researchers controlled for factors like target type, number of fatalities, and
whether or not the perpetrators were arrested before reaching their final
statistic. Illustration: Mona Chalabi
Voices Concern about LeT Affiliates Contesting Pakistan Elections
Acted Like Taliban during Babri Masjid Demolition: Lawyer Tells SC
Town That Doesn't Vote: Pakistan's Ahmadis Say Forced To Abstain
Member Resigns from Myanmar Advisory Panel on Rohingya Crisis
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Seeks to Become Michigan's First Muslim American Governor
is Funding and Supporting Terrorism Front Groups with Taxpayers’ Money
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All the Right Reasons
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to Meet Triple Talaq Victim Nida Khan During Shahjahanpur Rally
Barelvi cleric Azhari Miyan dies
of the Far Right: Mainstream Parties Cosying Up to Religious Extremist Groups
is Pakistan's Biggest Threat, Says Bilawal Bhutto
bomber studied in Karachi seminary, says CTD
wrongly put on Fourth Schedule to be excluded from list
injured in Chaman blast targeting LEAs' vehicle
troops kill ISIS-linked blast mastermind
Report More Violence, Persecution in Myanmar: UN Investigators
seekers from Bangladesh getting trafficked to Malaysia by sea
Muslims report more violence in Myanmar: UN
and Taliban militants suffer casualties in Nangarhar operations
car bomb attack foiled in Nangarhar province
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from the Bar’ because of Zakir Naik
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rights body acts against sectarian campaigning
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Moves to Retake Control over Golan Heights from Terrorists
war over, life trickles back into Syria's Harasta
Bishop praises the courage of the Grand Mufti in defending Mideast Christians
raids on last ISIS pocket in south Syria kill 26 civilians
Arabia rejects and denounces the ‘Jewish Nation-State’ law
regime forces enter Quneitra after a brokered deal
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attack leaves 10 Iranian forces dead: Fars
says working to avoid repercussions of US sanctions on Iran
elders ‘never to give up’ in battle against Houthi militants
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by New Age Islam News Bureau
The United States remains concerned about the participation of
Lashkar-e-Taiba-affiliated (LeT) individuals in the July 25 elections and has
conveyed its concern to Islamabad as well, says the US State Department.
in a statement a copy of which is available with Dawn, the department noted
with satisfaction that the Pakistan Election Commission had rejected the
registration of Milli Muslim League (MML) in June, “citing its linkages to LeT,
an internationally-sanctioned terrorist organisation”.
statement pointed out that the State Department also amended its Foreign
Terrorist Organisation designation of LeT in April to add the MML as a Lashkar
have repeatedly expressed our concerns to the Pakistani government about LeT,
including the participation of LeT-affiliated individuals in the elections,”
the statement added.
an earlier statement, the State Department had stressed the need to continue
the electoral process despite recent terrorist attacks targeting senior
Victims recall horror of Mastung blast
a similar statement issued in Brussels, the European Union urged Islamabad to
ensure that electoral activities in all parts of Pakistan continued in “safe
and secure conditions”.
Foreign Minister Taro Kono said last week that Japan strongly hoped the general
election would be held this month freely, fairly and peacefully, without giving
in” to terrorists who wanted to disturb the democratic process in Pakistan.
Washington, US State Department’s spokesperson Heather Nauert said that such
attacks on political candidates and their supporters were “cowardly attempts to
deprive the Pakistani people of their democratic rights”.
European Union said that it expected Pakistani authorities to “take all the
necessary steps to ensure that electoral activities in all parts of the country
take place in safe and secure conditions”.
political contestants and citizens should be able to “exercise their
constitutional rights to participate in the forthcoming general elections
without intimidation or fear for their security,” it added.
Supreme Court on Friday resumed hearing the contentious Babri Masjid-Ayodhya
land dispute case where senior advocate Rajiv Dhawan, appearing for M Siddiq-an
appellant- reiterated his argument that “Hindus acted like Taliban” on the day
of Babri Masjid demolition, adding that “what happened on December 6 was an act
had earlier also claimed that the mosque in Ayodhya was destroyed by “Hindu
Taliban” —like the Buddha statues in Bamiyan in Afghanistan was brought down by
overflowed in the apex court over advocate Dhavan’s remarks with a group of
lawyers saying he cannot equate the entire Hindu community to Taliban. Dhavan,
in reply, said he stands by whatever he said about those Hindus who razed the
an attempt to cool tempers, CJI Dipak Misra said decorum must be maintained in
court and pointed out that such adjectives should be used outside, not inside.
“The adjective was used in an inappropriate sense,” the bench said. However,
Dhavan refused to agree with the observation and says destruction was an “act
heated arguments ensured as Dhavan repeated that “Hindu Taliban destroyed the
mosque”. The lawyers then replied “you destroyed temples”.
CJI intervened again and asked counsel opposing Dhavan to leave. CJI Misra also
told Dhavan that “we consider it (Hindu Taliban remark) absolutely inappropriate.”
matter is being heard by the bench comprising of Chief Justice Dipak Misra,
Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice S Abdul Nazeer. The Shia Waqf Board had
earlier told the Supreme Court in their submission that they wished to settle
the dispute amicably. The board also stated that the custodian of the Babri
mosque was the Shia and the Sunni Waqf Board, and no one else represents
Supreme Court reserved its order on the plea by Muslim groups of the Ram
Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute seeking reconsideration by a larger
bench the observations made by it in a 1994 verdict that a mosque was not
integral to Islam.
town that doesn't vote: Pakistan's Ahmadis say forced to abstain
Pakistan (Reuters) - There are no campaign posters in the Pakistani town of
Rabwah, and no election rallies on its streets. Though they could be an
influential bloc in a key electoral battleground, nearly 90 percent of its
residents will not vote in a July 25 poll.
people of Rabwah, in Punjab province, are predominantly Ahmadi Muslims, and
abstain from elections due to what they say are discriminatory laws that target
their minority sect.
election laws place Ahmadis on a separate voter registration list categorizing
them as non-Muslim. Community leaders say this violates their right to
religious self-identify as Muslim.
a matter of our faith so there can be no compromise on that,” community
spokesman Salim Ud Din told Reuters.
Election Commission did not respond to requests for comment. In a letter sent
to Salim Ud Din, the commission said it was “following law which cannot be
changed by the commission”.
leaders say anti-Ahmadi rhetoric has intensified in the lead-up to Wednesday’s
general election, as politicians seek to shore up support among religiously
conservative voters and head off the challenge posed by two new Islamist
year, a row over proposed changes to the election law that would have eased
some of the barriers on Ahmadis participating in elections saw the group
denounced on the floor of Pakistan’s parliament, while one of the new Islamist
parties held street protests.
Ahmadis consider themselves to be Muslims but their recognition of Mirza Ghulam
Ahmad, who founded the sect in British-ruled India in 1889, as a “subordinate
prophet within the fold of Islam” is viewed by many of the Sunni majority as a
breach of the Islamic tenet that the Prophet Mohammad was God’s last direct
law they cannot call their places of worship mosques or distribute religious
literature, recite the Koran or use traditional Islamic greetings, measures
they say criminalize their daily lives.
SENSE OF CITIZENSHIP
Qamar Suleman Ahmad voted for the first and last time in the 1977 election.
years earlier the sect had been declared “non-Muslim” by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government. But Ahmad says he still voted for the
PPP, because they fielded the best candidate in his constituency.
then the election was still on the basis of being Pakistani, not on the basis
of being Muslim,” he said. “There was a sense of excitement.”
was overthrown and later hanged by military ruler General Zia ul Haq, whose
government barred Ahmadis from identifying themselves as Muslim. Ahmad has not
Ahmad Khalid, who last cast a ballot in 1970, remembers missing his bus and
having to walk a long distance to the nearest polling station.
father was very particular about voting,” he recalls, adding that the right to
vote reinforces a sense of citizenship. “It’s not about wanting to vote, it’s
about being given my rights.”
Ud Din released a statement on July 13 saying the Ahmadi community would once
again be disassociating from the elections due to Pakistan’s discriminatory
have a very rich history of participating in politics,” he said, adding that
Pakistan has allowed itself to be controlled by the religious right.
observers believe if the country’s 500,000 Ahmadi were to participate, their
vote could swing the results of more than 20 closely contested seats in Punjab,
the most populous province where Pakistani elections are won and lost.
(the religious right) know we are an organised community, educated, so when we
are involved we can have an influence,” Ud Din added.
of the men buried in Rabwah’s well-manicured graveyard is Chaudhry Zafrulah
Khan, Pakistan’s first foreign minister.
members often refer to him, saying the country’s founding father Mohammad Ali
Jinnah chose an Ahmadi as Pakistan’s first representative to the world.
comply with laws forbidding Ahmadis to identify as Muslim, the Ahmadi community
have erased all Islamic inscriptions from Khan’s gravestone.
member resigns from Myanmar advisory panel on Rohingya crisis
A key member of an international advisory panel on Myanmar’s crisis-hit Rakhine
state has resigned, telling AFP on Saturday that the Aung San Suu Kyi-appointed
board risks becoming “part of the problem” in a conflict that forced 700,000
Rohingya Muslims to flee.
Thai lawmaker and ambassador Kobsak Chutikul was secretary for the panel
hand-picked by civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi to advise her government on how
to handle the aftermath of a military campaign that drove the minority out of
brutal crackdown started in August last year and left hundreds of Rohingya
villages razed to the ground.
to Bangladesh have recounted horrifying testimony of widespread murder, rape
and torture in violence the UN and US have branded as ethnic cleansing.
Chutikul said his position became untenable ahead of a second full meeting of
the panel with officials in Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw this week.
verbally gave my resignation in a staff meeting last Tuesday (10 July),” he
told AFP by phone from Bangkok.
board, he said, risks becoming a “part of the problem.”
lulls authorities into thinking they have done enough to respond to the
concerns of the international community, that they’ve ticked that box,” he
becomes dangerous in terms of an illusion that something is being done... that
they’re going to do something while Rome burns.”
credibility of the advisory board was undermined early on by the resignation of
veteran US diplomat Governor Bill Richardson a one-time close confidant of Suu
left the panel in January in a vicious war of words with the Nobel laureate.
government insisted it had terminated his involvement but Richardson said he
stepped down due to fears the committee would only “whitewash” the causes of
the Rohingya crisis.
statement by his office Saturday said that Kobsak’s resignation “further
reinforces the concerns” he held.
however, told AFP that he thought Governor Richardson’s departure had been
he said the board’s poor organization and funding severely curtailed its work.
were winging it on the fly, not really in full grasp of the full facts and
figures. Everyone was all over the place — we don’t have a permanent office
anywhere,” he told AFP.
Kyi’s reputation lies in tatters internationally for her failure to speak up on
behalf of the Rohingya Muslims, a stateless group persecuted over decades in
was no immediate reaction from her office or the panel.
advisory board has so far dismayed rights groups for not mentioning the word
‘Rohingya’ — a name Buddhist-majority Myanmar rejects, preferring the
pejorative term ‘Bengali’ that implies the community are illegal immigrants
Chutikul said the international community should rally round new UN special
envoy Christine Schraner Burgener, who he said “offers the best hope in the
attacks by Muslims receive 357% more press attention, study finds
attacks committed by Muslim extremists receive 357% more US press coverage than
those committed by non-Muslims, according to new research from the University
of Alabama. The researchers controlled for factors like target type, number of
fatalities, and whether or not the perpetrators were arrested before reaching
their final statistic.
attacks committed by non-Muslims (or where the religion was unknown) received
an average of 15 headlines, while those committed by Muslim extremists received
findings, which are illustrated below, were based on all terrorist attacks in
the US between 2006 and 2015 according to the Global Terrorism Database. The
disparity in media coverage is particularly out of sync with the reality given
that white and rightwing terrorists carried out nearly as many terrorist attacks as Muslim
extremists between 2008 and 2016.
all headlines have the same audience, though. Lead researcher Erin Kearns
explained: “We broke it down by the two different types of sources and we found
that the over-coverage is much bigger among national news sources than local
new Guardian documentary, White Fright, follows one case of an attack plotted
by a non-Muslim. In 2015, Robert Doggart was convicted for planning an attack
on Islamberg, a small community in New York. Doggart’s plan was described as
“terroristic” by a US attorney.
study is forthcoming in Justice Quarterly. A previous paper which looked only
at the period 2011 to 2015 is available here.
CITY, MICHIGAN —
standing room only in the large ballroom of this northern Michigan resort as
people eagerly await the arrival of a young, well-spoken, charismatic Rhodes
scholar seeking to reach Michigan’s highest elected office.
I graduated college, Bill Clinton asked me why I was going to med school, and
he asked me if I ever considered running for office. And at that time, I
thought that was off limits to me,” Dr. Abdul El-Sayed told VOA.
American El-Sayed grew up in Michigan, where he often faced prejudice.
was the captain of my football team, and I was a junior in high school. And the
week after 9/11, the games were canceled that week, but the week after, we were
back on the field. And I remember that football game. For the first time,
people were calling me names that I would hear for the rest of my life:
‘Raghead.’ ‘Osama.’ " he recalls. "Funny thing is, my brother’s name
is Osama. And I used to say, ‘You’ve got the wrong El-Sayed.’”
he could be the right El-Sayed to make history as Michigan’s — and the nation’s
— first elected Muslim American governor. One of his biggest challenges is
convincing enough voters to support him in a state that narrowly helped
Republican Donald Trump win the presidency in 2016.
90 Muslim Americans are seeking elected office throughout the United States
during midterm elections this year. Many are running as Democrats hoping to be
part of a “blue wave” that shifts control of the U.S. Congress.
is among 13 Muslim candidates running for office in the state of Michigan,
where his faith and ethnicity have been important facets of his life that are
now also fueling attacks and accusations by political opponents.
those in Michigan’s large and growing Arab American community, the fact that
El-Sayed is a viable candidate at all is a welcome change in politics.
the last 10 years, things have changed dramatically for Arab Americans,” said
Osama Siblani, publisher of Dearborn, Michigan-based Arab American News. But he
explains the path to the governor’s mansion depends on El-Sayed’s overall
appeal to a majority of voters.
John Kennedy ran, you know, everybody thought, ‘This was the first Catholic,
would he make it to White House?’ And he did,” said Siblani. “When Barack
Hussein Obama ran, they said, This is the first African-American. Will he make
it? Are there enough African-American voters to elect an African- American?’
No. But did he make it? Yes. Twice. So, is there a chance for a Muslim-American
to win the governorship? Yes.”
said he isn’t focused on the potential of such a historic moment. He simply
wants to give back to the community that shaped him.
grandmother was illiterate and never got to go to school. My grandfather had an
eighth-grade education. My cousins — just as smart as whatever, as I am — they
never got the opportunities that I got. They drive cabs in Egypt, and that’s
not my life,” he said. “That’s not my life, because of the opportunities I had
here. And I’m watching as we have leaders, whether it be at the city level in
Detroit or at the state level, who are making decisions that are taking away
access to those basic goods and services from people.”
who gained recognition as Detroit’s top health official, seeks to lead a state
still dealing with a water contamination crisis in the city of Flint that began
during current Republican Gov. Rick Snyder’s tenure.
responsibility is to promote justice, whether it be with my hands. And if not,
then with my mouth. And if not, then at least with my heart,” he told VOA.
“That promotion of justice, to address racial and ethnic inequalities, social
inequalities, regional inequalities, and access to the basic goods and
resources that people deserve in their lives. That has been the work that I’ve
committed myself to as a doctor, as an epidemiologist, as a public health
practitioner and now as a public servant.”
is among several candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for governor in
Michigan’s primary election August 7.
considered a progressive and has the backing of many Michigan voters who
supported Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in his bid to win the Michigan
presidential primary in 2016.
government of Canada plans to funnel $23 million into a multicultural program,
Member of Parliament Iqra Khalid announced last week.
money is an outgrowth of Canada’s M-103 “Systemic racism and religious
discrimination” bill that called on the government to “condemn Islamophobia and
all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination.”
is not clear how the money will be divided, but Islamic Relief Canada and the
National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), formerly known as CAIR-CAN, are
poised to receive significant amounts.
a problem because both groups have been accused of supporting terrorists.
is the Canadian chapter of the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR).
Islamic Relief Canada is a branch of Islamic Relief Worldwide.
the NCCM (CAIR-CAN) and Islamic Relief Canada were identified as Muslim
Brotherhood front groups in testimony to the Canadian Senate in 2015.
bank, based in the United Kingdom, announced in January 2016 that it would
close Islamic Relief Worldwide’s accounts and cut all links to it “amid
concerns that cash for aid could end up with terrorist groups abroad.” Swiss
bank UBS did the same thing in 2012. The United Arab Emirates included Islamic
Relief Worldwide and Islamic Relief UK on its 2014 list of terrorist
organizations. In so doing, the UAE also noted that Islamic Relief Worldwide is
a part of the global Muslim Brotherhood.
also has listed Islamic Relief Worldwide as a terrorist funding organization,
identifying Hamas as the intended recipient of the money. In its own charter,
Hamas describes itself as “one of the branches of the Muslim Brotherhood in
Canada, the Financial Post also removed Islamic Relief Canada from its 2014 “25
Charities of the Year” because “its international arm has been banned elsewhere
(though not in Canada) for allegedly funneling funds to the terrorist
note, Islamic Relief co-founder and former leader Essam al-Haddad figures
prominently in a 2012 “who is who” of the Muslim Brotherhood issued by the
Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He was “elected to the
[Brotherhood’s] Guidance Office … in December 2009,” and ran the successful
campaign of the Brotherhood’s 2012 candidate for president, Mohamed Morsi, the
Washington Institute said. He has been imprisoned since 2013.
son, Gehad al-Haddad, is a Muslim Brotherhood spokesman.
case of the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) is also interesting. As
noted above, the NCCM was originally founded as CAIR-CAN. According to its
founder, Sheema Khan, CAIR’s U.S. leadership “had direct control” over the
Canadian chapter’s activities. The U.S. Department of State identified CAIR-CAN
as CAIR’s Canadian chapter. CAIR-CAN acknowledged in 2003 that CAIR was its
United Arab Emirates in 2014 labeled CAIR as a terrorist group. A federal judge
in Dallas ruled in 2009 that the government possessed “ample evidence to
establish the associations of CAIR … with Hamas.”
Canada, long-time NCCM (CAIR-CAN) board member, Jamal Badawi, also served on
the Brotherhood’s North American Shura Council – its leadership board.
Canadian MP Iqra Khalid is a supporter of Sharia and is Salafist in her
orientation. While campaigning for Parliament, she claims she led the York
University Muslim Student Association and wrote its new constitution after it
took over the Pakistani Student Association. MSA officers should “strive to
adhere to the Shari’ah,” it says.
while Khalid is uncovered in public and sports modern, Western clothing, her
MSA is Salafist in orientation. Its constitution takes an uncompromising view
toward religion: “Any innovations in religious matters or modernization will
not be acceptable, as Islam is a way of life for all times and places and hence
is not subject to being outdated or needing reform.” As often noted, the Muslim
Student Association of Canada and the USA was founded by Muslim Brotherhood
Khalid first appeared on the public radar in 2015 after announcing her Liberal
Party candidacy for Parliament in Mississauga, Ontario. She received a key
endorsement at an Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) property. Just two
years earlier, Canada’s Revenue Agency revoked the ISNA Development
Foundation’s charitable status after an audit found it had given money to a
Kashmiri charity connected to the Jamaat-e-Islami terrorist group.
decision to fund these organizations with government money raises several
questions, given their links to terrorism funding and extremism. Why did Prime
Minister Justin Trudeau’s government choose these organizations, ignoring
reformist Muslim organizations such as Muslims Facing Tomorrow and the Canadian
his 2008 election to Parliament, Trudeau has supported, funded and defended
has said that ISIS fighters returning to Canada would be a “powerful voice for
deradicalization.” This is his position, even though Canada has no
deradicalization program and its Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention
of Violence has been without a director for years.
further believes that it is “Islamophobic” to oppose the return of ISIS
fighters, so Canada is no longer providing the names of its returning ISIS
fighters to the United Nations committee responsible for tracking international
jihadists. Canada does not try to arrest returning ISIS fighters. Few face any
consequences, even as one ISIS fighter living in Toronto openly bragged to the
New York Times about executing prisoners.
— A Dearborn man captured on an Islamic State battlefield this month was
tricked by fellow Muslims into traveling overseas and became trapped in
war-torn Syria, his brother said Friday.
public records and legal experts helped establish a narrative timeline of
Ibraheem Musaibli's final months in the United States, his alleged attempts to
escape an Islamic State prison with help from the FBI and potential prosecution
in a high-profile criminal case in Detroit. The chronology emerged Friday, one
day after it was revealed the Dearborn native had been captured by
Coalition-backed forces in Syria while believed to be fighting for the Islamic
State, also known as ISIS.
28, is no terrorist but was lured by fellow Muslims into coming to Syria to
study religion and work, younger brother Abdullah Musaibli told The Detroit
News on Friday via Facebook Messenger.
brother is the best person in the world, however he is very trusting in other
Muslims like him," Abdullah Musaibli, 26, of New York City, wrote.
"That is why he is in this situation, because other 'Muslims' tricked him
into coming to Syria to study religion and work. He had NO idea this group was
Musaibli said he last communicated with his brother two months ago.
being a Muslim, I despise ISIS and all terrorists with all my heart, because
they give Islam a very bad name," he wrote. "Islam is a religion of
peace and what they are doing in the Middle East is despicable.”
Musaibli is being held at an undisclosed overseas facility but is expected to
return to the U.S. as early as next week. He is being detained along with an
Indiana woman whose husband was an Islamic State member, according to The New
is believed to be only the second American man captured while fighting on
behalf of the Islamic State, and he presents one of the first times the Trump
administration could use federal courts to prosecute a returning foreign
Musaibli was captured overseas, he could be prosecuted in Detroit, the federal
jurisdiction which covers his hometown of Dearborn, said Peter Henning, a Wayne
State University law professor and former federal prosecutor. The Times
reported that it is likely Musaibli has been charged in a sealed federal court
not going to have any issues of entrapment or that the government somehow acted
unfairly in targeting him. He was on the battlefield," Henning said.
"It's much easier when it's a black-and-white case."
Justice Department in Detroit has experience prosecuting people on
terrorism-related charges. Underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was
sentenced to life in federal prison for the failed Christmas Day 2009 terror
attack aboard a Detroit-bound airliner, and Detroit resident Sebastian
Gregerson, an Islamic State "soldier" accused of plotting violent
jihad, was sentenced last year to 45 months in federal prison.
and Gregerson were represented by the Federal Defender Office, though
Abdulmutallab later defended himself with assistance from a court-appointed
Siefer, head of the Federal Defender Office, said she has not been contacted
haven’t been appointed yet,” she told The News. “If he needs court-appointed
counsel, then we will represent him.”
Musaibli said he doesn’t know if his brother has a lawyer but has been trying
to find out, fearing Ibraheem will be questioned by law enforcement without
representation. His father, Izzy Musaibli, told The News late Friday they're in
dire need of legal representation.
Program on Extremism at George Washington University has identified 71
Americans who have traveled either to Syria or Iraq to wage jihad. At least 24
of those American citizens have been killed. The status of 29 people is unknown
while the rest have either returned to the U.S. or are in jail.
average, individuals who actually reach Syria or Iraq to join jihadist groups
receive lighter sentences than those who get arrested on the way to the airport
to travel,” said Seamus Hughes, the extremism program's deputy director. “It
seems counterintuitive, but they tend to have information to trade, a window
into the terrorist organization structure.”
Dearborn to Yemen
Musaibli lived a low-key life in Dearborn. An Edsel Ford High School dropout,
Musaibli helped his father operate a perfume shop in Detroit and had no contact
with police besides a few minor traffic incidents, according to the Dearborn
brother Ibraheem has always been a joking, lovable person," Abdullah
Musaibli wrote. "Even after he became religious, he would still joke and
laugh with friends and family. He loved to watch TV shows and movies and
enjoyed oldies music."
2010, Ibraheem Musaibli bought a $32,900 brick bungalow on Riverside Drive on
the city's eastern boundary with Detroit, within walking distance of the
American Moslem Society mosque.
he got married, fathered a son and moved to the port city of Aden, Yemen.
leaving, Musaibli attended to trivial personal tasks. He added brother Yousif
Musaibli and sister Sumaya Musaibli to the deed on his home in January 2015;
two months later, he renewed his driver's license, according to Wayne County
and state records.
in Yemen, Ibraheem Musaibli started talking with fellow Muslims, his brother
said, who lured him to Syria in 2015.
Musaibli did not watch online sermons by radical Islamic clerics or seek out
Islamic State contacts, his brother said.
he just reads Quran and prays five times a day like any other Muslim,"
Abdullah Musaibli wrote. "My brother would never hurt anyone.”
years later, in January 2017, while Ibraheem Musaibli was believed to be in
Syria, his signature appears on a quit claim deed that gave the home to his
Musaibli, declined to comment about his brother transferring the house but told
The News that Ibraheem Musaibli did intend on returning to the U.S. and is not
an ISIS fighter.
Musaibli said he hopes to be able to speak with his brother upon his arrival to
the United States.
love him more than my life,” he said. “I’ll do anything for my brother.”
travel to Syria, and reported ties to the Islamic State, are rare but not
2016, federal agents were hunting for Flushing native Mohamed Maleeh Masha, 24,
a suburban Flint medical school graduate who had fled to Syria and was believed
to be working as a doctor for Islamic State extremists.
Masha manhunt was revealed in a sealed federal search warrant that was briefly
posted on the federal court online case database and obtained exclusively by
records indicated the FBI was looking for evidence Masha was supporting Islamic
State groups, including the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria — known as ISIS.
Lynn Mansfield, a 33-year-old nurse from Flint, was killed in 2013 in Syria.
She reportedly threw a grenade at Syrian soldiers who opened fire on her
meanwhile, sent text messages to relatives after leaving Yemen confirming that
he was joining the Islamic State, The Times reported, citing two unnamed
officials familiar with the investigation.
eventually became disillusioned after arriving in Syria, however, and his
family tried to negotiate a way out with the FBI, according to the newspaper.
FBI offered to return Musaibli to the United States if he surrendered. He
refused, and negotiations stalled, the newspaper reported.
Musaibli claims that the prior reports were false and the FBI has been working
to help his son escape from an Islamic State prison.
not a fighter, he's been working with the FBI to escape ISIS and after the last
time he tried to escape, (ISIS) burned his passport," Izzy Musaibli said.
"The FBI knows he's not a fighter and he's only been doing small work
there for food to survive."
Musaibli said the family had brief contact with Ibraheem while he was stuck in
Syria, trapped because the militants thought Ibraheem was a spy.
doesn't represent Islam, they have a totally different ideology, and Ibraheem
was preaching against them," he said. "Every time he tried to escape,
he was put back in prison, and we've been working with the FBI as a team."
spokesman for the FBI in Detroit declined to comment Friday on Izzy Musaibli's
Musaibli's sister, Fatima Musaibli, who lives with her parents in a nearby home
on Riverside Drive, said it would be uncharacteristic for him to join the
wouldn’t do this," she told The News late Thursday. "He’s not violent
and not the type to join such a group. We worry for him.”
agents searched the family's home nine days ago, Fatima Musaibli said.
took our phones, laptops, my brother’s old passports, a box full of stuff and
said they would return it soon, but it’s been more than a week,” she said.
is unclear when the FBI started investigating Ibraheem Musaibli.
federal court records in Detroit indicate FBI agents were investigating a man
with a similar last name last year.
January 2017, FBI agents served a search warrant on Facebook information for an
account belonging to Abu Abdul Rahman Al-Musibli. The still-active account lists
several friends with the last name Musaibli, including one woman in Dearborn.
next month, in February 2017, the FBI received 820 pages of information from
the man's account, according to a copy of the search warrant return obtained by
Musaibli declined comment about the Facebook account Friday and if it belonged
to his brother.
Musaibli was a relative unknown within the broader Muslim community in Metro
Detroit, which has about 300,000 members, one of the largest concentrations in
the U.S., said Dawud Walid, executive director of the Michigan chapter of the
Council on American-Islamic Relations.
said Musaibli's family did not approach CAIR for assistance in helping him
return to the U.S.; however, Izzy Musaibli said they've tried to contact CAIR
numerous times for assistance.
am not familiar with this individual and I am not familiar with anyone from
this area being apprehended for trying to join ISIS or having some reservations
and trying to give himself up," Walid said Friday.
has concerns about Musaibli being prosecuted if he had tried to leave the
is a country of diverse cultures, religions and ethnicities. With multiple
cultures, caste, creed, religion and ethnicity, it is only through love and
mutual respect that the harmony can be maintained. In one such example, one
mother’s answer to her daughter’s innocent inquiry about why a man was wearing
a skullcap is winning hearts on the Internet.
it happened, the child was travelling with her mother in car share with two
different riders. The child noticed the man sitting in front beside the driver
had his head covered. Confused about why he was wearing a ‘cap’ in the evening,
she asked her mother, “Why is this uncle wearing a cap in the evening? There is
no sun outside!”
response to the child’s query, the mom explained that it’s worn as a sign of
respect. “Have you not seen me covering my head with a Dupatta, whenever I
visit the temple? Or when some elder guests come to our house? Or when I have
to touch the feet of your grandparents? It is a sign of respect or to pay our
regards, my child,” the mother added.
the inquisitive child’s query was not satisfied just yet. She further asked,
“But who is this Bhaiya paying respect to? There is no temple here. He is not
touching the feet of anyone.” The mother again came up with a beautiful reply
and the entire conversation is going viral on Facebook with over 22,000 shares,
at the time of writing.
original post was shared on Facebook by a fellow rider, Meghna Athwani, who
witnessed the heart-warming conversation and decided such good news must be
shared with others. Also starting a conversation about, if this is how we all
feel about one another then why is there so much hate around?
your thought on this? Tell us in comments below.
against Nida Khan: UP Minorities Commission to submit report to state govt
A day after a two-member committee of it investigated the fatwa issued against
Nida Khan, chairperson of UP Minorities Commission said that it will submit a
report to the state government, along with their recommendations on Tuesday for
further action. He said that the commission will not take any direct action in
Haider Usmani, chairperson, UP Minorities Commission said, “The two-member
committee which visited Bareilly to probe the matter is compiling a report. I
have also sought a report from Bareilly district magistrate, which is yet to
come. When I receive both the reports on Monday, we will prepare a third report
along with our recommendations. This report will be submitted to the state
government so it can take action in the matter.’’
Khan said, “I will lodge a complaint with police regarding the fatwa on
Saturday. The fatwa was issued to scare women like me so they stop fighting for
their rights. I will contest it as it is a violation of my rights.’’ Asked
about the conclusion the committee had drawn after talking to all parties,
Usmani said, “I can comment only when our report is prepared. However, the
Indian law and constitution, not any fatwa, is followed in the country.’’
Modi to meet Triple talaq victim Nida Khan during Shahjahanpur rally
Minister Narendra Modi will meet Nida Khan, who is fighting a case of instant
triple talaq (divorce) against her in-laws of the Ala Hazrat family of
Bareilly, during his upcoming visit to Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh on
Naqvi, sister of Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and who was also separated
from her husband, will accompany her.
duo was invited by Bareilly MLA, Rajesh Kumar Mishra aka Pappu Bhartol of BJP
for a rally that Modi will attend.
have only been invited for the rally over phone. I will surely visit the rally
if I receive a formal invitation,” said Nida Khan.
BJP units were planning to send a formal invitation to Khan by the time this
report was filed.
MLA told me that the Prime Minister will meet us in Shahjahanpur during the
meeting,” said Farhat Naqvi.
estimated two lakh supporters are expected to attend the rally.
in Bareilly, the two women have been vocal against the practices of nikah
halala and instant triple talaq. They also run separate NGOs to help those who
have suffered from instant triple talaq and halala.
triple talaq, by which Muslim men can divorce their wives by saying the word
talaq thrice, has been banned by Supreme Court.
Centre has brought a bill in Parliament which seeks to criminalise the act.
(23), who was married into the family of Ahmed Raza Khan aka Ala Hazrat, a
famous Sufi scholar, was allegedly harassed by her in-laws for dowry and was
given instant triple talaq. She had lodged a complaint against domestic
violence and harassment in 2016, but the case is still pending in a local
is also pursuing a case against her in-laws after being separated from her
this week, a Barelvi cleric issued a fatwa against Nida.
Khan has been ousted from Islam for questioning the practice of triple talaq
and halala,” Md Khurshid Alam Razvi, imam of Jama Masjid mosque in Bareilly,
had said during a press conference on July 16.
Naqvi, Razvi said she “should not comment on the issue of halala and instant
triple talaq because she is from Shia community.”
Chief cleric of the influential Dargah Aala Hazrat here, Mufti Mohammad Akhtar
Raza Khan Qadiri aka Azhari Miyan, died on Friday night. Azhari was in his 70s
and had been suffering from illness for a long time.
renowned Sunni Barelvi cleric, Azhari had occupied 24th place in the annual
list of 500 “most powerful and influential Muslims” across the world, a record
prepared by the Jordanian think tank, Royal Islamic Strategic Study Centre
(RISSC), affiliated with the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought in
Amman. The RISSC publication highlights people who have influenced and benefitted
others within the Muslim community through their practice of Islam. Azhari was
one of the few Indians to regularly feature in the list.
had crores of followers across the country. As news of his demise broke in
Bareilly, a large number of people rushed to Dargah Aala Hazrat to pay their
respects to the chief cleric. Azhari was the great grandson and successor of
one of the most distinguished sub-continental Islamic scholars in history,
Ahmad Raza Khan, popularly known as Aala Hazrat. Khan had founded the Barelvi
movement in South Asia.
Mohammad Salim Noori, spokesperson, Dargah Aala Hazrat, said, “Azhari Miyan
breathed his last at his house on Friday around 7.25 pm. He has been suffering
from illness for a long time. He was discharged from Mission Hospital on
across the world are shocked and sad with his demise.”
author of more than 50 books on Islamic theology and thought in Urdu and
Arabic, Azhari inspired hundreds of scholars.
receiving his basic education at the Manzar-e-Islam madrassa of the Dargah Aala
Hazrat and Islamia Inter College, Bareilly, he pursued higher studies at
Al-Azhar University, Egypt. He was honoured with the prestigious ‘Fakhre Azhar’
(pride of Azhar) award by the university.
is the lone cleric in India to get a title of “Tajushariya”. He was one of the
few prominent persons across the world to be allowed to visit inside Kaaba in
Mecca,” said Noori.
of the far right: mainstream parties cosying up to religious extremist groups
for the upcoming elections are trying hard to ensure victory by entering into
alliances and seat adjustments, even if it means reaching out to extremist
individuals. All three mainstream political parties have sought support from
sectarian organisation Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), formerly Sipah Sahaba
Pakistan (SSP) in different cities.
prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League – N (PML-N) candidate Shahid Khaqan
Abbasi met ASWJ leadership at the organisation’s Islamabad office on July 10,
to seek support for elections. The sectarian organisation had at the time
reportedly denied support to Abbasi, but on Tuesday a spokesman confirmed that
ASWJ will support him in NA 53 Islamabad. According to ASWJ, the former PM has
promised to work on a law to protect ‘Namoos-e-Sahaba’ (sanctity of the
companions of Prophet PBUH).
PML-N candidate from NA 244 Karachi and former Finance Minister Miftah Ismael
had also visited the office of ASWJ to get support for elections.
contacted, Ismael said he was unaware of the outfit’s hate speech and its
leaders’ terror links. “I don’t condone hate speech against minorities. The
meeting was part of our efforts to contact representatives of different sects,
but this does not mean I agree with their extremist views,” he told Daily
Times. Ismael further clarified that he is against sectarianism, adding that he
wouldn’t have visited the outfit’s office had he known about their criminal
my meeting with the ASWJ leadership, I received calls from a number of
activists who lodged their protest and told me that ASWJ candidate Aurangzeb
Farooqi was once named in a murder FIR and is involved in terrorism. After the
backlash I faced on social media, I think I shouldn’t have gone to seek their
support” he said.
belonging to Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) whose Chairman Bilawal Bhutto
Zardari has been speaking out against ‘mainstreaming’ of banned organisations
also sought ASWJ’s support. After pressure from the party’s supporters on
social media, PPP Karachi President Saeed Ghani issued show cause notices to candidates
Jameel Zia, Shahzad Memon and Agha Zahir Shah of NA 251, PS 103 and PS 119
respectively for their meeting with ASWJ leaders. However, several other
candidates of the PPP have formed alliance with the banned outfit, and the
party is yet to take action against them.
has announced support to PPP candidates Sardar Malik in NA 12 Battagram and
Fakhar Hayat in NA 86 Mandi Bahauddin. Sardar Malik Jan from NA 12 Battagram,
Shehzad Memom from PS 103 Karachi, Ali Hasan Gilani from NA 173 among 3 other
PPP candidates are also being supported by ASWJ for the July 25 general
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Asad Umar on Tuesday announced on his
official Facebook page that Global Designated Terrorist and terror group Harkat
ul Mujahideen founder Fazlur Rehman Khalil has vowed to support PTI in the
upcoming elections. After criticism on social media, Umar justified his meeting
with the Al Qaeda-linked extremist saying that he has been making efforts for
unity and harmony between various religious groups and sects. The PTI leader
also said he was unaware that Khalil’s name was placed on the US terror watch
from forming alliance with the controversial figure, PTI has also contacted
ASWJ to get support for the upcoming elections and a total of 47 candidates of
the party have been endorsed by the sectarian organisation across the country.
Chaudhry from NA 133 Lahore, Faisal Vawda from NA 249 Karachi, Sadaqat Abbasi
from NA 57 Rawalipindi, Omar Ayub Khan from NA 17 Haripur, Shaukat Ali from NA
31 Peshawar are among the PTI candidates being backed by ASWJ.
major parties try to have these extremist outfits on their side to secure seats
in areas where these groups hold strength”, analyst Zahid Hussain told Daily
Times. He said ASWJ is contesting from a new platform called Pakistan
Rah-e-Haq, but Election Commission of Pakistan has turned a blind eye to the
political activities of banned outfits under new names.
extremist outfits should not have been allowed to contest elections in the
first place. Their presence in the electoral process puts a question mark on
the state’s efforts against terrorism. Their campaign is based on hate speech,
and their involvement in the elections will further radicalise the society.”
however, added that religious vote bank in the country has shrunk and leaders
of banned terror outfits will not be able to make it to the assemblies.
“Nevertheless, electoral involvement of these groups and mainstream political
leaders’ appeasement of the far right is concerning”, he concluded.
The "biggest threat" to Pakistan's present and future is extremism,
Pakistan Peoples Party co-Chairman Bilawal Bhutto has said as he sought
people's support to eradicate "this menace" from the country by
electing his party to power in the July 25 polls.
39, said it was possible to create a peaceful and prosperous Pakistan if people
fought extremism together.
biggest threat to Pakistan's present and future is extremism. I ask for your
support in eradicating this menace from our society," Bilawal said.
we can fight extremism and create a peaceful, progressive and prosperous
Pakistan," he said in a tweet.
recently witnessed a series of terror attacks on political rallies, killing
over 150 people, including two political leaders.
also took a dig at his political opponent and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)
chairman Imran Khan, saying he had just 0.2 per cent chance of becoming
Pakistan's next Prime Minister.
at a press conference in Chiniot district in the Punjab province, Bilawal
claimed that the two "so-called" political parties PTI and Pakistan
Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had taken Punjab's politics hostage.
said he was serving the masses and did not believe in "U-turns and
chance of PTI Chief Imran Khan to become next prime minister is 0.2 per
cent," Bilawal was quoted as saying by the Duniya News.
have to put an end to politics that revolves around hate and foul language.....
and for that we need the vote and support of our people," he said.
slammed politics of hatred and stressed the need to conform to politics that is
based on vision.
said his ambitions were not just about becoming prime minister, but bringing
back the policies that were dear to his assassinated mother and former Prime
Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto.
also said that a weak democracy was better than a powerful dictatorship,
asserting that the alliances had always been formed against his party but it
has persevered and will continue to fight.
The man who blew himself up at a Mastung election rally on July 13 and killed
nearly 150 people, including Balochistan Awami Party candidate Siraj Raisani,
was a student at a seminary in Karachi before being shifted to Afghanistan
along with his family, where he got militancy training, it emerged on Friday.
alleged suicide bomber has been identified by authorities as Hafeez Abbasi, a
young man in his early 20s.
in the Sindh police’s Counter-Terrorism Department told Dawn that their
counterparts in Balochistan had shared with them a preliminary report of the
suicide explosion and they carried out further work here.
CTD-Quetta had provided fingerprints of an unclaimed body to the CTD-Sindh to
match it with the record of the National Database and Registration Authority.
It transpired that the alleged suicide bomber was a resident of Gharibabad
Mohalla in Dhabeji, Thatta.
special CTD team was immediately sent there on July 17 and to their utter
surprise, his father, Mohammed Nawaz, without any hesitation told them that his
son Hafeez had been shifted to Afghanistan’s Spin Boldak area.
sisters, two brothers living in Afghanistan
Nawaz, who is living with another son, Haq Nawaz, in Thatta also told the CTD
team that not only Hafeez but his wife, his two other sons and three daughters
had also been shifted to Afghanistan.
family originally hailed from Molia village in Abbottabad.
said that Abbasi had studied at a seminary in Shah Faisal Colony for three
years where he adopted the path toward militancy. His certain colleagues at the
seminary were instrumental in motivating him towards militancy and they
allegedly sent him to Afghanistan.
sources disclosed that as per information provided by his father, his three
daughters, who had been shifted to Afghanistan, were ‘Alima’ (religious
scholars) and two of them had married IS militants there.
two more sons, Abdul Aziz and Abdul Shakoor, were also living in Afghanistan,
they said, adding that Shakoor recently told his father that now “it’s his
turn” to become a suicide bomber, said the sources.
eldest sister was married and lived with her family in their hometown in
suspected bomber’s father along with his son used to sell milk and vegetables
in the Dhabeji area.
CTD sources said that the father did not show any remorse or express any
feeling of sadness when they informed him that his son had carried out a
suicide attack in the Mastung rally.
with former Karachi TTP chief
father told the CTD that Abbasi was working with Haji Daud there.
CTD official told Dawn, on the condition of anonymity, that Haji Daud, also
known as Daud Policewala, was a policeman in Karachi till mid-2000. He was also
appointed as the city chief of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) by
now slain Mullah Fazlullah.
official said they got reports that Haji Daud had developed differences with
Mullah Fazlullah as he joined the militant Islamic State group. He was also
reportedly injured in a clash with TTP militants there.
sources said that the CTD officials got the mobile phone number of Hafeez from
his father and by using latest technology they came to know that he had arrived
in Chaman from Afghanistan on June 29.
was also in touch with at least nine persons, including three belonging to
Sindh, they added.
alleged bomber was later moved to Qila Abdullah and subsequently to Mastung,
where he had carried out the suicide attack on Siraj Raisani’s election rally.
CTD-Sindh informed their counterparts in Balochistan about Abbasi’s alleged
handler in Qila Abdullah and his local facilitator in Mastung.
Karachi and Thatta, the sources added that law enforcement agencies conducted
raids and made “some important arrests”.
CTD official feared that Abbasi’s younger brother Shakoor, who is a teenager,
might carry out a terrorist attack.
official, who wished not to be named, told Dawn that they had arrested some
members of the IS network in Karachi.
added that concerted efforts were under way to ‘dismantle’ the group before it
could strike again in the country.
The Punjab home department has assured clerics of rectifying the Fourth
Schedule to exclude the scholars from the list containing names of those who
may cause law and order issue in the province.
assurance came in a meeting between Home Minister Shaukat Javed and a
delegation of the conglomerate of religious seminaries, led by Qari Hanif
Jallandhury, here on Friday.
those Ulema will be excluded from the Fourth Schedule who have somehow been
wrongly included in it and I’ll personally monitor the process,” he told the
also assured the visitors that help would be extended in recognising seminaries
as educational institutions, removing hurdles to register them, making easy the
procedure for allowing them to collect sacrificial animals’ hides.
blast on Mall Road in Balochistan's Chaman area on Friday left at least five
people injured and nearby shops and cars damaged, police sources told
wounded have been taken to Civil Hospital Chaman, police said.
Station House Officer Gul Muhammad said a vehicle belonging to a law
enforcement agency (LEA) was the target of the blast.
to administration officials, the blast was caused by a remote-controlled
motorcycle bomb parked at the side of the ride. The bomb was detonated when the
LEAs' vehicle passed by.
impact of the blast broke the windows of nearby shops and vehicles.
Levies and Frontier Corps officials have cordoned off the site of the blast.
more: In Mastung, room in graveyards is fast running out
latest attack in Balochistan comes exactly a week after a suicide blast in
Mastung targeting a Balochistan Awami Party corner meeting left 149 people ─ including BAP leader Siraj Raisani ─ dead and scores injured.
security forces on Friday killed the mastermind of the country’s worst ever
suicide bombing in an early morning shootout in the southwest province of
Baluchistan, officials said.
operation was carried out on an intelligence tip off about the presence of an
ISIS operative identified as Hidayat Ullah in a house in Darenjo village of
Qalat district in the restive province.
Frontier Corps (FC) raided the house and killed Hidayat Ullah after a strong
resistance from him,” Qaisar Khan, a senior administration official in Qalat,
senior FC official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP Ullah was
facilitator of Hafeez Nawaz, who carried out the suicide bombing last week
which killed at least 149 people.
claimed responsibility for the attack at an election rally in Baluchistan’s
authorities identified the bomber as Nawaz, a Pakistani national who stayed in
Afghanistan and “waged jihad” against international troops before carrying out
the suicide attack in Mastung.
senior administration official in Mastung district Qaim Lashari also confirmed
the Qalat raid.
Ullah led a group of ISIS operatives, who are present in different areas of
Baluchistan, and we hope to track them down pretty soon,” the official added.
of Ullah’s death coincided with a small explosion in Chaman district bordering
Afghanistan which wounded four people.
bomb planted on a motorbike apparently targeted an FC vehicle and went off
seconds after it passed by.
and gas-rich Baluchistan is regularly hit by homegrown militancy and sectarian
in Pakistan has however dropped significantly since the country’s
deadliest-ever militant attack, an assault on a school in the northwestern city
of Peshawar in 2014 that killed more than 150 people, most of them children.
military intensified operations against militants in the tribal areas along the
border with Afghanistan in the wake of that attack, leading to dramatic
Muslim Rohingya refugees reaching Bangladesh say violence, including torture,
persists against them in Myanmar and the overall environment remains
"menacing" for ethnic and religious minorities, UN human rights
investigators said on Thursday (19/07).
of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar ended a
five-day visit to the refugee camp of Kutupalong in Cox's Bazar where they
interviewed new arrivals among the more than 700,000 Rohingya who have fled
Rakhine state since an army crackdown last August.
referred to the overt threats they faced of violence and persecution, being cut
off from their sources of livelihood, and the overall menacing environment that
finally compelled them to leave for Bangladesh," the investigators said in
a statement, adding that the arrival of new refugees reflects the "the
continuing gravity of the human rights violations in Myanmar."
was no immediate reaction from authorities in Myanmar, where it is a holiday.
Previously, they have denied widespread abuses.
United Nations struck an outline deal with Myanmar in May aimed at eventually
allowing hundreds of thousands of Rohingya in Bangladesh to return safely and
by choice. But the secret agreement, seen by Reuters, offers no explicit
guarantees of citizenship or freedom of movement throughout the country.
young men I spoke with were particularly anxious, showing signs of deep trauma.
Without education and livelihood I fear for their future," said
investigator Radhika Coomaraswamy.
investigators will report their findings on Sept. 18 to the UN Human Rights
Council, a 47-member state Geneva forum which launched the inquiry.
and female workers from Bangladesh aspiring to work abroad are becoming victims
of trafficking to Malaysia through ‘risky’ sea routes by boats.
for protecting migrants’ rights expressed concern over the issue though the
authorities in the government said that they were not aware about it.
the preparations have been taken to repatriate on July 26 at least 17
Bangladeshi migrants now detained at the Langcap Immigration Camp in Perak , ’
Bangladesh High Commission in Kuala Lumpur said on July 15, in its official
said that Bangladesh High Commission officials visited the Langcap Immigration
Camp in Perak and distributed travel passes and foods among the detained
BHC officials told New Age that the information posted in the Bangladesh High
Commission’s Facebook was ‘authentic’.
to the information posted on the Facebook two women of Bangladesh were among
the 17 persons who were recently trafficked to Indonesia from Bangladesh
through the sea route by boats.’
were arrested by the Malaysian Immigration Police when they were
to enter into Malaysia, it says, adding that the traffickers were also
Bangladesh High Commission got a request from the Malaysian authorities to
repatriate the 17 Bangladeshi victims of trafficking including the two women.
Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry joint secretary for monitoring and
enforcement Md Najibul Islam told New Age on Tuesday that he was not aware that
Bangladeshis were getting trafficked by sea.
however, said he would look into matter and take action.
we take action on the basis of information from intelligence agencies,’ he
Karmi Unnayan Program chairman Shakirul Islam described the information as
said that it was the government’s responsibility to identify and bring the
traffickers to book.
said that to achieve Sustainable Development Goals the government was required
to ensure safe, orderly and responsible migration.
Peace Activist Pervez Siddiqui who makes films on migration issues said that it
was an open secret that trafficking of Bangladeshi workers regularly takes
place through the Bay of Bengal.
asked the authorities to strengthen their vigil for curbing trafficking.
presence of Rohinya people in Cox’s Bazar has made Bangladesh’s border security
vulnerable,’ Pervez said from Ukhia, Cox’s Bazar.
who interviewed survivors of trafficking by boat in 2015 found many of them
interested to go to Malaysia by sea.
refugees reaching Bangladesh say violence persists against them in Myanmar and
the overall environment remains “menacing” for the Muslim minority in the
country’s western state of Rakhine.
human rights investigators said in a statement on Thursday that the arrival of
new refugees reflects the “the continuing gravity of the human rights
violations in Myanmar.”
referred to the overt threats they faced of violence and persecution, being cut
off from their sources of livelihood, and the overall menacing environment that
finally compelled them to leave for Bangladesh,” the statement read.
statement comes after members of the Independent International Fact-Finding
Mission on Myanmar ended a five-day visit to the refugee camp of Kutupalong in
Cox’s Bazar where they interviewed new arrivals.
young men I spoke with were particularly anxious, showing signs of deep trauma.
Without education and livelihood I fear for their future,” said investigator
investigators will report their findings on Sept. 18 to the UN Human Rights
Council, a 47-member Geneva forum which launched the inquiry.
UN struck an outline deal with Myanmar in May aimed at eventually allowing
hundreds of thousands of Rohingya in Bangladesh to return safely and by choice.
But the secret deal offers no explicit guarantees of citizenship or freedom of
movement throughout the country.
a separate development, Fortify Rights group said on Thursday that the deadly
violence against Rohingya last August was premeditated and amounted to
162-page report, titled “They Gave Them Long Swords” published by the group,
found that the Myanmar military was guilty of committing “crimes against
humanity and genocide.”
human rights group says Myanmar’s army made “systematic preparations” for
“genocide” against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine.
report detailed how Myanmar authorities had planned for attacks against the
Rohingya civilians in Rakhine State.
brutal campaign has forced some 700,000 Muslims to flee their homeland since
August 2017 and seek refuge in Bangladesh.
least six militants affiliated with the Taliban and ISIS Khurasan groups were
killed and five others were wounded during the separate operations in eastern
Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.
provincial government media office in a statement said at least three ISIS
Khurasan militants were killed in drone strikes conducted in Mulki and Awghez
areas of Haska Mina district.
statement further added that the airstrikes were carried out late on Thursday
the meantime, the Afghan forces responded to the attacks by the Taliban
militants in Jihadi Lisa, Ghazi and Folad areas of Khogyani district, leaving
at least three militants dead.
to the provincial government, at least five militants also sustained injuries
during the clashes.
anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban militants have not
commented regarding the report so far.
has been among the relatively calm provinces since the fall of the Taliban
regime in 2001 but the anti-government armed militants have been attempting to
expand their foothold in this province during the recent years.
Afghan National Defense and Security Forces have thwarted a plot by the
anti-government armed militants to carry out a suicide attack using a
Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device.
provincial government in Nangarhar said in a statement that a vehicle packed
with explosives was discovered before the militants manage to use it for an
statement further added that the vehicle was discovered from Momandara district
and was detonated without causing harm to anyone.
to the provincial government, the militants were looking to use the car bomb in
attack in Ghani Khel district.
are brutally caned under Sharia law in Indonesia as punishment for having sex
man and a woman have been publicly caned in Indonesia's deeply conservative
Aech province after being caught having sex before marriage.
couple were marched on to a stage in front of a crowd in the city of Jantho,
around 36 miles from provincial capital Banda Aech, before being flogged.
beating was carried out despite a pledge by Aech governor Irwandi Yusuf to only
carry out the punishment inside prisons and away from the eyes of the
said he would issue a decree so that caning would be carried out inside prisons
and the public and media allowed to witness but not record images or videos. He
also said children would no longer be allowed to witness corporal punishment.
public caning has been livestreamed and uploaded on the Internet, drawing
Desman, head of the Banda Aceh prosecutors' office, said it had not received
any paperwork ordering public canings to stop and called for the issue to be
are pros and cons for this in society. So we suggest we sit with the governor
again (to discuss this),' he told reporters, adding that caning would continue
to be held in public for now.
JAYA: A law graduate says she has been blocked from being admitted to the
Malaysia Bar because of her opposition to Indian Muslim preacher Zakir Naik
being granted permanent residence in Malaysia.
graduate, Asiah Abd Jalil, accused her master of having refused to sign her
papers for admittance, and of filing a caveat against her scheduled appearance
at the High Court for her admittance.
contacted by FMT, her master, Kuantan-based lawyer Muhammad Aznel Azaharudin,
declined to comment on the matter, pending mention of the caveat case on July
told FMT that she had been denied her right to be called to the Bar for more
than a year.
said she was due to be called to the Bar yesterday, after no objections were
raised by the Bar Council and the Attorney-General’s Chambers. But the
proceedings were postponed after the caveat was filed against her. She is
challenging the caveat.
said she had graduated from UiTM and completed her nine-month pupillage in
graduates serve their pupillage in the chambers of a practising lawyer, who is
regarded as their master, before they submit papers for being admitted to the
Bar and becoming qualified to practise.)
March 2017, after her pupillage ended, she and 17 other Malaysian citizens took
part in a civil suit against the government to challenge Naik’s permanent
resident status. The suit was brought by Hindraf chairman P Waythamoorthy (now
minister for national unity).
said she had taken part in the suit on her own accord because she did not agree
with Naik’s style of preaching, which she felt to be unsuitable in Malaysia’s
day after news of the civil suit was widely reported, Asiah alleged that Aznel
expressed his anger and demanded that she recuse herself from the case.
said my actions hurt him and the majority of Muslims in the country and that
the accusations against Naik were too much.” She said he told her that he would
not endorse her Long Call paper (part of the final procedure before admittance)
unless she called a press conference and apologised to Naik.
LUMPUR, July 21 ― Two men from Kelantan and Selangor have been arrested for
allegedly making death threats against Seri Delima assemblyman Syerleena Abdul
Rashid from the DAP.
Star Online quoted Penang police chief Datuk A. Thaiveegan as saying that the
two suspects, aged 27 and 48, were detained late yesterday evening.
people commented on Facebook that it was not sinful to kill Syerleena because
she was a “traitor” to Islam, based on a poster that claimed she would attack
Islamic institutions, especially the Department of Islamic Development (Jakim).
Muslim DAP representative had also received a handwritten note with the words
“maut menanti kamu” (death awaits you) at her service centre in Island Glades
in George Town.
Human Rights Commission will issue a code of conduct seeking the elimination of
racial and ethnic discrimination that will be used as a guideline to remove
sectarianism from election campaigns.
move comes after the commission noted how sectarianism played a prominent role
in last year's Jakarta governor election and recent local polls.
will be issued in the next few weeks and distributed among political parties,
the general election commission, election supervisory bodies, law enforcers,
and religious organizations to study ahead of legislative and presidential
elections in April next year.
academics, experts, communities, and religious organizations are helping draw
up the document.
commission is determined to set out norms to eliminate race and ethnic
discrimination during the presidential election in 2019 and other polls,
because it is important with regards to national unity," Choiril Anam, a
human rights commissioner, told ucanews.com on July 19.
commission, he said, has monitored
campaigns figured highly in the run up to regional elections on June 27, Anam
pointed to the governor election in North Sumatra, where Muslim voters were
told to reject candidates from other ethnic and religious groups, namely Jarot
Saiful Hidayat, an ethnic Javanese and his deputy Sihar Sitorus, a Christian.
Jakarta governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, fell victim to sectarianism in the
Jakarta election in 2016 because he is a Christian.
to Anam, next year's presidential election will be vulnerable to sectarian
issues being used against President Joko Widodo.
is often accused of being anti-Islam and pro-Chinese.
Ali Safaat, a lecturer at Brawijaya University in Malang, East Java, said that
he was delighted the commission was paying particular attention to preventing
race and ethnic discrimination during campaigns.
there is already a law to prevent discrimination, this code of conduct will
guide people and make them realize that sectarian campaigns have no place in
Indonesian democracy," he said.
Paulus Christian Siswantoko, executive secretary of the Indonesian bishops'
Commission for the Laity, said the Catholic Church back the move.
he also suggested strict sanctions be imposed on those who make discriminatory
statements or political parties that allow such things to happen.
court sentences seven Takfiri Daesh terrorists to life imprisonment
court in Iraq has handed down life terms to seven Iraqi nationals over
membership in the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group and involvement in acts of
terror across the war-ravaged Arab country.
Sattar al-Biraqdar, spokesman for Iraq's Supreme Judicial Council, said in a
statement that the country’s Central Criminal Court issued the verdicts against
the convicts after they confessed to having offered logistic support to the
terror outfit and assisted the extremists in their attacks against security and
July 8, the Criminal Court of Nineveh sentenced an unnamed Daesh militant to
death after he was convicted of killing 16 people at Mosul General Hospital,
and planting hundreds of bombs east of the provincial capital city of Mosul,
located some 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of Baghdad.
said the convict has confessed to executing civilians, and planting 250
explosive devices across the town of Bartella.
high-ranking Iraqi judicial official noted the Daesh terrorist had also
participated in terrorist attacks against government forces, namely in the area
of Ain al-Safra.
Major General Maan al-Saadi, a security official from the northern oil-rich
province of Kirkuk, said members of the Counter-Terrorism Service have
disbanded a terrorist cell, and arrested 13 militants who had sneaked into the
province in order to carry out bloody terrorist attacks.
June 30, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who is also the
commander-in-chief of Iraqi forces, pledged to hunt down Daesh militants across
Iraq after recent attacks and abductions carried out by the terrorist group.
will chase the remaining cells of terrorism in their hideouts and we will kill
them, we will chase them everywhere, in the mountains and the desert,” Abadi
declared the end of military operations against Daesh in the Arab country on
December 9, 2017.
July 10 that year, the Iraqi prime minister had formally declared victory over
Daesh extremists in Mosul, which served as the terrorists’ main urban
stronghold in the conflict-ridden Arab country.
the run-up to Mosul's liberation, Iraqi army soldiers and volunteer Hashd
al-Sha’abi fighters had made sweeping gains against Daesh.
Iraqi forces took control of eastern Mosul in January 2017 after 100 days of
fighting, and launched the battle in the west on February 19 last year.
began a terror campaign in Iraq in 2014, overrunning vast swathes in lightning
moves to retake control over Golan Heights from terrorists
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government of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has started operations to
evacuate terrorists from areas near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights through
yet another surrender deal.
group of buses arrived in Syria’s southwestern Quneitra Province on Friday to
transfer anti-government terrorist groups that agreed to lay down arms earlier
this week, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
deal, brokered by Russia this week, would see the terrorists hand over the
territory they control in Quneitra in exchange for a safe passage to northern
Syria for those who refused to live under government control.
is a thin, crescent-shaped province wedged between the buffer zone with Israel
to the west and the Syrian province of Dara'a to the east. The area bears a
critical strategic significance as it border Jordan, Lebanon and the
Israeli-occupied side of the Golan Heights.
June 19, the Syrian army has been conducting a major counter-terrorism
operation in both Dara’a and Quneitra provinces.
operation has already led to the liberation of more than 90 percent of Dara'a
and several key areas in Quneitra, even though as many as 140,000 people are
believed to be still living there, according to the United Nations.
has been on high alert in recent days as Syrian government forces advanced
against foreign-backed terrorists near the Golan Heights.
regime seized 1,200 square kilometers of Golan from Syria in 1967 and later
annexed it - a move that the international community still refuses to
Damascus has been able to retake large parts of the country through similar
deals with the terrorists, it remains to be seen whether it can keep
negotiating evacuation deals as it moves further north, where the situation is
way more complicated due to the presence of Turkish forces, Kurdish militants
and 2,000 US troops on the ground.
allies scramble to evacuate White Helmets
the US and its Western allies are reportedly closing in on an agreement for a
two-stage evacuation process to transfer hundreds of White Helmet
"volunteer" aid workers out of Syria.
officials familiar with the plans said Thursday that the US, Britain and Canada
were putting the finishing touches on a deal that would first place the workers
in Syria's neighboring countries and would then take them to third countries,
including Britain, Germany, the Netherlands and possibly Canada.
White Helmets was founded in Turkey in 2013 by former British MI5 officer James
its establishment, the group has received at least $55 million from the British
Foreign Office, $23 million or more from the US Office of Transition
Initiatives and untold millions from Qatar.
Damascus and Moscow have accused the volunteer group of having staged the
suspected chemical weapons attack in the town of Douma in Syria's Eastern
Ghouta region on April 7.
Syrian government has undertaken a fast-paced and determined reconstruction
push in the city of Harasta in the capital Damascus’ suburbs which was in the
hands of the terrorists for the past few years.
city lies in the Damascus countryside of Eastern Ghouta, which was liberated
back in March after months of Russia-backed counter-terrorism operations.
its proximity to the capital, Eastern Ghouta soon became a prime bastion of the
foreign-backed terrorists, when they began their campaign of bloodshed and
destruction against the Arab country in 2011. They kept a grip on the
countryside for some five years.
of the residents of the city of 250,000 left after the start of the war,
leaving behind only 15,000.
and international media outlets have, however, been reporting how the citizens
have been trickling back to reclaim their businesses and properties.
Thursday, AFP said the returnees had begun dumping the rubble from their
damaged houses onto main streets before it could be taken away by government
happens, it’s still my house, and my house is so dear to me,” one said of his
residence, which has suffered during the conflict.
wait for families to enter and offer them my services in cleaning and
restoration,” said another.
Wezze, who heads the town council running Harasta since the recapture by the
government, said authorities were working fast to demolish buildings “at risk
of collapse, because they present a public safety threat”.
the yet-unclaimed structures, he said if the owners were not present, “their
rights are still protected. We’ve requested proof of property even before areas
are designated as development projects.”
resident of Harasta will lose his rights – whether they’re here or in exile,”
the official added.
The words of the great Mufti Abdel Latif Derian are "more than
courageous", they are a "valuable" act that fits "with the
spirit" of the Apostolic Exhortation A hope for Lebanon by John Paul II of
1997, said Mgr Maroun-Nasser Gemayel, bishop of the Maronite Catholic Eparchy
of Our Lady of Lebanon of Paris, about the Sunni authority in Lebanon, speaking
to AsiaNews.He recently had said that the Middle East is destined to disappear
if the exodus of Christians from the region continues.During the graduation ceremony
of 350 students at Makased institutes, private Islamic schools in Lebanon, the
Mufti of the Republic said that "We live in the same country with
Christians, we share the air and the daily bread. We have the same destiny: our
future will either be together or not."Addressing Muslim students and
officials, the 65-year-old Abdel Latif Derian – known as a man of peace and
dialogue, critical of those who foment divisions between Sunnis and Shias –
added that attacks on Christians are a crime against the entire population.
Islamic schools must educate the future generations to accept the good
principles of citizenship, as well as love for the Arab identity and the sense
of brotherhood towards the whole human family.Mgr Maroun-Nasser Gemayel
welcomed the Mufti’s words with gratitude. The prelate is very much aware of
the Christian exodus from the Middle East to European nations, especially
France."Living in the same region, having experienced in the past hours of
glory and sadness, Christians and Muslims are called to build together a future
of collaboration and conviviality," as Pope John Paul II said in his
exhortation.The shared task of "building together" the region should
be "shouted out loud", he explained, and "opposed to all the
wars" that have devastated the Middle East, starting from the barbarity
perpetrated by the jihadists of the Islamic State group.At the same time, the
part of the Muslim world that works for dialogue and peace must always find
more room and a greater voice because it represents "the wind of
hope"."It is necessary that this voice, which meets the expectations
of Christians, spread everywhere," the bishop said. It must become the
grassroot voice of Muslims, "the voice of everyone" to allows us to
enter into a true "logic of peace".A new party must be created, that
of "living together. The moment has come for this conviviality to be
asserted and consolidated once and for all."More than a week ago, on 7
July in Bari, Pope Francis utter words similar to those pronounced by the Grand
Mufti, during an ecumenical prayer with Christian leaders and patriarchs of the
East.“There is a risk that the presence of our brothers and sisters in faith
will be cancelled, disfiguring the very face of the region, because a Middle
East without Christians would not be the Middle East."--Asia News
civilians were killed in air strikes Friday on areas controlled by ISIS in
southern Syria’s Daraa province, a war monitor said.
Abdel Rahman, head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights,
said 11 children were among those killed in day-long strikes by regime and
allied Russian aircraft on the last ISIS-held pocket in Daraa.
Observatory said that hundreds of air raids and barrel bombs struck several
towns controlled by a local IS branch known as Jaish Khaled bin Walid.
bombing caused severe damage to infrastructure, and “whole neighborhoods were
destroyed”, the monitor said.
Syrian regime and its allies are currently looking to retake full control of
Daraa on the border with Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights after
forcing rebel groups to sue for peace following a bloody offensive.
Arabia expressed its rejection and denounced the controversial new law “The
Jewish Nation-State” passed by the Israeli Knesset on Thursday.
senior source in the Saudi foreign ministry said that this is contrary to the
provisions of international law, the principles of international legitimacy,
the principles of human rights, and it would disrupt international efforts to
find a peaceful solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, as reported by
Saudi press Agency, SPA.
source called upon the international community to assume its responsibilities
and to confront this law or any Israeli attempts aimed at perpetuating racial
discrimination against the Palestinian people and obliterating their national
identity and undermining their legitimate rights.
rebels laid down their weapons and started evacuating their positions near the
Golan Heights on Friday, paving the way for President Bashar Assad’s forces to
retake their positions along the Israeli frontier for the first time since
carried the first batch of rebels, their family members, and assorted civilians
from the southwest Quneitra province to the northwest Idlib province, where
they will live among more than one million other Syrians displaced by Syria’s seven-year-long
state-controlled al-Ikhbariya TV station reported that a second convoy of buses
was preparing to depart with another batch of Quneitra fighters.
June 19, government forces aided by Russian air power have swept through southwestern
Syria to consolidate Assad’s control over this strategic corner of the country.
It puts the government back on the front-line again with Israel, and opens a
sorely needed corridor for trade between Damascus and Jordan.
have surrendered villages, towns and cities in swift succession, powerless to
stop the onslaught.
Thursday, rebels agreed to give up their positions in the Quneitra province and
hand over their medium and heavy weapons. Those refusing to accept the
surrender terms are being evacuated to Idlib.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said it expected around
4,000 rebels will likely choose relocating to Idlib.
UN and human rights organizations have condemned the evacuations as forced
displacement. Few who have left are expected to be able to return to their
homes in the near-term.
activists and rescue workers are also seeking escape, distrustful of the
government’s infamous security apparatus.
officials said on Thursday that the United States was finalizing plans to
evacuate several hundred Syrian Civil Defense workers, also known as the White
Helmets, and their families from the province through neighboring countries.
and Israel fought two wars over their shared border, in 1967 and 1973, with
Israel occupying the Golan Heights in the Quneitra province in the former
Israel has refrained from taking sides in Syria’s seven-year-long civil war,
and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has indicated he does not object to the government’s
return to southwest Syria - as long as Israel’s archenemies Iran and the
Lebanese militant group Hezbollah stay clear of the frontier.
affiliate of the Islamic State group continues to hold a sliver of the
frontier. The group is not party to the agreement between the government and
rebels. Government jets pounded targets in the ISIS-held Yarmouk Basin area on
Friday, the Observatory reported.
Russia’s Defense Ministry said it has proposed to the United States the
creation of a joint group along with Jordan for organizing the return of
refugees to Syria.
group would be established with the oversight of the US-Russian-Jordanian
center established last year in Amman for monitoring the cease-fire in
southwest Syria, Maj.-Gen.Milkahil Mizintsev said Friday.
security forces have reportedly arrested a senior preacher alongside seven
other people during a raid on the public figure's house.
Friday, Quds Press International News Agency reported the arrest of Sheikh Ali
bin Saeed al-Hajjaj al-Ghamdi, a former preacher at al-Masjid al-Nabawi or the
Prophet's Mosque, in the Saudi holy city of Medina.
Prisoners of Conscience Twitter account, which covers the developments
concerning the Saudi nationals who are detained for their political beliefs,
confirmed the arrest.
Ghamdi, it said, was "arrested along with his brother and his lawyer, and
at least 5 other sheikhs, who were in the house during a raid by Saudi security
reported arrests come less than a week after the kingdom nabbed Sheikh Safar
al-Hawali, an outspoken scholar known for his chronic opposition to some of the
country’s policies as well as the presence of American troops on Saudi soil.
last year, the kingdom has gone on an arrest spree of oppositionists and human
rights activists, accusing them of destabilizing efforts and endangering
November, hundreds of influential Saudi businessmen and members of the royal
family were also rounded up in an alleged “anti-corruption campaign”
spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Salman is accused of using the arrest campaign to muffle all opposition before
rising to power.
to 'Dark Ages'
Thursday, The Washington Post published an opinion piece, saying Bin Salman
seemed determined to take the kingdom "back to the norms of pre-modern
has endorsed absolute monarchy more firmly and vociferously than any of his
predecessors," the feature added.
cited an interview Salman had with The Atlantic, in which he defended the
ruling system, saying, “If it were not for absolute monarchy, you wouldn’t have
the United States. The absolute monarchy in France helped the creation of the
United States by giving it support."
protests against poor economic conditions in southern Iraq have left at least
one person killed bringing the total number of fatalities in two weeks of
unrest that has shaken the country to nine.
incident took place on Friday when a crowd targeted the headquarters of a
paramilitary group in the city of Diwaniyah, the capital of al-Qadisiyah
man killed was aged around 20 and died after being shot by a security guard,
according to reports by the local media. Two people were also wounded when
people threw bricks and stones at the headquarters.
killed during previous protests are believed to have been shot by unknown
assailants, according to media reports. The Iraqi government has blamed
"vandals" which it has accused of infiltrating the protests.
thousands rallied elsewhere in the south as well as in capital Baghdad.
was the case with previous rallies, the protesters chanted slogans against
rampant corruption, unemployment, high prices, power cuts and a lack of clean
Baghdad, the crowds were dispersed by water canon and tear gas as they headed
towards the fortified Green Zone, a high-security neighborhood where the government
the southern oil hub of Basra where the demonstrations started around two weeks
ago, some 3,000 protested near the headquarters of the provincial
media has been unavailable for nearly a week and the internet was cut for two
days from last Saturday, which authorities claimed was due to maintenance work,
according to a report by AFP.
Minister Haider al-Abadi, who visited Basra soon after the protests erupted in
the city, has promised that his government would fund electricity and water
first erupted in Basra on July 8.
is an important hub for oil exports, which account for over 95 percent of
Iraq’s government revenues. Long neglected, the city is one of the few cities
in the Middle East without an effective water treatment system. State officials
blame a public funding crisis caused by years of low oil prices.
the unrest erupted, demonstrators have vented their anger at several major
officials, however, stressed that the protests have not affected production or
export operations in the OPEC member country.
demonstrators have also previously attacked provincial government buildings,
the local headquarters of political parties, and an airport in the holy city of
Muslim nations will eventually eliminate Israeli apartheid: Iran
Iranian Foreign Ministry says Palestinian people, Muslim countries and
"freedom-seeking nations" will eventually "eradicate" the
racism propagated by the Israeli regime in the occupied Palestinian territories
as the "era of racial discrimination and apartheid" has come to an
Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi made the remarks in a statement on Friday
night, a day after Israel’s parliament (Knesset) adopted a controversial bill
that declares the occupying entity “the nation-state of the Jewish people.”
law prioritizes “Jewish” values over democratic ones in the occupied
territories, declares Jerusalem al-Quds the “capital” of Israel, allows
Jewish-only communities, sets Hebrew as the official language of Israel and
relegates Arabic from an official language to one with “special status.”
illegitimate and racist Zionist regime has been established on the foundation
of the occupation of Palestinian territories and the massacre of their true
owners, and Israel’s parliament recent act is yet another attestation of the
racist nature of this regime over the past 70 years,” Qassemi added.
Iranian official further said Washington's support for the Tel Aviv regime,
especially the US administration's move to relocate the country's embassy in
Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds, and attempts made by some Arab
countries to normalize ties with Israel, which he said has gone unpunished for
its crimes against the Palestinian people, have emboldened the regime to
continue with its Judaization of the Palestinian territories.
also stressed that Israel's actions in the occupied territories would
"undoubtedly lead to further instability in the region."
in the day, at least four Palestinians lost their lives and nearly 120 others
sustained critical injuries when Israeli military aircraft and battle tanks hit
targets throughout the Gaza Strip.
150 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces ever since the “Great March
of Return” began in the Gaza Strip on March 30.
of 14,811 Palestinians have also sustained injuries of whom 366 are reportedly
in critical condition.
Gaza clashes reached their peak on May 14, on the eve of the 70th anniversary
of Nakba Day (Day of Catastrophe), which coincided this year with the US
embassy relocation from Tel Aviv to occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds.
June 13, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution, sponsored by
Turkey and Algeria, condemning Israel for Palestinian civilian deaths in the
resolution calls on UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to make proposals
within 60 days “on ways and means for ensuring the safety, protection, and
well-being of the Palestinian civilian population under Israeli occupation,”
including “recommendations regarding an international protection mechanism.”
Hamas declare truce but Lieberman threatens war
and Israel have announced a ceasefire following an escalation which left four
Palestinians and an Israeli soldier dead, but the Israeli minister of foreign
affairs warned of a “wide-scale” war on the Gaza Strip.
Egyptian and United Nations efforts it has been agreed to return to the era of calm
between (Israel) and Palestinian factions," Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum
told Reuters late on Friday.
truce followed dozens of Israeli strikes on Gaza, which left four Palestinians
dead and at least 120 others injured.
air raids came after the Israeli military said one of its soldiers had been
killed as a result of a shooting carried out from Gaza.
in his remarks, Barhoum said that Hamas had fired projectiles into the occupied
lands in an “immediate response” to Tel Aviv meant to “deliver the message” to
the Israeli regime.
Israeli minister of military affairs Avigdor Lieberman held Hamas responsible
for the fresh Gaza flare-up.
leaders are forcibly leading us into a situation where we will have no choice,
a situation in which we will have to embark on a painful, wide-scale military
operation,” he said during a visit to the city of Sderot.
also warned that a new military operation on Gaza “will be larger and more
painful than Operation Protective Edge,” referring to the 2014 Israeli war on
the coastal enclave.
further expressed his frustration with Palestinians sending flaming kites into
the occupied territories.
deputy chief in Gaza Khalil Al-Hayya responded to the threat, saying the
Palestinians would resist any Israeli aggression.
the face of Zionist threats, we say the resistance will continue, the marches
will continue and its tools will continue to vary and take different forms,
including the kites,” he said.
carries out regular air raids on Gaza, citing Hamas Hamas targets but the
attacks mostly kills civilians. The Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli siege
since 2007 and witnessed three wars since 2008.
have been running high near the Gaza fence since March 30, which marked the
start of a series of protests, dubbed “The Great March of Return,” demanding
the right to return for those driven out of their homeland.
Gaza clashes reached their peak on May 14, the eve of the 70th anniversary of
the Nakba Day (the Day of Catastrophe), which coincided this year with the US
embassy relocation from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem al-Quds.
by the siege and use of lethal force by the regime forces, the people in Gaza
send kites loaded with flammable material to the occupied lands in a show of
unveils new tank for guerrilla warfare
this week, the Israeli army released details of a new tank designed more for
use in guerrilla warfare conditions, a code for urban battles.
“dual-use” Merkava 4 Barak tank is expected to be operational in three years.
least four Palestinians have lost their lives and nearly 120 others sustained
critical injuries when Israeli military aircraft and battle tanks hit targets
throughout the Gaza Strip as the Tel Aviv regime presses ahead with its acts of
aggression against the besieged coastal sliver.
Palestinians were killed on Friday evening after Israeli artillery units fired
two shells reportedly at an observation post belonging to Ezzedine al-Qassam
Brigades, the military wing of the Hamas resistance movement, east of the city
of Khan Yunis, located about 25 kilometers south of Gaza City, Arabic-language
Ma'an news agency reported.
deceased Gazans were later identified as Mohammed Abu Farhana and Shaaban Abu
third Palestinian was killed after Israeli jets carried out airstrikes east of
the border town of Rafah. He was identified as Mahmoud Qeshta.
to Palestinian medical sources, another Palestinian, identified as Mohammed
Sharif Badwan, was killed in the Zeitoun district of Gaza.
two Palestinians were wounded when Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian
houses east of Abasan city. A 14-year-old Palestinian boy was also shot and is
now in critical condition.
artillery units also fired shells at observation posts near al-Awda refugee camp
in the eastern part of the Gaza Strip as well as Bureij refugee camp in the
central sector of the sliver.
Israeli media outlets reported that an Israeli soldier was killed after being
targeted by a Palestinian sniper in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.
Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported that the Israeli trooper was injured after
Palestinian resistance fighters and Israeli military forces engaged in an
exchange of gunfire.
back from the brink of war’
after the Israeli attacks, the UN envoy for the Middle East peace process,
Nickolay Mladenov, called on both sides to “step back from the brink” of war.
in Gaza needs to step back from the brink. Not next week. Not tomorrow. Right
NOW”, he tweeted, adding, “Those who want to provoke Palestinians and Israelis
into another war must not succeed.”
another development, Israel’s minister for military affairs Avigdor Lieberman
warned Hamas of a “much tougher” response if the resistance group fired more
rockets from Gaza.
Hamas continues to fire rockets, then Israel will respond in a much tougher way
than they (the Hamas leadership) think,” he said.
Israeli military had earlier claimed that it had intercepted two of three
rocket launches from Gaza.
rhetoric, however, was not left unanswered by Hamas, which warned the regime of
consequences if it continued attacks on Palestinian protesters.
total of 14,811 Palestinians have also sustained injuries of whom 366 are
reportedly in critical condition.
resolution, which had been put forward on behalf of Arab and Muslim countries,
garnered a strong majority of 120 votes in the 193-member assembly, with 8
votes against and 45 abstentions.
coalition fighter jets backing the Yemeni legitimate army air raided a meeting
by Houthi leaders at Nahm front east of Sanaa, killing four of them.
Yemeni national army said in a statement that the air raid killed the Houthi
leader Yasser Abdullah Amer and three other leaders and their associates from
Saada governorate, a stronghold of the Houthi militias.
army statement confirmed that the Houthi leader Amer is one of the influential
figure among the militias at Nahm front, while the other leaders killed,
arrived lately from Saada to supervise over Nahm front.
terrorist attack on a military checkpoint on the western border with Iraq and
subsequent blast at an arms depot has left 10 members of Iran's Islamic
Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) dead, Fars news agency reported Saturday.
overnight attack in the village of Dari in the Marivan district led to clashes
which entailed in an explosion at an arms depot, following which 10 IRGC
members were "martyred," it quoted a statement by Hamza Sayyid
al-Shohada Headquarters as saying.
the clashes, a number of terrorists were killed and several others fled with
injuries," the statement said.
and counter-revolutionary groups and their supporters who lack any base among
the Iranian nation, especially the wise and revolutionary people of Kurdistan,
should anticipate the harsh and deadly retaliation of the brave and devoted
warriors of Islam for this crime," it added.
Foreign Ministry says the country's officials are working to prevent Ankara
from being negatively affected by the US move to re-impose nuclear sanctions
against Iran in the wake of Washington's withdrawal from a historic nuclear
deal signed between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group of countries in
ministry made the announcement in a statement on Friday after a US delegation
of Treasury and State Department officials held talks with Turkish authorities
in Ankara on upcoming Washington's sanctions against Tehran.
President Donald Trump announced on May 8 that Washington was walking away from
a nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
(JCPOA) signed between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries in 2015.
US president also said that he planned to reinstate US nuclear sanctions on
Iran and impose "the highest level" of economic bans on the Islamic
the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for
the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.
Turkish foreign ministry's statement further emphasized that Iran was an
important neighbor for Turkey and that Ankara would continue to monitor the US
sanctions within this framework.
has said it would be returning the sanctions in August and threatened the
countries that maintain business with Iran despite the bans with “secondary
has also warned countries against keeping up their crude purchases from Iran
from November 4 onward.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday that the Islamic Republic
has lodged a complaint with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over the
United States' "unlawful" move to re-impose "unilateral"
sanctions against Tehran.
Iran filed a complaint [with] @CIJ_ICJ to hold US accountable for its unlawful
re-imposition of unilateral sanctions," Zarif said in a post on his
official Twitter account on Monday.
last month, however, Ankara said it remained determined to maintain trade ties
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on June 29 that his country remains
determined to maintain trade ties with Iran.
the United States' decisions are aimed at peace and stability, then we'll
support them, but we don't have to follow every decision. Being allies doesn't
mean following every decision word for word," Cavusoglu told the Turkish
broadcaster NTV in an interview.
has been Turkey's leading supplier of crude oil for most of the past two
decades, ceding first place to Iraq only for three years during the recent
period of US sanctions.
last year came to 11.493 million tonnes, or 44.6% of the total supply, at an
average of 230,800 barrels per day (bpd), up 66% from the 6.939 million tonnes
supplied in 2016, according to reports.
First Vice President Es'haq Jahangiri said on July 10 that the upcoming US move
to re-impose sanctions on Iran will create "difficult conditions" for
the country but the Islamic Republic will forcefully resist against the United
States' economic war.
the enemy's economic war, we will face new and difficult conditions and must
stand against this war with full power," Jahangiri said.
remarks came a day after Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the three
major European signatories to the landmark nuclear deal with Iran had agreed to
establish trade ties with Iran independent of the US dollar.
Tribal elders in Yemen’s Saada said they will never stop fighting to free the
region from the control of Houthi rebels, who have ravaged a province that
welcomed them decades ago.
also warned that negotiation and reconciliation with the armed group is not an
option, given Iran’s interference in Yemen’s affairs through its backing for
the terrorist Houthi militia.
a panel discussion on Thursday at the Saudi TV building, Saada elder Sheikh
Fahd Talib Al-Sharfi said that prior to 2004, before the Houthis, the province
was the food basket of Yemen, exporting 120 baskets of pomegranates a day and
known for its grapes and coffee beans.
said the province had never been in conflict with Saudi Arabia and was an
extension of the Arab Peninsula’s tribes, but that Iran, through its Houthi
militias, aimed to destroy the great and deep connections linking Saada to its
noted the resilience of the people of the province in the face of the Houthi
assault, and their great sacrifices during the six wars since 2004, leading up
to the fall of the province in 2014.
said Saada does not follow any cult or doctrine but welcomes all Yemenis of
different intellectual and political schools. The biggest Salafist school in
Yemen, Dar Al-Hadith madrassa, is in Saada, he added.
expressed his deep thanks and appreciation for the heroes of the Yemeni army
and the supporting coalition forces who are putting their lives on the line.
called on the legitimate government of Yemen and the Arab Coalition Forces
Supporting Legitimacy to continue the battle until the oppressed are freed,
rights are restored, and Saada and all Yemeni governorates are liberated.
panel also discussed the persecution of the people of Saada since the creation
in 1990 of Al-Shabab Al-Mu’min, commonly known as the Houthis, a group that
spread sectarian and confessional ideology.
2000, it shifted from spreading extremism to armed action and intimidation. It
began in Dammaj, where the group claimed that students were members of
marked the start of the wars with the Houthis, which led to Qatari and Iranian
intervention. As the Houthis became stronger, they were able to seize power in
Saada, killing tribal elders, driving out those opposed to their ideas, and
terrorizing the remaining inhabitants.
Yehya Madid, leader of the elders of Khawlan in Saada, said that Houthi rebels
have killed tribal elders and broke familial and tribal ties, while continuing
to target religious men and young people to achieve their criminal plan against
the Yemeni people. He added that people who support the Houthis have been
brainwashed to the point where they are capable of launching missiles at Saudi
Najib Kallab said the Houthis have waged six wars, after each of which they
emerged in a weaker position. They made concessions only to subsequently grow
even more powerful, he noted.
with Houthis will only make them stronger, he said, and so a meeting between
the people and elders of Saada and the Arab coalition, led by Saudi Arabia, is
a step in the right direction.
were fighting Houthis alongside the government,” said Sheikh Asaad Othman,
leader of the military council in Saada. “We were surprised to find out that
the government had a reconciliation with the Houthis, who came back to fight us
and when we tried asking the government for help, it did absolutely nothing. We
were fighting and sacrificing for our nation, but our state left us a prey to
be devoured by Houthis. That was what created the animosity between the
community and the state.
the Houthis staged their coup, the community had no idea that the rebels were
this powerful. We thought that they would fight each other and things would go
back to normal. This is where the Houthis took advantage of the community’s
satisfaction with the coup.”
the formation of a council or reconciliation initiative among Yemeni tribes,
Sheikh Othman said the tribes play an important role and lead the battlefronts.
we need right now is for the UN not to pressure the state into making peace
with Houthis,” he said. “This peace will only be in the interests of the
Houthis. What we need from the legitimacy is a military rescue and cleansing of
Saada because we did not impose war on the Houthis, they did. We call on
President Hadi to adopt the military solution until the Houthis return to their
senses. Based on our experience with them, peace will not work. I have been
displaced along with thousands for six years and we could not even educate our
Musfir Al-Huzeifi said the Houthis want to divide society into rulers and
servants, and when Yemenis realized this they rose up to stop them.
in all parts of Yemen are working together, he added, while Houthis do not
believe in coexistence and peace, but only in blood and war, and most certainly
do not believe in agreements, whether tribal or international.
a related development, the Ministry of Media on Thursday hosted a symposium to
highlight the importance of liberating Saada from the control of the Houthis,
describing the province as the grassroots of the problem and a symbol for
believers in liberty and freedom.
tribal leaders from Saada thanked King Salman for Saudi Arabia taking a firm
stand by the side of Yemeni people, and its support for their legitimate
government, led by President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.
also thanked the King Salman Humanitarian Aid & Relief Center for its
efforts to help the needy to survive amid the tough circumstances resulting
from the war.
the food basket of Yemen, the province has been devastated by the militias,
they said, adding that the Houthis also turned the peaceful governorate and
city into a base to launch missiles against the Kingdom.
tribal leaders also said Iran had tried and failed to introduce a new version
of Hezbollah into Yemen.
number of anti-Muslim attacks reported in UK last year
record number of anti-Muslim attacks and incidents of abuse were reported last
year, with women disproportionately targeted by mostly male teenage
perpetrators, the monitoring group Tell Mama has said.
its annual report, the group noted a surge in Islamophobic attacks, with 1,201
verified reports submitted in 2017, a rise of 26% on the year before and the
highest number since it began recording incidents.
put the rise down to the growth of the far right, as well as a large number of
“trigger” incidents last year, such as the terrorist attacks in London and
Manchester, which prompted a backlash of anti-Muslim hate.
was also aimed at the police, with a recent report from Her Majesty’s
Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services finding large-scale
failings in the way hate crimes were dealt with. Tell Mama said victims were
often let down by poor recording of incidents and were sometimes left feeling
world feels a more unstable space and in all of this, the voices of victims and
outcomes for them in terms of access to justice have not been great,” said Iman
Atta, the director of Tell Mama.
than two-thirds – 839 – of the attacks and abuse occurred offline, or on street
level, a 31% rise from 642 last year. A third of incidents were online, up by
16.3% compared with the previous year.
a suicide bombing at Manchester Arena killed 23 people, more than 70 reports of
Islamophobic prejudice, including hate speech and abusive behaviour, were
is shocking to learn of a 26% increase in reporting of Islamophobic hate crimes
... While no doubt some of the increase is due to an increase in reporting of
incidents, most people especially Muslim women are reluctant to report
Islamophobia,” said the equalities campaigner Akeela Ahmed.
added: “These findings reflect the fact that since 2016, a growing minority of
people with far-right sympathies have felt emboldened by Brexit and the 2016 US
sociologist Tahir Abbassaid the findingswere a worrying indication of the rise
of populism and nationalism, with Muslims often the target. “Islamophobia feeds
into the radicalisation of young Muslims ... Islamophobia is used as a hook but
also far-right groups and radical Islamists feed off each other and they are
all feeding off of Islamophobia.”
Tell Mama report focused on the trend toward physical incidents, saying: “There
has been a marked shift towards more serious offline incidents such as physical
attacks, threatening behaviour and abuse more generally.”
2017, vandalism replaced threatening behaviour as the third most common
category of anti-Muslim hate incident; there was a 56% increase in anti-Muslim
vandalism when compared with 2016.
the victims six out of 10 were women and of the perpetrators eight out of 10
were men, with the majority aged between 13 and 18.
are extremely concerned at a younger generation of mainly boys and men who are
becoming more aggressive in their targeting of Muslims,” said Atta.
said women were often attacked because of their visibility, which makes them
vulnerable. “It’s angry men attacking women ... the perpetrators are a part of
a generation of angry, disillusioned young men who vent their fury against
women per se,” he said.
Janmohamed, the author of Generation M: Young Muslims Changing the World, said:
“It has definitely felt like the temperature and volume of explicit hatred
against Muslims has escalated ... I think 2017 was a particularly difficult
year for everyone in the country and Muslim women, as report shows, really bore
brunt of that.”
added: “Lots of Muslims still simply don’t report and the numbers are likely to
be bigger than the report suggests.”
report noted that inactivity from Twitter when it came to removing anti-Muslim
hate material was “deeply worrying” and showed a “wanton lack of desire to understand
hatred on its platform”.
said she was sent a photo of a woman in a burqa having a gun pointed to her
head after sending a tweet about the World Cup. She reported it to Twitter but
no action was taken.
report said Twitter had demonstrated its inability to stop individuals opening
up new accounts repeatedly when they have been banned from using the platform.
In one case, a victim had to report 11 separate accounts for harassment.
Mama flagged material that was easy to find and clearly should have been
removed, including a tweet that said: “Correct me if I am wrong. All Muslim
scum must be gassed.”
tweet read: “We are at war! The UK armed forces must go to the Islamic areas
and go door to door and shoot them all.”
said it made more than 30 policy, product and operational changes in the
context of safety between 2017 and 2018. It said accounts found to be in
violation of the rules faced a range of enforcement actions.
police watchdog has warned of a “real possibility” Britain’s exit from the EU
next year could trigger a further surge in hate crime.
Awan, an associate professor of criminology at Birmingham City University, said
police were not always sure what to call hate crimes and inconsistency did not
said the best way to tackle hate crime and Islamophobia was through education.
“We need to look at the grassroots or the problems, such as the social
deprivation in society,” said Awan. “A lot of it can be dealt with through
education especially at a younger age. That element seems to be missed.”
- A 28-year-old man was sentenced Friday to a minimum of 40 years in jail for
making explosives for the Taliban and for plotting a knife attack at the Houses
of Parliament in London.
Ali, from north London, was dramatically arrested by armed police on a street
outside parliament in April 2017 with three blades tucked into his clothes.
was moments from launching an attack on police, politicians or the military,
England’s Old Bailey central criminal court in London heard during his trial
plumber was on Tuesday found guilty of preparing terrorist acts in Britain and
two charges of possessing explosive substances with intent abroad.
Friday, judge Nicholas Hilliard handed Ali three life sentences, to run
concurrently: one for each charge.
gave a minimum of 40 years for making improvised explosive devices for the
Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan in 2012 and 25 years for the plot to kill in
am absolutely sure you were in Afghanistan. You were a valued member of a team
making IEDs that were detonated in combat before January and July 2012,”
judge said the plotted attack in London was designed to attract “maximum
publicity and instil terror”.
have no doubt whatsoever that there is a very considerable risk of your
committing offences of violence in the future and cause death or serious injury
as a result.”
the trial, prosecutor Brian Altman told jurors that Ali, who had returned to
Britain from Afghanistan in late 2016, planned a “deadly terror attack at the
very heart of this country’s democracy”.
Police deputy assistant commissioner Dean Haydon said he was “an incredibly
had returned from a training camp in Afghanistan “with a determination to
kill,” he added.
police interviews, Ali said he wanted to deliver a “message” to British
is what we do,” he told officers.
his trial, the court heard Ali admitted involvement in making explosives in
Afghanistan, even bragging he detonated more than 300 devices.
November 2016, he was stopped at Heathrow Airport, interviewed by police and
his fingerprints and DNA samples were taken.
FBI in the United States subsequently matched his fingerprints to caches of
explosives recovered by Afghan forces in 2012, and Ali was placed under
surveillance in Britain.
Old Bailey heard he was seen conducting reconnaissance at various sites around
London in March and April last year, before making several purchases of knives.
France and Russia on Saturday despatched a plane carrying humanitarian aid to
the ravaged former Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta, which was retaken by
government forces in April after a five-year siege.
Russian Antonov 124 military cargo plane carrying 50 tons of medical aid and
humanitarian supplies left the airport at the central French city of
Chateauroux at 3am (0100 GMT), the airport’s head Mark Bottemine told AFP.
as part of a UN Security Council resolution, “the aim of this project is to
enable civilian populations better access to aid,” a joint Franco-Russian
plane is heading for Russia’s Hmeimim air base in the west of Syria. It is the
first joint humanitarian aid operation between Russia and a western country.
aid will be distributed on Saturday under the supervision of the UN’s Office
for the Coordination of Humanitarian Aid (OCHA).
assistance is an absolute priority and must be distributed in accordance with
principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence across all
Syrian territory without exception, where international humanitarian law must
be fully respected,” the joint statement said.
had secured “guarantees” from Russia that the Syrian regime would not obstruct
the distribution of the aid, and that it would not be misappropriated or
diverted for political purposes, the foreign ministry said.
than 1,700 civilians were killed during the Syrian regime’s operation in
Eastern Ghouta in March and April. According to the Russian military, more than
160,000 people, both military and civilians, were evacuated from the region.
cargo comprises medical equipment, tents, cooking utensils and blankets, said
an AFP photographer who witnessed the plane being loaded.
Trump’s belief that immigration is “changing [the] culture” of Europe is wrong,
the European Union’s ambassador to the United States said Friday.
is not going to become a Muslim continent any time soon,” Ambassador David
O’Sullivan said at the Aspen Security Forum. “This is not an issue in Europe.”
expressed that worry repeatedly during his recent trip to the United Kingdom,
when he lamented to British media that Europe is “losing its culture” due to an
influx of refugees and illegal immigrants from North Africa and the Middle
East. Those comments led to a public disagreement with British Prime Minister
Theresa May during their joint press conference, when the two leaders addressed
a topic that has strained diplomatic relations within the European Union.
the immigration to take place in Europe is a shame,” Trump told The Sun. “I
think it changed the fabric of Europe and, unless you act very quickly, it’s
never going to be what it was and I don’t mean that in a positive way.”
asked to comment on his remarks at a time when her government was struggling to
unify around her plan for how to negotiate Britain’s exit from the EU, touted
the United Kingdom’s “proud history” of embracing immigrants.
over the years, overall immigration has been good for the U.K.,” she said. “Of
course, what is important is that we have control of our borders. What is
important is that we have a set of rules that enables us to determine who comes
into our country. And of course, that is what, as a government, we have been
doing for a number of years and will be able to continue to do in the future.”
speaking moments earlier, disagreed and alluded to the consequences of German
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to admit approximately 722,000 Syrian
refugees into the country in late 2015 and 2016.
think that’s very much hurt Germany. I think it’s very much hurt other parts of
Europe,” he said. “And I know it’s politically not necessarily correct to say
that. But I’ll say it and I’ll say it loud. And I think they better watch
themselves because you are changing culture. You are changing a lot of things.
You’re changing security.”
view is a “gross exaggeration” of the difficulties arising from immigration to
Europe, O’Sullivan maintained.
Shabaab captures strategic town in Somalia's Puntland
- Somalia's Islamist militant group al Shabaab has captured a small but
strategic town 100km south of Bosaso city in the semi-autonomous Puntland
region, a military officer, al Shabaab and residents said on Friday.
in Af Urur told Reuters that the town is now controlled by al Shabaab.
we woke up this morning, we saw many al Shabaab fighters controlling the town.
The (Puntland military) forces had left yesterday," Ahmed Nur told Reuters
from Af Urur by phone on Friday.
Shabaab wants to topple Somalia’s Western-backed central government, expel the
African Union-mandated peacekeeping force AMISOM and establish a government
based on its own strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law.
Urur's position is important because the main road that links the cities of
Garowe, Bosaso and Mogadishu passes nearby.
forces and al Shabaab have fought in the town, which has ditch defences,
several times in the past.
Abdi, a Puntland military officer, told Reuters al Shabaab had taken Af Urur
town by Friday morning, adding without elaborating that only a few Puntland
military forces had been in the town on Thursday evening.
were supposed to be replaced by other forces," Abdi said. "We shall
recapture the town from al Shabaab."
Shabaab confirmed that they had control of the town.
forces ran away as we advanced to the town because they know we had taught them
tough lessons before," Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s military
operations spokesman, told Reuters on Friday. "We now peacefully control
Af Urur town."
has been gripped by violence and lawlessness since the toppling of dictator
Mohamed Siad Barre in the early 1990s.
Kenya-based wing of Al-Shabaab, known as Al-Hijra, was added on Thursday to the
US list of groups it regards as terrorist organisations.
designations expose and isolate organisations and individuals, and deny them
access to the US financial system," the State Department said in
explaining the move.
designations can assist the law enforcement activities of US agencies and other
announcement notes that Al-Hijra was formed in Nairobi in 2008.
group "consists primarily of Kenyan and Somali followers of Al-Shabaab in
East Africa," the statement added.
has openly engaged in Al-Shabaab recruiting in Kenya and facilitated travel of
Al-Shabaab members to Somalia for terrorism purposes."
affiliated with Al-Hijra -- and consequently with Al-Shabaab -- may have played
a role in major terrorist attacks inside Kenya in recent years, including the
Westgate Mall massacre in 2013 and the attack on Garissa University College in
Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has
successfully neutralised several Boko Haram terrorists at Bulagalaye and
Kwakwa, both in Borno.
Olatokunbo Adesanya, NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information,
confirmed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.
successful air strikes on both locations were a result of efforts to trail and
neutralise fleeing terrorists after Nigerian Army (NA) troops had repelled the
attack on their location around Bama.
receiving reports of the attack, the ATF scrambled an Intelligence,
Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform and the Alpha Jet aircraft to
locate the fleeing terrorists.
the insurgents, who were seen assembled at a staging area in BULAGALAYE, began
to disperse upon sighting the attack platforms.
the NAF fighter aircraft acquired and attacked the fleeing insurgents with
bombs and rockets.
a result of the air strikes, the BHTs were neutralised while their vehicles and
weapons were destroyed, leading to a thick cloud of black smoke,” he said.
said that intelligence reports later revealed that a smaller bunch of the BHTs
had re-assembled in a settlement known as Kwakwa.
revealed that the ATF then conducted a wave of strikes on the location.
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