Shahporan Masjid and Islamic Centre Trust on Hackney Road, designed by
Shahed Saleem and nominated for the Aga Khan Award 2016. Shahed Saleem -
Naik’s NGO Gave ‘Scholarship’ To ISIS Man
Architect Designs Mosques without Minaret, Dome
ISIS Using Human Shields Slowing Process of Recapturing Mosul
of Women’s Affairs Mulls Introduction of 10 Women to Afghan Ulema Council
Keen to Broker Palestine-Israel Peace Deal
Away From Sharia, Various Muslim Organizations Tell Centre
Supporters Arrested In India, So Far
Up Rebuilding Activity in Afghanistan
mutilation could hit chances of Indo-Pak bilateral talks
Three soldiers killed on LoC, one of them mutilated, Army promises ‘heavy
Police’ Didn’t Break Law by Trying To Impose Muslim Rules in German Town –
lawmakers call for end to Turkey EU membership talks
groups agree Syria's Assad must go: Germany's Steinmeier
Identifies ISIS Planner in Attacks on Europe
Militants in Six More Towns End Battle against Gov't Forces
says air strike killed 'senior al Qaeda leader' in Syria
army forms new volunteer unit to join anti-terror fight
Terrorist Commander Killed in Clashes with Syrian Soldiers South of Aleppo City
Desperately Looking for New Financial Resources
builds wall near Palestine camp
toll among Iran's forces in Syria passes 1,000
strike destroys bridge, restricts Islamic State in Mosul
court quashes Morsi life sentence
charged with plotting to assassinate late Saudi king: media
army soldiers advance further in eastern Aleppo
Al-Sham's Centers Hit Hard in Syrian Army Attacks in Dara'a, Quneitra
Infuriated by White Helmets' Fake Video in Syria
Army Underlines Intelligence Superiority over Terrorists in Eastern Aleppo
Rohingya Muslims Flee From Myanmar to Bangladesh
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suspect held, explosives seized
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NGO Gave ‘Scholarship’ To ISIS Man
DELHI: In what could be the first evidence of a direct link between
controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik and his NGO Islamic Research
Foundation (IRF) with the Islamic State's Indian recruits, the National
Investigation Agency (NIA) has found that IS operative Abu Anas received Rs
80,000 as scholarship from the IRF.
funds were transferred around the time Anas was planning to travel to Syria to
join the IS, sources said. He had applied for the IRF scholarship on its
website and he was called for an interview in Mumbai. Anas was arrested in
Rajasthan in January. The link will add teeth to the government's investigation
of Naik+ under anti-terror laws while the IRF has already been banned and is
payment emerges as an alleged link between the IRF and the IS, with sources
suspecting that Naik's aides could not have been unaware of Anas's plans and
extended him financial assistance by disguising it as a
"scholarship". Anas, 24, was in regular touch with IRF office bearers
and the money was transferred to his ICICI Bank account in Tonk in Rajasthan,
and Naik have been under the scanner of Indian agencies since the preacher's
name surfaced as a "motivator" in the Dhaka Gulshan terror attack
case. Several Indian recruits of the IS have since acknowledged to have been
inspired by Naik' preachings to join the organisation and travel to West Asia
to fight for the so-called caliphate.
denied that he is "terrorist influencer"+ and said his preachings
reached 150 countries.
former information security analyst with TWG International at Abids at
Hyderabad, was arrested by NIA as part of a multi-city IS module in
ongoing crackdown on Naik+ and his NGOs, fresh raids on Tuesday saw agencies
claiming recovery of video tapes and DVDs of Naik's public speeches, documents
related to property and investment, financial transactions and foreign and
domestic funding of IRF and associated companies.
Mosques are not just public places to practice religious rituals in Britain and
they are often built on the expenses of the Muslim community – based on the
initiative of the residents; these mosques have been used as centers for
gatherings and celebrations; funds for food aid; and even as gyms. In 1990, mosques
in Britain were around 400 but now they reached 1800. Thus, concerns might rise
regarding the type of services which could be provided by these mosques and
would they develop be in future.
Shahed Saleem has worked on renewing the figure of British mosques; the
architect nominated for the Aga Khan Award 2016 has been tasked by communities
with designing Muslim places of worship up and down the country and has done
away with traditional minarets and domes.
a researcher at the Barlett UCL is currently finishing a book, an ambitious
project on Muslim architecture in Britain – charting the evolution from the
earliest buildings in the late 19th century to mosques being designed today.
typology of the British mosque and what “English Islam” looks like is being
discussed more and more in the wake of the Brexit vote.
Saleem, architecture is a powerful marker of current exploration of what
British Islam is; he considered that if migrants can use our architecture to
explore the new identity in this country, which can be useful and futher
represents more accurately their conditions and current circumstances. He added
that he’s like all the Muslims of Diaspora who came from other countries to
settle in Britain and recreate their culture.
wonder his designs are inspiring people to talk about what a mosque should or
shouldn’t look like. He use material in bold ways and the unapologetic yet
modern way he applies Islamic geometric design to his architecture is
his designs for mosques in U.K. cities don’t feature traditional onion-shaped
arches but are sharper with clean outlines. They could even be seen as Cubist.
meshing new forms with the past is significant in his work, to maintain the
connection with Islamic history, architecture, and culture, but by using it in
a way that is contemporary. It’s about using it in a new way for its own
purposes and situation.
whose parents are from India, says he’s part of the first generation of
British-born Muslims of migrant parents in postwar Britain, which puts him in a
unique situation as someone designing places of worship now.
he has seen the completion of the mosque he designed on Hackney Road in east
London, has a mosque in Aberdeen underway, has received planning permission for
a mosque design in Camberwell in south London, and has designs for a mosque in
South Woodford in northeast London.
doesn’t hold back from critiquing mosque designs that add features such as
minarets, traditionally used to deliver the call to prayer, when they are not
functional in the U.K. He revealed that he faces difficulties when people want
to just add minarets on – just because they think a mosque is a mosque,
therefore it should have a minaret; he thought that this leads to slightly
talks about a mosque he is proud of, the Shahporan Masjid and Islamic Centre
Trust on Hackney Road. At first, he says, the community wasn’t really sure
about it, but they came to like it when they saw the designs.
ISIS using human shields slowing process of recapturing Mosul
22 November 2016
foreign minister said on Tuesday that progress in liberating the northern city
of Mosul has been slowed by ISIS’s use of civilians as human shields.
al-Jaafari said during a visit to Hungary on Tuesday that 1,700 ISIS fighters
have been killed and 120 captured in the battle for Mosul so far.
one third of the Ninevah province, where Mosul is the capital, has been freed
says 62,000 refugees have left the city - much fewer than was expected by
authorities - and that Iraq is “prepared to receive many more.”
who signed a double taxation agreement with his Hungarian counterpart, Peter
Szijjarto, also said Iraq needed to increase its crude oil output, which he
said provided 90 percent of state budget revenues, and be exempt from OPEC
output quotas because of its “extraordinary situation.”
Minister of Women’s Affairs Dilbar Nazari said Wednesday that the ministry is
intending to introduce 10 women to Afghan Ulema Council.
during a ceremony to mark the International Day for the elimination of violence
against women, Minister Nazari said the Afghan women continue to face issues
despite numerous projects have been implemented to improve the condition of the
on the government leaders to support the law on elimination of violence against
women, Nazari said the government must step up efforts to ascertain the main
motives leading to violence against women.
urged for the censorship of the identities of the victims of violence against
women, specifically those facing sexual violence and are raped.
meantime, Chief Executive Abdullah said the persistent violence against women
will bar them from providing care to their family and children.
that the women face difficulties to pursue justice for the violence they face,
Abdullah said the current situation being faced by the women is not acceptable
as he insisted on a national mobilization to resolve the issue.
Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in his turn said the issue of violence against women is
serious and called on the Afghan people to start a campaign in elimination of
violence against women, emphasizing that the issue is against the Islamic
teachings and law.
the Afghan women are also the first class citizens of the country, similar as
men and called on Ulemas to include the campaign in eliminating violence
against women in their agenda and start awareness regarding the issue via
mosques and other religious gatherings.
keen to broker Palestine-Israel peace deal
23 November 2016
Donald Trump said Tuesday he would “love” to clinch a deal to end the
intractable conflict between Israel and the Palestinians despite the checkered
history of US attempts to broker a Middle East peace.
love to be the one who made peace with Israel and the Palestinians, that would
be such a great achievement,” Trump said in an interview with The New York
York Times reporter tweeted that Trump also suggested that his son-in-law Jared
Kushner could help broker the deal.
who is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka, is from an Orthodox Jewish family.
The businessman and investor was a close adviser to Trump during the election
Trump’s November 8 win, Kushner reportedly asked for access to the daily White
House security briefings given to his father-in-law.
and his wife were present when Trump visited with Japanese Prime Minister
Shinzo Abe on November 17, the president-elect’s first meeting with a foreign
has raised Palestinian ire by proposing that Jerusalem should be recognized as
Israel’s capital, an idea contrary to traditional US policy.
Israeli right has expressed particular satisfaction with Trump’s election win,
viewing it as a sign to resume or accelerate settlement building in the
Israel-occupied Palestinian territories, and even the end of the idea of an
independent Palestinian state.
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman last week said Trump’s aides were urging
right-wing Israeli politicians to curb their public jubilation at his election,
according to Israeli media.
secretary of state, John Kerry, has been trying for months, unsuccessfully, to
bring Israelis and Palestinians together for peace talks. Direct talks between
the two sides ended two and a half years ago.
Various Muslim organizations that united under the banner of Dakshina Kannada
and Udupi Districts Muslim Central Committee warned the central government not
to interfere in sharia laws.
Shariat Protection Convention held on Tuesday, Muslim leaders opposed the
Centre's plans of introducing uniform civil code (UCC) and declared it an
impractical move. "The Muslim community strongly opposed when the idea of
UCC was mooted 30 years ago. It is anti-Islamic and impractical in India, where
people of various faiths and religions coexist. Moreover, it will escalate
problems in the country," said B K Abdul Khader Musliyar Khasimi, chief of
Bambrana Jama Masjid after inaugurating the convention.
is an irony that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is keen on protection of rights
of Muslim women, but has failed to protect his wife. Koran gives equal rights
to women in their ancestral property. It is unacceptable to agree to the
decisions taken by those who do not have knowledge on Islam, Koran and sharia.
We have clergies to discuss sharia laws and talaaq. Let the government
concentrate on administration," Khasimi said.
talaaq is explained very clearly in sharia and it is not uttered on a single
day. There are several steps to be followed before triple talaaq is completed.
There are opportunities for the couple to reunite even after first and second
talaq. Divorce as per triple talaaq becomes valid only when all the steps fail
to reunite the couple," he explained.
Samastha Mushavara member Abdul Azeez Darimi said Muslims are united to protect
sharia law in India. "Sharia is not against the Indian Constitution.
Hence, it is not possible for the government to introduce UCC in India, where
over 6,000 castes and sub-castes exist," he added.
Hind president Muhammed Kunhi said debate on triple talaaq and UCC is
irrelevant when the nation has several other major issues to be sorted out. He
pointed out that Ram Jethmalani, who was the law minister in Atal Bihari
Vajpayee government, had rejected UCC as a non-practical move. "Conduct a
survey to ascertain the actual number of Muslim women who suffered due to
triple talaaq. In fact triple talaaq is a blessing when divorce becomes
necessary for couple," he added.
Central Committee president KS Mohammed Masood presided and vice-president
Ibrahim Kodijal was present.
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DELHI: As many as 68 persons have been arrested so far across the country for
being sympathisers or supporters of banned terrorist outfit Islamic State (IS),
the government in formed the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. Of the 68, 50 were taken
into custody by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and different state law
enforcement agencies this year.
state-wise breakup of arrests of 50 IS-inspired suspects this year, minister of
state for home Hansraj Ahir said Maharashtra and Telangana accounted for the
highest number of arrests at 11 each, followed by Karnataka with seven, Kerala
with six, Uttarakhand with four, West Bengal, UP, and Tamil Nadu with two each
and Ra jasthan, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, J&K and Bihar accounting for one
speeds up rebuilding activity in Afghanistan
DELHI: India has stepped up rebuilding activity in Afghanistan in line with its
commitment to propel the wartorn nation back on the development track. The move
comes just days ahead of a mega multilateral meet that the Narendra Modi
government is hosting in Amritsar to contribute to Afghan stability.
the December 4 Heart of Asia Conference on Afghanistan, India has come forward
to restart a factory in Mazar-e-Sharif, build a runway at Balkh airport and
assist the Afghan government in harnessing the economic potential of Salma Dam,
which was built with India’s assistance. A tiles factory in Afghanistan’s
northern Mazar-e-Sharif city will resume production soon with India’s support,
said people familiar with the development.
Ambassador to Afghanistan Manpreet Vohra recently met Balkh province governor
Atta Mohammad Noor to finalise the project.
who had helped thwart a terror attack on the Indian consulate in Mazar earlier
this year, is a strong proponent of Afghanistan-India ties.
also constructing the main approach way to the Balkh or Mazar-e-Sharif
international airport. The airport has facilities for up to 1,000 passengers,
making it one of the largest airports in Afghanistan. Originally built by the
Soviets in 1950s, the new international terminal was inaugurated in 2013.
DELHI: India has not yet proposed any bilateral engagement with Pakistan's
Sartaj Aziz, the de facto foreign minister, despite having received an official
confirmation+ of his visit to Amritsar next week for the Heart of Asia
conference on Afghanistan.
Aziz confirmed his visit earlier this month, Pakistan officials have insisted
that, as the host nation, it was India's responsibility to propose a bilateral
meeting. However, the killing of three Indian soldiers at the LoC, one of whose
body was found mutilated+ , is likely to hurt the prospects of any substantive
bilateral talk on the sidelines of the conference. Official sources said there
was no decision yet on whether or not India would have a bilateral engagement
with Pakistan in Amritsar.
at the Heart of Asia+ ministerial last year in December in Islamabad where a
thaw in ties, beginning with PM Narendra Modi's meeting with his counterpart+
Nawaz Sharif in Paris, was formalised with the announcement of a comprehensive
bilateral dialogue between the two countries. This was followed by Modi's
famous "drop by" in Lahore+ on December 25 but the thaw didn't last
long as terrorists from across the border attacked the Pathankot airbase barely
a week after Modi's visit to Pakistan.
have since then steadily deteriorated, as made manifest by the terrorist
killings in J&K and spurt in ceasefire violations+ .
Ehsan , Praveen Swami
escalating the situation on the Line of Control (LoC), three Indian soldiers
were killed and the body of one of them was mutilated Tuesday in the Machil
sector of Kupwara district in north Kashmir, an incident that infuriated the
Army Northern Command which promised “retribution will be heavy for this
soldiers from the 57 Rashtriya Rifles, Army sources said, were ambushed while
staging a counter-infiltration patrol along the Lashdat nullah, a small
mountain stream which heads up from a village north of the town of Kupwara,
through the dense Kalaroos forests towards the Sonapindi pass.
how the three soldiers were killed remains unclear, the sources said, but added
that the men lost contact with the main body of their section-strength patrol
after it walked into a carefully-planned ambush, which military sources said,
likely involved both Pakistani special forces personnel and jihadists. Pakistan
Border Action Teams have carried out such attacks in the past.
Sonapindi Gali, in the Machil sector, leads on to the LoC, and is a major axis
of jihadist infiltration from the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir town of Keran.
infiltrators congregate in the Kalaroos forests before heading out, in small
groups, into north Kashmir towns around Kupwara.
raise the prospect of an escalation of retaliatory strikes against Pakistani
forward positions. In New Delhi, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar was briefed
on the incident by Vice Chief of Army Staff Lt General Bipin Rawat. Army chief
General Dalbir Singh is on a four-day official visit to China.
since India announced on September 29 that it had carried out surgical strikes
on terror launch pads along the LoC, troops on either side have been trading
fire daily. Thirteen Indian soldiers have died so far.
the second attack on the Army in less than a month in the same sector. On
October 29, Mandeep Singh, a soldier serving with the 17 Sikh Regiment, was
killed and then beheaded while out on patrol ahead of Kala Post, one of several
Indian forward positions in the Machil sector, in the midst of small arms and
patrol was sent to foil an infiltration bid which was being aided by Pakistani
troops who had directed fire on Dana, Khan Basti and Tantray Basti, an arc of
villages near the mouth of a mountain stream that leads up from the Neelum
river on to the forests of Kalaroos.
police’ didn’t break law by trying to impose Muslim rules in German town –
court has ruled that a group of Islamists did not break the law when forming a
‘Sharia police force’ in 2014. The group caused public outrage after patrolling
a western city in orange vests, instructing residents to abide by the strict
group's vests had ‘Sharia Police’ printed on them in large block letters, but
this did not breach the countrywide ban on political uniforms, the judges
ruled. Under German law, a uniform has to be "suggestively militant"
or have an "intimidating effect” to constitute a violation.
judges specifically cited one eyewitness who believed the vests were themed
costumes for a bachelor party. They went on to state that there was no proof to
suggest that the men were wearing the vests to break the law intentionally.
court also noted that police in Wuppertal did not find anything criminal about
the men wearing the vests, which were not seized by officers at the time.
ruling has not yet come into effect and can still be appealed by the state
all aged between 25 and 34, sparked anger by patrolling the streets of
Wuppertal in 2014, telling nightclub goers to refrain from drinking alcohol and
listening to music, and arcade customers not to play games for money, so as not
to contradict the strict Muslim religious code of conduct known as Sharia law.
group was headed by Sven Lau, a controversial Salafist leader who is currently
on trial for supporting a terrorist group fighting in Syria.
debate on RT, Maximilian Krah of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party said
that the verdict showed that Germany’s courts are unprepared for the culture
clash with its Muslim minority.
German society and the legal system have no weapons to protect the liberty of
the citizens,” he said. “If the country decides that it wants to follow the
liberal rules, then the state has the duty to enforce those liberties against
the attempts of people in the other way. And this is not what happens in
very easy. If you come to Rome, live like the Romans,” he added.
Remzi Aru of the German Democratic Alliance countered by pointing out the
double standards towards Muslims when compared to other religious groups.
against those things, but for everybody, not just Muslims,” he said.
look at the rules and the laws the Jehovah's Witnesses tell you, it is very
similar: you should not drink, you should not gamble, you should not drink
alcohol, you should not do this, you should not do that. They are ringing your
door and the people are not loving it, but they accept it so long as it's
within the frame of law. There is freedom of religion in Europe, as long as
these people do not harm you and don’t force you to do something.”
is one of Germany's most popular cities for Salafists, who follow a very
conservative interpretation of Islam and reject any form of democracy.
Monday ruling comes as Germany continues to struggle with the biggest refugee
crisis since World War II, which resulted in more than 1 million mainly Muslim
asylum seekers entering the country in 2015. Many residents across Germany have
been vocal in opposing the arrival of the refugees, condemning Chancellor
Angela Merkel's open-door policy for those fleeing war and persecution.
BELGIUM : The leaders of the European Parliament's two largest groups called on
Tuesday for the European Union to halt membership talks with Turkey because of
its post-coup purges.
message to Turkey is very clear: accession negotiations should be frozen
immediately," said Manfred Weber, the head of the largest faction in the
European Parliament, the center-right European People's Party.
echoed by Gianni Pitella, the leader of the socialist group, the parliament's
second biggest: "We want to freeze the accession talks."
than 110,000 people in Turkey - including soldiers, academics, judges,
journalists and Kurdish leaders - have been suspended from their positions or
dismissed over their alleged backing for the plotters of a failed military coup
36,000 have been arrested and media outlets have been shut.
under Mr Erdogan is more and more drifting towards an authoritarian
regime," Pitella said, referring to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.
political message towards Turkey is that human rights, civil rights, democracy
are non negotiable if you want to be part of the EU.
exasperated with the EU's intensified criticism of his rights record, has said
the bloc would have to "live with the consequences" should it stop
the talks and that Ankara could instead join an security alliance run by Russia
GERMANY : Despite all their differences, opposition groups in Syria agree that
there cannot be a future with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, German Foreign
Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told a conference hosted by his Social
Democrat party on Tuesday.
repeated his call for an end to the bombardment of civilians in the Syrian city
of Aleppo and other parts of the country, and said a transition plan was needed
to get to a political solution for ending the civil war there.
European counterterror officials are zeroing in on Islamic State masterminds of
a terror campaign against Europe that continues despite military setbacks for
ISIS in the Middle East.
Tuesday, the U.S. State Department announced that it had put a suspected
plotter of last November’s attacks in Paris on a list of specially designated
global terrorists. The announcement came the day after French authorities said
they had arrested seven suspects and foiled a plot directed by senior ISIS
figures in Syria to carry out major coordinated attacks in Paris and Marseilles
during the Christmas holidays.
French and Belgian counter-terror officials said this week they have identified
a second ISIS figure involved in directing operations against both countries.
State Department sanction targeted a Moroccan-born suspect named Abdelilah
Himich, who grew up in France and fought in the French Foreign Legion in
Afghanistan before traveling to Syria and joining the Islamic State, according
to court files and counterterror officials.
month, ProPublica and the PBS program Frontline reported that U.S. intelligence
officials believe Himich, 27, was part of an ISIS unit in Syria that directed
the terror attacks against Paris and Brussels. Composed largely of youthful
European fighters, the external operations unit oversaw a campaign in which up
to 200 operatives were deployed to Europe using forged documents, encrypted
communications techniques and support networks supplying arms, transport and
safe houses, Western intelligence officials say.
Himich, also known as Abu Sulayman al-Faransi, is a senior foreign terrorist
fighter and external operations figure,” the State Department said in a
statement today. “Himich created the Tariq Ibn Ziyad Battalion in 2015, a
European foreign terrorist fighter cell that has provided suicide operatives
for ISIL attacks in Iraq, Syria, and abroad; at one time the battalion numbered
as many as 300 members. Himich was also reportedly involved in the planning of
ISIL’s November 2015 Paris attacks and March 2016 Brussels attacks.”
intelligence believes Himich was a “conceiver” of the Paris attacks, according
to U.S. counterterror officials. But details of his activities remain unclear,
especially because several ISIS fighters use the same nickname as he does.
While French and U.S. intelligence agencies agree that Himich is a senior
foreign fighter, they differ about his degree of involvement in the Paris and
Brussels attacks. Such discrepancies are not uncommon in intelligence circles,
especially when it comes to murky underworld of the Islamic State.
possible he was involved, but we don’t have evidence that he played an
important role in the Paris plot,” said a senior French counterterror official
who requested anonymity. “We do know he led a battalion of foreign fighters in
Syria. If the Americans have specific intelligence of his role in the Paris
attacks, they haven’t shared it with us.”
government uses terrorist designations to put international pressure on top
suspects, block their assets and bar U.S. persons from doing business with
recent weeks, U.S.-backed Iraqi military forces have hammered the Islamic State
in its bastion of Mosul and elsewhere, damaging the group’s ability to deploy
fighters to Europe and direct attacks in the West.
the threat persists. French authorities are on heightened alert as the
Christmas holidays approach. Over the weekend, French police arrested seven
suspects in Strasbourg and Marseilles who had been under surveillance for
months. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said authorities dismantled
a network directed by ISIS from Syria that was about to unleash attacks.
in three towns in Hama and three more towns in Lattakia gave up fight with the
Syrian army and joined the national peace plan with the government in last 24
hours," the center said in a statement.
these six towns, the total number of the cities, towns and villages that have
thus far joined the reconciliation plan now stands at 967," the center
Russian center informed yesterday that three other towns in Hama and two towns
in Lattakia had signed peace agreement with the government and joined the peace
SYRIA : An air strike carried out by the United States last week killed Abu
Afghan Al-Masri, a "senior al Qaeda leader," near Sarmada, Syria, on
Nov. 18, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said on Tuesday.
speaking during a press briefing, told reporters that Al-Masri, an Egyptian,
originally joined al Qaeda in Afghanistan and later moved to it's Syrian
Syrian military says it has set up a new commando force, comprising volunteer
fighters, to join the army soldiers and their allies in their campaign to rid
the Arab country of terrorist groups.
statement released on Tuesday, the General Command of the Armed Forces
announced the formation of a “Fifth Attack Troop Corps of volunteers” tasked
with “eliminating terrorism” alongside other Syrian forces fighting to “return
security and stability to the entire territory.”
was established "in response to the rapid development of events, to
support the successes of armed forces and to meet people's wishes to put an end
to terrorist acts in the Syrian Arab Republic,” the statement added.
Syrian army urged citizens interested in "achieving the final victory
against terrorism" to sign up for the volunteer unit at recruitment
centers across the country.
further noted that those eligible to volunteer must be aged over 18 and not
already eligible for military service or deserters.
employees under one-year renewable contracts and the citizens who have finished
their military service would also be accepted at the newly formed corps, the
army pointed out.
year, the Syrian army announced the formation of its Fourth Corps, also an
anti-terrorism force, soon after Russia began its aerial campaign against Daesh
and other terror outfits in the Middle Eastern country at the Damascus
in possession of food while people starving'
on Tuesday, the Syrian army said in a statement that foreign-backed terrorists
in the militant-held eastern Aleppo own food stores while people were starving.
General Command of the Armed Forces calls upon militants in the neighborhoods
of east Aleppo to open ration warehouses and distribute food to those that need
it," the statement read.
Commander of Ahrar al-Sham Abu Hareth al-Halabi along with tens of militants
from this and other terrorists groups affiliated to Jeish al-Fatah coalition
were killed in Sheikh Saeed battlefield.
source disclosed that the Syrian army's advance against militants has slowed
down as hundreds of militants are now fighting against the government troops in
soldiers, the Lebanese Hezbollah and Iraqi al-Nujaba fighters have started a
fresh phase of offensives in Sheikh Saeed and already managed to advanced to
Sheikh Saeed bridge.
clashes are still underway in Sheikh Saeed.
the start of the fresh phase of the operation by army men, the Syrian fighter
jets pounded Jeish al-Fatah's positions in the Southern parts of Aleppo over 25
Monday, the Syrian Army and Hezbollah troops repelled a major offensive
conducted by Jeish al-Fatah to take back a power plant that the terrorist group
lost to the government forces two months ago.
intel indicates that the ISIL is presently looking for new financial resources
and (ISIL leader) Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has sent envoys to several foreign
countries to collect financial aids for the terrorist group," terrorism
expert Omar Badreddin said.
reiterated that the ISIL is doing its best to attract financial support in
order to avoid collapse in tough battles in Iraq and Syria, and said, "By
speaking in favor of other terrorist groups who are supported by some Persian
Gulf Arab countries, the ISIL is trying to persuade them to take part in its
military operations against the government forces."
underlined that the Syrian and Iraqi armies' victories against the ISIL in
Aleppo and Mosul, respectively, have resulted in the cut-off of financial
supports from a number of foreign backers of ISIL who are now inclined to
render more backup to other rival terrorism groups.
pointed out that the operations in Mosul and Aleppo have made it almost
impossible for the ISIL to send direct financial and logistical backup for its
militants in several regions.
that after the cut-off of some financial aids, many ISIL terrorists have
withdrawn from areas under their control, while the terrorist cult has also
stopped aids to the families of its militants killed in the battles with the
reiterated that after the ISIL was forced to reduce salaries of its foreign
militants, it had to expel some of them and also sent some others on leave in
order to compensate for its expenses.
relevant remarks in early September, Badreddin disclosed that the ISIL had sent
its envoys to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Algeria to collect cash in
order to help the terrorist group to keep on with its terrorist activities.
that the ISIL "is in a very bad financial shape as the terrorist group has
to pay salaries of its militants, and buy weapons and ammunition in order to
fight the government forces in Syria.
ISIL commanders in Syria have come to know that their financial resources are quickly
coming to an end and the relentless attacks by the Syrian army and Russian air
force as well as the Turkish army's attacks on their military positions will
soon result in cutting all their logistical and supply routes," Badreddin
reiterated that the ISIL has announced that it will execute those militants who
flee the battlefields and this has resulted in the discontent of the
ISIL's five envoys are commissioned to meet the terrorist group's supporters in
Egypt's Sina region and receive financial aid from them," Badreddin said.
(Lebanon): Lebanon is building wall near the country’s largest Palestinian
refugee camp to prevent jihadists from infiltrating, a military source has
overcrowded and impoverished Ain al-Hilweh camp near the southern coastal city
of Sidon has gained notoriety in recent years as a refuge for Muslim extremists
and fugitives. It also saw deadly fighting last year between the Jund al-Sham
Islamist group and members of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’s Fatah
September the army said security forces had arrested a Palestinian refugee
suspected of links to the Islamic State group who was in the camp.
construction of the wall began some time ago and the aim is to stop the
infiltration of terrorists inside Ain al-Hilweh from nearby orchards,” the
military source told AFP.
media users compared the wall to a controversial separation barrier which
Israel has been building in the occupied West Bank since 2002.
More than 1,000 soldiers deployed by Iran to Syria to back the government side
in its civil war have been killed, an Iranian official said, underlining
Tehran's increasing presence on front lines of the conflict. It was a major
increase in the reported death toll from just four months ago, when the Islamic
Republic announced that 400 of its soldiers had died on Syria's battlefields.
Iran has been sending fighters to Syria since the early stages of the more than
five-year-old war to support its ally, President Bashar al-Assad, against
rebels and Islamist militants including Islamic State trying to topple him.
Although many of the soldiers the Shi'ite Muslim Iran sends are its own nationals,
it is casting its recruitment net wide, training and deploying Shi'ites from
neighbouring Afghanistan and Pakistan as well. Half of the death toll reported
in August were Afghan citizens. "Now the number of Iran's martyrs as
defenders of shrine has exceeded 1,000," Mohammadali Shahidi Mahallati,
head of Iran's Foundation of Martyrs, said.
- US forces backing an Iraqi army
campaign against Islamic State in Mosul carried out an air strike on a bridge
spanning the Tigris river, restricting militant movements between western and
eastern parts of the city, a U.S. official said on Tuesday.
Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service forces are pushing deeper into east Mosul, the
last major city controlled by the Sunni hard-line group in Iraq, while army and
police units, Shi’ite militias and Kurdish fighters surround it to the west,
south and north.
have steadily retreated into Mosul from outlying areas. The army’s early
advances have slowed as militants dig in, using the more than 1 million
civilians inside the city as a shield, moving through tunnels, and hitting
troops with suicide bombers, snipers and mortar fire. Five bridges span the
Tigris that runs through Mosul. They have all been mined and boobytrapped by
militants who took over the city two years ago as they swept through northern
Iraq and declared a caliphate in parts of Iraq and neighboring Syria.
planting the mines, Islamic State fighters have so far been able to continue
using those bridges which have not yet been destroyed by air strikes. Air Force
Colonel John Dorrian, a Baghdad-based spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition,
said on Tuesday an air strike hit the number four bridge, the southernmost, in
the past 48 hours. “This effort impedes Daesh’s freedom of movement in Mosul.
It inhibits their ability to resupply or reinforce their fighters throughout
the city,” he said using an Arabic acronym for the militant group. A month ago,
a U.S. air strike destroyed the No. 2 bridge in the center of the city and two
weeks later another strike took out the No. 5 bridge to the north. The United
Nations’ International Organisation for Migration expressed concern that the
destruction of the bridges could obstruct the evacuation of civilians. “That is
a concern of IOM because this is going to leave hundreds of thousands without a
quick way out of the combat,” spokesman Joel Millman told reporters in Geneva.
battle for Mosul, launched five weeks ago, is turning into the largest military
campaign in more than a decade of conflict in Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led
invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein. The Iraqi military estimates around 5,000
Islamic State fighters are in Mosul. A 100,000-strong coalition of Iraqi
government forces, Kurdish fighters and Shi’ite paramilitary units is
surrounding the city.
capture would be a major step towards dismantling the caliphate, and Islamic
State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, believed to have withdrawn to a remote area
near the Syrian border, has told his fighters to stay and fight to the end.
Counter terrorism units and an army armored division are the only forces to
have breached the city limits from the eastern side. Other army and federal
police units have yet to enter the northern and the southern sides. A Kurdish
security source said on Tuesday four Islamic State commanders were captured in
a U.S. special operation near Baaj, a town close to the Syrian border. Baghdadi
was not among them. The coalition did not confirm the operation. Islamic State
said it launched an attack on the north-western front of Mosul, seizing a duty
free zone and oil depots located a dozen kilometers from the city limits. The
army did not confirm the claim.
militias have captured the Tal Afar air base, west of Mosul, part of their
campaign to choke off the route between the Syrian and Iraqi parts of the
caliphate Islamic State declared in 2014. The number of people displaced by the
fighting in and around Mosul has slightly decreased, an indication that some
people have began returning home in places retaken by government forces,
according to the IOM. “68,112 displaced is actually a downtick from couple of
days ago,” said Millman.
An Egyptian appeals court Tuesday quashed one of two life sentences handed down
to Mohamed Morsi since his 2013 overthrow, in the Islamist ex-president’s
second appeals victory in a week.
Court of Cassation, Egypt’s highest appeals court, issued the verdict, Morsi’s
lawyer and a judicial official told AFP. The court ordered a retrial in the
case, Morsi’s lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsoud told AFP, adding: “The verdict
was full of legal flaws.”
ruling also quashed sentences against 22 others, including three death
sentences against Muslim Brotherhood’s deputy head Khairat al-Shater and other
senior officials from the now banned group. A court had sentenced Morsi to life
in June 2015 on charges of spying for Iran, Lebanese militant group Hezbollah
and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas. The decision was the latest legal
victory for the 65-year-old, who has been convicted and sentenced in all cases
against him since being removed from office in 2013. “Most of the trials in which
the former president has been convicted are not built on sufficient evidence:
the prosecutor relies on security services reports,” University of Cairo
political sciences Professor Mustafa Kamel al-Sayyed told AFP on Tuesday.
was Egypt’s first freely elected leader, taking power after the 2011 uprising
that toppled longtime strongman Hosni Mubarak. But his year in office proved
deeply divisive and he was overthrown by then-army chief and now President
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi following mass street protests. A crackdown on Morsi’s
Muslim Brotherhood followed, with the movement blacklisted, hundreds of its
supporters killed and thousands jailed or sentenced to death.
courts’ handling of the cases against Morsi and his supporters, many of whom
have been convicted after mass trials lasting just days, has drawn criticism
from Western governments, human rights groups and the United Nations, which
described the trials as “unprecedented” in recent history.
week, the Court of Cassation also overturned a death sentence handed down
against Morsi on charges of taking part in prison breaks and violence against
policemen during the 2011 uprising against Mubarak. That decision enabled Morsi
to stop wearing the red uniform reserved for death row prisoners.
including Brotherhood supreme guide Mohamed Badie, who also received death
sentences, are to be retried too in that case.
decisions tell us that the initial verdicts were political,” said lawyer and
human rights activist Gamal Eid. From next Monday, the court is to start
reviewing a second life sentence handed down against Morsi in a separate trial
on charges of stealing documents relating to national security and handing them
over to Qatar, a longstanding supporter of the Brotherhood.
suspected al Qaeda members have gone on trial accused of plotting to
assassinate the late King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, newspapers in the kingdom
reported on Tuesday.
reports provided no details on the alleged assassination plot or when it may
have occurred, but said the defendants were also charged with belonging to an
extremist group, communicating with an al Qaeda leader and attempting to
recruit Saudi youth.
trial of four al Qaeda terrorists accused of plotting to assassinate the late
King Abdullah opened at the Special Criminal Court," the Arab News daily
said, adding that the accused had been convicted earlier on other militancy
Syrian army has pushed deeper into eastern Aleppo in its effort to retake the
area from militants who are preventing residents from leaving it, a
London-based monitor says.
advanced in the key district of Masaken Hanano under the Syrian army's air
cover, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Hanano was the first Aleppo district to fall to foreign-backed terrorists in
2012 and is strategically vital.
to the observatory, if government forces manage to take the district they will
be able to cut off the northern parts of militant-held Aleppo from the rest of
the terrorist-held districts.
aircraft dropped flyers, calling on the militants there to distribute foodstuff
among the civilian population, leave the area and allow local residents to move
to government-held areas.
observatory said militants are preventing dozens of families from leaving
eastern Aleppo, just like what did during a "humanitarian pause" established
by Syria and Russia earlier this month.
troops are battling terrorists on several fronts inside militant-held
Associated Press quoted a resident of Aleppo's frontline Sheikh Maqsoud
neighborhood, who corroborated the report by the observatory.
identified as Hajj Mohammed al-Jasim, said his uncles' families were trying to
cross from the Bustan al-Basha neighborhood in the east to the Sheikh Maqsoud
relatives told him they were prepared to cross during the day but were advised
by three militant groups to wait until dark.
in the evening, (the terrorists) began to fire at the crossing" to prevent
passage, al-Jasim said. The observatory reported 100 families are waiting to
cross. Others said 250 civilians were prepared to go.
in the southwestern province of Quneitra, army troops pounded the positions of
Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as the Al-Nusra Front, killing an
unspecified number of them.
Syrian military command also announced plans for the formation of a new
anti-terrorism commando force, dubbed the Fifth Corps. The announcement comes
as the pace of the army's push to recapture eastern Aleppo rises.
announcement Tuesday urged terrorist groups to allow civilians to exit the
besieged enclave through government-designated corridors. Another called on
residents to stay clear of areas where armed groups operate.
army's artillery units shelled the positions of Fatah al-Sham near Tal (hill)
al-Hamriyeh and in the villages of Zorat al-Kasreh and Karoum al-Kashat South
of Hadhar village in Northern Quneitra, killing and wounding a number of
terrorists and destroying their vehicles, arms and ammunition.
soldiers also targeted Fatah al-Sham's positions on the Western side of the
refugee camp in Dara'a al-Balad district in Dara'a city, inflicting a number of
casualties on them and destroying one of their main positions, weapons and
relevant developments in Dara'a on Sunday, Fatah al-Sham Front (previously
known as the al-Nusra Front) suffered a heavy death toll and its bases in
Dara'a and other regions across the province sustained major damage in the
Syrian Army troops' attacks and ambush operations.
soldiers targeted movements of a group of terrorists near the town of
al-Yadoudeh in Northern Dara'a, leaving most of the militants dead and their
video showed that two members of the so-called White Helmets trying to help a
man stuck in rubble, all still for a while, then suddenly coming to life, the
man being pulled out of the rubble and carried away.
video of the rescue operation was first posted online by the Revolutionary
Forces of Syria Media Office (RFS) that is an anti-Assad media outlet.
jittery reactions, the RFS pulled out the video from YouTube, but it was too
late. The video has created deep doubt and suspicion among viewers about
authenticity of other videos released by the White Helmets.
have shown their anger in their Facebook and Twitter posts, while other point
to the cooperation between the White Helmets and the terrorist groups backed by
a number of western states.
operators and analysts have started questioning the veracity and creditability
of the reports given out by the international bodies based on such videos and
was an uproar when the group did not receive the Nobel Peace Prize for their
efforts. It was claimed that the group has saved the lives of more than 40,000
people affected by Syria's civil war. Responding to missing out on the Nobel
Prize, members of the group said "it is not the Nobel we long for most,
but peace itself."
this month, a Syrian journalist proved via release of several images of a
Syrian child that the US-linked White Helmet Humanitarian Organization's claims
of saving civilians in the war-hit country are mere lies.
Jom'eh released three images of a little girl that had been allegedly rescued
by members of the White Helmet Organization in three different locations,
disclosing the organization's lies about rescuing civilians in Syria.
twitter page, the Syrian journalist placed three images form the girl that was
rescued by the White Helmet's agents in different places.
in the White Helmet rescue one girl in three different places! Can't they play
their role any better on this stage?" Abbas Jom'eh asked.
General Command has all the needed intel about the terrorists' concentrations,
warehouses and their fortifications in the Eastern districts of Aleppo
city," it said.
Syrian army is fully monitoring all the movements of the terrorists in Eastern
Aleppo," the statement added.
General Command of the Syrian Army, meantime, called on the terrorists to stop
using civilians as human shields and allow them to leave the city's Eastern
asked the terrorists to clear the regions from the mines and IEDs that they
have planted to block the civilians' escape from Eastern Aleppo through the 6
corridors that have been established by the army.
urged the terrorists to open up the warehouses to the people and distribute the
foodstuff among the people.
Syrian Army troops and Hezbollah continued their advances against the Jeish
al-Fatah coalition of terrorist groups in Hananou Housing Project on Tuesday
and seized control of more areas and positions in the Eastern parts of the
wining control over terrorists' operations room in Hananou Housing Project and
capturing five bases of militants on Monday, the Syrian government forces,
including soldiers and Hezbollah fighters, continued their advances and took
back al-Sha'abi Bazaar and al-Atfa'eh square.
units also seized control over a highway parallel with this flank.
army's artillery units also shelled terrorists' centers and positions in
men also managed to advance against militants' positions from the direction of
al-Jandoul square towards al-Ba'eidin.
government forces increased their control over the positions along the street
connecting al-Jandoul to al-Ba'eidin.
MOHAMMAD NURUL ISLAM AND WA LONE
Bazar, Bangladesh/Yangon: Hundreds of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar crossed the
border to Bangladesh over the weekend and on Monday, aid workers said, seeking
shelter from escalating violence in the northwest that has killed at least 86
people and displaced some 30,000.
official from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the UN’s
migration agency, who did not want to be identified, said he had witnessed more
than 500 people enter its camps in the hills near the border on Monday.
workers from other UN agencies and Reuters reporters in the IOM camps also
reported seeing Rohingyas who said they had recently fled the fighting in
Myanmar. The UN workers did not give specific numbers, but expressed concern about
a sudden influx of people.
bloodshed is the most serious since hundreds were killed in communal clashes in
the western Myanmar state of Rakhine in 2012, and is posing the biggest test
yet for the eight-month-old administration of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San
have poured into the area along Myanmar‘s frontier with Bangladesh, responding
to coordinated attacks on three border posts on October 9 that killed nine
Aziz Khan, 60, from a village in northern Rakhine, said he left Myanmar last
week, after the military surrounded his home and set fire to it.
time, I fled with my four daughters and three grandsons to a nearby hill…
later, we managed to cross the border,” he said.
military and the government have rejected allegations by residents and rights
groups that soldiers have raped Rohingya women, burnt houses and killed
civilians during the military operation in Rakhine.
York-based Human Rights Watch said that the weekend satellite images taken on
November 10, 17 and 18 showed 820 destroyed buildings in five villages in
northern Rakhine, bringing the total number it says it has documented to 1,250.
government has also rejected previous reports of Rohingya civilians trying to
escape to Bangladesh.
Htay, presidential spokesman and member of the newly-formed information task
force on Rakhine, said the government continued to investigate such reports,
but had not so far been able to substantiate any of them.
checked with the military and police about people fleeing to Bangladesh since
October 9. Some people fled from their villages, but we put them back to their
villages,” he said.
something like that happened, we are concerned and we will continue to investigate.
We are not rejecting all allegations… our government always checks all the
allegations, and some were found to be untrue.”
army has declared an “operations zone” in mainly Muslim northern Rakhine, where
it says it is battling Islamist-inspired Rohingya insurgents, and it is not
possible for international reporters to enter the area to verify claims.
1.1 million Rohingya, viewed as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh by many of
the country’s majority Buddhists, are denied citizenship and face severe
restrictions on their travel.
30,000 people are now estimated to be displaced and thousands more affected by
the recent fighting, the UN has said.
operations that had been providing food, cash, and nutrition to more than
150,000 people have been suspended for more than 40 days.
refugee agency called on the Myanmar government for access to allow it to
idea is to help them where they are, so that they wouldn’t be forced to cross
over into Bangladesh,” Vivian Tan, regional public information officer for the
UNHCR, told Reuters Television.
can’t get the assistance where they are then, if they are forced to cross into
another country like Bangladesh, we’re really appealing to the Bangladeshi
government to honour its long tradition of hospitality and open its borders to
police on Thursday arrested a Bangladeshi national for his alleged involvement
in trafficking 37 fellow countrymen promising them lucrative jobs in the North
trafficker has been identified as Sujan, 28, a resident of Noakhali, confirmed
the Bangladesh Embassy in Tripoli.
Libyan police arrested at least 10 Bangladeshi human traffickers, including
Sujan, in the last three weeks.
November 8, the 37 Bangladeshi fortune seekers, who tried to reach Italy
through the Mediterranean Sea, were detained in Libya's Gharyan town for
month, the Libyan police also rescued at least 65 Bangladeshis from the
traffickers' den at Tajoura suburb of the war-torn nation's capital.
Bangladesh government in June last year officially banned sending its nationals
to Libya on security grounds. Libya has also suspended recruitment of workers
against the backdrop of its troubling situation.
has urged the Iraqi government to ensure security of Bangladeshi workers
employed in the war torn country.
appeal came when Charge de Affairs of Iraq embassy in Dhaka Salman Al Janabi
made a courtesy call on Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister
Nurul Islam at his office in Dhaka’s Probashi Kalyan Bhaban today.
minister also requested the Iraq embassy official to hire skilled and
semi-skilled workers from Bangladesh.
de Affairs Salman informed the minister that his government has taken many
development projects in the country’s safest regions.
the acquittals of the wife and son of executed war criminal Salauddin Quader
Chowdhury in the sensational verdict leak case, the High Court has ordered them
to surrender before a lower court within six weeks.
suo-moto rule, the bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice JBM Hassan
asked the government on Tuesday to respond in four weeks as to why the duo
would not be awarded appropriate punishment in the case. It also sought all the
documents related to the trial.
– Salauddin’s wife Farhat Quader Chowdhury and son Hummam Quader Chowdhury –
have been given six weeks to surrender before the trial court after getting a
copy of the High Court order.
bench also asked the trial court to
them bail after surrender, Assistant Attorney General Shahidul Islam Khan told
the Dhaka Tribune.
court noticed some anomalies in sentencing the accused in the verdict leak case
while hearing a petition on acceptance of an appeal filed by one of the
convicts, Mahbubul Ahsan, Salauddin’s manager.
Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit has reportedly arrested three
active members of the militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
Rahman, deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police said: “The arrest was
made during a drive from Jatrabari’s Kazla late night on Monday.”
identified the detainees as Rashdur Rahman alias Sumon, 24, Shahidul Islam
alias Shipan, 23, and Md Babul Howladher
alias Hossain, 28.
officials said during the primary interrogation the detainees confessed that
they were JMB militants and they had also been involved in several robberies in
they skilfully escaped the premises by utilising the explosives to cause public
terror during the robberies.
prominent al-Qaeda terrorist network leader was killed in airstrike conducted
by US forces in Syria, the US Department of Defense has confirmed.
spokesman Peter Cook told reporters on Tuesday that the killing of Egyptian Abu
Afghan al-Masri took place near Sarmada, located in Syria’s Idlib province, on
further added that that Masri had originally joined al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and
later moved to its Syrian affiliate.
ties to terrorist groups operating throughout southwest Asia including groups
responsible for attacking US and coalition forces in Afghanistan and those
plotting to attack the West,” Cook said.
forces besiege Syria's al-Bab, eyes on Manbij: Erdogan
SYRIA : Turkey-backed forces have besieged the Islamic State-held Syrian town
of al-Bab from the west and have set their sites on Manbij for their next
offensive, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.
speech in the capital Ankara, Erdogan said YPG Kurdish militia forces must
completely leave Manbij. Erdogan, who views the Syrian Kurdish fighters as
hostile forces, also accused Kurdish militants of trying to turn Iraq's Sinjar
into a base. He said Turkey will not allow Sinar to become a "terror
12 civilians have been killed after Saudi warplanes attacked a pick-up truck in
the northwestern Yemeni province of Hajjah on Wednesday, residents say.
said the passengers were shoppers heading to a local market in the Hiran area,
which is controlled by the Houthi movement, adding six others were injured.
Saudi aircraft carried out bombings in the Nihm district in Sana’a province and
Dhubab district in Ta'izz province, but there was no immediate word on possible
casualties or damage.
Yemen's army snipers killed four Saudi troops in Rabou’ah in Saudi Arabia's
southwestern region of Asir, media reports said.
of Saudi airstrikes have failed to dislodge the Houthis from the capital,
Sana'a, but have hit schools, markets, hospitals and homes, killing many
civilians which rights groups say may amount to war crimes.
than 11,000 people have been killed in the 20-month Saudi war which has
unleashed a humanitarian crisis in one of the Arab world's poorest countries.
Wednesday, Amnesty International said Saudi-backed militants fighting in Yemen
are leading a "campaign of harassment and intimidation" against
hospital staff and using civilians as human shields.
Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International Philip
Luther said the Saudi mercenaries are stationing fighters and military
positions near medical facilities.
positioning fighters and military positions near medical facilities they have
compromised the safety of hospitals and flouted their obligation to protect
civilians under international law," he said.
said the Saudi-backed militants are also harassing medical staff and preventing
doctors from carrying their work.
targeting health professionals or medical facilities are prohibited by
international humanitarian law and can constitute war crimes," he said.
Arabia is waging a destructive war in Yemen in order to restore Abd Rabbuh
Mansur Hadi to power. Hadi has been living in Riyadh since he resigned as
president and fled the capital Sana’a in March last year.
Arabia and its mercenaries have already been accused of gross human rights
violations in Yemen, including repeatedly attacking hospitals and civilians.
Wednesday report, Amnesty cited cases in which hospitals were shut down because
of threats against staff by Saudi-backed forces.
Turkish security forces attacked Zohrat al-Forat hotel in Urfa city (in
Southeastern Turkey) close to the border with Syria and kidnapped 20 young men
after arresting 50 others who live in the city camps," the sources said.
added that the Turkish police officers also attacked many houses which shelter
the Syrians in the Central part of Urfa and near the municipality building and
abducted tens of other young Syrian refugees.
sources said the Turkish army has stated no charge or accusation for these
to the sources, Turkey plans to send the young Syrian men to help the country's
forces in the Euphrates Shield operation in Northern Syria.
declared in August that its Army had started the 'Euphrates Shield' military
operation in Syria, allegedly to cleanse the ISIL terrorists from its border
TURKEY : Turkey's pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) will resume
participation in parliamentary sessions from Tuesday, party officials said,
ending a boycott it launched this month after the arrest of its two co-leaders.
party would resume taking part in sessions in the general assembly from
Tuesday, three HDP officials told Reuters, without giving further details.
Renewed clashes between Yemeni government forces and rebels killed more than 40
people Tuesday, military officials said, a day after a fragile 48-hour
ceasefire expired without halting the violence. Forces loyal to President
Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi repelled an attack by Shiite Huthi rebels and their
allies on the western outskirts of Taez city, the officials said.
attack that began late Monday targeted the Al-Dhabab area, which provides
pro-Hadi forces with their only access to the flashpoint city of 300,000 people
that is surrounded by insurgents. Warplanes from the Saudi-led Arab coalition
took part in operations to repel the attack, officials said.
officials also reported heavy artillery fire in an eastern suburb of Taez as
pro-Hadi forces pressed a campaign to wrest back control of a presidential
palace, police headquarters and an air defence base from the Huthis. Eleven
rebel fighters and five pro-government soldiers were killed in the clashes
around the southwestern city, they said.
northwest Yemen, fighting around the coastal town of Midi cost the lives of 18
rebels and four soldiers, a loyalist commander on the ground, Abdel Ghani
Chebli, told AFP. Rebel sniper fire on Monday night killed three soldiers as
the Huthis tried to advance on Midi’s harbour, which is controlled by pro-Hadi
LEBANON : Israel has accused Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of
using commercial airline flights to ship weapons to the Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim
letter to the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday, Israeli U.N.
Ambassador Danny Danon accused Iran of using airlines such as Mahan Air. The
United States has sanctioned the Iranian carrier for providing services to the
Quds Force, a special forces unit of the IRGC, as well as Hezbollah.
mission to the United Nations and Mahar Air were not immediately available to
comment on the accusations.
wrote that Quds Force officers pack arms and materiel into suitcases that are
transferred to Hezbollah either by commercial flights to Beirut or commercial
flights to Damascus in Syria, and then transferred by land to Lebanon.
is clear that Iran is still the primary supplier of arms and related materiel
to Hezbollah, in blatant violation of numerous Security Council
resolutions," Danon wrote. "The Security Council must condemn Iran
and Hezbollah for the violation of its resolutions."
letter to the 15-member Security Council, seen by Reuters, did not offer any
evidence to support his accusations.
charge may add fuel to the debate about the agreement among Iran, the United
States and five other nations to remove some of the economic sanctions on Tehran
in exchange for restraints on the country's alleged nuclear weapons program.
Security Council missile restrictions and an arms embargo on Iran are not
technically part of the nuclear agreement.
citizen of Iran and the United States was found guilty on Tuesday on charges
that he tried to help acquire surface-to-air missiles and aircraft components
for the government of Iran in violation of US sanctions.
Olangian, 56, was convicted by a federal jury in Manhattan on all four counts
he faced, including conspiring to acquire and transfer anti-aircraft missiles,
faces a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 25 years and a maximum of life. He
is scheduled to be sentenced on March 13.
Ginsberg, Olangian’s lawyer, said the verdict “was very disappointing and we do
plan to appeal.”
who became a US citizen in 1999, was arrested in Estonia in October 2012 and
subsequently extradited to the United States following a sting operation
orchestrated by the US Drug Enforcement Administration.
said that in 2012, Olangian met in Ukraine with a DEA informant posing as a
Russian weapons broker to arrange for the purchase of surface-to-air missiles
and various military aircraft components.
recorded conversations and emails, Olangian described his plans to acquire the
missiles and parts and smuggle them into Iran, for whose government he was
purchasing them, from Afghanistan or from another neighboring country,
said Olangian negotiated a deal involving 10 missiles and dozens of aircraft
parts, and during a video conference with the informant, stated that he
ultimately wanted to acquire at least 200 missiles.
followed a failed effort by Olangian in 2007 to obtain about 100 missiles for
Iran, prosecutors said. His goal throughout, they said, was to make a
substantial profit selling the weapons.
of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the so-called
international coalition led by the United States and formed allegedly to fight
the Daesh terrorist group has not been successful.
on one standpoint, the Americans have no plan to uproot Daesh… and seek to act
in such a way vis-à-vis Daesh that this problem would remain unresolved in Iraq
or Syria,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in a meeting with Slovenia's President Borut
Pahor in Tehran on Tuesday. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was also present
in the meeting.
on the second standpoint, the Americans are keen on the settlement of the issue
of Daesh but the mechanisms [used to achieve this goal] are not such that they
would be able to carry out this task,” the Leader added.
Khamenei emphasized that the outcome in both scenarios is the same and “Iraq
and Syria, in particular, are in a very difficult and bitter situation.”
stated that violent clashes in West Asia and the creation of terrorist groups
such as Daesh have been the result of acts of interference and imposition of
the will by certain powers, adding that all countries are duty-bound to make
efforts to settle such conflicts.
Islamic Republic, despite the propaganda by the hegemonic current, is active
and effective with [the purpose of achieving] such a goal, but does not
interfere in the affairs of other countries,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
Leader pointed to painful events in the region and the role of certain powers
in stirring instability and imposing war on nations and stated, “The Islamic
Republic has always called on independent countries to play an active role in
countering pressure on nations and has asked them not to remain silent and an
Khamenei further referred to the bombardment of Yemen and destruction of the
country’s infrastructure by Saudi Arabia over the past 20 months as one of the
existing “bitter events” in the region.
rejected foreign-sponsored terrorists, says COAS
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif yesterday said Balochistan
people had absolutely rejected foreign-sponsored terrorists
addressing the officers and troops of Southern Command and Frontier Corps on
his arrival here as part of his valedictory visits. The COAS said Balochistan
people had clearly rejected foreign-sponsored terrorists and backed the state
in busting their networks. He also paid glowing tribute to the forces over
unrivalled services for Balochistan due to which the tide in the province had
turned against terrorists and their sympathisers. He added a large number of
Ferraris were surrendering, adding the security forces would continue to work
with the provincial and federal governments towards greater security and
Southern Command Commander Lt-Gen Aamer Riaz and Balochistan Frontier Corps
Inspector General Maj-Gen Sher Afgan received the chief of army staff on his
arrival at the venue,.
Sharif maintained Gwadar Port and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would
usher in new era of hope and prosperity for the area with dividends reaching
the common man.
lauded Southern Command for reintegrating youth by their mass induction into
Frontier Corps and Army, rehabilitation of earthquake-hit Awaran and training
6,000 policemen and levies.
Raheel Sharif added security and assistance to the civil government in
institution-building and development work in remote areas had been his priority
which brought him to Balochistan almost every month.
appreciated improvement in management of long and treacherous border with
Afghanistan and Iran, which had helped improve overall security situation in
also commended Southern Command for managing an arduous task of construction of
over 1,000-km-long road network in the rugged and hostile terrain by FWO and
NLC, which helped in operationalisation of CPEC in a stipulated time frame.
Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri also called on Chief of Army Staff
Gen Rahil Sharif in the provincial capital.
aside SHC decision to revoke licences of wine shops
Supreme Court on Wednesday annulled the Oct 27 Sindh High Court (SHC) order
about cancellation of licences of about 124 wine shops in the province.
three-member bench presided by Justice Mian Saqib Nisar was hearing the case on
a petition against the SHC order.
the appeals of the petitioners and returning the case to the SHC, the apex
court ordered hearings on the case to take place on a daily basis starting next
order should not be taken to mean that the Supreme Court has granted permission
for the sale of alcohol," Justice Nisar said during the hearing.
added: "We are not concerned with whether wine retail is permitted or not,
we are concerned with how lawful the matter is."
Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, the patron of Pakistan Hindu Council and PML-N MNA, who
was present during the hearing said, it was not right to "sell alcohol in
the name of religion".
Hinduism, selling and drinking alcohol is prohibited," he said.
response, Justice Nisar reminded Dr Ramesh that he is not a party in the case
and asked him to sit.
Supreme Court has used it's suo moto jurisdiction in this case. The Supreme
Court is an institution for the explanation of the law."
petition was moved on behalf of the Kohistan Wine Shop, Karachi; Azad Wine
Shop, Karachi; Mehran Wine Shop, Hyderabad; Arjun Wine Agency, Mirpurkhas;
Mazda Trading, Karachi; Master Wine Shop, Sukkur; Sindh Wine Shop, Nawabshah;
and Lucky and Company, Karachi.
petitioners pleaded before the SC that they were law-abiding citizens of the
country and had paid Rs3 billion in duties to the government last year.
said that on Oct 18, the SHC had ordered the Sindh government and its
departments concerned to initiate the process of cancelling the licences of the
order came with an observation that no provision under Article 17 of the
Constitution allowed the legal authority to grant general licences to liquor
shops to operate throughout the year as non-Muslims could only be provided
liquor for consumption at their religious ceremonies for which the request
could be made in advance.
- At least three personnel of Frontier Constabulary embraced martyrdom and five
others were injured on Tuesday in a roadside bomb blast in Bashirabad area of
Peshawar, where levels of militant violence had recently dropped.
sources said that a FC vehicle was on the way back to the headquarters when a planted
device hit the vehicle in Bashirabad area.
Sajjad Khan, a senior police official, told The Nation the improvised explosive
device, which was planted along the roadside, exploded when the FC vehicle was
passing by. “Three FC men have been killed and five wounded,” Khan said.
and locals immediately reached the site and shifted the bodies and the injured
persons to Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar.
deceased personnel were identified as Hanif Jamal, a resident of Dargai;
Yasirullah, a resident of Karak; Khalid, a resident of Malakand; while the
injured were identified as Aizaz Ali, Zahoor, Said Wakeel, Bakhti Rawan and
Babakhel, a spokesman for the city’s main hospital, confirmed the death toll
and said two of the wounded were critically injured.
faction of the Pakistani Taliban later claimed the attack. Overall levels of
militant-linked violence have fallen since the army launched an operation in
2014 to wipe out militant bases in the tribal districts and end an insurgency
that has cost thousands of civilian lives since 2004.
Agency - Three terrorists were killed during search operation by the security
forces in Mohmand agency. Sources said that on Tuesday, security forces
conducted a search operation in Tehsil Safi, at Gharri Kandharoo and 3
terrorists were killed during the operation. Arms and ammunition have, however,
been recovered from their possession. Security forces also destroyed the
hideouts of these terrorists.
Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa claimed to have arrested
a suspected militant with a Rs0.5 million bounty on his head in Peshawar's
Hayatabad area on Wednesday.
"most wanted" suspect was allegedly involved in a 2009 deadly car
bombing in Peshawar's Khyber Bazaar in which 60 people were killed, according
to a CTD official.
team carried out a raid on an intelligence tip-off and arrested the suspect,
who has been identified as Feroz Khan, he said.
was also allegedly involved in the murder of Superintendent of Police (Rural)
A person was killed and three others, including two security personnel, were
injured in a remote-controlled bomb attack on Monday in the Boghara Road area
of Chaman, a town near the Pak-Afghan border.
sources said the intended target had been an army vehicle that was passing
through the area when the bomb exploded. The improvised explosive device had
been planted under a causeway near Boghara Road.
off as an army truck carrying security personnel was crossing the causeway.
man died on the spot and three others were injured. “The man killed in the
blast was passing through the area on a motorcycle,” a senior police officer
said, adding that the injured include two security personnel and a passerby.
The security personnel travelling in the army vehicle received minor injuries.
- Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif yesterday confirmed death sentences
of another ten hardcore terrorists convicted by the military courts for
offences relating to attacks on security forces and destruction of educational
to ISPR statement, the terrorists were involved in heinous offences related to
terrorism, including killing of innocent civilians, slaughtering of Captain
Jonaid Khan, Captain Najam Riaz Raja, Naik Shahid Rasool and Lance Naik Shakeel
Ahmed of SSG.
statement said all the convicted terrorists were active members of the banned
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Lashkar-e-Islam and were involved in
creating unrest in the country through various subverting activities.
planned and executed attacks on armed forces and law enforcement agencies of
Pakistan which resulted in deaths and injuries to several soldiers.
were also involved in destruction of educational institutions and communication
infrastructure. Fire-arms and explosives were also recovered from their possession.
to details shared by the ISPR, convict Hanifa son of Umar Zareen was an active
member of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. He was involved in kidnapping and
slaughtering of Captain Jonaid Khan, Captain Najam Riaz Raja, Naik Shahid
Rasool and Lance Naik Shakeel Ahmed. He was also found possessing explosives.
The convict admitted his offences before the magistrate and the trial court and
was awarded death sentence.
convicts Tirah Gul son of Khan and Muhammad Wali son of Faulad Khan were active
members of Lashkar-e-Islam. They were involved in attacking personnel of law
enforcement agencies and armed forces of Pakistan which resulted in death of
Havildar Noor Mast, Naik Farman Ali, Naik Shabbir Akhtar, Sepoy Humayun, Sepoy
Fakhar Alam, Sepoy Ismail and injuries to many other soldiers. These convicts
admitted their offences before the magistrate and the trial court and they were
awarded death sentences.
convict Khaista Muhammad son Abdul Jalil was an active member of
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. He was involved in attacking armed forces of
Pakistan which resulted in death of Havildar Muhammad Maqsood, Sepoy Rashid
Ali, Sepoy Muhammad Waseem and injuries to a soldier. He was also involved in
destruction of the Government Girls Primary School Zangi and a PTCL Tower. The
convict was found in possession of explosives. He admitted his offences before
the magistrate and the trial court and was awarded death sentence.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday strongly condemned the terrorist attack
on Frontier Constabulary (FC) personnel in Peshawar.
Prime Minister expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of valuable lives
of FC personnel in the attack.
cowardly attacks cannot shatter our unflinching resolve to eliminate terrorism
and extremism from our motherland,” the PM said.
Prime Minister prayed to Almighty Allah to bless the departed souls with
eternal peace and grant of courage to the bereaved families to bear this
irreparable loss with fortitude.
Prime Minister prayed for swift recovery of those injured during the attack.
three officials of the FC were killed and three others injured in an explosion
that hit their vehicle in Peshawar.
The counter terrorism department of Punjab police yesterday claimed to have
arrested a terror suspect during a special operation in Bahawalpur district.
suspect was named by CTD officials as Muhammad Yaseen, said to be a member of
the banned outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. According to a spokesman, the raided was
conducted on a tip-off.
Empower Jawi script, not just for Muslim name registration
MELATI A. JALIL
LUMPUR, Nov 22 — Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (ISMA) has downplayed the use of Jawi
script for Muslim names as suggested by the Federal Territories Mufti, saying
that it was not a critical issue that should be discussed.
group’s deputy president Aminuddin Yahaya told Malay Mail Online that the
confusion over the meaning of Arabic names was only a case of misunderstanding
and there were bigger things that should be looked at.
not critical (to have Jawi names). Jawi should be empowered more than just
names,” he said.
the empowerment of Jawi script should be done in a bigger context through
teaching in schools, book writings, newspaper and billboards like in Kelantan and
what we are fighting for, it’s not like there is a specific meaning of name in
Jawi,’ he said.
Territories Mufti Datuk Dr Zulkifli Mohamad proposed for the National
Registration Department to provide a special column for Muslim parents to write
their child’s name in Jawi script, to prevent usage of names that have
unpleasant meanings in Arabic.
Jawi spelling of the name will be considered the conclusive spelling to
ascertain the meaning of certain names that have different meanings when spelt
in the Roman script.
script is used to spell Malay words using the Arabic alphabet. For example, the
mufti pointed out that two distinct Arabic letters — alif and ‘ain — are both
spelt with the Roman letter “A”
Tarekat Muktabar Malaysia (Pertama) meanwhile held a different view, saying the
suggestion had a lot of positive implications to Muslim families.
an intermediary script to Arabic. If you can read Jawi, then it would be easier
for you to read Arabic, and it is part of the Malay identity. It shouldn’t have
any confusion as Jawi can clear things up, it has positive implications,”
secretary-general Sheikh Abdul Kareem Said Khadaied told Malay Mail Online.
it was important for children to have a good names, as it would be a reflection
to their behaviour and help preserve the Jawi script.
not talking about racial or Malay issues, we are talking about whether or not
it is good for character building.
is a study done by an American university that relates names with characters,
and in the UK, they did a research on the number of babies who are named after
Muhammad, there are lots of them,” he said, referring to Prophet Muhammad.
percentage of people with ‘Muhammad’ names, who have criminal records, is the
lowest than other names,” he said.
Islamic affairs bureau chairman Dr Amini Amir Abdullah also welcomed the
suggestion, adding that Muslim parents should refer to the ‘ulama’ (Muslim
scholars) when giving names to their children.
“It is a
good move as it will avoid confusions in the meaning of a name.
also empower Jawi script, if Muslim parents do not know Jawi, they can refer to
those who have knowledge in Jawi script, I welcome the decision as it gives a
lot of advantages to parents and children,” he said.
also suggested that religious teachers or officials from the federal religious
authority provide advisory services to parents when choosing their children’s
Penang Mufti Datuk Dr Wan Salim Wan Mohd Noor had been publicly criticised
after warning Muslim parents against naming their children with words that
purportedly have unpleasant meanings in Arabic.
the names Wan Salim had warned against was “Damia”, which he claimed means “source
of blood flow”, but Perlis Mufti Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin was among
those who suggested that the name might not even be Arabic.
Asri said the name “Damia” has many meanings in different cultures, and may
refer to a place-name in Jordan, including a Greek word meaning “to tame” that
becomes the root for other names such as Damian.
that, the FT mufti suggested for parents to spell the name with an apostrophe
as Damia’, to ensure that it has no negative meanings in Arabic.
warned parents against giving long names to their children, since people tend
to use a shortened version of given names.
suggested that parents consult religious teachers before choosing a name, and
to not just pick a name from books.
asked to put cap on Shariah punishments, PAS MP says
LUMPUR, Nov 23 — PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang was asked to include
limits on punishments that the Shariah courts may impose in his private
member’s Bill to enhance their powers, said a lawmaker from his party.
Bill in its current form seeks to empower the Shariah courts to mete out any punishment
short of the death penalty.
to Kuala Nerus MP Datuk Khairuddin Aman Razali, this was among the changes that
will be in the amended version of the Bill that could be tabled tomorrow.
in the meeting agreed that there should be a need to empower the Shariah courts
and they agreed that there should be a limitation to the maximum punishments,”
he said, referring to the special briefing for Muslim MPs yesterday.
suggestion now was to raise the maximum sentences that Shariah courts may
impose to 30 years’ prison, fines of up to RM100,000 and no more than 100
strokes of the cane.
current limit for Shariah punishments are a fine of RM5,000, a jail term of
three years and six strokes of rotan.
Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama came to the National Police headquarters
on Tuesday for his first questioning session as a suspect in a blasphemy case,
as Muslim leaders called on the public to respect the ongoing legal process
against the incumbent gubernatorial candidate.
by a number of lawyers, Ahok, who seeks to extend his term in the February
election, entered the police headquarters in South Jakarta at about 9 a.m.,
declining to comment.
questioned for around eight hours, in which police investigators asked him
similar questions to what he was previously asked before being named a suspect,
his lawyer Sirra Prayuna said.
Ahok was calm and relaxed. He answered the questions clearly,” Sirra told
said Ahok’s legal team was planning to invite 14 experts and seven witnesses to
testify in the case, including eye witnesses who were present when Ahok
delivered his comments on a Quranic verse during a working visit to Thousand
Islands regency in Sep. 27.
spokesperson Sr. Comr. Martinus Sitompul said Islam Defenders Front (FPI)
leader Rizieq Shihab was set to be questioned on Wednesday as a witness.
Previously, Rizieq was also questioned as an expert during the preliminary
investigation of the case. Ahok was named a suspect on Nov. 16, in a decision
the police claimed to be “objective”.
groups, grouped under the National Movement to the Save Indonesia Ulema
Council’s Fatwa (GNPF-MUI), previously staged a mass demonstration in Jakarta
on Nov. 4, demanding the government prosecute the tough-talking governor. They
plan to hold another rally on Dec. 2, of which the National Police and the
Indonesian Military have said they are against.
firebrand groups purportedly preparing for Dec. 2, Muhammadiyah and Nadhlatul
Ulama (NU), the country’s two biggest Muslim organizations, have called on the
former to refrain from holding another demonstration, saying the move would
disrupt the ongoing legal process.
GNPF-MUI] hold the rally, it means that they are trying to take the law into
their own hands. This is a country that is ruled by law, thus any conflict has
to be addressed through legal mechanisms,” NU executive Masdar Farid Mas’udi
told The Jakarta Post via telephone on Tuesday.
chairman for library and information Dadang Kahmad, meanwhile, said “just wait
and let the process take its course and hope that there will be a fair and open
trial to follow.
A human rights group says next week's planned mass protest rally by hardline
Muslim groups against inactive Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja
Purnama is a "trial by mob" and therefore unlawful and undemocratic.
Jakarta-based Setara Institute has urged police to take firm action to prevent
the rally, expected to take place in Central Jakarta on Dec. 2, from
have warned demonstrators against occupying the main roads over concerns that
it may disturb the public order.
demonstration must take place in a way that does not break the law. Rolling out
prayer rugs on Jakarta's main streets is a form of protest that constitutes a
violation of the law," Setara Institute chairman Hendardi said in a
statement on Tuesday (22/11).
must prepare measures to enforce the law against vigilante groups that break
the law, pose threats and promote hatred," he added.
youth leaders began a leadership seminar in Malaysia's capital on Tuesday to
strengthen Philippine-Malaysian ties and expand their knowledge on different
cultures and beliefs.
to 18, the youth ambassadors in the first-ever Muslim Filipino Youth Leaders'
Educational Tour will interact with representatives from Malaysia’s
multicultural communities from November 22 to 25.
Ambassador to Malaysia J. Eduardo Malaya said on Wednesday that the program
aims to "promote understanding and goodwill with their Malaysian
counterparts" and teach the youth of the "values of moderation and
tolerance of other cultures and beliefs."
hope that the participants would have a good experience and would share this to
their fellow youth back home,” Malaya said.
delegation will visit the Dewan Rakyat or the Malaysian Parliament, the
Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Global Movement of Moderates, and
the International Islamic University of Malaysia.
between the youth leaders and their peers from various cultural and religious
backgrounds will also take place between each location.
Respect Muslims’ wish to empower shariah courts
LUMPUR: Malaysians should respect Abdul Hadi Awang’s Private Member’s Bill to
empower shariah courts if Malaysian Muslims believe it is part of their
responsibility, says PSM’s Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj.
to reporters at the Parliament lobby, the Sungai Siput MP said it was the right
of every community in Malaysia to decide on how it wants to practise its
on this principle, if the Muslim community in Malaysia believes that empowering
shariah courts in the country is part of their responsibilities as a Muslim,
then other communities should not stop them from doing so.
non-Muslims in the country should be briefed on the bill to ensure their rights
will not be violated.”
Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi chaired a special briefing session on
Act 355, where every Muslim MP was invited.
prompted a response from Amanah communications director and Shah Alam MP Khalid
Samad, who said non-Muslims should have been invited to the briefing session to
clear the confusion surrounding that bill.
also shared similar sentiments as Khalid, saying non-Muslims should be notified
on the implications of the bill and ensure that there will be separation of
powers between the shariah and civil courts.
emphasised that there must be more discussion on Act 355 as there are several
lawmakers who are concerned about the bill’s potential implications on Muslims
and non-Muslims in the country.
LUMPUR, Nov 23 — A list of 14 claims purporting to be Bersih 2.0's demands
regarding Islam are being distributed online.
“Ambiga's Demands”, possibly in reference to Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan's
previous chairmanship of the group, the list centres entirely on supposed
demands over Islam and Muslims, rather than calls for electoral reforms.
these include supposed demands for children born of Muslim parents to not
automatically be made Muslims, for Muslims to have the right to renounce Islam,
for apostasy cases to be heard in the civil rather than Shariah courts, and
2.0's formal demands are for free and fair elections, a clean government, the
right to dissent, the empowerment of the country's parliamentary democracy, and
the strengthening of Sabah and Sarawak's rights.
soldiers killed in Boko Haram attack in Cameroon
attack by Nigeria's Boko Haram extremists against a Lake Chad army base manned
by an anti-insurgent regional force has left six Cameroonian soldiers dead, a
military source said Tuesday.
Haram attacked a base of the Mixed Multinational Force on the island of Darak
(on Lake Chad) at around 2200 (2100 GMT)" on Monday, said the source, who
asked not to be named. He said six soldiers had been killed.
civilian from a vigilante group working with security forces to combat Boko
Haram incursions was also killed, another security source said.
extremist group, which is seeking to impose strict sharia law in Nigeria's
mainly-Muslim north, has killed at least 20,000 people and left more than 2.6
million homeless in its six-year insurgency.
has battled the extremist group since 2014 and has joined Chad, Nigeria, Niger
and Benin in setting up a joint force against Boko Haram.
regional counter-offensive has helped the Nigerian military retake swathes of
territory from the insurgents, but the extremist group still poses a security
threat to civilians.
Monday evening, a would-be suicide bomber was shot dead before detonating her
device as she sped on a motorbike towards a military roadblock near the
Cameroonian border town of Kolofata.
spokesman for the Libyan forces says Daesh is desperately resisting amid the
advances of the country’s troops in the terrorist group’s ex-North African
stronghold of Sirte.
members “are trying desperately to resist up until their last breath,"
said Rida Issa on Tuesday.
the Libyan forces, mostly from the city of Misrata, announced that they had
pushed forward into the last Daesh-held sliver of territory in Sirte and
recaptured a number of barricaded houses.
published footage showing one of their members shouting out through a
loudhailer demanding that locals to quit the area.
women and children leave now if you want to live, don't miss this chance,” he
cried, adding, "Let them (militants) go now, there is safe passage, the
battle is over.”
Libyan forces further reported that over 30 militants and three Libyan troops
have been killed in renewed clashes since Monday.
office of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir denied rumors that the president
has passed away of a heart attack.
Othman, the director of Bashir’s office, told Al-Arabiya.net that the president
is in good health and is resuming his presidential tasks.
sitting next to President Bashir in Morocco and enjoying the rain. We are
getting ready to leave in a while to Guinea to participate in the Arab-African
Summit,” Othman said.
had circulated on social media platforms claiming that the Sudanese president
has died of a heart attack.
of civil rights advocacy groups have asked President Barack Obama to dismantle
a program once used to register foreigners from a list of predominantly Muslim
countries, in a bid to stave off efforts by Donald Trump's incoming
administration to revive the system.
letter addressed to Obama and posted online Tuesday, 198 local and national
organizations around the U.S. called for executive action to immediately
rescind the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System, known by its
was a discriminatory policy that ran counter to the fundamental American values
of fairness and equal protection," the groups wrote, adding that it was
"ineffective as a counterterrorism tool, has resulted in tremendous harm
for individuals who were directly affected, and has disrupted relationships
with immigrant communities."
post-9/11 George W. Bush-era policy, created by the Department of Justice, was
gutted in 2011 during Obama's first term, but the framework remains in place.
President-elect Trump and several advisers have publicly expressed interest in
focusing registration and surveillance efforts broadly on Muslims, and in
American Civil Liberties Union, which advocated for the suspension of NSEERS,
notes there were no terrorism-related convictions among the more than 90,000
entries in the database. The list included foreign visitors arriving from
certain countries where there was thought to be a terrorist threat. Mostly
students, the people on the list were required to register and then check in
for new registry?
of Trump's transition team, Kris Kobach, played a role in crafting the
registry. Kobach's name has surfaced as a contender to lead the Department of
Homeland Security (DHS), which oversaw the NSEERS program.
was seen leaving a meeting with the president-elect Sunday in New York, and
carrying a paper that included a top line item of "update and reintroduce"
NSEERS as part of a "Strategic Plan for first 365 days."
Topeka Capital-Journal in Kansas, where Kobach is secretary of state, captured
the picture of Kobach leaving Trump Tower and reported on the document's
contents, much of which had been addressed publicly by Kobach in recent weeks.
Kobach told Reuters last week that Trump's policy advisers were discussing
reinstatement of NSEERS.
effectively ended the program in 2011 by removing the countries on the list,
declaring it "redundant" given immigration procedures, and adding
that it "no longer provides any increase in security." The action
gutted NSEERS, but didn't strike the program from the books, leaving the option
open for a revival.
this program is rescinded, the Trump administration will come into office with
a framework already in place to quickly implement a so-called Muslim
registry," National Iranian American Council Executive Director Jamal Abdi
said. NIAC was one of the groups that signed the letter. "This discriminatory
framework must be removed before it can be exploited and innocent people are
campaigned heavily on rhetoric about Muslims, immigrants and refugees beginning
in 2015 — comments that were widely seen as disparaging of those groups. That
talk resonated with his base of supporters, who also rallied around his
declarations to build a wall along the southern U.S. border.
sometimes conflated the groups, including one exchange with a reporter in which
he answered questions about a "Muslim registry" last November with a
response about illegal immigration.
December 2015, Trump called for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims
entering the U.S. until our country's representatives can figure out what is
going on." He erroneously cited a Pew Research Center study to support his
claim that hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world have "great
hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population." Pew
says no such study exists.
Ayoub, policy director at the Washington, D.C.-based American-Arab
Anti-Discrimination Committee, which spearheaded Tuesday’s request to the
president, calls Trump's interest in surveilling mosques and targeting Muslims
for additional surveillance "problematic."
fight against whatever the next administration seeks to implement," Ayoub
said. "We'll make sure our voice is heard."
confident the work to organize the communities that would be affected by such
policies are stronger now than when NSEERS was first implemented.
do have strong organizations — who will fight for your rights, fight for your
liberties. A lot of the things he's suggesting will be struck down in
court," Ayoub said.
man shocked at cop's response to hate speech
York: Donald Trump’s surprised victory in the US Presidential Elections left
people across the world stunned and raised concerns due to the new President
elect’s views reflecting Islamophobia and racism.
addressed a rise in hate crimes against minorities after the elections, several
people shared their encounters with racism and Islamophobic behaviour on the
social media, just days after Trump were elected President. Similarly, a Muslim
photojournalist shared an incident involving hate speech and also a shocking
response from authorities.
Elshamy wrote about his experience at a local Starbucks in New York, where him
and his friend were abused by an American woman and his friend was subjected to
derogatory terms for wearing veil.
German lawmaker worried by Trump's lack of Middle East policy
contender to be the next German foreign minister urged US President-elect
Donald Trump on Tuesday not to cancel the Iran nuclear deal or move too close
to Moscow, saying such policy shifts could cause more instability in the Middle
Muetzenich, a potential successor to Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier
if the latter is elected German president in February, said Trump had not
articulated a clear agenda for the Middle East, creating a "conceptual
have to prepare for difficult situations, particularly if Trump and the
Republicans try to cancel the Iran nuclear deal," Muetzenich, foreign
policy speaker for Germany's Social Democrats, told broadcaster
the campaign, Trump was critical of the nuclear deal struck under President
Barack Obama in which Iran agreed to restrict its nuclear program in exchange
for sanctions relief.
also expressed concern that the incoming US administration may not fully
understand the complexity of the Syrian war and that it went well beyond US and
failure of Trump to articulate clear policy ideas for the Middle East
"makes me fear further instability and even possible additional proxy
wars," Muetzenich said ahead of a meeting with the UN Special Envoy for
Syria, Staffan de Mistura.
said Syria and Russia were taking advantage of the time before Trump's
inauguration on Jan. 20 to "create facts" in Syria through a
resumption of bombing and air strikes, but only a political solution would be
possible in the end.
it was important for other parties, including Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran, to
be involved in a political solution to prevent the crisis escalating further.
State Department added a senior Islamic State leader and two external
operations planners to its list of specially designated global terrorists
today. The US government has identified the Islamic State’s external operations
network, which is assigned to conduct attacks against the West and its
interests abroad, as a significant threat and has targeted its leadership in
Iraq and Syria.
government identified the three Islamic State commanders as Abdullah Ahmed al
Meshedani, Abdelilah Himich, and Basil Hassan.
who is also known as Abu Qassim, is a “leader who manages arriving foreign
terrorist fighters, handles guesthouses for them, and transports suicide
bombers on behalf of ISIL,” or the Islamic State, according to the designation.
State also noted that Meshedani is an “an advisor who reports to” Abu Bakr al
Baghdadi, the emir of the Islamic State.
who is also known as Abu Sulayman al Faransi, is a “senior foreign terrorist
fighter and external operations figure” who is thought to have planned both the
coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris, France in November 2015 and Brussels,
Belgium in March 2016. One hundred and thirty people were killed and more than
360 were wounded in the Paris attacks, which included suicide bombers and a
suicide assault team. Thirty two civilians were killed and more than 300 were
wounded in bombings at the airport and train station in Brussels.
Himich formed the Tariq Ibn Ziyad Battalion, “a European foreign terrorist
fighter cell that has provided operatives for ISIL attacks in Iraq, Syria, and
abroad; at one time the battalion numbered as many as 300 members,” according
to State. Himich, a Moroccan national, is thought to have served in Afghanistan
with the French Foreign Legion before joining the Islamic State in Syria in
2014, according to Frontline.
is described as “an external operations plotter” who “was accused of shooting
Lars Hedegaard, a 70-year old Danish author and journalist” in 2013. Hedegaard,
a vocal critic of Islam, was shot at his home in Copenhagen, Denmark, but
survived. Hassan presumably fled Denmark undetected and wound up in Turkey,
where he was arrested by Turkish police in 2014. According to State, he was
freed as part of a prisoner exchange with the Islamic State and went to Syria.
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