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United States has “tons” of intelligence on ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,
but so far, it’s “nothing credible,” a counterterrorism official told ABC News
in a report published on Monday.
that they were once close to tracking down the elusive leader, that feeling has
now faded with the belief that the world’s most wanted terrorist is on the move
from Mosul – Iraq’s second-largest city that Iraqi forces are currently
fighting to liberate from ISIS.
was a sort of 'spidey sense' at that time [the week Donald Trump was sworn in
as president last January] that they were close, but that has gone away,"
a senior counterterrorism official briefed on the hunt to find Baghdadi told
don't think he's in Mosul anymore," another counterterrorism official
involved in the campaign to fight ISIS told the news network. "He's on the
a pile of rubble?'
have tons of intelligence reporting on al-Bagdhadi but nothing credible,"
the counterterrorism official said. "If he is still in Mosul, he's under a
pile of rubble. But we're not sure where he is."
an Iraqi whose real name is Ibrahim al-Samarrai, declared himself the caliph of
a huge swath of Iraq and Syria two years ago.
exact location is not clear. Reports have said he may be in Mosul, or in
ISIS-held territory to the west of the city, close to the border with Syria.
December, Kurdish officials told Reuters news agency that growing pressure
resulting from a coalition military assault on Mosul is causing Baghdadi and
his top lieutenants to move around and try to hide themselves.
US has more than doubled its previous reward for information on Baghdadi,
offering $25 million for information that would help locate, arrest or convict
the head of the militant group.
- After more than five years in prison, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi resurfaced as a
free man - his name back in the limelight, especially among supporters of his
father, Muammar Gaddafi, who began mobilization efforts to bring the heir to
the political scene. Can Saif al-Islam be a strong rival in the future race for
power or will his return provoke a crisis?
the moment, no one can predict Saif al-Islam Gaddafi’s plans following his
release from prison and whether he will return to the political scene by virtue
of his supporters, or if he would prefer to remain in the shadows.
we look at the Libyan arena and diagnose the political trends, we would find
that the second son of Muammar Gaddafi, despite his absence for years, remains
popular and admired by a group of Libyans, especially tribes loyal to his
father’s regime which began to arrange for his return by forming the Popular
Front for the Liberation of Libya and nominated him for leadership.
experience and social relations
Abdel Fattah, member of the Supreme Council of Libyan Tribes and Cities, one of
the most important gatherings still loyal to the former regime and supporting
the return of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi to power, considered that “most Libyans
believe that he is the one capable to bring the country together and ensure its
security, given his political experience and social relations with all regions
of Libya which qualify him to be the key link between all these groups”.
an interview with Al Arabiya, Ashraf Abdel Fattah disclosed: “The great
popularity of Saif al-Islam will qualify him to have a political future in
leading the country as he is the one who can solve all these complex problems,
foremost of which is peace and social reconciliation among all the tribes. He
is appreciated and respected among the tribes. In questionnaires carried out by
several Libyan and foreign media, Saif al Islam Gadhafi top the charts with a
another section of Libyan society rules out his return and consider him
finished politically, with the fall of his father’s regime - with no way back,
considering that his return to the political arena will complicate matters even
political analyst Fawzi Al-Haddad ruled out in an interview with Al Arabiya
that “Saif al Islam would have any role now”. Adding that “the Libyan problem
will not be solved by the return of the former regime”.
added that “the frustration is the reason why some Libyans believe that Saif al
Islam Gaddafi will have the answers to the country’s problems, but in fact all
the influential ruling powers are focused on the future of the country not the
past, his return means a waste of the sacrifices made by so many to get rid of
him and the regime of his father.
Libyan journalist Faraj Mohammed Ali al-Maliki also agrees that: “The return of
Saif al-Islam to the scene now will only complicate things for at least a few
more years. Furthermore, he has no real supporter’s base.”
time for all faiths to publicly support Muslim Canadians: Farber
BERNIE M. FARBER
believe ourselves as Canadians to be different, better than our American
cousins. Today, even more so, given the racist and xenophobic machinations
erupting from the White House and beyond.
all, wasn’t it Canada that warmly embraced 30,000 Syrian refugees when others
were looking for ways to deny them entry to their countries? Wasn’t it Canadian
political leadership that spoke out strongly against all forms of racial and
religious discrimination at a time when the United States talked of building
walls to keep out Mexicans and proposing policy to virtually ban Muslim
refugees and immigrants? And wasn’t it Canadian Mounties who appeared to rescue
and welcome fearful Muslim refugees fleeing from of all places the USA?
let’s not be too smug. Canada and some loud, bigoted and hateful Canadians have
engaged in some of the most vituperative, hateful and disgusting forms of
Islamophobia over the last six months that has rocked me to my very core.
was only eight short weeks ago, that an Islamophobe sauntered into a mosque in
Quebec City and with both casualness and purpose shot to death six Muslim
Canadians at prayer while injuring 19 others, five of them critically. In the
aftermath of the terror much comfort was said and done but today this horrible
massacre may as well have occurred decades ago.
was only two weeks after the Quebec City shootings that hundreds rallied under
the banner of “Rebel Media” Canada’s offensive Breitbart North at an
evangelical church to ostensibly decry the rise of Islam in Canada. Referred to
as a “Freedom Rally” seemingly objecting to Motion 103 (a parliamentary motion
condemning Islamophobia and all forms of racial and religious discrimination
now passed in House of Commons) as an attack on free speech.
large pickets proclaiming “Say No to Islam” and poisonous rhetoric exclaiming
“Islam is Evil” and “Mohammed was a pedophile,” it was more a vile Islamophobic
later, Torontonians were witness to a number of anti-Muslim rallies targeting
downtown mosques that strangely brought together fringes of the Jewish
community, specifically the Jewish Defence League with white nationalists in
the guise of the Soldiers of Oden. They, along with others, loudly and
provocatively instigated hate and have created a climate of fear in the Muslim
only a couple weeks ago, we saw the spectre of a small phalanx of parents whose
children attend the Peel Region School Board loudly condemning the Board’s very
correct decision to allow space for Muslim students to pray once per day.
the meeting, shameful epithets were shouted against Canadian Muslims. The
meeting ended with a frenetic individual loudly shouting his hateful bile while
publicly ripping to shreds the Qu’ran, Islam’s holy book.
this from a Canada many refuse to see or acknowledge. Yes, school board
trustees stood gallantly against hatred, local politicians harshly criticized
the haters, but is that enough?
Motion 103 passed Parliament, the schism it produced has hurt us all. How is it
possible that according to Angus-Reid polling fully 47 per cent of Canadians
opposed support for the motion, including the leadership of my own Jewish
is it possible that this same leadership — which advocated only two years
earlier for a similar motion opposing anti-Semitism, who understand what it
means to be hated, because of their faith — would deny the very same
protections they rightly demanded for themselves?
most importantly, why the silence and cowardice in the face of hatred toward
our fellow Canadians?
is time that more than just a few activists, journalists and politicians speak
must break the silence of immorality. It is time that all the leaders of
Canada’s great faith communities, from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese to the
Anglican church of Canada from the United Church to the Board of Rabbis from
Canadian Hindu Temples to Buddhist and Mormon leaders and so many more, it is
time they all speak out, forcefully and in unison. They must speak out with
courage and conviction in defence of the vulnerable Canadian Muslim community.
great philosopher and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel once said, “We must always
take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence
encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”
is time for us to take sides.
M. Farber is executive director of the Mosaic Institute.
head of the Ajmer Sharif dargah on Monday called upon Muslims to give up beef
eating and said triple talaq is against Sharia.
dargah is considered to be among the holiest Muslim shrines in India.
the occasion of the 805th Urs (death anniversary) of Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan
Chisty, who all through his life strived for peaceful coexistence of Hindus and
Muslims, we (Muslims) should give up eating beef to honour the religious
sentiments of our Hindu brethren,” said Zainul Abedin Khan, the diwan of the
also took a vow on the occasion not to eat beef. “My family and I have taken a
pledge on this day that we will never have beef for the rest of our lives,” he
said, in a statement.
is the direct descendant in the 22nd generation of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti,
the Sufi saint.
appeal comes amid the ragging controversy over cow slaughter with many Indian
states coming up with stringent laws to prevent killing of cows and eating its
meat. The bovine is considered sacred by many Hindus.
supported the Gujarat government’s recent legislation announcing life sentence
for those found guilty of killing cows. The Gujarat assembly had last week
passed a bill enhancing the punishment for cow slaughter from seven years to
(Gujarat legislation) would be a great deterrent for those involved in killing
cows for meat and other products”, he said and called upon Prime Minister
Narendra Modi to declare cow as national animal.
diwan condemned the practice of triple talaq, saying the Quran and Sharia do
not permit it.
it is inhuman, anti-Islamic and against the gender equality, it should be
shunned without any further delay”, he said.
talaq, as it is commonly called, is a controversial Islamic practice where a
man divorces a woman by saying the word talaq, the Arabic word for divorce,
Modi-led government at the Centre is advocating for a ban on the practice,
though many Muslim organisations are against such move.
some people in the community are reluctant to give up the practice which Quran
and Prophet Mohammed never approved, is beyond the comprehension of a
reasonable section of Muslim”, he said.
has come to eschew the practice that victimises our sisters and daughters”,
five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court will start hearing from May
11 petitions against the Islamic divorce practice that is said to be biased
(Dargai) - Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan, Senator Sirajul Haq has said that the
financial and democratic terrorists sitting in the corridors of power were far
more dangerous than the militants hiding in the mountains.
was speaking at the annual prize distribution and the Khatm-e-Bukhari ceremony
at the Darul Uloom Talimul Quran, Sakhakot, on Monday.
Haq said that the corrupt ruling elite had placed the country’s survival at
stake by converting the homeland into a colony of the foreign agencies.
provincial chief Mushtaq Ahmed Khan and other JI leaders were also present on
JI chief said that the enemy was more afraid of the beards of the Muslim young
men, the slogans of Jehad and the veil of the Muslim girls than the atom bombs
said that in spite of persistent failure in its conspiracies against the
Islamic culture, the enemy was continuing its efforts in that direction.
enemy was hell bent on dividing the Muslims on sectarian and regional grounds
and pitting them against each other, he said.
The enemy was thrusting tyrants over the Muslim States through its
agents, he added.
Haq said that the Jamaat-e-Islami was in the field to expose the enemy designs
and to unite the Muslim Ummah. The JI
was struggling for the enforcement of the Shariah and real democratic system,
questioned that if the rulers had secured power by inheritance.
said that Islamabad was not the Jagir of the corrupt elite, it belonged to the
people. He was confident that soon, the poor people would be occupying power in
said that the country’s judicial and electoral system and institutions did not
enjoy the confidence of the masses.
said that in a country where the pet horses and dogs of the elite were fed by
jams while the honour of young girls was put to auction for two time meals, it
would be hypocrisy not to revolt against the system. The JI, he said, was
demanding electoral reform as fresh elections sans reforms would be joke.
the prevailing system, he said, the elite indulged in the sale and purchase of
votes due to the weaknesses of the electoral system, thus exploiting the poor.
said that in the next year polls, the masses would have to choose between the
slaves of Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) or the worshippers of the US.
close to the terrorist groups in Syria reported that Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the
Levant Liberation Board) terrorists raided the residence of Ahrar Al-Sham
regional commander Abu Mos'ab in Maar Dibsah village South-East of Idlib
province after midnight, exchanging massive fire with tens of Ahar militants
deployed in the region.
the clashes, Ahrar Al-Sham has dispatched tens of gunmen to South-Eastern Idlib
and erected a large number of checkpoints in the region," the reports
reports also mentioned "scores of casualties on both sides", but did
not reveal any further detail about the fate of Abu Mos'ab and his family.
in January, al-Nusra Front and several militant groups declared forming a new
coalition under the name of Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board)
to narrow down widening rifts amongst their commanders and members.
al-Nusra Front, Nouralddeen al-Zinki Movement, Jeish al-Sonah, Jabhat
Ansaraldeen and Liwa al-Haq announced that they would act under a united
coalition named the Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at.
five merged terrorist groups act under the command of Abu Jaber Hashem
al-Sheikh, who was one of the commanders of Ahrar al-Sham. The new coalition
led by al-Sheikh is now fighting against Ahrar al-Sham, a rival terrorist group
operating mainly in Northwestern Syria.
resigned from his post in Ahrar al-Sham after he was appointed as the commander
of Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at.
number of Ahrar al-Sham commanders, including the group's Spokesman Abu Yusuf
al-Mohajer, Hesam Salameh and Abu al-Fatah al-Farqali Mesri also joined the new
groups' websites claimed that Al-Nusra Commander Abu Mohammad al-Joulani would
be the top commander of Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at.
al-Sham rejected its affiliation to the new coalition, but websites close to
the terrorist groups disclosed that Ahrar al-Sham, Faylaq al-Sham, Jeish
al-Izzah, Turkistani party and Liwa al-Tamkin started a new front called Tahrir
terrorists have been attacking positions of other terrorist rivals across
Northwestern Syria for the last two years.
Arabic service of the Russian state news agency, Sputnik, reported that the
country has armed its Su-34 Fullback fighters with high precision KAB-1500L
laser-guided bombs for missions in Syria.
highly sophisticated bombs are likely used for destroying underground tunnels
and command bases of the terrorists, specially in Northern Hama province.
the heaviest bombs Russians used in Syria were KAB-500.
KAB-1500L - KAB-1500LG-F-E is the current production standard - is a 1,500 kg
(3,000 pounds), laser-guided bomb 4.4 to 4.63 m in length and designed to hit
stationary ground and surface targets when used by the latest generation of
Russian-made fighters and bombers. It is the Russian counterpart to United
States Paveway II/III laser-guided bombs. Once released, the pilot or a third
party must aim at the target with a laser designator in order to successfully
direct the KAB bomb. The KAB-1500LG-F-E features an impact fuze with three
family of KAB-1500, KAB-500 and KAB-250 smart bombs are an equivalent to the US
Paveway II/III, GBU-8/15, and GBU-31/32 JDAM families of guided bombs. Sharing
common design modules with unique seeker designs, and a range of standard
warhead types, this family of weapons encompasses all of the baseline
capabilities in their US equivalents.
KAB (Korrektiruyeskaya Aviatsionnaya Bomba) family of weapons were developed
during the 1970s by Moscow based GNPP Region, now part of Tactical Missiles
Corporation, and it is likely that warstocks of the Paveway, Walleye and HOBOS
captured in South Vietnam during 1975 played an important role in the design
process. The basic configuration of the 500 kg weapons is common to the GBU-8
HOBOS TV guided bomb family using tail controls and fixed canards, less the
GBU-8's lift enhancing strakes. The 1,500 kg weapon is closer to a hybrid of
the Paveway II and HOBOS configuration, with steerable canards and spring
deployed cruciform tail.
According to a report by IRNA,
Ambassador of Iran to Pakistan has expressed reservations on issuance of
No Objection Certificate (NOC) by the Pakistani government for appointing
former army chief General (retd) Raheel Sharif as the head of Saudi-led
Honardoost talking to different media of Pakistan said that it was correct that
Pakistan had contacted Iranian officials before issuing the NOC, but it did not
indicate that Iran was satisfied with this decision or it had accepted the
said that Tehran had informed Islamabad that Iran would not become a part of
any alliance like the 'military alliance' nor such kind of offer was extended
strongly believed that all important Islamic countries should come together to
form a coalition of peace to resolve their issues rather forming a
controversial military alliance.
Pakistani defense minister Khawaja Asif confirmed that the government had
issued an NOC to the former army chief to lead the military alliance.
decision of the government is drawing a lot of criticism from analysts, former
diplomats, and opposition parties because they believe that such a move could
create more problems for Pakistan on diplomatic front.
SDF, Turkish army and the Syrian government troops have been fighting ISIL
terrorists in Aleppo province.
month, the Turkish army managed to eventually capture the city of Al-Bab after
weeks of clashes with the ISIL that inflicted heavy losses on the Turkish
military troops and their allied militants.
Turkish army first won a major part of the city, but was forced to retreat
almost from all captured areas after ISIL inflicted heavy casualties on its
soldiers. Yet, the Turkish troops and its allied militants could win the city
back from the ISIL after the Syrian army laid a tight siege on the Southern
outskirts of Al-Bab and cut off the terrorists' supply route from the strategic
city of Deir Hafer in Eastern Aleppo.
Syrian army next captured Deir Hafer to win the last major ISIL stronghold in
Aleppo province and find a platform to launch an attack on Raqqa, the de facto
capital of the terrorist group.
SDF also played a complementary role in the war against ISIL in Northern and
North-Eastern Aleppo as they pushed the terrorist group back from dozens of
towns and villages on the Western side of the Tishrin Dam, completing the
circle of enemy forces around ISIL.
since the Turkish army's victory in Al-Bab, tensions have gone high between
Ankara and the Kurdish-majority SDF troops. Ankara has warned to engage in war
on the Kurds if they reject to evacuate all areas they have captured on the
Western side of the Tishrin Dam, including the Kurdish-populated city of
Syrian army next drove a wedge between the Kurds and the Turks to warn Ankara
that it would not allow any Turkish army attack on its population.
the SDF is returning Ankara's threat with tough warnings, saying that they will
soon force the Turkish army out of Al-Bab.
80 percent of the territories lost to the terrorists in the last few weeks have
now been recaptured by the army following a series of counterattacks on
Al-Nusra (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board)
militants in the region," a ranking army officer told FNA this morning.
source further pointed out that the army has managed to seize back a sum of 20
towns and villages, the Qatar Tayyebeh Al-Imam Station and a number of other
key military positions in the region.
these operations, hundreds of terrorists have been killed, including Emir of
the Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board) training camps Abu Fahd
Al-Anzi, Commander Mohammad Ahmad Joulaq, Mufti (religious leader) Abu Riyaq
Turkistani and Saudi Commander of Turkistani Party Abdul-Rahman Abdullah
Do'ayd," he stated.
Syrian Army troops launched massive attacks on terrorists' defense lines in
Northern Hama on Sunday.
terrorists launched an attack on a number of military positions recently
established by the Syrian army near the villages of Emir and Kafr Nan in
Northern Homs, but they retreated after sustaining 23 casualties, army reports
said on Monday.
other Al-Nusra militants sought to open their way to the village of Qinyat
al-Asi through the Projects Area to capture the army positions in the region,
according to the same reports.
least 20 Al-Nusra Front terrorists, including commanders, were killed in the
Syrian army's artillery and missile attacks in Dara'a province.
Al-Nusra Front's command center East of the old customs office was destroyed in
the Syrian army attacks.
several military positions and bases of the terrorists East of al-Kark Prison
and Tariq al-Assad district were destroyed in the Syrian army offensive.
to army reports, three military vehicles of the terrorists were destroyed in
Eastern Ibt'a Town and North of al-Na'ima regions as well.
a relevant development on Sunday, the Syrian Army troops stormed the positions
and gathering centers of Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board) in
different neighborhoods of the Southern city of Dara'a, inflicting heavy
casualties on the terrorists.
army's missile and artillery units smashed Tahrir al-Sham's positions and
command post in al-Nazeheen camp neighborhood, killing and injuring dozens of
terrorists and destroying two machinegun-equipped positions.
army's artillery and missile units launched heavy artillery and air assaults on
ISIL's concentration centers in al-Erifi neighborhood and also on the terrorist
group's movements in the areas stretching from Regiment 137 base to the key
positions Southwest of the city.
reports said at least 10 terrorists were killed and a number of their military
vehicles were destroyed in the strikes.
Syrian army troops also pounded ISIL's concentration centers South of Deir
Ezzur, destroying a number of military vehicles and bases in the surrounding
areas of Tal al-Sanouf and al-Sham gas station.
a relevant development on Friday, the Syrian Army soldiers exchanged heavy fire
with ISIL near Deir Ezzur city, inflicting major casualties on the terrorists.
Syrian Army men engaged in heavy fighting with ISIL in Tal al-Sanouf on the
Taym Road, killing a number of terrorists and destroying their military
the meantime, intense battles erupted in and around Deir Ezzur as the Syrian
Army prepares to launch a massive offensive on ISIL positions in the Western
regions of Deir Ezzur.
Syrian Army Blasts All Terrorists' Tunnels Between Barzeh, Qaboun Regions
Syrian army troops engaged in heavy clashes with Al-Nusra terrorists in Qaboun
region and made advances towards al-Ba'alah region.
the Syrian army's missile and artillery units targeted and pounded the Al-Nusra
Front's military positions and bases in the region, killing several militants.
military source also reiterated that the Syrian army has closed down all
tunnels of the terrorists in areas between Barzeh and Qaboun regions.
Syrian air force also pounded the terrorist groups' bases in Jobar and the
outskirts of Erbin and Zamalka regions, and destroyed a military base. Local
witnesses said all the terrorists inside the base were killed in the air raid.
a relevant development on Saturday, the Syrian military forces discovered a
lengthy tunnel of the terrorists in Eastern Ghouta and destroyed it.
army gained control over the last major tunnel of the terrorists in al-Qaboun
district North-East of Damascus province.
sources said that the tunnel was called by the militants as the Nafaq
al-Qaboun, adding that it was used for transferring militants and weapons
across al-Qaboun and Erbin region.
army soldiers clashed with terrorists near the Dar al-Izzah, causing severe
casualties in their ranks.
the meantime, the army aircraft raided the positions of the militants in Khan
sources in the Southwestern outskirts of Aleppo city said that the army units
fended off terrorist groups' attack on government forces' positions in
al-Rashedeen district, killing a number of militants and forcing others to
Saturday, the Syrian Army soldiers fended off an offensive of Tahrir al-Sham
Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board) on their positions West of Aleppo city, inflicting
a number of casualties on the terrorists.
army men repelled Tahrir al-Sham's offensive West of Jam'iya al-Zahara and
al-Lairamoun districts and then in a rapid counterattack pushed the terrorists
back from more positions.
Faso's new war against militant Islamists
Sahel region already has its fair share of armed Islamist groups, with the
likes of Boko Haram and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb turning, at one time or
another, parts of Niger, Mali, Algeria and Nigeria into theatres of conflict.
Could Burkina Faso be a new base for the jihadists? The BBC's Lamine Konkobo
intense military operations throughout the region to curb the activities of the
radical groups, Islamist militancy continues to grow in the Sahel.
militants have now opened a new front in northern Burkina Faso, disrupting
normal life by repeatedly carrying out attacks in the region and far beyond.
Who are the Islamists behind this new front?
in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed it carried out the attacks of January
2016 which killed 30 people in Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou.
AQIM did not say it was behind the killing of the 12 soldiers in December last
year, officials believe the group was.
a new movement, Ansarul Islam or Defenders of Islam, has recently emerged as
the umbrella for all Islamist operations in northern Burkina Faso.
is led by a radical imam named by officials as Ibrahim Malam Dicko.
Islam claimed responsibility for attacks on two police stations in the northern
Soum province on 27 February.
is a radical preacher originally from Burkina Faso's northern city of Djibo.
is said to have fought in Mali in the ranks of the Mujao Islamist movement
before he founded his group.
a short spell in a Malian jail following his arrest by foreign forces in 2013,
Dicko returned home and started Ansarul Islam.
who joined his new group came from the audience admiring his fiery preaching.
is now considered a public enemy and part of the state's official strategy to
stem his influence is to kill him.
How big is the threat of Islamist groups to Burkina Faso?
poor land-locked country in West Africa has long had its share of problems, but
attacks carried out by Islamist militants against people and property are
the last two years, it has been rocked by a series of attacks by jihadists,
with a bleak picture for the prospects of security in the country.
2016: 12 soldiers killed after attack by Islamist militants in the north, near
2016: Islamist militants attack Ouagadougou hotel popular with foreigners. Western
nationals among 30 people killed in country's deadliest attack so far
2017: As the capital geared up for Fespaco film festival, two police posts in
the north were attacked. Three people killed.
2017: Two people kidnapped and a school torched after jihadists threaten
educational establishments. In another incident a military base was locked down
after being targeted by unidentified gunmen.
is a growing concern that Islamist militants can strike anywhere, and at any
How have Islamist militants disrupted life in Burkina Faso?
repeated attacks have created a wave of panic across the country.
are concerned that the north is just a starting point for Ansarul Islam. They
fear it will spread its tentacles further if it is not stopped.
homes have been deserted. In Djibo's district 5, many homes are empty," a
local told the BBC, asking not to be named for his safety.
activity has ground to a halt. We no longer have any night life. Westerners who
are high-value targets have left."
sporadically go on the rampage, looting shops and mugging people.
they come shooting in the air, people run away from their homes and only return
when they have left," a resident of Inata village told the BBC.
don't always kill. They often loot. We are in panic. My local school has
closed. All schools, including madrassas have closed in Soum province."
say there are more soldiers operating in the area. However, they say Islamists
have an advantage over them because they know the lay of the land.
What's most troubling for officials in Burkina Faso?
Islam movement is the first home-grown Islamist group in Burkina Faso.
alone is troubling enough for President Rock Marc Christian Kabore's government
but it is not the scariest thing about the threat posed by this radical group.
officials believe some ex-soldiers of the presidential elite regiment, the RSP,
are lending them a hand.
were recently quoted by a Malian newspaper as saying that they intercepted a
communication between an RSP fugitive, Boubacar Sawadogo, and Ansarul Islam's
intercept confirmed what the government had long suspected - that former RSP
members are taking part in attacks by jihadists both in Mali and Burkina Faso.
more than 27 years, the RSP had been a nightmare for democrats in Burkina Faso.
It was set up by former President Blaise Compaore for his personal security.
regiment was notorious for operating outside official boundaries.
after the uprising which ousted Mr Compaore in 2014, it suddenly found itself
without a clear purpose and felt its existence threatened.
a bid for survival, members staged a short-lived coup against the transitional
government before being forced to hand over power by neighbouring countries.
justice afterwards, many RSP members including Boubacar Sawadogo took to a
the reported bizarre alliance with Islamist militants in the north, the RSP
nightmare has now taken on a new form.
What is being done about the Islamist threat?
Burkinabes would tend to say that what the government is doing to combat
Ansarul Islam is far from enough.
is a sense of frustration on the streets of Ouagadougou and social media forums
that the state's response has not been decisive.
have repeatedly condemned the attacks but barely did more than saying they are
taking steps. Restructuring the Defence and Security Ministries is the only
concrete measure that has been taken, and critics say it is insignificant.
government's hands are, however, tied by a lack of resources, both human and
the attacks during Fespaco last month, officials appeared to have come up with
a much clearer plan.
Faso is to withdraw its contingents currently deployed abroad as part of
peacekeeping missions, such as in Sudan and Mali.
will then reassign the returning soldiers to the fight against Ansarul Islam in
authorities have shut down a nightclub and begun an investigation after a DJ
played a remix recording of the Muslim call to prayer, an official has said.
video, widely shared online since Sunday, shows clubbers dancing to music that
includes the call to prayer at the club in the north-east town of Nabeul.
footage sparked a storm of debate on social media.
European DJs played at the party on Friday as part of a music festival near the
popular resort of Hammamet.
confirming the facts, we decided to close this nightclub” until further notice,
Mnaouar Ouertani, the governor of Nabeul, told Agence France-Presse.
said an investigation had been opened and the club’s manager detained “for
violation against good morals and public outrage against modesty”.
will not allow attacks against religious feelings and the sacred,” Ouertani
of the Orbit festival apologised on Monday in a post on the event’s Facebook
page, but said it took no responsibility for the offensive tune.
J is English and played the track recently in Europe” and did not realise “it
might offend an audience from a Muslim country like ours”, they said.
DELHI - Representatives of 44 African countries accused the Indian government
on Monday of failing to do enough to stop racist attacks on their nationals
following a series of brutal assaults targeting Nigerians.
a dozen people were injured, some seriously, when a mob angered by the death of
a local teenager went on the rampage in a satellite city of New Delhi last
violence erupted after a group of Nigerian students who were detained in
connection with the teen's death were released without charge, with police
saying there was no evidence against them.
vicious assault was captured on camera and shared widely on social media,
triggering concern over a rise in racist violence against Africans in India.
a statement, the African Heads of Mission said that "no known, sufficient
and visible deterring measures were taken" by New Delhi after previous
said the authorities had failed to "sufficiently condemn" either the
latest attacks or past incidences of racist violence against Africans.
diplomats also called for an independent investigation into the latest violence
by groups including the UN's Human Rights Council, calling it "xenophobic
of people from African countries study and work in India, where many face
discrimination. They are often accused of involvement in the illegal drug
issue was thrown into the spotlight last year when a Congolese teacher was
bludgeoned to death allegedly by three Indian men after an argument over hiring
an auto-rickshaw in Delhi.
Trump tells Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, US and Egypt will fight Islamic militants
US President Donald Trump moved to reset US relations with Egyptian President
Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on Monday after the prior Obama administration's strained
ties, giving him firm backing and vowing to work together to fight Islamic
just want to let everybody know in case there was any doubt that we are very
much behind President Sisi. He's done a fantastic job in a very difficult
situation. We are very much behind Egypt and the people of Egypt," Trump
said in an Oval Office meeting with the Egyptian leader.
trip was Sisi's first official US visit since being elected president in 2014.
Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, never extended an invitation.
froze aid to Egypt for two years after Sisi, then a general, overthrew
President Mohamed Mursi in mid-2013 after mass protests against Mursi's rule.
Mursi, a Muslim Brotherhood member, had been elected the previous year.
one-on-one meeting between Trump and Sisi, followed by a separate gathering
with top aides, showed how intent the new US president is on rebooting the bilateral
relationship and building on the strong connection the two presidents
established when they first met in New York last September.
just want to say to you, Mr President, that you have a great friend and ally in
the United States, and in me," Trump said.
said he appreciated that Trump has been "standing very strong ... to
counter this evil ideology."
Trump noted the United States and Egypt "have a few things" they do
not agree on, he made no public airing of US concerns about human rights in
groups have called for the release of Aya Hijazi, an Egyptian-American who
works with street children and was arrested in May 2014 on human trafficking
has been held in custody for 33 months in violation of Egyptian law, which
states that the maximum period for pretrial detention is 24 months.
senior administration official said the subject of Hijazi did not come up in
the meeting with Trump, Sisi and their advisers but said the detention is an
issue of concern and a case that is being watched closely by the Trump
House spokesman Sean Spicer said the two presidents had an "honest
discussion focused on areas of cooperation" and that they discussed
"both areas of cooperation and of concern."
the United Nations in New York, US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki
Haley, said the Trump administration is not backing away from human rights
"because they fully support me speaking about human rights in the Security
rights groups have estimated that Sisi's government has detained at least
40,000 political prisoners.
to The Independent, A refugee who came to the US seven years ago was shocked to
come home and find his door smashed with an axe, his furniture slashed and
racist graffiti all over the walls.
Afshar said he had experienced racism and xenophobia before, but nothing like
his home in Troutdale, Oregon, the word “terrorist” was spray-painted across
the kitchen cabinets.
word “Muslim” was painted in red, dripping letters in the bedroom, and “die”
was written across the mirror. Other phrases and graffiti were slashed across
the television, the fridge and the coffee table. All the doors had been taken
to with an axe.
Iranian refugee told KPTV that he found a note, weighted down with seven
bullets in the shape of a cross. It read, “If I see you here next month, I will
shoot and burn your house.”
funny thing, I’m not Muslim,” Mr Afshar said.
Council on American-Islamic Relations said he is Baha’i, a religion founded in
19th century Persia which focuses on prayer, reflection and serving humanity.
don’t want anything to happen to him, I just hope he [the vandal] grow[s] up
and don’t hate people.”
can hate me, that's your problem, but we can go and sit and talk about it, why
you hate me, and maybe you just change your mind,” he told the news channel.
Afshar said he was “really scared” but added that he would like to talk to the
vandals about why they broke into and ransacked his home.
vandal was speculated to have climbed through the bathroom window.
County Sheriff’s Office has launched an investigation of a potential bias
crime, and has not released information of any suspects. It has notified the
Afshar told the news outlet that he already been considering leaving the
country after other people had shouted at him and allegedly pointed a gun in
his face, and the recent vandalism has further convinced him to leave.
FBI reported a 67 per cent increase in hate crimes against Muslims in 2015, and
CAIR is set to release a report which shows a record number of hate crimes
against the same community in 2016.
Muslims are defending an Australian imam whose public opposition to radical
Islam and attempts to impose sharia law has drawn criticism from other Muslim
leaders in Australia.
Shaikh Mohammad Tawhidi said that other members of Australia’s Muslim community
were criticizing him because he has blasted radical Islam and warned of an
extremist cell in Sydney, the nation’s largest city.
have called me a fake Muslim imam or a Shaikh only because I expose their
intentions to create a caliphate within Australia,” Tawhidi said. “I am
considered a fake because I condemn terrorism. I am considered a fake because I
oppose and expose extremism.”
comments came last week in a four-minute video in which he detailed the reasons
other Muslim leaders were criticizing him.
am considered a fake because I would die for Australia. I am considered a fake
because I live by the Australian constitution,” he said. “For them, I am too
Muslim groups said Monday that they generally supported Tawhidi’s position,
though they had some reservations.
Hooper, national communications director of the Council on American-Islamic
Relations, told Fox News that Tawhidi and his critics' premise is 'false'.
problem comes when you look at a dichotomy between being an Australian or an
American and being a Muslim. We don’t see a dichotomy,” Hooper said. “We see
that, in fact, the American-Muslim community is the prime defender of the U.S.
Constitution. We see no conflict between Islamic beliefs and practices and
living as a productive, contributing citizen whether it’s in Australia or
said he would have liked Tawhidi to clarify that there is no need for Muslims
to choose between being good citizens and being religiously faithful.
of stating you can be a good Australian and a good Muslim at the same time,
he’s somehow throwing Islam under the bus and that’s where he got in trouble,”
Hooper said. “Muslims around the world follow sharia law every day of their
lives when they pray and when they fast."
Hooper told Fox News that the ‘haters’ bring up the criminal punishment factor
of sharia law, which he said does not apply when there is an existing legal
system in place.
small component of sharia law was in the criminal aspect, but that doesn’t
apply in the United States or Australia or anywhere,” Hooper said. “There is no
inherent conflict being a law abiding Australian or American and practicing
Islam—that’s a false premise.”
Imam Mohommad Elahi expressed a similar sentiment to that of CAIR, and told Fox
News that criminal laws in Islam, which he says are a small part of the legal
system in the Muslim faith, are not even implemented in Muslim countries.
laws need to be reviewed and adjusted based on the conditions of time—the
spirit of law in Islam is both justice and mercy! In countries like Saudi
Arabia, so called Sharia laws provide neither justice nor mercy—that is ISIS
law, beheading the innocent, that is not true Islamic law,” Imam Elahi told Fox
News in an email. “There is no contradiction in the spirit and goals between
our Islamic teachings and our Constitutional rights.
Muslim group in the U.S., American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) told Fox
News that, while they would defend Tawhidi completely, he is not addressing the
the 2016 U.S presidential campaign, senior leadership figures of the United
States Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) began strategic planning to
ensure the advancement and protection of the group's objectives, no matter who
won the White House. USCMO Secretary General Oussama Jammal and HAMAS dba
Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) Executive Director Nihad Awad set
plans in motion to defend the Muslim Brotherhood's Civilization Jihad inside
the U.S. Those objectives were first exposed and described in the Center's 2015
publication, in Star Spangled Shariah: The Rise of America's First Muslim
directly in those efforts then and now is the pro-HAMAS Turkish government,
under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Justice and
Development Party (AKP). The groundwork for what is now a close working
relationship began well before the March 2014 announcement of the USCMO's
formation, but it is known that on 15 May 2013, a visiting President Erdoğan
placed a ceremonial stone on the 16-acre construction site that would become
the Turkish Diyanet Center of America in Lanham, Maryland. The following year,
in August 2014, a USCMO delegation led by Secretary General Oussama Jammal
traveled to Ankara to meet with President Erdoğan and AK Party leaders. And
then, on 29 December 2014, in a recorded video message, Dr. Mehmet Görmez,
President of the Presidency of Religious Affairs (Diyanet), addressed the 13th
Annual MAS-ICNA (Muslim American Society-Islamic Circle of North America)
Conference in Chicago, Illinois and discussed a gift for all Muslims: the
Turkish Diyanet Center of America. Of note for the future of the US Muslim
Brotherhood-Turkish relationship, this conference was sponsored by the
Turkish-backed American Zakat Foundation and included the first-ever attendance
of a Turkish-American group at a MAS-ICNA conference.
will be recalled that Erdoğan himself joined U.S. President Barack Obama on 2
April 2016 at the opening ceremonies for the Diyanet Center of America, located
on a large 16-acre site in Lanham, Maryland. The Diyanet Center, also known as
the Turkish American Cultural Center (TACC), is a wholly-owned facility of The
Presidency of Religious Affairs, an official state institution of the Turkish
the Trump administration, the USCMO is especially concerned with legal issues,
as calls were heard during the 2016 campaign urging that the 2008 Holy Land
Foundation (HLF) HAMAS terror funding trial be re-opened to pursue possible
cases against the more-than-200 unindicted co-conspirators named by the
Department of Justice. Apparently concerned over possible vulnerability should
the books of mosques, Islamic Centers and Muslim Brotherhood front groups come
under renewed official scrutiny, CAIR and other members of the USCMO therefore
engaged the services of the Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA), itself a
founding member of the USCMO.
should come as no surprise, then, that the first major event to be co-sponsored
by the USCMO, TACC and the MLFA in the Trump era will be a 13 May 2017 Muslim
Non-Profit Leadership Conference, to be held at the Diyanet Center of America.
Among the program topics are Safeguarding 501(c)3 status; Board fiduciary
responsibilities; record keeping and disclosure requirements; Fundraising
regulations, state registrations, unrelated business income; and Banking
regulations, FDIC, DOJ, Watchlists, international charitable giving.
of the MLFA's top legal representatives, now working openly with the U.S.
Muslim Brotherhood, is U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander (ret.) Charles Swift,
formerly of the Judge Advocate General's Corps. Swift, a 1984 graduate of the
U.S. Naval Academy, who was recognized by the Muslim Brotherhood for his legal
role advocating for client Salim Ahmed Hamdan in the U.S. Supreme Court case
Hamdan v. Rumsfield 548 US 557 (2006). This role doubtless contributed to the
choice of Swift as Director and Counsel for the Constitutional Law Center for
Muslims in America (CLCMA), a project of the Muslim Legal Fund of America led
by Executive Director Khahil Meek.
MLFA's CLCMA project presents itself as dedicated to two primary missions:
governmental security measures affecting Muslim communities which encroach upon
the constitutional liberties guaranteed to all."
the rights of Muslim individuals and organizations in the United States to
exercise their constitutionally and statutorily protected rights to
apparent pursuance of these missions, the MLFA continues actively to seek the
release from federal prison of defendants in the HLF trial, which concluded in
late 2008 with a unanimous guilty verdict on all 108 counts. The MLFA also
engages in lawfare, using lawsuits as an offensive means of shutting down
opposition to its civilization jihad operations. For example, as noted by the
Thomas More Law Center in the 2009 case of Joe KAUFMAN, Appellant, v. ISLAMIC
SOCIETY OF ARLINGTON, Texas, Islamic Center of Irving, DFW Islamic Educational
Center, Inc., Dar Elsalam Islamic Center, Al Hedayah Islamic Center, Islamic
Association of Tarrant County, and Muslim American Society of Dallas, Appellees,
No. 2-09-023-CV: "The head of that organization [MLFA],
Khalil Meek, admitted on a Muslim radio show that lawsuits were being filed
against Kaufman and others to set an example. Indeed, for the last several
years, Muslim groups in the U.S. have engaged in the tactic of filing meritless
lawsuits to silence any public discussion of Islamic terrorist threats."
issues fresh summons to Zakir Naik, asks him to appear on April 17
DELHI: As the controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, being probed under
terrorism charges, defied the NIA summons once again, the agency has once again
issued fresh summons asking him to appear before it on April 17.
is the third time in last one month NIA has issued notice to Naik but there is
no sign of him willing to come to India and join the probe. Earlier, he was
asked to join the probe on March 14 and then March 30.
say that they may approach the court soon and issue a warrant against him,
which will be served to him through ministry of home affairs and external
affairs, if he chooses to once again not appear on April 17.
is on the run and is being probed by NIA for allegedly spreading communal
hatred and inciting others through his speeches to commit terror acts. His now
banned NGO Islamic Research Foundation even allegedly funded few terror
is said to be living in Saudi Arabia for past 10 months.
agency has already questioned around 20 associates and employees of Naik in
last few months about his business ventures, properties and funding from
had recently signalled his willingness to appear via video-conferencing, an
option the NIA rejected.
said that legal process calls for declaring him a proclaimed offender and then
approach Interpol to issue a red corner notice against him and arrest him
has also identified 37 properties owned by him directly or indirectly. Sources
said that many properties have suspicious ownership. An officer said there is
enough evidence to make a strong case of illegal and unexplained flow of money
to Naik's business ventures, particularly Harmony Media Pvt Ltd, in which he
and his wife were directors till a few years back.
DELHI: The Centre is working on identifying Rohingya Muslims who have entered
the country from Myanmar over the past 5-7 years and are staying illegally in
various pockets including Jammu, for likely arrest and deportation under the
to a senior home ministry official, there are an estimated 40,000 Rohingyas
who, after being disowned by Buddhist Myanmar, had fled their homes and crossed
over to India to take refuge here. They follow three infiltration routes for
entering India; by sea, via Bangladesh border (there are around 3 lakh
Rohingyas living in Bangladesh) and via Chin area on Myanmar border.
5,500-5,700 of the Rohingya immigrants are based in Jammu alone, though the
home ministry fears the number may be 10,000-11,000 if a true count is taken.
This, an officer of the central security establishment conceded, is an
unusually high percentage of the all-India figure.
home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi chaired a meeting here on Monday to make an
assessment of the illegal Rohingya settlers in the country and discuss a
mechanism for their detection, arrest and deportation. The meeting was attended
by J&K chief secretary and DGP, joint secretary (J&K) in MHA and senior
BSF and intelligence officers.
United Nations Human Rights Commission has recognised around 14,000 Rohingya
Muslims living in India as 'refugees', a government official said India does
not accept the status conferred by the UN body as the 'refugees' are merely
foreigners who have entered the country illegally.
Pradesh: Five Muslim families who fled Hapur after clash return after assurance
MUSLIM families, who had fled Upeda village in Hapur after Hindus and Muslims
clashed last week, returned home on Sunday, following assurances from senior
officials and deployment of heavy police force in the area.
FIR was lodged over the alleged attack on the Muslim youths, following which,
two persons have been arrested. According to the police complaint, Shaqib and
his cousins — Sameer and Suhel — along with their uncle Sabu, were returning
from a mosque after offering prayers on March 29 when four youths made
objectionable comments related to their religion. Shaqib, the complainant,
alleged that the youths threatened them not to wear skull caps.
added that while they avoided an argument and returned home, four of the youths
followed and attacked them. Shaqib’s father Nizam said when he and his cousin
Saleem Khan tried to intervene, they too were assaulted. The four assailants
later left, he added.
FIR has been registered against the four accused — Nanu, Sandeep, Prince and a
juvenile — on charges, including promoting enmity between two groups on ground
of religion. Nanu and Sandeep were arrested a day after the incident and both
are lodged at Dasna Jail in Ghaizabad,” Babugarh police SHO Jitendra Kumar
communal clash in Badaun: No structure to be allowed on ‘illegal’ land, says
Hindutva leader Sadhvi Prachi to villagers
contacted, Saleem Khan said that fearing further attacks, they decided to send
their families to a safer place.
keeps mum over Iran envoy’s remarks
The Foreign Office has avoided an immediate reaction to media statements by
Iranian Ambassador Mehdi Honardoost who expressed reservations about Pakistan
clearing former army chief Gen Raheel Sharif to lead a 39-nation military
alliance put together by Saudi Arabia.
now. We generally do not react to media reports. We’ll, however, look at it,”
FO spokesman Nafees Zakaria said when contacted.
spokesman had, however, at a briefing last Thursday dismissed the impression
that Pakistan’s participation in the alliance would compromise its longstanding
principle of neutrality in the Middle Eastern conflicts.
are talking about two different things. The basic purpose of this force is
counter terrorism,” Mr Zakaria had said while responding to a questioner, who
asked if Islamabad by joining the Saudi alliance had given up the policy of
neutrality in the Middle East.
a surprise diplomatic offensive, the Iranian envoy had, according to a report
carried by Iran’s state news agency IRNA, expressed reservations over the
issuance of No-Objection Certificate (NOC) by the Pakistani government for
appointing Gen Sharif as head of the Saudi-led military alliance.
was always expected that Iran being a Saudi adversary would not be comfortable
with Riyadh’s move to set up such an alliance, though under the pretext of
fighting the militant Islamic State group.
decision to send the former army chief to lead the alliance is therefore all
set to complicate the already fraught Pak-Iran ties. Mr Honardoost, according
to IRNA’s dispatch, confirmed reports that the Pakistan government had shared
with him in advance its intentions to allow Gen Sharif to join the Saudi-led
alliance. However, the report noted that the envoy believes that a
communication by the Pakistani side cannot be implied as Iran being satisfied
with the decision or having accepted the same.
ambassador said that he had informed his interlocutors that Iran would not
become part of any alliance like the ‘military alliance’, nor such kind of
offer had been extended to it.
(the ambassador) strongly believed that all important Islamic countries should
come together to form a coalition of peace to resolve their issues rather
[than] forming a controversial military alliance,” IRNA said.
in Dawn, April 4th, 2017
(PR) - Saiful Malook is the most famous and the best piece of versified work in
the Punjabi language written by well-known Sufi poet Hazrat Mian Muhammad
Malook’ was reprinted again on 23rd March after almost one and half century by
Prof Saeed Ahmad, one of the devotees of Hazrat Mian Muhammad Bakhsh &
author of Great Sufi Wisdom Series of books.
Sufi poet Hazrat Mian Muhammad Bakhsh wrote 18 books, 17 in Punjabi and one in
Persian. The most famous out of these books is “Saiful Maluk” (Safrul Ishq or
the journey of Divine Love) is a magnum opus of the writer. Hazrat Mian
Muhammad Bakhsh wrote this book in the age of 33 (according to the Hijra
Calendar in 1279 (1863 AD) but it took him almost six years to bring it in its
printable form. It was not easy to print books in those days as he was residing
in Khari Sharif, Mirpur, (the remotest area of the Punjab). Khari Sharif was
the part of Punjab in those days, later on it was annexed with Kashmir
territory during the British rule. Before writing the best versified piece of
literature he had already written six books in his mother tongue Punjabi.
Interestingly, when he got printed Saiful Malook from Mustafai Printing Press,
Kashmiri Bazar (old name of Urdu Bazar, Lahore) he had written 10 books
including Saiful Malook, all in Punjabi. Whilst he was writing this book, his
spiritual brilliance was unmatchable which led him to string saintly pearls of
the Divine Love in the form of the book.
boy immolates himself in Nagarparkar to achieve 'mukti'
Hindu boy allegedly committed suicide by setting himself on fire to achieve
mukti ─ liberation after death ─
in the Nagarparkar area of Thar district on Monday.
the boy's father, said that the boy had gathered firewood near the local
temple, set the wood on alight, and then thrown himself into the inferno.
to local media and police, Tejo, a resident of the Pooranwah village, said his
son was "fanatically interested" in the worship of various deities.
said his son had an intense interest in death as a means of achieving
immortality from a very young age.
belief is an old and now almost extinct tradition in Hinduism.
added that his son used to spend his nights worshipping at the village temple
and had spent most of the time there on the day he ended his life.
Auragzeb Sand, who conducted the postmortem, told Dawn that the boy's body had
been burnt beyond recognition.
doctor estimated the boy's age to be between 14 and 16 years.
writer Bharumal Amrani told Dawn that never before had such an incident,
wherein someone had killed themselves 'under the influence of the deities',
happened before in Thar. He suggested that the boy might have been facing
psychological or physiological problems.
Adviser to the PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said on Monday that there was
no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan and the focus should be on
a political settlement through an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process.
was talking to a 14-member Afghan media delegation currently visiting Pakistan.
Aziz said that the relations between the two brotherly countries were rooted in
common history, religion, and culture and people-to-people ties.
added that like their past, Afghanistan and Pakistan also shared a future.
"It is, therefore, important that the two countries closely work together
for dealing with the common challenges and pursue the welfare and progress of
the people," he said.
described terrorism as the common enemy of the two countries, urging close
cooperation and meaningful engagement between the two governments in the areas
of security, counter-terrorism and border management for preventing
cross-border movement of terrorist groups.
Pakistan's desire for lasting peace in Afghanistan, Sartaj Aziz said that there
was no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan and the focus should be
on political settlement through an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process.
this regard, serious efforts are being made by Pakistan for peace talks between
Afghan government and Taliban. The cooperation between the two countries is
important for promoting peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan," he said.
The members of the Afghan media delegation held a frank and candid conversation
on the efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan and strengthening of
the recent terrorist attacks in Pakistan carried by terrorists from the Afghan
soil, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq
Fatemi on Monday underlined the need for effective border management for
preventing cross-border movement of terrorists. He was talking to Afghan
Ambassador Hazrat Omer Zakhilwal who had called on him.
- At least 128 families of registered
Afghan refugees left for Afghanistan on Monday as voluntary repatriation of the
refugees resumed after a gap of four months.
voluntary repatriation process, which had been halted in November 2016 due to
cold weather in Afghanistan, formally resumed from repatriation centre at
Chamkani in Peshawar.
the very first day, a total of 128 registered Afghan families returned to
Afghanistan. Of them, 122 families left from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa through Torkham
border and six more families from Balochistan through Chamman border,” Duniya
Aslam Khan, spokesperson for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees
(UNHCR) told The Nation.
returned 128 families make a total of 571 individuals, she said and added the
repatriation process had been temporarily stopped in November 2016 due to harsh
weather in Afghanistan and now after about four-month, it has been resumed.
UNHCR officials said that earlier the UNHCR paid $400 to each person of a
repatriating Afghan refugee family, but the financial assistance had now been
reduced to $200 per person. They said the decision to cut cash grant had been
taken following reduction in financial aids from donor agencies.
said currently the repatriation process had been started from Chamkani centre
on main GT Road at the outskirts of Peshawar. The Chamkani repatriation centre
has the capacity of arranging return of about 500 families per day, she said,
adding the centre could manage the repatriation process properly.
however, said if the number of Afghan refugees returning to Afghanistan
increased, then a second repatriation centre in Nowshera would be opened for
registering them and facilitating them accordingly.
has allowed stay of registered Afghan refugees till December 31, 2017.
add: The government resumed the repatriation of Afghan refugees on Monday,
sending nearly 1,200 people back across the heavily guarded northern Torkham
border, an official at the United Nations’ refugee body said.
is home to the world's second largest refugee population, with a total of 2.5
million Afghans living there. Many have been in Pakistan since the Soviet
invasion in 1979.
Rights Watch has accused the UN of allowing Pakistan to forcibly evict Afghan
refugees in violation of international law.
activists say they expect little change this year in either Pakistani policies
or the inability of the Afghan government and aid groups to support the tide.
Pakistan denies systematic harassment of the refugees by its authorities. It
claims the country has demonstrated great generosity in hosting the Afghans
despite its own economic limitations. The Afghans going home now are leaving
voluntarily, it says.
the Afghans complain about constant harassment and a lack of citizenship rights
for those who have spent decades living and working in Pakistan.
family moved to Pakistan in the early '80s," said Abdul Wahab, who lived
in Islamabad for more than 30 years. "My father sold carpets and operated
a successful shop. He made sure he always paid his taxes. But we could not have
a bank account or own property."
growing up in Pakistan, Wahab said, the weight of being a second-class citizen
was too much to bear. In early 2016, before Pakistan began sending back Afghan
refugees, Wahab packed up his carpets and moved the business back to Kabul.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) confirmed that voluntary
returns resumed after a suspension due to winter weather.
whether Pakistan's hard-handed approach toward Afghans living within its
borders for nearly 40 years had spurred the exodus, UNHCR representative Samad
Khan said the reasons were varied. "Some move for economic purposes or to
unite with their families and others are moving due to border restrictions
which have impacted their families," he said.
trial: Muslims protesting against Governor misled by conservatives, key Islamic
biggest Islamic organisation says Muslims protesting against Jakarta's
Christian Governor are being misled by religious conservatives.
senior figure says Ahok protesters are focusing on out-of-date interpretations
of the Koran
is giving evidence in his blasphemy trial for the first time
round of Jakarta governor election in three weeks' time
comments from one of the senior figures in Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) come as
Governor "Ahok" Basuki is due to give evidence for the first time
today in his blasphemy trial.
trial has split Indonesian Muslims and seen huge crowds protesting against the
Governor on the streets of Jakarta.
supreme council secretary-general Yahya Cholil Staquf said a crucial verse in
the Koran — which states that Muslims and non-Muslims should not be allies — is
being deliberately misinterpreted by Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) hard-line
leader Rizieq Shihab and others.
don't want to see him convicted because it's just not right," Mr Yahya
told the ABC.
all manipulation. To my belief there is no blasphemy done by Ahok at all.
I believe is that Ahok is not guilty, and the case that he is charged with, it
has all been a manipulative thing going on for the purpose of the
is the biggest Muslim organisation in Indonesia, with about 50 million
Yahya said "orthodox Islam" teaching focused on out-of-date
interpretations of the Koran.
are some very important elements in the teaching that really need to be
contextualised to fit with modern times," he said.
and blasphemy trial running parallel
final round of the election for Jakarta's governor is in three weeks' time.
is in a close race with Anies Baswedan, who is supported by conservative Muslim
groups, including the FPI.
election campaign is running parallel to the Governor's blasphemy trial. Ahok
is the final witness in the case and is due to give evidence today.
Yahya said those leading the charge against Ahok were part of a growing
conservative movement in Indonesia.
said the conservatives were unhappy that the Indonesian constitution gave all
citizens equal rights regardless of their religion.
is not a new challenge to us, we've been dealing with this kind of challenge
over and over in our history," he said.
been winning, I would say, but this challenge against our religious view is
getting more and more stronger.
challenge from the conservative view of Islam against our position here is
said the conservative version of Islam was being pushed by Saudi Arabia and
police have also released more details about the five people connected with the
protest movement who are being investigated for alleged treason.
said they were plotting to occupy the Indonesian Parliament and were planning
an illegal rally on election day.
spokesman Argo Yuwono said the organisers wanted to crash a truck into the back
gates of Parliament and enter the complex through a manhole.
said they also want to question the son of former Indonesian president Suharto,
Tommy Suharto, about his links to the anti-Ahok protests.
Islamic scholar not a threat to Malaysia: Zahid
LUMPUR — Contentious Islamic scholar Zakir Naik is allowed to be in Malaysia
because he has not been earmarked as a “terrorist entity” by the United Nations
(UN), Malaysia’s deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said yesterday.
Immigration Department will only blacklist individuals who pose a threat to the
country’s security and peace based on information provided by relevant
enforcement agencies,” Mr Zahid, who is also the Home minister, said in a
written parliamentary reply to opposition Democratic Action Party (DAP)
lawmaker M Kula Segaran.
such, Mr Zahid said Dr Zakir “is not listed as a terrorist entity” under the UN
Security resolutions, and based on this, the immigration department has no
objection to the preacher’s entry to Malaysia because he has not violated any
of the country’s laws. He added the Immigration Department does not “blacklist”
anyone from entering the country based simply on media reports, but only
credible information from enforcement authorities who would determine if a
foreigner poses a threat to Malaysia’s security.
his parliamentary question, Mr Kula had asked the Home ministry to explain why
the government has not barred Dr Zakir from entering Malaysia, despite his
inflammatory speeches. Dr Zakir has previously voiced support for Al Qaeda
jihadists and Osama bin Laden and, in a 2006 lecture, he called for “every Muslim
to be a terrorist”.
Salafist preacher’s inflammatory speeches have caused him to be banned from at
least two countries: the United Kingdom and Canada.
the India-born televangelist has been allowed to travel in and out of Malaysia
giving religious speeches. Despite being a fugitive in India, he was welcomed
by some senior Islamic clerics, and even met Malaysian Prime Minister Najib
Razak last year.
Zakir is currently on the run from the Indian authorities, who are mulling
terror charges against him reportedly based on testimonies of about 50 terror
suspects and convicts recorded from various jails, with those caught citing the
medical doctor as their source of inspiration.
Perak Mufti Harussani Zakaria has advised controversial lawyer Siti Zabedah
Kasim, better known as Siti Kasim, to learn and understand Islam.
said Siti Kasim should not have touched on tauhid (oneness of God) as it was
not her field of expertise.
action is tantamount to committing apostasy.
are out of Islam and when they die, they cannot even be buried in a Muslim cemetery.
advice is not to meddle in religious matters which we are ignorant of. So,
the religion of our parents. We should defend our religion.
not speak on matters we don’t know about as this can be detrimental to
ourselves,” he told a press conference at Darul Ridzuan Islamic Complex here
was commenting on remarks made by Siti Kasim in an interview with online
Chinese media on the existence of God, which were deemed deviationist.
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki said the
Malaysia Islamic Development Department (Jakim) would summon Siti Kasim to
record her statement following her remarks.
LUMPUR, April 4 — PAS called today for a special committee to review a
government Bill to amend the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976 (LRA)
that will ban unilateral conversion of minors, among others.
Islamist party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang argued that the Bill
review is needed as it will seriously affect the freedom of Muslim to practise
their religion, and prevent them from preserving their faith without external
suggests for Act 164 is reviewed thoroughly, through a special committee to
draft and propose a solution that is fairer, holistic and inclusive,” Hadi said
in a statement.
LRA is also known as Act 164.
Marang MP said the committee should comprise both Muslims and non-Muslims
should also included representatives from the national fatwa committee, the
Shariah Judiciary Department, Shariah and civil law practitioners, and NGOs.
month, PAS information chief Nasrudin Hassan claimed that LRA amendments will
remove a Muslim child’s faith, and accused the federal government of only
considering the interests of religious minorities instead of mainstream
November last year, PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan warned that
Muslims may seek to derail the LRA amendment if non-Muslims continue to oppose
its Hadi’s private member’s Bill to upgrade Shariah courts.
is also currently seeking to allow Shariah courts mete out harsher punishments
through a private motion. His Bill is listed as the 16th motion in the
Parliamentary Order Paper today.
is expected to table the LRA Bill for a second reading in the Dewan Rakyat this
sitting with the highlight being the inclusion of a new Section 88A that
explicitly states that “both parties” in a civil marriage must agree for the
conversion of a minor into Islam.
addressing the “Religion of a Child” in civil marriages where one spouse has
converted to Islam, the amendment also said that the child will remain in the
religion of the parents at the time of marriage until the child is 18 years
old, when he may choose his own religion.
against General Raheel Sharif heading Islamic military alliance: envoy
today said it has reservations on the appointment of Pakistan’s former army
chief Gen Raheel Sharif as the head of the Saudi-led 39-nation Islamic military
alliance, warning that it may “impact” the unity among Muslim countries.
state-run IRNA news agency quoted the country’s Ambassador to Pakistan Mehdi
Honardoost as saying that Tehran had conveyed its concerns to Islamabad.
are concerned about this issue… that it may impact the unity of Islamic
countries,” Honardoost said.
that does not indicate that Iran is satisfied with this decision or it has
accepted the same,” the envoy was quoted as saying by Dawn newspaper.
also said that Pakistan had contacted Tehran before issuing the no-objection
certificate (NOC) to the retired general to head the Saudi-led alliance.
said Tehran had informed Islamabad that Iran would not become part of such a
military alliance, adding that neither had Iran been extended an offer to join
a coalition of this sort.
proposed that all important Islamic countries come together to form a
“coalition of peace” in order to resolve their issues “rather [than] forming a
controversial military alliance”.
Sharif, who retired as army chief last November, is likely to assume command of
the anti-terrorism alliance, being dubbed the ‘Muslim Nato’, this month, the
Pakistan government had issued an NOC for Sharif to join the alliance after an
understanding was reached between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia on the matter,
retired Maj Gen Ijaz Awan, a defence analyst and close associate of the former
army chief, said.
appointment of Gen Sharif as the leader of the military alliance sparked debate
over how the move will impact Pakistan’s foreign policy, and whether it was
fully sanctioned by parliament, the report said.
had initially found itself in the cross-hairs of Middle Eastern politics as
Saudi Arabia named it as part of its newly formed military alliance of Muslim
countries meant to combat terrorism, without first getting its consent.
after initial ambiguity, Islamabad had confirmed its participation in the
alliance, but had said that the scope of its participation would be defined
after Riyadh shared the details of the coalition it was assembling.
appointment had been criticised by some Pakistani politicians, retired army
officers, journalists, intellectuals, who had questioned the decision of the
ex-army chief to join a foreign military alliance after retirement.
coalition was envisaged to serve as a platform for security cooperation,
including provision of training, equipment and troops, and involvement of
religious scholars for dealing with extremism.
Saudi government had surprised many countries by announcing that it had forged
a coalition for coordinating and supporting military operations against terrorism
in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt and Afghanistan, the report said.
Saudi Arabia’s archrival for influence in the Arab world, was absent from the
states named as participants, as proxy conflicts between the two regional
powers rage from Syria to Yemen, it added.
says Turks in Europe should defy 'grandchildren of Nazism'
Tayyip Erdogan on Monday called on Turkish voters in Europe to defy the
"grandchildren of Nazism" and back a referendum this month on
changing the constitution, comments likely to cause further ire in Europe.
has repeatedly lashed out at European countries, including Germany, in
campaigning for the referendum, accusing them of "Nazi-like" tactics
for banning his ministers from speaking to rallies of Turkish voters abroad.
has been incensed by the references to its wartime past. German Chancellor
Angela Merkel has said that the references must stop.
Houthi leader from to the northern province of Omran surrendered to Poplar
Resistance and Yemen’s army forces in the Karash front north of Lahj province
and revealed that masses of militias have abandoned the fight.
Abdulhakim al-Shuaibi, head of the Karash Front, said that the Houthi leader,
who is currently in custody, surrendered to the National Army after he asked
revealed that at least 40 Houthi militias escaped and abandoned that front.
Houthi leader Abdul Malik al-Houthi proposed a deal to swap prisoners with the
legitimate government which.
in Yemen are suffering from shortage in the number of fighters due to the heavy
losses inflicted on them, and this may have pushed Houthi to make this
Apr 4, 2017
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says a multilateral deal reached between
Iran and the P5+1 countries in 2015 was devised based on the Islamic Republic’s
mistrust of the United States.
on Monday, Zarif reiterated concerns by Leader of the Islamic Revolution
Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei about the US’s non-performance of the deal, which
is known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and said such
non-commitment had been predictable for Iran.
the Iranian foreign minister said, “the two sides proceeded based on mutual
mistrust and devised numerous [contingency] mechanisms.”
and the P5+1 group of countries, namely the US, Russia, China, France, Britain,
and Germany, reached the deal in July 2015. The agreement went into effect in
January 2016, resolving a long-running dispute over the Iranian nuclear
the deal, Iran has agreed to put certain limits to its peaceful nuclear program
in return for the lifting of international sanctions that had been imposed on
the country over the program.
said the mechanisms worked out in the deal made it “much easier” for Iran, if
necessary, to roll back the steps it had taken under the deal than for the
other side to put the sanctions back on the Islamic Republic.
a moment comes when the Americans would not perform the JCPOA, our
reversibility would be amply swift,” Zarif said, explaining that, in such a
scenario, Iran would take up more nuclear activities than it had before
committing to the JCPOA.
said that Iran had “enough guarantees,” based on the mechanisms, to return to
the pre-JCPOA era if the Iranian government determined one day that the
American non-performance was at a level warranting that return.
said, however, that he believed such a scenario would be unlikely.
Iran has been steadfastly carrying out its commitments under the JCPOA, the US
has been less strictly abiding by it. Washington has offered only verbal
assurance to international institutions that they would not face US punitive
measures if they restored their trade ties with Tehran under the circumstances
provided following the conclusion of the deal. The shortage of concrete
guarantees has caused some European banks to balk at resuming the transactions.
has offered its condolences to the families of the victims of a deadly blast in
a metro station in Russia's Saint Petersburg, stressing that killing innocent
people is not a way to reach political goals.
insecurity and killing innocent people is the most humiliating path to reaching
political goals,” said Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi on
in the day, at least 11 people were killed and dozens more were wounded as an
explosion ripped through a subway train traveling between St. Petersburg’s
Sennaya Ploshad and Technological Institute stations. The Kremlin has stated
that the incident has "all the hallmarks of an attack."
the blast, the city’s metro system was closed down as police found and defused
another explosive device in another station.
Investigative Committee has announced that it is dealing with the incident as
an "act of terror" but has said that it is not ruling out other
possible causes of the explosion.
the attack, Qassemi reiterated Iran’s calls to form a serious international
coalition for battling terrorism.
believe that the only way to stop these terrible atrocities is to cut them off
by the roots; the only way to do this is through serious will of all
international governments and organizations,” he added.
the Lebanese resistance movement of Hezbollah also condemned the terrorist
explosion in Saint Petersburg. In a Monday statement, Hezbollah said the attack
was further reason for world countries to unite in their efforts to confront
the terrorists and their financial and ideological sources.
said the attack would not dent Russia’s determination to fight terror.
Nations slams deadly Russia blast
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has condemned the attacks, stressing that
those behind it must be held accountable.
secretary general condemns today's bombing in the St. Petersburg metro,"
said the UN chief’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric.
extends his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and
to the government and the people of the Russian Federation…Those responsible
for this appalling act must be held accountable," he added. The UN
Security Council also slammed the bombing as a "barbaric and cowardly
calls blast a ‘terrible thing’
President Donald Trump also slammed the attack while attending an event at the
White House. “Terrible. Terrible thing. Happening all over the world.
Absolutely, a terrible thing, " he said.
to the Kremlin, Trump also had a telephone conversation with Russian President
Vladimir Putin to offer his condolences.
US president also conveyed his support for the people of Russia, said a
statement released by the Kremlin. It added that both leaders had voiced their
joint view that "terrorism is an evil that must be fought jointly."
House press secretary Sean Spicer also censured the attack, and offered
condolences to the families of the victims.
like these on ordinary citizens going about their lives remind us that the
world must work as one to combat violence in all forms," said Spicer.
"The United States is prepared to offer assistance to Russia and may
require investigating this crime."
acting US State Department spokesperson, Mark Toner, also condemned the
“reprehensible attack on passengers of the St. Petersburg metro system.”
main Turkish opposition party has accused the ruling Justice and Development
Party (AKP) of having prior knowledge of the failed July 15, 2016 putsch,
saying Ankara carried out a “controlled” coup in an attempt to exploit its
head of the Republican People's Party (CHP), Kemal Kilicdaroglu, made the
remarks on Monday, during a breakfast meeting with the editors of several
Turkish television stations, adding that up to 180 people within the government
of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had been employing an encrypted messaging
application, called ByLock, for plotting the coup, and that the country’s secret
service had a list of these people.
ByLock users should be revealed. If this list is going to be kept secret, then
it indicates that July 15 was a controlled coup. [Meaning that] they (the
authorities) had information about the coup in advance,” Kilicdaroglu further
said, adding that the testimonies given by the arrested members of the outlawed
movement led by the US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen “also strengthen the view
that it was a controlled coup.”
coup began when a faction of the Turkish military declared that it had seized
control of the country and the government of President Erdogan was no more in
charge. The attempt was, however, suppressed a few hours later.
the failed coup, Ankara launched a heavy-handed crackdown on those deemed to
have played a role in the attempt, which was blamed on the Gulen movement. The
Pennsylvania-based cleric has, however, categorically denied the allegation.
The government has outlawed his large organization, the Gulen movement, in the
country and has branded it as Fethullah Terrorist Organization (FETO).
also said that Ankara had detained thousands of people allegedly linked to
FETO, but failed to take any action against its political wing. His comments
are an apparent response to Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, who, a day
earlier, had denied allegations that FETO had a “political affiliation” within
CHP leader also stated that he had “compiled a special dossier” on the issue,
but declined to elaborate on its contents.
remarks, however, infuriated Erdogan, who responded at a televised rally in the
Black Sea region of Rize shortly afterward.
you have a dossier then out with it!” retorted the Turkish leader, adding, “But
it's a big lie.”
least 262 Turkish diplomats and military personnel have filed for political
asylum in Germany since a last year failed coup blamed on supporters of
US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.
spokeswoman for the German Interior Ministry made the announcement on Monday,
saying that 151 of the asylum applications came from Turkish nationals holding
diplomatic passports while the other 111 were from people with no-fee
passports, which are issued to government employees, including military
personnel, civil servants and their dependents.
figures are not actually statistically sound because they are based on the
voluntary statements of the asylum applicants," said Annegret Korff,
suggesting that the real number could be higher.
asylum applications will be treated on a case-by-case basis ... and decided
according to the law," she added.
spokeswoman also noted that the number of Turkish citizens seeking asylum in
Germany had dramatically risen after the botched putsch despite Ankara
pressuring Berlin to reject applications from soldiers and army personnel
suspected of having links to Gulen.
witnessed a coup attempt on July 15, 2016 when a faction of the Turkish
military declared that it had seized control of the country and the government
of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was no more in charge. The attempt was, however,
suppressed a few hours later.
paper, L’Express, highlighted the role played by Mohammed VI Institute for the
Training of Imams in boosting Morocco’s clout in the continent and championing
a moderate and tolerant Islam against the threat of extremism.
the lofty values of tolerance inherent to Islam is a praiseworthy endeavor
pursued by the Institute in a bid to counter calls for extremism at the local
and international level, underscores the French newspaper.
Institute, located in Rabat, has been offering training to Imams and preachers
from different African countries such as Mali, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Chad as
well as European countries, including France, adds the same source, noting that
50 Frenchman out of a total of 1195 students are currently receiving training on
the genuine precepts of Islam.
reform of the religious sphere is a key part in Morocco’s counter terrorism
strategy. The Institute, which trains
Imams, Murshideen and Murshidat (male and female preachers), is a vector of
religious diplomacy aiming to counter the terrorist threat that feeds on
extremist interpretations of religions with a view to destabilize the region.
paper also highlights that Morocco is becoming a hub for spreading tolerant
Islam, noting that French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Minister for
Endowments and Islamic Affairs Ahmed Toufiq signed an agreement in 2015 to
offer training within the institute to Imams of French mosques.
also launched the Mohammed VI Foundation for African Ulemas, an academic
institution based in Fez that aims at uniting the efforts of Muslim scholars to
promote tolerant Islam and counter extremism and radicalization on the
military trainers will fight ISIS in Jordan
to The Independent, Theresa May has announced a plan to send British military
trainers to Jordan to boost the nation's air force at the start of a three-day
tour of the Middle East.
programme’s aim is to help the country fight Isis but comes amid controversy
surrounding the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen, which also involves
Prime Minister wants to focus her visit, taking in both Jordan and Saudi
Arabia, on tackling the Jihadi group and deepening trade ties.
the trip was accompanied by an embarrassing announcement from the Metropolitan
Police that its war crimes unit is considering an investigation into Saudi
activities in Yemen.
May said: “It is clearly in the UK's security and prosperity interests to
support Jordan and Saudi Arabia in tackling regional challenges to create a
more stable region, and in delivering their ambitious reform programmes to
ensure their own stability. “An even deeper partnership with these countries,
and greater knowledge and understanding of one another, will increase our
ability to address the issues that concern us, including the promotion of
international standards and norms.
tackle the threats we face from terrorism and from geopolitical instability, we
must meet them at their source.”
added: “Jordan is on the frontline of multiple regional crises and I'm clear
that by working with them, we are helping keep British people safe. Likewise in
Saudi Arabia, we must never forget that intelligence we have received in the
past from that country has saved potentially hundreds of lives in the UK.”
Tuesday Ms May will head to Saudi, the UK's largest trading partner in the
Middle East with goods and services exports totalling £6.6bn in 2015. Talks are
set to focus on stronger ties following the vote for Brexit.
Prime Minister has faced repeated calls to suspend arms sales to Riyadh amid
claims of widespread human rights abuses in Yemen during the coalition bombing
campaign it is leading, which includes Jordan.
Saudis back the war-torn country's internationally recognised government
against Iran-backed Houthi rebels.
has continued to allow arms sales, with more than £3.3bn of exports since the
bombing began in March 2015. At least 10,000 people have been killed during the
war, according to the United Nations.
Secretary Boris Johnson apologised at the weekend to the Saudi government after
an activist in London tried to carry out a citizen's arrest of one of the Gulf
state's generals, while another protester threw an egg at the senior officer as
he arrived at an event.
further embarrassment has been caused after the Met made its announcement, in a
statement: “On Thursday 30 March 2017, the Metropolitan Police Service received
a referral of an allegation of war crimes, made against Saudi Arabia, committed
receipt of the referral, the MPS war crimes team began a scoping exercise and
contacted those making the allegations.
suicide bomber from Kyrgyzstan was behind the explosion that killed 11 people
and injured dozens more in the Saint Petersburg metro, security services in the
Central Asian country said Tuesday.
is probable that he acquired Russian nationality," he said.
Investigative Committee said it was probing an "act of terror" over
the blast that rocked the metro in the country's second city on Monday
afternoon, but added it would look into all other possible causes of the blast.
was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion, which comes after
the Islamic State group called for attacks on Russia in retribution for its
military intervention in Syria against the jihadists.
attacks intensify Bangladesh’s rising radicalism
APRIL 3, 2017
has been hit by a spate of suicide bombings, heralding a dangerous new phase of
Islamist radicalism in one of the world’s most populous Muslim nations. The
attacks signal extremist groups, under intense counterterrorism pressure, have
resorted to terror tactics common in Pakistan and Middle Eastern countries but
hitherto unseen in Bangladesh.
late March, one suicide bomber blew himself up near a police check post at the
entrance of the Dhaka airport. The next day, another blew himself up near a
base of the capital’s Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), injuring two security
following day another suicide bomber blew himself up after failing to storm a
RAB check post. Meanwhile, army para-commandos who raided and killed four
Islamist radicals in a hideout in the northeastern town of Sylhet confirmed all
four had suicide vests strapped to their bodies.
spokesman Brigadier-General Fakhrul Ahsan said all four were shot and killed
before they could activate their suicide vests. As the army mounted the assault
on the hide-out building, leaving the police and para-military to guard the
outer ring, a group of motorcycle-riding radicals lobbed grenades at their
people — two of them policemen and one the chief of the RAB’s intelligence wing
— were killed in the assault. More than 40 others were injured. On March 30,
police reported militants had blown themselves up with women and children in a
hideout in neighboring Moulavibazar, bordering India’s volatile northeast
chief Monirul Islam said at least eight died in the incident. “When our SWAT
personnel entered the hideout, we were taken aback. Hands, limbs and heads were
strewn all over. Even the gender of the children killed could not be easily
identified, the bodies were so badly shredded,” Islam said.
more militants, including one woman, were found dead after police stormed into
another hideout in Moulavibazar town on Saturday. Monirul Islam said they had
also blown themselves up to avoid capture.
use of suicide explosions in Bangladesh’s intensifying struggle between
government forces and Islamic extremists started on December 24, when a woman,
reportedly the wife of a top Islamist radical, blew herself up in a Dhaka
suicide explosions have not caused much casualties so far because the bombers
are not properly trained. But they could surely cause more harm in future,”
said Lieutenant General John Mukherjee, former chief of staff of India’s
veteran who has fought insurgents in India’s troubled Kashmir and “Seven
Sisters” northeast region, Mukherjee said these bombers apparently were
prepared to die for their insurgent cause. “That is the worry. Sooner or later,
they will cause more damage,” he told Asia Times.
upshot so far is that the country’s counterterrorism forces – comprised of
police, the RAB and army – have launched proactive, integrated operations to
face down the growing radical challenge.
the attempted suicide bombings in Dhaka in March, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
appealed to “misguided militants” to shun violence while speaking on the
country’s March 26 Independence Day. At the same time, she called on the army to
“eliminate” Islamist militants holed up in a high-rise building on the
outskirts of Sylhet.
of the country’s First Para-Commando Battalion engaged the four militants for
four days before finally killing them all by sniper fire, even as they extricated
78 civilians to safety. The militants failed to take any hostages, kill a
single para-commando or cause any collateral damage by exploding their suicide
was a very successful operation by any standard,” Mukherjee opined.
Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said the specialized police units, both from
SWAT and the Counterterrorism Center, will handle much of the future operations
against Islamist radicals. “But if and when needed we will call out the army
again,” Kamal told Asia Times.
July 1 terror attack last year that targeted mostly foreigners in a high-end
restaurant in Dhaka’s affluent Gulshan neighborhood was viewed by many as a
game-changer. In that assault, six Islamist radicals took scores of hostages
and killed more than 20 of them, mostly foreigners and in brutal fashion,
before they were slain by soldiers of the same para-commando battalion that
recently killed the extremists in Sylhet.
Gulshan cafe attack marked a peak of Islamist radical violence after a steady
stream of dozens of assassinations over the last two years. Scores of secular
writers, bloggers, artists, publishers and politicians have been killed in
machete attacks or shootings by Islamist radicals, belonging to groups like the
Jamaat ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) and
Harkatul Jihad al Islami (HUJI).
all appear determined to eliminate Bangladesh’s proud secular nationalist
heritage that arose from the country’s violent birth as an independent nation
the Gulshan attack took place, Bangladesh seemed to be losing the battle
against terror,” said Bangladesh watcher Sukhoranjan Dasgupta. “But that did
not happen – the police and security forces fought back with determination.”
months after the Gulshan attack, Bangladesh’s police killed at least seven top
leaders of radical groups, including JMB chief Tamim Choudhury (a Bangladesh
expatriate from Canada), his military wing chief former major Zahid ul Islam
and his deputy Tanvir Quaderi.
than 20 mid-ranking radicals who allegedly managed underground groups were also
either arrested or killed. Dozens of lower level radicals were rounded up and
their underground cells dismantled across the country, from the port city of
Chittagong to Chapai Nawabganj in the north and Sylhet in the northeast.
weapons and explosives, including suicide vests, were reportedly recovered in
United States counterterrorism official, speaking on condition of anonymity
because he was not authorized to speak with the media, told Asia Times that
Bangladesh’s counterterrorism operations to date have been “relentless and
unwavering” and “more successful than ours.”
just when police and security forces appeared to have crippled the radical
groups’ underground infrastructure, they have had to shift tactics to deal with
the sudden spate of suicide bombing attempts. Officials say the limited damage
caused so far can be attributed to solid police and intelligence work.
follow the traditional police method of hard interrogation of suspects and
infiltrate the terror groups by planting moles. And they follow up every lead
vigorously,” the US official said. “That is working.”
Indian Major General K K Ganguly, a commentator on regional security affairs
who fought against Tamil rebels in Sri Lanka and separatists in India’s Kashmir
and northeastern region, concurs with that assessment.
is no let-up in Bangladesh’s counterterrorism offensive. They are very
pro-active and never pushed on the defensive,” Ganguly told local media. “The
political will to fight terror is never found wanting.”
police counterterrorism chief Monirul Islam, one of the chief architects of the
government’s pursuit of radicals, told Asia Times that there is “no room for
complacency in our war against terror. We cannot let the militants seize the
initiative at any cost.”
with intelligence suggesting there could be dozens more radicals trained in
suicide bombing attacks, he says Bangladesh’s “war on terror” is not expected
to end any time soon.
Bhaumik is a former BBC East India correspondent who now works for a Bangladesh
commander threatens action if conditions deteriorate in Afghanistan
to Tolo News, A former Taliban commander who recently joined the peace process,
along with 200 of his men, said on Sunday he will take up arms again if social
injustices continue to increase.
commander, from the Chamtal district of Balkh province, said he has laid down
his weapons and will stay at home, unless living conditions get worse.
Mohammad, the commander, said he has fought against government forces under the
Taliban flag for ten years and now believes that anyone who creates trouble for
the people, is an enemy. He also called on Taliban members to join the peace
am tired of fighting and wish to have a peaceful life alongside my family,” he
Mohammad is 51 years old and joined the Mujahideen in remote areas of Balkh
province 30 years ago.
to him, in 1984 he arrested six soldiers from the Red Army at Alborz hillside
in Herat province and then exchanged the men for more than 90 Mujahideen who
had been in a Soviet Union prison.
said he first joined Hizb-e-Islami and then moved across to the National
Movement Party. During this time he spent more than two years in a Taliban
response to a question from where he received arms and equipment he said: “I
was a Mujahid and I received the weapon on that time and also people provided
us arm during Jihad,”
Mohammad’s men also said they had been deceived by Taliban propaganda and now
they regret the things they did in the past.
welcome the joining of 200 Taliban to the peace process and it will have a
positive impact on our region’s security," said Mohammad Amin, resident of
cooperate with government and urge other Taliban groups to join the peace
process,” said Mohammad Salim, another former Taliban insurgent.
number of the Afghan civilians have suffered casualties during an operation of
the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF).
officials confirmed that the civilians were killed due to an explosion that
resulted into the collapse of a house.
governor’s spokesman Omar Zwak confirmed the incident but did not comment
regarding the exact number of people killed in the incident.
to the reports emerging from the province, the Afghan security forces
discovered and detonated some explosives from a house which resulted into the
collapse of a residential house.
incident took place two nights ago in Lasghkargah city with the local residents
saying at least nine of a family including women and children were killed.
the meantime, Zwak said the government will conduct an investigation to
ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident and the method of the
operation conducted by the Afghan forces.
top intelligence official in eastern Paktika province has been killed in ambush
of the Taliban insurgents, local officials said Monday.
police chief General Khalil Zeyayi confirmed that the deputy intelligence,
national directorate of security, chief General Abdul Wahab was killed during
clashes with the Taliban in southeastern Ghazni province.
said the Taliban insurgents ambushed Gen. Wahab in the vicinity of Andar
district of Ghazni on Sunday.
Zeyayi further added that three security guards of Gen. Wahab were also killed
during the clashes with the Taliban insurgents.
to the local government officials, Gen. Wahab assumed charge as the deputy
intelligence chief of Paktika nearly one year ago.
was previously working as the head of the urban commandment of the Khost
Taliban insurgents group claim that Gen. Wahab was killed along with his six
security guards during the clashes.
Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) personnel have seized at
least thirty thousand kilograms of potent C4 explosives from northern Parwan
to the local government officials, the explosives were placed inside 200 sacks
and were buried in Shaka village of Bagram district.
district administrative chief of Bagram Abdul Shukoor Qudosi confirmed that the
explosives were discovered and seized during a joint special military operation
conducted by the Afghan intelligence operatives and personnel of the other
said a suspect who was in charge keeping the explosives has managed to flee the
area and investigations are underway to ascertain for which purposes the
explosives were stored in the district.
also added that the explosives were placed inside four trucks and have been
shifted to Barikab for destruction.
local security officials are saying that the discovery of the explosives is a
major achievement as C4 explosives are rarely used in major suicide attacks and
devastating car bombings.
is among the relatively calm provinces in northern Afghanistan but some of its
remote districts still witness instability and violence occasionally.
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