Muslims in America feel that Trump took advantage of fear and anger.
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Is Obligatory For Muslims, Says Perlis Fatwa
Islamic State Slaughters 60 over ‘Treason’ In Mosul
Americans Vow to Fight Division Stirred Up By Presidential Election
Claim Killing Jundullah Chief in 'Encounter' Near Hub
Asks Donald Trump to Withdraw US Forces from Afghanistan
Lawmaker Urges Adenan to Amend Shariah Court Law On Conversion
Ulema Cleric Who Defended Pancasila Named Hero
visit further boosts Malaysia-UK ties
faces continual opposition on trail
Reports Former President Yudhoyono for Alleged Hatemongering
in Philippines Seize 6 Vietnamese Sailors near Rebel Stronghold
Suffers Heavy Death Toll in Syrian Army's Artillery Shelling in Quneitra
Iraqi Cleric Blasts US President-Elect Over Anti-Islam Comments
Terrorists' Front in Aleppo on Verge of Collapse
official: US assertions not to change policy toward region
used chemicals while fleeing Mosul: HRW
police on high alert amid planned anti-austerity protests
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Oil Tankers Destroyed in Syrian Army Attack in Sweida Province
Army Starts Large-Scale Attack on Terrorists' Positions in Southwestern
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students targeted in California campus attacks
Claim Killing Jundullah Chief In 'Encounter' Near Hub
Killed, Two Injured In Karachi's Suspected Sectarian Attack
bonds attract Sikh pilgrims to Peshawar
films to be screened in Pakistani cinemas
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to address Pakistan parliament on 17th
Raheel lauds people of Swat for their 'valiant stand against reign of terror'
Airstrike Kill 13 ISIS Militants in East of Afghanistan
as Afghan Taliban hit German consulate
confirms 4 killed, 14 wounded in attack on Bagram airfield
Villagers Keep Vigil To Prevent More Attacks On Hindus
of plight of Sri Lankan Muslim community
Minister Rabbani among 3 ministers dismissed by Afghan parliament
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Abbas Wants Moscow to Play 'Effective Role' In Peace Process
troops, allies capture Saudi military base in Asir
governor dies in bomb attack
FM calls UN envoy to put forward new roadmap
Syria envoy in Iran for talks
deplores terrorist attack on German consulate in Afghanistan
will take other options if JCPOA not honoured: FM
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by Indian Muslim Soldiers from WW1 Disclosed
Seek End to Cross-Border Movement Of Terrorists
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cells lying low in South Africa, minister says
about looming threat of 'genocide' in South Sudan
blogger’s looming death-penalty decision sparks new appeals
State Executes Scores, Stockpiles Chemicals: UN
Athens, Refugees Tutored On New Life in Europe
on from the attacks in Paris, we need unity above all
forced to flee his home after converting from Islam to Christianity
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is obligatory for Muslims, says Perlis fatwa
The Perlis Fatwa Committee has decided that vaccination is the most effective
method to prevent diseases and thus obligatory (wajib) for Muslims to take
decision was made during the 23rd meeting of the Perlis Fatwa Committee on
October 3-4. “The negligence of parents in discharging this responsibility is
sinful since it can endanger the lives of their children,” said the Perlis
Fatwa Committee in a statement here yesterday.
the Muslim community in Perlis should not refuse vaccination and the refusal to
seek medical prevention is irresponsible. Even if parents do not want the
vaccination given to their children, causing a disease outbreak is also
sinful,” said the statement.
is the process of giving immunisation to infants aimed at preventing infectious
diseases that can be given by injection or via the mouth where the side effects
(if any) are light and not dangerous.
State Slaughters 60 over ‘Treason’ In Mosul
Elite Iraqi troops battled the Islamic State group in the streets of Mosul
Friday, as the UN reported militants had executed dozens of people inside the
city for alleged "treason".
also on the defensive in neighbouring Syria, US-backed forces pressed an advance
on militant bastion Raqa after a sandstorm eased.
winds in the desert separating the Syrian Kurdish-Arab militia alliance from
the militants' Euphrates Valley stronghold had slowed their advance on Thursday
as visibility plummeted.
forces had also regrouped after meeting stronger than expected resistance from
IS on the east bank of the Tigris River running through Mosul after thrusting
into the built-up area last week.
of Iraq's elite Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) said troops were advancing on
two eastern neighbourhoods of the city.
house near the front line, Staff Lieutenant Colonel Muntadhar Salem clutched a
radio in one hand and a tablet computer in the other with a map showing
troops waited for orders to push forward, incoming mortar rounds shook the pink
curtains on the windows of the house.
Friday, the fighting eased off, although CTS forces still occasionally fired
mortar rounds towards IS positions in eastern Mosul's Arbajiyah area.
fighters reportedly shot dead more than 60 people this week and hung some of
their bodies from poles inside Mosul after claiming they had collaborated with
Iraqi troops, the UN human rights office said Friday.
Tuesday, ISIL (IS) reportedly shot and killed 40 civilians in Mosul city after
accusing them of 'treason and collaboration'", rights office spokeswoman
Ravina Shamdasani said in a statement in Geneva.
Wednesday, IS slaughtered another 20 people at the Ghabat Military Base in
northern Mosul after accusing them of "leaking information," the
battle for Mosul is now in its fourth week, and while troops have entered the
built-up area, there are weeks, if not months, of fighting ahead.
forces have begun the attack on Arbajiyah. The clashes are ongoing," Salem
said. The latest fighting came
"after a few days of quiet", he said.
CTS officer, Lieutenant Colonel Ali Hussein Fadhel, said that the first row of
buildings in Arbajiyah had been seized.
are within firing range of Karkukli but the full attack has not yet
started," he said of another eastern district.
began the operation to retake Mosul on October 17, with federal and Kurdish
regional forces closing in on the city from three sides.
Shiite paramilitaries later began advancing on the town of Tal Afar, which
commands the city's western approaches, with the goal of cutting the militants
off from territory they control in Syria.
advance up the Tigris Valley from the south has been slowest. Troops on that
front had the farthest to cover and a string of militant-held towns in their
Thursday, the battle neared the remains of ancient Nimrud, some 30 kilometres
(20 miles) south of Mosul, raising fears for the famed heritage site already
ravaged by militant explosives and sledgehammers.
International Organization of Migration said Friday more than 47,000 people
have been displaced since the Mosul operation began.
Syria, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said their advance on Raqa
was back on track after a sandstorm swept through the area on Thursday.
"We seized control of two new villages yesterday but we didn't advance as
far as planned because of the sandstorm," SDF commander Merkhas Kamishlo
has focused on the IS-held village of Al-Heisha, some 40 kilometres north of
correspondent reported heavy air strikes early Friday by the US-led coalition
supporting the advance.
is totally besieged and overnight the US-led coalition hit four Daesh positions
inside the village, and destroyed a vehicle being prepared for use as a
bomb," Kamishlo said, using an Arabic acronym for IS.
offensive, launched last weekend, has been pushing south from areas near the
Turkish border towards Raqa.
said forces advancing south from the towns of Ain Issa and Suluk were close to
converging at a position around 30 kilometres from Raqa.
military in Russia, which has sided with the Damascus regime, said Friday it
had evidence rebels in Syria's besieged eastern city of Aleppo used chemical
weapons, a charge the opposition denied.
from the Russian defence ministry have found unexploded artillery ammunition
belonging to terrorists which contains toxic substances," the military
said in a statement.
Americans vow to fight division stirred up by Presidential election
his campaign for the presidency, Donald Trump offended many people.
was barely a minority group left untouched by his divisive rhetoric.
the months dragged by, he did make an effort to reach out to them all, to span
the divided he's created.
that is, except one.
three million Muslims are used to ignorance and intolerance, life hasn't been
easy for the community since 9/11, but they've always been offered a degree of
protection by the state.
fear that may evaporate.
President-elect has publicly suggested "Islam hates us", he's
proposed a ban on all Muslims from entering the USA and suggested mosques
should be monitored.
does not sound like a man who's ready to extend the hand of friendship.
near Detroit, is home to one of the biggest Muslim communities in the United
pleasant, middle class municipality much like any other. We met with a group of
young Muslims in a bakery on the main street.
tucked into a delicious array of traditional Arabic sweets, they told me how
proud they were to be American, but they're proudly Muslim, too.
have never been mutually exclusive, why should they be? Just as it's perfectly
normal to be a white American or a black American, being a Muslim American has
never been an issue either.
believe Donald Trump weaponised American insecurities, he preyed on the fear
and anger that much of the country is feeling just now.
were an easy target, so he dragged them into the fight.
they're determined he won't succeed. Through dialogue and determination,
they'll span the divide he's created.
trumps hate, as they say.
claim killing Jundullah chief in 'encounter' near Hub
Rangers Sindh on Friday claimed to have killed chief of banned militant group
Jundullah in an alleged encounter in Hub district, he was reportedly planning
attacks on Rangers Headquarter and police’s Special Security Unit (SSU) in
Karachi, it has been learnt.
on tip off by intelligence agencies, Rangers' anti-terrorist force on Thursday
night conducted operation at a suspected militant hideout in Hub area of
Balochistan," read a statement issued by Rangers spokesperson.
exchange of fire, the Jundullah chief and nominated deputy chief of
Tehreek-i-Taliban Sindh Saqib alias Arif alias Anjum was killed,” the statement
spokesperson also revealed that the deceased Jundullah chief along with members
of Al Qaeda, Jamaatul Ahrar and Islamic State were involved in several high
profile terror acts.
them were allegedly involved in various terror activities including attack on
the vehicle of the then Corps Commander Karachi General Ahsan Saleem, suicide
attack on Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F)
chief Maulana Fazal ur Rehman in Quetta, assassination of chief security
officer of Asif Ali Zardari, Bilal Shaikh, and attack on Church and members of
Rangers statement also claimed that the killed militant was planning major
terror attacks on Rangers’ headquarter and the SSU headquarter in Karachi.
paramilitary force also recovered explosives from the suspect's house, which
was being used as factory for preparing improvised explosive devices (IEDs),
claimed the spokesperson.
also claimed to have recovered huge quantity of automatic weapons, ammunition
and hand grenades.
asks Donald Trump to withdraw US forces from Afghanistan
leader of Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has called on the newly-elected US
President Donald Trump to withdraw US forces from Afghanistan and let the
Afghan people resolve the issue internally.
letter issued by Hekmatyar following the victory of Trump in presidential
election, Hekmatyar said a free and fair election should be organized so that
the Afghan people can elect their leader.
further added that the presence of the US forces and operations conducted by
them lead to civilian casualties in the country.
specifically pointed towards the recent operation in northern Kunduz province
of Afghanistan where over 30 civilians were killed.
Afghan government signed a peace agreement with Hezb-e-Islami late in the month
of September following months of continuous negotiations.
leader of Hezb-e-Islami had originally demanded the withdrawal of the US forces
from the country before he sign the peace agreement with the Afghan government.
he later waivered his condition for the withdrawal of the US forces from
meantime, the US Ambassador to Afghanistan Michael McKinley said last week that
presidential election in United States will not affect the policies of
Washington in Afghanistan and the bilateral pacts available between the two
was asked many times what the impacts of these elections would be on
US-Afghanistan relations and my answer is always the same, America’s long term
commitment to our partnership with Afghanistan was renewed this year in Warsaw
and Brussels. The US Afghan relationship will remain strong and close because
it is based not anyone election, leader or party on our common interests, our
people to people ties, our shared values that so deeply rooted,” Ambassador
lawmaker urges Adenan to amend Shariah court law on conversion
Nov 12 ― Citing religious freedom, Sarawak Opposition lawmaker Baru Bian wants
the state government to amend the state Syariah Court Ordinance 2001 to enable
natives who have converted to Islam to be allowed to return to their original
is also a lawyer said the amendment was necessary after the Court of Appeal
dismissed this week the cases of three Muslim converts who wanted to to return
to Christianity as beyond its jurisdiction.
person has declared by a statutory declaration or any other legal method that
he or she has converted out of Islam, the Shariah court should have no more
jurisdiction over that person,” he told Malay Mail Online when contacted for
response to the appellate court ruling on his clients.
argued that jurisdiction should remain with the civil courts, pursuant to
Section 25(2) of the Courts of Judicature Act 1964.
consistent with the guarantee of freedom of religion under Article 11 of the
Federal Constitution,” he added.
Ba’Kelalan assemblyman said he would raise the issue with Chief Minister Tan
Sri Adenan Satem to table a motion at the coming Sarawak Assembly which is to
sit from November 21 to 30.
Sarawakians: Jenny binti Peter @ Nur Muzdhalifah Abdullah, Mohd Syafiq Abdullah
@ Tiong Choo Ting, and Salina Jau binti Abdullah failed earlier this week to
persuade the civil appellate court to allow them to be legitimately known as
a three-judge panel ruled against the trio, it also suggested a remedy may lie in
the state legislature.
11 of the Federal Constitution and the additional powers of the High Court
stipulated in Schedule 1 of the CJA, we opined that it must be read in the
context of Article 121(1A) of the Federal Constitution, where it is now settled
by the long line of authorities that whether a person was a Muslim or not, was
a matter under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Syariah court,” said the
written judgment of the case penned by Court of Appeal judge Datuk Tengku
Maimun Tuan Mat who had chaired the panel.
expressed great disappointment with the judgment that ruled against his
clients, but saw the panel’s suggestion as a ray of hope for Muslim converts
who wanted to leave the religion.
alluded to the recent case of another Sarawakian Muslim who succeeded in his
court bid to legally change his name and be known as a Christian again ― Roneey
is no difference in the legal issue between Roneey and our appeal cases here.
All had declared they were no more practising Muslims. Fortunately for Roneey,
his case was politically resolved as an election issue,” Baru said.
mid-1980s, when then president Soeharto issued a decree forcing all mass
organizations in the country to accept Pancasila as their foundation, a policy
opposed by the majority of Islamic groups, As’ad Syamsul Arifin was the Muslim
cleric who managed to convince the country’s largest Muslim organization,
Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), to accept the national ideology.
argued that Pancasila, dubbed an ideology of tolerance and inclusivism, was in
line with the teachings of Islam.
Wednesday, ahead of National Heroes Day on Nov. 10, As’ad was granted the title
of “national hero” by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo for his extraordinary
services in leading a struggle for the country to achieve independence and to
maintain national unity.
it was As’ad’s approach that “religious principles integrated with the spirit
of patriotism” that mattered most, said Achmad Azaim Ibrahimy, As’ad grandson
who received the award on his behalf during the title-bestowing ceremony at the
considered one of great NU clerics who played a role in convincing other NU
clerics to accept Pancasila as the state ideology during NU’s national meeting
held in his Islamic boarding school in December 1983. A year later, the
decision was brought to the NU national congress, in which NU became the first
Islamic mass organization that recognized Pancasila as the state ideology.
move to declare As’ad a national hero could not be timelier, as the country is
now facing a rise of identity politics, particularly after the blasphemy
allegations made against Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi ended his five-day work
visit to United Kingdom (UK) on a highly successful note with Malaysia
strengthening bilateral ties even further, particularly in the effort to combat
terrorism and global security issues.
visit also brought a positive impact on the economic ties of both countries
whereby total bilateral trade stood at RM10.6 billion last year and RM10.1 billion
from January to August.
personal note, it was a meaningful trip for Ahmad Zahid who was the first
leader to speak at the newly-built Malaysian Auditorium at the Oxford Centre
for Islamic Studies (OCIS), Oxford University.
delivered a keynote address entitled “De-Rooting Radicalism and Extremism”.
deputy prime minister explained in detail on the causes of radicalism,
extremism and terrorism, in addition to giving a clearer picture on the
misunderstanding by the international community on the issue.
urged the global community to join hands and be responsible to de-root
radicalism, extremism and terrorism.
his packed schedule, Ahmad Zahid managed to attend meetings and discussions
with security agencies, as well as captains of industry in the UK.
trip highlighted the concern of the United Kingdom (government) towards
Malaysia, not only limited to traditional relations but they want to further
strengthen the relations between the two countries in various fields of common
interest,” Ahmad Zahid told the Malaysian media at the end of his visit
Zahid, who is also Home Minister, met newly appointed UK Home Secretary Amber
Rudd for the first time and their discussion led to a positive outcome from
both countries in their bid to overcome issues concerning terrorism and
government has also expressed its interest on the moderation or ‘wassatiyyah’
concept espoused by Malaysia, which has been viewed as the basis for a solution
to issues involving the world’s Muslim community.
agreed to Malaysia’s proposal to co-organise an international conference on
Zahid said on the other hand, Malaysia supported UK to become the host for an
international conference on modern day slavery, following a decision made
during a roundtable discussion in New York on Sept 18.
political campaign of incumbent Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama
has suffered a setback as a result of frequent disruptions from protesters who
gather near his campaign stops.
Thursday, Ahok canceled a campaign rally in North Kedoya, West Jakarta,
following a protest from local residents who rejected his presence in the area.
reports said that when Ahok arrived at the location, there was already a strong
presence from riot police, who tried to prevent protesters from taking to the
streets and disrupting traffic.
than 200 police personnel in riot gear and two water cannons were on standby to
secure the location prior to Ahok’s arrival.
that his presence would create tension and traffic congestion, Ahok’s campaign team
decided to call off the event.
Friday, Ahok’s running mate Djarot Saiful Hidayat ordered his campaign team to
identify individuals responsible for disrupting the campaign and filed a report
with the police.
asked our legal team to file a police report against people who mobilize others
to disrupt the AhokDjarot campaign. This is a criminal offense,” Djarot said as
quoted by Antara news agency on Friday.
a large-scale anti-Ahok rally on Nov. 4, opposition against the governor has intensified,
with some even calling for him to drop out of the gubernatorial election.
than 100,000 Muslim protesters took to the streets last week, calling for the
prosecution of Ahok, who they accused of blasphemy.
been accused of making a blasphemous remark that some Muslims considered had
insulted Islam, regarding the Quranic verse of Al-Maidah: 51 during an official
visit to Thousand Islands in September.
Thursday, Ahok rejected the call for him to quit the race. “I have told [them].
If I am asked to drop out of the race, it’s better for me to be apprehended and
imprisoned,” he said.
suspected that the protests against him were also aimed at President Joko
“Jokowi” Widodo, who has backed him in the election.
President could be ousted as the situation could be uncontrollable. People will
stage protests for days. Everything will be more chaotic,” he said as quoted by
said the blasphemy case was being used by several parties as a pretext to
prevent his reelection.
A group claiming to be alumni of the Islamic Students' Association, or HMI,
reported former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to the National Police's
Criminal Investigation Unit in Jakarta on Thursday (10/11), claiming that he
had incited ethnic hatred.
group, known as Forum Silaturahmi Alumni HMI Lintas Generasi (Intergenerational
Alumni Forum of the HMI), has studied a speech Yudhoyono made on Nov. 2 before
last week's mass rally against incumbent Jakarta Governor Basuki
"Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama and concluded that it contained statements
that could have led to racial tensions.
have reported former President Yudhoyono for statements he made in his speech.
At first it seems that he had called for a peaceful protest. However, after we
studied it, it appeared to us that the speech might have contained incitement
to ethnic hatred," organization chairman Mustaghfirien said.
in Philippines Seize 6 Vietnamese Sailors Near Rebel Stronghold
Gunmen abducted six Vietnamese sailors and shot another on Friday (11/11) when
a bulk carrier was intercepted in Philippine waters off a southern island
stronghold of the militant Abu Sayyaf group, the coastguard said.
cargo ship was bound for Davao City in another part of the province of
Mindanao, but was intercepted when passing through a strait off Basilan island
by 10 armed men who came aboard and took hostages.
of the crew was shot and was evacuated to a local hospital," said
Commander Jerome Cayabyab of the coastguard.
the fate of the captives were uncertain after they were transferred to smaller,
faster boats. It was the second kidnapping incident in the south in a week.
Sayyaf, a militant group that swears allegiance to Islamic State, said on
Monday it kidnapped a German national. The military said a woman found dead in
an abandoned yacht off an island near Basilan was believed to be his female
latest attack on commercial shipping occurred just hours after the leaders of
the Philippines and Malaysia agreed to step up maritime cooperation in their
borders to stop the piracy.
Syrian artillery shelled heavily movements of Fatah al-Sham in Jubata
al-Khashab, Tranjeh, Dahret al-Kassar and Tall al- Hamriya while trying to
attack army positions in al-Amal Farms.
of terrorists were killed or injured and their weapons were destroyed in the
relevant developments in the province late in October, Syrian Army troops
engaged in fierce clashes with Fatah al-Sham Front (the al-Qaeda-affiliated
terrorist group previously known as the al-Nusra Front) near a village in
Northern Quneitra, killing all fighters of the group.
soldiers engaged in clashes with Fatah al-Sham terrorists in Zahrat al-Kasaar
area in the Eastern side of the village of Toranjeh, claiming the lives of all
the terrorists and destroying the military hardware.
Syrian military forces also targeted the terrorists' centers in the village of
Masraheh in Eastern Quneitra.
Iraqi cleric blasts US president-elect over anti-Islam comments
Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has censured US President-elect Donald Trump over
his "escalating statements against Islam and Muslims," calling on him
to refrain from engaging in "new gambles with blood and war."
if the US president changed, the hostile policies against the world will not
change,” Sadr said in a statement on Thursday, stressing that Washington’s
approach toward the Middle East and Iraq will not alter no matter who the
president and vice president are, and which political party is running the US
prominent 43-year-old Shia cleric also criticized Trump for not distinguishing
between radical and moderate Muslims.
then urged the US president-elect “not to throw himself into new gambles in the
world of politics as the results would be nothing other than losses, blood and
warfare -- something which would only prolong America’s woes especially at the
time it is going through a financial distress.”
the terrorist groups sustained crushing defeats their offensive on the Western
and Southwestern parts of Aleppo, codenamed Great Epic Operation, and suffered
thousands of casualties, military sources now say that the terrorist front is
on the verge on collapse.
recent victories of the Syrian army and popular forces in Southwestern Aleppo
and liberation of Housing Project 1070, al-Hikmah School, army's advances in
the neighborhood of al-Rashedeen, the Western flank, government forces'
successful cleansing operation in Zahiyeh al-Assad and Menyan districts and the
continued defeats of the terrorists in Jam'iyat al-Zahra district have caused
the terrorists to grow hopeless, paralyzed and depressed," the sources
terrorists are now accusing each other of betrayal. The accusations find their
roots in the escape of several terrorist commanders from battlefields in
Western Aleppo and their shooting at each other," the source added.
soldiers have imposed full control over Zahiyeh al-Assad district and are now
carrying out mop-up operation to hunt the remaining militants hidden in the
buildings, the sources said.
district is also under the full control of the army soldiers, who have laid siege
on a number of militants in a small part of the district.
clashes are underway between pro-government forces and Jeish al-Fatah in the
surrounding areas of al-Rashedeen neighborhood.
said earlier today that the Syrian Army and popular forces have fortified their
positions in Menyan district to reinvigorate their defense capabilities against
Jeish al-Fatah terrorists.
high-ranking official in the Gulf region has said that US officials had
comforted Gulf countries about an unchanged policy in the region, adding that
the image of the US-Gulf relations would become sharper in the coming weeks.
on the recent election of Donald Trump as the US president and the effect such
a change could have on the US-Gulf relations, Assistant Secretary-General for
Political Affairs and Negotiations at the General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation
Council Abdul Aziz Hamad Aluwaisheg said: “Things remain unclear now, and we
are still at the beginning. However, the situation will become clearer in the
said that until now, there are confirmations that the US policy towards the
region would remain the same.
Rights Watch (HRW) says Daesh terrorists have staged chemical attacks in the
northern Iraqi city of Mosul in the face of advancing Iraqi troops who are
trying to retake the city.
militants flee, "they have been repeatedly attacking and endangering the
civilians they left behind, increasing concerns for residents of Mosul and
other contested areas,” said Lama Fakih, the HRW’s deputy Middle East director,
has sought to paint itself as protector of Sunni Arabs in Iraq, yet it is
willing to use chemical weapons on them in their own homes,” Fakih said, using
an English acronym for Daesh.
to the New York-based organization, Daesh launched at least three chemical
attacks on the town of Qayyarah south of Mosul in September and October after
the town came under Iraqi control in August.
attacks inflicted burns on at least seven people, which point to the use of
chemical warfare agents known as “vesicants.”
the civilian-populated targets attacked by the group have been identified as a
family garden and an area in the vicinity of a café.
attacks using toxic chemicals show a brutal disregard for human life and the
laws of war,” Fakih said, noting that deployment of such weaponry amounted to
Friday, UN human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said the terrorist group
was reportedly stockpiling ammonia and sulfur agents in Mosul possibly for use
as chemical weapons.
riot police were put on high alert on Friday amid calls for mass protests
against recent austerity measures introduced by the administration of President
Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
of policemen and high-ranking officers as well as armored vehicles equipped
with tear gas canister launchers were deployed to the empty streets of central
Cairo, including Tahrir Square, the cradle of the 2011 uprising that toppled
former dictator Hosni Mubarak. Authorities also closed Sadat metro station,
which leads to the iconic square.
tightened security measures come as a little-known group calling itself the
Movement of the Poor urged Egyptians to take to the streets on Friday in
protest against the deepening austerity.
calls for protests began in August, but they were intensified on social media
in the wake of a government decision last week to raise fuel prices and float
the country’s currency in an attempt to secure a $12-billion loan from the
International Monetary Fund.
forces were also deployed to other areas in the capital and other main cities
across the country, such as Alexandria, Suez, and Minya.
you and me, this is good," said Shenouda Ishak, a driver in Cairo’s
district of Shubra. "I don't think anything will happen but this security
presence scares people and ensures nothing does."
of people have been arrested recently over allegations of inciting unrest.
anti-government demonstrations have won little support from major opposition
groups, though the banned Muslim Brotherhood movement has supported them.
of terrorists were killed and wounded in the Syrian government forces' missile
attacks in Hama province.
units also continued their military advances in other parts of Syria, including
Deir Ezzur and Damascus provinces, over the past 24 hours.
units of the Syrian pro-government forces targeted a long military column of
ISIL terrorists in Northeastern Hama near Ithriya road to the town of Khanasser
in Aleppo, destroying at least 30 military vehicles.
of ISIL fighters, deployed on the Eastern side of a road connecting town of
Ithriya in Hama to Khanasser raided army defense lines East of the village of
Jubb al-Ali to cut off the supply road to Aleppo.
missile units targeted terrorists' column with anti-armored missiles and
destroyed at least 30 vehicles carrying militants and equipment.
also suffered a heavy death toll and pulled the remaining pockets of its forces
back from the battlefield.
terrorists planned to block the army's supply route to Northern Syrian,
including to Aleppo, but failed.
said earlier on Friday that Syrian Army troops ambushed a military column of
ISIL Terrorists in al-Salamiyah region, killing a number of militants and
seizing a large volume of their ammunition.
soldiers ambushed ISIL terrorists' convoy of vehicles carrying a large volume
of munitions between the villages of al-Amyeh and al-Hasho in the countryside
of the town of al-Salamiyah.
of the terrorist group’s members were killed in the ambush and around 100 RPG
shells and various kinds of ammunition for guns and machineguns were also
Army soldiers resumed their large-scale offensive on the defense lines of Fatah
al-Sham Front (the al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group previously known as the
al-Nusra Front) in the town of Khan Al-Shieh on Friday after the militant group
refused to surrender.
troops the stormed defense lines of Fatah al-Sham in the Eastern outskirts of
Khan al-Sheih, capturing several buildings between the al-Darousheh and
their advance in Western Ghouta, the army men established fire-control over
al-Zuhour Street inside Khan al-Sheih.
Syrian Armed Forces decided to resume today's offensive after the terrorists
refused to surrender and then attacked the government forces' positions.
Army's artillery units opened heavy fire at the gatherings and movements of Fatah
al-Sham Front in Northern Quneitra, inflicting heavy casualties on the
military forces targeted the concentration centers and gatherings of ISIL
terrorists Southeast of Sweida, destroying several fuel tankers and military
unit destroyed a number of ISIL's oil tankers and cars near the village of
Sha’af, about 34 km Southeast of Sweida city.
troops targeted a gathering of ISIL's vehicles in al-Bayader area to the East
of Sha’af village.
Al-Fatah militants fired chlorine gas towards the advancing Syrian Army during
their assault on Menyan district last night," the military source said.
members of the Syrian Army were in the region when the militants fired chlorine
gas munition at their positions, causing many to seek medical treatment
following the attack.
terrorist groups have used chemically armed weapons against the civilian population
in Aleppo several times in the last two months.
Syrian opposition has not commented on these claims.
the results of the analysis of soil samples and fragments of artillery and
ammunition confirm that terrorists used chemical weapons in Aleppo; it will be
passed in the prescribed manner to the OPCW. We propose to the leadership of
the OPCW to consider the question of deploying OPCW experts to the Aleppo's
Housing Project 1070 quarter for the fact-finding mission," the spokesman
was quoted as saying by Sputnik.
underscored that the Russian reconciliation center in Syria would ensure joint
work of OPCW and Russian experts to explore areas where terrorists used
terrorists planned to block the army's supply route to Northern Syrian,
including to Aleppo, but failed.
said earlier today that Syrian Army troops ambushed a military column of ISIL
Terrorists in al-Salamiyah region, killing a number of militants and seizing a
large volume of their ammunition.
relevant developments in the province in late October, the Syrian army troops,
backed by popular forces and their allies, inflicted major damage and
casualties on the terrorist groups stationed in Sweida and Dara'a provinces.
Syrian army units targeted the ISIL terrorists who were moving from Wadi
al-Qabib region towards Tal Basineh in Northeastern Sweida with artillery fire,
killing a large number of them and destroying their military equipment and
weapons," the source said.
from Western Damascus said on Thursday that tens of militants were fleeing the
battlefield after facing the Syrian army's tightened noose on Khan al-Sheih and
the failure of peace talks in the region.
the liberation of Albuyizeh village and its surrounding farms in recent days,
the army seized control of al-Darousheh road to Deir al-Khabiyeh, air-defense
housing complex, Ale Taqi Mosque, and Khirbet al-Abbasiyeh region and tightened
siege on the militants in the region.
several days of pause in operations to liberate Khan al-Sheih town to hold
negotiations with the terrorists to leave the region, the army restarted its
attacks and advanced in the area.
Canadian Military College Chaplain, Captain (Imam) Ryan Carter, and Ontario
Regional Chaplain for Correctional Services Canada, Imam Michael Taylor, worked
together to organize a special Muslim Remembrance Day Service on November 6th,
to commemorate the service of Muslims in the Canadian military in times of
peace and conflict.
event was held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 22 in Toronto.
event was attended by some local Muslim men and women currently serving in the
Canadian Armed Forces, including a cadet, members of their families, provincial
political representatives, and local community organizers.
National Council of Canadian Muslims, Canadian Muslim Vote, and the Canadian
Council of Imams also sponsored the event.
Muslim Remembrance Day service followed the format of a traditional Remembrance
Day ceremony, with Muslim symbols and readings from the Qur’an included.
to Imam Michael Taylor, Captain (Padre) Ryan Carter’s reflection highlighted
the contribution of Muslims in the previous World Wars and the fact that
Muslims in the present continue to contribute to the Canadian Armed Forces and
thus like all Canadians, are part of the historical narrative of Remembrance
Day. Captain Carter emphasized the human element of loss and why commemorating
the fallen must be a collective ritual which transcends religious differences
and thus bonds Canadians together as a nation.
Ryan Carter is originally from the United States where he graduated from
Hartford Seminary's Masters Program in Muslim-Christian Relations. Capt. Carter
began working with the Royal Canadian Military College (RCMC) in 2012 as a
chaplain, offering spiritual, moral, and ethical support to members of the
Canadian Armed Forces and their families. As a Muslim Imam, he also offers
religious support to Muslim members of the Canadian Armed Forces and runs jummah
prayer services for those attending the RCMC.
YORK/LOS ANGELES - Authorities at two
universities in California said police were investigating attacks against
female Muslim students, one of which was described as a hate crime.
attacks came a day after Donald Trump was elected president at the end of a campaign
during which the Republican was criticised for divisive and inflammatory
language against Muslims.
of the incidents, two assailants confronted their victim at San Diego State
University and "made comments about president-elect Trump and the Muslim
community," according to campus police.
woman had her purse, backpack and car keys stolen. She went to get help and
returned to the scene with police officers, only to find her car had been
stolen, police spokesman Ronald Broussard said.
was being investigated as a suspected hate crime as well as a strong-arm
robbery and auto theft, Broussard said.
made to the student indicate she was targeted because of her Muslim faith,
including her wearing of a traditional garment and hijab," university
president Elliot Hirshman and interim police chief Josh Mays said in a joint
State University police said in a statement they were investigating a similar
attack against a female student at a campus parking garage.
assailant approached the victim from behind, pulling at the victim's head
scarf, choking and throwing her off balance, according to the statement
circulated to students.
officials are closely monitoring the situation as the investigation continues.
No arrests have been made," university spokeswoman Pat Harris said in an
emailed statement to AFP.
are, of course, very concerned that this has occurred on our campus. No one
should experience this kind of behavior at San Jose State," she added.
University's Muslim Students Association issued a statement saying engineering
undergraduates had arrived that morning to find "Trump" scrawled on
the door of their prayer room.
organisation said members were "realising that our campus is not immune to
the bigotry that grips America."
student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette told police that she was
attacked by two men, one of whom was wearing a white hat emblazoned with
Trump, meanwhile, broke the relative silence that had fallen over his often
controversial Twitter account Thursday night to blame the demonstrations
against his election victory on "professional protesters" who he says
have been "incited by the media". "Just had a very open and
successful presidential election," Trump tweeted. "Now professional
protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!"
posted the tweet amid the second day of anti-Trump protests in cities across
tweet dismissing the protests as being professionally orchestrated and created
by the media (it's not clear why the media would need to incite the protesters
if they are professionals), seems to conflict with the conciliatory and
unifying tone the president-elect had taken since his victory speech early
the tweet about the protesters came nine minutes after another one describing
his "great chemistry" with President Barack Obama. "Melania
liked Mrs O a lot!" he tweeted.
peaceful and orderly protests took place in at least eight cities following the
Republican businessman's defeat of Democrat Hillary Clinton in Tuesday's
election. Demonstrators have voiced concern Trump would harm Americans' civil
late-night vandalism and graffiti turned a march in Portland, Oregon, into what
police described as a “riot.”
to extensive criminal and dangerous behavior, protest is now considered a riot.
Crowd has been advised," tweeted the Portland Police Department, who
pointed the finger at "anarchists."
turned up in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square early in the night for a
peaceful protest and march but, as the night wore on, individuals were seen
vandalizing businesses and property in the city's Pearl District and throwing
objects at police.
the fact that the small groups of protesters last night have passion for our
great country. We will all come together and be proud!" Trump tweeted
early on Friday.
critics worry that his often-inflammatory campaign rhetoric about immigrants,
Muslims, women and others - combined with support from the Ku Klux Klan and
other white supremacists - could spark a wave of intolerance against
Coast protests took place on Thursday in Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia
and New York, while on the West Coast, demonstrators rallied in Los Angeles,
San Francisco and Oakland in California, and Portland, Oregon.
killed, two injured in Karachi's suspected sectarian attack
student was shot dead and two others injured in a suspected sectarian attack in
Karachi’s Gulistan-i-Jauhar area on Friday evening.
students were on their way on a motorbike when armed pillion-riders attacked
them in a deserted street in Block-4 of Guilistan-e-Jauhar and fled,” said
Gulshan SP Dr Fahad Ahmad while speaking to Dawn.
the students, Murtaza, succumbed to his injuries while being shifted to a
identified as Shahid Ali and Ihsan Ali were admitted to Jinnah Postgraduate
Medical Centre (JPMC), confirmed Dr. Seemin Jamali, head of the emergency
dead and injured belonged to the Shia community and it appeared to be target
killing incident,” added the police official.
reports suggested the victims were students of University of Karachi and Dow
University of Health Sciences and were returning from a coaching centre.
claimed to have launched a targeted operation against criminals involved in
sectarianism and other crimes in various areas of Karachi earlier this week.
Sikh yatrees on their visit to the Peshawar Museum on Friday were teary eyed as
they looked upon portraits that reminded them of their glorious past and
historic connections with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
consider this land as sacred as Saudi Arabia is for Muslims. I am very happy to
be here,” said Navdeep, a pleasant young lady of Indian-origin from California
during her first visit to Peshawar. She said that she had got a 15-day visa and
wished she could come here again.
not sure about countries but I know for sure that friendship of Muslims and
Sikhs is very old one,” she said while answering a question regarding
people-to-people contacts to build good relations between countries.
elderly man Awtaar Singh Jawinda who has been living for the last 42 years in
California said around 26 Sikh yatrees were in Pakistan on a 12-day visit.
During this visit, they would be going to various temples (Gurdwara) and
attending a religious festival too.
would be observing and celebrating the birthday of Baba Guru Nanak on Nov 15.
the second time that I have come to Pakistan. I am here for the second time
because we received love from people here,” said Awtaar Singh, thanking the
Tourism Corporation of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for hosting a reception and arranging
the visit to the historic Peshawar Museum having rare portraits of Sikh rulers.
Ali Sayed, manager TCKP, said that Sikh yatrees were visiting Pakistan to
attend their religious festival. It was a good opportunity to invite them to
the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which the Sikh guests happily accepted.
visits strengthen religious connections with other countries and also help in
projecting the historic and cultural heritage of this province,” said Mr Sayed
who received the yatrees along with senior officials, and presented them
bouquets. Secretary tourism Tariq Khan and managing director Mushtaq Khan
welcomed the visitors warmly.
the religious tourism initiative, first monks from Sri Lanka and South Korea
visited the Buddhist sites here in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and now Sikh yatrees are
coming to Peshawar,” said Tariq Khan.
The Pakistani cinemas are all set to screen Iranian films after a ban on
Indian content in the country.
came in a bid to save the declining Pakistan film industry and restore its
glory. The industry was previously functional with screening of Indian movies
but after the imposition of the ban it is somewhat facing difficulties, IRNA
film distributors have initiated formal contacts in Iran and Turkey for the
import of their movies.
Executive Director of Pakistan National Institute for Folk and Traditional
Heritage (Lok Virsa) Fouzia Saeed talking to IRNA said that Iranian movies
which are culturally very close to Pakistani society ought to be screened in
movies are being appreciated globally and their screening in Pakistan must be
encouraged,” she added.
'militants' suspected of affiliation with the outlawed Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LJ)
disclosed information regarding their motives and modus operandi, a senior
Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) official told Dawn on Friday.
'LJ militants' Ishaq, alias Bobby, and Asim, alias Capri, from Liaquatabad were
arrested earlier this week for involvement in 28 cases, including the
high-profile murder of renowned qawwal Amjad Sabri, who was gunned down in
Karachi in June.
CTD's Raja Umer Khattab, officer in-charge of Transnational Terrorism
Intelligence Group (TTIG), told Dawn that during an initial interrogation,
Capri confessed the men had targeted the famous qawwal as he used to attend
majalis in the month of Muharram.
also claimed that Sabri had done a programme on TV channel in which slain
activist Khurram Zaki allegedly uttered some questionable words that the qawwal
to Khattab, Capri, originally a resident of Karachi's Gulbahar area, shifted to
Amjad Sabri's neighbourhood with the intention of targeting him.
claimed that Capri's two brothers are also militants who are languishing in
jails, whereas his third brother was killed in a sectarian attack.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Pakistan next week to address
a joint sitting of parliament on Nov 17.
Mamnoon Hussain has summoned the joint sitting on Nov 17 and a session of the
National Assembly on the next day.
official of the Presidency told Dawn that the president had signed a summary
regarding the summoning of the joint sitting of the two houses.
Turkish president will arrive on a two-day state visit and will have one-to-one
meetings with President Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
the address of the Turkish leader, President Hussain will also deliver a
the prime minister and Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Syed
Kurshid Shah will extend a vote of thanks to the guest.
president will host a lunch in the honour of his Turkish counterpart.
in Dawn November 12th, 2016
Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Friday extended his gratitude
towards the people of Swat for their valiant stand against reign of terror and
standing alongside the security forces to throw terrorists out of the valley
chief, accompanied by Khyber Pukhtunkhwa chief minister and governor, also laid
the foundation stone of Swat Cantonment during the visit to Mangora, Kaju and
Khwazakhela areas of Swat.
Raheel reaffirmed the military's commitment to continue playing a solid role in
ensuring the enduring peace and security to the people of Swat.
of Fata and Malakand is a priority task being executed as a well considered
strategy," he said during the ceremony of laying foundation stone of army
cantonment in Swat.
airstrike kill 13 ISIS militants in East of Afghanistan
13 loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were
killed in an airstrike in East of Afghanistan.
officials in Nangarhar province said the militants were killed in an airstrike
carried out by the US forces.
officials further added that the militants were targeted in Momand Dara area of
Achin district in a drone strike.
to the officials, the militants killed in the airstrike were all foreign
fighters and local residents did not suffer any casualties in the raid.
loyalists of the terror group have not commented regarding the report so far.
loyalists and militants belonging to the other insurgent groups are actively
operating in a number of the remote districts of Nangarhar province including
the restive Achin.
Afghan forces and US forces based in Afghanistan are regularly targeting the
ISIS loyalists and other militant groups.
11 loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were
killed in a similar airstrike in this province last week.
- The death toll from a powerful Taliban
truck bombing at the German consulate in Afghanistan's Mazar-i-Sharif city rose
to at least six Friday, with more than 100 others wounded in a major militant
Taliban said the bombing late Thursday, which tore a massive crater in the road
and overturned cars, was a "revenge attack" for US air strikes this
month in the volatile province of Kunduz that left 32 civilians dead.
explosion, followed by sporadic gunfire, reverberated across the usually
tranquil northern city, shearing off the facades of nearby buildings and
blowing out windows several miles away.
suicide attacker rammed his explosives-laden car into the wall of the German
consulate," local police chief Sayed Kamal Sadat told AFP.
said its quick reaction force helped evacuate all 21 staff members of the
consulate to Camp Marmal, a German base in Mazar-i-Sharif.
city's hospitals received bodies of six civilians, including two killed by
bullets, said local doctor Noor Mohammad Fayez. At least 128 others were wounded,
some of them critically and many with shrapnel injuries, he added.
police chief Abdul Razaq Qadri gave a death toll of seven, including two
motorcyclists who were shot dead by German forces close to the consulate after
they refused to heed their warning to stop. A suspect had also been detained
near the diplomatic mission on Friday morning, Qadri added.
consulate building has been heavily damaged," the German foreign ministry
said in a statement. "Our sympathies go out to the Afghan injured and
diplomatic source in Berlin said Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier had
convened a crisis meeting soon after the attack.
special forces cordoned off the consulate, previously well-known as Mazar
Hotel, after the explosion as helicopters flew over the site and ambulances
with wailing sirens rushed to the area.
NATO-led Resolute Support (RS) mission in Afghanistan confirmed that 4 people
were killed and 14 others were wounded in an attack on Bagram airbase, the
largest US military base in Afghanistan.
explosive device was detonated on Bagram Airfield resulting in multiple
casualties. Four people have died in the attack and approximately 14 have been
wounded. We will provide updates as appropriate,” the alliance said in a
family and friends of those who lost their lives today, we share your loss and
our thoughts are with you. We offer you our deepest condolences. For the family
and friends of those wounded in today’s attack, let me assure you they are
receiving the best care possible, and we will keep them in our thoughts today,”
said General John W.Nicholson, US Army, Commander of Resolute Support.
DHAKA: People living in Bangladesh's Hindu-dominated
Nasirnagar area have formed neighbourhood watch teams to keep vigil, after
goons set fire to several Hindu homes and temples earlier this month.
have also arrested four more people for their alleged involvement in the recent
attacks on the Hindu community in Nasirnagar upazila of Brahmanbaria.
watch teams were formed after criminals set fire to six houses in Banikpara,
Akhrapara, Thakurpara, Hashpatalpara and Dattapara on the nights of November 3
four persons were arrested from different areas of Narsingar upazila on
Thursday night, Abu Jafar, officer-in-charge of Nasirnagar Police Station, told
The Daily Star.
arrest, a total of 78 people so far were arrested in connection with the
attacks on Hindu people.
of eight persons comprising representatives from Hindu and Muslim communities
was seen guarding Namasudrapara village on Wednesday, the Daily Star reported.
headmaster of Goalnagar Government Primary School, said, "we don't think
about who is a Muslim and who is a Hindu. There are about 20 Muslim families in
Namasudrapara, and we guard our village together at night."
of the residents in the Hindu localities are poor fishermen, farmers and small
traders, and they depend on their daily earnings to feed their families.
Kasipara, five youths with torches and sticks stayed put on the outskirts of
village is one of the six Hindu-dominated areas in Nasirnagar sub district that
came under a mob attack on October 30 following a Facebook post allegedly by a
Hindu youth, "hurting the religious sentiment of the Muslims".
10 temples in the area were vandalised and over 100 persons were injured in the
attack, which the victims blamed local influential people, the Daily Star
ruling Awami League suspended three of its Nasirnagar unit leaders for their
United Nations (UN) says it is aware of the plight of the Sri Lankan Muslim
community and it urged the Muslim community to work closely with the UN office
in Sri Lanka to address any concerns.
encourage you and the Muslim community at large to work in close collaboration
with the (UN) Resident Coordinator to turn this complex agenda into tangible
results,” UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Miroslav Jenca
former top diplomat and a Representative of Slovakia to the Political and
Security Committee of the European Union, said this in a letter to the Leader
of the All Ceylon Makkal Congress and Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad
Bathiudeen in response to a letter Minister Bathiudeen had sent.
responsible for overseeing the divisions in the Department of Political Affairs
dealing with the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and the Middle East and
West Asia, as well as the Decolonization Unit and the Division for Palestinian
Rights. “The Secretary General is very much aware of the plight of the Muslim
Community, in particular those who have been directly or indirectly affected by
the conflict. During his recent visit to Sri Lanka, he welcomed the opportunity
to meet with government officials, Members of Parliament, religious leaders as
well as civil society and youth to take stock of an inclusive process,
including on transitional justice and constitutional reform, to achieve
reconciliation and sustainable peace for all Sri Lankans,” Jenca added.
parliament dismissed three ministers after they failed to provide satisfactory
briefing regarding the expenditure of their development budget.
three ministers included Minister of Public Works Mahmood Baligh and Labor,
Social Affairs, Martyrs & Disabled Nasreen Oryakhel, and Salahuddin Rabbni,
the minister of foreign affairs.
three ministers included Minister of Public Works Mahmood Baligh and Labor, Social
Affairs, Martyrs & Disabled Nasreen Oryakhel, and Salahuddin Rabbni, the
minister of foreign affairs.
Rabbani received 140 votes by the parliament members to be dismissed against 58
votes of confidence.
Oryakhel received 143 votes to be dismissed against 56 votes of confidence
while Minister Baligh was unanimous was dismissed by receiving 33 votes of
confidence and 164 votes of dismissal.
Iranian cleric has warned the next president of the United States against
repeating his predecessors’ mistakes about Iran, saying Washington must avoid
"playing with fire."
are a brave nation. Beware, toying with Iran is [like] playing with fire,” said
Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami during a sermon to worshipers at the weekly Friday
Prayers in Tehran.
that if the US president-elect Donald Trump follows the same path as his
predecessors, he would undoubtedly face the same fate.
American people are weary of adventurism of the country’s statesmen across the
world,” the cleric said.
that wherever the slightest turmoil breaks out, the US shows up and said the
country’s taxpayers’ money is spent to murder people in Yemen, Syria and other
said a country grappling with so many problems cannot end the plights of other
nations and expressed hope that Trump would act wisely and steer clear of
tensions with any country.
US presidential election, he added, the Islamic Republic pursued impartiality
which was a “very prudent and reasonable policy.”
the presidential election, Iran also adopted a wise stance because it does not
“interfere in [the affairs of] any country and respects the countries' nations
and their votes,” Khatami said and noted that Tehran has been committed to this
policy since the victory of the Islamic Revolution some 37 years ago.
Republican presidential candidate Trump won more than the required 270
electoral votes in the 2016 presidential election on Wednesday, becoming the
45th president of the United States.
Abbas wants Moscow to play 'effective role' in peace process
President Mahmoud Abbas says "Russia should play an effective role” in the
Middle East peace process.
made the remarks at a joint press conference with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry
Medvedev in the occupied West Bank city of Ariha (Jericho) on Friday, hours
after the arrival of the Russian premier in the city as part of a three-day
visit to the region.
that they had also discussed the issue of holding peace talks, including one in
Moscow and another to be held by year-end in France.
discussed the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin to hold a
trilateral meeting in Moscow, which the Israelis demanded to postpone. In any
case, we believe that Russia should play an effective role in any developments
regarding the peace process,” Abbas further said after a private meeting with
Palestinian president also thanked Moscow for financing reconstruction work in
Ariha's historic center.
also expressed hope that the next US administration would demonstrate
commitment to the peace process, adding that Palestinians have to wait and see
what stance US President-elect Donald Trump would adopt on the so-called
“two-state solution” so that people in the occupied territories can live “next
to each other in security and stability.”
election of President Donald Trump is an (internal) American issue. We have
been watching the election process for the past year and until now. What we
care about is what Mr. Trump says after he arrives in the White House,” Abbas
has been a staunch opponent of the so-called two-state solution, having
referred to East Jerusalem al-Quds as the “undivided” or “eternal” capital of
the Israeli regime.
top Israel adviser Jason Greenblatt told Israel’s Army Radio on Thursday that
the US president-elect did not intend to condemn Israel’s land expropriation
policies, and did not view the illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank as
an obstacle to peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
army soldiers, backed by fighters from Popular Committees, have taken full
control of a military base in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern region of Asir in
retaliation for the Saudi regime’s atrocious aerial bombardment campaign
media bureau of the operations command in Yemen released footage on Friday
afternoon showing Yemeni troopers and allied forces inspecting the hulks of
damaged military vehicles at al-Nimsa base after several Saudi soldiers were
killed during heavy fighting and the rest ran away.
fighter then shows untouched tactical vests, ammunition belts for a portable
machine gun, hand grenades and rocket-propelled grenades that Saudi military
forces had left behind in the wake of the Yemeni forces’ advance.
bodies of a number of Saudi troopers could be seen scattered around as the
video concludes with Yemeni soldiers and allied fighters chanting “Death to
America and Israel.”
artillery units also lobbed a barrage of rockets at al-Dhab’ah and al-Ash bases
in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern border region of Najran, leaving scores of
an unnamed Yemeni military source told Arabic-language al-Masirah television
network that tens of Saudi-backed militiamen loyal to resigned president Abd
Rabbuh Mansur Hadi had been killed and wounded after Yemeni soldiers and
Popular Committees thwarted their offensive against the Khabb wa ash Sha'af
district of the country's northern province of al-Jawf.
- A district governor has died after a bomb attack on his office in the largely
Kurdish southeast of Turkey and police have detained 30 people in the
investigation, security sources said on Friday.
a youth wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), claimed
responsibility for Thursday’s attack in Mardin, according to the ANF news
agency, which is close to the militant group.
district governor Muhammed Fatih Safiturk was one of three people hurt in the
attack, suffering second-degree burns. He died in hospital in the city of
Gaziantep on Friday, having been flown there by helicopter, the Dogan news
30 people, including staff from the governor’s office, have been detained in
connection with the attack, security sources said.
were looking into the possibility that explosives were hidden in a bag placed
in the governor’s office and detonated remotely, or were sent in a package to
the office and exploded on being opened, Dogan said.
had been given the additional responsibility in July of running the local municipality
as part of moves to replace elected officials from a sister party of the
pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP).
by the HDP on Wednesday said that more than 3 million people were under the
leadership of such government-appointed trustees in around 30 municipalities.
Ankara accuses the HDP, parliament’s third-biggest party, of ties to the PKK,
which is fighting for autonomy in the southeast. The HDP denies any direct
links and says it is working for a peaceful resolution of the conflict.
Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister (FM) Abdulmalik Al-Mikhlafi called on the
Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General to Yemen Ismail Ould
Cheikh to put forward a fresh roadmap to bring about peace, in Yemen, contrary
to a recently presented and rejected one by the legitimate government.
press statement, following a meeting here with the Ambassador of Russia to
Yemen, he emphasized the significance of putting forward a new map, that takes
into consideration the references of the Gulf sponsored initiative, UN Security
Council resolutions and the outputs of the National Dialogue Conference, in
addition to accords reached, in consultations conducive to peace, previously,
taken place, in Switzerland as Kuwait.
United Nations (UN)’s Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura has traveled
to the Iranian capital, Tehran, to discuss the ongoing Syrian conflict with
Iranian Foreign Ministry officials.
Mistura arrived in the Iranian capital on Saturday. He had been invited by
Hossein Jaberi Ansari, Iran’s deputy foreign minister for Arab and African
affairs, whom he will meet on Saturday.
official has traveled to Iran several times since his appointment as the UN’s
envoy for Syria to hold talks with Iranian officials. He last visited Iran in
emissary regularly travels to regional countries to help bring about
convergence that could pave the way for the resolution of the Syrian conflict,
which has, according to his estimates, killed some 400,000 people so far.
in the month, he had met with the European Union (EU)’s foreign policy chief
Federica Mogherini in Brussels.
Iranian Foreign Ministry has denounced a terrorist attack on Germany’s
consulate in Afghanistan, saying the international community must make
comprehensive efforts to seriously fight terrorism.
six people were killed and more than 100, including three police officers,
injured in a car bomb attack on the German consulate building in Afghanistan’s
northern province of Balkh late on Thursday.
attacker rammed his explosives-laden car into the wall of the consulate in the
provincial capital city of Mazar-i-Sharif, located some 400 kilometers
northwest of the capital Kabul.
vicious conduct emphasizes the necessity of an international consensus and
all-out efforts by all governments, nations and vigilant consciences in the
human society to rigorously and relentlessly fight this ghastly tragedy,”
Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Friday.
extended his condolences to the families of the victims of the horrific and
terrorist crime and said the international community is duty-bound to prevent
the spread of terrorism and counter savage acts by Takfiri groups.
the attack on the German diplomatic mission in Afghanistan showed that
terrorist groups are linked with the enemies of the Afghan people, adding, “It
seems that these groups and their allies through such measures seek to expand
the presence of foreign forces in the country.”
will take other options if JCPOA not honored: FM
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has reaffirmed the Islamic Republic’s
full commitment to last year’s nuclear agreement with the six world powers but
warned of "other options” at Tehran's disposal in case of failure to
comply with the deal by other sides.
in a joint press conference with his Czech counterpart Lubomir Zaoralek in
Prague on Friday, Zarif criticized the United States for "not fully
implementing" its obligations under the nuclear agreement, known as the
Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), between Iran and the P5+1 group of
has been implementing its part of the bargain. Unfortunately, the United
States, even during the current administration, has not fully implemented its
part of the bargain but we believe that JCPOA is a reasonable agreement good
for everybody,” he said.
our preference. It doesn't mean that we do not have other options. Iran wants
to remain committed to JCPOA provided that everybody else is prepared to do the
same," the Iranian foreign minister pointed out.
the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States,
France, Britain, China and Russia – plus Germany started to implement the JCPOA
on January 16.
the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limitations on its nuclear program in exchange
for the removal of nuclear-related bans imposed against Tehran.
since the deal was struck, its opponents in US Congress have been threatening
that a future US administration opposed to the agreement would scrap it.
the election campaign in the US, now president-elect Donald Trump threatened
that he would “tear up” the JCPOA or try to renegotiate its terms if elected
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that the nuclear agreement
negotiated with Iran under the outgoing US administration is not a deal with a
single country or a single government.
that the JCPOA has been reflected in a UN Security Council Resolution, and
therefore, cannot be overturned on the back of one government’s decision.
in the presser, Zarif stressed the importance of enhancing cooperation with the
Czech Republic in different fields, the development of peaceful nuclear
technology in particular.
are now happy to provide the necessary political infrastructure as well as
financial infrastructure in terms of banking relations for the private sector
to engage in a whole range of possibilities, from railroad, where the Czech
Republic is interested in completing the north-south corridor, which connects
the Persian Gulf to both the Black Sea and well as Europe, through Russia, so
these are possibilities for us to engage,” the Iranian foreign minister said.
nuclear deal, which began implementation nearly a year ago, marked a major step
forward in preventing Iran from developing a (the) nuclear weapons capability
and in normalising Iran’s relations with the international community. The
International Atomic Energy Agency continues to closely monitor the deal.
Britain will carry on working closely with international partners on the deal’s
continued implementation and success,” a foreign office spokeswoman was quoted
as saying by British Press Officer Jenny Adame.
remarks was made in response to FNA's question if London would agree with US
President-elect Donal Trump's demand to renegotiate the Vienna nuclear deal
his election campaign, Trump said he would tear up the nuclear deal with Iran.
Yet, he later changed tone and said he would definitely embark on renegotiating
Trump's victory in the US presidential election, Iranian Foreign Minister
Mohammad Javad Zarif stressed that the US president-elect has no way out but to
comply with Washington's undertakings under the nuclear deal signed between
Tehran and the six world powers in 2015.
and Belarussian leaders inaugurated Minsk Mosque in the eponymous capital of
the eastern European country on Friday in a grand ceremony. The mosque, a
replica of the original one built in 19th century and destroyed during the
Soviet era five decades ago, was built by Diyanet Foundation linked to Turkey's
state-run Presidency of Religious Affairs.
President Alexander Lukashenko and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
opened the mosque in the ceremony that had originally been planned to take
place in July but was postponed due to the failed coup attempt in Turkey.
Mehmet Görmez, head of the Presidency of Religious Affairs delivered a sermon
during the Friday prayers at the mosque.
Belarus as home to a peaceful coexistence of people of different ethnicities
and faiths, Erdoğan said the mosque would be a symbol of Turkish-Belarussian
is an instance of viewing differences as wealth rather than as a threat and
danger. In Belarus, people of different religions and cultures share the same
vision of the future and work hard for Belarus' stability, growth and gain a deserved
place in the international community. I think this feature of Belarus is very
valuable in these troubled times and unfortunately, it is a rare feature,"
he said, adding that there was "a spreading plague of intolerance and
xenophobia in European countries."
letters by Indian Muslim soldiers from WW1 disclosed
unreported letters from the early 1900s by some of India’s Muslim soldiers who
fought in World War 1 have been disclosed by a literature expert at Birmingham
Issa, lecturer in English literature, previously found that at least 885,000
Muslims were recruited by the Allies, having trawled through thousands of
personal letters, historic archives, regimental diaries and census reports.
personal letters discovered by Issa from more than 100 years ago highlight the
experiences of Indian soldiers as they shared their impressions of England in
comparison to their home country, a university statement said.
on the police in a letter dated October 1915, A Ali wrote: “The police indeed
deserve praise. If one policeman raises his hand every single person in that
direction, rich and poor alike, stands still where he is as long as his hand is
trip to a London department store, Ali said: “We visited a shop where 2000 men
and women were working and everything can be bought. There is no need of asking
as the price is written on everything.”
same letter, he shared his experience of the London Underground. “Then we went
in the train that goes under the earth, it was for us a strange and wonderful
experience – they call it the underground train,” he said.
been researching individual stories from the Great War for an exhibition
commissioned by and held at the British Muslim Heritage Centre in Manchester,
called “Stories of Sacrifice”.
another 1915 letter by Abdul Said, more opinions on shopping and butchers are
shared. “Every shop in this country is so arranged that one is delighted to
look at them. Whether you buy much or little it is properly wrapped up, and if
you tell the shop man to send it to your house. You have only to give him your
address and he delivers it.
butcher’s shops in Hindustan are very dirty, but here they are so clean and
tidy that there is absolutely no smell.”
his research, Issa found that 1.5 million Indians, 280,000 Algerians, Moroccans
and Tunisians and soldiers recruited from other parts of Africa fought for the
Allies during World War 1.
contribution of Muslims to the Allied forces during World War 1. (Islam Issa)
decided to look at soldiers’ letters, I expected a very bleak outlook on the
war. Of course, sometimes, that’s exactly what I found. But quite often, the
letters were about individual experiences and very normal, human things,” said
anecdotes certainly helped shape my narrative for the ‘Stories of Sacrifice’
exhibition. While there’s an important narrative about the war as a whole, the
personal and human narrative was probably more striking. Whatever your ideology
or stance, you end up realising that these Muslim soldiers were individual
humans and as a result, they were making sacrifices at that individual, human
with a virtual library, lesson plans and a toolkit for schools, the British
Muslim Heritage Centre’s exhibition is the first long-term event of its kind,
devoted solely to exemplifying the Muslim community’s contribution and
sacrifices during World War 1, the statement added.
The exhibition was part of Sadiq Khan’s first
visit outside London as mayor, and was also recently visited by the head of the
British Army, Gen Sir Nick Carter.
Japan seek end to cross-border movement of terrorists
Voicing great concern over the growing menace of terrorism, India and Japan
today called upon all countries to work towards eliminating terror safe havens,
disrupting their networks and stopping cross-border movement of terrorists, in
an apparent reference to Pakistan.
two Prime Ministers condemned terrorism in strongest terms in all its forms and
manifestations in the spirit of 'zero tolerance'," said a joint statement
issued after the annual summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his
Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe here.
leaders noted with great concern the growing menace of terrorism and violent
extremism and its universal reach.
called upon all countries to implement the UNSC Resolution 1267 and other
relevant resolutions designating terrorist entities," it said, referring
to India's bid to get Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar designated as global
a terrorist under this resolution.
a veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council - had blocked India's
move to put a ban on Azhar under the Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the
leaders "called upon all countries to work towards eliminating terrorist
safe havens and infrastructure, in disrupting terrorist networks and financing
channels, and stopping cross-border movement of terrorists," it said,
adding they underlined the need for all countries to effectively deal with
trans-national terrorism emanating from their territory.
Muslim leaders aghast at Trump victory
leaders and activists across Africa have reacted negatively to Donald Trump’s
victory in the U.S presidential election, with some expressing fears he could
intensify global conflict.
to Anadolu Agency in South Africa on Friday, Iqbal Jassat, an executive of
Islamic advocacy group, the Media Review Network, said he feared Muslims will
be targeted under a Trump administration:
expect an intensification of the ‘war of terror’ along with all illegal
activities spawned by it, such as rendition, torture, detention, drone warfare
and Guantanamo-type hell holes.”
the election of Trump would have grave consequences for Muslims across the
world, but most especially those in the Middle East.
as espoused by Trump and the military ambitions of his party to wipe out what
it describes as ‘Islamism’ are interconnected. The danger thus posed cannot be
confined to certain geographical locations,” Jassat said.
claimed that although there was no imminent threat to Muslims in South Africa,
Trump’s presidency would affirm an extreme right-wing agenda which is at the
core of the U.S. Republican Party.
likely therefore that notwithstanding South Africa’s sovereign status, the
Trump administration is more than likely to expand its manipulation here,” he
of Mozambique’s Muslim community, Sheikh Ameen Uddin, told Anadolu Agency he
was astonished that Americans could elect Trump despite his rhetoric’s about
minorities and Muslims in the United States.
shows there is moral degeneration in the United States,” he said via telephone
from Mozambique’s capital Maputo.
Uddin urged Muslims to focus more on solving their personal problems instead of
worrying about who won the U.S. election.
Muslim Public Affairs Centre (MPAC) said the election of Trump represents
"unimaginable horror" with potential damage across the world.
claimed the comments by Trump about Muslims and Islam show he is an
horrible rhetoric against the American-Muslim community and Islam in general
show the depth of his ignorance and the shallowness of his thoughts," Disu
Kamor told Anadolu Agency.
American Muslims should view the election of Trump and his time in office as a
good opportunity for them to close ranks, roll up their sleeves, build bridges
and exemplify the prophetic tradition with honor and pride.
bad, God Almighty is the Lord of all seasons," he added.
Nsereko Mutumba, a spokesperson of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council said
Trump’s warning that he would stop Muslims from visiting the United States
would not harm them because they are not required by their faith to visit the
Muslims we are only obligated to go to Saudi Arabia for Hajj and not the
U.S.," he said.
claimed the U.S. had been fighting Islam since the reign of President George Bush
Trump said is not new. Islam is for Allah, it can't be erased. As a leader,
Trump should think twice, seek peace and keep peace,” Mutumba said.
Shariff Hussein from the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims told Anadolu Agency
he hopes utterances made by Trump during his election campaign were only aimed
at winning the contest.
Agency Correspondents Rafiu Ajakaye from Lagos, Athumani Halima from Kampala
and Magdalene Mukami from Nairobi contributed to this story.
Africa has identified a number of "sleeper cells" set up by militant
groups that aim to use the country as a logistical base, its interior minister
said on Friday, without giving further details.
Gigaba's comments come after police arrested four people in July who they said
were planning attacks on U.S. and Jewish-owned targets in the country.
South African government is aware that there are people who are using South
Africa as a logistic hub, as a hideout, and there are sleeper cells," Home
Affairs Minister Gigaba told a news conference.
the government knows who they are and has the situation under control.
what action was being taken, he said: "We don't talk about those things.
Our security forces are acting on those issues in a manner which we think is
best for us."
South African police said they had arrested four people, including twins, who
were accused of planning attacks on the U.S. embassy in the capital, Pretoria,
as well as on buildings owned by Jewish people.
Nations expert has warned that South Sudan's festering civil war could spiral
a "strong risk of violence escalating along ethnic lines with the
potential for genocide," Adama Dieng, the UN Special Adviser on the
Prevention of Genocide, said on Friday.
who was speaking at a press conference in the capital Juba, cited recent
examples of ethnically targeted rape, civilians being killed with machetes, and
villages being burned to the ground.
said South Sudan was awash with weapons, had an undisciplined military, and was
in a humanitarian and economic crisis in which civilians were desperate for
employment, adding that all the elements were present for a disaster.
is a process," said Dieng. To stop the process, Dieng proposed a strategy
of reconciliation and dialog among the two ethnically divided groups fighting
in South Sudan.
Dieng spoke, a radio station was shut down by South Sudan's National Security
Radio is one of South Sudan's largest national radio stations and known for
what is said to be its message of peace and harmony. It is funded in part by
the US Agency for International Development.
Friday, three officials from the country's security service seized the keys to
Eye Radio's studios, told journalists to leave, and ordered the head of the
station to report to security officials, said Nichola Mandil, a senior
journalist with the station.
spokesman for the security service declined to give an explanation for the
informed that Eye Radio had been shut by the government, Dieng's voice rose
with ire and he said the South Sudan government "should have encouraged,
congratulated and used (Eye Radio) as a model and said from now onwards that is
the message we want." Instead, some of South Sudan's media and social
media have spread hate speech, Dieng said.
date for Mauritania to review the death penalty case of blogger Mohamed Cheikh
Ould Mohamed draws near, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and other
free-press advocates have again appealed to the nation’s leaders to reconsider
letter Friday to President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, the CPJ reviewed the
details of a case that began when the blogger, also known as Mohamed Ould
M’Kaitir, published an online piece in 2014 taking aim at the ways that
religion is wielded as a weapon to perpetuate caste-system social injustice in
subsequently arrested on blasphemy charges and has been sentenced to death,
despite admitting wrongdoing and apologizing for his work. The review of
Mohamed’s case is scheduled for November 15.
initial arrest touched off protests in the Islamic Republic, both from those
who called for Mohamed to be punished for insulting the faith and those who
wished to defend human rights and free speech.
of the court’s ruling, we ask you to instruct your government to ensure his
physical safety inside and outside prison,” said the letter, signed by CPJ
Executive Editor Joel Simon and the heads of other media protection groups.
State executes scores, stockpiles chemicals: UN
State fighters have executed scores more people around Mosul this week and are
reportedly stockpiling ammonia and sulfur in civilian areas, possibly for use
as chemical weapons, UN human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said on
grave with over 100 bodies found in the town of Hammam al-Alil was one of
several Islamic State killing grounds - Shamdasani said - citing information
gleaned from sources on the ground including a man who played dead during a
mass execution. Public executions were being carried out for “treason and
collaboration” with Iraqi forces trying to recapture the city, or for the use
of banned mobile phones or desertion.
Athens, refugees tutored on new life in Europe
DUPERRY, John HADOULIS
Portuguese embassy briefing for Syrian and Iraqi refugees flying out the next
morning from Athens, a young man wants to know how many cigarette cartons he
can pack, while an elderly woman asks who will care for her once she lands.
dozen refugees are at the information session which Portugal, like other EU
countries, is offering as part of the effort to relocate them throughout the
bloc and help Greece, at Europe's doorstep, cope with a massive influx of
desperate people fleeing war and poverty.
cultural orientation officer from the International Organisation for Migration
(IOM), which is assisting the European embassies, fields the refugees' questions
and gives advice like not packing cooking gas cannisters in luggage as that
"can really delay flights".
tell me it's good in Portugal, the people are good," says Osama Jasm, a
26-year-old from Damascus, who admits it was his fifth choice for a relocation
destination as his parents, four brothers and three sisters are in Germany. But
the former law student is hoping to make the best of the situation in Lisbon.
"Maybe I can continue my studies," he tells AFP.
along with France, the Netherlands and Finland have accepted over 3,500
refugees out of some 5,400 that have so far been relocated from Greece
throughout EU states.
had agreed last year to aid Greece as well as Italy after over a million
refugees and migrants arrived on their shores in Europe's biggest migration
surge since World War II.
was also designed to dissuade illegal migration, which comes at deadly risk and
helps enrich smuggling networks.
want to tackle human smuggling by offering a legal instrument like
relocation," explains Andre Baas, project leader for resettlement at the
Dutch asylum seekers' reception agency COA.
their new destination, refugees will be given every opportunity to integrate,
says the Portuguese ambassador to Greece Rui Tereno. "They will find
people of many shapes and colours... they will not stand out," he says.
challenge is to provide them with information that gives psychological
assurance that they will be welcome and safe and integrated," Tereno adds.
countries welcoming the refugees have come up with various ways to introduce
them to their cultures.
Athens hotel, Huda, a 23-year-old Syrian from Damascus, is elated to get her
first look at France - images of Chartres cathedral, brie cheese and famous
16th century expatriate Leonardo Da Vinci.
really well organised," she says beaming at a recent cultural session
organised by the French embassy for 100 Syrians and Eritreans, whose relocation
got the green-light after long delays. "We want them to feel that they are
being cared for. That way, they will be even more eager to go to France,"
says Clelia Seynave, a teacher at the French Institute in the Greek capital.
Dutch are offering a 2.5-day orientation course at their Athens embassy that
includes a quick language lesson and televised messages from former refugees
already in the Netherlands.
Portuguese have prepared a welcome kit containing a free phonecard, a glossary,
some quick facts on life and rights in Portugal, and a T-shirt with symbols
that will enable even those who only speak their mother tongue to get
directions to a payphone, a bank or a restaurant.
message that all these EU states want to get across is that they value
religious freedom but also gender equality. "You see huge diversity, we
also see very conservative people from rural areas who might have some other
views," says Baas.
important we are honest to them, and say 'this is what we expect'... management
of expectations is so important, because it can prevent a lot of
disappointment," he adds.
EU states have the additional task of explaining the rules on wearing veils and
November 2015, Islamist terrorism struck France, in Saint-Denis and in Paris,
in a way we had never been struck before. Following the bloody, targeted
attacks of January 2015, against Charlie Hebdo, police in Paris and Montrouge,
and against a kosher shop at the Porte de Vincennes, this time the terrorists
sought to kill indiscriminately, and as many people as possible. Their goal was
to strike fear into society as a whole, by taking aim at our young people and
our lifestyle. In that moment we in France and in other European countries
realised that a new totalitarianism, jihadism, could strike anywhere at any
did strike again, horrifically, in Brussels, in March of this year, then in
Nice, on 14 July on our national day. Not a day goes by that I do not think
about the 130 people killed on 13 November, about the hundreds of others
injured, and about all of the other victims of terrorism and their families.
Tomorrow, a day of commemoration, we shall turn first to them, to embrace them
with our compassion and our fraternity. Tomorrow, France, united in
remembrance, will pause to reflect.
what we need more than ever, because we have entered a new era, leaving
carefree times in the past. As minister of the interior I warned of the dangers
of jihadism back in 2012, acutely aware that it would become the major
challenge of our age.
threat weighs heavy and permanent. It is both internal and external, ignoring
borders. Individuals – some of them still minors – who have been radicalised
and recruited into combat – have returned from Iraq and Syria – and are ready
to act. Some 1,700 people from France alone have joined the jihadists in the
Levant; 700 of them are still there. The phenomenon of massive terrorist
networks concerns every country in Europe to a greater or lesser extent. We saw
it again recently in Germany. The threat also comes from all those, who even
without ever leaving our countries, are learning crude killing techniques from
response, to safeguard our security, we Europeans must take care of ourselves
more than ever. All the more so as the US is becoming less and less involved in
world affairs. Europe can no longer shelter behind its American ally and shirk
responsibility. What that means is, first of all, protecting the EU’s external
borders more effectively through systematic, compulsory controls, including for
European nationals. A European Border and Coast Guard agency, mobilising at
least 1,500 officers, has at last been established, and will provide support
whenever a state is unable to secure its own borders alone, as in the case of
massive inflows of migrants, which – let us not be naive – can allow terrorists
to slip through.
within the EU must also be monitored strictly. This means the movement of
people – through passenger name records (PNR) for example, which track an
individual’s movements, including on flights within Europe. It also means
capital flows, because to combat terrorism, we must also combat the illicit
financial flows that fund it. And it means the flow of weapons, which is why
the firearms directive is so crucial.
has been made in all of these areas, often on France’s initiative. We must go
further, by implementing a European Electronic System for Travel Authorisation
(ESTA), as the US has done, so that security checks can be performed prior to
care of ourselves also means building a European army, with troops who can be
mobilised immediately, with full strategic autonomy. That is the idea behind a
European defence and security fund, which the European Commission will propose
soon. Each country should increase its defence spending to at least 2% of GDP.
That is not a ritual amount; it is a necessity if we are to respond to all the
types of threats and to carry weight on the world stage. When it comes to
defence, there can be no more free riders; we are all in the same boat. France
is currently shouldering a large share of the effort to strike Islamic State in
its bastions in Iraq and Syria, and to combat jihadist groups in Africa. But
France can’t do it alone.
the EU, and then there is what each country should do at the national level:
allocate the necessary financial resources and staff, and adapt legislation. We
have done this in France in addition to developing a new security culture,
which fully integrates the threat of terror into our daily lives. Every citizen
should contribute to security, by learning first aid, by knowing how to react
in the event of a terrorist attack, or by devoting some of their spare time to
the security and defence forces. We are developing these policies in France,
and I am pleased to say my compatriots have responded with enthusiasm.
country must also cooperate fully in the fight against terrorism. Not only
through words but actions, going beyond what is already in place. This means
improving the data input into the Schengen information system, for example, so
that movements of radicalised individuals can be detected and anticipated. All
European police forces must have access to this information.
father-of-six has been forced to flee his home under police guard after he said
he suffered ‘years of persecution’ for converting to Christianity.
Hussain, who converted from Islam 20 years ago, was hospitalised after one
attack when two men, armed with a pick-axe, left him with a smashed kneecap.
week, he and his family left their home in Bradford, West Yorkshire, to a safe
Hussain said: ‘My family are distraught and extremely traumatised to be
leaving. But when your life is at stake there is no other choice.’
that the harassment and violence escalated after he appeared on a Channel 4
documentary about the mistreatment of Muslim converts.
points the finger at sections of the Islamic community.
‘This extreme persecution by certain people in the Muslim community because we
are converts has broken us as a family.’
time of the attack last year, Hussain said he and his family were being driven
out of the city and he was making plans to leave.
week he had started packing up his belongings when the police arrived on
Thursday November 3.
Hussain, who was a nurse before leaving work due to post-traumatic stress
disorder, says his children, aged eight to 24, and wife would never see their
Yorkshire Police spokesman said hate crime would not be tolerated and officers
had been working with the family.
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