Pakistan Warns Against Playing Music, Women Going Out Alone In Miramshah
Is Being Misused In Pakistan to Hunt for Political Power and Electoral Hegemony
Muslim Symbols Ordered Taken Down In China's Capital
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Uloom Remained Silent Over The Passing Of Triple Talaq Bill Saying There Is No
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Welcome Digitisation of Waqf Properties in India
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The banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has warned people against playing
loud music, polio vaccination and women going out without being accompanied by
a man, saying people defying the warning will face consequences.
one-page message in Urdu seen by people in Miramshah, the headquarters of North
Waziristan tribal district, on Wednesday cautioned the people: “We remind you
[residents] that similar statements issued by Taliban several times in the past
had fallen on deaf ears, but this time we are going to take to task those who
violate the Taliban order.”
message further said: “There will be no use of DJs, neither inside the house
nor in open fields and those ignoring the warning will be responsible for
workers have been asked to do finger-marking of children during the vaccination
campaign, but told not to administer polio drops to children or be ready to
face dire consequences for defying the instruction.
pamphlet prohibited playing loud music on computer and other shops with a
warning that any place from where songs were heard could be blown up any time.
shouldn’t go out of their homes alone as it is harmful for our society. There
is one informer of Mujahideen in every three people and it was misconception on
the part of the people to think we will not get information about
non-compliance of our order. Follow the order or be ready to face worst
consequences,” the message concluded.
is being misused in Pakistan to hunt for political power and electoral hegemony
has happened not just once. It has happened so many times there is no effective
way for encapsulation of its impact. It has happened to all kinds of people,
for all types of reasons, in ways that were varied yet had an eerie similarity.
decade has been shaped in its dark silhouette, every generation has been
whipped into malleability without any inkling of the reason for its
indistinguishability, every non-majority community has seen its shadow become a
is no reason for its existence, yet it hovers like the blackness of sky at
night over an entire set of people. It has happened in the past, it is
happening now, and it will happen again.
the Muslim Pakistan that I call my homeland, my home, there is much that is
done in the name of religion that has explicit injunctions to do exactly the
opposite of what is done in its name.
in its most fundamental teachings, and in its all-encompassing message, stands
for one thing: obeisance to the Creator, belief in Allah’s Messenger, and to do
good for His people. Islam, through the Holy Quran, is an illustration of
haqooq Allah – rights of Allah.
is also through the Holy Quran that Allah speaking through His last Messenger,
Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), teaches the importance of haqooq-ul-abad –rights owed
exquisite blending of the two, one more important than the other but both
indispensable for human existence, perpetuation and absolution, is presentation
of a divine blessing to mankind as a chance to show and practise gratitude for
Allah’s gift of life and how to live that life in the best possible manner.
Holy Quran says: You are the best of peoples, evolved for mankind, enjoining
what is right, forbidding what is wrong, and believing in Allah. (3:110)
than fourteen hundred years later, the message of the Holy Quran remains
unchanged, pristine in its original form, uncomplicated in its expansiveness,
and secure in its eternity.
the world of today, in the diurnal monotony of existence and sharp restlessness
of inadequacy, what is often forgotten is the divine message: O mankind! We
created you from a single [pair] of a male and a female, and made you into
nations and tribes, that you may know each other [not that you may despise each
other]. Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is [he who is]
the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted
[with all things]. (49:13).
the Pakistan of today, the injunctions of religion, in the claws of those who
are self-avowed vigilantes of religion, are turning into whips with which to
turn a vulnerable populace into a frenzied horde to unleash chaos. A shadowy
déjà vu of a series of events that altered, imperceptibly at first, hesitantly
at times, and noisily most of the time, the very fabric of Pakistan.
97 per cent Muslim Pakistan has never been in need of a religious saviour, yet
it has remained, since its inception, in the vice-like grip of various entities
that proclaimed to be fighting for the sanctity of religion.
Ali Jinnah’s idea of a separate homeland for Muslims was for a country where
their right to exist would be without fear, and where their rights were a
given, and given without a fight.
Muslim Pakistan was never meant to be a theocracy where religious rights of the
majority would be of supreme importance with a complete repudiation of those
who were not Muslim, or were the “wrong” kind of Muslim.
August 1947, the green and white flag of Pakistan, reflective of the existence
of its majority Muslim and minority non-Muslim population, was a symbol of
Jinnah’s dream and vision of Pakistan.
July 2019, the white on the flag still exists, apparently unblemished. It is
anything but that.
even if it was meant to be a theocracy, could have been a splendid place for
all its citizens. A country that is supposed to have been made in the name of
Allah would have made His fundamental tenets its raison d’etre. Oneness of
Allah and finality of prophethood are the essence of Islam. There is no Muslim
in Pakistan who does not consider that to be the first belief of being a
is deeply troubling is the very convenient overlooking of the other very
important aspects of Islam. What is inconceivable to any God-fearing Muslim is
how anyone who claims to be a Muslim overlooks the importance of the verse that
is the opening of 113 of the 114 surahs of the Holy Quran, the compilation of
Allah’s messages to His people through His prophet, Mohammad (pbuh): Bi-smi
llahi r-Ra?mani r-Ra?im... In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most
Merciful. Allah is Compassionate, Forgiving, Fair, and for everyone. How do
those who claim to follow Him create divisions, hatred and violence among His
people, misusing His name?
is happening in Pakistan today is what should never happen, yet it happens
again and again. Using religion for attainment of political power and using
religion for a naked agenda of self-aggrandizement and electoral hegemony is
sinking to a low that is a recurrent phenomenon in the very complex history of
is not a single political party in Pakistan that has not, in some form, used
the cover of religion for attainment of power. Mollycoddling of religious groups,
which on their own do not have any real electoral strength, is a constant for
most political parties of Pakistan.
is a unifying force. In Pakistan, religion is used to create divisions, and
the political battle of the Opposition parties versus the government of Prime
Minister Imran Khan, there is a steady degeneration and coarsening of
narratives. The no-holds-barred games, the take-no-prisoners stratagems, and
the application of all forms of weapons, there is nothing that the Opposition
parties have not tried, and still continue to.
accuse the government of doing the same. After the July 2018 electoral success
of Khan and his party, the refusal of the opposition parties, led by Asif
Zardari and Maryam Nawaz Sharif, to accept the defeat as part of a democratic
process, has been instrumental in propagation of their narrative: that Khan is
a “selected” prime minister; that power belongs to them; and that their legal
accountability is nothing but a political witch-hunt.
formation of a united opposition front is neither new nor alarming. Their
conferences, interviews, press conferences, rallies and protest marches are
their democratic right. Alarming is the direction this drama has recently
with a situation in which there is no escape from their legal accountability,
and no NROs in sight, and after holding everyone — government, judiciary,
military establishment–responsible for their present bleak political prospects,
now the last refuge is religion.
latest favourite political ally of Sharifs and Zardaris is the chief of
Jammat-e-Islami Maualna Fazlur Rahman, who fully understands the power of
misuse of religion to whip up a frenzied cacophony that can wreak havoc in
of overthrowing of Khan’s government are as flaky as the alliance of parties
and people who hate one another’s guts on any given day. United, they have
planned chaos. One weapon can be used to mobilise people, already exasperated
with inflation and lack of opportunities, against an elected prime minister:
self-avowed vigilantism of religion.
holy alliance, secure under the umbrella of religion, understands that the only
way to get people to unleash chaos in Pakistan is to brainwash them into
thinking: Islam is in danger.
the leader of the biggest religious party of Pakistan to announce that there
would be a march to Islamabad in October to overthrow Khan’s government if Khan
doesn’t resign in August is nothing more than blustery, petulant nervousness in
the face of growing political irrelevance.
what the same leader announced on July 27 in incendiary, very dangerous: “The
finality of prophethood is part of Pakistan’s constitution, and it will be
protected at any cost. Don’t think religion is without a protector. Our fight
is for Pakistan’s real freedom and its self-reliance. We will end the fake
government.” Hashtag: Namoos-e-Risalat Million March Quetta.
and His beloved prophet and Islam do not need protection from any human being.
In the Muslim Pakistan, Islam is not under any kind of threat. The divine is
not dependent on the human for any form of protection. Eternally, it has been
the other way around.
the persecuted religious minorities of Pakistan a target for public censure and
violence for attainment of political agendas is so ugly a practice it defies
of public sentiments is planned through a fabricated scenario of blasphemy.
Misusing people’s devotion to their Creator and His prophet for personal
political gains is not a service to Islam.
is blasphemy of the worst kind.
it has happened in Pakistan many times.
Muslim symbols ordered taken down in China's capital
in the Chinese capital ordered halal restaurants and food stalls to remove
Arabic script and symbols associated with Islam from their signs, part of an
expanding national effort to "Sinicize" its Muslim population.
at 11 restaurants and shops in Beijing selling halal products said officials
told them to remove images associated with Islam, such as the crescent moon and
the word "halal" written in Arabic, from their signs.
workers from various offices told one manager of a Beijing noodle shop to cover
up the "halal" in Arabic on his shop's sign and then watched him do
said this is foreign culture and you should use more Chinese culture,"
said the manager, who, like all restaurant owners and employees, declined to
give his name because of the sensitivity of the issue.
campaign against Arabic script and Islamic images marks a new phase of a drive
that has gained momentum since 2016, aimed at ensuring religions conform to
mainstream Chinese culture.
campaign has included the removal of Middle Eastern-style domes on many mosques
around the country in favour of Chinese-style pagodas.
home to 20 million Muslims, officially guarantees freedom of religion, but the
government has campaigned to bring the faithful in line with Communist Party
is not just Muslims who have come under scrutiny. Authorities have shut down
many underground Christian churches, and torn down crosses of some deemed
illegal by the government.
Muslims have come in for particular attention since a riot in 2009 between
mostly Muslim Uighur people and majority Han Chinese in the far western region
of Xinjiang, home to the Uighur minority.
of ethnic violence followed, and some Uighurs, chafing at government controls,
carried out knife and crude bomb attacks in public areas and against the police
and other authorities.
response, China launched what it described as a crackdown on
"terrorism" in Xinjiang.
it is facing intense criticism from Western nations and rights groups over its
policies, in particular, mass detentions and surveillance of Uighurs and other
government says its actions in Xinjiang are necessary to stamp out religious
"extremism". Officials have warned about creeping Islamisation, and
have extended tighter controls over other Muslim minorities.
say the ruling Communist Party is concerned that foreign influences can make
religious groups difficult to control.
is seen as a foreign language and knowledge of it is now seen as something
outside of the control of the state," said Darren Byler, an anthropologist
at the University of Washington who studies Xinjiang.
is also seen as connected to international forms of piety, or in the eyes of
state authorities, religious extremism. They want Islam in China to operate
primarily through Chinese language," he said.
Hammond, an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas who studies
Muslims of the Hui minority in China, said the measures were part of a
"drive to create a new normal".
is home to at least 1,000 halal shops and restaurants, according to the Meituan
Dianping food delivery app, spread across the city's historic Muslim quarter as
well as in other neighbourhoods.
was not clear if every such restaurant in Beijing has been told to cover Arabic
script and Muslim symbols. One manager at a restaurant still displaying Arabic
writing said he had been ordered to remove it but was waiting for his new
bigger shops visited by Reuters replaced their signs with the Chinese term for
halal - "qing zhen" - while others merely covered up the Arabic and
Islamic imagery with tape or stickers.
Beijing government's Committee on Ethnicity and Religious affairs declined to
comment, saying the order regarding halal restaurants was a national directive.
most shopkeepers interviewed by Reuters said they did not mind replacing their
signs, some said it confused their customers and an employee at a halal butcher
shop accused authorities of "erasing" Muslim culture.
are always talking about national unity, they're always talking about China
being international. Is this national unity?"
Arabia, UAE Are Loyal Servants Of US Imperialism: Scholar
simple fact is that no matter who rules in Washington, Saudi Arabia and the UAE
are loyal servants of US imperialism and serve as its surrogates in the Persian
Gulf region, according to Dennis Etler, an American political analyst who has a
decades-long interest in international affairs.
a former professor of Anthropology at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California,
made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Wednesday after the US Senate
failed in its latest bid to block the controversial sale of $8.1bn worth of
weapons to Saudi Arabia.
US Senate on Monday fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to override
President Donald Trump’s veto earlier in the month of three congressional
resolutions aimed at blocking the country’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the
a first vote on trying to overturn one veto on a measure passed by Congress to
block the sale of certain weapons to the Saudi kingdom was backed by 45
senators against 40. The Senate’s Republicans shunned the bid en masse, with
only five supporting the vote. Fifteen senators, meanwhile, withheld their
the Democrat-led House and the Democrats in the Senate voted in favor of
overriding Trump's veto of a bill stopping arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the
UAE, how sincere are they really in wanting to end the Saudi intervention in
Yemen?” Professor Etler said.
humanitarian crisis in Yemen brought on by the war led by the Saudi coalition
and supported by the US was inherited by the Trump administration as was the
war in Syrian. It is rather disingenuous for Democrats to now feign concern for
the Yemeni people, as it was under their watch that the crisis began,” he
the only reason that Democrats have become humanitarians is to politically
challenge the White House in the upcoming presidential campaign,” he noted.
anti-imperialists and friends of the Yemeni, Syrian and Iranian people must
support all efforts to curtail arm sales to Saudi Arabia even if it means
holding ones nose while supporting Congressional Democrats. It must be
cautioned however that the US will remain an enemy of the world’s people no
matter who resides in the White House or which party controls Congress. It's a
matter of playing both sides against the middle to ones advantage while
recognizing that neither side is your friend or ally,” he concluded.
Darul Uloom remained silent over the passing of Triple Talaq Bill saying there
is no new stand of the body on the issue. On the other side, clerics opposed
the passing of bill saying no law can be above Shariah. Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani
of Darul Uloom said there is no different stand of Darul Uloom and the Muslim
body sticks to its old stance. There is nothing new to say, he said.
must be noted that Darul Uloom has always termed Triple Talaq Bill as inference
in Shariah. Maulana Nomani said Triple Talaq is the inevitable part of Islam.
For Muslims, a bill interfering in Shariah has no meaning. Muslims believes in
Shariah and will continue to follow it, he said.
Hadeeth of Darul Uloom Waqf and national president of Tanzeem Ulama-e-Hind
Maulana Ahmed Khizr Shah Masoodi opposed the Triple Talaq bill and said the
government is interfering in religious matters. No bill against Shariah will be
supported, he said.
of Jamiat Dawatul Muslimeen Maulana Qari Ishaq Gora said Triple Talaq Bill is
sheer interference in Islam and Shariah. He said though Triple Talaq or Talaq
Bidah is wrong, it is also wrong on part of the government to make a law
against it. It is a religious issue hence it should be left to the clerics, he
welcome digitisation of Waqf properties in India
Shias and Sunnis are two major sects of Islam globally. In India, these two
sects maintain their properties through two separate Waqf Boards’, one
belonging to the Shias and one to the Sunnis. Each board is embroiled in
hundreds of property disputes.
these disputes in mind, the government has now decided to digitise all the Waqf
property documents and has set a time of 100 days to accomplish this task.
According to the information available with India Today, this project will be
completed using GPS and GIC techniques.
minorities welfare minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told India Today that the
central government was receiving a lot of complaints pertaining to the
irregularities in Waqf properties and this is what prompted the government to
digitise all waqf records. Apart from digitising the properties, the government
will also develop them into skill development hubs which will be called
said, there are 6 lakh waqf properties in India and quite a few properties are
on prime locations making them susceptible to misuse. Now, this land will be
used to implement the central government’s projects. A symposium on this
subject will be organised soon to educate the Muslims about this project.
Waqf Board member told India Today that IIT Roorkee and Aligarh Muslim
University have been roped in to digitise these properties and at the
initiative of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, these properties will be used
for imparting skills to Muslim youth and giving them employment. A lot of these
properties are embroiled in disputes due to encroachment and other reasons and
with digitisation, this problem will be resolved completely so that these
properties can be utilised.
said, the states that utilise the Waqf properties better, will be rewarded. At
the PM’s initiative, 120 highly backward districts have been identified where
the minorities will be helped at the block level to ensure their upliftment.
activist and Jamit-ul-Quresh district president Mohd Shareef Kale said the
central government’s initiative is a welcome step. He said that there are 4
thousand Waqf properties in Uttar Pradesh but most of these properties are
being misused to profit their caretakers who are making lakhs every month from
these properties. He said the Waqf properties are called Allah’s properties as
they cannot be owned by anyone except Allah. The digitisation of these
properties will make it clear if the properties have been entered in anyone’s
Shareef Kale said, there have been several reports with the state government
that waqf properties are being bought and sold illegally. The digitisation of
the properties will reveal this scam and those who illegally use these
properties will be punished accordingly.
photoshoot of a Hindu-Muslim same sex couple from New York has gone viral.
Wearing traditional attire, the pictures feature Anjali Chakra and Sundas
Malik, hugging and kissing, while standing under an umbrella in the rain.
pictures which were posted by the couple's photographer Sarowar Ahmed, have
garnered almost 44,000 likes on Twitter.
New York Love Story," the photographer captioned the tweet while sharing
is an artist from Pakistan while Anjali hails from India.
on social media applauded the couple for breaking the barriers of gender and
also appreciated the pictures which were posted by Sundas on her Instagram
another post, the couple's photographer, Sarowar Ahmed, wished the couple a
happy anniversary while sharing a few more pictures of them.
Chakra also shared the pictures with the caption, "Happy anniversary to
the girl who taught me how to love & be loved."
issues contradictory statements regarding deadly IED explosion that killed 34
civilians on Kandahar-Herat highway
Taliban group issued contradictory statements regarding a deadly roadside bomb
explosion that killed 34 civilians including women and children on
spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid issued a statement earlier this evening stating
that a civilian bus faced an incident in Aab Khormai area of Farah on
Kandahar-Herat Highway which ‘martyred 34 civilians and wounded some others’.
the group issued another statement two hours later stating that “Convoy
travelling from #Herat was engaged with IEDs today in Aab Khorma area of Farah
Rod #Farah resulting in 2 APCs destroyed & over 15 gunmen KIA/WIA. This
convoy was trying to reinforce another convoy besieged for past couple of days
in the district center.”
explosion ripped through a passenger bus on Herat-Kandahar highway killing or
wounding at least 34 civilians earlier today.
passenger bus was travelling to Farah province from Herat when it struck an
Improvised Explosive Device.
explosion killed at least 34 civilians and wounded 17 others including many
women and children.
Casualties UN Report and Afghan Government Reaction:
incident took place a day after the UN mission released its latest report
regarding civilian casualties in Afghanistan, reporting a 31 percent increase
in civilian casualties attributed to pro-government forces.
the Afghan government strongly reacted to the latest report of UN mission in
spokesperson Sediq Seddiqi told reporters that the Afghan government has strong
observations on the latest report of UNAMA
further added “First of all we question their data collection method. For us
it’s unacceptable to just refer to initial media reports.”
Sediqqi said “Any report of incidents needs further investigations. That has to
be credible. You have to also report the results of the investigations being
done by relevant organizations.”
further added that Taliban are targeting civilian intentionally, they are
bombing market, mosques, playgrounds and schools and planting mine on the
bombings tactic that usually lead to civilian casualties:
militants and other insurgent groups frequently use improvised explosive
devices as the weapon of their choice to target the security forces.
majority of IED attacks lead to civilian among the ordinary population of the
for joint Pak-Saudi communication strategy to project Islam’s true image
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr
Firdous Ashiq Awan Wednesday stressed the need to evolve a joint communication
strategy with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to promote and project true
image of Islam across the globe.
Firdous, in a meeting with Saudi Minister for Media Turki Abdullah M Al
Shabanah here, said collaboration in fields of media, film and culture was not
only vital to strengthen bonds between the people of both countries but would
also help in building the images of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan at international
special assistant proposed exchange of dramas after dubbing in each other’s
languages as movies and dramas were one of the greatest mediums to portray the
cultural traits and core values of any society.
was imperative to introduce and promote common heroes and great stories among
the youth of both countries, she added.
Firdous said Prime Minister Imran Khan was very keen to promote tourism, and
cooperation in the realm of film would prove instrumental in promoting the
scenic beauty of Pakistan, particularly of its Northern Areas.
also emphasized the need to strengthen cooperation between the radios of both
countries as it was an important medium for bonding of the people.
said exchange of visits of journalists from both countries would also help in
learning from each other’s experiences and best practices, besides projecting
the common cause of Muslim Ummah.
Firdous said the people of Pakistan had great affection for the people and
leadership of Saudi Arabia and the visit of Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman
Bin Abdul Aziz to Pakistan had further reinforced the existing historical
cultural ties between the two countries.
al Shabanah said as media minister, it was his first official visit to any
country abroad and Pakistan became his first choice in that regard.
appreciated the ideas of special assistant in strengthening cooperation in diverse fields, including
culture, film and drama with the view to develop a strategy in future to project
the vision of Saudi leadership and building the images of both countries.
meeting was attended by Saudi Ambassador in Pakistan Nawaf Saeed Al Malkiy,
Special Military Advisor to Crown Prince Major General MTalal Abdulah T.Al
Otaibi, Secretary Information &
Broadcasting Zahida Parveen and other senior officials from both sides.
Targeting Police Kills Four In Southwestern Pakistan
blast near a police car in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta on July 30
has killed four people and wounded more than two dozen, officials said.
police official Bakhat Achakzai said the attack targeted the vehicle parked in
the middle of the volatile city, where security forces and members of the
minority Shi'ite Muslim community often come under attack.
was not immediately known what kind of explosive device had caused the blast,
are still investigating if it was a suicide bombing or a device that has gone
off," said another police official, Muhammad Tahir.
bodies -- including two children and one woman -- were taken to the city's main
hospital, medical officials said.
25 people were being treated in hospital and some of them were in critical
was no immediate claim of responsibility.
government gives permission to take out nagar kirtan at the eleventh hour
A day after denying having any ‘official’ communiqué about a nagar kirtan being
taking out by Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) from Nankana
Sahib, the Pakistan government on Wednesday finally gave its consent to take
out the nagar kirtan after a meeting between office bearers of Gurdwara
management bodies from India and Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) at Nankana
to sources, till Wednesday morning both ETPB and PSGPC had denied having any
official information about the Indian nagar kirtan, scheduled to be taken out
from Nankana Sahib, Pakistan on August 1. It was only after the meeting between
the officials of ETPB, PSGPC, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC)
and Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee that ETPB chairman Dr Amir Ahmad
himself came before media to admit that there was ‘no confusion’.
on Tuesday Amir Hashmi, public relations officer, ETPB, had categorically
informed TOI that ETPB or PSGPC was not aware of the SGPC led nagar kirtan.
the meeting, Amir Ahmad, flanked by SGPC and DSGMC presidents came before
media, saying that there was no confusion over nagar kirtan. “There is no
confusion, nagar kirtan will leave, we are in close liaison" .
ETPB continued to duck away the questions of Pak media persons who wanted to
know why there was a confusion over taking out nagar kirtan from Nankana Sahib.
reply to a question by a Pakistani reporter about his meeting with the Indian
Sikh leadership at Nankana Sahib on Wednesday, Amir Ahmad, despite his
photographs with Indian Sikh leaders, denied having a meeting with them to
reach an understanding before allowing SGPC to take out nagar kirtan.
was not a meeting but a courtesy visit to welcome and receive them”.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr
Firdous Ashiq Awan on Wednesday stressed the need to evolve a joint
communication strategy with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to promote and
project true image of Islam across the globe.
Firdous, in a meeting with Saudi Minister for Media Turki Abdullah M Al
Shabanah, said that collaboration in fields of media, film and culture was not
only vital to strengthen bonds between the people of both countries but would
also help in building the images of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan at international
Firdous said that Prime Minister Imran Khan is very keen on promote tourism,
and cooperation in the realm of film would prove instrumental in promoting the
scenic beauty of Pakistan, particularly of its Northern Areas.
also emphasised the need to strengthen cooperation between the radios of both
countries as it was an important medium for bonding of the people.
said that exchange of visits of journalists from both countries would also help
in learning from each other’s experiences and best practices, besides
projecting the common cause of Muslim Ummah.
Firdous said that the people of Pakistan had great affection for the people and
leadership of Saudi Arabia and the visit of Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman
Bin Abdul Aziz to Pakistan had further reinforced the existing historical
cultural ties between the two countries.
al Shabanah said that as media minister, it was his first official visit to any
country abroad and Pakistan became his first choice in that regard. He
appreciated the ideas of special assistant in strengthening cooperation in
diverse fields, including culture, film and drama with the view to develop a
strategy in future to project the vision of Saudi leadership and building the
images of both countries.
Aceh whips 2 men, women for breaking shariah law
people were publicly whipped 100 times each in Indonesia’s deeply conservative
Aceh province on Wednesday, with one woman pleading for the masked shariah
officer to stop because she could not bear the pain.
of people watched as the two men and one woman were canned in a stadium in
Lhokseumawe, some 274km from the provincial capital Banda Aceh.
is used as punishment for a range of offences in the region at the tip of
Sumatra island, including gambling, drinking alcohol, and having gay sex or
relations outside of marriage.
Wednesday, a 22-year-old woman and her boyfriend, who is also 22, received 100
strokes each after they were caught having pre-marital sex.
woman broke down several times due to the pain of the punishment, forcing the
shariah officer to stop the canning until she was cleared to continue by a
19-year-old boy was also whipped with a rattan cane for having sex with a
white shirt was soaked with blood by the end of the thrashing, an AFP reporter
teen will now serve five years in prison, while the couple will walk free.
an official from the local prosecutor’s office, said the flogging was held
inside a stadium to prevent children from watching.
is the only province in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country that
imposes Islamic law.
December, two men caught having sex with underage girls were whipped 100 times
each in Aceh.
groups have slammed public caning as cruel, and Indonesia’s president Joko
Widodo has called for it to end, but the practice has wide support among Aceh’s
Taliban chiefs have held a series of talks with Indonesian Muslim leaders over
the future peace process for Afghanistan, it was revealed on Wednesday.
high-level delegation of Taliban officials met with government representatives
and Islamic scholars during an under-the-radar visit to the Indonesian capital
Jakarta, which began at the weekend.
Tuesday, delegates led by the Taliban’s political deputy, Mullah Baradar
Akhund, held discussions with leaders of Indonesia’s largest Muslim
organization Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), and the country’s highest authority on
Islamic affairs, the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), at their headquarters in
chairman, Abdul Manan Ghani, told Arab News on Wednesday that the main topic of
the meeting was how the warring factions in Afghanistan could make peace with
each other in order to build a stable community based on the spirit of Islamic
extended our views that they should place priority on having dialogue among the
factions in Afghanistan and should not let other countries meddle in with their
own vested interests, which could compromise an already fragile situation
there,” Ghani said.
added that the Taliban could also take an example from Indonesia, a country
that remained peaceful, largely tolerant and democratic despite its very
diverse society and geography made up of 17,000 islands.
can be a peaceful society, too, especially since it is much less diverse than
Indonesia and society is contained in a much smaller location,” Ghani said.
in the day, the Taliban delegation also met with scholars from the MUI. During
talks the council agreed to assist with peace-making efforts between the Afghan
government and the Taliban and help advise on ways to address various problems
in Islamic society.
Junaidi, head of the MUI’s international relations department, told Arab News:
“We would help to make peace in Afghanistan in accordance with our capacity as
an organization and to complement the government’s diplomatic efforts.”
said the MUI had also offered its assistance in providing scholarships for
Afghan students to study in Indonesia’s Islamic boarding schools and
universities. “We also extended our assistance on how to issue fatwas in
response to the various social, economic and cultural problems that Muslims
face,” Junaidi added.
spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said in a press statement that during the
meeting, Baradar and his colleagues had “highlighted the current situation of
Afghanistan, policy and achievements” made by the Taliban.
circulating on social media showed the Taliban delegation visiting the Istiqlal
Mosque, the largest mosque in southeast Asia.
Hurairah Abdul Salam, a spokesman for the mosque, confirmed to Arab News that a
delegation from Afghanistan, which he described as “guests of the vice
president,” took part in maghrib prayers on Monday afternoon but did not meet
any mosque officials.
its positive role in trying to help broker peace in Afghanistan, the Indonesian
government has kept mostly quiet about the Taliban trip, which began on
Saturday afternoon with a visit to Vice President Jusuf Kalla’s official
residence in central Jakarta, maghrib prayer at a nearby mosque and then dinner
at his house which ended at 9 p.m.
office issued a brief statement on Sunday about the dinner, saying that
Indonesia always maintained communication with all parties involved in
brokering peace in Afghanistan in order to maintain trust and make progress in
the process. The vice president also said that his country continued to
communicate with the US over the issue.
Military forms ‘super elite unit’ to crack down on terrorism
Indonesian Military (TNI) is expected to play a bigger role in the country's
war on terror with the establishment of a "super elite unit" for
deploying in national security emergencies, including terror attacks. The newly
established Special Operations Command (Koopssus) comprises 400 personnel from
the crème de la crème of the military's special forces: the 81 Special
Detachment (Gultor) of the Army’s Special Forces (Kopassus), the Jalamangkara
Detachment (Denjaka) of the Navy’s Marine Corps, and the Bravo 90 Detachment
(Denbravo) of the Air Force’s Special Forces Corps (Korpaskhas). The Koopssus
is under the command of Brig. Gen. Rochadi, who was appointed to the new role
from his previous position as the director of the TNI’s Strategic Intelligence
Agency (BAIS). Expected to be highly agile, the Koopssus is to conduc...
LUMPUR - On the morning of March 2, 2012, Mohammad Yunus boarded a rickety
wooden boat on the far eastern shores of Bangladesh with about 100 fellow
Muslim Rohingya from the sprawling refugee camps of Cox's Bazar.
then 22, had recently fled his native Myanmar, where bloody communal clashes
between Muslims and Buddhists were driving thousands of Rohingya from their
homes. Though safe in Bangladesh, Yunus soon found life in the teeming camps
unbearable. He saw no more of a future for himself there than in Myanmar, where
the Rohingya are denied citizenship and face heavy persecution.
11 harrowing days at sea, and three more evading authorities in the jungles of
southern Thailand, Yunus was smuggled into Malaysia, where he hoped to pick up
where his life had so suddenly stalled. But seven years on, he feels as though
his life remains on hold.
Malaysia lets refugees register with the UNHCR, the U.N.'s refugee agency, the
country provides them next to no aid and denies them the right to work, while
charging them for health care. Rights groups say that leaves most refugees with
little choice but to toil in the country's shadow economy, where they can fall
prey to employers ready to exploit their desperation, paying them less than
others or not at all. Refugees also are barred from attending government
schools, cutting them off from another path to improving their lot.
has been a long seven years. Even though I have tried to improve my situation,
it is not changing. It is like the curse started in Myanmar, and everywhere is
the same," said Yunus, seated on the floor of his room in a bare-bones
apartment he shares with six other refugees on Kuala Lumpur's east end.
one-time physics student now works long hours on constructions sites across the
city and knows what it is to break his back for days, only to be told at the
end that he won't be getting paid.
Goni, a Rohingya refugee who fled Myanmar in 2014, sees no future for himself in
Malaysia either. The 23-year-old electrician also has been refused his promised
pay on several occasions. He has bribed his way out of jail four times after
police raids on his job sites.
have felt like I should finish my life, I was so desperate, just take poison
and finish my life," he said. "How can I live my life this way? It's
like another prison."
make up more than half of the 176,000 refugees registered in Malaysia,
according to the UNHCR, the largest population in Southeast Asia outside
Myanmar. And with the camps in Bangladesh now bursting with more than 1 million
Rohingya following a fresh bout of pogroms in Myanmar in 2017, more keep
Pakatan Harapan coalition of political parties vowed to give refugees a path to
legal employment in its 2018 election campaign manifesto. Since it took power
more than a year ago, a few ministers have made accommodating remarks but have
not yet taken any concrete steps to follow through.
Ministries of Home Affairs and Human Resources declined to comment for this
story, as did the officer in charge of Rohingya Affairs for the National
groups say the government's reluctance stems partly from the fear that
accommodating refugees further will draw a flood of new arrivals. But Lilianne
Fan, who chairs the Rohingya Working Group for the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights
Network, says officials are coming to realize the Rohingya are being pushed by
conditions in Bangladesh and Myanmar more than pulled by the promise of better
jobs in Malaysia.
primary reasons they are here is because they're seeking protection. And, of
course, in order to stay they deserve to have the right to work for
survival," she said.
refugees may even do the country some good.
recent study by Malaysia's Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs
(IDEAS), an independent research group, found that the government could tap a
legal refugee workforce for a $727 million (3 billion ringgit) boost to its
gross domestic product and $12 million (50 million ringgit) in added tax
refugees with the law on their side can earn — and thus spend — more by landing
jobs that better match their skills, having more reason to invest in training,
and bargaining for higher wages.
study also finds that refugees overwhelmingly compete for jobs with other
migrant workers, not Malaysians, said Laurence Todd, IDEAS' director of
research and development. A few older, low-skilled locals might lose out, he
added, "but the net effect ... would be positive in that the economic
activity generated by the Rohingya working [legally] would create more
jobs," including some 4,000 for Malaysians.
move to make it happen, though, will also have to overcome Malaysia's fiercely
tribal politics. The government already has backtracked on other key reform
pledges under pressure from nationalist opposition parties quick to claim they
would cost the country's majority ethnic Malays their own privileges.
Alienating them further could cost Pakatan Harapan — already slipping in
opinion polls — valuable votes in the next election.
the meantime, Malaysia's Rohingya refugees remain in limbo, discouraged from
putting down new roots, scared to return to a home that denies them basic human
rights, and with shrinking options to move on as some Western countries tighten
their immigration policies.
said it means Malaysia's current "tolerate but don't integrate"
approach is wearing thin, and the government soon may come to realize it will
need to treat its Rohingya as something more than guests.
IDA NADIRAH IBRAHIM
LUMPUR, July 31 — Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said while Malaysia
accepts the fact that it’s a small, weak country and that it was imperative to
learn how to survive amongst other powerful nations.
policy is to be friendly with all countries of the world irrespective of their
ideology or their practices.
want to be friends, we want to trade with them but sometimes, of course, we
find that they do things which we cannot approve, but we are unable to change
accept the fact that we are a small weak country and a weak country must learn
how to survive in the midst of very powerful nations. That is the history of
were a small state that exists in those days with many powerful countries
around us. There is China, Siam [Thailand], and Myanmar... these were powerful
countries in the past. But to exist, we have to learn how to handle relations
with these powerful nations,” he told Imran Garda of the Turkish international
news channel TRT World in an interview aired on Monday.
agreeing that there are some differences between the members of the
Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr Mahathir said countries that are
less affected by the instability in the organisation, such as Malaysia and
Turkey, should take up the task to be exemplary Islamic nations on the global
said the recent Malaysia-Turkey pact discussed over his official visit in
Ankara last week gives the two nations the opportunity to reflect a positive
light on Islam, which he said is regularly linked with terrorism.
also said the dispute between the two Islamic factions, Sunni and Shia, does
not benefit the Muslim community as the world generalises the link between all
Muslims with the act of terrorism.
think the rivalry between the Sunnis and the Shias is not doing anyone any
good, neither for the Sunnis nor the Shias. Of course, each claim to be the
current interpretation of Islam and we may dispute but the fact is that the
world regards both Sunnis and Shias as Muslims. They don’t make a distinction
and they consider both interpretations of the religion is terroristic, that
Islam advocates terrorism whether they be Sunni or Shia.
and Turkey are among the few that seem to be more stable and more concerned
about the fate of the Muslim ummah and their countries,” he said.
Mahathir said Malaysia and Turkey should show good governance in their
respective countries in an atmosphere of peace and stability.
are capable of developing ourselves, capable of competing with the rest of the
world,” he said in the interview.
Malaysia stands by its policy in distancing from interfering with the internal
affairs of other countries, Dr Mahathir said Malaysia would provide the best
help it could towards foreign Muslim groups who are oppressed, such as the
Rohingya people in Myanmar and the Palestinians.
China’s treatment of its Uyghur Muslim community, Dr Mahathir said Putrajaya
would condemn the act if it’s true that the community is being detained in
detention camps as reported by various news reports.
is a very powerful nation and the way we treat America is also the way we have
to treat China because it is powerful. It is capable of taking action on its
own that may be detrimental to the relationship of many Muslim countries with
the moment we need to verify certain things that they are accused of. Of
course, they denied it We believe that the approach should not be
confrontational. It should be through negotiation and exposure of what is
actually happening in China.
bin Laden, son and heir to al-Qaida founder, is dead
Osama bin Laden's son Hamza bin Laden, who was viewed as an eventual heir to
the leadership of al-Qaida and who had repeatedly threatened to attack the
United States, is dead, according to two US officials.
of the strike that killed him were scarce, including when and where. The US
government played a role in the operation, but it was not clear how, according
to the officials, who discussed his death on the condition of anonymity because
it involved sensitive operations and intelligence gathering.
bin Laden was killed sometime during the first two years of the Trump
administration, officials said. He was killed before the State Department
announced a $1 million reward for information on his whereabouts in February,
but US military and intelligence agencies had not confirmed his death by then.
bin Laden carried a prominent name and lineage, the news of his death
represented more of a symbolic victory for the American government than the
removal of a threat. Al-Qaida has not carried out a large-scale attack in
years, and though bin Laden was being groomed to eventually take over the
group, that time appeared to be well into the future.
Laden was likely operating on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, said Thomas
Joscelyn, a senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.
Donald Trump was asked Wednesday about the death, first reported by NBC News,
but he declined to comment.
location of bin Laden had been the subject of public speculation. After the
Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, he and other members of al-dQaida fled to Iran, where
they were detained. He was eventually allowed to leave Iran, then reportedly
moved with his family to the Pakistan border region. At one point, intelligence
showed that he had traveled to Syria in the past several years, former
officials have said.
CIA has devastated al-Qaida, relentlessly targeting its operatives after 9/11.
The agency killed another son, Saad bin Laden, in a drone strike in 2009.
Another son, Khalid, was killed in the 2011 Abbottabad raid.
Arabic-language Al-Watan newspaper quoted a Syrian Army battlefield source as
saying that the Turkish occupying forces have retreated from areas under their
control in Mourek region in Northern Hama in a military convoy comprising 15
military vehicles towards borders with Turkey as the Syrian Army has recently
made advances in al-Jobin and Tal Malh in Northern Hama.
a group of other Syrian troops backed by the Syrian Army’s artillery and
missile units heavily pounded the terrorists’ military positions in the town of
al-Zuka and engaged in fierce clashes with the militants in the Northeastern
part of al-Jobin and Tal Malh towns in Northern Hama, taking control of several
regions, including Abu Raideh Farms near al-Zuka.
Arabic-language website of the Russian Sputnik news agency, meantime, quoted a
battlefield source as saying that the Syrian Army’s artillery and missile units
pounded the Turkistasni party’s military positions in Kabani hills in
Northeastern Lattakia and cut their movements.
source noted that the Syrian Army troops are preparing to attack the
terrorists’ military positions and win control over the strategic hilltops in
al-Zawiqat, Tal-e al-Syriatel and Heights 1154.
said that if the Syrian Army takes full control of the mentioned hilltops, it
will complete its control over Kabani strategic heights.
a relevant development in mid-July, media reports said that Damascus and Moscow
have given a last chance to Ankara to fully conduct its military operations in
Idlib province before the upcoming Astana meeting on Syria.
newspaper quoted special sources as saying that the new round of Astana meeting
in Kazakhstan’s capital would be held on August 1-2 and it would be the last
chance for Turkey to fulfill its commitments under the Russia-Turkey agreement
sources noted that the delays by Turkey in implementing the Sochi agreement are
not acceptable, and said that if Ankara does not fulfill its commitments, the
Syrian Army will most probably conduct its cleansing operation in the remaining
regions of Idlib.
the daily quoted sources close to Ankara as saying that the Ankara-backed
terrorist commanders attended a meeting with Turkish Army commanders in the
Turkish capital earlier this week.
said that the Turkish Army intends to maintain the areas under its control in
Northern, Northwestern and Southern Idlib as long as possible before the next
sources also pointed to Turkey’s fear from possible military operations by
Russia and Syria to take full control over the towns of Jabal Shahshabou in
Northwestern Hama to Jisr al-Shoghour along Aleppo-Lattakia highway, and said
that Turkey has promised Tahrir al-Sham and other terrorist groups to send
fresh militants of Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch from Aleppo to these
President Donald Trump's adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner has met with
Jordan's King Abdullah II in Amman as part of a tour of the Middle East aimed
to push for a controversial US plan on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
royal court said in a statement that King Abdullah and Kushner discussed
"efforts to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict" during their
meeting on Wednesday.
the meeting, King Abdullah II, who acts as the custodian of Islamic holy sites
in Jerusalem al-Quds, stressed "the need to achieve a just and lasting
peace to ensure the establishment of an independent Palestinian state... with
east Jerusalem [al-Quds] as its capital, living in peace and security alongside
Israel," according to the statement.
this month, an official in Trump's administration said Kushner would lead a US
delegation on a tour of the Middle East to further push the US’s “deal of the
century,” adding that he is expected to make stops in Israel, Egypt, Jordan,
Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
Palestinians have already rejected Trump’s Middle East initiative, which is
widely reported to be highly biased in favor of the Israeli regime, as “the
slap of the century.”
Washington Post said in April that the plan is likely to “stop short of
ensuring a separate, fully sovereign Palestinian state.”
economic portion of Trump’s deal, which would inject $50 billion into
struggling economies in the Middle East over the next ten years, was unveiled
in June by Kushner during a conference in Bahrain. All Palestinian factions
have boycotted the event, slamming Washington for what they view as an attempt
to offer financial rewards for Palestinians to accept the Israeli occupation.
Abdullah said, according to the royal court, that any peace plan should be
based on the so-called two-state solution and in accordance with the Arab Peace
Iraq: At least seven members of Iraq’s security forces were killed and 16
wounded overnight in two separate attacks by Daesh militants, police said on
members of the paramilitary Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) and two policemen
were killed in an attack in the Sayed Gharib area north of Salahuddin
province’s Dujail district, 50 km north of Baghdad, late on Wednesday, police
PMF is an umbrella grouping of mostly Iran-backed Shiite militias that formally
report to Iraq’s prime minister.
a mortar attack against Kurdish forces in Kola Jawi village of Sulaimaniya
province’s Kalar district at midnight killed two members of the semi-autonomous
Kurdistan Regional Government’s Asayish internal security forces and wounded
14, an Asayish source said.
has not claimed responsibility for either attack.
declared victory over Daesh, which once held large swathes of the country, in
December 2017, but the hard-line Sunni militants have since switched to
hit-and-run attacks aimed at undermining the Baghdad government.
NATIONS — Two-thirds of the United Nations Security Council - including the
United States, Britain and France - asked Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on
Tuesday to investigate attacks on U.N.-supported medical facilities in
northwest Syria, diplomats said.
President Bashar al-Assad's forces, backed by Russia, began an offensive on the
last major insurgent stronghold three months ago that the United Nations says
has killed at least 450 civilians and displaced more than 440,000 people.
Security Council has been deadlocked on Syria with Russia and China - two of
the body's five veto powers along with Britain, France and the United States -
shielding Assad's government from any action during eight years of war.
France, the United States, Germany, Belgium, Peru, Poland, Kuwait, Dominican
Republic and Indonesia delivered a demarche - a formal diplomatic petition - to
Guterres over the lack of an inquiry into attacks on U.N.-supported facilities.
least fourteen U.N.-supported facilities on the list of deconflicted facilities
have been damaged or destroyed in northwest Syria since the end of April,"
they told Guterres, according to the agreed request seen by Reuters.
therefore respectfully request that you consider launching an internal U.N.
investigation into attacks that have damaged or destroyed U.N.-supported
facilities in northwest Syria and report back promptly," they said.
noted that in 2016 former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had used his
discretionary power to open an inquiry into an attack on a Syrian Arab Red
Crescent humanitarian convoy in Aleppo.
spokesman Farhan Haq confirmed representatives of 10 member states had met with
the secretary-general. "We will consider their request," Haq said.
the United Nations has shared the locations of humanitarian facilities with the
parties to the conflict, U.N. aid chief Mark Lowcock has told the Security
Council that dozens of healthcare facilities have been struck since April.
that information used as it's intended, to protect facilities ... or is it
being used to target facilities?" Lowcock said to reporters on Tuesday
after briefing the council for the seventh time since the Syrian government
10 members of the Security Council also called on Guterres to investigate why
the so-called deconfliction mechanism had failed to deter attacks.
and Syria have said their forces are not targeting civilians or civilian
infrastructure and questioned the sources used by the United Nations to verify
attacks on health centers.
a July 16 letter to Guterres and the Security Council, Syrian U.N. Ambassador
Bashar Ja'afari said some 119 hospital and health care centers "have been
out of commission since being taken over by terrorist groups" and "no
longer serve their original purpose and cannot be considered hospitals,
health-care centers or even 'civilian objects' under humanitarian law."
array of insurgents have a foothold in northwestern Syria. The most powerful is
the jihadist Tahrir al-Sham, the latest incarnation of the former Nusra Front
which was part of al Qaeda until 2016.
U.N. Ambassador Karen Pierce told the Security Council on Tuesday that
Ja'afari's letter was an admission of Syrian government attacks on hospitals.
by Mohammed Ebraheem
(IraqiNews.com) – A secret tunnel used by the Islamic State militant group was
destroyed Tuesday in Mosul city, the Iraqi Military Intelligence Directorate
a press release carried by the privately-owned Alghad Press website, the
directorate said that “the tunnel was used by Islamic State militants for
hiding out and escaping from security forces after the liberation of Mosul from
seizure of the tunnel came during a military operation launched by intelligence
forces in al Qayyarah district in Mosul.
troops managed to destroy the tunnel completely, added the statement.
Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi announced in July 2017 liberation of the
second largest Iraqi city of Mosul from IS militants, who had captured it in
2014. More than 25,000 militants were killed throughout the campaign, which
started in October 2016.
campaign was backed by paramilitary troops and a U.S.-led international
July 30 (MENA) - Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli said that Egypt has come a
long way in fighting money laundering and terrorism financing via enacting laws
and introducing supervisory and regulatory rules.
added Egypt has set up measures to identify customers in the various financial
institutions in line with international standards related to money laundering
and terrorism financing that are defined by international organizations, topped
by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and the Egmont Group of Financial
at an annual workshop, hosted by the Egyptian Money Laundering and Terrorist
Financing Combating Unit (EMLCU), on capacity building in the Middle East and
Africa region, Madbouli said that money laundering and terrorism financing are
the most serious threats to the stability of the global financial and economic
stressed the necessity of complying with international and domestic regulatory
systems that constitute a powerful deterrent to any criminal elements and
persons engaging in terrorist activities.
further underlined the need to foster cooperation among all countries and
stakeholders and competent national authorities in a way that helps strengthen
Arab and African economies.
al-Mohammadawi, a senior member of the Iraqi parliament's Security and Defense
Committee, told the Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news website that Washington
is attempting to pressure the Iraqi government and security apparatus to
transfer the family members of the ISIL terrorists from al-Houl camp in Syria
to certain regions in Nineveh plain in Northern and Northeastern Mosul.
added that Washington wants to create a safe region for ISIL's return to Mosul
and drive away Hashd al-Shaabi from Nineveh plain.
warned that return of the ISIL terrorists' family members is a serious threat
to Iraq's security.
Arabic-language media outlets had reported earlier this month that Washington
planned to bring back a more dangerous version of the ISIL terrorist group to
Iraq and Syria after its failure to achieve its mischievous goals in the
Arabic-language website of the Russian Sputnik news agency quoted Hessam Sho'aib,
a Syrian military expert on terrorist organizations, as saying that a recent
report by the US-based Institute for Studies of War (ISW) on rebirth of the
ISIL terrorists in Iraq and Syria exposes this reality that the US Central
Intelligence Agency (CIA) has created the ISIL and is preparing the grounds for
the return of the terrorist groups, specially the ISIL, to the region.
noted that the ISW's report on ISIL's dominance over several regions in Iraq
and Syria such as Mosul shows that the US is not looking for establishment of
peace in the region and ISIL's retreat from Raqqa has taken place on CIA's
order and not a defeat in war against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
reiterated that the SDF is also a part of the CIA's plot for Syria, and said,
"The US has come to know that it cannot conduct any kind of military
operation against Iran, and therefore it has resorted to reviving the terrorist
groups to carry out terrorist attacks as a much cheaper scenario for the
Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh cadres held in Assam
(ASSAM): Three cadres of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) were arrested in
Barpeta district on Tuesday, police said. The cadres were identified as
Hafizpur Rehman, Yaqub Ali and Sariful Islam.
to police, the arrest was made while they were keeping a watch in the area
ahead of Independence Day. "We made a team to conduct a raid in the area.
Surveillance was increased and police were kept on high alert soon after we
received an input that JMB cadres are hiding in the Barpeta area," Barpeta
Superintendent of Police Rabin Kumar said.
said the court has sent Hafizpur Rehman on eight-day police custody. The SP
said these cadres were trained in 2014 by Shakeel Ahmed who lost his life in
Burdwan blast. The police have seized a country-made revolver and four live
rounds from Rehman.
man’s family gets message: Killed fighting for Islamic State
young man from north Kerala’s Malappuram district who is suspected to have gone
to Afghanistan and joined the Islamic State (IS) is believed to have been
killed in a recent US drone attack.
officials identified the man as Muhammed Muhasin, a native of Edappal in
Malappuram district. An engineering student, he has been missing since October
2017, the police said.
sources said Muhasin’s family got a message on WhatsApp on Tuesday, informing
them about his death. “The message in Malayalam said, ‘your brother has been
seeking martyrdom and Allah has fulfilled his wish. He has become a shaheed 10
days back,’’ according to an officer.
message reportedly came with a warning that the incident should not be reported
to the police.
officer said that the message was accompanied by a photograph, ostensibly of
Muhasin lying dead. “The family has identified him from the photo. But other
than this message and photograph, we don’t have any official confirmation from
anywhere,” the officer said.
fact that the message was sent in Malayalam shows the presence of at least another
person from Kerala in the group, according to the officer. “We have not
identified the person who sent the message,” the officer said, adding that
during the period Muhasin had gone missing another engineering graduate from
Malappuram had also joined the IS.
said Muhasin was not part of the “Kasaragod module” of the IS, in which an
estimated 25 people, including children and women, reportedly left the country
in June 2016 to join the IS. Security agencies had later found that most people
in that group had reached the IS-controlled Nangarhar region of Afghanistan.
group of at least 35 people from the coastal state’s Kannur district had
migrated to Syria to fight for the IS, according to police officials.
source in the police said, “Muhasin had initially gone to Dubai and then joined
the IS. He went missing in 2017 while studying engineering. His family had
filed a missing complaint with the local police in Malappuram.”
delivery company Zomato won praise from people on social media on Wednesday
after it refused to meet demands raised by a customer from Jabalpur who took
offence about being assigned a “non-Hindu” delivery person for his food order.
doesn’t have a religion. It is a religion,” the company tweeted in response to
the customer’s post, which was made on Tuesday. The customer, who identified
himself as Amit Shukla and used the Twitter handle @Namo_Sarkaar had previously
been told by a Zomato representative that the company does not discriminate
against its riders.
cancelled an order on @ZomatoIN they allocated a non hindu rider for my food
they said they can’t change rider and can’t refund on cancellation I said you
can’t force me to take a delivery I don’t want don’t refund just cancel,”
Shukla had tweeted, attaching screenshots that showed his conversations with
the food app’s support.
founder, Deepinder Goyal, tweeted: “We are proud of the idea of India - and the
diversity of our esteemed customers and partners. We aren’t sorry to lose any
business that comes in the way of our values.”
Delhi [India]: The mediation panel in the Ayodhya land dispute case will submit
status report in a sealed cover on Thursday in compliance with the Supreme
Court’s earlier order.
Supreme Court bench, led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, will hear the
matter on August 2.
Supreme Court had on July 18 asked the mediation committee on the Ram
Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute to continue the process and submit a
report on the progress made till July 31.
Constitution bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SA Bobde,
DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer observed that it will take a
call on August 2 on whether a hearing is required in the case.
order came after former Supreme Court judge FMI Kalifulla, chairperson of the
three-member mediation panel, submitted a status report. The court, after
perusing the report, directed the committee to inform it about the progress
made in the mediation till July 31.
March 8, the court had constituted the panel which also comprises Art of Living
founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and senior Madras High Court advocate Sriram
appeals are pending before the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court
verdict which ordered equal division of the 2.77-acre disputed land in Ayodhya
among the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.
ISIS terrorist organization is threatening to launch new attacks in San
Francisco, New York, and London, according to new warning messages posted on
the group's social media channels.
messages, carried across the internet via the Telegram networking website,
feature the three cities and call for adherents of the terror group's radical
ideology to "kill them all," according to copies of the warnings
obtained by the Middle East Media Research Institute, or MEMRI, a group that
monitors jihadi networks.
pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Ash-Shaff Media Foundation shared five posters on
Telegram which threaten and encourage terror attacks in the West,"
according to information compiled by MEMRI. "The posters are captioned in
poor English and feature background images of San Francisco, New York City, and
London. The Ash-Shaff media group is believed to be based in Indonesia and/or
operated by Indonesians."
and answer the call," one of the posters states. "Don't spare none
[sic]. Kill them all. It is now time to rise. Slit their throats. Watch them
poster featuring a man in a suicide bomb vest standing in what appears to be
downtown Manhattan urges ISIS followers to "slaughter them all."
additional poster features London's Big Ben burning in the background under the
caption: ‘O Crusaders Indeed You Are Weak And Powerless. The Soldiers Of Allah
Gonna Be Immediately Come To Your Country And Will Destroy The Crusaders
Everywhere,'" MEMRI noted. "ISIS enemies, mainly Russia, the U.S.,
France, and the UK, are often referred to as ‘crusaders' in ISIS
believes Osama bin Laden's son Hamza is dead: official
United States believes that Hamza bin Laden, a son of slain Al Qaeda leader
Osama bin Laden and himself a notable figure in the militant group, is dead, a
US official said on Wednesday.
US official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, provided no further details,
including when Hamza died or where.
Donald Trump earlier on Wednesday declined to comment after NBC News first
reported the US assessment. Asked if he had intelligence that bin Laden's son
had been killed, Trump told reporters: "I don't want to comment on it."
the White House declined to comment on whether any announcement was imminent.
believed to be about 30 years old, was at his father's side in Afghanistan
before the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States and spent time with
him in Pakistan after the US-led invasion of Afghanistan pushed much of Al
Qaeda's senior leadership there, according to the Brookings Institution.
bin Laden was killed by US special forces who raided his compound in Pakistan
in 2011. Hamza was thought to be under house arrest in Iran at the time, and
documents recovered from the compound indicated that aides had been trying to
reunite him with his father.
New York Times reported that the United States had a role in the operation that
led to Hamza's death, which it said took place in the past two years. Reuters
could not immediately verify those details.
the US government's conclusion appears to be a recent one. In February, the
State Department said it was offering a reward of up to $1 million for
information leading "to the identification or location in any
country" of Hamza, calling him a key Al Qaeda leader.
by Al Qaeda's chief Ayman al-Zawahiri in an audio message in 2015, Hamza
provided a younger voice for the group whose ageing leaders have struggled to
inspire militants around the world galvanised by Islamic State, according to
called for acts of terrorism in Western capitals and threatened to take revenge
against the United States for his father's killing, the US State Department
said in 2017 when it designated him as a global terrorist.
also threatened to target Americans abroad and urged tribal groups in Saudi
Arabia to unite with Yemen's Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to fight against
Saudi Arabia, it said.
United States will renew sanctions waivers for Iranian nuclear programs that
allow Russia, China, and European countries to continue their civilian nuclear
cooperation with Tehran, White House national security adviser John Bolton said
think the idea here is we are watching those nuclear activities very, very
closely,” Bolton said in an interview on Fox Business Network. “So this is a
short 90-day extension,” he said.
comments came hours after Washington imposed sanctions on Iranian Foreign
Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, a key figure in Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with
world powers, which President Donald Trump withdrew from last year.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in early May extended five of seven sanctions
waivers for 90 days, a shorter period than earlier waivers. The waivers allow
work at Iran’s Bushehr nuclear plant, the Fordow enrichment facility, the Arak
nuclear complex, and the Tehran Research Reactor.
last year abandoned the nuclear agreement, arguing that he wanted a bigger deal
that not only limited Iran’s atomic work, but also reined in its support for
proxies in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Lebanon, and curbed its ballistic missile
also tightened sanctions on Iran in May to try to choke off its oil exports.
of a direct US-Iranian conflict have risen since May with several attacks on
oil tankers in the Gulf, Iran’s downing of a US surveillance drone, and a plan
for US airstrikes on Iran last month that Trump called off at the last minute.
Washington Post reported on Tuesday that Trump, in an Oval Office meeting last
week, sided with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin who argued for renewing the
waivers over the objections of Pompeo and Bolton.
report said Mnuchin argued that if the waivers were not renewed, “the United
States would have to sanction Russian, Chinese and European firms that are
involved in projects inside Iran that were established as part of the 2015
Senator Ted Cruz said “deep state” staffers at the US State and Treasury
departments were working to preserve the Iranian nuclear deal behind US
President Donald Trump’s back, after reports of White House plans to renew
civil-nuclear waivers for Tehran.
US is set to announce this week that it will renew sanctions waivers for five
Iran nuclear programs that allow Russia, China, and European countries to
continue civilian nuclear cooperation with Iran, according to a Washington Post
article published on Tuesday.
hope these reports turn out to be wrong. The president has correctly ordered
his administration to halt implementation of the catastrophic Obama-Iran
nuclear deal. These waivers are part of the deal, and allow the Ayatollahs to
build up their nuclear program, including at Fordow, a bunker they dug into the
side of a mountain so they could build nuclear weapons,” Senator Cruz said in a
these reports are indeed accurate, then it is a temporary victory for the deep
state staffers at Treasury and State who continue working tirelessly to
preserve the Obama Iran deal rather than implementing the president’s
directive. I will continue to work towards permanently ending the nuclear deal,
including by exercising Congress’s important oversight responsibility to ensure
the implementation of United States policy,” Cruz, who serves on the US Senate
Foreign Relations Committee, added.
administration of US President Donald Trump has imposed sanctions on Iranian
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for what Iran calls “great fear” of his
eloquent delivery of the Iranian nation’s message to the world.
separate statements on Wednesday, the US departments of State and Treasury
announced the imposition of sanctions against Zarif because he “acted or
purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, the Supreme
Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran”.
on June 24, US President Donald Trump announced new sanctions against Iran
targeting Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and
top commanders of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).
his statement on blacklisting Zarif, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed
that the top Iranian diplomat is a “key enabler” of Iran’s policies throughout
the region and the world.
US Treasury Department also said in its statement that Zarif is Iran's
"primary spokesperson around the world," and that the ban "is
sending a clear message that Iran's "recent behavior is completely
US' reason for designating me is that I am Iran's ‘primary spokesperson around
the world’. Is the truth really that painful?” Zarif said in a tweet shortly
after the designation, mocking the terms used by the US administration to
describe his activities.
also reiterated that the move by the US administration “has no effect” on him
or his family, as they “have no property or interests outside of Iran.”
you for considering me such a huge threat to your agenda.”
US' reason for designating me is that I am Iran's "primary spokesperson
around the world"
the truth really that painful?
has no effect on me or my family, as I have no property or interests outside of
you for considering me such a huge threat to your agenda.
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another tweet, Zarif further mocked the reason for the sanctions.
reason for designating me is my words, would "US persons" need OFAC
license to "engage" with me by reading my writings or listening to
interviews?" he asked the US secretaries of state and treasury as well as
the CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey.
know that calling for dialog & peace is an existential threat to #B_Team.
since reason for designating me is my words, would "US persons" need
OFAC license to "engage" with me by reading my writings or listening
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a contradictory stance, a US official later claimed “the Trump administration
is not closing the door to potential nuclear talks with Iran by sanctioning
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who it does not consider a significant
we do have an official contact with Iran, we would want to have contact with
someone who is a significant decision-maker,” the senior administration
reaction to these remarks, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas
Mousavi said, “The pinnacle of contradiction and stupidity of US leaders is
where they repeatedly call Foreign Minister Zarif an insignificant actor in the
Iranian politics but at the same time put him on the sanctions list in a
totally unwise move.”
are extremely terrified of Dr. Zarif’s logic and his art of negotiation,” he
new ban comes as when the US was announcing its June sanctions against Iranian
officials, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had said that Zarif would be
blacklisted as well.
it was later reported the US had reversed that decision without giving specific
reasons for it.
heads prevailed. We ... saw it as not necessarily helpful," said one
source familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity, adding
that Pompeo had opposed designating Zarif "for the time being."
is seen as the architect of a 2015 multilateral nuclear deal, which the Trump
administration abruptly abandoned last year. The US reinstated its unilateral
sanctions against the Islamic Republic following its exit from the landmark
foreign minister has dismissed his American counterpart’s “empty and
disingenuous” offers to visit Iran and have an interview with the country’s
state TV, daring him to accept any of the many interview requests from Iranian
of making empty and disingenuous offers, Secretary [Mike] Pompeo can accept any
of the many requests from Iranian reporters to interview US officials,” Zarif
has refused till now, as he knows he has to be accountable to rigorous
questioning—the very same way I am by the US media,” he added.
suggested the US secretary of state does not dare to have an interview with
Iranian reporters because they will ask him “to explain why he—& his boss:
Call Iran a terrorist nation; Distort historical name of PERSIAN GULF to grovel
to client regimes; Distort even the BIBLE to kowtow to a #B_Team member; Employ
Economic Terrorism against entire Iranian people; and....”
of making empty and disingenuous offers, @SecPompeo can accept any of the many
requests from Iranian reporters to interview US officials.
has refused til now, as he knows he has to be accountable to rigourous
questioning—the very same way I am by the US media.
will then have to explain why he—& his boss:
Iran a terrorist nation;
historical name of PERSIAN GULF to grovel to client regimes;
even the BIBLE to kowtow to a #B_Team member;
Employ #EconomicTerrorism against entire Iranian
people; and ...
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Iranian foreign minister’s comments came in reaction to Pompeo’s offer to visit
Iran and go on the Iranian television and speak directly to the Iranian nation,
which he calls a “terrorist nation.”
if he would be willing to go to Tehran, Pompeo said in a July 25 interview with
Bloomberg TV, “Sure. If that’s the call, I’d happily go there... I would
welcome the chance to speak directly to the Iranian people.”
said he would accept any offer to go on Iranian television as Zarif Iran has
appeared on US television.
Jul 30, 2019
to @s_m_marandi @SecPompeo
propose a 45 minute interview in conversation form with @SecPompeo during one
of his foreign trips. It can take place in a non-governmental building through
a major media outlet independent of the US. @AJEnglish, @RT_com, @CGTNOfficial,
or any other such media outlet. My English is not perfect & I've never done
an interview before, but I know enough about Iran & I've been on TV enough
to feel confident that I won't disappoint too much. If @SecPompeo is serious he
should accept. I'm waiting.
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after his offer, Ali Rabiei, the spokesman for the Iranian administration, said
that if Pompeo is willing to talk to Iranian reporters, he can have an
interview with Press TV correspondent and anchor, Marziyeh Hashemi, who was
detained by the US government on baseless grounds during a visit to meet with
her family in the United States earlier this year.
has said that he is willing to talk to Iranian reporters. We say that we have
Ms. Marziyeh Hashemi, who can talk to him and we are not going to avoid this
issue,” he added.
top U.S. peace envoy for Afghanistan on Wednesday hinted at signing a peace
deal with the Taliban soon.
Khalilzad, U.S. special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, left
Kabul for Islamabad on Wednesday en route to Doha.
up my most productive visit to #Afghanistan since I took this job as Special
Rep. The U.S. and Afghanistan have agreed on next steps. And a negotiating team
and technical support group are being finalized", he said in a Twitter
if the Taliban do their part, we will do ours, and conclude the agreement we
have been working on,” he said.
a major revelation, an Afghan official announced on Saturday that the
much-awaited face-to-face talks with the Taliban will start within the next two
weeks in a European nation.
Minister for Peace Affairs Abdul Salam Rahimi -- a close aide to President
Ashraf Ghani -- said in a statement that a 15-member team including religious
scholars, women and civil society members representing Kabul at the proposed
talks has been finalised.
also called for immediate reduction in violence across the country.
Khalilzad and the Taliban were quick to clarify the remarks of the Afghan
top peace envoy said on Sunday the intra-Afghan negotiations will only occur after
the U.S. and Taliban conclude their agreement.
Shaheen, spokesman for the Taliban's Qatar office, said in this connection that
the intra-Afghan dialogue would begin after the timetable for the withdrawal of
foreign troops is announced.
US President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that he wants to get out of
Afghanistan "as quickly as he can" and reiterated that the US should
not have been in these wars.
Trump administration has intensified its efforts in recent months to seek a
negotiated settlement of America's longest war in Afghanistan where the US has
lost over 2,400 soldiers since late 2001, when it invaded the country after the
9/11 terror attacks.
Special Envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad is currently
holding talks with the Taliban to work out an agreement for withdrawal of the
US troops and participation of the rebel group in the Afghan government.
continue to (pull out troops from Afghanistan). Well, we're going to see. We're
working on negotiating a deal right now, as you probably have heard, and you know,
at some point, we want to get out as quickly as we can," Trump told C-Span
in an interview.
remarks comes two days after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday
that President Trump has ordered him to reduce the number of American troops in
war-torn Afghanistan before the presidential elections in 2020.
the presidential election campaign in 2016, Trump had pledged to withdraw US
troops from Afghanistan and end America's longest war.
want to get out of these crazy wars that we should've never been in,"
Trump said in response to a question.
Afghanistan, July 30 (Xinhua) -- Up to 56 militants including seven commanders
have been confirmed dead and more than 30 others sustained injuries as the
government forces targeted Taliban hideouts in Qurgan Tepa area outside
Pul-e-Khumri the capital of northern Baghlan province on Tuesday, army
spokesman Mohammad Hanif Rezai said.
crackdown was launched after the militants attacked security checkpoints in
Qurgan Tepa area in the wee hours of Tuesday, the official said, adding that 56
armed insurgents have been killed and more than 30 others injured.
Taliban group commanders including Qari Abdul Rahim and Mawlawi Mabariz are
among those killed in the raids, Rezai said.
police spokesman Jawed Basharat also confirmed the operations, saying more than
50 Taliban fighters have been killed in Qurgan Tepa and adjoining areas since
militants who are in control of parts of Baghlan province have not commented yet.
key group commander of Taliban Mullah Ghazali died of his wounds in western
Farah province of Afghanistan.
Provincial Police Headquarters in a statement said Mullah Ghazali sustained
injuries during a clash with the security forces few days earlier.
statement further added that the security forces wounded 2 Taliban militants
during a separate clash in Nangab Village located in the outskirts of Farah
the Provincial Police Headquarters said the two militants were key members of
Mullah Salam Hanzala, one of the group leaders of Taliban in Farah.
Provincial Police Headquarters also added that the security forces and local
residents did not suffer casualties during the clash.
security forces killed two key Taliban leaders Mullah Khal Mohammad and Mullah
Esmatullah and dozens of his fighters during the operations in Faryab province.
209th Shaheen Corps in a statement said the security forces conducted the
operations as part of Shaheen-103 operations led by Special Forces.
statement further added that the security forces targeted the militants in
Gurziwan district and Kata Qala of Pashtun Kot district.
the 209th Shaheen corps said the security forces killed the two Taliban leaders
and their 33 fighters during the operations and wounded 46 others.
209th Shaheen Corps also added that the security forces conducted the
operations with support of Air Forces.
premature explosion has killed two Taliban IED experts in North-eastern Kapisa
province of Afghanistan, the Afghan military said.
201st Silab Corps in a statement said a premature IED explosion killed two
Taliban IED experts, Abdullah alias Laser and Muazamil alias Petrol in Kapisa
statement further added that the two Taliban IED experts were planting a bomb
in Afghania Valley of Nejrab district when it off prematurely, instantly
killing the two IED experts.
militants frequently use improvised explosive devices to target the security
forces but majority of roadside bombings inflict casualties on civilians.
roadside bomb ripped through a passenger bus on Kandahar-Herat highway earlier
today killing 34 civilians. The explosion also wounded 17 others.
security forces conducted an airstrike against a Taliban hideout in
south-eastern Paktika province killing at least 8 militants.
203rd Thunder Corps in a statement said the security forces conducted the
airstrike in Gomal district of Paktika.
statement further added that the airstrike killed 8 militants and destroyed 11
suicide bombing vests.
the 203rd Thunder Corps said the airstrike also destroyed some other military
kits and a weapons depot of Taliban.
bin Laden, the son of Osama bin Laden, the former chief and founder of al-Qaeda
terrorist network has died.
to American media outlets, U.S. officials have confirmed that Hamza bin Laden
officials have not disclosed further information regarding the date of Hamza
bin Laden’s death. The place where he died also remains unclear.
U.S. President Donald and his national security adviser John Bolton refused to
comment regarding the death of Hamza bin Laden.
comes as the U.S. government offered a $1 million reward for the information
leading to the whereabouts of Hamza bin Laden in the month of February.
bin Laden had earlier released audio and video messages in which he had called
for the attacks on the United States and other countries.
will face demographic death without two-state solution: Palestinian PM
Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh says the Israeli regime will suffer a
“democratic death” if it refuses to support a two-state solution to the
decades-long conflict between the two sides.
stands today before a big challenge — either the two-state solution or a
demographic death,” Shtayyeh said in an
address to at a meeting of the Socialist International organization in Ramallah
also noted that the Palestinians currently make up the majority population
between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, estimating that there are
at total of 6.8 million Palestinians in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and the
occupied lands compared to 6.6 million Israelis.
the first time since 1948, the demographic balance is in favor of the
Palestinians,” he said. “The Palestinians are 200,000 more than them.”
Palestinian premier further stressed that the Israelis have to choose between
the so-called two-state solution or no peace. “Either the two-state solution or
a racist regime in practice and law,” he added.
in his speech, Shtayyeh called the administration of US President Trump
“stupid” for thinking that it could make the Palestinian people surrender by
recognizing Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s “capital,” transferring its embassy
from Tel Aviv to the occupied city and cutting financial assistance to the
Palestinians, he said, would not accept less than the minimum of freedom,
independence and the establishment of their sovereign state along the 1967
lines with Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital, he added.
is happening is dangerous for the future of Palestine, the region and the
world,” he said.
also lashed out at Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s Middle East envoy, for claiming at
last week’s UN Security Council meeting that the Palestinians have aspiration,
not right, to East Jerusalem al-Quds as their capital.
(Greenblatt’s assertion) is the highest level of political blasphemy and the
highest level of prejudice against the Palestinian people’s national
rights," he said.
along with Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, has begun a
tour of Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Morocco to discuss the
economic chapter of a so-called peace plan, which Washington had been
developing without Palestine’s consent to end the Middle East conflict in favor
separate attacks in Aden - one claimed by the Houths - killed and wounded
dozens on Thursday, security sources reported.
Reuters witness saw nine bodies on the ground after an explosion hit a military
camp belonging to the Yemeni Security Belt forces backed by the United Arab
Emirates, which is a member of the Saudi-led military coalition battling the
attack killed at least 32 people, a medical and a security source told Reuters.
Medecins Sans Frontieres tweeted that tens of wounded were hospitalised.
screamed and ran to lift the wounded and place them on trucks. Red berets lay
on the ground in pools of blood.
Houthi's official channel Al Masirah TV said the group had launched a
medium-range ballistic missile and an armed drone at the parade, which it
described as being staged in preparation for a military move against provinces
held by the movement.
parade “was being used to prepare for an advance on Taiz and Dalea”, Masirah
cited a Houthi military spokesman as saying.
pro-government military source and security sources said a commander, Brigadier
General Muneer al-Yafee, a leading figure of the southern separatists, was
among those killed.
blast occurred behind the stand where the ceremony was taking place at Al Jalaa
military camp in Buraiqa district in Aden," the Reuters witness said.
"A group of soldiers were crying over a body believed to be of the
had just stepped off the stage to greet a guest when the explosion took place.
Flags of the former South Yemen and those of leading coalition members were
fluttering as the military band was waiting for its cue to start playing.
a separate attack in another district of Aden on Thursday, an explosives-laden
car blew up at a police station in the city’s Omar al-Mokhtar neighborhood,
killing three soldiers.
say at least 20 people were wounded, including three civilians.
bomber drove into the police station’s gates shortly before the morning police
lineup before the start of the workday.
officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to
talk to reporters and the witnesses declined to identify themselves for fear of
was not clear if the incidents were related. Previous car attacks in Yemen have
been carried out by militant groups like Al-Qaeda.
February last year, twin suicide bombings claimed by Daesh hit a base of an
Aden counter-terrorism unit, killing five people, including a child.
months later, two people were killed when an attacker blew himself in the city.
Iran is ready for dialogue if Saudi Arabia is also ready
31 July 2019
is ready for dialogue if Saudi Arabia is also ready, Iran’s Foreign Minister
Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday, according to the IRIB news agency.
Saudi Arabia is ready for dialogue, we are always ready for dialogue with our
neighbors,” Zarif said. “We have never closed the door to dialogue with our
neighbors and we will never close the door to dialogue with our neighbors.”
(Reuters) - Iran is set to further cut its commitments to its international
nuclear deal unless its European partners move to protect it from U.S.
sanctions by ensuring it can sell oil and receive income, its foreign minister
told state television on Wednesday.
current circumstances and if no action is taken (by the Europeans) we will take
the next step (in cutting commitments),” Mohammad Javad Zarif said, adding that
its European partners should guarantee Iran could sell its oil and collect the
has said it will reduce its commitment to the nuclear accord in stages and may
even withdrew from the pact unless the Europeans find ways to shield its
economy from the U.S. sanctions.
vessels carrying Iranian LPG or liquid gas involved in Iran-China deliveries
were detained in Singapore on July 22 and 24, a ship-tracking source has told
ships belong to Kunlun Shipping, a private Hong Kong company with a fleet of
LPG vessels carrying Iranian-sourced cargoes.
detention of the vessels is related to U.S. sanctions banning export of Iranian
oil and gas and a direct result of a court order. However, Radio Farda has
learned that the ships are no longer listed in the “vessels under Sheriff's
arrest” section on the website of the Singapore Supreme Court.
ship-tracking firm Kpler informs that one of the ships, Sea Dragon seems to
have been released, as satellite images show it has left Singapore and is
sailing back toward the Persian Gulf, carrying its load. The other vessel Gas
Infinity is still in port.
also reports that the arrests seem to have been targeting vessels owned only by
Kunlun Shipping as other ships involved in Iranian trade crossed the Singapore
strait around the same dates without incident.
carriers loading from Iran often use deceptive techniques to stay “under the
radar” by turning off their transponders and indicating misleading destinations
to cover their tracks.
Palestinian who crossed the Gaza border into Israel overnight shot at Israeli
troops, drawing return fire in an incident that left the Palestinian dead and
three Israeli soldiers wounded, the army said on Thursday.
Israeli tank also targeted a Hamas military post during the incident, Israel's
military said in a statement.
said an army officer was moderately wounded and two soldiers were lightly
injured by the Palestinian's shooting in the area of the southern Gaza Strip.
has been tension along the Gaza border since regular protests and clashes
erupted there in March 2018.
least 297 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza or the border area by Israeli
fire since then, the majority during demonstrations and clashes.
Israelis have been killed.
protests have declined in intensity recently after a truce brokered by UN
officials and Egypt.
the truce Israel agreed to take steps to ease aspects of its blockade on Gaza,
which is ruled by Islamist movement Hamas.
and Hamas have fought three wars since 2008.
ministers have given rare approval to 700 Palestinian homes in areas in the
West Bank under the country’s full control, while also approving 6,000 homes
for settlers, an Israeli official said on Wednesday.
official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the approval by
Israel’s security cabinet on Tuesday ahead of an expected visit by US President
Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner.
was not immediately clear if all of the homes will be new construction or if
some already exist and are receiving retroactive approval.
approvals are for the part of the West Bank known as Area C, which is under
Israeli security and civilian control and where its settlements are located.
C accounts for more than 60 percent of the West Bank, the Palestinian territory
that would form part of a future Palestinian state under the so-called
rarely grants approvals for Palestinian construction in that area.
plan for Palestinians, though relatively small and far outweighed by the new
settlement homes, could allow Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to argue he is
making efforts in favor of Kushner’s long-awaited peace plan.
on Kushner’s visit, expected this week, were not yet made available.
military rulers, opposition to hold transition talks within 48 hours:
from Sudan’s ruling military council and main opposition coalition have made
progress on the sticking points in discussions on the transition from military
rule and are set to hold direct talks within 48 hours, an opposition leader
on-off talks on how to run the country after the overthrow of longtime
President Omar al-Bashir had been halted on Tuesday after the killing of six
people at a rally on Monday, at least four of whom were children.
on Wednesday, Khalid Omar, from the Forces for Declaration of Freedom and
Change opposition alliance (FFC), said their lower-level technical committees
isolated the key points of contention in a constitutional declaration that will
set the path from military rule to a new sovereign council.
main delegations will meet for further discussions within 48 hours, Omar told
Reuters, without giving details on what had been ironed out.
Union mediator Mohamed Hassan Lebatt urged the military council and the FFC to
sign the declaration.
also called for a speedy trial for those responsible for shooting the children.
were killed when security forces broke up a student protest in El-Obeid, 400 km
(250 miles) southwest of Khartoum, opposition-linked doctors said. The
teenagers were rallying against fuel and bread shortages, residents said.
reaction to the killings remained raw. Hundreds rallied on Wednesday in
El-Obeid, the capital of North Kordofan state, shouting, “Blood for blood! We
won’t accept blood money!” a chant that has been used for months during the
protests that helped bring down Bashir and since.
Sudanese Professionals Association, a key part of the FFC, strongly condemned
the incident and called for mass nationwide protests on Thursday. It
spearheaded the protest movement that led to al-Bashir’s overthrow in April.
Police to prosecute banned Shiite group members under Terrorism law
Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has said henceforth any protester
arrested in connection with the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN)
will be prosecuted under the “Terrorism Act.’’
Adamu stated this on Tuesday in Abuja at a conference organised by the Force
Headquarters for senior police officers.
Federal Government on Friday obtained a court order proscribing the IMN after
it branded it as a terrorist organisation.
IGP said the conference was organised to review the activities of the banned
organisation and other security challenges in order to emplace appropriate
measures to address them.
Adamu stressed that increasing engagement of terror tactics, violent and
subversive activities of IMN contravened the Terrorism Prevention Act 2013, as
to him, with the judicial pronouncement of the Federal High Court in Abuja, the
Federal Government has classified them as a terrorist group and accordingly
proscribed the El-Zakzaky-led IMN.
consequence, henceforth, any person engaged or associating, in any manner that
could advance the activities of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria,
shall be treated as a terrorist.
person will be treated as an enemy of the State, and a subversive element and
shall be brought to justice within the context of the Terrorism Act.
import of this is that all forms of procession or protest by IMN is now illegal
and thus banned,” he said.
said that the police and other security agencies were fully committed to giving
full effect to the judicial pronouncement in the interest of internal security
and national cohesion.
IGP solicited for the support of the public in the provision of information
that would help in identifying locations of IMN members and their mentors.
to him, for the purpose of clarification, Nigeria is a secular state with
constitution provisions guaranteeing the freedom to practice our faiths.
— FOUR doctors and a paramedic have been killed following an attack on a school
and hospital in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.
medical personnel were wounded after the violence blamed on militants.
the beginning of the conflict in April, a total of 37 attacks have been
registered on health personnel and facilities, resulting in a total of 11
deaths, 33 injuries and 19 ambulances directly or indirectly impacted.
education of nearly 120 000 students has been affected and 27 schools are now
used as shelters for families who fled their homes.
Böell-Yousfi, the Humanitarian Coordinator in Libya, condemned the attack on
Al-Alamain school and Az Zawiyah Field Hospital.
called on all the parties to the conflict to respect their obligations under
the international humanitarian law and stop attacks of hospitals, schools and
other civilian infrastructure and personnel.
envoy said the provision of basic services must be provided to civilians in
of lives are at stake. Parties to conflict must allow and facilitate rapid and
unimpeded passage of impartial humanitarian relief, including medical
parties are contending for the control Tripoli.
plans to formally ask the United Nations (UN) to classify Somali militant group
al-Shabaab as a terrorist group.
move is aimed at ensuring more attention is focused on combating the
Affairs PS Macharia Kamau said Kenya will submit a proposal to have the UN
Security Council list the Shabaab as a terrorist organisation under an expanded
bid to annihilate extremist groups in the world.
will formally be submitting a request, seeking UAE’s support in listing
al-Shabaab under UN Resolution 1267. This is important to bring the global
efforts in tackling the group,” he said in Nairobi, after meeting a delegation
of United Arab Emirates officials where they signed a series of bilateral
agreements and agreed to finalise a security agreement soon.
has caused serious havoc, not just on Kenya but the region and the world in
general. It is important that all global efforts now come together to combat
this,” added Kamau.
Resolution 1267 of 1999, or subsequent and related decisions, the UN Security
Council targeted terror or militant groups like the Talibans, Al-Qaeda and ISIS
and their leaders such as Osama bin Laden, sanctioning the groups and those
associated with them.
Shabaab, which pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda in 2010—although a splinter group
later sided with ISIS recently—has not been classified as a terror group by the
UN, despite efforts by the African Union, and even the UN itself in combating
Al-Qaeda and ISIS or their affiliates.
categorised groups or persons for sanctions if they participate in financing,
plan, facilitate, prepare or perpetrate activities for, in the name of or in
support of Al-Qaeda, ISIL or their associates.
under the UN, terrorism is seen as a global threat but only Al-Qaeda and ISIL
are listed are terror groups.
bids to have the Somalia-based Islamic insurgency listed was opposed by the US
and the UK over fears Nairobi would want to be delisted as a participant in the
Somalia-Eritrea sanctions regime.
troops are part of the 22,000-strong African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom)
schoolchildren were among six protesters shot dead at a rally this week in
Sudan, a doctor at a hospital that received the casualties said on Wednesday,
after five pupils were reported killed.
people were killed and more than 60 wounded at the demonstration in al-Obeid on
Monday, the country’s protest movement and witnesses said, reporting at the
time that five of them were school children.
doctor Ameer Adam, a member of the team of medics who received the casualties
at al-Obeid hospital, confirmed to AFP that only four were students, aged
between 15 and 17.
confusion must have happened because the fifth protester who was killed had
been wearing a uniform. His age was more than 18,” Adam said.
spoke to two families of those killed along with the four school students. They
confirmed that their relatives who were killed were aged 23 and 55.
younger man was dressed in the uniform of a pharmacy institute where he was a
student, his family said.
killings triggered new demonstrations in al-Obeid and also in the capital
Khartoum, where crowds of school children took to the streets to denounce the
al-Obeid rally was to protest weeks of shortages of bread and fuel.
of Nigerians have held a fresh rally in solidarity with the jailed Muslim
cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky.
the rally which was held in the capital Abuja on Wednesday, the protesters,
mostly affiliated with the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), called for the
release of the ailing cleric, who is in urgent need of medical treatment.
protest march was also held in Washington with protesters chanting slogans,
such as "Free Free Zakzaky."
to reports, Zakzaky's health is deteriorating in the prison, but the
authorities still resist to give him access to treatment.
was also scheduled to appear in a court on Monday that was due to decide
whether or not he should be freed to receive urgent medical treatment. But, the
court in the northern city of Kaduna adjourned the bail hearing until August 5.
supporters of the IMN say the adjournment is a deliberate ploy to drag out
proceedings so that sheikh’s condition deteriorates to the point of no return.
the founder of IMN, has been in detention since December 2015 after his
residence in the city of Zaria was raided by Nigeria’s forces, during which he
was beaten and lost vision in his left eye.
the brutal crackdown, three of his sons lost their lives, his wife sustained
serious wounds, and some 350 of his followers were killed.
then, the government has been violently cracking down on the IMN and its
a Nigerian court granted the government permission to label the IMN as a
"terrorist" group, a move that many believe would give the officials
the opportunity to clamp down harder on it.
members regularly take to the streets of the Nigerian capital to call for the
release of Zakzaky.
Libya’s Government of National Accord has protested at what it said were
“untruths” in UN envoy Ghassan Salame’s latest report on the conflict in the
North African country.
Al-Sarraj, head of the UN-recognized GNA which is based in Tripoli, summoned
Salame on Wednesday “to deliver a protest note over untruths” in his report to
the United Nations Security Council, it said.
in a videoconference on Monday, raised the alarm over “the increasing frequency
of attacks on Mitiga,” the Libyan capital’s only functioning airport.
of these attacks have come perilously close to hitting civilian aircraft with
passengers on board,” he said.
urged “the authorities in Tripoli to cease using the airport for military
purposes and for the attacking forces to halt immediately their targeting of
has closed several times over the past four months because of a battle for
Tripoli between GNA forces and fighters of military strongman General Khalifa
has officially turned down a request by the United States to join its
international naval force, which is supposed to protect vessels from an alleged
Iranian threat as they pass through the Strait of Hormuz.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Wednesday that there was no military solution
to the ongoing standoff in the region and Berlin would rather pursue a policy
that prevents further escalation of tensions.
will not take part in the sea mission presented and planned by the United
States," Maas told reporters on a trip to Warsaw, the Polish capital.
Tuesday, the US Embassy in Berlin said the administration of US President
Donald Trump had asked the German government to join France and Britain in a
mission to secure shipping through the strait and combat what it claimed to be
Trump administration has, without providing any evidence, blamed Iran for
recent mysterious attacks against oil tankers sailing through the Sea of Oman,
near the Strait of Hormuz.
has vehemently denied the accusation, warning regional countries about possible
"false flags" by foreign players.
tensions come as ties between Tehran and Washington have deteriorated since May
2018, when Trump abandoned the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and reimposed
sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
France and Britain -- three European signatories to the deal, which was also
signed by Russia and China -- have tried to keep it alive by protecting bilateral
trade through a special payment channel.
German government spokeswoman said Wednesday that Berlin had not made an offer
to join the US-led mission because it wanted to see the situation de-escalated.
government is reticent about the concrete US proposal and so has not made an
offer," deputy government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer told a news conference
after a cabinet meeting.
us, it is important to pursue the avenue of diplomacy ... and to seek talks
with Iran to achieve a de-escalation, and to work towards the continuation of
the nuclear deal," Demmer said. "Participating in a US-led mission
could make this harder. "
Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said earlier in the day that Berlin
was exploring its options and had yet to respond to the US.
now have a first general request from the United States, the other
international partners for a possible mission," she told reporters before
a meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in the Belgian capital
are reviewing these requests, in close cooperation with Britain and France, and
we are doing this against the backdrop of our political and diplomatic goals
and in this overall assessment a corresponding decision will be taken,"
Finance Minister and Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz also said a US-led mission
could cause an even bigger conflict.
very skeptical about that, and I think that's a skepticism that many others
share," said Scholz, who chaired the cabinet meeting on Wednesday as Chancellor
Angela Merkel was away on holiday.
Roettgen, a member of Merkel's conservative bloc, said he believed Germany
should not join the US-led mission but he could see Berlin being part of an all
alternative is a European mission, if necessary without the British, if they
decide for the US," Roettgen, chairman of the Bundestag's foreign
relations committee, told broadcaster ZDF.
also said that, in principle, Berlin "continues to regard the proposal of
a maritime protection mission by European countries as worth considering."
UK has been leading its own efforts to form a European force for the Persian
Gulf after Iran seized a British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz over
violating international laws and injuring the crew of a Iranian small fishing
boat in a dangerous collision.
and the UK came at loggerheads earlier this month, when the UK seized an
Iranian tanker Grace 1 on the grounds that it was carrying oil to Syria in
violation of the EU's sanctions against the Arab country.
says the ship was traveling in international waters and was not heading to
Syria, accusing the UK of piracy.
Boris Johnson taking over as Britain's new prime minister, Iranians are looking
forward to him to defuse simmering tensions between Tehran and London over the
seizure of oil tankers.
and Britain engaged in a war of words last month when London seized an
Iranian-flagged oil tanker off Gibraltar on suspicion of violating EU sanctions
accused London with "piracy" and responded with capturing a British
vessel in the strategic Strait of Hormuz for "violating international
escalation has come at a time when Iran and EU/E3 are exploring ways to bypass
U.S. sanctions and salvage the 2015 nuclear deal.
Johnson elected as the new British Prime Minister, Iranian officials, including
President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, have expressed
desire to work closely with him to defuse the crisis.
sent a congratulatory message to Johnson on Sunday, expressing hope for closer
ties between Tehran and London under his leadership.
to Johnson's 2017 visit to Tehran and his understanding of regional dynamics,
Rouhani termed it a positive factor that can "contribute to removing the
existing obstacles on the path of development of relations between the two
in his congratulatory message, assured his former British counterpart that
"Iran does not seek confrontation".
week, Johnson’s father, in an interview with Iran's state-owned Press TV, said
he was confident that his son would defuse tensions and "build bridges
is a man who has this great sense of history," he said. "Iran means
so much to him, so the chance to have long-standing relationship with a country
with such a fantastic history."
Iranian officials are pinning hopes in Britain’s new political leadership to
end the simmering crisis, the optimism in Iran is carefully guarded.
Moosavi, a senior analyst and managing director of Iran’s state-run newspaper
Iran Daily, feels Johnson will try to settle the problem with Iran for multiple
he said, must concentrate on the Brexit issue, otherwise he will lose his
office and the future of his party will be threatened too in the highly divided
the escalation of the situation (with Iran) will consume a considerable chunk
of his time and energy,” Moosavi told Anadolu Agency.
reasons, according to him, include the possibility of Labour Party trying to
undermine him if he fails to de-escalate the situation, the need to prove to
the British public that he will not be U.S. President Donald Trump's henchman,
and awareness about the economic costs of navigation for the U.K. in the Strait
of Hormuz and international waters in case of escalation.
the seizure of the Iranian oil tanker, Moosavi said the action was against the
nuclear deal that Britain is trying to keep alive.
release of the Iranian tanker will be a good gesture that shows Britain's
sincerity in keeping the nuclear deal alive, which will in turn pave way for
improvement of bilateral ties," he said.
Nasri, a legal expert and foreign policy analyst, believes that Johnson has the
opportunity to turn the page and start his government with a clean slate
officials hope he would seize this opportunity and adopt a more constructive
approach instead of further complicating the situation by pursuing the same
‘May-Hunt’ policy," Nasri said, referring to former Prime Minister Theresa
May and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
said the release of the Iranian tanker by the U.K. would be a goodwill gesture
that would be reciprocated by Iran and would also help Johnson score political
points at home.
the Iranian tanker would not just be the ‘right’ thing to do, it would also be
the ‘legal’ thing to do,” Nasri said.
May government claimed that it seized the Iranian tanker to implement a
European Union law. But the fact is that EU law does not apply to this particular
situation," he said.
applies is ‘international law’ and the U.K. is not permitted to seize or detain
Iran's vessel under the international law framework."
some observers believe that Iran and the U.K. have an opportunity to open a new
chapter in their relations and de-escalate the situation, the other side of the
opinion is grim.
is no more than an empty political compliment. At the moment, both of them need
to save their face,” said Maysam Araee, Founder of Maynter Center for Strategic
don't mean to suggest that they will not reach an agreement in future, but
absence of common interests in economy, petroleum and politics does not augur
well for their bilateral ties."
said the two countries need to engage in meaningful talks to resolve issues.
seizure of tankers is not a matter that cannot be resolved if there is
intention and will to defuse the crisis and improve ties. The ball is in U.K.’s
Pishroo, U.K.-based political analyst, does not see much hope of improved ties
between Iran and the U.K. "under present circumstances” unless Iran
reaches an agreement with the West, especially the U.S.
the event of England's exit from Europe, the country needs a strong and secure
economic alternative and Donald Trump has promised long-term free trade deal
with England," said Pishroo.
mission in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah has apologised for endorsing
an anti-Semitic tweet.
Berlin government is grappling with balancing its unease about Israeli policies
and eager accommodation of Iran with a rise of anti-Semitic crime at home.
June 18, the Berlin newspaper Bild reported that ‘Germany in Ramallah’, the
official Twitter account of the German Representative Office in the Palestinian
Territories, had endorsed Twitter material involving Holocaust denier David
Duke by 'liking' the tweets.
hinted that the Israel’s meticulous documentation of the Holocaust, in which
six-million Jews died, is fabricated, and that Israel would occupy the Moon if
it reaches there.
head of the mission, Christian Clages, admitted that “a number of anti-Semitic
messages were liked" via the account.
repudiate such messages in the strongest terms. We sincerely apologise and will
ensure that this misconduct cannot be repeated in the future,” Mr Clages said
on Twitter on Tuesday.
he placed no specific blame on members of his team as the German Federal
Foreign Office said up to 20 people had access to the Germany in Ramallah
was the second high-profile episode this year relating to perceived anti-Jewish
action by organisations linked to the German government.
June, Peter Schafer, head of Berlin’s Jewish museum resigned after his office
appeared to endorse on Twitter a German newspaper article condemning a German
parliament resolution in May that termed as anti-Semitic the Boycott,
Divestment and Sanctions against Israel, known as the BDS movement. The
campaign seeks economic sanctions on Israel in return for what it regards as
major exhibition at the museum on Jerusalem, which ended in April, was
criticised as one-sided, in favour of the Palestinians.
of Hezbollah and Iran are rife in BDS, which divided the German intelligentsia,
with some saying the movement is a tool of Iranian-backed militants espousing
the destruction of Israel while others regard it as legitimate pressure to curb
Israeli violations of Palestinian rights.
has been spearheading European efforts for accommodation of Tehran’s clerical
rulers, with the stated aim of preserving the 2015 nuclear deal from which the
US withdrew in May last year. Berlin has vigorously pursued business ties with
Tehran before and invited Iranian delegations to Berlin.
German government has also refrained from placing Iranian-backed Shiite
militias, whose hatred of Israel is at the core of their creed, as terrorists,
arguing that they have representatives in the Lebanese and Iraqi parliaments.
German Interior Ministry said in May that anti-Semitic crimes in Germany rose
20 per cent last year, mostly committed by admirers of the far right.
crimes centred on hate speech, graffiti and banned swastika signs. Of the 1,800
incidents in 2018, 90 per cent were blamed on supporters of far-right groups.
statistics, as well as the latest controversies, are set to fuel an Israeli
diplomatic and lobbying effort already underway in Berlin.
— A Dearborn man captured overseas and charged with supporting the Islamic
State fought in two countries, fired on Syrian forces and trained in religious
and military camps, federal prosecutors said.
provided new details about Ibraheem Musaibli's journey to jihad and the nearly
three years he spent in Yemen, Iraq and Syria before he was captured by Syrian
Democratic Forces in July 2018.
government revealed the new details Monday while trying to convince U.S.
District Judge David Lawson to prevent Musaibli and his lawyer from seeing
classified evidence that, if disclosed, could harm national security.
case presents one of the first times the Trump administration is using federal
courts to prosecute a returning foreign fighter. Musaibli was brought back to
Metro Detroit last year and charged with conspiring to provide material support
to a terrorist organization.
want the judge to review the information privately and decide whether it is
necessary for Musaibli, 29, to have while defending against charges that could
send him to prison for at least 40 years and up to life.
classified information "is not both relevant and helpful, nor does it
contain material that is exculpatory, impeaching, or otherwise
discoverable," prosecutors Cathleen Corken and Kevin Mulcahy wrote.
court filing offers new details about the roots of a federal investigation that
emerged last year when Musaibli was captured on a Syrian battlefield.
investigation started in July 2016 when the State Department received a tip
that Musaibli was engaged in jihad in Iraq, according to the filing. The
emailed tip included a photo of Musaibli with what appeared to be a rifle.
FBI learned that Musaibli had left the U.S. a year earlier and traveled to
Yemen, where he lived for six months before leaving for Syria to join the
Islamic State, known as ISIS, prosecutors wrote.
late October or early November 2015, (Musaibli) was with ISIS in Raqqa, Syria,
the capital of ISIS at that time," according to the government.
in Raqqa, Musaibli spent 10 days at an Islamic State religious training camp
and traveled with other ISIS members to Mosul, Iraq, where he attended an ISIS
military training camp, prosecutors said.
military camp included training on traversing terrain with a machine gun,
shooting a machine gun, and conducting ambush techniques," prosecutors
wrote. "Upon graduation from the ISIS military training camp, the
defendant swore allegiance to ISIS and its leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi."
finishing military training, Musaibli was assigned to a military brigade and
received a Kalashnikov assault rifle, a vest, magazines and grenades,
and members of the brigade, armed with rifles, grenades and rocket-propelled
grenades, traveled to Hit, Iraq, according to the government. There was a
battle underway but Musaibli told investigators he only performed guard duty.
maintained a social media presence, prosecutors said.
agents searched his Facebook account and found postings and communications that
confirmed his role as an Islamic State fighter and Musaibli told several people
he was conducting "jihad," according to the government.
haven’t killed any civilians so I don’t know what ur talking about all I see in
the battle place is (a derogatory term used by ISIS to refer to Shia Muslims)
army with Iranian and u.s. flag," Musaibli wrote in August 2016, according
to the court filing.
found other ties between Musaibli and the Islamic State.
February 2017, military forces in Mosul, Iraq, recovered an Islamic State
personnel roster written in Arabic that contained Musaibli's birthday and nom
de guerre, Abu ‘Abd-Al-Rahman Al-Yemeni, prosecutors said.
recorded conversation from March 2017 indicates Musaibli knowingly joined the
Islamic State, prosecutors said. That contradicts comments from Musaibli's
relatives who told The Detroit News that he was tricked by fellow Muslims into
traveling overseas and became trapped in war-torn Syria.
November 2016, Musaibli was with the Islamic State in eastern Syria,
defendant admitted to law enforcement that he conducted armed guard duty and
fought on behalf of ISIS against the Syrian Army...," prosecutors wrote.
"He claimed to recall only firing his weapon twice at Syrian military
later retreated before being captured by Syrian Democratic Forces and flown to
the U.S. in July 2018.
commander of a British warship accompanying UK-flagged ships through the Strait
of Hormuz amid heightened tensions with Iran said Wednesday that Tehran
appeared to be testing the Royal Navy’s resolve.
King, commander of HMS Montrose, said during 27 days patrolling the flashpoint
entrance to the Gulf he had had 85 “interactions with Iranian forces”, which
had often led to “an exchange of warnings” over radio.
gives you some idea of the intensity... (it) is perhaps more than we’ve seen of
recent times,” he told BBC Radio in a phone interview from aboard the frigate.
Iranians seem to be keen to test our resolve, test our reactions most of the
time,” King added.
claim that perhaps our presence is illegitimate, even though we’re completely
lawfully in international waters.
may also run boats in at speed towards us, to test what warning levels we get
on a three-year deployment in the region since April based at a British naval
hub opened in Bahrain last year, began the escorts through the world’s busiest
oil shipping lane earlier this month.
followed Iranian threats of retribution for Royal Marines helping Gibraltar - a
British Overseas Territory - seize one of its tankers on July 4 on suspicion it
was carrying oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions.
Montrose’s presence in the Gulf, Iran intercepted the British-flagged tanker
“Stena Impero” on July 19 as it made its way through the strait and has
detained the ship at an Iranian port.
on Monday ruled out swapping the tankers, and has proposed the formation of a
European-led naval escort mission for global shipping through the Strait of
comes as US President Donald Trump exerts a “maximum pressure” campaign of
economic sanctions and stepped-up military presence aimed at forcing Tehran to
renegotiate a landmark 2015 nuclear pact he pulled out of last year.
amid the escalating tensions King said contact with Iran remained
“professional” and “cordial” on the choppy waters of the Gulf.
a healthy understanding, shall I say a respect between mariners, which now
seems to be established,” he added.
has been stockpiling F-16 fighter jet parts as the threat of US sanctions
looms, according to a report from Bloomberg.
unnamed Turkish officials stated that Turkey initially began stockpiling in
preparation for potential US sanctions after Turkey purchased Russian S-400
missiles. The two officials refused to reveal what kind of parts Turkey has
been hoarding or the origin of their purchase.
report brings Turkey’s motives into question, as it is unclear if Turkey has
been stockpiling the parts since before the US’ recent decision to remove
Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet program in response to Turkey’s acquisition of
Russian S-400 missiles.
is unclear if this was a long-term plan. If there was a long-term plan, then it
is significant, as it suggests that they knew what they were getting into [with
the S-400 deal] and they knew the consequences,” Ian Williams, fellow,
International Security Program and deputy director, Missile Defense Project, at
the Center for Strategic & International Studies, told Al Arabiya English.
don’t know if Turkey meant for the story to get out – it could be a leak – but
assuming they did … it could be sending a signal that they’ll weather the storm
[of sanctions],” he added.
Williams added that Turkey likely also felt compelled to stockpile parts out of
necessity in order to ensure a supply of parts for its air force. The US
Congress is threatening sanctions against Turkey which would impact Turkey’s
entire military supply chain.
F-16 parts, Turkey would have to dramatically restrict flying time, which is
bad because they just liquidated half of their air force pilots. They need to
replace them, or they could just start slowly cannibalizing air craft to make
the spare parts,” said Williams.
is unclear where Turkey has been sourcing the F-16 parts. Turkey produces some
F-16 parts through a licensing deal with Lockheed Martin, but could have also
secured parts from other suppliers.
by Lockheed Martin, the F-16 Fighting Falcon has around 3000 operational jets
in 25 different countries around the world today.
will be forced to rely on its F-16s after the US cancelled its membership of
the F-35 program in reaction to Ankara’s acquisition of S-400 missiles, which
are designed to shoot down Western aircraft.
Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Eliot Engel said on Monday
that the S-400 deal could pose a threat to both NATO and US national security:
“Turkey cannot operate an advanced Russian air defense system alongside
sensitive NATO and American systems, period. President Erdogan must know there
will be consequences.”
deal also triggers sanctions under the 2017 Countering America’s Adversaries
Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) act. Although the US has not yet imposed
sanctions on Turkey, US officials have made statements indicating that Turkey
will be sanctioned under CAATSA.
relations have struggled in recent years. The US angered Turkey when it began
arming the Kurdish militia known as the YPG, a group which Turkey considers a
terrorist organization and a national security threat.
animosity towards the US intensified after the failed coup against him in 2016,
which he claimed was orchestrated by the US-based Turkish cleric, Fethullah
Gulen. The US refused to extradite Gulen to Turkey.
to Williams, Erdogan’s move for the S-400s is likely aimed to secure the
survival of his regime, rather than based on national security calculations.
the S-400 brings [Russian President Vladimir] Putin on side. Erdogan is
becoming more paranoid. He’s got elections coming up, the economy is bad. He
looks around and sees how powerful Russian support can be.”
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