Kill scum Muslim [sic]."
letter questioned why Muslim women wore burkas, then vowed to "do acid
attacks on anyone who wears the funny black masks around your square &
Bradford & other places."
letter also said that three supposedly Muslim men, who it called "three of
ur [sic] male pigs," had made advances on four white girls, continuing,
"We know who the three male pigs are they are walking dead pigs."
Yorkshire police said they were taking the threats "extremely
seriously" and had increased patrols in Hanover Square, which is a
predominantly Muslim area in the inner-city.
police added that they were working with the local community to identify and
prosecute the perpetrators.
understand the impact hate crimes and hate incidents can have on our
communities and on individuals, and crimes of this nature will not be
tolerated," the police said.
local Muslims said they were shocked and frightened by the letters.
was shocked. My mom wears a burqa and she goes to town regularly so I was
concerned for her. When I explained it to her she realized the severity of it
and was afraid. You start wondering whether it's safe to go out on their
own," one of the recipients was quoted as saying by The Guardian.
recipient assumed that Muslims could be targeted during the English Defense League
march Saturday, which coincides with the holy Muslim feast of Qurban Bayram
(Feast of Sacrifice), also known as Eid al-Fitr.
could be Friday or Saturday – a lot of times we'll all be out to families,
people go out to restaurants in the town center. There's always that chance
something could happen," he said.
anti-Muslim attacks in the U.K. have increased following deadly terror attacks
in Manchester and London, according to official figures.
attacks have also spiked in the country in recent years. London police say the
number of reported attacks with corrosive liquids rose from 261 in 2015 to 454
in 2016, however such attacks are typically perpetrated on Muslims by other
could have been a beautiful day for the entire Islamic world, but it won't be,
instead, Muslims around the globe will be grieving this Eid al-Adha for their
fellow Muslims in Myanmar being massacred by the country's military.
Myanmar military has renewed its attacks on Rohingya Muslims over the last
weeks, having killed thousands of innocent civilians so far. But the bitter
truth is the world and the European Union in particular is yet to sit up and
take notice of this appalling atrocity.
EU strongly condemns when Daesh attacks a Christian village in Syria and
rightfully so, since killing innocent people, let alone because of their
religious belief, are an outright crime against humanity. So, we must unite and
take a stand against such acts. However, the problem arises when the EU does
not show the same level of sensitivity when thousands of people are killed in
another part of the world, only because they are Muslims.
the Myanmar army killed thousands of Christians, the entire Europe, including
the European Commission, would promptly respond to it, European Parliament
deputies would cut short their vacations, and many of them would issue
statements condemning the massacre. Meanwhile, some would even criticize the
Commission and the EU governments for not taking a proper stance.
the other hand, the EU public and the media, churches, human rights associations
and political parties, despite the ongoing summer break, would hold meetings,
rallies and pray for the lost ones.
Germany, the political parties running election campaigns would not remain
silent. Martin Schulz and Sigmar Gabriel would issue harsh statements while Cem
Özdemir and others would criticize the Merkel government for not taking a firm
stand against the massacre.
none of that is happening at the moment since the ones being massacred this
time are Muslims. The prime ministers of many European countries will sure
issue statements for the Muslims living in their countries. But, these
messages, which are generally full of positive and bright expressions, do not
mean anything to the Muslims living in Europe anymore.
EU's domestic and foreign policies regarding Muslims have failed. In all the
recent election campaigns held in the EU countries, Muslims, Turks, and Turkey
were the victims of a smear campaign while more than 100 mosques have been
vandalized across Europe in recent years.
guess the foreign ministers of the EU countries do not even know the
geographical location of Myanmar. They have not taken a single step regarding
Palestine even though they know its location very well. When Muslims are in
question, both inside and out of Europe, the EU acts like as if it has
forgotten its own values.
this grim and depressing reality, Muslims around the world will spend Eid
al-Adha with a heavy heart. Our only consolation can be the presence of Turkey,
whose solo efforts brought the Myanmar massacre to the United Nations' notice
the afternoon of the terrorist attack in Barcelona, Fatima El Himer, 17, and
her sister Haffssa, 20, had gone shopping in the center of their hometown
Granada. They were about to catch the bus back home when Fatima noticed a group
of Spanish ladies talking about them.
overheard them say that it was a disgrace that we were out here shopping while
in Barcelona people had died because of people like us," she says. "I
was shocked. I had never heard anyone say anything like it before."
sisters were small children when they moved with their parents from Morocco to
Granada. Fatima says she has always felt very welcome. "No one in Spain
ever treated me differently because I wear a hijab. The attacks that happened
in France, Belgium and the United Kingdom over the past few years did not
change that. On the contrary, a lot of people said that they knew these attacks
had nothing to do with me."
something has changed since the August 17 attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils
that left 16 people dead.
the first time in my life I feel uncomfortable when I am out in town. People
look at me in a suspicious way because of the hijab I wear. The other day a
passerby shouted that I should stop hiding things under it," she says.
is not alone. Muslims across Spain have reported an increase in anti-Muslim
sentiment and hate crimes since the Barcelona attacks. Graffiti has appeared on
mosques in Granada, Madrid, Seville and Tarragona that read: "You are
going to die" and "Murderers you will pay for this!"
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days after the attacks, 2,500 Muslims took to the streets of Barcelona to
denounce terrorism. Many of them held banners reading: "Not in my
name" or "Terrorism has no religion." Madrid's Muslim community
held a similar demonstration in a central city square on Friday.
on the rise
their message is not being heard by everyone.
xenophobic storm that has been unleashed on social media is incredible,"
says Mounir Benjelloun, president of the Spanish Federation of Islamic
Religious Entities. "Of course many Spaniards are afraid after what
happened in Barcelona. But right-wing extremist groups have taken advantage of
this fear to disseminate hatred against all Muslims."
Barcelona, which works to eradicate xenophobia in the city, has received a
significantly higher than usual number of reports from Muslims who have been
insulted or threatened on Facebook, according to spokesperson Monica Lopez.
"It's still too early to say what this means for the long term," she
in much of the rest of Europe, far-right parties have not gained a foothold in
Spain. But xenophobic and Islamophobic incidents have increased since the
deadly attack on the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in Paris in January
more: Spain proves sterile ground for far-right parties
time a terrorist attack has been committed somewhere in Europe, the number of
hate incidents against Muslims in Spain has risen immediately," Benjelloun
says. A recent study by Spain's Citizens Platform against Islamophobia found
that the number of Islamophobic incidents had shot up from 49 in 2014 to 567
striking how different Spanish society reacted after the Madrid attacks in
March 2004, when 192 people died, Benjelloun says.
then people knew that the terrorists who committed the attacks had nothing to
do with the Muslim population in Spain itself. Now more and more people seem to
find it difficult to make that differentiation."
El Boudali, 35, the owner of a fruit and vegetable shop in the Madrid
neighborhood of Tetuan, says some of his usual customers have stayed away since
the Barcelona attack. "I don't know what they think," he says.
"That we are all terrorists? But what has happened in Barcelona has
nothing to do with Islam as I know it."
few blocks away, Mohamed Tazet, 47, a Moroccan who owns a butcher shop right in
front of the local mosque spoke of a Moroccan woman who had been attacked in
the subway last week. "Many Moroccan women now fear that something similar
may happen to them."
the rise in Islamophobic incidents, Benjelloun believes most Spaniards are
tolerant people who are aware that the majority of Muslims condemn terror just
as they do: "Look at what happened in Barcelona: The day after the
attacks, a right-wing extremist group demonstrated against Islam in the Ramblas
area, where the attack took place. Local residents blocked the streets to
prevent them from entering the area and chased them away by confronting
Baloch Republican Army militants surrender to security forces
members of the Baloch Republican Army (BRA) surrendered to security forces in
Balochistan on Wednesday, a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public
Relations (ISPR) said.
to the statement, the militants relinquished their weapons and ammunition to
security forces in Balochistan's Noshki area after "an intelligence
effort", the army said.
statement added that among the militants who surrendered were two
"mid-tier" militants identified as Wali Khan, a resident of District
Kohlu and Karghani, a resident of Sui.
39 suspects, including eight Afghans, were apprehended in intelligence-based
operations (IBO) conducted jointly by the Pakistan Rangers, Punjab Police and
intelligence agencies in Lahore, Faisalabad and Islamabad, the ISPR statement
weapons and ammunition were seized from the suburbs of Faisalabad, the
statement added. The IBOs lasted 48 hours.
developments were attributed to the ongoing Opearation Raddul Fasaad.
army had launched Operation Raddul Fasaad in February following a spate of
terror attacks in the country, which claimed more than a hundred lives and left
operation seeks to eliminate the "residual/latent threat of
terrorism", consolidating the gains made in other military operations, and
further ensuring the security of Pakistan's borders.
head’s statement sufficient to proceed with cases against Sharifs, Dar: NAB
The National Accountability Bureau is unlikely to summon all five members of
the Joint Investigation Team constituted by the Supreme Court to probe the
Sharif family’s offshore holdings after Wajid Zia, who led the JIT, recorded on
Wednesday his statement on the remaining cases being investigated by the NAB
bureau is reported to have also dropped the idea of issuing a third and final
summons to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his children and Finance
Minister Ishaq Dar after the ousted premier left for London on Wednesday to see
his ailing wife.
is now set to file four references against the Sharif family and Mr Dar after
Federal Investigation Agency Additional Director Wajid Zia recorded his
statement in the cases pending against them in the Lahore chapter of NAB on
Wednesday,” a NAB official told Dawn.
said the other JIT members — Amer Aziz of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP),
Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) Executive Director Bilal
Rasool, NAB Director Irfan Naeem Mangi, Brig Muhammad Nauman Saeed of the
Inter-Services Intelligence and Brig Kamran Khurshid of the Military
Intelligence — will not be asked to appear before NAB to record their
Zia stayed at the Lahore bureau for more than three hours and recorded his
statement...he also submitted a reply to the questionnaire given to him
regarding the London properties of the Sharif family,” a source told Dawn.
said the Volume 10 of the JIT report that dealt with the mutual legal business
agreements between the Sharif family and different governments also came under
JIT was required to give NAB its input in preparation of the references against
the Sharif family.
to the source, NAB will not summon other five members of the JIT since its head
had provided sufficient details of its investigation into the Sharif family’s
recording the statement of the JIT head, NAB is almost ready to file references
against Nawaz Sharif, his sons Hasan and Husain, daughter Maryam and her
husband Mohammad Safdar and Mr Dar,” he said, adding that since Mr Sharif had
gone to London, NAB had dropped the idea of issuing a final summons to him.
week, the Supreme Court’s monitoring judge (Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan) had allowed
NAB to quiz the JIT members to meet all legal requirements.
Ahsan was nominated the supervisory judge in line with the directives of the
July 28 Panama Papers judgement to monitor and supervise the working of NAB as
well as to oversee the proceedings in the accountability court.
SBP and the SECP had earlier handed over records of the Sharif family’s bank
accounts and companies to NAB. The Federal Board of Revenue has also reportedly
submitted tax returns data of Mr Sharif, his family and Mr Dar.
ousted prime minister’s family and the finance minister have filed review pleas
against the Supreme Court’s July 28 verdict, stating that they would only
appear before NAB once the petitions are decided.
The National Security Committee on Wednesday constituted a working group for
finalising policy recommendations on ties with the United States in the
aftermath of the newly announced US policy on Afghanistan and South Asia.
policy on South Asia was also discussed. The committee decided to set up an
interagency sub-committee to make specific proposals for consideration in the
next meeting of the NSC,” a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office
said after the meeting which discussed “internal and external security
situation and threats and challenges to national security in the evolving
regional and global context”.
quiet review of relations with the US has commenced with the establishment of
the new committee.
National Security Committee (NSC) met for the third consecutive time in as many
weeks and for the second time since President Donald Trump announced his
NSC serves as the principal civil-military coordination forum on foreign policy
and security related matters and met infrequently when Nawaz Sharif was the
committee had at its last meeting given the state’s ‘comprehensive response’ to
the new policy. Reactions have been given by different quarters as well, but a
strategy for dealing with the US is yet to be crafted.
new US policy has asked Pakistan to end alleged terrorist sanctuaries on its
soil and has linked further cooperation to the progress in that direction.
Another point of concern for Pakistan is the greater role being given to India
in Afghanistan and the region at large. Trump’s assertion that Pakistan took
billions of dollars, but was providing safe havens to terrorists was taken in
Islamabad as humiliating and negation of its sacrifices in the fight against
inter-agency committee set up by the NSC would include representatives of
various stakeholders. It would consider the recommendations made by forthcoming
Envoys’ Conference, which has been specially convened for discussing the new
policy; those given by the Senate and the National Assembly, while proposing
the strategy on engagement with the US; and the directions given by the NSC.
Envoys’ Conference, which would be attended by ambassadors from select
missions, is being held from Sept 5 to 7.
By Muhammad Asad Chaudhry
The National Assembly on Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution against the
remarks of United States President Donald Trump about Pakistan, calling the
statement “hostile and threatening”.
House also rejected the claim of NATO Commander in Afghanistan General
Nicholson regarding presence of Taliban Shura in Quetta and Peshawar. Foreign
Minister Khawaja Asif read out the resolution during the NA session, which was
earlier passed unanimously by the Lower House.
House considered Trump’s policy to increase the role of India in Afghanistan,
besides its known support to terrorism and destabilising policies in the
region, as a move highly detrimental for ‘regional stability’. “The move is a
complete failure to understand the ground realities and emerging challenges in
the region,” the resolution maintained.
resolution reiterated Pakistan’s support for India-held Kashmir’s (IHK)
struggle for self-determination. The Lower House condemned the oppression of
the people of IHK by the Indian state.
mentioning the figure of more than $123 billion loss suffered, the National
Assembly rejected the US claim to give billions of dollars to Pakistan in aid.
Condemning the complete US ignorance and lack of respect for Pakistan’s
sacrifices in the war against terrorism, the resolution recalled those 70,000
Pakistani people who became victims of terrorism in the last four decades.
National Assembly members fully acknowledged the sacrifices rendered by the
security forces in counter-terrorism operations and expressed their full
support to the Pakistan Army, Rangers and other law enforcement agencies in the
ongoing operations against terrorists. Rebutting the impression regarding
threats to the security of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons, the resolution declared
that Pakistan had a credible and internationally recognised command and control
system in this regard.
House also urged the government to ‘consider’ postponing diplomatic visits
between Washington and Islamabad, besides suspending cooperation with the US,
specifically the provision of ground and air routes of communication through
Pakistan. The members also urged the government to draw and inform the US of a
blueprint for the dignified return of all Afghan refugees, as well as formulate
economic policies to deal with any situation arising out of the absence of US
NATIONS - Pakistan has called for ensuring effective deployment of UN
peacekeeping missions, their operations relevant to the realities on ground and
well-resourced in order to carry out their tasks of maintaining peace and
security in the world's troubled regions.
lives are at risk of peacekeepers as well as those they are responsible to
protect actual requirements should drive peacekeeping, not narrow cost
considerations," Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan's permanent
representative to the UN, told the Security Council on Tuesday. "Lack of
adequate resources results inevitably in non-implementation of the very
mandates that we fashion for our Blue Helmets," she said in the course of
an open debate on 'peacekeeping operations and sustaining peace'. "We
should be talking about enhancing capabilities, not across the board cuts in
peacekeeping budgets," the Pakistani envoy said in an obvious reference to
the United States' push for reductions in the resources earmarked for UN
missions deployed around the world.
she said, was the pivot on which the dividends of preventive diplomacy were
built on and post-conflict peace and nation building promoted.
one of the world's top troop contributors to UN Peacekeeping over the past six
decades, we can say from our experience and the expertise that we have acquired
the realization of this objective requires mandates with realistic tasks,
flexibility to adapt to changes on the ground and a clear exit strategy,"
Ambassador Lodhi told delegates from around the world.
was a need for a better interface between peacekeeping and peacebuilding
activities, through early engagement of the Peacebuilding Commission as part of
exit and transition strategies, the Pakistani envoy said.
"ominous gap" in peacebuilding strategies was the failure to
comprehend and address the root causes of conflicts, she said. Poverty
eradication, unemployment and socioeconomic development, as well as the
resolution of political disputes, all required more focused attention. "If we are serious about making UN
peacekeeping a catalyst for peace, to empower it to respond effectively to the
conflicts of today and contribute to the overarching goal of sustaining peace,
ground realities rather than political expediency should guide the Council's
decisions," Ambassador Lodhi added. Opening the debate, UN Deputy
Secretary-General Amina Mohammed has said that the nature of today's challenges
requires seamless work across peace and security, human rights and sustainable
operations need clear, realistic and up-to-date mandates, with well-identified
priorities, adequate sequencing and flexibility to evolve over time," Ms
dead in clashes between Syria regime, IS
- Fierce fighting between Syrian government forces and the Islamic State group
has killed 64 combatants in Raqa province over a 24-hour period, a monitoring
group said Wednesday.
clashes come with the army pressing an advance through Raqa, in northern Syria,
towards neighbouring Deir Ezzor, the only remaining province of the war-ravaged
country still in the hands of IS jihadists. The Syrian Observatory for Human
Rights, a Britain-based monitor, said the fighting had claimed the lives of 38
jihadists and 26 pro-regime combatants since Tuesday morning.
takes to 145 the overall death toll in six days of fighting in villages on the
banks of the Euphrates River in the east of Raqa province, near Deir Ezzor.
said in a statement on Tuesday that its members had killed dozens of regime
combatants in “intense fighting lasting hours”.
director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP that the regime was fighting to secure a
foothold in Raqa province “in order to advance in Deir Ezzor”.
jihadists have laid seige to government forces and civilians in the provincial
capital of Deir Ezzor since 2015.
this month, government troops and allied fighters arrived at the outskirts of
Madan, the last IS-held town in the countryside of eastern Raqa province before
IS launched a counterattack last week that pushed the regime forces back, and
fighting has since continued.
Syria army operation in the area, backed by air support from ally Russia, is
separate from the battle for provincial capital Raqa city.
effort to oust IS from the city is being led by the Syrian Democratic Forces, a
US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters.
sources said that a number of civilians that had fled ISIL-held terrorists in
Deir Ezzur were trapped in a vast landmine field planted by the ISIL in Abu
Khashab region in the Southern territories of Hasaka province.
added that 10 civilians were killed and 28 more were wounded in the blasts.
relevant developments in the province a number of civilians were killed in the
US-led fighter jets' attacks on regions in the Southern parts of Hasaka.
US warplanes pounded the village of Kashkash in the Southern parts of
al-Shadadi city in Southern Hasaka, killing 6 civilians, including 2 women.
Rights Watch called Wednesday for an independent enquiry to probe the fate of
thousands of people who have disappeared in Syria's war and to identify mass
Syrian war began in March 2011 when waves of peaceful demonstrations were
repressed by the security forces, eventually leading to an all-out conflict
involving many sides.
than 330,000 people have been killed and millions displaced, but HRW says the
exact number of those missing could not be determined as most detention
facilities were off-limits to outsiders.
independent institution in charge of investigating the fate and whereabouts of
the disappeared, as well as unidentified human remains and mass graves in
Syria, should be created immediately," said HRW.
New York-based rights watchdog issued the appeal in a statement coinciding with
the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances.
year, a team of UN experts raised the alarm over enforced disappearances and
called for the situation to be referred to the International Criminal Court.
will not be able to move forward if negotiations fail to adequately address the
horrors of detention and disappearance," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle
East director at HRW.
should not be ignored. Without progress, each day that passes will likely see
more of the disappeared tortured or executed," she said.
watchdog said the enquiry "should have a broad mandate to investigate,
including by reviewing all official records and interviewing any
of peace activists were arrested during the first years of the Syrian conflict,
and some are still languishing in prisons, according to non-governmental
this month, the death of prominent computer scientist Bassel Khartabil Safadi
was confirmed two years after his execution by the regime.
Arabic-language al-Sumeriyeh news quoted a local well-informed source in Kirkuk
province as saying that ISIL's emir in al-Huweija has asked for talks with the
Iraqi government over militants' safe exit from the town in Central Iraq.
source further told al-Sumeriyeh that the emir's request has fueled fresh waves
of riot and unrest among the ISIL terrorists, adding that some of the
terrorists in al-Huweija have laid down arms and left their positions.
demand came after the Iraqi army captured Mosul and the nearby town of Tal Afar
near the border with Syria.
collapse effectively marked the end of ISIL’s “caliphate”, but the group
remains in control of territory on both sides of the Syrian-Iraqi border, and
of Hawija, a city between Mosul and Baghdad that Iraqi officials say is the
next target. The group is also retreating in Syria, where it is facing separate
offensives by the allied forces of Iran, Syria, Russia and Hezbollah.
More than two million Muslims from around the world began the Hajj pilgrimage
at Islam’s holiest sites Wednesday, a religious duty and an epic multi-stage
year sees pilgrims from Iran return to Makkah in Saudi Arabia after a hiatus
following a diplomatic spat between the regional rivals and a deadly stampede
also comes with the Gulf mired in a major political crisis that has seen
thousands of faithful who would usually make the journey from neighbouring
Qatar stay away.
the esplanade of Makkah’s Grand Mosque, the excitement was palpable as crowds
from all four corners of the world gathered for a pilgrimage that all able
Muslims are required to perform at least once in their lives.
Traore, a public service consultant from Benin, said he was on his 22nd
pilgrimage at the age of 53.
time, there are new emotions,” he said. “There are new innovations for
organising and hosting the pilgrims. Now, for example, the tents are
the simple garb of the pilgrim, the faithful waited at dawn with their
suitcases for buses to take them to Mina five kilometres to the east. There,
hundreds of thousands gathered before setting off on Thursday at dawn to climb
Mount Arafat, the pinnacle of the Hajj.
however, they must perform a ritual walk known as the tawaf seven times around
still have to finish the tawaf!” said a breathless Nour, 30, from Saudi Arabia
as she rushed past without stopping. Sitting on a folding chair in the middle
of the esplanade, Risvana cradled her six-month-old baby who is accompanying
her on the pilgrimage.
planned everything for him,” said the young mother, pointing to a bottle of
water in her bag.
authorities have mobilised vast resources including more than 100,000 security
personnel to avoid a repeat of the stampede in 2015 in which nearly 2,300
people were killed. Iran alone reported 464 deaths – the highest toll among
and Tehran cut ties months later, after the execution of a Shia cleric in Saudi
Arabia sparked attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran.
pilgrims were absent from last year’s Hajj for the first time in decades after
the regional rivals failed to agree on security and logistics. On the esplanade
of the Grand Mosque, Saudi authorities had placed misting fans to take the edge
off the intense heat. On the eve of the first rites of the pilgrimage, the
walkways thronged with people and the smell of musk wafted through the air.
in the shade of trees or reinforced concrete bridges, the faithful waited
patiently for the next call to prayer.
continued their march, protected by a prayer mat or a small umbrella fixed on
the head with an elastic band. Several times throughout the day, well-run teams
of employees, mostly Asian, cleaned the esplanade with jets of water.
the hour for prayer arrived, a young woman sat at a table in an ice cream shop
and prayed, her hands crossed on her knees.
few paces from the Kaaba, Egyptian pilgrim Fatiya Taha could not hide her joy.
army men managed to take back the village of Jubb al-Abyadh and the town of
Tayebeh Dakij East of the town of al-Salamiyah after they pushed terrorists
back from the town of al-Tayebeh.
the Russian and Syrian fighter jets pounded ISIL's movements and positions in
the regions of Akash, Um Meil, Abu Jabilat, Aqayrabat, Northern al-Qastal,
Southern al-Qastal and Central al-Qastal om Eastern Hama, inflicting heavy
casualties on the terrorists.
sources, meantime, reported that ISIL has transferred a number of its militants
to Northern and Southern al-Qastal regions to kill any chances for defection or
surrender to the army by militants.
reports said on Tuesday that the army men clashed with ISIL and drove them out
of the town of al-Tayebeh and several positions overlooking Abu Hakfah hill,
East of Tal (hill) al-Albawi in Eastern Hama.
sources said that eights civilians were killed and several more were wounded in
the US warplanes' raids on Raqqa neighborhoods.
sources further said that death toll is likely to increase due to the critical
conditions of some of those injured in the air assault.
came only a day after 10 civilians, including six men and four women, lost
their lives in US-led air attacks against residential neighborhoods of Raqqa.
so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the victims were all members
of an internally displaced family from the ancient city of Palmyra.
reports said earlier this month that residential areas in the neighborhoods of
Ferdows, al-Badou, al-Thakan, al-Rashid and al-Hana came under heavy attack by
the US fighter jets and SDF's artillery units, leaving 8 civilians, including
children and women, dead and 12 more wounded.
coalitions air and artillery attacks also hit the streets of al-Basel,
al-Kanisah and Tal Abyadh in Raqqa and part of the train station near the city,
leaving 16 civilians dead and 7 more wounded.
de Mistura Special Envoy for Syria, praised Saudi efforts to unify the Syrian
opposition, on Wednesday.
UN envoy said, although the violence continues in Syria, efforts are also made
to reduce it, pointing out to a significant decline in the level of violence in
Mistura said a meeting for the parties involved in the Syrian conflict is set
to be held in Geneva next October.
stressed that the Syrian regime must be aware that it needs to engage in
serious and genuine negotiations, as opposed to the tendency of the Syrian
regime to pursue a military solution.
O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, urged the
conflicting parties in Syria to protect civilians and the infrastructure.
added that although the aerial bombardment is less since the signing of the
truce agreement in Idlib, the situation is still worrying.
2 million people are expected to travel across the globe to eat, sleep and pray
in unison from Wednesday, as the annual Islamic pilgrimage of Hajj gets
underway in Mecca.
billions of Muslims who are physically and financially able, Hajj is a
mandatory act of worship. But the religious celebration also has a substantial
impact on the environment.
aware worshippers say that should be reduced, while inspiring Muslims to adopt
a greener lifestyle.
is all about living lightly and centring yourself around God,” 28-year-old
pilgrim Shanza Ali told the Thomson Reuters Foundation from Mecca in Saudi
Arabia. “We make many journeys in our life, and we go to many places, but this
is the only journey that’s physical, mental and spiritual,” said Ali, who is
chair of UK-based group Muslim Climate Action.
has found many similarities between Hajj’s message of simplicity and being
environmentally conscious, and has tried to minimize her own carbon footprint
and waste during the pilgrimage, which lasts for at least six days and takes
worshippers to a series of holy sites in Saudi Arabia.
which predates Islam and is traced by Muslims to the monotheistic figure
Abraham, is now the world’s largest annual gathering of Muslims. Saudi Arabia
stakes its reputation on its guardianship of the faith’s holiest sites.
Husna Ahmad, author of “The Green Guide for Hajjj”, Muslims are doctrinally
required to be stewards of the Earth.
climate change is no longer about preserving the planet for future generations
as its effects are evident now, she said.
majority of Muslims live outside Saudi Arabia and could collectively influence
the greening of the sacred rituals, she added.
power is something that people need to think about in terms of flights, what
they take, what they wear, the rubbish they throw, plastic bottles and all
those sorts of things. We have to be conscious of that,” she told the Thomson
need to move away from a fast, disposable society, she added, with Hajj being
the potential start of that journey.
recent years, Saudi Arabia has taken steps to green the Hajj, such as setting
quotas for pilgrim numbers and developing the Mecca metro system to limit
Saudi Green Building Forum, a Riyadh-based non-governmental group recognized by
the United Nations, has recently been tasked with auditing green efforts in
Medina, the country’s second holy city where the Prophet Mohammad is buried and
a site visited by millions of pilgrims.
secretary-general Faisal Alfadl said his team will measure the green
credentials of the holy cities of Mecca, Medina and others against
international guidelines on energy use, waste, water, transport and human
now realise it is politically and culturally incorrect not to respect the
environment, said Alfadl.
have moved forward,” he said, noting a shift in the public mood from desert
Bedouins to city dwellers on the importance of protecting the environment, with
the focus now on action rather than simply raising awareness.
traditional practices could help - for example, sharing water among pilgrims
from a communal source, which was common before plastic bottles became
the white marble stones surrounding the central cube-shaped Kaaba building in
Mecca naturally prevent the heat-island effect found in other urban areas,
may not be at the top of pilgrims’ minds, but Muslims have a duty to recognise
the creator of the environment and reflect on Islamic teachings not to harm
animals, waste water or cut down trees unnecessarily, said Fatima Ragie of
Green Deen South Africa, a Muslim environmental network.
who completed Hajj in 2009, urged greater efforts once the pilgrimage ends -
for instance, ensuring food is not wasted when millions of animals are
slaughtered, marking Abraham’s near sacrifice of his son and the start of the
mosques and Muslim leaders should also speak up about climate change and the
environment, she said.
the message home
Bangladesh to North Africa, climate change is a reality for many Muslims, as
floods and droughts fuel instability and conflict, said Nana Firman, who
participated in the U.N. climate talks in Morocco last year for the Global
Muslim Climate Network.
lot of people feel like they don’t know what to do, so it’s really important
that we engage (them),” she said.
- which has the world’s largest Muslim population, according to the Pew
Research Center - has launched initiatives, from a phone app showing pilgrims
how to enjoy a green Hajj, to offsetting carbon emissions from flights by
planting trees, and limiting the number of times each person canundertake the
pilgrimage, said Firman.
urged Hajj pilgrims to “reflect and make a change in their lives when they go
back, and care more for the environment”.
Ali prepares herself to undertake the challenging pilgrimage in the Gulf heat
with her husband and mother, the natural environment offers a way for her to
draw closer to God.
secretary general of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, Seyyed Hassan
Nasrallah, has dismissed claims that Hezbollah and the Lebanese government were
exposing Iraq to greater security risks by evacuating hundreds of terrorists
from the Lebanon-Syria border to areas near the Iraqi border in Syria.
Lebanese media released a statement by Nasrallah on Wednesday where the
Hezbollah chief sought to assuage concerns in the Iraqi government about a deal
earlier this week between the Lebanese army and Daesh, saying the evacuation of
Daesh members and their families to Syria’s Dair al-Zawr province, which came
in exchange for the bodies of nine Lebanese soldiers, could not pose threats to
security in western Iraqi territories.
said in the statement that the Daesh members who had been evacuated from
Lebanon to Syria’s east were “defeated elements” and had no further thrust to
fight, adding that some 310 terrorists could not “change the equation” in an
area that is believed to be home to tens of thousands of Daesh operatives.
Lebanese army launched a long-anticipated battle on August 8 to clear its
border regions from Daesh. Hezbollah and the Syrian army also contributed to
the battle on the other side of the border in Syria. The fight ended when the
terrorists were encircled in a small strip of land and accepted to locate
bodies of nine abducted Lebanese soldier in return for the evacuation of
members to a Daesh stronghold in eastern Syria.
nearly six years now, Hezbollah has been assisting Syria’s government in the
fight against terrorists in a bid to prevent a spillover of violence into
Lebanon. The group launched an operation last month to recapture areas from
other terror groups in Lebanese regions near the Syrian border.
said in his Wednesday statement that Iraqi officials were wrong by claiming
that the Lebanese had spread the Lebanon-based militancy to areas near Iraq’s
border in Syria, adding that the Daesh operatives originally from Syria and
Lebanon in fact returned them to the areas that they had belonged to.
KHAAMA PRESS - Thu Aug 31 2017
prominent commander of the Haqqani terrorist network who was leading a group of
at last fifty insurgents was killed during an operation in central Logar
province of Afghanistan.
Ministry of Interior of Afghanistan in a statement confirmed that the commander
of the terror network was killed late on Tuesday night.
statement further added that the slain Haqqani network commander has been
identified as Mawlavi Abdul Rahman who was also famous as Mullah Qand.
to MoI, the operation that led to the killing of Mullah Qand was conducted in
the vicinity of Kharwar district by the Special Unit of the Afghan national
anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban and Haqqani network
have not commented regarding the report so far.
Afghan and US officials saying that the leadership councils of the notorious
Haqqani terrorist network having links with the Taliban are based in Peshawar,
Quetta, and other parts of Pakistan and the terror network is involved in some
of the largest attacks in the country, including the ones on US forces.
Afghan officials earlier said that the deadly explosion near the embassy of
Germany in Kabul was plotted by the Haqqani network in Pakistan, although the
leaders of the network and the Taliban have rejected their role in the
devastating attack that killed over one hundred and fifty people.
Raziq Calls For Nationwide Campaign Against Taliban
Police Chief Gen. Abdul Raziq has called for a nationwide campaign against the
Taliban who he believes are the puppets of other countries.
to TOLOnews, Raziq said that there should be a difference between those who are
educated at schools or madrasas, religious schools, and the Taliban group which
“kill the people and destroy public infrastructures”.
are terrorists,” he said, referring to the Taliban.
terrorists are the slaves of Pakistan; they are also the slaves to Russians and
Iran, the slave of China and other countries. They are only the killers of the
people of Afghanistan. We cannot give them the name of Taliban ( which means
learners) on them (Taliban group),” the police chief said. “Again, I repeat
that they (Taliban) are the killers of Afghans and they are terrorists;
therefore, all Afghans should fight a Jihad (holy war) against the Taliban.”
said Taliban is trying to tarnish the image of Islam by attacking mosques,
schools and other public places.
Islam orders to kill children? But the Taliban are doing this. Who allows them
to come to mosques and carry out explosions? But they conduct explosions at
mosques, at schools, at cemeteries and at shrines. Even copies of the Holy
Quran were burnt by them. These acts have nothing to do with Islam. These acts
are conducted to tarnish the image of Islam,” he said.
to him, the Taliban is not fighting for Islam and instead pursue their
kind of service is this? Mullah Omar’s son asks Russia for ammunitions to kill
the Afghans. Does Islam allows this,” he asked.
leader Mullah) Hebatullah also gets weapons from Russia and Iran to kill his
own people; therefore, we need to declare Jihad against them and it is our
obligation,” he added.
the rift in the political front and government, Gen. Abdul Raziq said
government is in a critical situation, adding that the heads of the
administration should fix their issues and stabilize Afghanistan.
20 or 30 percent of problems are from within government… Both the leaders
(President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah) have about 20 or
30 percent problems, but they resolve their issues by discussions, because
vacuum within government only benefits the enemy,” he said.
rejected accusations around violation of human rights by him and the soldiers
under his command.
killers who massacre our people, those who are the slaves of Pakistan and
Russians and kill our people, bearing mercy on them is an act of oppression
against the country,” said Abdul Raziq.
they kill our people and soldiers, don’t they have human rights, aren’t they
human, don’t they belong to this country,” he asked, referring to Taliban’s
attacks against Afghans.
also criticized the US and NATO for not taking solid action against terrorists’
safe havens and training camps outside Afghanistan.
casted doubts over the leadership of the war over the past fifteen years by the
least 18,500 Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh since fighting erupted in
Myanmar's neighbouring Rakhine state six days ago, the International
Organization for Migration said Wednesday.
of smoke billowed from several burning villages in the worst-hit section of the
state, according to an AFP reporter on a government-led trip to the area, as
the violence showed little sign of abating despite security sweeps by Myanmar's
police and troops.
streets of Maungdaw -- northern Rakhine's largest town -- were virtually
deserted as fires flickered among charred remains of houses and the occasional
burst of gunfire echoed in the distance.
clashes began on Friday after militants from Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority
community staged deadly surprise raids on police posts.
least 110 people, including 11 state officials, have been confirmed dead and
thousands of Rohingya have poured across the border to Bangladesh despite
Dhaka's attempts to stop them.
of last night, 18,500 people have come across," Chris Lom, the IOM's
Asia-Pacific spokesman, told AFP, adding an unknown number were still stuck on
the Myanmar side of the border.
estimated 6,000 Rohingya on Tuesday massed at the "zero line" border
with Bangladesh, days after the area came under mortar and machine gun fire by
Myanmar security forces.
Rohingya, the world's largest stateless minority and subject to severe
restrictions on their movements, are barred from officially crossing.
authorities on Wednesday toughened patrols in a bid to prevent more arrivals in
a country that already hosts an estimated 400,000 Rohingya, albeit in abject
have sneaked across the land border in large number or swum the Naf River which
marks part of the frontier.
tragedy befell some of them. The bodies of two Rohingya women and two children
washed up on Bangladeshi soil on Wednesday, an official there told AFP, drowned
after their rickety boat capsized.
Fight and flight -
the dead and displaced are also ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and other tribal
groups, who say they are being targeted by Rohingya militants.
ethnic Buddhist men were found stabbed to death early Wednesday in Maungdaw,
which is under curfew, Ye Htut, the town's district chief told AFP.
information trickling out, a picture has emerged of a cat-and-mouse game
between militants and security forces played out in remote hamlets, fields and
office of de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi said militants have repeatedly
detonated homemade explosives and attempted to firebomb police posts and ambush
classes the militants as "Bengali terrorists" and blames them for
setting fire to both their own and other community's houses.
arriving in Bangladesh have told a different story, saying their homes had been
set on fire by security forces and Buddhist mobs.
are running away... where do we have to live now?" one Rohingya from a
village near Maungdaw told AFP by phone, speaking on condition of anonymity.
was not immediately possible to verify his account.
Maximum restraint? -
has been beset by religious violence since 2012.
say the emergence of organised militancy is a game-changer in an already
Rohingya reaching Bangladesh have told AFP some men are heeding a call to arms
by the militants and staying behind to fight in their villages.
Arakan Rohingya Solidarity Army (ARSA) claims its men launched Friday's
surprise attacks on police posts, killing 11 state officials, with knives,
homemade explosives and a few guns.
years in which the Rohingya largely avoided violence, the group emerged last
October to carry out deadly attacks on police posts.
prompted a months-long security crackdown by Myanmar's army which left scores
dead and forced 87,000 people to flee to Bangladesh.
UN believes those operations may have amounted to ethnic cleansing of the
Rohingya -- allegations denied by the army.
Sunday Pope Francis led mounting international calls for the protection of
"our Rohingya brothers".
UN has also urged Myanmar to protect civilians during its operations and called
on Bangladesh to allow the displaced into its territory.
pressure mounting, a Myanmar government official on Tuesday said security
forces would use "maximum restraint" in coming days but insisted on
the country's right to defend itself from "terrorists".
groups say the reports of Rohingya villages being torched fit the
counter-insurgency playbook of Myanmar's army.
Militant group ISIS on Wednesday claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on
the home of a powerful member of parliament in the eastern Afghan city of
Jalalabad that killed two security guards and both attackers.
assault targeted the house of Zahir Qadir, deputy speaker of parliament and a
member of a prominent political family long opposed to both the Taliban and
Islamic State, which is based largely in eastern Nangarhar province.
said the guards were killed when one attacker detonated a suicide vest. The
other attacker was shot dead immediately.
a statement on its Amaq news agency, Islamic State said two of its fighters had
attacked the house.
in Islamabad are concerned regarding the possible blocking of the transit route
to Central Asia and Europe by the Afghan government, it has been reported.
concerns have been shared by the authorities in Islamabad amid deteriorating
diplomatic ties between the two neighbors.
within the Pakistani government have said the step could be taken due to the
Convention on the Contract for International Carriage of Goods by Road (CMR)
not accepted by the two countries so far.
sources quoted by the local media have further added that Pakistan is a signatory of the ECO Transit Transport
Framework Agreement (TTFA) and even by accepting the CMR convention in the
absence of Afghanistan would prevent the country to use the Afghan route to to
member states of the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) and European
to the reports, China has already intervened so that an agreement is signed to
resolve the issue but the sources are saying that Afghanistan was hesitant and
demanded inclusion of India in the agreement.
the meantime, the sources saying that the authorities in Pakistan are demanding
immediate steps to resolve the issue amid a steady drop in the exports of the
former Afghan President Hamid Karzai strongly reacted at the recent civilian
deaths in the hands of the Taliban and ISIS insurgents as well as the alleged
Office of the former President in a statement said Tuesday that once again the
ordinary civilians including children lost their lives or were wounded in US
airstrike in Bakhtabad area of Shindand district on Monday.
statement further added that some ordinary civilians were killed in a similar
airstrike in Chahardara district of northern Kunduz province.
days ago in Kabul’s Imam Zaman mosque inflicted casualties to the civilians
including women and children, Karzai said, adding that on Tuesday a suicide
attack once again inflicted casualties to the civilians in Kabul.
further added that the civilians are one day killed in the cities from the
address of ISIS and Taliban while the other day they are killed in the villages
under the pretext of the fight against Taliban and ISIS and the killing of the
to Karzai, the latest killings of the civilians prove that the Afghans are
being killed by the foreigners and a foreign cause.
NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan rejected the claims by the
Taliban insurgents regarding the downing of a coalition helicopter in central
Logar province of Afghanistan.
spokesman for the alliance Bob Purtiman said “The Taliban’s claim to have shot
down a U.S. helicopter in Logar province is false.”
said “A helicopter did make a precautionary landing for maintenance issue. The
aircraft has been successfully recovered.”
is among the relatively volatile provinces in central Afghanistan where the
Taliban insurgents are actively operating in some its districts and often
carryout insurgency activities.
is not the first time the group has made a claim regarding the downing of an
aircraft belonging to the coalition but in the past the group has made several
such claims which have been rejected by the alliance.
the meantime, reports regarding the precautionary landing of the helicopter in
Logar province come as the US forces are mulling to increase their operations
Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday chaired a high level meeting in ARG Palace
amid persistent tense situation along the Durand Line.
Office of the President, ARG Palace, in a statement said the meeting was also
attended by the special representative of the UN secretary general to
statement further added that President Ghani that relentless shelling along the
Durand Line has sparked a human crisis in the area>
Ghani further added that the government of Afghanistan has serious steps to be
taken in this regard and urged the United Nations immediate and serious
attention regarding the issue.
meeting also focused on the issues of the residents of the areas affected by
the relentless shelling and said immediate humanitarian aid and support are
meeting concluded with the recommendations to jointly form a team consisting of
representatives of the United Nations and the Afghan government to further
discuss the issue.
eastern provinces of Afghanistan lying along the Durand Line, specifically the
eastern Kunar, Nuristan, and Nangarhar provinces regularly come under artillery
shelling which started more than three years ago.
says IS battle in 'final stages'
President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday a three-month battle against Islamic
State group supporters occupying parts of a southern city was in its
gave his assessment shortly after government troops secured a vital bridge in
Marawi city, allowing them easier access into areas being held by the
are in the final stages. So let us send immediately, even air-lift, the
police," to Marawi, Duterte said in the capital Manila, about 800
kilometres (500 miles) to the north of the battle zone.
gunmen occupied parts of Marawi, the Islamic capital of the mainly Catholic
Philippines on May 23, triggering a battle that the military says has left
almost 800 people dead.
fighting, which has included a US-backed air campaign against the militants,
has destroyed large parts of Marawi.
and security analysts have said the militants carried out the assault in an
effort to establish a Southeast Asian base for IS.
on Wednesday warned that, even with the Marawi battle over, the militants could
still launch attacks elsewhere in the Philippines, particularly in the
strife-torn south where the country's Muslim minority is based.
southern regions of the Philippines have long been troubled by armed Muslim
bands including separatist guerrillas and outlaws, some of whom have gravitated
said other southern cities with large Muslim populations, including his
hometown of Davao, were vulnerable. He said Manila might also be a target.
imposed martial law across the southern third of the Philippines immediately
after the militants occupied parts of Marawi to combat the security threat.
before Duterte spoke, soldiers in Marawi secured the Mapandi bridge, a vital
supply route which had once been menaced by militant snipers and
Targets Chinese Visitors With Halal Tourism Promotion
The Ministry of Tourism will hold halal sales mission events in Beijing,
Yinchuan and Xi'an on Sept. 4-7, it said in a statement on Saturday (26/08).
Gde Pitana, deputy for foreign tourism marketing development at the ministry,
said the three cities were chosen because the Muslim populations of Beijing and
Yinchuan are quite large, while Xi'an was the first city in China where Islam
halal tourism industry is growing, as witnessed by several awards from the
World Halal Travel Awards bestowed on several regions in the archipelago, such
as Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara, West Sumatra and Aceh.
won awards for the World's Best Halal Destination and the World's Best Halal
Honeymoon Destination in 2015. Last year, West Sumatra won the World's Best
Halal Destination and World's Best Halal Culinary awards, while Aceh took home
the World's Best Cultural Halal Destination award.
are what we will offer in the sales mission, as well as other destinations,
such as Jakarta, Bali and Batam," Pitana said.
compiled by the ministry shows that halal tourism increased 15.5 percent in the
2013-2016 period, while last year, the number of tourists from China also rose
by 27 percent to 1,452,971.
100 Days, Philippine Army Says 'Last Stand' Near for Marawi Fighters
One hundred days after militants loyal to Islamic State took over parts of a
southern Philippine city, the military is confident the end is in sight for
what has been its biggest security crisis in years.
a lightning strike on May 23 on Marawi City, the Dawla Islamiya rebel alliance
has held out against daily artillery bombardment and air strikes by jets and
bombers, and its snipers remain placed in the rubble of the city's business
now, says Romeo Brawner, deputy commander of the military's Marawi task force,
rebel-held areas are shrinking, and there are signs the fighters are low on
food and ammunition, and starting to flag.
the Marawi siege is going to be over within the next few weeks," he told
strength continues to decline. We are inflicting casualties on them almost
military has, however, missed repeated targets and deadlines to crush the
rebels, whose strength and resolve it accepts it has under-estimated. The
conflict in the southern region of Mindano has displaced hundreds of thousands
of people and killed nearly 800 by government count - 133 soldiers and police,
45 civilians and an estimated 617 militants.
say they fear the bodies of many more civilians could be in the rubble of the
lakeside city. Estimates of civilians trapped in the fighting at one point were
over 2,000, although authorities say 1,728 have been rescued.
Red Cross says it is investigating the whereabouts of 179 missing people.
protracted occupation has heightened concerns that Islamic State's radical
ideology may have gained a deeper foothold in the southern Philippines than was
previously imagined, and raised questions about whether the military can
contain a wider rebellion.
presence of foreigners among the fighters is fanning fears that Mindanao could
become a draw for extremists from Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, and those
being pushed out of Syria and Iraq.
forces chief Eduardo Ano said strategic gains had been made against the
Islamist militants in the past week, including retaking the police headquarters
and the city's central mosque.
routes in and out of Marawi had been sealed off, he said on Tuesday, and the
hard core of about 50 rebels were preparing for their "last stand"
and would have to decide whether to surrender, or be martyred.
our main goal: No way out, no way in," Ano said.
they want to go to heaven as they declared, we will give them the chance."
Marawi fighting has been the biggest security crisis of the presidency of Rodrigo
Duterte, who declared martial law in Mindanao until the end of the year, and
has urged lawmakers to approve funds to beef up the army by 20,000 troops.
Wednesday (30/08), he said the conflict was by no means "the beginning and
the end" of an extremism problem that stemmed from decades of separatist
say the ability of two hardline groups from different parts of Mindanao - the
relatively new Maute group, and the more established Abu Sayyaf - to carefully
plan each step of the takeover of a city illustrates the ease in which
extremists could organize and rally around Islamic State's agenda.
military says key to countering that will be whether it can kill or capture the
main leaders, who it believes are still inside a conflict zone of about half a
square kilometer in size.
challenge will be securing what are believed to be dozens of hostages. Failure
to do that could be a disaster for a military already criticized for the
massive destruction caused by air strikes that have had mixed results. In two
instances, the bombs have hit ground troops.
said the reason why the battle had gone on so long was because of the
government's desire to keep hostages safe and to avoid bombing a mosque where
rebel leaders were believed to be taking shelter.
would have just created more animosity and outright hostility against the
government," he said.
Biazon, a former lawmaker and military chief, said that after Marawi is
retaken, the government should seek more than a military solution and try to
stop rebels from regrouping, by targeting recruitment and tackling radical
ideology at the grassroots level.
the community support, and it will not last long. This should be the primary
effort," Biazon said.
LUMPUR (AFP) - Hundreds of protesters demonstrated in Malaysia on Wednesday
(Aug 30) in support of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority after renewed
violence forced thousands to flee the country.
fighting broke out in Rakhine state last week between security forces and
Rohingya militants after the militants staged raids on police posts.
violence is still raging, and at least 110 people are so far confirmed dead
while at least 18,500 Rohingya have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh, according
to the International Organization for Migration.
in Rakhine often prompts anger in Muslim-majority Malaysia. On Wednesday about
1,000 protesters - most of whom were believed to be Rohingya - gathered near a
major road in Kuala Lumpur calling for an end to violence against the minority.
of the demonstrators wept and claimed that their families were being killed,
while others waved banners that read "Stop Rohingya genocide" and
demonstration was peaceful but about 20 protesters were arrested for alleged
smaller protest was also held outside the Myanmar embassy.
are demanding (Myanmar) stops this violence against the Rohingya," said
Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid, leading the embassy group.
are almost 60,000 Rohingya refugees in Malaysia, according to the United
Nations, where they form part of a large workforce of immigrants doing
low-skilled jobs spurned by locals in the relatively affluent country.
LUMPUR, Aug 31 ― Several ethnic Indian leaders have called for more
representatives from their community on Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) presidential
council, but insisted this would not mirror Barisan Nasional’s (BN) racial
Deputy Chief Minister II Prof P. Ramasamy, who is from DAP, suggested talks
with Indian leaders from PH rather than approaching Indian rights group
Hindraf, who reportedly met Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) chairman Tun
Dr Mahathir Mohamad to talk about joining PH and contesting the 14th general
is not BN, but it is important to recognise groups and communities that have
been left out. Recognition of differences does not render PH racial,” Ramasamy
told Malay Mail Online.
noted that PPBM and Parti Amanah Negara “are not exactly multiracial parties”,
and non-Malays are only represented in PKR and DAP.
PH presidential council’s top three posts of chairman, president and de facto
leader are filled by Malays ― Dr Mahathir, and PKR couple Datuk Seri Dr Wan
Azizah Wan Ismail and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, respectively.
the seven deputies and vice-presidents are also mostly Malays, with two Chinese
representatives from the Chinese-dominant DAP. DAP’s M. Kulasegaran, as PH
treasurer, is the sole Indian representative on the council.
with full voting rights in the Malay-dominant PPBM is limited to the
Bumiputera; non-Bumiputera may join as associate members who are not allowed to
vote or to run for office within the party although they may be appointed to
certain party positions.
membership in Amanah is not limited to Muslims, the party states in its vision
that it aims to be the main Muslim party in Malaysia and its constitution
requires both its president and deputy president to profess a “profound
understanding of and commitment towards Islam”.
vice-president Dr Xavier Jayakumar told Malay Mail Online the PH presidential
council has said it will look into increasing Indian representation in its
have been given assurances that they see the need to have more Indians in terms
of representation,” he said.
asked if the PH presidential council should also add representatives from the
Orang Asli community as well as from Sabah and Sarawak ethnic groups, Dr Xavier
said the focus should be on resolving problems of minority groups and not
necessarily appointing representatives as a “showpiece”.
would prefer that I have a Malay leader or a leader of Pakatan Harapan that
recognises problems faced by the minority, like Indians, Orang Asli, Kadazans
and Ibans and all that, and whether there will be some concerted effort to
approach this problem,” said the Seri Andalas assemblyman.
said that he and Charles Santiago from the DAP are currently organising a
roadshow in a few states to look at issues facing the Indian community, with
the first held in Kuala Lumpur last Saturday.
had a whole list of things that Indian grassroots think should be done. The
leadership should take it up and say this is what we want to address in the
manifesto,” said Dr Xavier.
Santiago admitted there was public perception that PH was not addressing the
you see pictures, you see Mahathir, DAP's face. Where is the Indian face?” he
told Malay Mail Online.
Klang MP warned PH that the Indian electorate would hold the deciding vote in
three-cornered fights in the general election, pointing out that current polls
showed the community bordering slightly more than half in support for the
federal Opposition coalition.
when the elections are called, the numbers can go down,” Santiago said.
he also cautioned the PH leadership not to go by former prime minister Dr
jump into another BN, where you have Indians representing Indians, Chinese
representing Chinese and Malays representing Malays.”
added that Hindraf was no longer relevant to Indians due to “major compromises”
taken by the movement’s leaders over the years.
central leadership council member Latheefa Koya said the current PH leadership
structure was not satisfactory in relation to Indians.
position is perceived as tokenism. We have other Indian leaders who are
prominent in taking up issues that particularly affect Indians.
strange when none of this talent, which is well-known to the Indian voters, has
[a] place in the structure. Why this limited structure?” she told Malay Mail
LUMPUR, Aug 30 — Forty-four ethnic Rohingya were detained by police today for
holding an illegal protest gathering in front of the Tabung Haji (TH) building
in Jalan Tun Razak, here.
Lumpur police chief, Datuk Amar Singh Ishar Singh said they were detained for
trying to create provocation when police ordered them to disperse.
said over 1,000 ethnic Rohingya had gathered here since 8am to march to the
Myanmar embassy in Jalan Ampang Hilir to hand over a memorandum protesting
against the atrocities and killing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
group is believed to have come from all over Malaysia by bus, with the travel
arrangement made by the Rohingya themselves, to hand over the memorandum.
after handing over the memorandum, they still gathered around and some acted
aggressively, forcing the Federal Reserve Unit to detain them,” said Amar Singh
when met at the TH grounds.
Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 does not allow foreigners to hold any protest
demonstration or gathering in this country,” he added.
of protesters demonstrated in Malaysia on Wednesday in support of Myanmar's
Rohingya Muslim minority after renewed violence forced thousands to flee the
in Rakhine often prompts anger in Muslim-majority Malaysia. On Wednesday about
1,000 protesters -- most of whom were believed to be Rohingya -- gathered near
a major road in Kuala Lumpur calling for an end to violence against the
smaller protest was also held outside the Myanmar embassy.
Vice President Atiku Abubakar has advised Muslims to reclaim the religion which
is being hijacked by violent extremists whose atrocities portray Islam in bad
chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) gave the advice on Wednesday
in his Sallah message to Muslims on the occasion of the Eid el Kabir
former Vice President, who wished his fellow Muslims a happy and hitch free
celebration, said protecting the image of Islam is the greatest challenge
facing the Muslim faithful today in the light of the activities of extremists
who are bent on destroying every humane virtue of the religion.
voiced sadness that the activities of the violent extremists have economically
destroyed the North in particular, the Northeast and disrupted its social life.
“As a citizen of the Northeast, I have a
firsthand experience of the impact of terrorism on our people's daily lives,”
Waziri Adamawa called for rigorous scrutiny and vigilance to guard against the
influence of extremism, including exposing innocent students and followers to
their virulent ideas.
also advised parents to be wary of letting their children follow any preacher
and thereby, falling victims of indoctrination, warning that poisonous ideas
are as destructive as a bomb.
also called on Muslims to show increased commitment to peaceful coexistence and
tolerance in line with the demands of the Muslim faith and Nigeria's complex
to him, love and peace should not only be preached, but must also be put into
practice for the sake of sustaining the peace in our land.
former Vice President advised Nigerians to eschew religious bigotry, and
condemned politicians who use ethnic and religious sentiments to gain power.
to him, identity politics founded on religious loyalties rather than competence
and commitment to unity is a threat to our democracy and progress.
U.S. Indicts Radical Cleric Over Links With Al Shabaab
radical Muslim cleric who was convicted of stirring up racial hatred in Britain
was indicted Friday in New York on charges of recruiting potential terrorists.
Abdullah el-Faisal was arrested in Jamaica, where he had been deported a decade
Ministry of National Security said el-Faisal was arrested in the capital of
Kingston and taken to his house in the nearby parish of St. Catherine, where
police executed a search warrant.
in Jamaica said el-Faisal is scheduled to appear later in court, although they
did not provide a date. He is expected to be extradited to New York after his
court appearance in Jamaica.
was arrested after a monthslong sting carried out by an undercover New York
Police Department officer who communicated with him by email, text and video
to the Manhattan district attorney, el-Faisal offered to help the undercover
officer travel to the Middle East and join fighters with the Islamic State
not clear if el-Faisal has an attorney.
53-year-old el-Faisal was born Trevor William Forrest in Jamaica.
authorities had long been concerned about him, fearing that he would emerge as
a recruiter of marginalized, disaffected youth in Jamaica.
to Christian parents, he converted to Islam as a teenager and later left
Jamaica for religious study. He preached in London mosques, delivering sermons
that advocated war with Jews, Hindus and other groups and the use of chemical
weapons to exterminate nonbelievers.
way forward is the bullet," he said in one recorded message.
talks got renewed attention after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. In 2003,
he was convicted under of a seldom-used British law for inciting murder. After
his release from prison in 2007, he was deported to Jamaica.
Islamic Council of Jamaica, which had banned el-Faisal from preaching in the
country's mosques because of his inflammatory sermons, said it was not
affiliated with el-Faisal and had no information regarding his arrest.
was subsequently ejected from Kenya after a trip there in 2009 because of
suspicions of encouraging young men to join an Islamic extremist group in
Somalia. He was then deported to Jamaica again in early 2010.
diplomatic cables, first obtained and released by WikiLeaks, U.S. officials
said he or his associates had been linked with several suspected terror plots.
District Attorney Cyrus Vance said el-Faisal "has dedicated his life to
will give Nigeria aid worth £200 million over five years to help it cope with
the brutal insurgency being waged by Boko Haram jihadists, the foreign ministry
in London has said. Foreign Minister Boris Johnson visited Maiduguri, the
capital of Nigeria’s northeast Borno State and epicentre of the Boko Haram
organisation, to meet some of those involved in the fight.
Islamist militant group has increasingly used child suicide bombers and
targeted civilians in its eight-year insurgency which has left at least 20,000
dead and displaced more than 2.6 million. “In Maiduguri I met casualties of Boko
Haram violence, including bomb and gunshot victims, and saw for myself the
displacement of people that brutality and poverty have created,” Johnson said
in a statement yesterday.
£200 million ($260 million, 220 million euros) will help supply food to 1.5
million people facing famine as a result of the bloody insurgency, while
providing treatment for 120,000 children at risk of malnutrition and assisting
100,000 children with education needs.
military teams will also continue to help prepare Abuja’s security forces for
counter-insurgency operations, having already helped to train 28,500 Nigerian
personnel. The uprising by Boko Haram, which is seeking to impose hardline
Islamic law in Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north, has included a campaign of civilian
families are refusing to bury the bodies of 10 loved ones, including three
children, until the government takes responsibility for killing them in a
U.S.-backed military raid, officials said on Sunday.
ten were shot dead when Somalia's army, supported by U.S. troops, carried out
an operation in Bariire village, about 50 km (30 miles) from the capital on
Nur, the deputy governor of the surrounding Lower Shabelle region, told Reuters
the bodies would be stored until the government pays compensation - a
particularly jarring action in a Muslim culture that buries its dead quickly.
refused to bury them because the government has denied and it still has not
directly admitted it killed the civilians," Nur told Reuters.
government should admit it killed the civilians and then compensate."
had converted a refrigerated lobster truck into a mortuary to hold the bodies,
U.S. Africa Command said on Friday U.S. forces were involved in the Bariire
operation in a supporting role and it was investigating reports of civilian
casualties. It gave no immediate fresh comment on Sunday.
army initially said all the dead were members of the Islamist al Shabaab
militia that it is fighting with help from U.S. and African Union forces - but
later acknowledged some civilians had died.
elders told Reuters the U.S. troops had been unwittingly drawn into clan
fighting in the area, particularly around Bariire village, the center of a feud
between two powerful and well-armed groups.
Dahir Amin Jesow said those killed were farmers who had armed themselves to
defend themselves against a rival group.
would you feel if your own government kills your brothers and labels them as
militants?" asked Hassan Mohamed, a cousin of one of the deceased.
want them to admit, apologize and compensate. Otherwise there will be no
peace," he said.
elders and ambulance drivers who ferried the bodies confirmed that the dead
were stored in the truck.
government wants the bodies buried prior to investigation but we will not. We
shall have the bodies inside the truck even for a month," elder Mohamed
Hussein told Reuters. The government says it had formed a team to investigate
Bariire operation is likely to provoke questions in Washington about the
growing U.S. footprint in the Horn of Africa nation, which has been torn apart
by civil war since 1991. A U.S. Navy Seal was killed in Somalia in May, the
first U.S. combat death there since 1993.
have read Mr. Bolton's plan which was released after he apparently failed to send
it to the White House directly. Certainly this plan will be a major failure for
the US and will further isolate the US on the international scene," Zarif
said on Wednesday.
Bolton's record in proposing plans to discard international agreements, he
said, "The Americans saw the result of pursuing Mr. Bolton's policies in
called on Bolton to remember that the US was forced to sit to the negotiating
table with Iran over the nuclear dispute when his proposed policies against Tehran
failed after 10 years.
says that former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon asked him to draw up
a plan for how to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal in July. But after the
White House ejected Bannon in August, Bolton lost access to the administration
and his plan never made it to Trump's desk.
he's decided to publish his plan publicly.
five-page memo is basically a strategic public relations campaign to convince
the world that the US has a case for pulling out of the deal. That case hinges
on one central claim: that Iran is clearly violating the deal and has thus
rendered it a meaningless agreement.
experts say that this claim isn’t grounded in evidence, and that Iran is
meeting international standards in complying with the deal’s requirements for
inspections and monitoring.
argument, they say, simply assumes that Iran has nefarious intentions to build
nuclear weapons despite the absence of any proof. And some analysts warn that
his argument suffers from the same kind of war-hungry reasoning that led the US
to invade Iraq on questionable evidence in 2003.
approval of Kirkuk's provincial council to take part in the referendum for the
separation of the Iraqi Kurdistan from the Central government in Iraq which has
been rejected by the UN and many regional and trans-regional states is a
dangerous and provocative move which wont be helpful to the recent talks in
Baghdad to resolve the mutual issues and will have an impact on Iraq's
potentials and national power on the path of establishing the country's
victories against terrorism," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said.
Islamic Republic of Iran warns against this wrong decision which clearly
violates Iraq's national sovereignty and territorial integrity and reiterates
that commitment of all parties to the Constitution and resolving the
differences in the country through talks and legal solutions is the best option
for the Iraqi nation and any action leading to fresh crises in the region and
at Iraq's borders with its neighbors is not tolerated," he added.
Kirkuk Provincial Council voted on Tuesday morning in favor of holding the
Kurdistan Region’s referendum on independence in Kirkuk province, while the
head of the Turkmen Front is urging a Turkmen boycott of the September 25 vote.
Toran, an Iraqi MP and a leader of the Turkmen Front, described the decision by
the provincial as “dangerous".
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi denounced as “wrong” the decision of the
Kirkuk Provincial Council to participate in the Kurdistan Region’s independence
from Iran is torn between the joy of taking part in this year’s annual hajj
pilgrimage to Islam’s holiest sites and bitter memories of the 2015 stampede
that killed hundreds of his compatriots.
pilgrims stayed away from the 2016 hajj after regional rivals Saudi Arabia,
custodian of the sites in the west of the kingdom, and Iran failed to agree on
arrangements and logistics.
for the hajj, a religious duty which devout Muslims must accomplish at least
once in their lifetime, are thorny and security paramount for the two million
pilgrims who throng Islam’s holiest sites in western Saudi Arabia.
2015, a human river of pilgrims was performing the final major rite of the
hajj, the “Stoning of the Devil”, near Mecca when a stampede killed hundreds of
Muslims from across the world.
issued a death toll of 769, while figures compiled from foreign officials in
more than 30 countries gave a tally of around 2,300 dead.
reported the largest number of stampede victims, with 464 Iranians among the
were murdered, they (Saudi authorities) didn’t help them,” said Reza, a
63-year-old former oil company official, seated in the lobby of a Mecca hotel.
Reza said that new security measures now left him feeling safer. “Everything is
clear this year,” he said, speaking in English.
taken more security measures otherwise we would not have come,” he said. And
“the hajj leaders of Iran have given us instructions and times” for the
rituals, to avoid any repeat of the 2015 disaster.
authorities say more than 86,000 Iranian pilgrims are taking part in this
year’s hajj, each equipped with an identity bracelet in case of any accident.
“made-in-Tehran” bracelets can be connected to smartphones, allowing access to
information on the hajj.
lambasted Saudi Arabia in the months following the stampede, condemning its
organisation of the hajj and questioning the kingdom’s very right to serve as
custodian of Islam’s holiest places.
‘Holy sites for all’ -
January 2016, Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran broke off diplomatic
ties after angry Iranian protesters stormed Saudi diplomatic missions over the
kingdom’s execution of a prominent Shiite cleric.
and Riyadh stand on opposing sides in several regional disputes, including the
conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Bahrain, as well as this year’s Gulf diplomatic
crisis between Qatar and a Saudi-led Arab bloc.
a breakthrough accord on Iranian pilgrims taking part in this year’s hajj was
struck in March after several months of negotiations during which the two Gulf
states traded bitter recriminations.
was a conflict between two countries, Iranians wanted to come here,” said
Mohammed, a 38-year-old engineer from the city of Arak, southwest of Tehran.
was at the doomed 2015 hajj and said some of his acquaintances had died in the
stampede, while he himself had lost consciousness but survived.
to Fariba Adelkhah from the research and study centre of France’s Sciences Po
University, Iran could not have stopped its citizens from making the pilgrimage
to Mecca for much longer.
travel ban could not last long. Could politics call into question a religious
duty? That question was at the centre of a debate in Tehran,” said Adelkhah.
Iranian government did not want to take responsibility for preventing their
citizens again from going to Mecca,” she said.
Reza’s hotel filled with Iranian pilgrims in Mecca’s bustling Al-Aziziya
neighbourhood, the consensus was that lifting the ban on travel for the hajj
was the right thing to do.
in a black chador, Mariam, an English-language teacher from Babol in northern
Iran, said holy shrines should be open to all Muslims “and Saudi Arabia cannot
ban any country”.
wish that one day all Muslim countries will be able control the holy shrines,
not just Saudi Arabia,” she said.
security forces arrested dozens of Arab activists and citizens in Ahwaz to
prevent marches and celebrations during Eid al-Adha, the Ahwaz Human Rights
Organization (AHRO) said in a statement which Al-Arabiya.net received a copy
which published the names of 35 detainees, said Iran must commit to the
International Human Rights Council resolutions and respect freedoms and
people’s right to peacefully gather and march.
organization also condemned the arrests which it described as arbitrary and
said these security measures during Eid are a flagrant violation of Arab citizens’
rights in Ahwaz and a violation of international laws and treaties.
called for putting an end to these detentions and for protecting the detainees
from possible ill treatment and torture.
security forces carried out similar raids and arrests during Eid al-Fitr in
Ahwaz and detained dozens of Arabs who participated in popular gatherings that
called for national rights and chanted against persecution.
chief Antonio Guterres called for the blockade of the Gaza Strip to be lifted
on Wednesday as he visited the Palestinian enclave enduring “one of the most
dramatic humanitarian crises” he had seen.
am deeply moved to be in Gaza today, unfortunately to witness one of the most
dramatic humanitarian crises that I’ve seen in many years working as a
humanitarian in the United Nations,” Guterres said.
later said it was “important to open the closures,” in a reference to Israel’s
decade-long blockade of Gaza and its border with Egypt that has remained
largely closed in recent years.
was on his first visit to Gaza since taking office, as international concern
grows over electricity shortages and deteriorating humanitarian conditions in
the Palestinian territory.
the Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip, welcomed the trip, calling it
an “important visit,” but small demonstrations also occurred.
one protest, around 25 people held a fake coffin with a sign that said “Welcome
to the largest prison in the world”.
of people also demonstrated as Guterres's convoy crossed the border with Israel
into Gaza, calling for action in support of Palestinian prisoners held by
who held talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders in Jerusalem and Ramallah
on Monday and Tuesday, was to visit a school in the strip run by the UN agency
for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA.
called on Guterres to make “all efforts to lift the siege on the strip and end
the suffering for two million Palestinians living in the largest prison in the
Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli blockade for a decade, while its sole
crossing with Egypt has also been largely closed in recent years.
least 70 percent of Gazans are dependent upon international aid. UNRWA plays a
major role in the strip, with the same percentage of the population classified
militants in Gaza and Israel have fought three wars since 2008, and Israel says
the blockade is necessary to keep Hamas from obtaining weapons or materials
that could be used to make them.
blockade also serves to isolate the Islamist movement.
officials have, however, called for the blockade to be lifted, saying the
enclave is fast becoming unliveable, with sparse electricity and a lack of
crossing into the Gaza Strip, Israeli officials gave Guterres a tour of the
Gaza border area and he was shown a tunnel crossing from the Gaza Strip into
tunnels, used by Hamas for attacks in the past, are a major concern for Israel.
President Bashar al-Assad says the terrorists’ plot in Syria has failed,
stressing that the country will not rest until the full restoration of security
to the entire Syrian territory.
Syrian president made the remarks in a meeting with visiting Iranian Deputy
Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari in Damascus
said victories made by the Syrian forces and their allies have changed the
global attitude towards the Syrian crisis and forced those countries that
supported terrorists to change their policies.
highlighted efforts made by Iran and other friendly countries to support the
Syrian people in their resistance and fight against terrorism.
Syrian president also praised the support of the Iranian leadership and nation
for Syria in its fight against terrorism and underlined the need for Tehran and
Damascus to remain vigilant and improve coordination at the current juncture.
the meeting, the Iranian diplomat, who arrived in Damascus on Wednesday,
briefed Assad on the diplomatic efforts made by Tehran and its negotiations
with various regional and international sides with respect to the developments
two sides also exchanged views on the process of the Astana talks aimed at
resolving the crisis in the Arab country.
Ansari, who heads Iran’s delegation to the Astana talks, also emphasized the
need for close consultations between Iran and Syria.
has hosted five rounds of peace talks on Syria since January. Russia, Iran, and
Turkey serve as guarantor states in the peace process. The negotiations are
aimed at bringing an end to the foreign-backed militancy in Syria, which began
in March 2011.
a Tuesday Facebook post, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry said the next round of the
Syria talks in the Kazakh capital may be held in mid-September.
this month, United Nations Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura also hoped
for a “serious negotiation” between the Damascus government and the opposition
in October or November.
UN has previously organized seven rounds of almost unsuccessful talks between
the Syrian government and foreign-backed opposition since a devastating war
began in the Arab country.
on Wednesday, Jaberi Ansari also held talks with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid
the meeting, the Iranian diplomat praised the purging of the terrorist groups
of Daesh and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham from Syria’s mountainous region of Qalamoun
as a great achievement by the Syrian army and the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance
Ansari expressed satisfaction with the restoration of relative stability in
Damascus and other parts of the country.
his part, Muallem praised Iran’s support for the Syrian government and nation.
said the developments on the battlefield have forced all the countries that
were supporting the terrorists to change their calculations.
August 19, the Lebanese military launched an anti-terror operation on the
Syrian border. Hezbollah and the Syrian army also started a simultaneous
offensive against Daesh in Qalamoun region.
had lost much of their mountainous enclave straddling the border between Syria
and Lebanon since the two offensives began on opposite sides of the frontier.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has criticized the global community for
remaining silent on the persisting violence against the persecuted Rohingya
Muslims, calling for "crucial" action to end the acts of aggression
against the minority group.
silence on continuing violence against #Rohingya Muslims. Int’l action crucial
to prevent further ethnic cleansing—UN must rally,” Zarif wrote in a tweet on
has called on the government in Myanmar to halt the continued violations of the
rights of Rohingya Muslims and end the present violent situation in the
has been under fire by the international community and rights groups for its
atrocities against the Rohingya.
denies full citizenship to Rohingya Muslims, branding them illegal immigrants
Rohingya have been subjected to summary executions, rapes, and arson attacks by
security forces since October 2016, when the government used a deadly militant
attack on border guards as a pretext to enforce a military siege in Rakhine
state, the poorest region in Myanmar which is home to some 1.1 Rohingya
than 18,000 Rohingya Muslims, mostly women and children, have been forced to
flee their homes in Rakhine in less than one week due to violent clashes,
according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
of last night, 18,500 people have come across” from Myanmar’s Rakhine state,
where they mainly reside,” said Chris Lom, the IOM’s Asia-Pacific spokesman, on
suggested that the number could be significantly higher as many of the
displaced people might not have registered with Bangladeshi authorities.
thousands of Rohingya refugees have made it across the border with Bangladesh,
many are thought to be trapped in an unoccupied zone between the country and
happening in Quebec City?': Car belonging to head of mosque torched
car belonging to the head of the Quebec City mosque where six men were shot to
death in January was set on fire in early August.
have yet to arrest anyone in connection with the arson, which happened around
1:30 a.m. on Aug. 6 outside Mohamed Labidi's home.
car was a total loss.
vehicle was torched about 36 hours after Labidi appeared alongside Quebec City
Mayor Régis Labeaume to celebrate the sale of city-owned land to the Muslim
community for the creation of a cemetery.
to reporters Wednesday afternoon, Quebec City police spokesperson Lieut.
Jean-François Vézina said the fire is a concern and noted the
"accumulation" of incidents targeting the city's Muslim community.
taking this seriously," he said. "We want to find the reasons that
led to this criminal act."
Vézina said it was too soon to say whether the arson amounts to a hate crime.
He said there was no message left at the scene to indicate a motive.
to why police kept the incident from the public until now, Vézina said it was
done in the interests of both the Labidi family and the police investigation.
added that it was vital that the public assist police in their investigation of
the crime, and others like it.
can't work alone in this city, citizens have to share information and contact
us when they see anything," he said.
thrown at mosque shortly after car was torched
a statement posted to its Facebook page, the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre,
which Labidi heads, said excrement was also thrown at the mosque's front door a
few days after Labidi's car was torched.
are no longer simple gestures of extremists opposed to immigration. Extremists
acts are now affecting our lives, the lives of Quebec citizens and Canadian
Muslims, as well as on our property and our religion," the statement said.
centre has been the target of xenophobic messaging and vandalism in the past.
year, a gift-wrapped pig's head was left at the doorstep of the mosque, and a
defaced Qur'an and a hateful note were mailed to the mosque in July.
Jan. 29, six men were killed and five others injured in a shooting rampage that
happened right after evening prayers at the mosque. Alexandre Bissonnette, 27,
faces six counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder
while using a restricted firearm in the attack.
centre said the people and governments of Quebec and Canada have to start
taking far right groups in Quebec City more seriously and dedicate the
resources necessary to fight hateful acts.
acts are only growing in number against Muslim citizens," the centre's
statement said. "They are multiplying and becoming more serious."
Oudghiri, a member of the Quebec City mosque, said the incident has left its
asking ourselves 'what's happening in Quebec City?" he said. "Quebec
City used to be peaceful, there were no problems here."
your eyes' to far-right threat, Quebec City mayor says
has lived in Quebec City for 49 years, he said, and no longer considers himself
an immigrant, but a Québécois.
he said the discourse around immigrants in Quebec is creating a situation that
he described as "really hard, really dark" and it's making Muslims
fear for their safety as they go about their daily lives.
mosque is supervised [by police], but the people are not when they go to the
market," he said.
opponents of the Muslim community among far right groups in Quebec City,
Oudghiri encouraged those in far right groups to get to know their Muslim
in the same country, and this country is for everybody," he said.
"[They] have to consider us as one of them, and we love them."
hateful act,' says Labeaume
City's mayor expressed concern Wednesday over the increase in incidents
targeting the mosque and the city's Muslim community.
adding up, and they can't become a pattern," Regis Labeaume said.
"It's very worrisome."
called the torching of Labidi's car "a hateful act" that has left him
feeling "profoundly disappointed" and shocked.
said such an act is not representative of the city he leads.
is an open city, where everyone has the right to live together in safety and
respect," Labeaume said, adding that the arson went against the values of
respect for individual rights and diversity.
are our neighbours, and we love them, and we'll do everything that is possible
and useful to ensure they can live in peace in their city."
Ducol, of Quebec City's anti-radicalization centre, said the various incidents
targeting the city's Muslims have left the community feeling isolated and
community has good reason to feel threatened because these events are repeating
themselves — they're not isolated events," he said.
The Pentagon sharply raised its estimate of the number of US troops currently
in Afghanistan Wednesday, ahead of a decision on adding thousands more under
President Donald Trump's new strategy for the war-ridden country.
Joint Staff Director Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie said a comprehensive
review showed there were approximately 11,000 uniformed US servicemen and women
in Afghanistan, compared to the 8,400 number used since last year. The new
count, which includes temporary and covert units as well as regular forces, was
made to establish the basis for an increase in troops -- possibly by around
4,000 -- under Trump's revised strategy to better support Afghan troops in the
fight against the Taliban.
McKenzie declined to say how many more troops would be added.
of Defence Jim Mattis "still hasn't made that decision," he said,
adding: "No troops have started to flow... no deployment orders have been
said that after president Barack Obama set a ceiling of 8,400 troops for the
country last July, military commanders had been hampered in their ability to
deploy full units, leading to "unintended consequences".
short-term and clandestine units were not included in the count.
new estimate came nearly two weeks after Trump and his top cabinet and military
officials decided to increase US soldiers and airmen in Afghanistan to put more
pressure on the Taliban and other extremist groups.
details were provided on the new strategy, however, as Mattis said he wanted a
clearer view of the actual number of US forces there.
generals have for months been calling the situation in Afghanistan a
"stalemate," despite years of support for Afghan partners and an
overall cost to the United States of about $1 trillion.
US troop increase would allow the US-led coalition in the country to provide
more advisers and tactical support to strengthen the Afghan army's efforts
against the Taliban.
said the new count was an effort to be more transparent, but he said the
Defence Department would not be providing much information on the breakdown of
the US forces, so as to maintain operational security and avoid
"telegraphing" US intentions to the Taliban.
President Donald Trump has called on Saudi King Salman and “all the parties in
the Qatar dispute” to find a diplomatic solution to the regional standoff,
according to the White House.
Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates cut their diplomatic ties
with Qatar on June 5, accusing Doha of sponsoring terrorism and destabilizing
Saudi-led bloc has also imposed sanctions against the tiny Persian Gulf
country, including restrictions on Qatari aircraft using their airspace.
Qatar’s only land border with Saudi Arabia has only been blocked as a result.
a phone conversation on Wednesday, Trump told the Saudi monarch that a
diplomatic resolution was necessary in order to fulfill a commitment Washington
and its regional allies had made to stay united while fighting terror, the
White House said in statement.
experts have touted the Qatar crisis as the fallout of Trump’s visit to Riyadh
in early June. Even Trump himself pointed this out in a tweet during the conflict’s
my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding
of Radical Ideology,” Trump wrote on June 6. “Leaders pointed to Qatar — look!”
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said before the visit that it was aimed at
getting Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations in the region to stand in “unity”
with Israel and confront Iran.
might explain the sudden push to isolate Doha, under the pretext that it has
close ties with Iran as well as the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas.
siding with Saudis became more apparent on June 8, when the White House said he
had talked to Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, asking him to help
“prevent the financing of terrorist organizations and stop the promotion of
however, it seems that the White House is running out of patience with Saudi
Arabia over its refusal to resolve the crisis.
Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said Wednesday that
Riyadh and its regional allies had ignored "on at least 12 different
occasions" calls by Qatar for talks on resolving the impasse.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has outlined a major haul of the state
department, suggesting the elimination of key advisory roles on climate change
and Syria, The Foreign Policy reported.
a letter to Bob Corker, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign
Relations, Tillerson stated concerns about the proliferation of 70 special
envoy posts created to “reach out to Muslim communities, support
anti-government fighters in Syria, and curb the environmental devastation
wrought by global warming, according to the newspaper.
believe the department will be able to better execute its mission by
integrating certain envoys and special representative office within the
regional and functional bureaus, and eliminating those that have accomplished
or outlived their original purpose,” Tillerson wrote in the letter, which was
obtained by FP.
have determined that the changes proposed will advance US national security
interests, and will help counter the influence of US adversaries and
36 of the 66 current envoys will be eliminated or integrated within bureaus
within the State Department. These include special representatives to Muslim
Communities and the US Special Envoy to the Organisation of the Islamic
Cooperation [OIC]. Envoys who champion rights for the disabled, promote peace
in Africa, seek the closure of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility will be
plans reflect priorities of Trump administration – which has stressed on
reducing funding and resources for American diplomacy and focus on increasing
‘been clear to me’ to try to rebuild Russia ties: Tillerson
posts of the Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations, the Special
Representative for North Korea Policy, the presidential envoy responsible for
building the anti-Islamic State military coalition, and the Special
Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs will remain intact.
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