By Exit Poll Outcome, Top Darul Uloom Deoband Cleric Calls For Special Namaaz
for Favourable Results
Divide Worsens In India: Because Of the Polarisation in the Past Two Years Some
Muslims Are Frightened and Thinking of Moving Away from their Villages
Resurgent Global Jihad Now Has More Reasons to Be Drawn To India than Ever
Ruins a Reminder of Islamic State's Devastating Reach
Outfit Jama’at Al Muslimin Spreading Wings in Britain and Bangladesh
Former Pastor Says He Converted To Islam 'Because Of Saudi Hospitality'
Wants Anti-Beggar Drive to Begin with PM Imran
Christians Share Iftar at Abu Dhabi Church
By Exit Poll Outcome, Top Darul Uloom Deoband Cleric Calls For Special Namaaz for
terrorists killed in encounter in Kulgam
Malaysia, Iftar Meal is a Time to Reconnect with Former Militants
Re-Elected Indonesia’s President in Race Shaped by Conservative Islam
Mosque, a trace of Islamic civilization in Surakarta
Lanka Rejects Shariah University, All Madrasas Tobe Brought under the Umbrella
of Sri Lanka’s Education Ministry
Raises Alarm about Islamic Extremists In Afghanistan
Of Satan' Bombs Show Foreign Hand In Sri Lanka Bombings: Investigators
has amassed 5,000 fighters close to CIS border in North of Afghanistan: Russia
militants killed in N. Afghanistan
Sri Lanka, Muslims say Sinhala neighbours turned against them
Forces kill Taliban shadow district chief’s top commander in Herat
Special Forces kill 18 Taliban militants in Kunduz, Ghazni and Herat provinces
rips through the vehicle of Taliban shadow judge in Kunduz province
Yorkers Stand with Congresswoman Ilhan Omar
Congress may act on Khashoggi murder, says fiancee
suspects Assad regime of new chemical attack
delegation seeks stronger ties with US Congress
suspects Syria in new chemical attack and threatens reprisal
of US politicians ask Trump administration for Syria strategy
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FM likely to visit Pakistan this week
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Alvi’s counsel given last chance to file reply
asserts Sindh govt’s authority to transfer police, bureaucracy
condemns firing of ballistic missiles by Houthis towards Makkah
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Street Iftar Comes with a Community Flavor
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team unearths 12 mass graves in Iraq probe of ISIS crimes
troops kill 3 Islamic State fighters in Salahuddin
says 16 suspected militants killed in Sinai
to send teams to Tehran, Washington to ‘halt tension’
cabinet calls on international community to stand firm against Iran regime
plotting chemical attack in Syria’s Idlib, Aleppo: Russia
says conference co-hosted with US aimed at helping Palestinians
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Islamic Jihad Re-Emerges, Looking to Iran
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say Iran quadruples production of enriched uranium
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one authorized to act on Palestinians’ behalf at Bahrain confab: Hamas spox
settler runs over, kills Palestinian man in occupied West Bank
target Saudi civilian facility in Najran with explosives-laden drone
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Haram kills two in Nigerian refugee camp attack
chief: Somalia making progress but must tackle extremism
people killed as al-Shabaab attacks army base in Somalia
Forces Arrest Terrorist Suspect West of Tunis
envoy warns of ‘long and bloody war’ in Libya
making progress but ‘must tackle extremism’
Doesn't Need Any Help from Britain in Policing Muslims
in Scotland Vandalized With Racist Graffiti
security services foiled 19 major terror attacks over past two years, says
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By Exit Poll Outcome, Top Darul Uloom Deoband Cleric Calls For Special Namaaz
For Favourable Results
The exit poll results by various news channels have left a senior cleric at
renowned seminary Darul Uloom Deoband upset. The Mufti has now made an appeal
to all mosques to recite special prayers for "favourable" election
results" on May 23, according to a media report.
the prevailing scenario it is very important to pray very hard for peace and
prosperity of our country and for the protection of Muslims, mosques and
teachers," Mufti Mehmood Hasan Bulandshahri was quoted by the Times of
India as saying. The prayers must start three days before May 23, he added.
top cleric has also appealed to those who have committed sins to atone.
"There are too many temptations surrounding us. We must repent for our
move by the Mufti has been welcomed by the clerics in Deoband. "We welcome
the suggestion and all Muslims must follow this religiously. We are very
concerned with the outcome of election results," Maulana Ishaq Goar, a
Deobandi cleric said.
said that India must elect a government which would take everyone along and
work to maintain brotherhood, peace and harmony in society.
"Unfortunately, we have a few parties that do politics on the grounds of
religion which is not right and they should go."
India — Muslims in Nayabans, an unremarkable village in northern India, say
they remember a time when their children played with Hindu youths and people
from either faith chatted when they frequented each other’s shops and went to
interactions no longer happen, many say, because of how polarized the two
communities have become in the past two years and some are frightened and
thinking of moving away — if they can afford it.
residents who spoke to Reuters said they thought tensions would only worsen if
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
wins a second term in the current general election, as exit polls released on
Sunday indicate is likely. Votes will be counted Thursday.
were very good earlier. Muslims and Hindus were together in good and bad times,
weddings to deaths. Now we live our separate ways despite living in the same
village,” said Gulfam Ali, who runs a small shop selling bread and tobacco.
came to power in 2014 and the BJP took control of Uttar Pradesh state, which
includes Nayabans, in 2017, partly on the back of a Hindu-first message. The
state’s chief minister, Yogi Adityanath, is a hardline Hindu priest and senior
and Yogi have messed it up,” said Ali. “Dividing Hindus and Muslims is their
main agenda, only agenda. It was never like this earlier. We want to leave this
place but can’t really do that.”
says about a dozen Muslim families have left in the past two years, including
BJP denies its policies have stoked community divisions.
the end of last year, Nayabans, a village of wheatfields, narrow cemented
streets, bullock carts and loitering cows, became a symbol of India’s deepening
divide as some Hindu men from the area complained they had seen a group of
Muslims slaughtering cows, which Hindus regard as sacred.
Hindus accused police of failing to stop an illegal practice and a Hindu mob
blocked a highway, threw stones and burned vehicles. Two people were shot and
killed — including a police officer.
months later many Muslims, who only number about 400 of the village’s
population of more than 4,000, say the wounds haven’t healed.
in a country where 14 percent of the population are Muslim and 80 percent
Hindu, Nayabans reflects wider tensions in places where Muslim residents are
heavily outnumbered by Hindu neighbors.
BJP denies it is seeking to make Muslims second-class citizens or is
have been no riots in the country under this government. It’s wrong to label
criminal incidents, which we denounce, as Hindu-Muslim issues,” BJP spokesman
Gopal Krishna Agarwal said.
opposition has been playing communal politics but we believe in neutrality of
governance. Neither appeasement of any, nor denouncement of any. Some people
may be finding that they are not being appeased anymore.”
be sure, villagers say Nayabans was not free of conflict in the past — attempts
to build a mosque in 1977 led to communal riots in which two people were
killed. But for the 40 years after that there had been relative harmony,
Muslim residents said Hindu hardliners started asserting themselves more in the
village after Yogi took office in March 2017.
atmosphere worsened around the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in 2017 — Hindu
activists demanded Muslims stop using a microphone in their madrasa, which also
acts as a mosque, to call people to prayer, arguing it disturbed the whole
Muslims reluctantly agreed to stop using the mike and speaker — even though
they say it had been operating for many years — to keep the peace, but the move
created deep resentment.
Hindus were unsympathetic.
knows what they are moaning about,” said Hindu elder Om Prakash, a 63-year-old
tailor. “There’s peace here but we won’t tolerate any mike there. That’s a
madrasa, not a mosque.”
requires the faithful to pray five times a day. Without the reminder of hearing
the call, some Muslim residents say they risk missing prayer times.
can’t express our religion in any way here, but they are free to do whatever
they want,” said Muslim law student Aisha, 21.
said that Hindu men from the village often shouted anti-Muslim slogans during
festival processions. At least a dozen Hindus in the village denied that was
remembers when relations were better.
they would speak very nicely to us, but now they don’t,” said Aisha. “If there
was any problem at all, or someone was sick in the family, all the neighbors
would come over and help – whether Hindus or Muslims. Now that doesn’t happen.”
Saifi, 38, who runs a cloth shop at a nearby market, was named in a complaint
filed with the police by local Hindus over the cow incident last year.
16 days in jail, he was released as the police found he had nothing to do with
the suspected slaughter, but said he found much had changed.
now shun his business. The money he spent on lawyers meant he had to stop going
to Delhi to buy stock for the shop, which is largely empty. And he withdrew his
13-year-old son from a private school because he could no longer afford it.
someone who had never seen the inside of a police station or even dreamt of
committing a crime, it’s a big thing,” he said of the trauma of his detention.
often thinks about leaving the village, he says, but tells himself: “I have not
done anything wrong, why should I leave?”
Jabbar Ali, 55, moved to a Muslim-dominated area in Masuri, closer to Delhi,
buying a house with money he saved from working in Saudi Arabia.
Hindus could kill a Hindu police inspector, in front of a police outpost, with
armed guards alongside him, then who are we Muslims?” Ali said, recalling the
still keeps his house in Nayabans and visits occasionally but said he feels
much safer in his new home, where all his immediate neighbors are Muslims.
fearful here,” he said. “Muslims may have to empty out this place if Modi gets
another term and Yogi continues here.”
a round-faced 22-year-old with a goatee, comes from one of the most affluent
Muslim families in the village. His father runs a gold shop in a town nearby.
outside his home, he recalled playing sport together with Hindus.
we were young all the Hindus and Muslims used to play together, especially
cricket – I played it a lot,” he said. “Now we haven’t played in at least a
said he wanted to move to New Delhi soon to study at a university there.
“Things are not good here,” he said.
Muslims, however, say they are committed to remaining. Aas Mohammed, 42, the
owner of a flourishing tiles and bathroom fixtures business in a nearby town,
has decided to stay in the village, though he has a house on Delhi’s outskirts.
helped arrange a lawyer for Saifi after his arrest over the cow incident. He is
now lobbying to have the microphone brought back and fighting a legal battle to
get a new mosque built.
will fight on,” he said. “I am not scared, but another term for Modi will make
it very difficult for many other people to live here.”
Resurgent Global Jihad Now Has More Reasons to Be Drawn To India than Ever Before
can no longer be smug about the relatively few ISIS radicals it has had so far.
A resurgent global jihad now has more reasons to be drawn to India than ever
very fact that the ISIS has chosen South Asia as the region for staging its
comeback, following the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka last month, raises many
red flags for the subcontinent. A scorched ISIS is looking upon the large
Muslim population in the country to replenish its depleted ranks.
fact, ISIS’ subsequent announcements of forming a so-called ‘Wilayat Al Hind’
(a fictitious ISIS province in India) and the appointment of a new leader (a
certain Abu Muhammad Al Bengali) to lead the charge against India and
Bangladesh indicate the group’s sustained public relations offensive.
may be easy for some critics to dismiss these announcements as bluster, but it
would be unwise to entirely ignore the group’s stated plan and intent.
a long time, security experts believed global jihadist organisations (al-Qaeda
and ISIS) were not so keen on targeting the subcontinent for a variety of
Salafi-Wahhabi in orientation, global jihadists had to engage in a turf war
with Pakistan-backed Hanafi-Deobandi terror groups (like the Taliban) already
active in the region since the 1990s, with whom they had fundamental doctrinal
al-Qaeda could never subsume independent-minded Taliban into its Salafist fold,
even though many of its leaders like Abu Qatada and Abu Musab Al Zarqawi did
not accept the Taliban ‘emirate’ as Islamic due to doctrinal differences.
ISIS (which is even more hardline in its religious orientation than al-Qaeda)
has found it difficult to convert Hanafi terror groups in the
Afghanistan-Pakistan region and Kashmir to its brand of jihadist Salafism.
Global jihadist groups never found greater doctrinal discordance with potential
jihadist allies in other parts of the world than they have in this region.
is one of the main reasons why radicalisation of al-Qaeda and ISIS has not
found much resonance in a largely Hanafi India, and is only more resonant in
some southern provinces of the country, as well as in the Maldives and Sri
Lanka, which have a sizeable Ahl-e-Hadeeth and Salafi population.
of ongoing ‘crusades’
and ISIS never found India as critical to their global campaign against the
West-led international order. Since the time of Bin Laden’s fatwas of jihad in
late-1990s, global jihadists identified ‘crusading’ Western powers as their
primary adversary and have tried to gain religious legitimacy by projecting
themselves as prophesied forces that would wage an apocalyptic war with the
Christian West. India does not figure prominently in this narrative. Even, the
recent Sri Lanka attacks were directed primarily against Christian worshippers
and many Westerners staying in big hotels.
apart from gaining recruits, India has been of little strategic value to global
jihadists. From the beginning, al-Qaeda and ISIS have targeted failing states,
preferably Muslim, to carve their own areas of influence from which to operate.
Therefore, they have preferred to focus more on countries like Iraq, Syria,
Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Somalia, etc. to spread their menace.
vigilant security agencies, a largely law-abiding Muslim population and a
strong secular social fabric have hardly allowed global jihadists any prospect
thin edge of the wedge
cues from international media that have started to play up the so-called
intolerance in Indian society, ISIS (as Tim Lister of CNN points out) feels
tempted to test the fragility of Indian social fabric now. It feels India is
fraying at the edges and may not withstand a fresh assault.
terror group also believes it has a more ready audience in India for its brand
of radicalisation, as young social-media savvy Muslims from small cities and
villages come out of the atavistic Deobandi and Barelvi schools in much larger
numbers. The resistance from Indian schools of Islam to the Salafi-jihadist
discourse is thus easily breached, as ISIS can now directly reach out with its
cutting-edge message of subversion in a communally fraught environment.
situation in Kashmir is even more critical. There is a growing disillusionment
within the Kashmiri population towards indigenous secessionist groups that have
unsuccessfully led a 30-year long insurgency. Tapping on this resentment, the
Jaish-e-Mohammad is training radical youth to a more advanced form of
asymmetric warfare, which it has learnt from elements within the Pakistan
military and its associates in al-Qaeda and ISIS.
Pulwama attacks clearly point to a dangerous new form of terrorism in Kashmir,
which bears the hallmarks of global jihadist operations. India can’t afford to
ruins a reminder of Islamic State's devastating reach
CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - It had only been a week since Mohammad Ali
Acampong finished renovating his house when bombs and bullets struck Marawi
years ago, pro-Islamic State militants took over in a bid to carve out their
own “Wilayah”, or province, forcing nearly 100,000 people to flee in what
became the Philippine military’s toughest and longest conflict since World War
a local government official, left his three-storey lakeside house with his
family of eight.
the chaos began, our life suddenly became really difficult,” Acampong, 42, told
had a comfortable life before. Now we live in between shelters, enduring heat,
the lack of water, the lack of everything.”
was once one of the most picturesque cities in the Philippines.
half of it is now charred concrete and skeletons of buildings, the effects of
154 days of air strikes and artillery by the military, and booby traps the
rebels laid everywhere to keep them at bay.
Acampongs now live in a tiny temporary housing unit on the city’s outskirts,
competing with thousands of families for water and other basic utilities.
least 500 other families live in plastic tents, like Asnia Sandiman, 25, who
produces made-to-order clothing with a government-issued sewing machine.
tent is fine until it rains and it gets so cold, or until the heat is so bad,”
deepest hope is that we are allowed to go back to Marawi but honestly, I would
take any permanent address just to get out of here.”
of militants, 165 soldiers and at least 45 civilians were killed in the
five-month conflict. President Rodrigo Duterte in October 2017 declared the
city liberated, and its rehabilitation officially underway.
there is little sign of progress.
Marawi (Rise Marawi), an inter-agency task force in charge of reconstruction,
has a deadline of 2021 for rebuilding and remains confident of meeting that.
could only go as fast as legally possible. We can’t make shortcuts,” its field
office manager, Felix Castro, said.
takes a while in the beginning but it will be quick once it starts.”
for stray dogs and soldiers on guard, Marawi’s commercial center has been
abandoned. There is no sign of the promised rehabilitation.
of people are in limbo following a conflict that no one saw coming.
are jobless and dependent on relief goods, like Noronisah Laba Gundarangin, a
mother of three, who lives with four other families in her sister’s home.
73,000 pesos ($1,385) her family received from government agencies isn’t enough
for a small business. They have debts to pay and children to feed.
40, wonders what happened to all the help and money pledged by the
international community when the war was in the spotlight. The authorities say
not all of that has materialized.
know billions (of pesos) were donated to Marawi but they go through so much
bureaucracy that by the time it reaches us, they are pennies,” she said.
task force commander, Eduardo del Rosario, on Monday said obstacles to progress
were debris, unexploded ordnance and unsafe structures, but said those should
all be cleared by November, with some construction to start in September.
awaiting that, the task force has been allowing people to return to see the
place they once called home. Now they call it “ground zero”.
gave his consent for his house to be demolished. He returned recently and found
a papaya tree growing in its place.
painful because we had nothing to do with this war. We were just caught up,” he
we’ve worked hard for, all the big and small investments, are now all gone.”
day, it’s like this. Waiting and waiting, as if waiting for death.”
outfit Jama’at al Muslimin spreading wings in Britain and Bangladesh
Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
May 20, 2019, Detective Branch (DB) of Bangladesh Police has arrested Yasin
Muhammed Abdus Samad (43) in Dhaka from in front of Gawsul Azam mosque in
Mohakhali area, who is the active cohort of the founder of a radical Islamic
militancy group named Jama’at al Muslimin Bangladesh (JaM). Following his
arrest, DB said, pro-Al Qaeda militancy group Jama’at al Muslimin Bangladesh
was formed under active participation of British-Bangladeshi Yasin Muhammed
Abdus Samad. By now, this group has expanded its activities within 17 countries
in the world, including the United Kingdom. The elite force also arrested
Tehzib Karim, who also is a member of JaM and went to Yemen in 2010 and met
militancy kingpin Anwar al Awlaki. Tehzib’s elder brother Rajib Karim took part
in a jihadist attack on the British Airways. Since then, Rajib Karim has been
serving 30-year’s rigorous imprisonment in Britain. On the other hand, Yasin
Muhammed Abdus Samad had connections with Mufti Jashimuddin Rahmani, kingpin of
a Bangladesh-based militancy group named Ansarullah Bangla Team, which had been
later renamed as Ansar Al Islam.
of Jama’at al Muslimin Bangladesh came under the radar of Bangladeshi law
enforcing and security agencies in 2005. Jihadists were getting organized under
the disguise of a non-government organization named Research Center for Unity
al Muslimin (Society of Muslims), popularly known as Takfir wal-Hijra
(Excommunication and Exodus), alternatively “excommunication and emigration” or
“anathema and exile”, is a radical Sunni Islamist group led by Shukri Mustafa,
which had emerged in Egypt in the 1960s as an offshoot of Muslim Brotherhood
being inspired by Sayyid Qutb. The group was crushed by the Egyptian
authorities after it kidnapped and murdered Muhammad al-Dhahabi, a former
minister and Muslim scholar. Being crushed by the Egyptian authorities, this
group once again started getting back to existence and has been expanding
network in various parts of the world.
of the key goals of JaM is ousting democratically elected governments in
different parts of the world, including the Muslim nations. With this notorious
plan, this group is gradually expanding network in a number of countries,
including United Kingdom. In Britain, it is operating under the disguise of
mosques. One such mosque is located at Northampton, where one of the attendees
is none by Islamic State (ISIS) funder and convicted fraud and notorious
criminal Md. Shahid Uddin Khan.
Shahid Uddin Khan, along with his wife Farjana Anjum and daughters Shehtaz
Munasi Khan, Parisa Pinaz Khan and Zumana Fiza Khan had entered United Kingdom
with tons of dirty money and had even managed immigrant status under Visa Tier
1, vide VAF No. 511702.
January 17, 2019, Dhaka residence of Md. Shahid Uddin Khan was raided by the
members of the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of
based on secret information, raided House No. 184, Road No. 2, Baridhara DOHS
in Dhaka, Bangladesh on January 17, 2019. This house is owned by Md. Shahid
Uddin Khan and was allegedly used as a warehouse for arms, explosives and
propaganda materials of Islamic State (ISIS). During the raid, large volume of
weapons, detonator, counterfeit Bangladesh currency notes and jihadist
materials of ISIS were recovered by the CTTC unit.
this recovery, three separate cases against ISIS-funder Md. Shahid Uddin Khan,
his wife Farjana Anjum, daughters and other accomplices were lodged. The cases
are: Cantonment PS, Case no 10, Section-6(2)/7/11/12 of Anti Terrorism Act 2009
(amendment 2013); Cantonment PS, Case no
11, Section-25-A, Special Power Act
1974; and Cantonment PS, Case no 12, Section-19-A of Arms Act 1878.
of the main reasons of ISIS-funder Khan’s joining hands with Jama’at al
Muslimin is his ambition of ousting the democratically elected government in
Bangladesh. In addition to funding ISIS, Khans also have been donating fund to
the activities of Jama’at al Muslimin.
American pastor turned Muslim preacher has said the friendly treatment he
received while visiting Saudi Arabia led him to convert to Islam.
Earle Shropshire made the comments in an interview with semi-official Saudi
news website Sabq published on Tuesday.
70-year-old explained that when he first travelled to Jeddah in 2011 to work as
an editor for a new translation of the Quran he was wary due to the negative
image portrayed of Muslims in the US media.
soon realised that reality was completely different from what I had seen in the
media," he said.
saw good people, who take the initiative to greet people and are generous
regardless of whether you are Muslim or not."
added that hospitality he received in Jeddah coupled with his work on the Quran
led him to embrace Islam.
worship only one God and they have good morals," he said.
who now lives in Saudi Arabia, is the founder of non-profit organisation Muslim
Voice for Peace & Reconciliation.
Arabia, which imposes a strict interpretation of Islam, is home to the two
holiest sites in the religion - Mecca and Medina.
wants anti-beggar drive to begin with PM Imran
People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Tuesday said that an
anti-beggar drive should begin with Prime Minister Imran Khan instead of the
poor people of the country.
in the day, Islamabad’s deputy commissioner had said that the government had
started a drive against the professional beggars in the Sectors F-10 and F-11
of the federal capital. Responding to his tweet, the PPP chairman said that the
government wants to eliminate the poor instead of eliminating poverty.
further said that if the government really wants to arrest professional beggars
then they should start with “prime minister-select”.
announces countrywide protest against govt from June 15
(JI) on Tuesday announced a countrywide protest against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
(PTI) government from June 15.
protest against rising inflation and soaring dollar price would begin from
Faisalabad, said JI leader Liaqat Baloch.
said that the protest would be a representation of the poor people’s miseries.
He also said that the government’s attitude towards the opposition is meant to
hide its negligence.
Christians share Iftar at Abu Dhabi church
chaplain Andy Thompson said the inter-faith gathering is a platform to
celebrate the spirit of tolerance, peace and harmony.
Andrew's Church Abu Dhabi hosted an Iftar where Muslims and Christians came
together to mark the holy month of Ramadan.
chaplain Andy Thompson said the inter-faith gathering is a platform to
celebrate the spirit of tolerance, peace and harmony. "We have done this
last year too. It is important that people pf both faiths get together in a
relaxed setting to celebrate friendship. This is what it means to be in the UAE
- a place where people from all over the world are working and living together.
And yet, we rarely get a chance to meet and have fun together. We need to push
back intolerance seen in the rest of the world and the UAE is leading the way.
We are just joining the party," Thompson said.
though it is a one-off event, the church didn't have any difficulty setting an
Iftar gathering as there were expert advices from Muslim 'ambassadors'. The
church has a monthly gathering of Muslims and Christians where there is
exchange of dialogues.
Anis, an 'ambassador', said the event is celebration of commonalities among all
not just this Iftar. We have a monthly gathering 'scriptural reasoning' for
past two years to share common scriptures. Muslims will take a scripture from
the Bible and a Christian will take a scripture from the Quran, and there will
be discussions. It's fruitful conversations as there are lots of
'ambassadors' took fasting Muslims from the gathering to pray at nearby mosque
- Mary, Mother of Jesus Mosque.
Abdhulrahiman was among the gathering with wife Harshath Beegum Sabeel and kids
Adam Ihsan and Zara Sabeel. "This is the first time we are all breaking
fast in a church. We are amazed by the hospitality and friendly atmosphere
the hall was filled to capacity, the church had to open an additional hall to
accommodate faithful. The Anglican church was established in 1968 and is
marking 51 years.
Two terrorists were killed on Wednesday in an encounter with security forces in
Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.
on a credible input about presence of ultras in Gopalpora area of Kulgam,
security forces launched a cordon and search operation, a police spokesman
the search operation, the hiding terrorists fired on the search party. The fire
was retaliated, leading to an encounter," the spokesman said.
said in the ensuing gun battle, two terrorists were killed and the bodies
retrieved from the site of encounter.
identities and affiliations of the killed terrorists are being
ascertained," he added.
spokesman said arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter.
in traditional Muslim garb – abaya or niqab for women, skull caps for men – the
people entering a hotel banquet hall in Kuala Lumpur one recent evening looked
like any other group gathering for iftar, the meal that breaks the day’s fast
this was no ordinary group. It included one-time members of Jemaah Islamiyah,
Darul Islam, Abu Sayyaf, al-Qaeda and the so-called Islamic State – men
convicted of terrorism offenses and men detained under security laws, plus
their relatives – 122 people in all.
event has been hosted annually for 16 years by the Royal Malaysia Police to
help authorities stay engaged with people once involved with or suspected of
involvement in terror activities.
do have other programs, but it is not something that we hold on a grand scale
like this. The other would be one-to-one visits, and sometimes we organize
talks. It is difficult to conduct house visits to everyone, but we make sure we
are contactable whenever they need us,” Malaysia’s counter terror chief Ayob
Khan Mydin Pitchay told BenarNews.
aim of all these efforts is to keep strong relationships with people who could
be vulnerable to returning to violent activities and radical ideologies, he
had to deal a lot with public perception among others, family acceptance and
financial aid as well. So we talk to their family, because family acceptance is
important. Once they have that support, they will be able to stay focused and
handle the pressure,” Ayob said.
described the iftar event as a reunion where ex-terrorists and former detainees
get to meet not only with police officers but also with people they used to
associate with in terror groups.
if he was worried about hosting an event where such individuals could interact,
Ayob said no.
who are here have repented. They are no longer a threat,” he said.
seven of more than 700 individuals arrested since 2001 for terrorism-related
activities have relapsed, he said, citing police data.
de-radicalization program is a success. Many have gone back to society and they
live a normal life. Some had gone back, in fact they fled to Syria to join the
caliphate, but it is an isolated case,” Ayob said.
regret their actions and believe that violence and extremism is not the way,”
are the only country’
attending the event appeared uneasy around reporters and most declined to speak
to the media.
man, a government official detained by police for 28 days in 2014, gave a short
interview to BenarNews on condition his name not be used.
32-year-old was arrested after he was believed to have attempted to flee the
country to join militants in the southern Philippines. He was held under the
Security Offenses (Special Measures) Act (SOSMA), which allows suspects to be
detained up to 28 days without charges.
was later released due to lack of evidence.
used to be detained under SOSMA. I see the law able to curb militant activities
especially when it involves the country’s security. Maybe what the government
can do is to improve it,” said the father-of-one. But he declined to say how.
said his name had been added to a police watch list, requiring him to seek
police consent before visiting any other countries.
do not know how long I will be on the list. I have no other comment on this
matter,” the man said.
El-Muhammady, a senior lecturer with International Islamic University Malaysia,
said that Malaysian police use an individualized approach to de-radicalizing
breaking fast event is one of the programs the police organize to engage with
them,” he said.
who participates in the rehabilitation efforts, claimed that Malaysia is the
only country that uses this approach to get close to ex-terrorists.
are the only country. During Ramadan we invite them for breaking fast, during
Eid we visit them and bring them some gifts, and when their children are
entering school we help them with school shoes or a bag.”
Indonesia—President Joko Widodo was comfortably re-elected the leader of the
world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, after tacking rightward to win over an
electorate that has shown signs of embracing a more conservative form of the
official vote count on Tuesday showed Mr. Widodo won 55.5% of more than 154
million votes cast in the April 17 election, an 11-point margin over his
challenger, Prabowo Subianto, a former army general who lost to Mr. Widodo five
years ago and has a record of latching onto Islamist...
sound of a drum from the mosque’s verandah could be heard. It was near the
juhur (midday) adzan (call to prayer), when many Muslims go to pray at the
Surakarta Hadiningrat Grand Mosque.
Grand Mosque was built by Sultan Pakubuwono III in 1763 and finished in 1768.
mosque also serves as a venue for religious-related rituals such as Grebeg (an
event to commemorate the birthday of Prophet Mohammad) and the Sekaten Festival
(a week-long ceremony, festival and fair to celebrate the birthday of Prophet
Mohammad), which are held in the compound.
Surakarta sultan has a role as a religious leader in the sultanate.
Grand Mosque staff have the same privilege as the courtiers.
mosque is located on a 19,180-square-meter plot and its wall is as high as 3.25
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Tuesday refused permission
for a planned $10 million (SR37.5 million) Shariah university in one of the
country’s main cities.
in the wake of the deadly Easter Sunday terror attacks on hotels and churches,
the premier also announced that all madrasas would be brought under the
umbrella of Sri Lanka’s Education Ministry.
latest moves by the Sri Lankan government follow widespread unrest on the
island, with anti-Muslim riots having caused damage running into millions of
orders came after a fact-finding report into the university compiled by MP Ashu
Marasinghe. He recommended that the institution, being constructed at
Batticaloa, in the Eastern Province, should be privately operated and titled
Batticaloa Technology University. The new education complex is located close to
the township of Kattankudy where suspected ringleader of the Easter Sunday
suicide bombings, Zahran Hashim, lived and preached his messages of hate and
Sri Lankan government analyst’s department said on Tuesday that DNA tests
proved Hashim died in the attack at the Shangri-La hotel in Colombo.
Counsel, Ali Sabry, a prominent lawyer and political analyst, told Arab News on
Tuesday that the premier’s announcement was welcome.
don’t need a Shariah university at this juncture when there is a lot of
suspicions on various Islamic topics that need to be clarified by Islamic
theologians following the suicide attacks by Muslim extremists,” Sabry said. He
stressed that the country’s main focus should be on strengthening ways to
ensure peaceful coexistence among all communities.
Sri Lankan University Grants Commission had a set of guidelines to license new
universities, and Wickremesinghe’s latest recommendations would also be
included among the requirements for a new university, Sabry added.
prime minister’s ruling on madrasas (Islamic seminaries) would provide more
transparency on the activities of the institutions, he said. “Their curriculum
and their co-curricular activities should maintain a common standard and these
madrasas should prepare the students to make them fit into society instead of
just learning Arabic and Islam only.”
Malik, director of the Muslim Affairs Ministry in Colombo, told Arab News that
currently all madrasas function under his ministry. “There are 317 madrasas
throughout the island with an estimated 25,000 students. In addition to the
local teachers, there are 38 Arabic teachers and 85 foreign students,” he said.
of the teachers are from Egypt, Pakistan and India, while many of the overseas
students studying at the madrasas are from Libya, Pakistan, Jordan and India.
Lanka Muslim Council President N.M. Ameen told Arab News that the local
community had never wanted a Shariah university. However, he said the proposed
curriculum for the madrasas should be constructed in consultation with Islamic
scholars and the Muslim community.
Western Province Gov. Azath Salley, revealed that damage caused by anti-Muslim
riots had reached nearly Rs900 million (SR19.2 million). The governor was
speaking to Arab News following a visit to some of the worst-affected villages
on the island.
to the families of the vandalized properties, it’s clear that an organized gang
had attacked these earmarked properties owned by Muslims,” said Salley. “One
child, whose father was killed in his presence, is still in a state of utter
shock and dismay.” He added that turpentine oil had been poured on the face of
the dead carpenter by his killers and set on fire.
governor urged the authorities to bring the attackers to justice. He added that
the government would provide compensation to victims of wrecked properties.
spokesman Ruwan Gunasakera said that more than 100 arrests had been made
following the rioting, and that a curfew had been lifted and life was returning
raises alarm about Islamic extremists in Afghanistan
— Russia’s top security chief on Tuesday raised alarm about Islamic extremists
massing on Afghanistan’s northern border.
Bortnikov, chief of the main Russian intelligence agency FSB, said on a visit
to Tajikistan that some 5,000 fighters of an Islamic State group affiliate have
gathered in areas bordering on former Soviet states in Central Asia, saying
that most of them fought alongside IS in Syria.
in comments carried by Russian news agencies, called for tighter border control
to prevent a spillover.
has a significant presence in Central Asia including several military bases.
IS affiliate in Afghanistan emerged in 2014 and refers to itself as the
Khorasan Province, an ancient term for an area that includes parts of
Afghanistan, Iran and Central Asia. It has pledged allegiance to the IS group
in Iraq and Syria but consists mainly of disgruntled former Taliban and other
insurgents from South and Central Asia.
has been expressing concern about the IS insurgency spilling over into Central
Asia for several years. But some experts say the Kremlin is exaggerating the
number of extremists to justify its outreach to the Taliban. In recent years,
Russia has emerged as an influential power broker in Afghanistan where it
fought a disastrous war in the 1980s. Russian officials have been mediating
between feuding factions, and even spoke for lifting international sanctions
against the Taliban.
of Satan' bombs show foreign hand in Sri Lanka bombings: investigators
One month after the Sri Lanka suicide attacks that killed more than 250 people,
investigators have told AFP the bombers used "Mother of Satan"
explosives favoured by the Islamic State group that are a new sign of foreign
said the back-pack bombs used in the April 21 attacks on three churches and
three hotels were manufactured by local jihadists with Islamic State expertise.
named the explosive as triacetone triperoxide, or TATP, an unstable but easily
made mixture favoured by Islamic State militants who call it "Mother of
was also used in the 2015 attacks in Paris, by a suicide bomber who hit the
Manchester Arena in England in 2017 and attacks on churches in Indonesia one
State has claimed the Sri Lankan bombers operated as part of its franchise. But
Sri Lankan and international investigators are anxious to know just how much
outside help went into the attacks that left 258 dead and 500 injured.
group had easy access to chemicals and fertiliser to get the raw materials to
make TATP," an official involved in the investigation told AFP.
Lankan detectives say the National Thowheeth Jama'ath (NTJ), local militants
blamed for the attacks, must have had foreign help to assemble the bombs.
would have had a face-to-face meeting to transfer this technology. This is not
something you can do by watching a YouTube video," said the official,
speaking on condition of anonymity.
had initially believed that C4 explosives -- a favoured weapon of Tamil Tiger
rebels -- were used, but forensic tests found TATP which causes more burning
have also confirmed that 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of explosives found in
January in the island's northwest was TATP.
are checking the travel records of the suicide bombers as well as foreign
suspects to see when and where bomb-making lessons could have been staged.
looks like they used a cocktail of TATP and gelignite and some chemicals in the
Easter attacks. They were short of the 100 kilos of raw TATP that were seized
in January," said the investigator.
Lankan security forces have staged a series of raids since the bombings. Police
spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said Sunday that 89 suspects are in custody.
chief Mahesh Senanayake said last week that at least two suspects have been
arrested in Qatar and Saudi Arabia, underscoring the international link.
April 26, six militants, three widows of the suicide bombers and six of their
children were killed at an NTJ safe house near the eastern coastal town of
found large quantities of chemicals and fertilizer there that was probably
meant to make bombs, authorities said.
government has admitted that Indian warnings of the looming attacks in early
April were ignored.
President Maithripala Sirisena has said eight countries are helping the
investigation. A US Federal Bureau of Investigation team is in Sri Lanka and
Britain, Australia and India have provided forensic and technical support.
offered a fleet of vehicles to bolster the mobility of the security forces
tracking down militants.
Sri Lankan who led the attacks, Zahran Hashim, was known to have travelled to
India in the months before he became one of the suicide bombers.
Muslims had warned authorities about the radical cleric who first set off alarm
bells in 2017 when he threatened nonMuslims.
was one of two bombers who killed dozens of victims at Colombo's Shangri-La
hotel on April 21.
chief Senanayake said Hashim had travelled to Tamil Nadu state in southern
India and been in contact with Islamists there.
one of seven bombers who staged the attacks, also appeared in an Islamic State
group video that claimed responsibility for the attacks.
bomber who was meant to have hit a fourth hotel, has been named as Abdul
Latheef Jameel who studied aviation engineering in Britain and Australia.
in the two countries are investigating whether he was radicalised whilst
top Russian security official has claimed that the Islamic State of Iraq and
Syria (ISIS) terrorist group’s offshoot in Afghanistan has amassed at least
5,000 fighters close to CIS border in North of Afghanistan.
director of Russia’s FSB Alexander Bortnikov made the remarks during a meeting
with the ex-Soviet intelligence services in Dushanbe, according to Russia’s RT
worrying is re-deployment of terrorist groups into northern provinces of
Afghanistan,” Bortnikov said.
warned that ‘Wilayat Khorasan’, a local Islamic State affiliate, had managed to
gather 5,000 fighters in the area.
U.S. official had earlier told AFP that ISIS terrorists are heading to
Afghanistan to continue their jihad and plot ‘spectacular’ attacks against the
know some have already made their way back here and are trying to transfer the
knowledge, skills and experience they learned over there,” the official
speaking on the condition of anonymity told AFP late in April.
Afghanistan, May 21 (Xinhua) -- A total of 12 militants have been killed as
government forces launched cleanup operations against Taliban fighters in Khan
Abad district of the northern Kunduz province on Tuesday, provincial government
spokesman Esmatullah Muradi said.
operations, according to the official, launched in the wee hours of Tuesday in
parts of Khan Abad and the neighboring Aqtash district, and so far 12
insurgnets have been confirmed dead and over a dozen others sustained injuries.
security personnel has been hurt, the official asserted.
Lisa Fuller & Rukshana Rizwie
Sri Lanka - The stench of turpentine overpowered Jiffriya Ameer as she cradled
her husband's head on her lap on the front porch of her home and watched the
blood drain from the gaping wound on his head and neck. Her three children
watched in horror as their father gasped for breath.
screamed for help, but three police officers stood, looking on in disbelief,
she said. The only vehicle which could take 49-year old Saleem Ameer to the
hospital was engulfed in flames.
earlier, a Sinhalese mob had attacked Ameer with swords, fatally wounding him
before pouring turpentine on his face.
was hard for me to believe the mob could commit such a heinous crime," she
spite of a state of emergency being in place following the deadly Easter Sunday
bombings, on May 12 and 13, Sinhala mobs rampaged through at least 24 towns in
western Sri Lanka, looting and attacking Muslim properties with stones, swords
and petrol bombs.
addition to killing Ameer, the mobs wounded at least 14 other Muslims and
destroyed over 540 Muslim-owned houses, shops, and mosques as well as nearly
100 vehicles, according to an assessment by local charities.
said that Buddhist hardline groups were likely to blame for the wave of
anti-Muslim riots that swept the island in apparent retaliation for last
month's bombings claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or
navy personnel stood guard on a narrow dirt track that leads to Ameer's home in
Kottaramulla, about 60km north of Colombo in western Sri Lanka. They are among
hundreds of military and additional police who have been deployed in the region
since the anti-Muslim riots.
month earlier, such a nightmarish scenario would have hardly seemed imaginable
in Sri Lanka's northwest province, which had been largely unaffected by the
sporadic ethnic violence seen in other parts of the country in the decade since
Sri Lanka's civil war ended.
week, Sri Lanka marked the 10th anniversary of the end of its 26-year civil war
between the government forces and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil
Eeelam (LTTE), who fought for autonomy for the country's minority Tamil
the end of the war, tensions have increased between the majority Sinhala
community, which constitute 75 percent of Sri Lanka's population, and Muslims,
who at 9.7 percent consider themselves to be a distinct ethnic group in the
year, Muslim mosques and business were burned in an arson attack carried out by
the South Asian island nation has seen more violence in the last month than it
had in the past decade.
spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said he could not verify the number of properties
that were damaged until their investigation was complete. However, he insisted
that "no deaths were reported", although the local hospital and
police in Kottaramulla confirmed Ameer's death.
month's deadly bombings, which killed over 250 people, ignited anti-Muslim
sentiments and eventually sparked full-scale riots.
local Muslim hardline group, the National Thowheed Jamath, was blamed for the
coordinated attacks on three churches and three hotels on April 21, the worst
attack in a decade.
the towns hit by violence, both Muslims and Sinhalese said they still felt
unsafe, despite the increased presence of the armed forces in the region.
Sinhalese neighbour said he feared reprisal attacks, and pointed to the
presence of naval officers as evidence of such a threat.
many Muslims said they fear they could be attacked again.
Thummadora, another affected town about 40km east of Colombo, Abdul Wahid
Mohamed Risvi, a 44-year-old father of three, is terrified about the
possibility of more violence.
haven't gone to work in a week because I cannot leave my children alone. I
cannot sleep well either," he said.
Muslims also said they no longer trust the police or the military to protect
the incident took place, we asked for protection from the local monks and the
police," Aboo Haneefa Mohammed Ahsan, 26, told Al Jazeera in Thummadora.
"They promised to provide security. But we were attacked anyway."
admitted that "some incidents were reported in some areas after
curfew", but added that the "situation was brought under
control" after the military was deployed.
army investigated accusations of its complicity in the attacks after a video
emerged on social media purportedly showing a soldier in Thummadora gesturing
to a mob to attack a mosque. The army concluded that the soldier was merely
adjusting an arm strap.
army spokesman General Roshan Seneviratne told Al Jazeera that "no
incidents took place wherever the army was deployed".
can't look at each other's faces'
residents in the affected towns report their long-existing relationships with
their neighbours have deteriorated.
maintained a good relationship with the Sinhala community before the incident.
Now we can't even look at each other's faces," Ahsan said.
have said people from their own neighbourhoods were also involved in some of
Thowfeek Abdul Kamil, 39, said the CCTV footage of a mob attacking his
electronics store in Nikerapitiya revealed that most of the perpetrators were
recognised them when I watched the video," he said.
Risvi said while some of the local Sinhala population in Thummadora joined in
the attacks, there were others who tried to protect their Muslim neighbours,
sometimes at great personal risk.
two elderly Muslim women walked into the town, a Sinhalese family came to the
road and brought them into their home to protect them. Some Sinhalese also
tried to dissuade the mobs from attacking," he said.
Sinhalese women in Thummadora, who requested anonymity, warned three Muslim
families of the impending attacks and hid them in her home. She said she was
terrified for her own family's safety but saw it as her duty to protect her
Afghan Special Forces conducted an operation in Shindand district of Herat
province killing a top Taliban commander who was conducting insurgency under
the leadership of the shadow district chief of Taliban.
207th Zafar Corps in a statement said Hafiz Daud who was in command of a group
of 15 militants was killed in Zir Koh area of Shindand district.
statement further added that Daud was operating under the commander of Mullah
Samad, the shadow district chief of Taliban for Shindand district.
Special Forces also arrested a Taliban fighter and confiscated a PKM machine
gun, a RPG rocket launcher, two M-240, three Ak-47 rifles, the 207th Zafar
Corps said, adding that a vehicle and two motorcycles were destroyed.
Afghan Special Forces carried out multiple counter-terrorism operations in
Kunduz, Ghazni and Herat provinces of Afghanistan killing at least 18 Taliban
military sources said Tuesday that the operations were conducted in Khanabad of
Kunduz, Deh Yak district of Ghazni and Shindand district of Herat province.
Afghan special forces raid in Khanabad district resulted in 7 Taliban fighters
killed and a large amount of weapons and explosives destroyed,” the sources
sources further added that In Deh Yak district, an Afghan special forces
operation resulted in 9 Taliban fighters killed, 6 detained and multiple
weapons and explosives destroyed.
Shindand district, Afghan special forces completed a multi-day raid resulting
in 2 Taliban fighters killed,” the military sources said.
explosion ripped through the vehicle of Taliban shadow judge in northern Kunduz
province leaving at least one dead and another wounded.
217th Pamir Corps in a statement said the incident took place Tabra Kush area
of the province targeting the vechile of Mawlavi Ezatullah, the shadow judge of
Taliban in Kunduz.
statement further added that the explosion critically wounded Mawlavi Ezat and
his driver was killed.
anti-government armed militants including Taliban have not commented regarding
the incident so far.
Yorkers stand with Congresswoman Ilhan Omar
Yorkers of all colors, races, and religions on Monday rallied in support of
U.S. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who has long been a victim of anti-Semitism
allegations ever since she criticized a major lobbying firm working for Israel.
by the Neturei-Karta International, an orthodox Jewish organization founded in
Jerusalem, Palestine in 1938 to fight the ideology of Zionism and the state of
Israel, the event provided an opportunity to thousands of Americans to gather
at the iconic Times Square to send a message of support to Omar.
chanted anti-Zionist slogans and carried banners which read, "Criticism of
Israel not anti-Semitism", "Falsely accusing people as anti-Semitic
is a cause for anti-Semitism", "We support Ilhan Omar",
"Zero tolerance for Islamophobia", and "State of Israel does not
represent world Jewry" among others.
David Feldman in his speech condemned attacks and provocations against Omar and
said that American Jews do not agree with the proponents of Israel in
demonizing the Somali-born, first-time Congresswoman.
added that just as Palestinians, Orthodox Jews are suffering from the regime of
Israel and hoped for more courageous politicians like Omar in American
rally ended peacefully after protesters handed out leaflets.
37, one of the first two Muslim women lawmakers elected to Congress this year,
has faced a slew of Islamophobic attacks since taking office, including threats
against her life.
fiancee of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said the U.S. Congress may
act against Saudi Arabia over the killing of the Washington Post writer
"in the times ahead".
an interview with Anadolu Agency in Washington, where she attended a
Congressional subcommittee meeting on the murder of her fiancee, Hatice Cengiz
said many American lawmakers were not pleased with the U.S. response to the
met Khashoggi at a conference in Istanbul in 2018, and after numerous
interactions, the two connected and Khashoggi asked for her hand in marriage,
with plans to move to Washington.
changed in early October last year when Khashoggi went to the Saudi Consulate
in Istanbul for documents that would allow him to marry Cengiz.
he entered the consulate, he was subsequently killed. After offering a series
of changing narratives to explain what happened, the Saudi government
eventually admitted he died there but blamed the operation on a botched
are some views on this issue at Congress, such as [passing a] resolution and
[imposing] sanctions. They might come up in the times ahead. I got signals in
this direction during my meetings at the Congress," she said.
figures told me that 'the attitude of the U.S., in this case, is not enough.
Because the murder is against the values that make America what it is. We need
to fix this'," she said.
Thursday, Cengiz pleaded with Congress to lead a new international
investigation into his killing.
poked criticisms at the stance taken by U.S. President Donald Trump's
administration on Khashoggi's killing, telling a House Foreign Affairs
subcommittee not enough was being done to hold those accountable for the act.
United States may begin an international probe within the Congress, which was
our request. The judicial process in Turkey stuck. We cannot move forward
anymore. If there is an international probe, we believe that a more effective
result may be produced," said said.
said it was a duty of humanity to illuminate the murder.
found myself in an incredibly huge incident. While I was living in a very
modest life, I happened to be a witness in a big murder," she told Anadolu
is a human duty, actually a moral duty. Even if it were not Jamal but anyone
else, one thing that a person has to do is to defend his or her right,"
official Saudi narrative has been met with international skepticism as well as
stern criticism from U.S. lawmakers about the possibility that Khashoggi's
murder could have been carried out without the explicit consent of Saudi Crown
Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Trump and his top officials have rejected any role bin Salman played in the
own intelligence community determined with high confidence bin Salman ordered
said there might have been a little bit more reaction if it was someone else
but Trump at the presidency.
Trump revealed a stance that protected Saudi Arabia. Many of the Democratic and
Republican names I met in Congress were not very pleased with the attitude of the
[I met] at the Congress is indeed a little bit embarrassed about it. I felt
that," she said.
said she was positive, though, there would be some steps in the near future.
U.S. State Department on Tuesday issued a warning to the Bashar al-Assad regime
on suspicion it could be conducting a new chemical weapons attack in northwest
we continue to see signs that the Assad regime may be renewing its use of
chemical weapons, including an alleged chlorine attack in northwest Syria on
the morning of May 19, 2019," department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said
in a statement. "The United States continues to closely watch the military
operations by the Assad regime in northwest Syria, including indications of any
new use of chemical weapons by the regime," she added.
statement comes as the regime mounts a new offensive in northwestern Syria the
U.S. warned would be a "reckless escalation" that could destabilize
move threatens to unleash a major humanitarian catastrophe with 180,000 civilians
forced to flee in the last three weeks, according to the U.N.
least 151 civilians have lost their lives in Idlib province since April 25, and
more than 405 have been injured.
1.5 million people currently reside in Idlib. Half of them are displaced from
other parts of the war-torn country.
and Russia agreed last September to turn Idlib into a de-escalation zone where
acts of aggression would be expressly prohibited.
regime, however, has consistently broken the terms of a cease-fire there,
launching frequent attacks inside the zone.
U.N.'s emergency relief coordinator, Mark Lowcock, said a full military
offensive by the regime could result in the worst humanitarian catastrophe of
the 21st century.
has only just begun to emerge from a devastating conflict that began in early
2011 when the regime cracked down on demonstrators with unexpected severity.
repeat our warning that if the Assad regime uses chemical weapons, the United
States and our allies will respond quickly and appropriately," Ortagus
department also pushed back against Russian allegations against the civil
defense agency, White Helmets, that blames Moscow for helping run a
disinformation campaign to blame others for the chemical weapons attacks in
United States Congress plays an important role in the development of
U.S.-Turkish relations and in the strategic partnership between the two
countries, Turkey's deputy foreign minister said Tuesday.
at the House of Representatives, Yavuz Selim Kiran said Turkey is planning to
host an increased number of U.S. congressional delegations to Ankara as well as
establish more contacts on Capitol Hill.
collective efforts to overcome existing problems should not be undermined by
unconstructive legislative attempts," Kiran said.
consider Congress an important factor in our relations with the U.S. and hope
to develop more constructive relations," he added.
went on to discuss a number of problems that have caused tensions between
Washington and Ankara, including Turkey's procurement of Russia’s S-400 missile
was part of a delegation which included Cagri Erhan, a member of the
Presidential Security and Foreign Policy Committee, and Turkish journalist Bora
Bayraktar. The delegation arrived in the U.S. for a series of panels in
Washington and New York aimed at increasing awareness on U.S.-Turkish relations
as well as dispelling any misinformation on the subject.
between the U.S. and Turkey have reached a fever pitch in recent months with
Turkey set to begin receiving the advanced S-400 Russian surface-to-air missile
system which Washington said will jeopardize Turkey's role in the U.S. F-35
fighter jet program and which could trigger congressional sanctions.
U.S. has already suspended deliveries of parts and services related to Turkey's
receipt of the multi-million dollar fighter jets.
protracted efforts to purchase an air defense system from the U.S. with no
success, Ankara decided in 2017 to purchase the Russian S-400 system.
officials advised Turkey to buy the U.S. Patriot missile system rather than the
S-400s from Moscow, arguing that the Russian system would be incompatible with
NATO systems and expose the F-35 to possible Russian subterfuge.
however, has emphasized that the S-400 would not be integrated into NATO
systems and would not pose a threat to the alliance.
S-400 decision does not signify a strategic change of course. Turkey never
thought of choosing an alternative to NATO. Our NATO membership is central in
our defense planning and security policies," Kiran said.
have not always agreed on everything. But friends don't always have to agree on
US on Tuesday threatened reprisals on the Syrian government after signs that it
had carried out a chemical attack during its offensive in Idlib.
State Department said it was assessing indications that the regime used
chemical weapons on Sunday during its offensive on the most significant
remaining holdout of extremist rebels.
are still gathering information on this incident but we repeat our warning that
if the Assad regime uses chemical weapons, the United States and our allies
will respond quickly and appropriately," State Department spokeswoman
Morgan Ortagus said.
also denounced Russia, the key ally of Damascus, for a "disinformation
campaign" as it tried to blame other parties for chemical attacks.
Assad regime's culpability in horrific chemical weapons attacks is
undeniable," she said.
Gen Viktor Kupchishin, the head of the Russian military's Reconciliation Centre
in Syria, said militants captured by Syrian troops spoke of a plan to stage
fake chemical attacks in the towns of Saraqib and Jarjanaz and blame them on
government forces. He claimed the militants had created a special
"Chemical Wing" to produce and stockpile toxic agents.
US continues "to see signs that the Assad regime may be renewing its use
of chemical weapons, including an alleged chlorine attack in northwest Syria on
the morning of May 19, 2019," a State Department statement said on
State Department said the Russian allegations "are part of a continuing
disinformation campaign by the Assad regime and Russia to create the false
narrative that others are to blame for chemical weapons attacks that the Assad
regime itself is conducting."
and Turkey, the key ally of the rebels, in September reached an agreement that
nominally protects Idlib amid fears for the safety of about 3 million people in
the north-western area.
Syria's former Al Qaeda affiliate, Hayat Tahrir Al Sham, has seized a large
part of the province and adjoining areas, triggering a regime offensive that
includes strikes by Syrian and Russian airplanes.
Russian military said the former Al Qaida-linked militants in northwestern
Syria launched an attack on Syrian government forces Tuesday, including with
Ortagus said the offensive had destroyed hospitals, schools, homes and camps
for the displaced.
regime's attacks against the communities of north-west Syria must end,"
United States reiterates its warning, first issued by President Trump in
September 2018, that an attack against the Idlib de-escalation zone would be a
reckless escalation that threatens to destabilise the region."
warning came despite a trip to Russia last week by US Secretary of State Mike
Pompeo, who was optimistic that the rival powers had found ways to work
together on Syria.
180 civilians have been killed in the flare-up since April 30, the Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said from Britain.
UN says that tens of thousands have fled their homes.
inspectors say that Syrian President Bashar Al Assad's forces have carried out
a series of chemical attacks in the course of the civil war, which has killed
more than 370,000 people and displaced millions since 2011.
sarin gas attack in April 2017 in the town of Khan Sheikhun killed 83 people,
the UN said, leading Mr Trump to order a strike with 59 cruise missiles on a
Syrian air base.
action was a reversal from his predecessor Barack Obama, who had declared
chemical weapons to be a red line but chose not to respond militarily.
the former president worked with Russia on a plan that aimed to remove the
regime's chemical stockpile.
of members of the US Congress signed a letter to President Donald Trump on
Monday arguing that the United States should remain engaged with the conflict
in Syria, saying they were "deeply concerned" about extremist groups
in the country.
some of our closest allies in the region are being threatened, American
leadership and support are as crucial as ever," said the letter, signed by
nearly 400 of the 535 members of the House of Representatives and Senate.
US lawmakers, Trump's fellow Republicans as well as Democrats, have been deeply
concerned about Syria policy since December, when Trump confounded his own
national security team and allies with a surprise decision to withdraw all
2,000 US troops from Syria.
Trump backtracked in February, agreeing to leave a small US presence to help
keep pressure on ISIS during what the US military believes will be a critical
stabilisation phase in Syria.
lead signers of the letter were the Democratic chairman and ranking Republican
of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, Representatives
Eliot Engel and Mike McCaul, and the Republican chairman and ranking Democrat
on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senators Jim Risch and Bob Menendez.
dollars at this time is ‘grave sin’, Mufti Taqi Usmani says
Mufti Taqi Usmani said on Tuesday that purchasing dollars to hoard for the sake
of profit is a ‘grave sin’ and disloyalty to the country in the present economic
a social media post, Mufti Usmani said that those involved in the act of
hoarding are ‘cursed by Allah’ as per some narrations of a Hadith.
the last four business days, the dollar has risen by Rs9.60 against the
Pakistani rupee. The US dollar continues its steep incline in Pakistan,
reaching a new all-time high in the interbank and open market on Tuesday.
dollars to hoard and earn profit by the increase in its price is a grave sin
and disloyalty to the country in the present economic situation. According to
some narrations of a Hadith those involved in hoarding are cursed by Allah
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an increase of Rs1.36, the dollar reached Rs151. In the open market, the rate
increased to Rs153.
rupee has been falling against the dollar following an agreement with the
International Monetary Fund on a $6 billion loan with expected strict
conditions including a “market determined” exchange rate.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is expected to visit Islamabad
later this week for consultations with the Pakistani leadership, a senior
diplomatic source said on Tuesday. The visit will take place amidst Iran’s
escalating tensions with the United States.
source said FM Zarif would meet civilian and military leaders during his
daylong stay in Islamabad. He said Mr Zarif would discuss the regional
situation during his meetings in Islamabad in addition to bilateral matters,
especially border security.
trip will come days before the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s two-day
summit in Makkah from May 30 to 31.
Arabia has, meanwhile, also scheduled an emergency summit of the Arab League.
Saudi official newswire SPA said that King Salman had invited Arab League
members to the meeting scheduled for May 30 to discuss the recent “aggression
and their consequences”.
Arabia, it is anticipated, would push for anti-Iran resolutions at both
Zarif would reportedly explain Iranian perspective on the developments in the
region to Pakistani leaders.
an interview with CNN on Tuesday, the Iranian foreign minister said the US was
“playing a very, very dangerous game” by boosting its military presence in the
all these military assets in a small area is in of itself prone to accidents,”
Mr Zarif said in a reference to the deployment of US aircraft carrier and
bomber task force in the Middle East.
prudence is required and the United States is playing a very, very dangerous
game,” he further said.
Zarif last week travelled to Beijing as part of his outreach to regional
countries, where his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi assured him that “China firmly
opposes unilateral sanctions and the so-called ‘long-arm’ jurisdiction imposed
by the United States on Iran”.
Pakistan has not taken a definitive position on the crisis and has been hinting
at neutrality, Foreign Office spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal in his last weekly
media briefing criticised the US for ratcheting up the tension.
An accountability court has allowed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to
interrogate former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in jail for alleged misuse of
vehicles purchased for a South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation
anti-graft watchdog in its application sought court permission to question the
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader inside the jail in
connection with misuse of dozens of bulletproof vehicles purchased in 2016.
the application, NAB alleged that the previous government purchased 34
bulletproof vehicles from Germany without paying import duties for the guests
of the Saarc conference. According to the anti-graft watchdog, these vehicles
were being used by Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz.
informed the court that during the course of inquiry statements of former
premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, former principal secretary to the prime minister
Fawad Hassan Fawad and others had already been recorded. However, court
permission was needed to question Nawaz Sharif inside the jail in this matter.
Mohammad Arshad Malik of the accountability court granted the permission to NAB
to interrogate the ex-premier in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail.
the Islamabad High Court (IHC) issued notices to NAB and the superintendent of
Kot Lakhpat jail while admitting for regular hearing a petition seeking
suspension of the sentence handed down to Nawaz Sharif.
IHC division bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar
Kayani took up the ex-premier’s petition seeking release from jail on medical
Haris Ahmed, counsel for Nawaz Sharif, produced his medical reports before the
bench and asserted that the former prime minister was suffering from serious
diseases that could put his life in danger.
requested the court to suspend the seven-year sentence handed down to him and
to grant Nawaz Sharif post-arrest bail on medical grounds, enabling him to
receive medical treatment from a doctor of his own choice.
The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday allowed more time, as a last chance, to
the counsel for filing a reply on behalf of Dr Arif Alvi on a petition
challenging his candidature for the presidency.
Rehan had filed a petition in August 2018 before the presidential election and
impleaded the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and others as respondents.
a two-judge SHC bench headed by Justice Mohammad Ali Mazhar, took up the matter
on Tuesday, Advocate Munawar Hussain requested for time to file a reply of Mr
a last chance, two weeks time is granted and no further adjournment will be
granted,” the bench ordered and adjourned hearing till June 12.
Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Tuesday held out the assurance that all
uplift schemes for the shrine of great sufi Saint Sachal Sarmast would be
approved and executed as per the commitment of his government.
promises regarding funds and facilities for Daraza Sharif would be fulfilled,
Shah was speaking to the media while visiting the shrine on the second day of
the 198th urs celebration of Sachal Sarmast in Daraza Sharif. He laid a wreath
on the grave of the sufi saint and offered fateha.
CM also distributed gifts among poor and needy persons.
reply to a question, Mr Shah said that Sindh was indeed facing a financial
crisis but his government was fully capable to overcome it.
asked about the appreciation of US dollar and price hike in the country, the
CM Sindh it should better be asked from those at the helm of the affairs. He,
however, commented that the situation was bound to add poor people’s miseries.
observed that the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government did not have
control on economy, prices and other major issues. He said he could only pray
that it was advised to focus on governance instead of other issues.
Shah also rejected allegations that transfers and postings in Sindh were being
made on a political basis. He pointed out that in Punjab, four IGs were
transferred, and argued: “Were they transferred on a political basis?”
also pointed out that the Sindh government also introduced the same Police
Order 2002 which the PTI people believed was a better system. “Then why Sindh
government is being accused of using political influence and pressure
tactics?” he asked.
insisted that his government had the authority to transfer not only police
officers but also the entire bureaucracy.
elect a government for the very purpose, so that it could serves them,” he
his comment was sought on Railways Minister Shaikh Rashid’s statement regarding
spread of HIV/AIDS in Sindh, Mr Shah said you better ask this question without
referring to Shaikh Rashid. He said his government was seriously concerned over
such a large number of cases emerging in the province.
said the government had already taken prompt and appropriate action in this
pointed out that specialists were there to deal with the situation while
experts were looking into the spread of the diseases. Moreover, he added, the
government was working on an effective awareness campaign to sensitise people
on the causes and prevention of HIV/AIDS.
the Railways ministry, he said he came across some press reports suggesting
that the Railways was facing a Rs28bn deficit. It’s up to Shaikh Rashid now if
he could save it or let it sink, he remarked.
asked about the oppositions forces’ joining hands to launch a movement against the
PTI government after Eid, the CM said that only top leaders of the opposition
parties would decide what sort of protest it would be.
Pakistan on Tuesday said that it condemns firing of ballistic missiles towards
Saudi Arabia’s Makkah province by Houthi militants in Yemen.
commended the vigilant Saudi defence forces for intercepting the projectiles,
according to a statement issued by the Foreign Office.
reaffirms its solidarity with Saudi Arabia and reiterates its support against
any threat to the security of the Kingdom,” the FO further said in the
Tuesday, Saudi-owned media accused Yemeni rebels of targeting Islam’s holiest
city Makkah after Riyadh and its allies said they had intercepted two missiles
over the kingdom.
exiled Yemeni government, which is based in Saudi Arabia, echoed the claim but
the Houthi rebels denied any such attack.
Sheikh Dr Abdul Rahman ibn Abdul Aziz Al Sudais, denounced the targeting of
Jeddah and Taif in Makkah province with ballistic missiles, terming it an act
of blatant aggression carried out by “a body with no principle or religion”.
hostile acts are issued by a body with no principle or a religion. It is a
blatant and flagrant aggression,” said Sheikh Abdurrahman Al Sudais, who is
also the head of the Two Holy Mosques in Saudi Arabia.
Imam-i-Kaaba stressed that the hostilities were carried out by a body with no
faith in the holy month of Ramzan. He praised the brave Saudi air defence
forces that managed to monitor hostile targets soaring over prohibited areas in
Jeddah and Taif and destroy them.
Arabia to execute three prominent scholars after Ramadan: Report
officials are reportedly set to sentence three imprisoned dissident scholars to
death and execute them shortly after the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan
as a brutal crackdown led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman against Muslim
preachers and intellectuals widens in the kingdom.
London-based online news outlet Middle East Eye, citing two unnamed Saudi
government sources, reported on Tuesday that the three men are Sheikh Salman
al-Ouda, Sheikh Awad al-Qarni and Ali al-Omari.
is the assistant secretary-general of the International Union of Muslim
Scholars, which the Riyadh regime has listed as a terrorist organization.
authorities detained the prominent cleric on September 7, 2017, and have held him
in solitary confinement without charge or trial ever since. The officials have
imposed travel bans on members of his family as well.
family member has told Human Rights Watch that the distinguished cleric was
being held over his refusal to comply with an order by Saudi authorities to
tweet a specific text to support the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar.
instead, posted a tweet, saying, “May God harmonize between their hearts for
the good of their people,” - an apparent call for reconciliation between the
Persian Gulf littoral states.
has been prevented from communicating with the outside world since October last
trio is currently awaiting trial at the Special Criminal Court in the capital
Riyadh. A hearing was set for May 1, but was postponed without setting a
will not wait to execute these men once the death sentence has been passed,” a
source said on condition of anonymity.
second source, requesting not to be named, said the beheading of 37 Saudi
nationals in a single day on April 23 was used as a trial balloon to see how
strong the international condemnation was.
they found out there was very little international reaction, particularly at
the level of governments and heads of state, they decided to proceed with their
plan to execute figures who were prominent,” the source said.
Arabia has stepped up politically-motivated arrests, prosecution and conviction
of peaceful dissident writers and human rights campaigners.
officials have also intensified crackdown in the country's Shia-populated
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-rich region.
protests have been met with a heavy-handed crackdown by the regime, with regime
forces increasing security measures across the province.
street iftar comes with a community flavor
Hardly a street in Egypt is without its iftar table as families organize “mercy
meals” for friends, relatives and neighbors during Ramadan.
tradition that began to help the poor has been extended to include entire
streets and neighborhoods, giving residents and friends a chance to meet, share
old memories and instil community values in their children.
Cairo, people compete to organize large iftar tables laden with food items.
year Moataz Aburiyeh plans an iftar table for friends and neighbors in the
capital’s central Abdin area.
consider it a great opportunity to see a lot of friends and talk about
everything,” 38-year-old Aburiyeh told Arab News.
table contains all kinds of food. “On the table is meat, chicken, rice, salad
and other items. I know the family and neighbors’ preferences and I meet their
taste,” said Aburiyeh, who owns a men’s clothing store.
residents in Umm Reza, a village west of Cairo, organized an iftar table to
gather all the people of the village for the second year in a row.
teacher Khaled Kamal, who was behind the idea, said: “I suggested to residents
that they gather during Ramadan and everyone welcomed the idea.”
donated money for the gathering until they had raised more than 10,000 Egyptian
let all the people of the village, including Christians, share the meal,” said
villager, Sayed Fouad, said: “The iftar was well organized and included hot
meals consisting of meat, rice, vegetables, salad, pickles and damietta
the past five decades, Christian clerics in Egypt have organized annual Muslim
iftar meals to encourage national unity.
the 1970s, the Coptic religious brotherhood began hosting Ramadan meals for
Muslims, a move that was followed by the Justice and Peace association a decade
Shenouda, the Coptic Orthodox Pope of Alexandria, promoted iftar meals to
strengthen the church’s connection with the Egyptian nation.
Church of the Palace of Dupara in Tahrir Square in central Cairo has been
organizing a breakfast table for several years, attended by Muslim and Christian
leaders. The church is being supervised by a number of young men and women.
scholar Robert Al-Fares said: “The Christians of Egypt are organizing iftar to
show that society has returned to a period of friendship and unified spirit.
is a positive phenomenon that confirms the end of a dark era of division
between sects and religions,” he said, referring to the rule of the Muslim
Brotherhood in 2012 and 2013.
Syrian asylum seeker in Sweden has received a 12-year prison sentence for
planning to explode one or more bombs in Copenhagen and stabbing random people
with kitchen knives.
Copenhagen City Court said Monday Moyed Al Zoebi, 32, acted on behalf of the
Islamic State group. The court found him guilty last month.
man had an accomplice, Dieab Khadigah, who was sentenced in Germany in July
2017 to a prison term of six and a half years.
an internet chat, they were to gather in Copenhagen in November 2016 for the
UN team investigating the massacre of Iraq’s Yazidi minority and other
atrocities has excavated 12 mass graves and is collecting witness accounts that
could be used in Iraqi and other national courts, according to a UN report seen
by AFP on Monday.
Security Council agreed in 2017 to establish the UN probe to ensure ISIS faces
justice for war crimes in Iraq and Syria – a cause championed by Nobel Peace
Prize winner Nadia Murad and international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney.
the report sent to the council, the head of the team, British lawyer Karim Asad
Ahmad Khan, said efforts were focused on three initial investigations: the 2014
massacre of Yazidis, crimes committed in Mosul from 2014 to 2016, and the mass
killing of Iraqi military recruits in the Tikrit area in June 2014.
team began work in October, with the first mass grave containing ISIS victims
unearthed in March and April in the Murad’s home village of Kojo in Sinjar in
Khan said “progress had been slower than hoped” in the investigation and
stressed the need to establish “clear and effective channels” to use the
evidence in Iraqi proceedings.
Iraqi government had resisted calls for the UN probe despite evidence of more
than 200 mass graves in Iraq containing victims of ISIS, who swept across
northern Iraq in 2014.
is among thousands of Yazidi women who were taken hostage and held as sex
slaves, while hundreds of men and women are believed to have been executed by
United Nations has described the massacre of the Yazidis by ISIS militants as a
well as excavations of mass graves, the 48-member team has “engaged first-hand
with survivors and witnesses” and has put in place a witness protection
program, said the report sent to the council on Friday.
by Mohammed Ebraheem
(IraqiNews.com) – Three Islamic State militants were killed Monday during a
military operation in Salahuddin province, north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.
al-Saadi, the commander of Salahuddin Operations at al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular
Mobilization Forces), said that the pro-government fighters, backed by security
forces, launched a military operation to hunt for Islamic State remnants in
troops killed three Islamic State terrorists during the operation, al-Saadi
said, adding that the operation will go on “until all planned targets are
Islamic State group appeared on the international scene in 2014 when it seized
large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, declaring the establishment of an
Islamic “caliphate” from Mosul city.
on, the group has become notorious for its brutality, including mass killings,
abductions and beheadings, prompting the U.S. to lead an international
coalition to destroy it.
interior ministry said on Tuesday 16 suspected militants have been killed in
North Sinai, where security forces have for years been battling a local
affiliate of ISIS extremist group.
militants were killed during police raids on their hideouts in the provincial
capital el-Arish, the ministry said in a statement, without detailing when the
raids took place.
on intelligence from the national security department, the ministry alleged the
militants had been planning attacks on “important and vital facilities” as well
as prominent figures in the city.
has for years been fighting an insurgency in North Sinai, which escalated
following the 2013 military ousting of president Mohamed Morsi.
then, hundreds of police officers and soldiers have been killed in militant
February 2018, the army launched a nationwide operation against the militants,
focusing mainly on the turbulent North Sinai region.
will send delegations to Washington and Tehran to help “halt tension” amid
fears of a confrontation between the United States and Iran in the Middle East,
Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mehdi said on Tuesday.
said there were no Iraqi groups that wanted to push toward a war, two days
after a rocket fired in Baghdad landed close to the US embassy.
one has claimed responsibility. US government sources said Washington strongly
suspects Shiite militias with ties to Tehran were behind the rocket attack.
has rejected allegations of involvement in attacks.
Mehdi, whose country has close ties to both Iran and the US, said that Iranian
and US officials have informed Iraq that they have “no desire in fighting a
Iraqi PM said that Baghdad is “playing a role to calm the situation but it is
not a mediation.” He said he will visit Kuwait on Wednesday to discuss regional
Mehdi further added that Iraq is seeking alternatives for oil exports should
Strait of Hormuz be closed amid the US-Iran tension.
prime minister added that it is important to work with the Kurdistan Region of
Iraq and Turkey over alternative oil export route.
President Donald Trump said on Monday Iran would be met with “great force” if
it attacked US interests in the Middle East.
Wednesday, the US has ordered the departure of ‘non-emergency US government
employees’ from Iraq, the US Department of State said in a statement.
Arabia’s Council of Ministers said that the Kingdom called on the international
community to shoulder its responsibilities by taking a firm stand against the
Iranian regime to stop and prevent it from spreading destruction and chaos.
council, which met on Tuesday evening during a session chaired by Saudi King
Salman, reviewed a number of reports on developments in the region.
and its agents need to move away from its reckless behavior and spare the
region the risks and not push them to undesirable consequences,” a statement
from Saudi Minister of Media Turki al-Shabanah published by the Saudi Press
Saudi Council of Ministers added that the peoples of the region, including
Iran, have the right to live in security and stability.
Russian Defense Ministry says foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorist groups have
stockpiled a large number of chemical munitions in Syria's northwestern
province of Idlib in preparation for a false-flag attack to implicate
government troops and invent pretexts for possible foreign acts of aggression
on the crisis-hit Arab country.
ministry's Center for Syrian Reconciliation said in a statement released on
Tuesday that the extremists have laced the weapons with nerve agents for this
militants plan to stage such provocations in the village of Jarjanaz, as well
as in the town of Saraqib, where a group of children and adults — refugees from
the southern provinces of Syria — have already been gathered. Similar
preparations are underway in the west of Aleppo province", Maj. Gen.
Viktor Kupchishin said at a daily briefing.
center went on to say that militant groups, under the leadership of the Jabhat
Fateh al-Sham Takfiri terror outfit – formerly known as al-Nusra Front, sought
to attack the positions of Syrian army forces in al-Hobait village of Idlib
province as well as the towns of Kafr Nabudah and Kafr Zita in the
western-central province of Hama by means of tank shell and car bombs.
we continue to see signs that the Assad regime may be renewing its use of
chemical weapons, including an alleged chlorine attack in northwest Syria on
the morning of May 19," State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said
in a statement. "We are still gathering information on this incident, but
we repeat our warning that if the Assad regime uses chemical weapons, the
United States and our allies will respond quickly and appropriately," she
May 17, the center stated that it had received information from the local
residents of the northwestern Syrian city of Saraqib that Jabhat Fateh al-Sham
terrorists were getting ready to carry out a false-flag chemical attack to
frame the Russian air force.
sources added that the extremists were planning to film the alleged poisoning
of civilians next to the fragments of Russian munitions later on, and
subsequently publish the video on social media networks or hand it over to
Western media outlets to create the false notion that Russian fighter jets have
targeted residential neighborhoods in the area with chemical weapons.
April 23, local sources, requesting not to be named, told Syria’s official news
agency SANA that Jabhat Fateh al-Sham terrorists and Western-backed White
Helmets, who have been accused of cooperating with Takfiri militants and
staging false-flag gas attacks, were preparing to stage chemical attacks in
Idlib and Hama provinces. The United States has warned it would respond to any
possible chemical weapons attack by Syrian government forces with retaliatory
strikes, stressing that the attacks would be stronger than those conducted by
American, British and French forces last year.
April 14, 2018, the US, Britain and France carried out a string of airstrikes
against Syria over a suspected chemical weapons attack on the city of Douma,
located about 10 kilometers northeast of the capital Damascus.
and its allies blamed Damascus for the Douma attack, an allegation rejected by
the Syrian government.
governments and their allies have never stopped pointing the finger at Damascus
whenever an apparent chemical attack takes place.
Bahrain said Tuesday a peace conference it is co-hosting next month with the US
is aimed at helping the Palestinians, who have criticized the kingdom for
failing to consult them about the event.
conference “serves no other purpose” than to help the Palestinian people
“through developing their abilities and enhancing their resources,” said
Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa.
kingdom “remains supportive of the brotherly Palestinian people in restoring
their legitimate rights on their land as well as establishing an independent
state with east Jerusalem as its capital,” Bahrain’s top diplomat said in a
White House announced Sunday it would co-host the June 25-26 conference with
Bahrain focusing on economic aspects of the long-delayed US peace plan, with
the declared aim of achieving Palestinian prosperity.
were not consulted by any party on the announced meeting to take place in
Manama, Bahrain,” Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Palestine Liberation
Organization, said in a statement.
have not mandated any party to negotiate on our behalf.”
Palestinians have boycotted the US administration since President Donald Trump
broke with decades of consensus and recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in
consider the eastern part of the city the capital of their future state and
have shown little interest in the US peace plan, which they fear will be
heavily biased in favor of Israel.
“Peace for Prosperity,” the conference is expected to bring together leaders
from several governments, civil society and the business sector.
office said the conference was a “pivotal opportunity... to share ideas,
discuss strategies, and galvanize support for potential economic investments
and initiatives that could be made possible by a peace agreement.”
Palestinians see this as offering financial rewards in exchange for accepting
ongoing Israeli occupation.
Houthi rebels launch missiles towards Makkah and Riyadh
Arabia intercepted two Houthi ballistic missiles launched towards Makkah and
Riyadh on Monday after the Yemeni rebels said they planned to strike at
hundreds of Saudi and UAE targets.
defences destroyed the missiles above the western cities of Taif and Jeddah,
Saudi media reported.
internationally recognised government condemned the rebel attack and accused
Iran of ordering the strikes.
attempt to target Makkah will drag the region into a dangerous scenario. It
also shows Iran’s full control over the rebels,” the government said in a
attack on a Muslim holy site is a terror crime,” it said.
rebels have launched scores of missile attacks on Saudi Arabia in recent years.
Monday's launches came a day after the Houthis' Saba news agency quoted a rebel
military source as saying they planned to strike 300 Saudi and UAE targets,
including military headquarters and bases in both countries and their bases in
week, the Saudi Arabia reported that armed drones struck two oil pumping
stations, after the Houthi-run Masirah TV said the rebels had launched drone
attacks on Saudi installations.
UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr Anwar Gargash, said last week
that the reservoir of confidence for the Houthis was empty and their latest
moves had done little to refill it.
is, he said, another example of how Tehran’s actions do not match its words.
often says its ballistic missile programme is purely defensive, but Dr Gargash
said the significant evidence of Iranian contribution to the Houthi missile
programme showed this not to be the case.
rebels, he said, did not have the technology two or three years ago to hit
Saudi towns and cities, but now regularly launched attacks that damaged homes
and killed civilians.
forces loyal to Yemen's internationally recognised government said they had
captured an Al Qaeda leader in the south-western province of Taez.
military said special forces arrested Bilal Muhammed Ali Al Wafi on Saturday in
the mountain area of Habashi.
Wafi, in his 30s, is a key member of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or
Aqap, and has helped to carry out several deadly attacks, including the 2012
bombing of a Yemeni military parade that killed dozens of troops.
US designated Al Wafi as a terrorist in 2017.
Qaeda has maintained a presence in the country throughout the chaos of Yemen's
four-year civil war between the government, backed by Saudi Arabia, and the
Arabia's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Adel Al Jubeir, said on Sunday
that the kingdom wanted to avert war in the region but was ready to respond
with "all strength" to attacks.
accused Tehran of ordering the drone strikes on its oil pumping stations, which
came two days after sabotage attacks on four oil tankers off the UAE coast –
two of them Saudi, one Emirati and the other Norwegian. The UAE, Saudi Arabia
and Norway are investigating the sabotage, which has not been claimed by any
group. Iran has distanced itself from both sets of attacks.
it has not affected our supplies, such acts of terrorism are deplorable,"
Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al Falih said. "They threaten uninterrupted
supplies of energy to the world and put a global economy that is already facing
headwinds at further risk."
attacks come as the United States and Iran spar over Washington's tightening of
sanctions aimed at cutting Iranian oil exports to zero, and an increased US
military presence in the Gulf over perceived Iranian threats to US interests.
Islamic Jihad re-emerges, looking to Iran
latest escalation in Gaza could be a blessing-in-disguise for the forgotten
militant group Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Slipping into oblivion and
irrelevance in recent years, the once formidable Islamist group joined its
longtime ally Hamas in repelling Israeli attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip
earlier this month.
less than 600 rockets were fired, with Islamic Jihad boasting that at least one
of them was its own production “tested on the Zionist enemy”. The group added
that two of its members were killed by the Israeli offensive.
Islamic Jihad’s participation in the operation, and its back-to-back statements
about rockets and martyrs, was intended to remind the Palestinian street that
the group was still in operation — and part of the Iran-led “Axis of
Resistance”, according to Palestinian political sources in Damascus informed
about political machinations in the strip.
group had slipped out of the public eye in recent years, due to the illness of
its former secretary-general and its decision to keep a low profile in
inter-Arab feuds. It refused to take sides with Turkey and Qatar as Hamas had
done and stood clear from a confrontation with both states due to its strong
relations with Iran.
on the other hand, parted ways with Damascus in mid-2011, putting its weight
behind the Syrian opposition and specifically, behind the Muslim Brotherhood,
which has been trying to topple the Syrian regime since 1964. Its offices were
shut down, and its property confiscated after its Damascus-based chief Khaled
Meshaal defected to Doha, believing that regime collapse in Syria was imminent.
Jihad remained quiet, maintaining low profile ties with Damascus while silently
moving its activities to Hezbollah territory in Lebanon, where it was easier to
operate and safer than wartime Damascus.
Islamic Jihad and Hamas differ in strategy, rather than ideology. Both are
committed to an Islamic state and to the destruction of the Israeli state. In
recent years, both have softened their end-objective, settling for the 1967
borders of Palestine, rather than the pre-Israel ones of 1948.
Islamic Jihad is less affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt and
commands more respect than its Islamic affiliate since — unlike Hamas — it has
never had the chance to try or fail in government. Over the past 12 years,
Hamas lost much of its former support within Gaza due to its inability to
alleviate the day-to-day suffering of Palestinians. It also failed to lift the
siege of Gaza, and thus, to provide jobs and wages to its constituency.
Islamic Jihad is now aiming to remind Iran of its usefulness, hoping to attract
financial assistance again that had nearly dried up since 2011. The Iranians
were more focused on bankrolling Hezbollah in the Syrian battlefield than in
supporting Palestinian or Iraqi affiliates not directly involved in that
militant group’s new command, elected to office last September, seem to be
intent on rectifying this. The new command is composed of nine people, who are
mostly civilian writers and intellectuals, rather than military figures trained
in guerrilla warfare. Five live abroad, making them automatically rejected by
young Palestinians in Gaza, who complain that they know nothing of the
hardships of the besieged strip.
the latest military operation was Islamic Jihad’s way of saying that they are
still present inside Gaza, still aware of the people’s grievances, and capable
of defending them against Israeli aggression.
on hit list
new Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Ziad Nakhaleh (Abu Tarek) invested heavily
in the Gaza operation — his premier feat since replacing Ramadan Shallah, the
former secretary-general who led the movement since the assassination of its
founder in October 1995.
Shallah, who studied banking and finance at Durham University in the UK and
taught at the University of South Florida, the new chief was educated at the
schools and institutes of Gaza, holding no higher than a teaching diploma. Both
were natives of Gaza, but only Nakhaleh spent time in Israel jails — a total of
14 years — unlike Shallah, who led the movement from abroad, spending most of
his time in Damascus.
helped co-found Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s military wing, the Quds Brigade,
but was never among its commanders. He was arrested for his role in the first
intifada and exiled to Lebanon, where he became friends with Hezbollah chief
Hasan Nasrallah, and the Syrian government, which hosted him until 2011. Unlike
Khaled Meshaal of Hamas, he refused to take sides during the Syrian conflict,
and steered clear from the Muslim Brotherhood regime of Egypt, making sure to
stand at arms-length from the Qataris and Turks, who were bankrolling the armed
2014, a $5 million reward was announced by the United States, for any person
who helped in Nakhaleh’s arrest. This month, he was placed on Benjamin
Netanyahu’s hit list, accused of being behind the escalation in Gaza. Far from
defaming him, this was music to his ears, giving him additional credentials
needed to shine in Gaza — and Iran.
of Nakhaleh’s worries, however, is his deputy Mohammad al-Hindi, who had his
eyes set on Nakhaleh’s post, seeing himself as far more worthy of the job. One
of the early founders of the group, he expected to win last September’s
elections, but came in third after Nakhaleh and Akram Ajouri, the former
military adviser to Fathi al-Shaqaqi and head of the group’s military command
in the West Bank. Hindi is still constantly trying to market himself as a
leader-in-waiting, both in Tehran and Moscow, investing in his popularity in
Gaza, which exceeds that of the new secretary-general.
figures are more cosmetic, like Khaled Batsh, an Islamic Jihad veteran who is
popular for his social and charity work in the mosques of Gaza, or Abu Taha, a
prominent writer and political analyst, and Walid Qitati, who holds a PhD in
psychology from Aden University in Yemen. Topping them all, however, is the
all-time Iran favorite Baha Abu Ata, who is not a member of the new command but
surpasses all its members in popularity and influence.
Ata has been singled out by the Israelis as the military mind behind the latest
operation in Gaza, in his capacity as commander of the Quds Brigade. He is the
new leadership’s real asset in Gaza — the one person who all nine members are
cuddling up to now, to prove worthy of still being part of the “Axis of
Resistance”. Abu Ata is very close to Hezbollah and also considered a strategic
partner in jihad with Hamas’ new leadership, Yehia Sinwar and Mohammad Deif,
who in turn, are on good terms with the Syrians.
Islamic Jihad does not seem to have the intention, let alone capability of
toppling Hamas at present, but this could change if street demonstrations
against the ruling organization persist and grow.
United Arab Emirates – The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region
and elsewhere in the Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran
(all times local):
president has told a group of clerics that he is seeking expanded, wartime
executive powers to better deal with an "economic war" triggered by
the Trump administration's pullout from the nuclear deal and escalating U.S.
state IRNA news agency reported late Monday that President Hassan Rouhani cited
the 1980s war with Iraq, when a wartime supreme council was able to bypass
other branches to make decisions regarding the economy and the war.
report didn't say what the new powers would entail but quoted Rouhani as saying
that "today, we need such powers."
says Iran is facing unprecedented problems in "banking and selling
oil" but that the country "is united that we should resist the U.S.
and the sanctions."
Houthi rebels say they launched a bomb-laden drone targeting an airport in
Saudi Arabia that also has a military base inside of it.
Houthi's Al-Masirah satellite news channel said early on Tuesday they targeted
the airport in Najran with a Qasef-2K drone, striking an "arms depot"
statement earlier Tuesday on the state-run Saudi Press Agency quoted Saudi-led
coalition spokesman Col. Turki al-Maliki as saying the Houthis "had tried
to target" a civilian site in Najran.
New York Times last year reported that American intelligence analysts were
based in Najran assisting the Saudis. The Pentagon did not immediately respond
to a request for comment.
Iran (AP) — Iran quadrupled its uranium-enrichment production capacity amid
tensions with the U.S. over Tehran’s atomic program, nuclear officials said
Monday, just after President Donald Trump and Iran’s foreign minister traded
threats and taunts on Twitter.
officials made a point to stress that the uranium would be enriched only to the
3.67% limit set under the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, making it usable
for a power plant but far below what’s needed for an atomic weapon.
by increasing production, Iran soon will exceed the stockpile limitations set
by the accord. Tehran has set a July 7 deadline for Europe to set new terms for
the deal, or it will enrich closer to weapons-grade levels in a Middle East
already on edge. The Trump administration has deployed bombers and an aircraft
carrier to the region over still-unspecified threats from Iran.
this month, officials in the United Arab Emirates alleged that four oil tankers
were sabotaged; Yemeni rebels allied with Iran launched a drone attack on an
oil pipeline in Saudi Arabia; and U.S. diplomats relayed a warning that
commercial airlines could be misidentified by Iran and attacked, something
dismissed by Tehran.
rocket landed Sunday near the U.S. Embassy in the Green Zone of Iraq’s capital
of Baghdad, days after nonessential U.S. staff were ordered to evacuate from
diplomatic posts in the country. No one was reported injured. Iraqi military
spokesman Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasoul told The Associated Press that the rocket was
believed to have been fired from eastern Baghdad, an area home to Iran-backed
Iranian enrichment announcement came after local journalists traveled to Natanz
in central Iran, the country’s underground enrichment facility. There, an
unidentified nuclear scientist gave a statement with a surgical cap and a mask
covering most of his face. No one explained his choice of outfit, although
Israel is suspected of targeting Iranian nuclear scientists.
state-run IRNA news agency later quoted Behrouz Kamalvandi, the spokesman of
the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, as acknowledging that capacity had been
quadrupled. He said Iran took this step because the U.S. had ended a program
allowing it to exchange enriched uranium to Russia for unprocessed yellowcake
uranium, as well as ending the sale of heavy water to Oman. Heavy water helps
cool reactors producing plutonium that can be used in nuclear weapons.
said Iran had informed the International Atomic Energy Agency of the
development. The Vienna-based U.N. nuclear watchdog did not respond to a
request for comment. Tehran long has insisted it does not seek nuclear weapons,
though the West fears its program could allow it to build them.
Iran’s announcement, Trump tweeted: “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the
official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!”
remarks reflect what has been a strategy of alternating tough talk with more
conciliatory statements he says is aimed at keeping Iran guessing at the
administration’s intentions. He also has said he hopes Iran calls him and
engages in negotiations.
described his approach in a speech Friday, saying, “It’s probably a good thing
because they’re saying, ‘Man, I don’t know where these people are coming from,’
while Trump’s approach of flattery and threats has become a hallmark of his
foreign policy, the risks have only grown in dealing with Iran, where mistrust
between Tehran and Washington stretch four decades. While both sides say they
don’t seek war, many worry any miscalculation could spiral out of control.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif soon responded by tweeting that Trump had
been “goaded” into “genocidal taunts.” Zarif referenced both Alexander the
Great and Genghis Khan as two historical leaders that Persia outlasted.
have stood tall for a millennia while aggressors all gone,” he wrote. “Try
respect - it works!”
also used the hashtag #NeverThreatenAnIranian, a reference to a comment he made
during intense negotiations for the 2015 nuclear accord.
campaigned on pulling the U.S. from the deal, which saw Iran agree to limit its
enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. Since
Trump withdrew America a year ago from the pact, the U.S. has re-imposed
previous sanctions and come up with new ones, as well as warning other nations
they would be subject to sanctions as well if they import Iranian oil.
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt told journalists in Geneva that Iran should not
doubt the U.S. resolve, warning that “if American interests are attacked, they
want the situation to de-escalate because this is a part of the world where
things can get triggered accidentally,” Hunt said.
Oman’s minister of state for foreign affairs made a previously unannounced
visit Monday to Tehran, seeing Zarif, the state-run IRNA news agency said. The
visit by Yusuf bin Alawi comes after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called
Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said last week. Oman long has served as a Western
backchannel to Tehran and the sultanate hosted the secret talks between the
U.S. and Iran that laid the groundwork for the nuclear deal negotiations.
Saudi Arabia, the kingdom’s military intercepted two missiles fired by the
Iranian-allied Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen. The missiles were
intercepted over the city of Taif and the Red Sea port city of Jiddah, the
Saudi-owned satellite channel Al-Arabiya reported, citing witnesses. The Saudi
Embassy in Washington later confirmed the interceptions.
of rockets, mortar rounds and ballistic missiles have been fired into the
kingdom by the rebels since a Saudi-led coalition declared war on the Houthis
in March 2015 to support Yemen’s internationally recognized government.
Houthis’ Al-Masirah satellite news channel denied the rebels had any
involvement with this round of rocket fire.
the two targeted cities is Mecca, home to the cube-shaped Kaaba toward which
Muslims pray. Many pilgrims are in the holy city for Ramadan.
Air Defense units of the Yemeni Army and Ansarulah Popular Forces shot down a
drone of the Saudi-Emirati coalition today.
drone of the Saudi-Emirati coalition was operating in the Northwestern areas of
Hays in al-Hudaydah Governorate, Arabic-language al-Masirah television network
Arabia and its allies, including the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, and Sudan,
launched a brutal war against Yemen in March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall
Yemen’s former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
aggression initially consisted of a bombing campaign but was later coupled with
a naval blockade and the deployment of ground forces to Yemen. Around 20,000
people have died since the war began, says Yemen’s Health Ministry.
Saudi-led war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure,
destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The United Nations (UN) has said
that a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in dire need of food, including 8.4
million threatened by severe hunger.
Riyadh's claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters,
Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
Egypt Public Prosecution Office has decided to perform another autopsy on the
body of Zaki Mubarak, the Palestinian man who was arrested in Turkey on spying
charges and died in mysterious circumstances, with Ankara alleging his suicide
and his family accusing Turkey of killing him.
attorney general Nabil Sadeq has decided to investigate Mubarak’s “murder” and
ordered a re-examination of the body to identify the cause of death.
a phone call with Al Arabiya, Zaki Mubarak’s lawyer, Sharif Sudqi, said, “We
saw that the corpse is in a very bad condition and has been subjected to brutal
torture. He has been killed in a barbaric way. We requested a corpse dissection
from the attorney general, even though we knew the legal hardships, since the
crime has been committed outside Egypt and the victim is not Egyptian.”
was in shock and amazement. I did not even recognize my brother,” Mubarak’s
brother Zakaria said after receiving the body in Cairo. “His daughters were
able to identify him through distinctive features,” he added.
brother and lawyer both confirmed that the body will be on its way to Gaza as
soon as the autopsy, which is scheduled for Tuesday evening in Cairo's Zeinhom
morgue, is done.
body arrived in Cairo from Turkey on May 16, along with a medical report from
the Turkish authorities written in Turkish, English, and Arabic, according to
three reports do not have a death certificate but include records of injuries
and bruises,” Sudqi told Al Arabiya.
report contradicted itself. It stated that the result of death was natural but
at the same time, it said that the cause of death was due to several injuries.
International courts will review all documents,” Zakaria said.
the expected cause of death be proven, Sudqi says the case will be raised to
the International Criminal Court, the European Court of Human Rights in France,
and several other entities.
Toukan, a doctor delegated by the Palestinian embassy in Cairo, had earlier said
that performing any new autopsy on the body “is not possible as the body was
completely decomposed,” in a short report that caused outrage among Mubarak’s
said that Toukan’s report did not help the family’s quest for justice.
body is completely empty. Even the tongue does not exist,” he told Al Arabiya
spokesman for the Islamic resistance movement, Hamas, says Palestinians will
not allow anyone to relinquish or trade their cause at a forthcoming US-led
conference in Bahrain next month in support of US President Donald Trump’s
controversial proposal for “peace” between the Israeli regime and Palestinians,
dubbed “the deal of the century.”
insistence on convening the Bahrain conference, despite Palestinians’ boycott,
constitutes a violation of the decisions taken during the Arab League summit in
Tunis, and an attempt to impose the American vision on the Palestinian nation,”
Sami Abu Zuhri said in a post published on his official Twitter page on Tuesday.
in the day, Palestinian Freedom Movement described the June 25-26 conference in
Manama as a serious attack on the Palestinian issue, calling on Bahraini
officials to reverse the “dangerous decision.”
also urged the Bahraini nation as well as the country’s institutions and
executive bodies to act effectively and pressure authorities to overturn the
Monday, Hamas called on Arab countries not to accept invitations to participate
in the upcoming Bahrain workshop scheduled for late June, saying, “This is the
beginning of the deal of the century.”
call on Arab countries not to respond to invitations to participate in the
workshop in Bahrain, and stand by the Palestinian nation by all means and
tools...,” the movement said in a statement.
“peace plan” has already been dismissed by Palestinian authorities ahead of its
unveiling at the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan and the formation of
the new Israeli cabinet, most likely in June.
in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah on April 16, Palestinian Prime
Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh lashed out at the initiative, asserting that it was
Israeli settler has run over and killed a Palestinian man in the northwestern
part of the occupied West Bank.
media say that the 45-year- old victim, identified as Abdul Hafiz Barham, was
struck east of Qalqilya on Tuesday.
to witnesses, the Palestinian man was taken to a hospital in Nablus, where he
succumbed to his injuries.
month, a Palestinian female teacher also died in a run-over attack by an
Israeli near the city of Bethlehem.
have been a series of “hit-and-run” incidents targeting Palestinians in
different parts of the West Bank over the past years, with most of them going
uninvestigated by Israeli authorities.
succumbs to Israeli-inflicted wounds
a Palestinian man in Gaza has died weeks after being critically injured during
clashes between Israeli troopers and Palestinian protesters participating in an
anti-occupation rally along the border fence between the besieged strip and the
Ma’an News Agency reported that Mohammad Abduil-Javad succumbed to his wounds
was shot in the leg by Israeli forces during a “Great March of Return” protest
rally east of Rafah City on April 24.
have been running high near the fence separating Gaza from the occupied
territories ever since protest rallies began in the Gaza Strip on March 30 last
Houthi militants had tried to hit a civilian facility in Saudi Arabia's
southern border province of Najran with a drone carrying explosives, the Arab
Coalition supporting Yemen's legitimate government said on Tuesday.
a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Colonel Turki Al-Maliki,
the spokesman of the Saudi-led military coalition said the target was a vital
Houthi-backed terrorist militia of Iran continues to carry out acts of
terrorism that pose a real threat to regional and international security by
targeting civilian objects and civilian facilities, as well as civilian
citizens and residents of all nationalities," Al-Maliki said.
statement did not mention casualties and gave no further details.
on Monday, Al-Maliki said Houthis fired two ballistic missiles toward the holy
city of Makkah and Jeddah but both were shot down by Saudi air defense forces.
State group emerges as a political force in western Africa
Germany — Islamic State militants in West Africa are gaining the upper hand,
carving out a “proto-state” in northern Nigeria where government forces have
been overwhelmed by attacks, U.S. military officials and security analysts say.
Africa, which broke away from the militant group Boko Haram three years ago,
continues to launch high profile attacks that have placed the Nigerian military
“under tremendous strain,” according to Stuttgart-based U.S. Africa Command.
the group appears to be building on its battlefield gains in northeast Nigeria
and the borderlands in the Lake Chad region, from where they have launched
cross-border attacks in places like Niger.
the group is also attempting to replace state institutions for the population
under its control,” said Samantha Reho, an AFRICOM spokeswoman, in an updated
assessment of the terrorist group.
concern is that the group’s affiliation with the Islamic State has the
potential to provide access to “funds, fighters, weapons, or other assistance
from other components of the self-described Islamic State,” Reho said.
latest threat assessment echoes the findings in a new report by the
International Crisis Group, which said ISIS-West Africa has succeeded in
distinguishing itself from other militant groups and the Nigerian government
itself when it comes to gaining the trust of local populations.
digs wells, polices cattle rustling, provides a modicum of health care and
sometimes disciplines its own personnel whom it judges to have unacceptably
abused civilians,” said the ICG report released last week.
militants also impose taxes, which are generally accepted by communities under
the group’s control, the report found. The focus on providing services has
given a boost to recruitment and popular support that has resulted in a
“jihadist proto-state,” it said.
Africa is estimated to have between 3,500-5,000 fighters. Since last August,
they have overrun dozens of Nigerian army bases and killed hundreds of
in its 2019 posture statement, acknowledged that Nigeria has faced “multiple
setbacks” as it battles ISIS-West Africa, which “has seized military bases and
materiel, including armored vehicles, weapons, and ammunition.”
the Nigerian military under increased pressure, members of a multinational task
force composed of regional militaries need “to increase their commitments,
resources, troop deployments,” to counter the extremist group’s momentum,
its part, the command says it continues to provide training to regional
militaries involved in the fight against militants. The U.S. military also
plans to open a new drone base in neighboring Niger later this summer, from
where it will be positioned to conduct more intelligence gathering missions.
ISIS-West Africa’s continued rise comes as the U.S. has reduced the number of
special operations troops in the region, where four U.S. soldiers were killed
during an ambush in Niger in 2017. The U.S. has cut about 300 counterterrorism
troops, mainly in western Africa, in connection with a strategy shift that
calls for more focus on great-power competition, AFRCIOM’s Gen. Thomas
Waldhauser said last month.
some analysts say the effort to counter the militant group’s expansion will
require more than just military power. Governments in the Lake Chad area need
to find a way to deal with food and water shortages and access to health care
if they are to compete with Islamic State’s local appeal, the ICG report said.
deeper it (ISIS-West Africa) sinks its roots into the neglected communities of
northeastern Nigeria, the more difficult it may be to dislodge,” the report
protest group calls for a general strike as talks falter
main protet group called on Tuesday for a general strike, saying two late-night
negotiation sessions with the military had failed to reach a deal on how to
lead the country after the overthrow of former president Omar al-Bashir.
alliance of protest and opposition organizations is demanding civilians head a
new Sovereign Council meant to oversee a three-year transition towards
the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) protest group said the army was
still insisting on directing the transition and keeping a military majority on
power means that the structure is fully civilian with a civilian majority in
all its parts,” the SPA said in a statement. It said members should mobilize
for a strike, without giving a date.
impasse has hit hopes of a quick recovery from the political turmoil that ended
al-Bashir’s three-decade rule on April 11.
the United States, and Norway, who are working together on Sudan, urged all
parties to quickly end the uncertainty and build consensus, warning against any
outcome without a civilian-led government.
will complicate international engagement, and make it harder for our countries
to work with the new authorities and support Sudan’s economic development,”
they said in a statement.
the former Islamist general under whose rule Sudan was placed on a U.S. list of
sponsors of terrorism, was ousted by the army after months of protests against
soaring prices, cash shortages and other economic hardships.
warns of ‘long and bloody war’ in Libya amid offensive by Saudi-backed Haftar
United Nations special envoy for Libya has warned that the battle for Tripoli
is “just the start of a long and bloody war,” as militants loyal to
Saudi-backed renegade general Khalifa Haftar continue an offensive to seize the
am no Cassandra, but the violence on the outskirts of Tripoli is just the start
of a long and bloody war on the southern shores of the Mediterranean,
imperiling the security of Libya’s immediate neighbors and the wider
Mediterranean region,” Ghassan Salame said while addressing the UN Security
Council on Tuesday.
will descend into civil war, which could potentially lead to a Hobbesian
all-against-all state of chaos or partition of the country,” he added.
who is also the head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), went on to
say that many countries were supplying weapons to the
internationally-recognized government in Tripoli as well as the militants loyal
to Haftar. He called for immediate steps to cut off arms flows fueling the
in his remarks, the envoy urged the council to set up a commission of inquiry
to “determine who has taken up arms” and prevent indicted war crime suspects
from taking part in military operations.
forces launched an offensive to take the Libyan capital and topple the
globally-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) on April 4. Forces
loyal the GNA are currently defending the city.
April 25, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said that
intensified fighting for control of Tripoli was turning the densely-populated
residential areas of the city into “battlefields.”
75-year-old Haftar has the loyalty of a group of armed militia and backing from
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt.
forces loyal to the government based in Tripoli said on Sunday that they had
received new weapons and armored vehicles to fight off the ongoing offensive to
seize the capital. They published pictures on their official Facebook page of
what appeared to be Turkish-made Kirpi combat vehicles.
to the latest figures by the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 75,000
people have been driven from their homes in the latest fighting and 510 have
Boko Haram jihadists on Saturday killed two people and injured a dozen others
in an pre-dawn attack on a refugee camp in northeastern Borno State, aid agency
and militia sources told AFP Sunday.
militants sneaked into Madu Musaha camp, in Dikwa Town at around 3:30 am
(0230GMT) and opened fire on residents who were eating before sunrise ahead of
their Muslim Ramadan fast.
which lies 90 kilometres (56 miles) from the state capital Maiduguri is home to
more than 70,000 displaced people who live in several camps where they rely on
food and humanitarian assistance from aid agencies.
aid agency member of staff in the town, who spoke on condition of annonimity,
said militants "burst into the camp from the rear and opened fire on the
IDPs (internally displaced persons)". "The gunmen escaped before
troops responded", they added, with the swift attack sending refugees and
aid staff scurrying away.
Joint Task Force (CJTF), an anti-Boko Haram militia group in the town, said the
attack was "brief and unexpected", ending before they or the military
arrived at the scene. It was not clear whether the militants stole any food or
supplies from the camp during the attack.
August 2014 Boko Haram seized Dikwa but it was retaken seven months later with
the help of Chadian forces, allowing residents to return. Yet attacks persist
from jihadists hiding in remote areas, targeting civilians, displacement camps
and troops protecting the town and nearby villages.
on Saturday, Boko Haram fighters in three trucks and several motorcycles
stormed into Lassa village in Askira Town, Borno State, stealing food and
burning shops, local residents said. "Boko Haram attacked around 8:00 pm
(1900GMT) and headed to the market", Lassa resident Musa Yohanna said.
"They broke into shops and carted away food supplies before setting fire
to the shops," he added.
fled the scene with the jihadists making no attempt to pursue them, another
resident, Barnabas Adams said, adding there were no known casualties. The
militants had left to their Sambisa Forest hideouts before troops arrived in
the village, he said.
NATIONS – U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says Somalia is making
progress toward building a functioning state but must tackle violent extremism,
terrorism, armed conflict, political instability and corruption.
says in a report to the U.N. Security Council circulated Monday that these
challenges "demonstrate the fragility of the gains made so far" and
three decades of civil war, extremist attacks and famine, Somalia established a
functioning transitional government in 2012 and has since been working to
- Eighteen people were killed when Islamist terrorist group al-Shabaab attacked
an army base in southern Somalia, a local official said Monday.
the dead were 14 militants and four soldiers, who had been manning the army
base in Bakol province when al-Shabaab attacked with heavily armed vehicles in
the early hours of Monday, Mohamed Abdi Toll, the governor of Bakol, told dpa
terrorists attacked the army base from three different directions before
overrunning it. ... The attack is over and our troops recaptured the base this
morning, killing 14 militants," said Toll.
said on pro-insurgent radio station Andalus it had killed 10 soldiers, seized
the base and looted military equipment and weapons.
security patrol in Hai al-Tadamon in western Tunis arrested a dangerous
suspect, who has been wanted for committing terrorist acts, according to
Tunisian security sources.
said the suspect had arrived in the capital from terrorist hideouts in the
country’s western mountainous areas to reach Hai al-Tadamon, a densely
populated neighborhood west of Tunis, to visit his family.
patrol arrested the suspect in an ambush and without resistance, sources added,
crediting good planning for the success of the operation.
is expected to be referred to the relevant judicial authority for investigation
over the details of how he managed to reach Hai al-Tadamon, traveling hundreds
of kilometers and evading intelligence services and patrols deployed at the
entrances of most cities.
experts stressed that the arrest is an important security success, but more
significantly, it revealed that besieged terrorist elements were falling one
after to the other in the hands of military and security forces.
May 13, national security forces in the central city of Bouhajla arrested a
terrorist fugitive, who is facing a prison sentence of 30 years.
Interior Ministry reported that a high-risk stake out allowed the forces to
capture the suspect as he attempted to leave a terrorist hideout to visit his
sick mother in Sidi Bou Zid city.
UN envoy for Libya warned Tuesday that the battle for Tripoli was “just the
start of a long and bloody war” and called for immediate steps to cut off arms
flows fueling the fighting.
the Security Council, Ghassan Salame said many countries were supplying weapons
to the UN-recognized government in Tripoli and forces led by Khalifa Haftar.
launched an offensive on April 4 to seize the capital but his forces have been
bogged down in the southern outskirts of Tripoli.
am no Cassandra, but the violence on the outskirts of Tripoli is just the start
of a long and bloody war on the southern shores of the Mediterranean,
imperiling the security of Libya’s immediate neighbors and the wider
Mediterranean region,” Salame said.
immediate action to stop the flow of arms, “Libya will descend into a civil war
which could potentially lead to a Hobbesian all-against-all state of chaos or
partition of the country,” he said.
appeal came after the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord posted
photographs at the weekend of dozens of Turkish-made armored vehicles that it
said on its Facebook page were fresh deliveries for its fighters.
websites also posted photos and video footage of Jordanian-built armored cars
they said were supplied to Haftar’s Libyan National Army, based in the east.
Security Council failed last month to agree on a draft resolution demanding a
ceasefire in Libya and a return to political talks to end the conflict.
refused to include any mention of Haftar’s offensive on Tripoli while the
United States said it needed more time to consider the situation, diplomats
envoy urged the council to set up a commission of inquiry to “determine who has
taken up arms” and prevent indicted war crimes suspects from taking part in
YORK: Somalia is making progress toward building a functioning state but must
still tackle violent extremism, terrorism, armed conflict, political
instability and corruption, the UN chief said in a new report.
Guterres said in the report to the UN Security Council circulated Monday that
these challenges “demonstrate the fragility of the gains made so far” and
three decades of civil war, extremist attacks and famine, Somalia established a
functioning transitional government in 2012 and has since been working to
rebuild stability. But Guterres said that “the security situation remained
volatile” between the mid-December and early May reporting period.
militant group Al-Shabab, an Al-Qaeda affiliate, continues to be “the main
perpetrator of attacks against government facilities, government officials and
security forces as well as popular restaurants and hotels,” he said.
said March and April witnessed “a significant increase of attacks in Mogadishu,
where incidents involving improvised explosive devices occurred almost every
day.” In March, he said, there were 77 such attacks across the country, the
highest single monthly total since 2016.
addition, Guterres said, there was “a notable increase in mortar attacks, which
demonstrated Al-Shabab’s improved capacity to hit strategic targets with
precision and accuracy.”
the militant group continued to carry out attacks using suicide vehicle-borne
improvised explosive devices, he said.
the same time, the secretary-general said, the reporting period saw an increase
in security operations “and a large number of airstrikes targeting Al-Shabab
training bases and assembly points” that were deemed to have degraded its
operating capability and freedom of movement.
have also led, however, to increased Al-Shabab movement into urban centers, in
particular Mogadishu, where their forces are less likely to be targeted from
the air,” he said. In addition to security threats, Guterres said large
segments of the Somali population face poverty and a lack of food. He said the
World Bank estimates in a forthcoming poverty and vulnerability assessment that
77 percent of Somalia’s population is living below “the international extreme
poverty line of $1.90 per day.”
is especially deep and widespread in rural areas and in internally displaced
persons settlements,” Guterres said.
90 percent of households lack access to basic services, such as education and
water and sanitation.”
United Nations launched an appeal Monday for $710 million to help 4.5 million
drought-affected Somalis in the most severely affected areas of the country
between now and the end of December. UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric noted that
the 2019 UN humanitarian appeal for more than $1 billion for Somalia is only 20
doesn't need any help from Britain in policing Muslims
UK government, it seems, is once again exporting its Cold-War-inspired
propaganda – this time to France, according to documents seen by Middle East
Research, Information and Communications Unit (RICU), which is based at the
Home Office in London, has sought to “effect behavioural and attitudinal
change” among British Muslims through various platforms, including social media
and film - all the while failing to disclose the British government’s
involvement in such campaigns. And it’s all in the name of countering
has already rolled out programmes in Tunisia, Morocco, Lebanon, Jordan, Algeria
the details of RICU’s operations in France are still unclear, other documents
seen by MEE highlight that a key demographic target for its work is Muslims -
mainly men, between the ages of 15 and 39.
the nature of the project is similar to what has been done in the homelands of
many of the Muslims who live in France, it will involve covert methods of
supporting governments to influence public opinion.
the cases of Tunisia, Lebanon and Morocco, the British Council stated that it
had “succeeded in creating a platform where government and civil society can
communicate more effectively to strengthen resilience and reduce radicalisation
and recruitment by violent extremists”.
has to wonder how - given the French context - a project such as this can be
launched. In France, the state’s hostility towards, and overt isolation of
Muslims, migrants and people of colour are well known.
republic has shown throughout history that it is not interested in integrating
Muslims; they are parked in ghettos outside of France’s main cities, openly
discriminated against at work, and pushed out of education and the public
sphere by bans on hijabs and other religious symbols.
“liberty, equality and fraternity” of the French state, and its aggressive,
secular application of national values, are often depicted as being in direct
opposition to Islam, and therefore to its Muslim population.
the other hand, the UK’s counterterrorism practices attempt to shape religious
identity among Muslims, pushing the notion of the “good” British Muslim who
bows down to the state. Unless RICU’s work seeks to strip them of their
Muslim-ness entirely, it is thus difficult to imagine the French government
launching a campaign about “French Muslims” who espouse the republic’s values.
President Emmanuel Macron proved this just last month, when he spoke about
Muslim communities. “We must not hide ourselves when we talk about secularism.
We do not really talk about secularism. We talk about the communitarianism that
has settled in certain neighbourhoods of the republic,” he said.
to resist political Islam, Macron noted: “We are talking about people who, in
the name of a religion, pursue a political project.” He also called for greater
control of international funds that some organisations receive and the
maintenance of the 1905 law on secularism.
statements said it all. French secularism today is an open war on Muslims,
their political life, and their place in the republic. It’s hard to see how
this can be softened through cultural and media intervention.
war on Muslims is not only carried out rhetorically or through the law, but
also via a large apparatus of physical repression, again justified under the cover
of the war on terror. Since the 2015 Paris attacks, Islamophobia has continued
to rise at an alarming rate, with a government that continues to legitimise the
French state seeks to further marginalise an entire community and to use them
as scapegoats when its own chickens come home to roost. Its counterterrorism
methods are rooted in a desire to install a further divide between French
society and Islam - the outcome of which will mean continued violence against
is perhaps unsurprising that Macron’s speech on Muslim communities was also a
response to the Yellow Vests and his plans to “deal with them”. Dissent,
political expression and social justice movements are effectively being treated
as acts of terror.
work will likely further institutionalise racism in France, just as the Prevent
agenda has done in the UK, while attacking the civil rights of all. The
question remaining now is, how?
it do so - as we have seen in the UK and throughout the MENA region - by
surreptitiously mobilising music, art and social media to normalise state
repression and exclusion? Or will it do so in altogether new and different
way, this is bad news for Muslims in France and everywhere.
in Scotland vandalized with racist graffiti
in Scotland are investigating an Islamophobic hate crime after racist and
anti-Muslim comments were found spray-painted on the walls of a mosque Monday
crime took place at the Elgin Islamic Centre in north Scotland around 11:00
p.m. A swastika symbol was sprayed on the walls as well as other racist and
vulgar comments. Scottish police have described the incident as “completely
of course we're worried. I mean, if we don't say that, then we must be fools,”
Lansana Bangura, chairman of the mosque, told the BBC.
are worried. But at the same time, you know, you expect things like that to
happen. But I hope it will not happen very often.”
said reassuringly that such acts do not break the bonds that Scottish Muslims
have built with their neighbors and that they have received support and backing
from the non-Muslim community.
to police, a white male between 30 and 40 years old with short brown hair was
seen in the area at the time and they are searching for him as part of an
investigation and have appealed to the public for information.
of this nature are completely unacceptable. There is absolutely no place for it
in our communities, and a number of inquiries are ongoing to establish who is
responsible,” said Detective Inspector Martin MacDougall.
inspector also reassured the Muslim community that they are in regular contact
with the mosque and that police patrols in and around the area will be
increased while the investigation proceeds.
appeal to anyone with information about this incident to contact the police as
soon as possible, particularly anyone who was in the area last night and saw
any suspicious activity or people. Thank you to those who have assisted with
our inquiries already," MacDougall added.
a similar incident Tuesday in Essex, England, police are investigating a hate
crime in which Islamophobic posters were put up on lamp posts that depicted a
crusader on horseback chasing a pair of figures carrying AK-47s, including a
burka-clad Muslim woman, with the caption “Islamists not welcome”.
are aware of stickers placed in various locations around Rayleigh displaying
messages including ‘Islamists not welcome’. We are keen to speak to those
responsible for them to discuss their intent. We are treating this as a hate
incident,” a spokeswoman for the Essex police told the Southend Standard
posters displayed a symbol representing the pan-European white nationalist
group Generation Identity and also warned Muslims to “Stay back or we will kick
you back”. Initially, police did not treat the posters as a hate crime. But
after being contacted by local newspapers, they reversed their decision.
security services have foiled 19 major terror attacks over the past two years,
Home Secretary Sajid Javid has revealed.
a speech in which he confirmed plans to look at designating parts of Syria and
possibly West Africa as terror no-go zones for British citizens, Mr Javid
described how "the tempo of terror activity is increasing".
Home Office will also look to introduce new laws and refresh treason
legislation to combat activity by hostile states' agents.
Javid said: "Each and every day our security services fight against
terror, from large international terrorist groups to radicalised individuals.
in the past two years they have foiled 19 major terrorist attacks - 14 of them
Islamist and five of them motivated by extreme right-wing ideologies.
those are just the headline figures. For each attack prevented, there are
dozens more that never have the chance to begin in the first place.
despite this impressive work, the tempo of terror activity is increasing."
Javid said he has asked Home Office officials and counter-terror police to
"urgently review" the case for designating Syria as a terrorist
hotspot, with a particular focus on Idlib province in the north-west of the
country and others areas in the north-east.
said: "Anyone who is in these areas without a legitimate reason should be
on notice. I can also see that there may be a case in the future for
designating parts of West Africa."
could see Britons in those areas who are not aid workers or journalists, for
example, face up to 10 years in prison.
home secretary also unveiled proposals for fresh legislation to be presented by
the government in a new espionage bill to combat the threat of hostile states
following the Salisbury chemical weapons attack, which has been blamed on
Javid claimed the March 2018 attack was a "sharp reminder" that the
end of the Cold War was "not the end of the state-on-state threats that
many had actually predicted".
there are "some real gaps in current legislation" to deal with
hostile state activity, he said: "We have to ensure that we have the
necessary powers to meet the current and evolving threats to the UK both
domestically and overseas.
that right and having those right powers and resources in place for countering
hostile states - it must be a post-Brexit priority."
new espionage bill would "bring together new and modernised powers"
and could include the adoption of a register of foreign agents - such as the US
employs - as well as an update to the Official Secrets Act.
government could also consider updating centuries-old treason laws.
definition of terrorism is probably broad enough to cover those who betray our
country by supporting terror abroad," Mr Javid said.
if updating the old offence of treason would help us to counter hostile state
activity then there is merit to considering that too."
Treason Act, which dates from 1351, was last used in the UK in 1945 to
prosecute William Joyce (otherwise known as Lord Haw-Haw), a Nazi propagandist
who assisted Germany during the Second World War.
Javid revealed he shares some of the concerns of UK allies, such as the US and
Australia, over allowing Chinese company Huawei access to telecommunications
said he would take these into account as the government makes a final decision
on allowing the tech giant to supply 5G infrastructure.
Islamic Museum of Australia in Melbourne provides information on the history,
life and identity of Muslims in the country.
by Australian Muslim businessman Moustafa Fahour with the support of the
Australian federal government, the museum is the first and only Islamic museum
in the country.
opening in 2014, it has hosted more than 50,000 visitors.
six days a week, the museum organizes various conferences and events in
different fields such as calligraphy, historical art, miniature painting,
handicrafts and current events.
want them to experience and learn about the beauty of Islam," said the
museum director, Maryum Chaudhry.
said visitors could learn more about the history of Islam in Australia and in
the world, well-known Muslim scientists, the contributions of Muslims to
Australia, and the basic concepts of Islam.
that they received positive feedback from visitors from Australia as well as
from different countries of the world, she said most visitors do not have any
prior knowledge of the Muslim community in the country.
are so positive on their experience. For many it is the first time they engaged
with the Muslim community," Chaudhry said.
have walked away with new information and were inspired. They want to learn
more and to come back again," Chaudhry added.
will not succumb to ultimatums from Iran, French Finance Minister Bruno Le
Maire said in Paris on Tuesday.
do not think that Europe will get drawn into this idea of an ultimatum,” Le
Maire told reporters.
Maire said Europeans were facing extremely strong pressure from the United
States regarding trade with Iran, and that threats by Tehran to pull out of its
nuclear deal with global powers were not helpful in that regard.
says it is fully prepared to implement the 2015 nuclear deal exactly in the
same way that France and its European partners did during the past year.
remarks were made by Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi,
in reaction to his French counterpart's statement, in which Iran was urged to
continue to implement all of its obligations under the JCPOA, and to refrain
from any measures that would put it in violation of its commitments.
said on Tuesday that Tehran is prepared to fully support the Joint
Comprehensive Plan of Action and do its best to implement it exactly like
France and other European signatories.
suggested that his sarcastic comment must be completely convincing for the
French who claim to be supporting the nuclear agreement.
a daily briefing on Tuesday, the French foreign ministry spokesperson said, “We
reject any ultimatums and will assess Iran’s compliance with its nuclear
commitments in regard to its implementation of obligations set forth under JCPOA."
this regard, we reaffirm the crucial follow-up and monitoring roles played by
the International Atomic Energy Agency. France is determined to see the JCPOA –
central to the international non-proliferation and international security
regime – implemented in full,” the spokesperson said.
with its European partners, France is continuing its efforts to preserve the
economic benefits linked to the lifting of sanctions as provided by the Iranian
nuclear agreement, as long as Iran respects all of its nuclear
obligations," the French official noted.
Saturday, France’s ambassador to the United States, Gérard Araud, said on
Twitter: “It’s false to say that at the expiration of the JCPOA, Iran will be
allowed to enrich uranium,” adding that sanctions could be reimposed.
Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said Araud’s comments were “a major
violation of the object and purpose of the JCPOA,” adding they needed
“immediate clarification by Paris, or we act accordingly.”
work underway for the operational implementation of the INSTEX mirror company
known as the Special Trade and Financing Institute (STFI) is moving forward in
a positive way and should soon be completed, added the spokesperson.
announced on May 8 that it will halt implementing some terms of the nuclear
deal until parties to the deal other than US take action to mitigate the
negative impacts of US decision in May 2018 to withdraw from the agreement.
Islamic Republic says other parties to the JCPOA, particularly the E3 - France,
Britain, and Germany - have failed so far to compensate for the US withdrawal
and help Iran reap the economic dividends of the 2015 nuclear deal.
President Hassan Rouhani has set a two-month deadline for the parties to either
do the necessary actions to save the JCPOA or face Iran resuming a nuclear
enrichment program which had been suspended as part of the deal in return for
lifting of international sanctions on Tehran.
Iran's decision, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian warned against a
bellicose spiral of reactions on an international agreement on Iran nuclear
May 11, Le Drian warned that the chain of reactions on JCPOA could intensify
into a “bellicose spiral”.
top French diplomat described Iran decision to suspend sale of excess uranium
and heavy water as a “bad reaction” in response to a similar “bad decision” by
Washington to not honor its commitments.
groups may use escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran as an opportunity
to provoke a war between the two countries, Germany’s foreign minister warned
during a panel discussion in Hamburg, Heiko Maas described the situation in the
Middle East as “extremely dangerous” and urged the two countries to calm down.
is a region where terrorist groups are active. Terrorists may launch attacks to
escalate violence and provoke a war,” he said.
it would not be only the U.S. and Iran participating in such a war, but this
would rapidly put the entire region in flames.”
reaffirmed Germany’s continued commitment to a diplomatic solution to resolve
disagreements with Iran over its nuclear program and its influence in the
weeks have seen steadily mounting tensions between Tehran and the Washington.
Sunday, following a rocket attack near the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, President
Donald Trump told Iran not to threaten the U.S., saying it will be Tehran's
Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the
United States again!" Trump tweeted, without elaborating.
week, the U.S. deployed a carrier strike group to the Persian Gulf, citing
“intelligence” of an imminent Iranian attack on U.S. interests in the region.
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