File photo shows
23-year-old Munir al-Adam, who suffers from visual and hearing impairments and
is to be beheaded by Saudi Arabia.
Tunisia Sacks Minister for Questioning Wahhabism
Hard-Line Strain of Islam Gains Ground in Indonesia,
World’s Largest Muslim Country
ISIL Brainwashed Kids to Become Next Generation of
Saudi Arabia to Behead Disabled Man over Taking Part
Ummah United For Defence of Harmain-Al-Sharifain:
Pakistan Ulema Council
Saudi, Iran Stoke Sunni-Shia Tensions in Nigeria:
Al-Shabab represents most immediate threat to Somalia:
Three US troops shot dead in Jordan
African Countries Oppose Appointment of UN Gay Rights
Ugandan Muslims Burn Home Where Boys Threatened With
Violence Took Refuge
A Nigerian sultan’s quest for peace
Nigeria frees Muslims accused of murder over blasphemy
Starbucks Brews another Storm with ‘Islamic’ Cup
What Malaysia Can Learn from Indonesia’s ‘Islam
Nusantara’ In Fight against IS
Rally turns violent in Jakarta as protesters attack
Malaysia: Halal industry vital to becoming a developed
nation by 2020
Indonesian president delays visit to Australia after
Muslim protesters in Jakarta demand arrest of
Christian governor for alleged blasphemy
ISIS Bomb Kills 12 Iraq Civilians, Including Children,
Syrian Army, Popular Forces Ward off Terrorists'
Large-Scale Operation in Aleppo
Syrian Army Continues to Beat Terrorists Back from
Egypt Morsi trial judge escapes car bombing
Militant shelling wounds two Russian troops, Syrian
Sudanese jailed for harbouring terrorist
Syria in Last 24 Hours: Army Repels Attacks on Gov't
Positions in Eastern Damascus
Syria: Terrorists Fail to Prevail over Gov't Positions
in South-eastern Damascus
Terrorist Groups Continue to Block Civilians' Exit
from Aleppo City
Syrian Army Intensifies Attacks on Terrorists in
Commander of Terrorists' Anti-Aircraft Regiment Killed
Blasphemy Accusation from Pakistan Creeping In
Indonesia Catch Violence
Four in race to be next Pakistan army chief, General
Raheel Sharif to step down by end of tenure: Report
Relative hid among bodies as London banker was killed
in terrorist shooting in Pakistan
Pakistan making strides for regional peace, American
Jamaat to file additional ToRs in SC
JI to move SC against ‘KE’s sale’
Indians Fighting For IS Based In Raqqa, Says IS Groups’ Fighter
Evidence Not Believable, Court Said In Case Linked To
3 of Killed SIMI Men
Pathankot Terrorists Who Sparked Ban on NDTV India May
Never Have Existed
SIMI Encounter: MP Govt Ordered 5 Probes in 5 Days
Report of envoy recall from Pak fabricated, says
Pakistan army personnel replacing Rangers as border
India-Bangla committed to root out terrorism: Rajnath
Chief Minister’s ‘Changing Stance’ Worries Muslims in
4 Indians saved from burning vessel in Egypt
Rights Groups Claim Myanmar Govt Obstructing Reporters
from Covering Rakhine Crisis
11 Killed, Bride among 12 Wounded In an Explosion in
Hindus in Bangladesh Baffled By Motive behind Muslim
Foreign diplomats urge Myanmar to probe rights
US confirms death of top Al-Qaeda leader in
Hindu temple set afire in Thakurgaon
Call to amend personal law sparks debate in Sri Lanka
Journalist killed by roadside bomb in Afghanistan
Explosion in Kabul leaves one wounded
Turkey Detains Pro-Kurdish Lawmakers; Car Bomb Leaves
9 Dead, 100 Wounded
Iran Admits To Arming Houthis with Missiles
UN envoy’s plan for Yemen stalls
Asiri reacts to CNN photo of starvation in Yemen
Iran: Suspended, reduced sentences to Saudi embassy
Kurdish-Led SDF: No Turkish Partnership in Imminent
Offensive on ISIL Capital in Syria
Yemeni Missiles Changing Power Balance
New York Police on Alert after Warning of Terror
Attack before Election
Australian protests over Syrian refugee housing
America’s “Arab Spring”
Police say he made death threats to Muslims. His defence:
America’s ‘toxic national discourse.’
Swiss Court Upholds Ban on Islamic Kindergarten
Greece nabs 15 anti-Islam protesters
Germany summons Turkish envoy to protest arrest of
France evacuates new refugee camp in Paris
Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau
Nov 4, 2016
Tunisia has sacked its religious affairs minister
following his parliamentary speech where he said Wahhabism, the radical
ideology dominating Saudi Arabia, was the source of terrorism.
The Tunisian government said in a statement on Friday
that Prime Minister Youssef Chahed had decided to relieve Abdeljalil Ben Salem
of his duties for "attacking the foundations of diplomacy."
Ben Salem said during a parliament session on Thursday
that he had "dared" to question the Saudi envoy to Tunis as well as
the secretary general of the Arab Interior Ministers' Council, who is a Saudi
national, about the Saudi Wahhabism being a "vehicle for terrorism."
"I say to Saudis... reform your school because
terrorism has historically come from it," the private Mosaique FM radio
station quoted the Tunisian minister as saying.
Wahhabism is freely preached by Saudi clerics backed
by the regime in Riyadh. The Daesh Takfiri terrorists and other terrorist
groups use the ideology to declare people of other faiths “infidels,” justifying
the killing of those people.
The Tunisian minister later issued a statement, saying
that ties between Tunis and Riyadh were "completely harmonious."
Tunisia has experienced violence since the 2011
uprising that ousted the country’s dictator Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who was in
power for over two decades.
The country has also been affected by the growing
instability in neighboring Libya, which has been in chaos since former dictator
Muammar Gaddafi was toppled and later killed in 2011.
Tunisian law enforcement agencies fear further
terrorist attacks in the country as an estimated 3,000 Tunisian terrorists are
believed to be within the ranks of Daesh in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere, and they
could bring trouble when they return home.
Nov. 5, 2016
JAKARTA, Indonesia—The biggest street protest in years
shook this sprawling capital on Friday, in a stark display of the more
conservative, militant strain of Islam taking hold in the world’s largest
Police estimated that 100,000 people turned out for a
rally called by hard-line Muslim groups against the capital’s Christian
governor, whom they accuse of having committed blasphemy.
The protest was peaceful during the day but scuffles
broke out after nightfall. Some protesters threw plastic bottles and rocks at
police and struck their riot shields with sticks. Police fired tear gas and
water cannon to disperse them. A local news portal said that two police trucks
were set on fire near the presidential palace.
Turnout was lower than some organizers had predicted,
after the nation’s largest Muslim organizations this week discouraged their
members from attending.
President Joko Widodo had met with other political
leaders amid calls for calm, but critics say he has been too slow since taking
office in 2014 to respond to deepening tensions for fear of being labeled
In a recent interview, Mr. Widodo, who is himself a
Muslim, said religious and political leaders had a responsibility to “cool
temperatures down,” and he vowed to protect minorities. “My government won’t
tolerate any discrimination,” “We are one of the most tolerant countries in the
world,’’ Mr. Widodo told The Wall Street Journal.
The Jakarta governor’s bid to win re-election in
February is building into a test.
“Religiosity is rising, especially among the middle
class,” said Yon Machmudi, an Islamic politics expert at the University of
Indonesia. “A sense of identification is increasing.’’
Protesters were taking aim at Basuki Tjahaja Purnama,
known as Ahok, who is the most prominent politician among the country’s
often-persecuted ethnic Chinese minority—and one of the country’s few Christian
lawmakers. He was elected deputy governor in 2012 and elevated to the top job
in 2014 after his boss, Mr. Widodo, was elected president.
Some hard-liners had tried to block his ascentthen,
saying Muslims shouldn’t be governed by a “kafir,” or nonbeliever.
The blunt-spoken Mr. Purnama, 50 years old, also has
irritated many with a brash, get-things-done manner that conflicts with
Javanese traditions of polite compromise.
Mr. Purnama, now running for re-election with high
approval ratings, angered the groups again by citing a verse of the Quran in a
public address in late September. He has apologized and said he would cooperate
with a police investigation, but has since been the target of protests.
Vice President Jusuf Kalla met a group of protest
leaders and said afterward that police would pursue a blasphemy case against
Mr. Purnama. Local media reported that Mr. Purnama said he would meet with
investigators Monday. The maximum penalty for blasphemy is five years’
Scattered outbreaks of violence were reported as small
groups dispersed into neighborhoods, including in North Jakarta, where they
looted a minimart. About a hundred police officers guarded the complex where
Mr. Purnama resides.
Shortly after midnight, Mr. Widodo appeared on
television, saying that legal action concerning Mr. Purnama would be swift and
transparent, and asked protesters to return home. He also said he deplored the
violence that took place after the rally and that “political actors” had taken
advantage of the situation. He didn’t elaborate.
Mr. Widodo on Saturday postponed a planned three-day
visit to Australia that was to begin Sunday, according to Australian Prime
Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s office. Mr. Turnbull said in a statement that Mr.
Widodo called him to postpone the visit and that the security situation in
Jakarta required the president’s personal attention.
Nearly 90% of Indonesia’s 250 million people are
Muslim. The Southeast Asian nation—some 18,000 islands straddling the Pacific
and Indian oceans—has a long tradition of moderate Islam in a culture
influenced earlier by Hinduism and Buddhism.
But the tenor has changed in recent years. Head
scarves for women, once rare, are now widely worn and Islamic schools are
An effort to outlaw cohabitation and sex between
unmarried people fizzled in 2013 but has returned this year, with proponents
asking the Supreme Court for a constitutional prohibition.
Religious hard-liners staged antigay rallies early
this year, and the government threatened to block websites it says promote
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lifestyles. Netflix ran into trouble
with Indonesia’s state-owned telecom provider in part because of complaints
over some content.
A movement to ban alcohol is gaining steam and sales have
been banned from convenience stores. Travel to Mecca for the minor pilgrimage
of umrah, once a relatively uncommon undertaking for middle-class Indonesians,
is newly popular.
Security experts say the rising conservatism paves the
way for potential violence, pointing to some religious hard-liners who have
rebranded themselves as cells of Islamic State.
In January, Indonesia suffered its first Islamic
State-linked attack, with militants receiving funding from the terrorist group
via a Syria-based Indonesian who once studied with a hard-line group in central
Java. There have been sporadic attacks since then, including one last month
where an Islamic State sympathizer stabbed three police officers.
“What we’ve seen in the last 18 months to two years is
increasing crossover from organizations that started out
nonviolent-but-hard-line to organizations which are now committed to using
violence,” said Sidney Jones, director of the Jakarta-based Institute for
Policy Analysis of Conflict.
Still, Islamic parties have done poorly in elections
since the downfall of longtime dictator Suharto in 1998. Indonesia has been one
of the most stable democracies in the region after overcoming a wave of
terrorism and sectarianism in the early 2000s.
Many of those at Friday’s protest had ridden for hours
on trains and buses from other parts of Java island. They gathered at the
Istiqlal mosque, the country’s largest, before marching toward the presidential
A 27-year-old from Pemalang in central Java said that,
while Mr. Purnama isn’t his governor, he was seeking justice for Islam. Asked
about comments from extremists about killing Mr. Purnama, he said: “It is an
expression of how upset we are.”
Security forces took up positions behind barbed wire
around nearby government offices. Authorities said around 20,000 police and
military personnel were on duty. There were no immediate reports of violence.
Streets in the famously congested city of 10 million
people were relatively devoid of traffic as many workers stayed home. Many shops
and offices closed.
ISIL brainwashed kids to become next generation of
November 4, 2016
IRBIL, Iraq — Karam Kahlid was 18 and working at an
orphanage in Mosul when the Islamic State conquered the city more than two
The militants first burned the orphanage’s books,
except the Qurans. Then they beat the children and, finally, indoctrinated them
“The children were so afraid and very obedient,” said
Kahlid, who escaped Mosul in June and now lives in a refugee camp in the
semi-autonomous Iraqi province of Kurdistan.
“The Islamic State forced them to watch their
violence, trained those older than 8 to use weapons. They forced them to wear
Afghani outfits. I was obliged to shorten my pants, not to shave and keep away
from television,” added Kahlid, who was raised in the orphanage where he
He said he tried to counter the Islamic State’s
fighters influence over the children. He told them that the militants killed
other children’s mother and fathers. They didn’t like being orphans, so they
shouldn’t doom other kids to the same fate, he stressed.
“I told them, ‘You have to remember when you first
came to this place, you were lonely and broken. You know what a tragedy means.
Do not let others feel like that,’” he said. “I told them that injustice is the
worst thing ever.”
Despite Khalid’s pleas, many of the orphans became
child soldiers. Now, as Iraqi forces surround Mosul, and U.S.-led coalition
airstrikes pound entrenched Islamic State positions in Iraq’s second-largest
city, Khalid fears that his former wards and other child soldiers will die in
an imminent bloody fight that could last weeks or longer.
At least 300 children have died in fighting around
Mosul, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a
watchdog group. The children were part of what the Islamic State called
The Islamic State, also known as ISIL or ISIS, has
pressed Iraqi children into military service since the militants seized Mosul
and other parts of Iraq in 2014. The terror group has showcased children in
many gruesome propaganda videos aimed at Western audiences. They show children
executing alleged spies and driving vehicles packed with explosives on Iraqi
and Kurdish fortifications.
Last year, the United Nations documented how Islamic
State militants burst into high schools in the Hay al-Tamin region of eastern
Mosul and abducted youths who were sent to military training camps in Tal Afar
in western Iraq and Raqqa, the group’s de facto capital in Syria.
The militants use children to bolster the ranks of
their fighters and also to season a new generation of extremists, according to
a report by Israel-based International Institute for Counter-Terrorism.
Those who have worked with these children still worry
about them after they are freed from the militants.
“The children rescued from (the Islamic State) were
highly influenced by them or severely suffering from psychological
trauma," said Abu Yousif, 38, an Irbil-based psychotherapist who was
displaced from Mosul and has worked with children recruited and brainwashed by
"That is because they have witnessed killing,
lashing, torture and rape," he said. "The children I worked with were
so broken and hostile at the same time. ... These children are like a time bomb
in society," he said.
Abu Omer, an Iraqi intelligence official, said Iraqi
forces were already prepared for the grim task of fighting Caliphate Cubs.
The Islamic State "has been working hard to
create a generation of young boys to serve as suicide bombers,” he said.
"They will push them to blow themselves up to defend Mosul.”
The children were a sign of desperation as the Islamic
State’s numbers dwindle under a multinational onslaught from Libya to Syria to
Iraq, Omer said.
"In the past they were counting mostly on foreign
militants for suicide attacks,” he said. “Now it's time for the generation they
created (to take over).”
The situation for children in Syria is probably even
worse than in Iraq.
The observatory estimated that the Islamic State was
using thousands of soldiers in Syria, including 4,000 in Deir Ezzor in the
eastern part of the country. Those numbers might even be low. The U.N. noted
that about 700,000 children, many of them orphans, are among the refugees
within Syria because of the country’s 5-year-old civil war.
As Iraqis wait and see how their government’s progress
against the Islamic State in Mosul will proceed, Kahlid in Irbil lives with the
guilt of leaving many of his former charges behind.
He says memories of the night when the Islamic State
first entered Mosul keep running through his mind. The Iraqi army had fled. The
other orphanage caretakers decided to follow them. Khalid and a friend stayed.
“We decided not to leave the children alone. We took
care of them with great love,” Khalid said.
He fled Mosul only after Islamic State fighters
flogged him for refusing to join their cause. Today, he works for a local
foundation that provides humanitarian assistance to refugees. He hopes that
someday he might help some of the children he once cared for in Mosul.
“I want the war to end so I can go back to the
orphanage — I miss it and the children," he said. "Until then, I look
at their photos in an album we made so as not to forget their faces. … And I
see them in my dreams every night."
Saudi Arabia to behead disabled man over taking part
Nov 5, 2016
Saudi Arabia intends to behead a disabled man on
charges of alleged participation in anti-government protest rallies, a rights
The kingdom’s secretive Specialized Criminal Court in
the capital Riyadh sentenced Munir al-Adam to death for alleged “attacks on
police” and other offences that it said occurred during demonstrations in
Eastern Province in late 2011.
The 23-year-old is partly blind and was already
partially deaf at the time when the Saudi forces arrested him. Adam, however,
says he is now totally deaf in one ear as a result of being brutally beaten by
police while in custody.
In a statement, Adam’s family strongly rejected the
verdict, saying he had been tortured into confessing.
Adam, a steel cable worker, also said that he had only
signed a document admitting to having committed the announced offenses after
being repeatedly beaten by security guards. He also said he had been accused of
“sending texts” to organize anti-government protests while he was too poor to
own a cell phone.
Reprieve, a UK-based international human rights
organization, has already expressed its deep concern over Adam’s case.
“Munir Adam’s appalling case illustrates how the Saudi
authorities are all too happy to subject the most vulnerable people to the
swordsman’s blade – including juveniles and people with disabilities,” said
Reprieve's Death Penalty Team Director Maya Foa.
“Like so many others, Munir was arrested for allegedly
attending protests, and tortured into a ‘confession’ – he was beaten so badly
that he lost his hearing. It’s a scandal that Munir now faces beheading on the
basis of a bogus statement that he has since recanted,” she added.
Described by his family as a kind and simple young
man, Adam was reportedly arrested in February 2012 for taking part in
demonstrations in his home town of Qatif the previous year, when he was only 18
Foa added that concerns for the fate of Adam come
shortly after the highly-criticized re-election of Saudi Arabia to the United
Nations Human Rights Council.
Riyadh has been under fire for having one of the
world’s highest execution rates. The Saudi authorities do not even spare
mentally disabled people from the death penalty. Moreover, most executions are
performed in public places and in some cases decapitated bodies are left
hanging in public squares as a deterrent.
“In Saudi Arabia, where people are routinely sentenced
to death after grossly unfair trials, we have seen a dramatic surge in the
number of executions in the past two years which has shown no sign of abating
in 2016,” Sara Hashah, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa
spokesperson, said in a statement in July.
“Saudi Arabia’s authorities must end their reliance on
this cruel, inhuman and degrading form of punishment immediately,” she
Beheading with a sword is the most common form of
execution in Saudi Arabia.
Eastern Province has been the scene of peaceful
demonstrations since February 2011. Protesters have been demanding reforms,
freedom of expression, the release of political prisoners, and an end to
economic and religious discrimination against the oil-producing region.
Ummah United For Defence Of Harmain-Al-Sharifain:
Pakistan Ulema Council
November 5, 2016
Lahore—Speakers addressing a rally that held here on
Friday to express solidarity with Saudi Government for defence and security of
Harmain-Al-Sharifain said that entire Muslim Ummah is united for defence and
security of Harmain-Al-Sharifain stating that missile attack at Makkah and
Medina by extremists and terrorists testified it that these anti-Muslim
elements are intentionally targeting Holy places of Muslims. Amidst this
scenario, Muslim Ummah should design cohesive strategy and constitute a united
front to contain conspiracies of Houthi terrorists groups, ISIS and elements
supporting these terrorists’ organisations.
People of Pakistan will not dare to lay any sacrifice
for defence and security of Harmain-Al-Sharifain. It was also decided
unanimously in aegis of Pakistan Ulema Council to arrange Harmain-Al-Sharifain
Defense Conference in Islamabad on 11 November.
Chairman Pakistan Ulema Council Hafiz Muhammad Tahir
Mehmood Ashrafi addressing the rally said that terrorists’ organisations are
targeting Islamic countries and specifically making attacks at Holy places of
Muslims in the world. ISIS and Houthi terrorists groups have no linkage with
Islam adding that any Muslim even can’t think to make attack at Makkah and
He also pointed out that owing to mounting tension
between Iran and Arab world and due to increasing foreign intervention in
affairs of Arab world, the entire Muslim world is grieved. Pakistan and Qatar
with assistance of Saudi leadership should come forward to devise strategy to
overcome prevailing challenges of Ummah, said Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi. Chairman
Pakistan Ulema Council Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Ashrafi also said that issues of
sectarian violence are also being fanned to sabotage unity of Muslim world.
After foreign adventurism, in Yemen, Iraq, Libya and Iraq, anti-Islam elements
are waging conspiracies against Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Leadership of
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia should keep check on elements fanning
misunderstandings between Saudis and Pakistan.
Maulana Muhammad Ashfaq Lahori, President Pakistan
UIema Council, Lahore addressing on this occasion said that Makkah and Medina
are centres of Muslims loyalty and Muslim youths should get ready for defense
and security of Harmain-Al-Sharifain. He also made it clear that nothing is
dear to Muslims more than Makkah and Medina.
Secretary Information Pakistan Ulema Council Punjab
Maulana Ashfaq Patafi said that Houthi tribes have challenged 1.5 billion
people of Islamic world by making missile attack at Makkah.
The seminaries and mosques from all over the country
affiliated with Pakistan Ulema Council also adopted a resolution here in Friday
sermons to denounce Houthi tribes’ missile attack in Makkah and lauded services
of Saudi government, and security forces of Saudi Arabia for defence and
security of Harmain-Al-Sharifain. The resolution also urged on government of
Pakistan to endorse cooperation and unity with Saudi Government at all levels
of defence and security.
Saudi, Iran stoke Sunni-Shia tensions in Nigeria:
Nov 05, 2016
Northern Nigeria has become the latest battleground in
the proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia, after violent clashes between
supporters of rival groups from the two main branches of Islam.
Members of the Izala movement, backed by mainly Sunni
Saudi Arabia, last month attacked the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), which
is sympathetic to Shia-majority Iran.
IMN ceremonies in at least four northern cities to
mark the annual Shia day of mourning, Ashura, were targeted, with the worst
riots in Kaduna, an Izala stronghold. At least two IMN supporters were killed.
Witnesses and local media said mobs who looted and set
fire to homes and businesses over two days shouted “No more Shia”.
Sectarian tensions in Nigeria’s Muslim-majority north
had already been running high, especially in Kaduna, after the state government
banned the IMN as an unlawful group and a security threat days earlier.
That followed a recommendation from the judicial
inquiry it commissioned to investigate clashes in Zaria city last December in
which soldiers killed more than 300 IMN members.
Those clashes and the recent escalating tension
indicate that the proxy Saudi-Iran conflict — well-known in places such as
Lebanon, Yemen and Syria — is now being played out in Nigeria, experts said.
“It is a fact that Saudi Arabia has been financing
anti-Shia campaigns in many areas of the world,” political scientist Abubakar
Sadiq Mohammed, from Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, told a foreign media
“If the attacks against the Shia escalate, of course,
Iran will support them and Saudi Arabia will support the attacks on Shia.”
Izala leader Abdullahi Bala Lau has been accused of
stoking anger by declaring that Nigeria’s constitution only recognises Sunni
His group has close relations with Riyadh and
Nigeria’s government while its satellite television station, Manara, also
broadcasts fiery anti-Shia rhetoric.
Leaders from Saudi Arabia and Iran both contacted
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari after the Zaria attacks.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani called for restraint
and accused “a group” of “sowing the seeds of discord among Muslims in Islamic
countries” in what was seen as a clear reference to Saudi Arabia.
Nigerian media reported that Saudi King Salman backed
Abuja’s crackdown on the IMN, describing it as a “fight against terrorism”.
The militants of Boko Haram have killed at least
20,000 people in northeast Nigeria since taking up arms against the government
Riyadh has largely refrained from openly backing
Nigeria’s fight against the ultra-conservative Salafist rebels but Mohammed
noted it was “quick to do so in the case of IMN”.
“The responses of Iran and Saudi to the Zaria clashes
belie sectarian undercurrents,” he added.
In March, Saudi clerics attended an Izala-organised
conference on “deviant Islamic ideologies” in Nigeria and have since been
preaching in the country.
In May, Iran’s envoy to Nigeria called for the release
of IMN leader Ibrahim Zakzaky and described his detention as “unfair”,
straining diplomatic ties. He was later recalled to Tehran.
A senior Nigerian security officer said IMN’s
religious beliefs were immaterial but its alleged disregard for law and order
was an issue, as was its lack of recognition of the Nigerian state.
IMN started out as a student movement in 1978 and
morphed into a Sunni revolutionary group inspired by the Islamic revolution in
Iran in 1979.
The group switched to Shia Islam in 1996 due to
Zakzaky’s close association with Iran, worsening mutual resentment with
conservative Wahhabists, including Izala, which was founded in 1978 by a
Islamic history expert Dahiru Hamza said Izala’s focus
had up to then been against those in the mystical Sufi tradition, whose beliefs
they considered heretical.
“They shifted their focus on Shias who were getting more organised and
challenging the Salafi influence by winning more converts in the territory
under the Salafi control,” he added.
Izala received funding from Saudi Arabia and wealthy
adherents, allowing it to establish mosques and schools. It also encouraged
members to participate in politics, gaining government allies.
Izala’s preaching against IMN and Shia Islam has
increased since last December. It openly supported the military crackdown in
Zaria and even called for harsher action.
Lau dismisses claims he is fuelling tensions as a
At least five northern states have followed Kaduna’s
example in banning the IMN from holding public processions.
“The ordinary people took the ban on IMN as a ban on
Shia (Islam) because IMN is the more prominent Shia group due to its public
activities like a street procession,” said the editor of the Shia newspaper
Ahlulbayt, Muhammad Ibrahim.
“This worried us because we saw how Izala followers
were spreading the information that the government banned Shia and the people
began to believe it.”
A UN report has warned that the Somalia-based al-Shabab
Takfiri militant group is still capable of conducting large-scale attacks
despite the “prevailing” rhetoric of successful counter-terrorism efforts.
The al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group carried out six
sophisticated assaults on hotels in the Somali capital Mogadishu between
November 2015 and June 2016, the report by UN sanctions monitors said on
"Contrary to prevailing narratives of successful
counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism efforts, the monitoring group assesses
that the security situation has not improved in Somalia," the report
The Takfiri militant group "represents the most
immediate threat to peace and security in Somalia and continues to be a
destabilizing force in the broader East and Horn of Africa region," said
the report, which was submitted to the United Nations Security Council earlier
Al-Shabab is fighting to topple the government in
Mogadishu. The battle between Somali government forces and the militants has
continued since 2006.
In 2011, al-Shabab was driven out of Mogadishu and
other major cities by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), but the
militants keep carrying out attacks against civilians and troops in the
The group has a long record of attacks in Kenya in
revenge for the country’s contribution to the African Union mission in Somalia.
Full report at:
November 05, 2016
AMMAN - Three US troops were killed in a shooting
outside a military training facility in Jordan on Friday, a US official said.
"A total of three US service members died today
in the incident in Jordan," the official said in Washington.
"The service members were in vehicles approaching
the gate of a Jordanian military training facility, where they came under small
arms fire," the official added.
"Initial reports were that one was killed, two
The two injured service members were transported to a
hospital in Amman, where they died.
" "We are working with the Jordanian
government to gather additional details about what happened.
Earlier, the Jordanian army said the shooting took
place at the gate of Al-Jafr base in southern Jordan after the car carrying the
US trainers failed to stop.
It said that a Jordanian officer was also wounded.
"An exchange of fire occurred Friday morning at
the gate of the Prince Feisal Air Base in Al-Jafr when a car carrying trainers
attempted to enter the gate without heeding the guards' orders to stop,"
it said in a statement, quoting a military source.
The army said an investigation was under way to
determine the causes of the shooting.
An American defence official described the incident as
"green on blue", a military term for when friendly forces attack US personnel.
"But we can't say for the moment if it was a
deliberate" act to kill US personnel or "some kind of
misunderstanding," the official told AFP.
The death of three American troops in Jordan could
prove very embarrassing for Amman, a key recipient of US financial aid and
member of the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in neighbouring
Syria and Iraq.
US forces have trained a small group of vetted Syrian
rebels in Jordan, and American instructors have trained Iraqi and Palestinian
security forces in Jordan as well over the past few years.
5 NOVEMBER 2016
African states have drafted a resolution, calling for
the suspension of the UN's new LGBTI investigator. The 54-member Africa group
says concentrating on gay rights takes away from other issues, including
Speaking on behalf of African countries, Botswana's
ambassador told a General Assembly human rights committee on Friday that the
council should not be looking into "sexual orientation and gender
"Those two notions are not and should not be
linked to existing international human rights instruments," said Charles
The 54-national African Group said it opposes the
creation of an independent investigator to investigate human rights violations
against Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people.
The group is concerned that gay rights issues would
take precedence over "other issues of paramount importance, such as the
right to development and the racism agenda."
Experienced rights champion
International law professor Vitit Muntarbhorn of
Thailand was appointed in September by the UN Human Rights Council.
Muntarbhorn's three-year mandate to fight anti-gay
crimes was approved despite strong objections from several Muslim countries.
His appointment was made after research revealed how
hundreds of LGBTI people have been killed and thousands injured in recent years
due to their sexuality. Muntarbhorn is due to carry out country visits, and
raise allegations of rights violations with UN members.
Some African filmmakers dare to break the silence
surrounding the gay community in Africa. They portray the hopes and struggles
of Africa's LGBT. The Afrikamera film festival takes the stories to Berlin's
silver screen. (04.11.2016)
Persecution of homosexuals in Africa hinders fight
Life is dangerous for Africa's gays and lesbians,
despite a resolution from the African Commission for Human Rights. The UN warns
that the persecution of homosexuals is hindering the fight against AIDS.
Push to reintroduce Ugandan anti-gay law
A Ugandan anti-gay law thrown out on a technicality could
be re-submitted to the country's parliament as early as next week. Several
anti-gay legislators want a prompt fresh vote on the measure without lengthy
Muslims in a village in eastern Uganda on Sunday (Oct.
30) gutted the home of a Christian family for housing two boys threatened with
violence for leaving Islam, sources said.
Stephen Muganzi, 41, told Morning Star News that the
two teenaged boys sought refuge with him on Oct. 16 in Kobolwa village, Kibuku
District after their parents earlier in the month learned of their conversion,
began questioning them and threatened to kill them. The two boys, ages 16 and
17, had secretly become Christians nearly seven months before.
An area pastor told Morning Star News that Muganzi
appeared terrified when he showed up at his church building with his family
after fleeing the enraged mob.
“The life of my family is at stake,” Muganzi told the
pastor, he said. “Where am I going to take them? I have lost everything that
was in the house.”
After the boys had fled their homes and the parents
began searching for them, Muganzi had begun receiving threats, he said.
“I started receiving threatening messages in my phone
accusing me of converting the boys to Christianity, as well as housing them in
my house without the parents’ permission, but I did not take it very
seriously,” Muganzi said.
The boys’ fathers (names withheld, like those of the
boys, for security reasons) organized a group of sharia (Islamic law)
vigilantes to punish them for apostasy, and the mob, including the boys’
fathers, set fire to Muganzi’s house, he said.
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“At around 6 p.m., I saw a group of people moving
towards my house and immediately recalled the warning, and I signaled my family
to take refuge,” he said. “As the attackers drew nearer, I noticed that some of
the people wore Islamic attire. There and then I also ran for my life. After 20
minutes, we saw fire coming out of my homestead. I then knew that the Muslims
had burned my house.”
The church sent one of the elders to check on the
extent of damage, who reported, “The loss is enormous.” Muganzi and the boys have sought shelter
The elder discovered leaflets left behind by the
“Be informed that we are not yet finished with you,”
one read. “Expect more, worse things are on the way.”
Food Project Attacked
Also in eastern Uganda in predominantly Muslim Nalidi
village, Pallisa District, a mob of armed jihadists recently injured 27
Christians working at a food-producing project because people were coming to
Christ through the outreach, sources said.
As they harvested rice, 16 of the 27 wounded
Christians were seriously injured when the Islamists, invoking jihad in Arabic,
descended on them at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 6, an area source said.
“The Muslims attacked us while shouting in Arabic, “We
are fighting for the cause of Allah,” survivor John Supete said from his
When he ascended to the Sultanate of Sokoto a decade
ago, many feared Sa’d Abubakar III -- a former army brigadier general -- would
lack the political finesse and appeal to make the role a success.
However, 10 years on Abubakar, the 20th sultan of
Sokoto in northwest Nigeria, has smoothed relations between Nigeria’s near-100
million Muslims, to whom he is the spiritual head, and the largely southern
Christians and has built a reputation as a consensus builder.
“You have led by strong values and you have worked
hard to break parochial barriers,” Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, also a
Christian pastor, said Thursday as he praised Abubakar’s efforts to build
bridges between faiths.
“You have developed deep friendships with... Christian
leaders and leaders of all faiths locally and internationally.”
As the sultan said in a speech on Thursday at a
symposium held in his honor, he inherited a wide array of challenges --
Muslim-Christian relations were at a particular low with clashes between
herdsmen, who are mostly Muslim, and farmers in central Nigeria.
In a bid to resolve these tensions, which were often
exploited by political factions, Abubakar travelled the country and abroad
giving speeches on brotherhood and religious tolerance while disavowing
In October last year, he was named among the world’s
50 most influential Muslims.
“[Sultan Abubakar] is actually a peacemaker, a peace
builder and this is a traditional ruler and a religious leader par excellence
[he] understands relationships, humanity and… is willing to use his office to mend
and fix the broken, damaged and dented relationships that Muslims and
Christians were having in the past,” Joseph Hayab, spokesman for the Christian
Association of Nigeria, told Anadolu Agency.
“I must confess that he is one person I cherish
because of his commitment to peace, dialogue and interfaith understanding.”
Abubakar inherited a crisis of confidence between the
Muslims in the north and their brethren in the south, especially in the
southwest where many Islamic scholars boast large followings.
In the years before his coronation, Muslims in the
north and south were divided over issues such as the dates of Ramadan. The
sultan established a national moon-sighting committee with members drawn from
across the Muslim community to unify the date of Eid and bring Nigerian Muslims
Observers say he needs to rally Muslim scholars to
decide on whether to use the sighting of the moon by the naked eye or to adopt
technology to judge the start of holy festivals.
Disu Kamor, executive chairman of the Muslim Public
Advocacy Center, said Abubakar “succeeded in building strong and long bridges
of understanding and brotherhood.”
However, substantial obstacles remain, not least the
religious extremism espoused by group such as Boko Haram.
A court in northern Nigeria has freed five Muslim men
accused of killing an elderly Christian woman for alleged blasphemy. The court
in the city of Kano discharged the five men on Thursday on the legal advise of
the prosecution. “The legal advice presented to the court, dated June 24,
states that there is no case to answer as the suspects are all innocent and
orders the court to discharge all the suspects,” the judge said in his ruling.
The five men were accused, along with six others who
are on the run, of killing 74-year-old Bridget Abahime on June 2 after she
allegedly insulted Islam.
The suspects had pleaded not guilty of the charge.
The victim, an ethnic Igbo trader from the southeast
and wife of a pastor, was beaten to death, sparking outrage across the country
with President Muhammadu Buhari calling the killing “utterly condemnable”.
Starbucks brews another storm with ‘Islamic’ cup
PETALING JAYA: There are people easily offended in the
United States as there are in Malaysia it would seem based on the latest
controversy involving Starbucks and their year-end festive season cup design.
After being slammed by Christian conservative groups
across the US late last year for coming up with a simple red-coloured cup,
seemingly to symbolise a particular festival (or holiday) without so many
words, Starbucks have come under fire again this year.
Starbucks revealed the new design to the media on
Tuesday, and not surprisingly, many people kicked up a firestorm on social
media with some going as far as saying it was promoting Islam, The Huffington
The global coffee chain’s new design of a green cup
with a white spot where its iconic logo normally appears, is titled “a symbol
of unity”. There are pencil-line sketches of people all around the cup.
But instead of unity, in terms of the diverse people
that the brand brings together in their love for coffee, Starbucks is being
criticised for having a design that echoed the colours of the flag of the Arab
According to the Huffington Post, some people went
further, suggesting the cups were linked to the so-called Islamic State (IS).
One commenter on social media said: “The giant coffee
chain is calling this year’s monstrosity the “unity” cup… Hmm, what else is
unified…. Isis!!?! The unified caliphate of the Islamic State!”
Like in Malaysia, the usual rhetoric and outrage is
also followed by a call to boycott, with some suggesting the move because
Starbucks are into “political brainwashing”.
Last year, Christian evangelicals in the US called the
red-coloured Starbucks cup a declaration of “war on Christmas”.
One particular rant on Facebook by a Joshua Feuerstein
was even viewed 16 million times.
“Starbucks isn’t allowed to say Merry Christmas to
customers.“Do you realise that Starbucks wanted to take Christ and Christmas
off their brand new cups? That’s why they’re just plain red,” Feuerstein wrote.
Even The Washington Post weighed in on the national
scandal, saying: “Starbucks certainly didn’t seem to anticipate this… in many
ways, the cups seemed designed to be unremarkable.”
A statement by Howard Schultz, Starbucks CEO, said:
“The green cup and the design represent the connections Starbucks has as a
community with its partners (employees) and customers.
“During a divisive time in our country, Starbucks
wanted to create a symbol of unity as a reminder of our shared values, and the
need to be good to each other.”
What Malaysia can learn from Indonesia’s ‘Islam
Nusantara’ in fight against IS
BY SYED JAYMAL ZAHIID
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 5 — For Indonesia, the world's
largest Muslim country, the concept of “Islam Nusantara” has played a crucial
multi-faceted role in helping suppress Islamic radicalisation.
But most importantly, the concept — coined by the
later former Indonesian president Abdurrahman Wahid or popularly knows as Gus
Dur — has helped circumvent the cultural threat that comes with radical Islam.
What makes Islam Nusantara effective ammunition
against extremists is its identity, which forms the concept's core ideology.
Abdurrahman's daughter, Alissa Wahid, who is now
carrying on her father's legacy in promoting Islam Nusantara, explained that
the politics of identity help drive recruitment for extreme groups.
This means it is crucial that moderates prevent
hardliners from monopolising the discourse on identity.
“But in the context of Indonesia it gives a sense of
belonging, a sense of identity because one of the key strategies of the
hardliners is identity politics; like, if you are a Muslim, you have to do this
“Now the Islam Nusantara gives them a sense of
identity that gives the people or common public the power to say 'I am
different from Saudi Muslim and it's okay',” she told Malay Mail Online after
giving a talk on extremism here.
Islam Nusantara is founded on four principles:
moderation, tolerance or openness, balance or justice, and the moral
uprightness. These principles are adopted from Islam itself.
But Alissa said adopting Islamic values does not mean
one must also adopt Arabic culture wholesale.
And the idea of Islam Nusantara — with the emphasis on
“nusantara”, a term to describe not only the Indonesian and Malaysian
archipelago, but of its polity and civilisations — helps Indonesians understand
that indigenous Muslims have moulded Islam to suit local custom for over a
JAKARTA - A massive demonstration by tens of thousands
of Indonesian Muslims against Jakarta's governor turned ugly Friday as they
burned police cars and officers were injured in angry clashes.
The violent scenes - just metres from the presidential
palace and city hall - marred an otherwise peaceful rally against Governor Basuki
Tjahaja Purnama, a Christian accused of blasphemy.
Three officers were injured as radical protesters
hurled stones and bottles at police, who responded with tear gas, national
police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar told AFP.
"I hope the injuries are not serious, they have
been taken away from the scene," he said.
"The latest situation is we're persuading the
protesters to go home, and some have started to leave, especially after we
fired tear gas.
But some still refuse.
Police had earlier declared the much-hyped
demonstration against Purnama, in which 50,000 protesters gathered at the
city's largest mosque before taking to the streets in a huge show of force, a
largely peaceful affair.
Authorities took no chances in the lead up to the
protest, deploying 18,000 officers and extra soldiers across Jakarta amid fears
that radical elements could infiltrate the march.
The demonstration appeared to be dying down by dusk as
thousands began leaving the protest zone.
But as night fell mobs of hardliners, draped in the white
uniforms favoured by Indonesian extremist groups, ran amok and attacked police,
who hit back with tear gas, water cannon and truncheons.
Gangs torched police vehicles in front of the
presidential palace, an AFP correspondent at the scene reported.
Nov 5, 2016
By: Izham Shah Datuk Arif Shah
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 3 — Malaysia is in the final round
of its sprint to become a developed nation by 2020. As we are reaching that
defining moment, there are more challenges that we will be facing which
requires proactive measures by both the government and the private sector.
The Malaysian government has developed and created
policies and action plans towards achieving Vision 2020. The New Economic Model
(NEM), Halal Industry Master Plan (HIMP) among others are examples of the
blueprints and action plans launched by the Malaysian government in achieving
the goal of becoming a developed nation.
The halal industry is increasingly becoming an
important economic driver in contributing to the nation’s GDP. Across the
globe, halal industry is worth more than US$2 trillion (RM8.3 trillion) with
the global Muslim population of around 1.6 billion (23 per cent of the total
The halal industry is expected to grow in parallel to
the growth of the Muslim population. According to a report by Halal Industry
Development Corporation (HDC), in year 2030, the global Muslim population will
increase to about 27 per cent of the world’s total population which accounts
for up to two billion Muslims.
In recent years, the halal industry has attracted a
growing number of interests across the globe. The major players in this
particular industry are not just limited to Muslim-majority countries but also
includes non-Muslim-majority countries namely China, Japan, United States (US),
Brazil and United Kingdom (UK) to name a few.
Non-Muslim majority countries like the UK is importing
£18 billion (RM92.7 billion) worth of food per annum and the US halal market
size is estimated at US$18 billion. China is also preparing itself to become
the net importer of halal food and beverages in the next 10 years. Malaysia on
the other hand is one of the major exporters of halal F&B and the largest
exporter of halal ingredients globally.
Malaysia is perceived as the global leader in halal
industry, largely thanks to the country’s proper halal ecosystem that is
equipped with comprehensive and proactive policies as well as frameworks to
develop the halal industry.
These initiatives highlight the commitment and
dedication of the government towards improving and developing the industry.
Malaysia is also well-known for its diversities in terms of race, culture, food
Halal in Malaysia is well-regulated by the government
with Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (Jakim) and HDC spearheading and leading
the halal regulatory and industry development. The collaborations among
ministries and government agencies are seen as among the key efforts in
promoting and uplifting our halal industry to be seen as the leader globally.
Indonesia's President Joko Widodo on Saturday
postponed his visit to Australia due to a security situation in the Indonesian
capital following violence at huge protest by Muslims against Jakarta's
governor, a Christian they say insulted the Koran.
Both governments issued separate statements on
Widodo's decision to remain in the country.
"Looking at the latest situation and condition in
Indonesia that require the presence of the president, President Joko Widodo
decided to postpone his scheduled state visit to Australia," a statement
from his office said.
At a news conference held in the early hours of
Saturday, Widodo lashed out at "political actors", whom he did not
name, for stoking a huge protest by Muslims that briefly turned violent on
Nov. 4, 2016
JAKARTA, INDONESIA — Tens of thousands of hard-line
Muslims marched Friday on the centre of the Indonesian capital to demand the
arrest of its minority-Christian governor for alleged blasphemy.
Fearing violence, police put on a show of force
supported by soldiers and public order officers, while embassies closed, some
shops shuttered and Jakarta’s normally traffic-clogged streets were nearly
empty of cars.
The predominantly male demonstrators, most wearing
white shirts and skull caps, massed at the Istiqlal Mosque for the protest
following weekly Friday prayers and marched on the nearby presidential palace.
Large protests also took place in other cities including Medan on Sumatra,
Makassar in Sulawesi and Malang in East Java.
Associated Press reporters witnessed members of an
Islamic student group throwing plastic water bottles and other objects at riot
police, but generally the massive demonstration appeared to have gone off
without major incident.
The accusation of blasphemy against Jakarta Gov.
Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, an ethnic Chinese and minority Christian who is
an ally of the country’s president, has galvanized his political opponents in
the Muslim-majority nation of 250 million, and given a notorious group of
hard-liners a national stage.
The Islamic Defenders Front, a vigilante group that
wants to impose Shariah law, is demanding Ahok’s arrest after a video
circulated online in which he joked to an audience about a passage in the
Qur’an that could be interpreted as prohibiting Muslims from accepting
non-Muslims as leaders. The governor has apologized for the comment and met
“We are here because we want to defend the verses of
God that have been abused by Ahok,” said Nasrullah Achmad, who came from
Bekasi, a Jakarta satellite city, with dozens of others from his Islamic study
group. They raised clenched fists and shouted “God is Great.”
“Only one thing can stop us: Ahok’s arrest,” said
Some protesters snapped selfies of themselves wearing
headbands emblazoned with “Arrest Ahok” and others cheered as speakers
denounced him with hate-filled language. Many held aloft flags and banners with
slogans such as “Ahok is an enemy of Islam.”
Blasphemy is a criminal offence in Indonesia and
prosecutions have increased in the past decade though most people practice a
moderate form of Islam. Amnesty International documented 106 convictions
between 2004 and 2014 with some imprisoned for up to five years.
ISIS bomb kills 12 Iraq civilians, including children,
5 November 2016
A bomb blast on Friday killed 12 civilians, among them
women and children, who had fled the ISIS-held Hawijah area in northern Iraq,
The deaths highlight the extreme danger faced by
civilians trying to flee areas held by ISIS, who may be targeted by the extremists
as they seek to escape and then have to navigate bombs the militants have
Hawijah is a town in Iraq's Kirkuk province that was
seized by ISIS along with swathes of other territory in the summer of 2014.
Nov 04, 2016
The terrorist groups have declared the start of the
second phase of their large-scale operations to lift the army's siege of the
militant-held districts of Aleppo. The second phase, codenamed Azwat Abu Omar
Saraqib, started after the first phase, 'Great Epic Operation' with around
16,000 militants attacking the Western and Southwestern Aleppo districts from
last Friday to Wednesday, ended with a major defeat and loss of nearly 2,500
fighters for the terrorists.
Syrian solider and popular forces repelled terrorists'
offensives on their positions in Zahiyeh al-Assad district, Military Academy,
Menyan neighborhood and New Aleppo district, killing at least 17 and wounding
several more today.
Syrian soldiers also fended off terrorists' attack and
targeted two BMP vehicles of them in the 3,000-units housing complex, while a
bomb-laden suicide vehicle and a machinegun-equipped vehicle of the militant
were targeted by the Syrian government forces in the New Aleppo districts.
The Syrian army soldiers seized two more points from
Jeish Al-Izza, building a larger buffer-zone at the Northern side of Souran.
Meantime, the Syrian Armed Forces pushed forward North
of the town of Ma'an after capturing more hilltops along the M-5 Highway
The Syrian military forces reached the outskirts of
both Morek and Lahaya, which are located just South of the Idlib provincial
In relevant developments in the province on Thursday,
the Syrian army and popular forces fended off a terrorist group's attempt to
enter Hama city and seized their suicide belts and ammunition.
CAIRO - An Egyptian judge in one of the trials of
ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi escaped unharmed when a car bomb
exploded in Cairo on Friday, police officials said.
The officials said the bomb in the eastern Nasr City
district had targeted judge Ahmed Abul Fotouh as he was driving by, adding that
the blast injured no one.
The attack came days after a roadside bombing
targeting a police convoy in Cairo killed a passerby.
Foreign-backed militants in Syria have fired rockets
at a humanitarian corridor established by Syrian and Russian forces in the
embattled Syrian city of Aleppo, wounding two Russian troops and a Syrian
The Russian Defense Ministry said that shelling
targeted the western part of the key Castello Road in Aleppo during a
unilateral humanitarian ceasefire on Friday.
The 10-hour-long truce took effect at 0700 GMT on
Friday, the second such temporary truce announced in the city by Russia and
The corridor attacked by the militants was one of a
total of eight passageways established to allow civilians and militants not
affiliated to terrorist groups to leave Aleppo’s militant-held east.
The journalist wounded in the Friday shelling worked
for Syrian state TV.
The Russian Defense Ministry said that “around 50
representatives of Russian, Western and Arab media” had to be evacuated from
the area and online monitoring of the humanitarian corridor had to be
temporarily suspended because of the shelling.
Syria’s state news agency (SANA) said the militants
sought to prevent civilians from leaving by shelling the corridor, the second
time they did so in the past month.
One Aleppo resident who managed to leave said people
inside were being prevented from leaving the city by the terrorist groups of
Ahrar al-Sham and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as Nusra Front.
Meanwhile, Fadi Ismail, an official in Syria’s
reconciliation ministry who is based in Aleppo, said “250,000 civilians” had
been trapped in the militant-held areas of Aleppo.
Moscow said on Thursday that Russia and Syria were
giving the ceasefire another try in an attempt to “prevent senseless
Foreign-backed militants, however, have ignored the
gesture and last week used the pause to launch one of their most ferocious
offensives in order to break an army siege on eastern Aleppo.
Sudanese jailed for harboring terrorist
5 November 2016
JEDDAH: The Special Criminal Court in Riyadh sentenced
a Sudanese national to three years in prison for harboring fugitive Nawaf
Al-Anzi who had killed two policemen in Jeddah.
The Sudanese will be deported to his country after his
prison term ends. Security personnel nabbed Al-Anzi in his hiding place in
On April 28, a tip to the security forces enabled them
to arrest Al-Anzi after storming his hiding place in Al-Ramah camp, east of
Al-Anzi opened fire, leading to a shootout during
which he was wounded.
Nov 05, 2016
The Fatah al-Sham terrorists' attacks to capture the
government forces' positions in the Eastern Ghouta in Damascus province were
fended off by the strong defense of the Syrian military men.
Meantime, the Syrian army and popular forces continued
their military advances in other parts of Syria, including Dara'a and Aleppo,
over the past 24 hours.
Tens of terrorists were killed and dozens more were
injured during the Syrian army's operations in Syria's key provinces.
Syrian army troops repelled a major attack by the
terrorists on their positions in Western Ghouta after inflicting a heavy death
toll on invading foes.
The Fatah al-Sham Front (formerly the al-Nusra Front)
sustained a great loss in fighters and military grid and was forced to retreat
at the end of a major assault on the positions of the Syrian army in
Syrian army troops pushed back terrorists' attacks on
their key positions in Northern Hama and won back land in separate clashes in a
Syrian Army men drove terrorists out of Zahrat
al-Aliyeh region and some parts in the Northwest of Tal Bazam region in a Friday
In the meantime, other army units fended off
terrorists' attack on their positions on Souran bridge from the al-Tibeh
direction and a separate assault by another militant group who sought to open
their way from al-Zareh village to al-Madajen, inflicting major casualties on
The government forces repelled Jeish al-Fatah's
offensives in the Western part of Aleppo city, and inflicted heavy casualties
on the militants.
Syrian warplanes carried out several combat flights
over terrorists' positions in, at least, four different regions in Northern
Homs, inflicting major damage and heavy casualties on the militants.
Syria: Terrorists Fail to Prevail over Gov't Positions
in Southeastern Damascus
On Thursday, the Syrian army units, supported by their
allies, continued operations to liberate Khan al-Sheih region in Southwestern
Damascus and won full control of Khirbet al-Abbasiyeh district.
According to a field commander, the army and popular
forces also could advance in the Eastern parts of Khirbet al-Abbasiyeh region.
"After clashes with Ahrar al-Sham and Fatah
al-Sham, the pro-government military forces regained control of Khirbet
al-Abbasiyeh in Western Ghouta of Damascus, leaving a large number of
terrorists dead and wounded," the commander said.
"Civilians in Bostan al-Qasr have gathered near
the government-established corridor in an effort to flee the war-hit districts,
but militant snipers are opening fire at them to force them to leave the
area," the sources said.
Meantime, reports said earlier today that government
forces repelled Jeish al-Fatah's offensives in the Western part of Aleppo city,
and inflicted heavy casualties on the militants.
Syrian Army Intensifies Attacks on Terrorists in
The Syrian Armed Forces resumed their military
operations in Western Ghouta, targeting farms located just North of Khan
The army soldiers captured most of Khan Al-Sheih's
Northern outskirts, leaving only a small distance between their frontline and
In relevant developments in the province on Thursday,
the Syrian army units, supported by their allies, continued operations to
liberate Khan al-Sheih region in Southwestern Damascus and won full control of
Khirbet al-Abbasiyeh district.
The terrorist groups confirmed on their websites that
Liwa Soqour al-Sham's commander, Abdul Rahim, was killed in the Western part of
In the meantime, Commander of Fatah al-Sham Front (the
al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group previously known as the al-Nusra Front)
Ahmad Abdul Rahman Baradeyee was also killed in clashes with the Syrian army in
the Western part of Aleppo before the humanitarian pause started.
The Russian government's 10-hour humanitarian pause in
Aleppo went into effect at 8 o'clock this morning.
Blasphemy accusation from Pakistan creeping in
Indonesia catch violence
November 4, 2016. (PCP) “An infidel cannot govern
Muslims” “Jail for Christian Governor on Blasphemy” were chanting slogans
thousands of Muslim extremist protestors on using Quranic verses in his speech
which hardline term as blasphemy.
According to AP, Indonesia's president blamed
political meddling for violence in the capital Jakarta on Friday that killed
one person and injured seven following a protest by hard-line Muslims demanding
the arrest of the city's minority-Christian governor for alleged blasphemy.
Indonesia, with a population of more than 250 million
people, is the world's most populous Muslim nation. Most people practice a
moderate form of Islam but a vocal minority wants to impose a stricter
MetroTV reported that a mob tried to enter the housing
complex where Jakarta Gov. Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama lives in
northern Jakarta but were stopped by police, who fired tear gas. Setiyono said
rioting in north Jakarta involving the looting of a convenience store and
damage to police vehicles had been brought under control but live TV footage
showed a standoff continuing between police and a mob in the area.
Ahok, a Christian Governor of Jakarta, who is seeking
a second term as Jakarta governor, is popular with the city's middle class. He
is adored as a blunt speaker who doesn't tolerate corruption and articulates a
vision of making the chaotic, dysfunctional city more like clean, orderly and
The incidents on Blasphemy accusations in Indonesia
started from 2007, when Churches were attacked ad later Ahmadiyya Musims became
target of violent Muslim mobs.
The Islamic Republic of Pakistan is first Muslim state
to impose death penalty on accusation on blasphemy which was later adopted by
Egypt in 1991 and then by Indonesia.
Islamic Republic of Pakistan is witnessing violence at
peak on accusation of blasphemy against religious minorities which creeping in
Indonesia and other Islamic states.
November 4, 2016
The military high command in Pakistan has forwarded
the dossiers of four main contenders for the post of army chief, once incumbent
General Raheel Sharif superannuates at the end of this month. The dossiers have
been forwarded to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. According to the London-based
The Nation newspaper, the contenders for the post are Lieutenant General Javed
Iqbal Ramday, commander of XXXI Corps, who led a 2009 operation to drive the
Pakistani Taliban militant movement from Swat Valley near the Afghan border,
Lieutenant General Zubair Hayat, Chief of General Staff, Lieutenant General
Ishfaq Nadeem Ahmad, commanding officer in the eastern city of Multan, and
Lieutenant General Qamar Javed Bajwa, who heads the army’s Training and
Lt. Gen. Ramday is considered among the front-runners,
in part because his family has been associated with Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan
Muslim League (PMLN) party for many years. He is also seen by some security
officials as being popular with General Sharif.
“He’s perhaps as liked by Raheel Sharif as he is by
Nawaz Sharif,” said a senior security official based in Islamabad, who
declining to be named.
However, neither the prime minister nor General Sharif
has commented publicly on his chances of becoming the next Chief of Army Staff.
4 November 2016
The full horror of a terrorist massacre in which a
retired London banker was shot and killed as a relative “played dead” to
survive can be revealed today.
Two gunmen on a motorcycle murdered Naiyyar Mehdi
Zaidi, 60, two of his brothers and three other victims when they opened fire at
a Shia Muslim gathering in Pakistan.
Mr Zaidi’s daughter-in-law Qaisra Khan, an Islamic art
expert and former British Museum curator, told how one relative, Murtaza Ali
Zaidi, had to pretend to be dead after being hit in order to avoid being
A family friend, Asad Rizvi, bravely tried to tackle
the gunmen, who were wearing tactical body armour in Monday’s attack, but was
shot in the face.
Ms Khan told the Standard: “Murtaza was shot in the
shoulder. He saw it all. He stayed down because if he’d stood up he’d have been
"He stayed down with the deceased. The
perpetrators were in full bullet-proof gear. One of the men who survived tried
to tackle them and he was shot under the chin.
“They put the gun under his face and fired. But he
survived and is recovering well, amazingly.”
Mr Zaidi, a keen gardener who worked at Habib Bank AG
Zurich before retiring about a year ago, had travelled to Karachi to prepare
for another son’s wedding next summer. He was due to return to the UK on
The group was standing outside a prayer meeting for
women at a private residence in the city when the two gunmen drove past and
tried to gain entry.
As the guards closed the gates, the pair began firing.
Also killed were brothers Nasir Abbas Zaidi, who is a
US citizen, and Pakistani national Baqir
Abbas Zaidi, along with distant relative Mohammad Zaki Khan, young driver
Mohammad Nadeem, who had just got married, and a woman who has not been identified.
Two other Zaidi brothers are recovering in hospital —
Tahir Abbas, who is a wealthy businessman from Pakistan, and Nadir Abbas.
It had been suggested the gunmen may have been
targeting Tahir Abbas, but Ms Khan, 38, who is a Sunni Muslim, said she believed
that it was in fact a sectarian attack targeting the Shia gathering.
Also killed were brothers Nasir Abbas Zaidi, who is a
US citizen, and Pakistani national Baqir
Abbas Zaidi, along with distant relative Mohammad Zaki Khan, young driver
Mohammad Nadeem, who had just got married, and a woman who has not been
It had been suggested the gunmen may have been
targeting Tahir Abbas, but Ms Khan, 38, who is a Sunni Muslim, said she
believed that it was in fact a sectarian attack targeting the Shia gathering.
Ms Khan, who called her father-in-law “my friend, my
guide”, said: “There have been quite a few attacks on ladies’ gatherings recently.
The whole thing is horrific.
“I can’t even identify with these people being Muslim.
It was a private house so how did they know what was happening?”
She said she felt an obligation now to speak out
against the sectarian divisions and try to stop the “deep-rooted” problems
transferring to the UK.
“My father-in-law was very open-minded,” she went on.
“I am Sunni and he had no problem with that. He was a really well-loved person
and a wonderful human being.
“He would have wanted to be re- membered but also for
people to recognise that all this (sectarian hate) has to stop.”
WASHINGTON: The Pakistani society has undergone a
dynamic transformation during the past three years through consolidation of
democracy, free media and independent judiciary, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the
United States Jalil Abbas Jilani told American-based Women’s Foreign Policy
Group on Thursday night.
At a dinner at the Pakistan Embassy, attended by
prominent women leaders, activists and corporate executives from Washington,
Ambassador Jilani briefed the group about the measures taken by Pakistan for
peace and stability in South Asia. Spouses of several congressmen and diplomats
are also members of the Women’s Foreign Policy Group. The ambassador underlined
that that despite some differences, Pakistan and the US shared a commitment to
democracy, human rights, economic growth, and respect for international law
being essential to long-term regional as well as global peace, stability, and
“Pakistan would continue to strive for peace in the
region and around the world and looked forward to continued US cooperation and
support,” he added.
Giving a historic overview of the US-Pakistan
relationship, Ambassador Jilani informed the group about the inherent strength
and resilience of the bilateral ties based on the shared objectives of
democracy, mutual respect, peace and prosperity. These common goals, ambassador
emphasised, had held the two countries together in some of the most testing
times in the recent history.
The ambassador also shared with the audience the
dynamic transformation of the Pakistani society in the last few years reflected
through consolidation of democracy, free media and independent judiciary.
Addressing some of the security related concerns
projected through the local media in the US, the ambassador briefed the group
about the extremely positive results of Pakistan’s effective military
operations in the border region to eliminate terrorist outfits of all shades
LAHORE - The Jamaat-e-Islami has decided to file
additional ToRs in the Supreme Court seeking indiscriminate accountability of
all those who have got bank loans written off and whose names appeared in the
The JI’s ToRs will also seek action against those who
were known within the country and abroad for corruption, corrupt practices or
concealment of assets.
The decision was taken at a meeting between held
yesterday JI chief Senator Sirajul Haq and his counsel Muhammad Asad Manzur.
KARACHI - Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Karachi Engr Hafiz
Naeem-ur-Rehman has announced approaching judiciary against KE’s sale without
repaying due amount to people of Karachi.
He announced this on Friday while addressing an open
house public hearing held at the Karachi Press Club (KPC) in connection with
the atrocities being imposed by the KE management.
He also announced knocking the doors of apex court
against the KE’s proposed sale.
JI leader said that for more than one year a petition
of JI against the KE has been in pending before an honorable court.
He added that the situation itself is a question on
the credibility of the judicial process in the country.
He said that people would compel KE’s goons to runaway
by forces if they do not mend their ways.
Most Indians Fighting For IS Based In Raqqa, Says IS
NEW DELHI: Islamic State group's fighter Subahani Haja
Moideen, an Indian who trained in Iraq in 2015 and met some of the Paris
attackers, has informed Indian intelligence agencies that most youngsters from
India who joined IS are based in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the de-facto capital
of the self-proclaimed caliphate.
Based on his interaction with another IS senior member
from India, who he was in touch with regularly during his five-month stay in
Mosul last year, Moideen came to the conclusion that most Indian recruits are
in Raqqa. Intelligence agencies are trying to verify his claims as their
assessment suggests many Indians, including 22 from Kerala, are fighting for
the IS in Afghanistan.
More than 60 Indians are said to have joined the Abu
Bakr al-Baghdadi-led terrorist organisation since 2014 and some have been
killed in the war there. An estimated 7,000 to 10,000 IS fighters are based in
Raqqa while other IS fighters and their families are moving to Raqqa with Iraqi
forces pushing them out of Mosul and nearby areas. US and allied forces are presently
preparing to march to retake the oil rich Raqqa from the IS.
Top government officials say Moideen, the most
battle-hardened recruit from India, has provided interesting details about life
of an IS fighter inside its territory.
TOI accessed exclusive details of his interrogation.
Moideen claims that once a foreign fighter, like him, reaches IS territory in
Iraq or Syria, he is kept in a group of other foreign fighters — in his case
Moideen says he entered Iraq from the Turkish city of
Urfa by cutting a barb wire at the border along with other fighters from
Jordan, Germany, Europe, UK, France, Lebanon, Pakistan and Afghanistan, who
were travelling with their families, in April 2015.
From there, they were taken to Tel Abaid town of Syria
where they were kept in small houses. "We were given food twice a day —
once before 10 am and second meal after sunset.
The day usually began very early in the morning when
we pray, and then do exercise. After that we have to attend the two hours
religious class everyday which is taken in Arabic and also translated in
English," Moideen says.
After the religious class every day, three senior IS
members delivered the 'baith' (oath) of loyalty to recruits, six at a time, in
the name of Al Baghdadi. The classes are held only for a couple of weeks.
After that, the men were taken to Mosul to the IS'
military training camp. Moideen was kept in a group named Umar Ibnu Khatab
Khatiba, headed by a French national with the given name of Abu Suleiman
His group, as first reported by TOI, also had
Pakistani national and former Lashkar-e-Taiba veteran bomb maker Mohammad Ghani
Usman, arrested from Austria earlier this year and charged for Paris attacks
The arms training is extensive which covers learning
how to use AK rifles, grenades, rocket launchers and even war tactics. The
fighters, Moideen says, practice stripping and assembling weapons, most of
which are dummies.
Evidence not believable, court said in case linked to
3 of killed SIMI men
by Kaunain Sheriff M
MORE THAN a year before eight SIMI activists were
killed in an encounter on the outskirts of Bhopal Monday, a Khandwa court held
that the evidence in a 2011 case against three of them was “not believable”.
Coming down harshly on Madhya Pradesh police and the investigating officers,
the court acquitted one of them, Akeel Khilji, under the stringent Unlawful
Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). The other two, Amzad Ramzan Khan and
Mohammed Saliq, had been declared “proclaimed offenders” by then.
In its judgment, the court also questioned the
jurisdiction of the investigation officer to carry out the probe under UAPA,
and pulled up police for not sending key pieces of evidence for forensic
analysis. Khilji was arrested on June 13, 2011 — on charges of causing enmity
between religions and under the UAPA — and acquitted on September 30, 2015.
The court had also acquitted Abdullah, the brother of
Zakir Hussain who was also killed in Monday’s encounter, and Khilji’s son
Mohammad Jaleel in the same case, under various sections of UAPA and IPC
sections 153(A), pertaining to “promoting enmity between two groups”; 153(B)
relating to imputations and assertions deemed harmful to national integration;
and, 124 (A) on sedition.
The last rites of four of the eight SIMI activists
killed this week were conducted in Khilji’s house in Khandwa on Thursday.
Khilji had been awaiting trial in Bhopal’s Central Jail after being charged in
at least three cases — two under the UAPA and another “for promoting enmity”.
According to the police chargesheet in the 2011 case,
Khilji and “10-15” other members of SIMI had “assembled at Khilji’s house and
conspired to carry out a big attack”. The police had raided Khilji’s house on
June 13 and recovered “SIMI literature” and CDs from the house that were termed
After a four-year trial, the Khandwa court had
acquitted all the accused charged under the UAPA. Referring to a witness, the
judgment by additional sessions judge Avnindra Kumar Singh read: “Hardev Singh
Gaur has deposed that when he reached the site, he heard voices saying ‘Jihad
Jari Rahega’ (Jihad will continue). Irrespective of whether they are captured,
they have to carry out such an act so that nobody will dare arrest a SIMI
member. If a SIMI member is arrested or apprehended, then we will spread
“He also deposes that a pamphlet, dated March 29,
talks about a Russian intelligence report to destroy Muslims…However, Gaur’s
claim of having heard all this at Akeel’s house has not been supported by
another witness. When a large police force was with him, it’s obvious that Gaur
would not be the only person to have heard these voices from inside. Therefore,
the claims of provocative talk in support of SIMI does not seem believable.”
On purported SIMI literature and “provocative” CDs
submitted by police, the court ruled, Full report at:
THE Government’s decision to order a punitive
black-out of NDTV India, for disclosing allegedly sensitive information on the
Pathankot airbase attack, pertains to a group of two terrorists who
investigators are yet to conclude actually existed, records with The Indian
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, on
Wednesday, ordered NDTV India off-air through November 9, saying its broadcast
“revealed strategically sensitive details”. The Government claims NDTV India
correspondent had potentially compromised national security by saying, in a
January 4 near-live broadcast, that “two terrorists are alive, and there is a
weapons depot near where they are. The soldiers, the National Security Guard
officers, who are exchanging fire with the terrorists, are concerned that if
the terrorists reach the weapons depot, it will be difficult to eliminate
The bodies of these terrorists were, however, not
recovered from the burned-out building where they were suspected to be hiding.
No weapons or ammunition were found in the building either. Four terrorists had
been killed earlier during the attack.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh had, on March 16, 2016,
told Parliament that forensics tests on charred material found in the building
“makes it clear that those inside the building were two terrorists”. However,
in its May 21 issue, this newspaper reported Indian and international forensics
experts, who studied the forensic tests, obtained exclusively by The Indian
Express, as saying the samples appeared to be inconclusive, and bearing signs
The reports failed to corroborate government claims
that the charred material recovered from the Pathankot base were the remains of
two unidentified terrorists. They only showed that there was male DNA in the
remains— but gave no indication of how many individuals the genetic material
did not come from, nor that it came from two distinct males. The charred
remains, tests showed, inexplicably contained genetic material from multiple
The National Investigations Agency had, on March 21 —
five days after the Home Minister’s statement — issued a notice seeking
information on the “terrorists who were killed inside Air Force Station
Pathankot while they were carrying out terrorist attack on 2nd January 2016”.
This document, though, only used four photographs.
NIA documents shared with Pakistani investigators who
visited India to study the case also referred to only four terrorists, all
killed before January 4.
Rule 6(1)(P) of the Cable Television Networks
Regulation Act makes it illegal for Indian news broadcasters to transmit live
coverage of an ongoing counter-terrorist operation, allowing them only to use
statements of a designated official spokesperson during this period.
Neeti Sarkar, the Director of Broadcasting in the
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, contended in the November 2 order
imposing punishment on NDTV India that the journalist’s comments amounted to
live coverage of the operation.
SIMI encounter: MP govt ordered 5 probes in 5 days
BHOPAL: After the jailbreak on Diwali night and
"encounter" of eight SIMI suspects on Monday, the Shivraj Singh
Chouhan government has so far announced five different probes into the incident
— the latest being the judicial inquiry headed by a retired high court Justice
S K Pandey.
Immediately after the jail-break, chief minister
Chouhan announced the first investigation by former DGP Nandan Dubey on
security lapses in the high-security prison on Monday morning. By evening,
Chouhan announced a second investigation — this time by National Investigating
Talking to reporters, the chief minister had said that
since SIMI and terrorism are issues affecting the nation and not just limited
to Madhya Pradesh, NIA would conduct its own investigation.
By this time, opposition Congress with senior
functionaries like Digvijaya Singh and Kamal Nath began questioning the
veracity of the encounter. On Tuesday morning, Congress began demanding an
independent judicial probe into the encounter while home minister Bhupendra
Singh remained in denial mode.
Bhupendra Singh categorically told reporters that only
the jailbreak would be investigated and there was no need for a probe into the
encounter. By then the combat video had gone viral and broadcast by news
The government was in a dilemma and there was another
announcement by DGP Rishi Kumar Shukla who said, "It is required by law
that the state CID will investigate the encounters for a fair probe." This
was the third probe ordered.
NEW DELHI: The government has described as fabricated
a Pakistan media report that it was looking to scale down ties with Islamabad
by recalling India's high commissioner Gautam Bambawale.
A media report had claimed on Friday that India and
Pakistan were likely to recall their top diplomats from their missions at
Islamabad and New Delhi, respectively.
"It is totally speculative and nonsensical,"
a government source said, referring to the Pakistan media report. India has so
far not recalled the eight officials, four of them holders of diplomatic
passports, whose identities were made public by the Pakistan foreign office
over their alleged involvement in terrorist activities in Pakistan.
"This is a procedural issue and we will take a
decision at the right time," said an official. Sources said that the eight
Indian officials were likely to return to India on Sunday. India has already
said that by divulging their identities, Pakistan has jeopardized the safety of
the Indian officials.
Rohan Dua & Neeraj Chauhan
R S PURA/SAMBA (JAMMU)/NEW DELHI: In what seems to be
a sign of escalating tensions, Pakistan army personnel are being increasingly
deployed along the 190km international border in Jammu at border outposts and
camps usually manned by the Pakistan Rangers. The change in deployment has been
noted by the Border Security Force and is seen as a clear departure from the
practice of specialized paramilitaries, instead of armies, guarding the borders
in Jammu, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Bengal.
Top sources in BSF and the government confirmed that
the Pakistani army had deployed soldiers and weaponry at the Rangers' posts,
placing regular Pakistan troops face to face with the BSF. "It's difficult
to say if the Pakistani army has taken control of the Rangers' posts at IB but
there is certainly a lot of movement, with many vehicles regularly bringing
soldiers and arms. This has been going on for the past 8-9 days," said a
There is no intelligence input on what the Pakistani
army is doing exactly, but the intent seems to be to beef up military presence
along the international border.
The change ties in with New Delhi's assessment that
the Pakistani army will continue to provoke hostilities until the end of the month,
when chief General Raheel Sharif is due to retire. "General Sharif may be
hoping to leverage the tension he has created on the border to determine the
choice of his successor," said a senior government functionary in Delhi.
The Indian Army is in charge along the line of control (LoC) in Jammu &
Kashmir, where the boundary does not have official recognition and is disputed.
The BSF has gathered information on the rank and number of Pakistani regulars,
and is linking their presence to the firing and shelling directed at Indian
civilians along border areas.
NEW DELHI: India and Bangladesh are committed to root
out terrorism, no matter from where it originates, and address other concerns
like human trafficking and fake currency, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said
He made the remarks during a meeting with a Bangladesh
delegation led by Minister of Disaster Management and Relief Mofazzal Hossain
Chowdhury Maya who voiced Dhaka's concern over terror attacks in Pathankot and
In an apparent reference to Pakistan, Singh said India
and Bangladesh have no difference of opinion on where from terrorism originates
and how to eradicate it from the South Asian region, an official release said.
Thanking Bangladesh for its crackdown on Indian
insurgent groups operating from its soil, Singh said both countries also have
an understanding on addressing various issues of concern including human
trafficking and fake currency.
Chowdhury Maya sought India's help in weather
forecasting and real-time sharing of satellite imagery and remote sensing data
so that the risks of disasters such as floods and cyclone can be minimized.
He also sought training for Bangladesh personnel in
earthquake Rescue Operations.
The Home Minister assured India's all help and sharing
of all weather inputs besides extending training facilities to Bangladesh
disaster response forces at the Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management and
other premier institutions.
Chief minister’s ‘changing stance’ worries Muslims in
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s “changing
stance” has taken the minority community by surprise but they feel it is not in
Chouhan’s inherent nature and he is working under tremendous pressure from the
RSS which “does not want to spare Madhya Pradesh and use it as its laboratory.”
Killing of eight 8 SIMI members, who allegedly escaped
from the Bhopal Central Jail in the wee hours on October 31, by the police has
raised several questions against Chouhan’s leadership which had earlier
instilled a sense of confidence in Muslims.
“Chouhan has been the chief minister for the past 11
years. He never indulged in any politics to marginalise the Muslims in the society.
His stand on the issues related to cows, love jihad, etc has always been a
balanced one. He never discriminated between Hindus and Muslims while doling
out the benefits of his govt’s schemes,” said Mohd Mahir, convener of MP Muslim
However, he added, the CM’s stance had been changing
for the past three months or so which was much obvious given his stand on the
Balaghat episode in which members of the minority community were implicated
under false charges under the pressure of RSS.
“Now, a similar thing — rather a horrible thing — like
the encounter establishes it beyond doubt that Chouhan is blindly following the
RSS line,” he said.
However, Muslims still believe that despite the
Balaghat incident and the Bhopal encounter, they will not completely lose faith
“In the encounter, several were innocent beyond doubt.
But still we will keep a watch on Chouhan’s further steps to decide our future
course of action,” said Mohd Mahir.
Mufti Irfan said, “We are surprised to see how Chouhan,
who has been nice to the minority community since he assumed office, has
changed his position. We wondered what had gone wrong with him when he asked
the people at the Lal Parade ground to raise hands in support of the
Four Indians have been rescued from the cargo vessel
MV Navi Moon, which caught fire at Marsa Alam in Egypt, and are being brought
back home, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Thursday.
Rights groups claim Myanmar govt obstructing reporters
from covering Rakhine crisis
Several international human rights groups have spoken
out over what they allege is Myanmar government obstruction and harassment of
journalists trying to cover the Rakhine crisis, including concern over the
dismissal of a journalist working for a leading media outlet.
The Committee to Protect Journalist (CPJ) has issued a
statement saying security officials in Myanmar should stop obstructing and
harassing journalists attempting to report on the conflict in the country's
The call comes as the Myanmar government allowed US,
EU and UN representatives to visit the troubled area.
The CPJ claims the “censorship” comes amid widespread
allegations of military abuses, including allegations of sexual violence,
perpetrated as part of an intensified counterinsurgency campaign along the
country's border with Bangladesh.
The CPJ notes that border guards and military officers
in mid-October blocked journalists and photographers from several news
organizations from traveling north of the state's Kyikanpyin police station to
areas in the Maungdaw Township, where joint military-police security operations
Security officials told reporters they could not
travel to the area because it was unsafe for journalists. Military officials
also ordered journalists to delete photographs they had taken of the aftermath
of an October 9 attack on a border guard post that killed five police. The
reporters refused to comply and drove back from the military checkpoint,
declining to tell officers their names or the media outlets that employ them,
according to the CPJ.
"Myanmar's democratically elected government
should assert civilian control over its security forces and command senior
officers to allow journalists to freely and safely report on the evolving
crisis in Rakhine State," said Shawn Crispin, CPJ's senior Southeast Asia
representative. "The best way to prove or disprove allegations of rights
abuses is to allow independent media to probe the accusations. If the
government truly has nothing to hide, then there is no need to restrict media
access to the areas in question in northern Rakhine State.
Nongovernmental organizations, rights groups, and
international media have all alleged that soldiers have committed rights abuses
in security sweeps, including alleged arbitrary arrests, killings of unarmed
civilians, arson, and the rape of women in blockaded areas of Maungdaw
Township, news reports said. Reuters reported that "dozens of Rohingya
Muslim women" had been raped or sexually assaulted by soldiers, based on
interviews it conducted with victims and rights groups.
Presidential spokesman Zaw Htay has denied the
reports, claiming the allegations are part of an insurgent "disinformation
Journalists who have probed the rape allegations have
come under official fire. Fiona MacGregor, an investigative editor at the
Myanmar Times, was singled out by Zaw Htay for being biased against the
government and in favour of local Muslims soon after she reported, on October
27, allegations made by a local rights group that claimed security forces raped
around 30 ethnic-Rohingya women in a single village on October 19.
The presidential spokesman also reposted comments made
on social media by former minister of information Ye Htut calling for a police
investigation into MacGregor and her newspaper's reporting on the allegations.
MacGregor told CPJ she believed Zaw Htay sought to stifle reporting on the
On Monday, the Myanmar Times fired MacGregor for
breaching company policy against damaging national reconciliation and damaging
the paper's reputation by publishing the article alleging the rape of
ethnic-Rohingya women and other opinion and analysis articles she had recently
written about military and government actions in Rakhine State, MacGregor told
In an open letter, MacGregor has expressed her concern
over press freedom in Myanmar, and about the hate speech directed against her
and the Myanmar Times.
She wrote: “I have written extensively on gender based
violence in conflict and the wider impact of conflict on civilians in different
parts of this country. Allegations of rapes and other human rights abuses by
members of the Myanmar military are a matter of national and international
concern and were highlighted by the outgoing UN secretary general in his last
Douglas Long, editor of The Myanmar Times, told CPJ by
email that MacGregor was fired for violating employee obligations outlined in
the company's handbook related to complying "with all reasonable and
lawful instructions, policies, procedures and legal requirements." Long
wrote, "The extent of direct government pressure [on the paper to fire
MacGregor], if any, is unclear."
Phil Robertson, Deputy Director, Asia Division, Human
Rights Watch, expressed his concern over the MacGregor case.
"The Burmese government's intimidation of
journalists reached a new low in its campaign against Myanmar Times journalist
Fiona MacGregor and her reporting on alleged sexual abuses by security forces
in Rakhine state. What are they trying to hide? Rather than trying to shut down
reports that it doesn't like, the government should respect press freedom and
permit journalists to do their jobs by investigating what is really happening
on the ground," he said in a comment sent to Mizzima.
Myanmar's government has given access this week to
foreign diplomats and aid workers in northern Rakhine State. Foreign diplomats
including the US and Britain ambassadors and EU and U.N. officials were invited
by the government early this week to check the three-week surge in violence.
"We hope that this is the first step for greater
access for us to resume humanitarian assistance," US Ambassador to Myanmar
Scot Marciel told media.
UN coordinator Renata Lok-Dessallien urged the
government to launch an independent investigation into allegations of human
rights abuses following her two-day trip to the region.
"The allegation of gender-based violence is
worrying and we expressed this to the government, but we discussed mainly how
to resume humanitarian assistance in the region," she told reporters on
Friday, after being asked about reports of rape.
11 killed, bride among 12 wounded in an explosion in
Nov 05 2016
At least 11 civilians were killed and 12 others were
wounded in an explosion in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan, local
officials said Friday.
The officials further added that the incident took
place after the vehicle of civilians struck an Improvised Explosive Device
(IED) planted by militants on a roadside.
Provincial governor’s spokesman Jawid Didar confirmed
the incident and said at least 11 civilians were killed and 12 others including
the bride were wounded.
He said several women and children were among those
wounded and the incident took place as the civilians were on their way to a
No group inlcuding the Taliban insurgents has so far
claimed responsibility behind the incident.
Hindus in Bangladesh baffled by motive behind Muslim
The rampaging, arson and looting were initially said
to be related to 'communal hatred', but the temporary expulsion of ruling Awami
League's three local leaders over the attacks has brought the political
connection to the incidents to the fore.
Rajib Deb, a resident of Nasirnagar's Banikparha, says
whatever the reason behind the attacks, the Hindus in the area are feeling
"Some say there is a political reason. Whatever
it is, what is our crime?" he asked. "We are in great panic."
Dakkhinparha housewife Pranati Sarker saw a portion of
her home torched in the latest attack on Friday. "We don't know who set
the fire. We are in fear of what will happen now. We don't understand what is
happening and why it is happening," she said.
Protests erupted across the country, including the
capital, after the first attack on Oct 30. At least 15 temples and hundreds of
houses were vandalised and looted that day. Earlier on Friday, several houses
and a temple were torched amid 'tight security'.
The protesters are demanding removal of local MP and
Fisheries and Livestock Minister Sayedul Hoque. The three expelled Awami League
leaders are known to be his followers.
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has
asked the people from minority groups to 'overcome fear', saying the government
is 'not unmoved' by the attacks.
Speaking at a programme on Friday afternoon, he said
there was 'nothing to worry' when Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is by their
Foreign diplomats have called on Myanmar's government
to launch a transparent inquiry into human rights violations in the western
Rakhine state, home to many Rohingya Muslim minorities.
The diplomats, including those from the European Union
and United Nations and the US, made the request on Friday following a two-day
visit to the region, where security forces stand accused of rape, torture,
extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests and burning of homes.
“Given the large numbers of allegations of human
rights violations, we urge the government to form an independent and credible
investigation committee that can look into the allegations and establish the
truth," said Renata Lok-Dessanllien, the UN resident and humanitarian
coordinator in Myanmar.
EU Ambassador to Myanmar Roland Kobia also confirmed
the people’s suffering and called for “human rights to be protected of all
communities,… transparency to be ensured and communication, and … access to
He further expressed the international community’s
readiness to help find a “long-term solution that addresses … the root causes
of the issues” and brings peace to the troubled region.
Rakhine, home to about 1.1 million members of the
minority Rohingya Muslim community, has been the scene of communal violence
The state was again in the spotlight on October 9,
when gunmen attacked three police outposts in the town of Maungdaw near the
Bangladeshi border, reportedly leaving nine police officers dead.
Myanmar’s government blamed the incident on a Rohingya
group, adding that the assailants made off with dozens of weapons and thousands
of rounds of ammunition.
Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi said her
government will not place blame for violence in Rakhine before investigators
have gathered all the evidence.
According to the UN, Rohingyas are one of the most
persecuted minorities in the world. The government denies full citizenship to
the community and imposes severe restrictions on their movement, branding them
illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, even as many trace their lineage in Myanmar
Many of the Muslims have been killed while tens of
thousands have been forced to flee as a result of attacks by Buddhists.
The United States confirmed the death of a top leader
of the Al-Qaeda terrorist network in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan.
Pentagon said Friday that the Al-Qaeda leader Faruq
al-Qatani was killed in the drone strikes carried out in Kunar last month.
Al-Qatani, considered as the terror network’s leader
for the region, was targeted along with another Al-Qaeda leader Bilal al-Utabi
in a series of drone strikes on 23rd October.
There are no reports regarding the fate of al-Utabi with
Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook saying the fate of Utabi remains unclear.
However, the provincial governor officials and the
Afghan intelligence confirmed the death of both the leaders in the airstrikes
Criminals set fire to a temple and vandalised an idol
of Kali in Pokati Paschimpara village of Thakurgaon Sadar upazila early
Chakra Mahon, president of the temple committee, said
devotees left the temple around midnight after performing hari-kirtan (Hindu
religious song), reports our Thakurgaon correspondent.
Devotees, who went to the temple for worship in the
morning, found that the idol was badly damaged and the temple was set on fire.
Some local Hindus said the criminals carried out the
attack on the temple as part of recent attacks on temples elsewhere in the
The attack panicked the religious minority community
people, they said.
Superintendent of Thakurgaon police Farhad Ahmed
visited the spot.
Leaders of Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad's district
unit, including its President Arunangshu Datta Tito and General Secretary Tapan
Kumar Ghosh, visited the temple.
Tito told The Daily Star that people who want to
destroy communal harmony in the area vandalised and set fire to the temple.
He also demanded that the real culprits be brought to
book immediately after an investigation.
A call to amend Muslim Personal Law in Sri Lanka has
sparked a debate within the community, with some seeking change “from within”
and others pushing for a broader constitutional reform.
The debate intensified with Law Minister Saga
Ratnayaka’s recent remarks that amending the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act
was part of international protocol required to obtain EU trade concessions, or
the ‘Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) Plus’ that Sri Lanka hopes to get.
“The EU should not dictate how we need to reform our law,” said Rasmin,
additional secretary of the Sri Lanka Thawheed Jamaath, whose members held a
protest in Colombo following the Law Minister’s statement.
Observing that Muslim Personal Law needs to be
reformed by leaders within the community, he said much of the confusion was
because people misinterpret Muslim laws. “You see the same sort of confusion in
India,” he told The Hindu on Friday.
Muslims constitute about 10 per cent of Sri Lanka’s
population, and are predominantly Tamil-speaking.
N.M. Ameen, President of Muslim Council of Sri Lanka,
said there is certainly a need to amend the marriages Act, but this has to be
done in consultation with the Muslim religious leadership and the community.
There is a long-pending demand for reform of the
Personal Law in Sri Lanka within the Muslim community, according to Vijay
Nagaraj, head of research at Law and Society Trust, a Colombo-based legal
research firm. A committee that was set up by the government in 2009 to look
into the matter is yet to come out with any report.
Clearly, there is strong resistance to reforming
Personal Law from other sections within the Muslim community, he said. “While
one recognises that serious questions arise with the linking of trade and human
rights, those citing GSP + as reason to resist reform only want to ensure that
status quo prevails.”
LASHKAR GAH - A journalist working for Afghan
television station Ariana News was killed by a roadside bomb in the southern
province of Helmand on Friday, his employer said, adding to a growing toll on
media workers in Afghanistan this year.
One person was wounded in an explosion in Kabul city
after a magnetic bomb explosion ripped through a police vehicle in the center
of the city.
Kabul police officials confirmed the incident and said
the driver of the police vehicle sustained injuries in the attack.
The officials further added that the incident took
place in Parwan area of the city after a magnetic bomb attached to the vehicle
of Kapisa police was detonated.
Police officials also added that an investigation is
underway regarding the incident as no group has far claimed responsibility
behind the attack.
Turkey detains pro-Kurdish lawmakers; car bomb leaves
9 dead, 100 wounded
DIYARBAKIR: A car bomb killed nine people and wounded
more than 100 in southeastern Turkey’s largest city on Friday, Prime Minister
Binali Yildirim said, hours after police detained the leaders of the mostly
Kurdish region’s biggest political party.
The blast struck near a police station in Diyarbakir
where some of the party leaders were being held in a terrorism probe. It tore
the facades off buildings and firefighters were searching for people trapped by
A spokesman for the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic
Party (HDP), Parliament’s second-biggest opposition grouping, said the
detention of its two leaders and at least nine other lawmakers risked
triggering civil war.
Yildirim told reporters that elected officials who
incite and encourage terrorism must face legal proceedings and that they were
detained because they had refused to give testimony.
The arrests will heighten concern among Western allies
about a deepening crackdown on dissent under President Tayyip Erdogan and about
political stability in Turkey, a NATO member and a buffer between Europe and
the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.
The arrests, which drew swift condemnation from the
European Union, come as Turkey has detained or suspended more than 110,000
officials in the wake of a failed July coup. Turkey is considering
reintroducing the death penalty, and earlier this week journalists from a
leading opposition newspaper were detained.
“Very bad news from Turkey. Again. Now HDP members of
Parliament are being detained,” the European Parliament’s Turkey rapporteur,
Kati Piri, said on Twitter of a country that is seeking membership of the EU.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said she
was “extremely worried” by the arrests and had called a meeting of EU
ambassadors in Ankara.
Southeastern Turkey has been rocked by political
turmoil and violence for more than a year after the collapse of a cease-fire
with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group, which has waged a
three-decade insurgency for Kurdish autonomy.
Access was blocked to social media, including Twitter,
Whatsapp, YouTube and Facebook, an Internet monitoring group said, and a
reporting ban was imposed on coverage of the blast. Asked about the measures,
Yildirim said the situation would go back to normal “once the danger is
The lira hit a new low against the dollar of 3.14
after the arrests, while the cost of insuring Turkish government debt against
default hit its highest in over a month.
“The reports of increased crackdown and talk of the
reintroduction of the death penalty raises concerns about the future trajectory
of FDI flows and even EU accession,” said Manik Narain, an emerging markets
strategist at UBS in London.
Erdogan and the ruling AK Party accuse the HDP of
links to the PKK, which is deemed a terrorist organization by the United States
and the European Union. The HDP, which won more than 5 million votes in the
last general election a year ago, denies direct links.
The government introduced a nationwide state of
emergency after a failed military coup on July 15 which gave it broad powers to
round up suspects linked to the putsch. More than 110,000 civil servants,
soldiers, police, judges and other officials have been suspended or detained,
as have journalists.
The authorities have also used the emergency powers to
round up pro-Kurdish opposition activists and politicians, including
Diyarbakir’s joint mayors, who were detained late last month, and has closed
all major Kurdish media outlets.
Police raided the Ankara house of Figen Yuksekdag, HDP
co-chairwoman, and Selahattin Demirtas, the party’s other leader, in
Diyarbakir. A court official said the prosecutor was seeking the formal arrest
of Demirtas and that both he and Yuksekdag were in court after police
“I will not hesitate to be held accountable in front
of a fair and impartial judiciary. There is nothing I cannot answer for,”
Demirtas said in a statement to the prosecutor, which was shared by HDP
lawmaker Besime Konca.
“But I refuse to be an actor in this judicial theater
just because it was ordered by Erdogan, whose own political past is
suspicious,” he said.
In a statement on Twitter, still accessible in Turkey
through virtual private networks (VPN), the HDP called for the international
community “to react against the Erdogan regime’s coup,” while party spokesman
Ayhan Bilgen described the detentions as an attempt to provoke a civil war.
Police also raided and searched the party’s head
office in central Ankara. Police cars and armed vehicles had closed the
entrances to the street of the HDP headquarters.
A group of protesters chanting slogans tried to reach
the party offices, but were stopped by police before they could enter the
street, a Reuters witness said.
The HDP is the third-largest party in the 550-seat
Turkish Parliament, with 59 seats. Parliamentarians in Turkey normally enjoy
immunity from prosecution, but the immunity of many lawmakers, including HDP
deputies, was lifted earlier this year.
Iran admits to arming Houthis with missiles
Fars news agency, which is affiliated with Iran’s
Revolutionary Guards, said Friday that Houthi missile units pounded the Yemeni
forces’ military positions in the capital city of Sanaa on Friday with the
ballistic “Zalzal-2” missile.
It added that forces’ gathering in the center of the
Malah region of Sanaa came under attack by the ballistic Zalzal-2 missile,
according to the news agency’s army source.
“It was a precision missile strike and [it] hit the
target,” the source said without expanding on the damage and toll inflicted.
The agency quoted “a prominent analyst” Seyed Sadeq
al-Sharafi as saying that militias “are developing their missile power to
target Riyadh and Dubai in the future, after they increased their missile and
military capabilities and expanded the range of their military operations
against the enemies.”
The Zelzal-2 is an Iranian developed long-range
unguided rocket in use by the Iranian military, Hezbollah and the Houthis.
The United Nations’ special envoy for Yemen arrived in
Sanaa to discuss his roadmap during his second visit to the capital in less
than a week.
The UN said in a statement Friday that Ismail Ould
Cheikh Ahmed arrived in the capital on Thursday and that he will meet with
members of the diplomatic corps and others to discuss ways to alleviate the
humanitarian suffering and assess the best ways to address the country’s
“Negotiating peace frameworks is a tremendous
undertaking under the best of circumstances,” added the special envoy. “It
requires an unequivocal determination of the parties to reach a negotiated
settlement to put Yemen on the path to peace and that’s what we are aiming
Meanwhile, Yemen’s legitimate and
internationally-backed government reaffirmed its refusal to discuss fundamental
national topics concerning the future of the presidency office and the
government with putschists.
In a press statement, the Deputy Premier and Minister
of Civil Service Abdulaziz Jabbari, following a meeting on Friday with the US
Ambassador to Yemen Matthew H. Tueller, said that talks about the institution
and presidency cannot be accepted, except through the ballot box and popular
will, the Saudi news state agency SPA reported.
The Yemeni official’s remarks came in response to a
recent peace roadmap presented by Ismail Ould Cheikh which was rejected by the
Yemeni government as it was perceived to be flawed and granted the coup a
4 November 2016
Arab coalition spokesman Ahmed Asiri stressed during
an interview with CNN that the bloc’s role was to protect the lives of Yemeni
people, as he reacted to a photo presented by Christiane Amanpour portraying
the starvation being experienced in Yemen.
Amanpour, the Chief International Correspondent for
CNN, asked General Assiri if he had seen the picture, which she said showed an
18-year-old woman on the brink of starvation in Yemen.
Amanpour suggested both sides of the Yemeni war were
probably behind blockade-like conditions that prevented aid from reaching those
General Asiri responded, explaining the photo had been
taken in Taiz, a city besieged by Houthi militias.
“I'm sure this photo was taken in Taiz, which is a
siege by Houthi. Maybe people forget Taiz today,” he told CNN.
Jeddah: Iranian state-owned media has published
reports that Tehran sentenced protesters accused of attacking Saudi Arabia’s
embassy and consulate in response to the execution of a Saudi Shiite preacher
earlier this year to up to six months in prison.
Some of the defendants were handed sentences of three
or six months in jail for the January attack while others were acquitted, their
lawyer Mostafa Shabani was quoted as saying by the ISNA news agency.
However, Arab News sources confirm that several of the
attackers were issued pardons, while others were given sentences, which were
The source, which has access to the judiciary in
Tehran, said that the secret verdict, which was issued a few days ago, was
meant to “only ease international pressure and satisfy global public opinion
that Iran actually did something about these attacks.” “Any informed Iranian
would tell you that such protests, attacks on a police-protected building would
have never happened without Tehran’s knowledge and blessings,” said the source.
He elaborated that “Iran is particularly known for government-backed incidents
Several of the accused were immune to civilian
prosecution and were sent to special Iranian religious courts.
SDF's Spokesman Talal Sallo asserted that his forces
do not plan on coordinating with the Turkish Army to liberate the city of
“The issue of Turkey’s partnership came under
discussion with the (US-led) coalition and resolved definitively. There will be
no Turkish participation in the Raqqa operation,” he said.
“We are ready. We have the sufficient number of
fighters for this campaign and we will start it soon,” Sallo added.
Late in October, Salou blasted the US-led coalition
for shrugging off supply of necessary arms and equipment to the Kurdish forces
to help them take back the Syrian province of Raqqa from the ISIL.
"The SDF's main goal is liberating Raqqa from the
ISIL, which needs arms, logistic support and military supply from the
international coalition to suppress the ISIL and free Raqqa," Salou told
FNA at the time.
"The SDF forces have asked the international
coalition for help but received no response yet and the SDF cannot step onto
major battle like Raqqa with its meager military possibilities," he added.
Elsewhere, Salou said that the SDF did not coordinate
its operations in any region with Turkey.
"When the Yemenis fired the Borkan-1 missiles on
Jeddah, some kind of power balance and deterrence was created, since with this
action, the Yemeni forces showed that the war has entered a new phase and they
made the enemy understand that extensive regions inside Saudi Arabia are now
within their reach," Ahmad al-Shami said on Friday.
He, meantime, stressed that the Yemeni army and
popular forces merely target the Saudi military bases and they have and will
never attack the civilians.
In relevant remarks on Wednesday, another prominent
analyst said that the Yemeni forces are developing their missile power to
target Riyadh and Dubai in the future.
"The Yemeni forces have increased their missile
and military capabilities and expanded the range of their military operations
against the enemies," Seyed Sadeq al-Sharafi said.
Noting that continued war in Yemen will further
complicate the situation of the Saudis and make the Yemeni forces stronger, he
said, "The range of the army and popular committees' missiles has
increased to hit targets in Jeddah, meaning that they are likely to hit targets
in Riyadh and beyond as well as Dubai and other sensitive regions soon in
Sharafi expressed confidence that the balance of power
is changing and the Saudis' failure is imminent, and said, "The Saudis are
moving towards full collapse, while the Yemeni nation is going towards victory
and gaining more power in the military and defense fields."
His remarks came after the Yemeni army and popular
forces launched a Borkan-1 ballistic missile attack from Sa'ada province to a
Saudi Airbase in Jeddah late October.
Yemeni soldiers and their allies fired a Borkan-1
(Volcano-1) missile towards King Abdulaziz International Airport, located 19
kilometers North of the Western Saudi port city of Jeddah, Arabic-language
al-Masirah television network reported.
A military source, speaking on condition of anonymity,
later told the official Saba news agency that the 12.5-meter-long missile had
hit its target accurately and left massive destruction at the airport.
New York Police on Alert After Warning of Terror
Attack Before Election
By WILLIAM NEUMAN and WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM
NOV. 4, 2016
The Police Department will be on heightened alert in
coming days in response to a warning about possible terrorist activity that
could occur the day before the presidential election, Mayor Bill de Blasio said
He stressed that the information about the possible
threat, passed on several days ago by federal authorities, was very vague, but
that officials were nonetheless taking precautions.
“It’s not at all clear how credible this is, and it’s
not overly specific information so far,” Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat, said during
his weekly radio appearance on WNYC. “We are watching carefully. We are
certainly in a vigilant position.”
The city was informed of the possible threat in a
routine intelligence bulletin from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the
Department of Homeland Security, according to a federal law enforcement
official who was not authorized to discuss the matter and spoke on the
condition of anonymity. The unclassified bulletin said that the terror group Al
Qaeda might be planning attacks for Monday, the day before the election, in three
states, New York, Texas and Virginia, the official said. He said that officials
were skeptical about the credibility of the information.
The bulletin mentioned no specific cities or
locations. Such bulletins are issued periodically, often before major events.
Mr. de Blasio said the department was already planning
heightened security measures because of several high-profile events over the
next several days.
The New York City Marathon is Sunday. On Tuesday, both
the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and the Republican nominee, Donald J.
Trump, will hold their election-night gatherings in Manhattan.
Several hundred people rallied in the suburbs of
Melbourne on Saturday, after a proposal to house refugees locally drew protest
by far right anti-Islam groups and counter protests.
Political debate around Australia’s hardline policy
towards asylum seekers has been heated recently, with the conservative
government last week announcing plans to permanently ban asylum seekers who
attempted to reach Australia by boat from permanently entering under any visa
Dozens of people belonging to the anti-Islam groups
rallied on Saturday against a proposal to house 120 refugees from Syria and
Iraq, at a housing facility for elderly citizens in the Melbourne suburb of
Nonie Darwish | Gatestone Institute
President Obama appears to have been told that if all
these secular dictators could be brought down, a magnificent Arab Spring would
blossom. This was, it seems, precisely the goal of the Muslim Brotherhood: to
get America’s help to topple the dictatorships — then mostly military and
secular — but then to replace them with themselves, Islamists.
After Egypt took down the Muslim Brotherhood, the goal
of establishing the Islamic Caliphate in Egypt simply moved to Syria, the only
Arab nation where a secular Muslim leader had survived the Arab Spring.
Promoting Islam also seems to have been a major factor
in Obama’s equation for America. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton followed
suit, hosting several closed-door conferences on “Defamation of Religion,” to
suppress free speech and internationally criminalize any criticism of Islam
with fines and prison. She would rather blame terrorism on free speech than on
the violent tenets of Islam.
This escalating subversion should be reason enough for
all Western democratic countries permanently to part company with the United
Nations. Its history of corruption is neither new nor surprising, or that it is
run anti-democratic “club of dictators” whose interests are opposite to ours.
The goals of U.S. President Barack Obama in the Middle
East ended the rule of most of the “secular” Arab leaders in the area. His
views may have come, partly at least, from propaganda on why Muslim people
supposedly lacked freedom there. Obama appears to have been told that if all
these secular dictators could be brought down, a magnificent Arab Spring would
Police say he made death threats to Muslims. His
defense: America’s ‘toxic national discourse.’
By Travis M. Andrews
Mark Feigin is a nice guy.
He really is, his lawyers said.
In a statement released last Friday, his lawyers
stated, “Mark Feigin is a good, decent man. He has no criminal record and he is
not a danger to anyone. He has worked as a Chinese translator, as a
screenwriter and as a real estate developer.”
His record and résumé aside, police claim that in
September the Agoura Hills, Calif., resident called the Islamic Center of
Southern California in Koreatown, threatening to kill its members.
[California man who threatened to kill had a stockpile
of weapons and a ‘hatred for Muslims’]
The threats, according to Los Angeles police Cmdr.
Horace Frank, stemmed from the 40-year-old’s “hatred for Muslims and his belief
that Muslims will destroy the United States.”
Police arrested Feigin on Oct. 19 on charges of making
When they did, they found in his house at least nine
guns — shotguns, pistols and rifles — along with many modified high-capacity
magazines and thousands of rounds of ammunition, according to The Washington
Some were registered to him; many were not.
(Feigin’s fascination with guns seems to predate this
incident. Journalists at NBC4 uncovered a flier made by Feigin, a real estate
agent, promising a free AR-15 assault rifle to anyone who purchased a home from
He allegedly called the center at least twice. The
first came on Sept. 19, and was “peppered with vulgarity and espoused hatred
toward the Muslim faith.”
The next day “the male caller threatened to kill the
person who answered the phone along with other members of the center,” Frank
said, according to The Post.
Since his arrest, Feigin’s lawyers have argued that it
was “all an unfortunate misunderstanding.”
Robert Sheahen, one of his lawyers, admitted to the
Los Angeles Times that Feigin “made some intemperate comments,” but he’s a nice
guy. They weren’t his fault — instead, they were the fault of the current
“If anything,” the statement read, “Mr. Feigin was a
victim of the toxic national discourse of this political season.”
Feigin’s attorneys told the LA Times that he had been
exposed to a torrent of alt-right media coverage. The Southern Poverty Law
Center describes the alt-right movement this way on its website:
The Alternative Right, commonly known as the Alt-Right,
is a set of far-right ideologies, groups and individuals whose core belief is
that “white identity” is under attack by multicultural forces using “political
correctness” and “social justice” to undermine white people and “their”
civilization. Characterized by heavy use of social media and online memes,
Alt-Righters eschew “establishment” conservatism, skew young, and embrace white
ethno-nationalism as a fundamental value.
Swiss court upholds ban on Islamic kindergarten
ZURICH - Switzerland's highest court has upheld the
canton of Zurich's decision to refuse permission for an Islamic society to open
a religious kindergarten, saying its plans did not fulfil the legal
requirements for such schools.
The Federal Court's ruling highlights increasingly
tense relations between traditionally Christian Swiss society and a Muslim
minority that makes up around 5 percent of the population.
The lower house of parliament in September narrowly
backed a ban on face veils, a step widely supported in opinion polls.
A school's decision this year to let two Muslim pupils
not shake their teachers' hands added fresh fuel to a debate about integration
The "al Huda" society had sought since 2013
to open a kindergarten and appealed against local authorities' refusal to grant
The Federal Court said it had rejected the appeal.
"Overall, the kindergarten concept does not
guarantee that the children to be taught will be nurtured in a manner
comparable to that of a public school," said a court summary of the
verdict published on Friday.
"There is also a lack of commitment to the
humanistic and democratic values of public schools.
It said teachers of Arabic and the Quran at the
planned kindergarten did not have recognised certificates and were
over-represented on the faculty, making up a quarter of the staff.
Kindergarten organisers did not immediately respond to
an email seeking comment.
After earlier legal setbacks, the group said local
authorities had treated them unfairly and it hoped the high court would resolve
the issue quickly and justly.
ATHENS: Fifteen protesters have been arrested in
Athens for staging an occupation at a site where a mosque is due to be built
with state funds for mostly migrants and refugees. Police said the occupation
started two weeks ago but ended early Friday when riot police were sent to the
area to make the arrests shortly after dawn. The protesters face charges of
public disturbance offenses.
Germany has summoned Turkey’s envoy in Berlin to
protest the arrest of about a dozen pro-Kurdish lawmakers, amid domestic and
international pressure against Ankara over its harsh crackdown.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned
the Turkish government on Friday against using the fight against terrorism as a
pretext to silence the opposition.
"The fight against terrorism must not be a
justification for politically silencing the opposition, or even bringing them
behind bars," Steinmeier said.
He also stated that Ankara’s unjustified crackdown
could have a detrimental impact on Turkey’s relations with the European Union.
"I think now it is up to the ones responsible in
Turkey to be clear about what direction it wants to go and what this will mean
for relations of Turkey with the EU," he said.
The remarks came after Turkish police arrested
Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag, the co-leaders of the Peoples'
Democratic Party, also known as the HDP, and nine lawmakers of the party
earlier on Friday.
Ankara has accused the HDP lawmakers of spreading
terrorism propaganda in support of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has even gone
further and repeatedly described the HDP as the political wing of the PKK.
In reaction to the recent arrests, the PKK threatened
to intensify its attacks in Turkey. Murat Karayilan, one of the PKK’s senior
commanders, said in a video message on Friday that it was "very
important" for the Kurdish people to react against the detentions of the
The Turkish government continues its crackdown on pro-Kurdish
elements and individuals suspected of involvement in the July 15 coup attempt.
In the capital Ankara, police clashed with
demonstrators protesting against the detention of the HDP lawmakers.
The police used pepper spray and rubber pellets to
disperse the demonstrators.
There was tight security in the Kurdish-majority city
of Diyarbakir, where pro-Kurdish demonstrators had gathered.
The pro-Kurdish protests are being held in defiance of
a state of emergency in the country that bans demonstrations.
Police in France have started evacuating refugees from
a makeshift camp in northeastern Paris that had recently become a shelter for
many of the asylum seekers evacuated from a bigger camp in the port city of
At least 600 police officers started the evacuation
early Friday, escorting the refugees to dozens of buses that will take them to
holding centers in and around the French capital.
The refugees will remain in the centers until their
requests for asylum are processed.
A spokeswoman for the Paris prefecture said all the
refugees will be moved out on Friday.
“The evacuation operation is running smoothly so far,”
The Paris camp, made of tents across several streets,
was home to around 3,000 refugees, almost half of whom had arrived just a week
ago when police completely demolished the camp in Calais — which was
derogatorily referred to as the “Jungle” — late last month.
Authorities said over 6,000 people were evacuated from
the camp in Calais to lodgings in towns and villages across the country, where
their eligibility for asylum will be assessed.
The refugees, who lived in appalling conditions in
tents and temporary shelters in Calais, were unwilling to leave the camp
because it was close the Channel Tunnel, which they could use to reach the
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