Prime Minister Trumpets Kashmir, Muslim Marriage Moves In Independence Day
Killing, Shouting ‘Allah Akbar’ Are Against God – President Buhari
in Malaysia As Zakir Naik Suggests Chinese Expulsion
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Mosque In Flood-Ravaged Kerala, Offers Prayer Hall To Be Used As Mortuary
mosque in flood-ravaged Kerala has come to the help of local medical
authorities by offering its prayer hall to be used as a mortuary. The Mujahid
Mosque in Pothukallu area of Malappuram district has offered its premises so
that doctors can carry out quick autopsy of bodies being recovered from the
landslide in Kavalapara.
than 60 people are reportedly feared to have been buried alive in this tragedy.
has been reeling under heavy rains, floods and landslides for the past couple
of weeks. More than 100 people have died in rain-related tragedies in the state
nearest government hospital which is equipped to conduct an autopsy is over 40
km Kavalapara. Due to the distance and heavy rains, it was becoming very difficult
for medical officials to transport bodies to the hospital for autopsy. Doctors
needed a large hall where they could conduct autopsies of the bodies that were
note of the emergency and the extent of damage in the area, local mosque offered
help and allowed the medical teams to set up an autopsy room inside the prayer
humble gesture came to light only after Parameshwaran, a staffer at the Manjeri
Medical College, shared a video of the mosque's prayer hall being converted into
an autopsy hall.
(Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered an Independence Day
speech on Thursday that spotlighted a decision to remove the special rights of
the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir among the bold moves of his second
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation during Independence Day
celebrations at the historic Red Fort in Delhi, India, August 15, 2019.
talked about his aim to turn India into a $5-trillion economy within five
years, by spurring wealth creation, boosting exports and tourism, and spending
100 trillion rupees ($1.4 trillion) on infrastructure.
he did not touch on sagging demand that has hit parts of the economy in recent
months, especially the auto sector.
said special constitutional status for the state of Jammu and Kashmir had
encouraged corruption and nepotism, while creating injustice for women,
children and minority communities in India’s only majority-Muslim region.
every Indian can proudly say ‘One Nation, One Constitution’,” Modi, speaking
from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort in New Delhi, said of the decision.
of the policy say it will bring a backlash from Kashmiri Muslims who had valued
the previous ban on non-residents buying property in the state, part of which
is claimed by Pakistan, and benefited from the reservation of state government
jobs for residents.
the Aug. 2 decision, the region has been under a clampdown, with internet and
phone links cut off by authorities, movement restricted by police roadblocks,
and more than 500 local leaders and activists detained.
a flowing bright saffron-coloured turban, Modi, who won a landslide election
victory in May, also highlighted his government’s ban on some Muslim
communities’ practice of allowing a husband to instantly divorce his wife.
the most controversial announcement in Modi’s speech was the creation of a new
post of chief of defence staff, to ensure better coordination between India’s
army, navy and air force, along the lines of Western military forces.
experts have long called for such a post, recommended by a government panel in
1999, after India came close to war with Pakistan over Kashmir.
forces are India’s pride,” Modi said. “To further sharpen coordination between
the forces, I want to announce a major decision ... India will have a chief of
he did not address the weakening economy and calls by industry for a swift
package of government measures to stimulate demand.
growth rate has fallen to 5.8% for the three months ended March 2019, its
lowest in 17 quarters, while research group CMIE estimates the jobless rate
rose to 7.51 percent in July from 5.66 percent a year earlier.
said he would invest 100 trillion rupees in infrastructure over the next five
years and a further 3.6 trillion to improve water infrastructure and pipe clean
water to every home.
on August 14, 2019 By Seun Opejobi
Muhammadu Buhari has said that those killing and calling God’s name will soon
be dealt with as the act is ungodly, promising to use the Nigerian Army and
police to end the menace of banditry bedevilling the country.
was as he vowed to ensure that perpetrators of banditry and kidnapping attacks
are brought to justice, stressing that those killing and shouting “Allah Akbar”
are lying because God is not wicked.
during his visit to Batsari, Katsina State, on Wednesday, where he sympathized
with 1,050 internally displaced persons, IDP, selected from the affected eight
frontline local government areas bordering the Ruga Forest in the state, Buhari
vowed to fight insecurity and other security challenges to a standstill.
said those kidnapping, maiming lives and calling God are not true faithful
because ‘’it is either they don’t know God or disagree with Him’’
said, “What brought me here is to condole you over the recent bandit’s attacks
affecting not only you but all of us. I have nothing to add on what the Emir
had already spoken extensively about, but all that leaders should do right from
home is ensure justice.
assure you that we sleep and wake-up with the sad moment of banditry and
kidnapping activities in the state and country. By the Grace of God, we will
use soldiers, police and other public servants to end banditry’.
those whose activities is to kill people and saying “Allahu Akbar” are lying
because God is not wicked. You can’t carry bomb or gun, sword or knife to go
and kill innocent somebody and say “Allahu Akbar”. This implies that you either
don’t believe in God or you don’t know what you are saying.
is popular Hausa adage that says” it’s the rat in the house that tells the rat
outside that there is fish in the house, so within yourselves, your neighbours
and even your relatives there are informants.’’
in this case, both you and I don’t know them, it’s only God that knows them, we
can’t do anything here rather intensity prayers for God’s intervention by
in Malaysia as Zakir Naik suggests Chinese expulsion
Lumpur, Malaysia - Indian Muslim preacher Zakir Naik has ignited outrage in
Malaysia after suggesting the expulsion of its ethnic Chinese minorities, even
as the country's cabinet mulls the possibility of cancelling his permanent
Wednesday, two ministers told Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad at a
cabinet meeting that Naik needs to be deported as his speeches were
"inflammatory in nature".
least four cabinet ministers have called for Naik's deportation along with
other senior politicians.
have expressed our position which is that action must be taken and that Zakir
Naik should no longer be allowed to remain in Malaysia," said
Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo and Human Resources
Minister M Kulasegaran in a joint statement.
Prime Minister has taken note of our concerns. We leave it to him to consider
the position and to decide soonest possible what will be done to deal with the
problem," the statement said.
with knowledge of the cabinet meeting told Al Jazeera that Mahathir said he
"will solve the problem".
he gave no details," the source added.
was unclear when the cabinet will make a decision on Naik.
who was granted permanent residency in Malaysia by the previous government, has
been living in the country for the last three years.
drew a huge public outcry for his recent comment that Hindus in the Southeast
Asian country had "100 times more rights" than the Muslim minority in
India, and that they support the "prime minister of India and not the
prime minister of Malaysia".
also took aim at the country’s Chinese community, when addressing calls for him
to leave the country, saying the ethnic minority should leave first as they
were "guests" of Malaysia.
know, someone called me a guest. So I said, before me, the Chinese were the
guests. If you want the new guest to go first, ask the old guest to go
back," said Naik.
Chinese aren't born here, most of them. Maybe the new generations, yes,"
said Naik during a dialogue on August 8 in Kelantan state.
hashtag #ZakirNaik trended to the third spot on Malaysia Twitter on Wednesday
as his latest statement started to spread on social media.
on race and religion, which are sensitive issues in Malaysia, have come to the
fore in recent weeks.
make up about 60 percent of its 32 million people. The rest are mostly ethnic
Chinese and Indians, most of whom are Hindus.
response, Naik accused the media of twisting his words and misquoting him.
praise of the Malaysian government for its Islamic and fair treatment of Hindu
minorities is being twisted and misquoted to suit political gains and create
communal rifts," Naik said in a statement to reporters on Wednesday.
video recordings of his speech uploaded by news portal Malaysiakini shows him
making the reported remarks against Malaysian Hindus and ethnic Chinese.
youngest minister, Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman, backed calls to deport Naik,
saying "enough is enough".
know many Chinese and Indians who are willing to die for this country that they
love. It is ridiculous to even think that my fellow Malaysians are my
guests," said Syed Saddiq, who is the minister for youth and sports.
by reporters whether he backed the calls by three other ministers asking for
Naik's deportation, the minister was quoted as saying, "Yes."
attack against our Chinese and Indian brothers and sisters is an attack against
all Malaysians," he added in a media WhatsApp group.
are my family for God's sake. Enough is enough," he said.
of Water, Land and Natural Resources Xavier Jayakumar said if Malaysia were to
ignore Naik's statements and allow him to continue his ways in Malaysia, it
would lead to "potential racial and religious division".
do not need such individuals to issue seditious statements with the intent to
drive the wedge between Muslims and non-Muslims in Malaysia," said
Malaysian state news agency Bernama also quoted Prime Minister Mahathir as
saying late on Tuesday that Naik cannot be sent back to India for "fear of
being killed" there.
any [other] country wants to have him, they are welcome," he said, according
2016, India banned Naik's foundation after allegations of promoting religious
division in the country, allegations that the preacher has denied.
drug addicts perform Hajj
Twenty recovering addicts performed Hajj this year as part of an awareness
program aimed at fighting drug addiction.
program was organized by the Kafa (enough) Society to enlighten people against
the hazards of drugs and smoking in Al-Lith city in Makkah province.
Saudi Press Agency said the group had completed the stages of their
society's director, Wissam Al-Mahdawi, said the pilgrimage shall “be the best
motivation for them after God to remain straight, and avoid a set back.”
PM warns of 'Srebrenica-type' massacre against Muslims in Kashmir
could commit a "Srebrenica-type" massacre and ethnic cleansing
against Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir, warned Pakistani Prime Minister Imran
Khan on Thursday.
than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed after Bosnian Serb forces
attacked Srebrenica in July 1995, despite the presence of Dutch troops tasked
with acting as international peacekeepers.
was besieged by Serb forces who were trying to wrest territory from Bosnian
Muslims and Croats to form their own state.
a Twitter post with a black display picture following his government's
announcement to observe India's Independence Day as Black Day, Khan accused
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi of repeating the example of deadly 2002
Gujarat riots in the picturesque valley.
IOK [Indian Occupied Kashmir] 12 days of curfew, presence of extra troops in an
already heavily militarized occupied territory, sending in of RSS goons,
complete communication blackout; with the example of Modi's earlier ethnic
cleansing of Muslims in Gujarat," he said, referring to the killing of
more than 1,000 people, most of them Muslims, in Gujarat when Modi was the
state chief minister.
cricketer-turned politician also warned that the ongoing situation in the valley
could potentially set off radicalization of Muslim youths.
world silently witness another Srebrenica-type massacre ethnic cleansing of
Muslims in IOK? I want to warn international community if it allows this to
happen, it will have severe repercussions and reactions in the Muslim world
setting off radicalisation cycles violence", he went on to say.
between the two nuclear rivals have ratcheted up after India's controversial
move stripping the limited autonomy of the breathtakingly beautiful valley.
fear that the move is aimed at changing the demography of the Muslim-majority
region and it's cultural identity. India for its part contends that the special
status earned Kashmiris nothing but terrorism and isolation.
Delhi also defended cut off of communication links, arrests and deployment of
heavy troops as precautions to prevent violence in the disputed region, which
has been under curfew and a massive security crackdown for last 12 days.
Himalayan region of Kashmir is held by India and Pakistan in parts and claimed
by both in full.
they were partitioned in 1947, the two countries have fought three wars -- in
1948, 1965 and 1971 -- two of them over Kashmir.
to several human rights groups, thousands of people have been killed in the
conflict in the region since 1989.
Lancashire Mosque, Masjid E Gausia, Donates £964 To Hospice
Leacy and hospice supporter Suleman Khonat receive a cheque for the hospice
from representatives of Masjid e Gausia
mosque has donated £964 to their local Hospice.
Lancashire Hospice Trustee Gill Leacy and hospice volunteer, Suleman Khonat
were received the cheque on behalf of East Lancashire Hospice for £964.47 from
representatives of Masjid e Gausia, Chester Street, Blackburn.
money donated will go towards helping local people and their families who are
coping with a life limiting illness at a time when they need it.
Income Generation Manager Sharon Crymble said, “We are so grateful for the
collection that took place at Masjid e Gausia and raised such a huge amount of
will help us to provide care not only in the hospice, but also in the patient’s
own home, providing support alongside the family.
would encourage those who do not know the difference hospice care can make to
get in touch on 01254 287010 and Suleman and I would be more than happy to show
around the hospice and have a chat.”
reaches out to Afghanistan, launches veiled attack on Pakistan in his I-Day
15 Aug 2019
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached out to Afghanistan in his
Independence Day speech, calling the country a ‘good neighbor of India’.
the Indian nation on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day of India, Modi said
“From the ramparts of the Red Fort, I give my greetings to the people of
Afghanistan who are marking 100 years of freedom.”
also launched a veiled attack on Pakistan a day after the Pakistani Prime
Minister Imran Khan threatened war against India amid Kashmir tensions.
Pakistan for promoting terror in the region including in Afghanistan, Sri Lanka
and Bangladesh, Modi said “Those who give protection to terrorism and support
it must be completely exposed.”
Indian Prime Minister also added that “Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka are
also affected by terrorism. All countries in the world need to come together to
fight this menace.”
comes as tensions remain high between India and Pakistan after New Delhi
scrapped the Article 370 revoking the special status granted to Jammu and
first glance, Sunday’s Arab riots on the Temple Mount fit nicely into the media
storyline that Israel’s “extremist right-wing nationalist” government is
undermining relations between the Jewish majority and the Arab minority.
the most notable element of those riots was how many Israeli Arab religious
leaders rejected the Jerusalem Waqf’s all-out effort to foment them. In mosque
after mosque throughout Israel, imams preferred to send a message of peace,
thereby underscoring the true story of the past few years — not a breakdown of
Jewish-Arab relations, but growing Arab integration.
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Jerusalem Waqf, which runs the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, isn’t Israeli at all.
It’s jointly controlled by Jordan and the Palestinian Authority (PA), and
diligently disseminates anti-Israel incitement. Hence it’s no surprise that
anti-Israel riots periodically erupt there.
Sunday, the Waqf sought to exploit a calendrical anomaly: The Jewish fast of
Tisha B’Av coincided with the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice).
Since both holidays commemorate events that occurred on the Mount (Abraham’s
sacrifice of Ishmael, in Muslim tradition; the destruction of the First and
Second Temples, in Jewish tradition), some members of both faiths like visiting
the mount on that day.
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Waqf therefore called a mass prayer rally at Al-Aqsa to prevent Jews from
“defiling” it with their “filthy feet,” as Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud
Abbas once famously said.
ensure mass attendance, the Waqf took two unusual steps. First, it ordered all
other Jerusalem mosques closed on Sunday, so that Jerusalem Muslims who wanted
to attend services on one of the holiest days of the Muslim year would have
nowhere else to go. Second, it asked imams throughout Israel to spread the
message to their congregants.
Haaretz decided to ask some imams what they thought of this. Here are some of
in a religious space is not meant to cause escalation, much the opposite, we
stress that we all must live in peace,” said Sheikh Mohammad al-Quran, imam of
Kseifa’s mosque, adding that sermons and prayers at his mosque would focus on
alms to the needy and the growing problem of violence within the Arab
Abdullah, imam of Ein Naqquba’s mosque, said that Friday’s prayers were mainly
spiritual preparation for Saturday’s fast, which precedes Sunday’s holiday.
“The topics brought up in the mosque are at the discretion of the imam,” he
Amar Walid, imam of Kafr Qassem’s mosque, said Eid al-Adha is meant to foster
unity among peoples and deter violence, and that violence within the Arab
community would top his agenda that Friday, as it does every Friday. Then,
referring to last week’s murder of a 19-year-old Jewish yeshivah student by
Palestinians, he added, “We are tired of the conflict, we need to end it
already, the idea behind slaughtering an animal for the Feast of the Sacrifice
is that it is upon us to avoid bloodshed among people.”
are these imams unusual. Most Israeli Arabs shun violence. Indeed, just last
month, defense officials reported that terrorist activity among Israeli Arabs —
never high to begin with — has dropped sharply (with the worrying exception of
the Bedouin community, where it’s on the rise). In 2015, Israel arrested 120
Israeli Arabs suspected of terrorist activity. By 2018, that number had halved
to just 60 arrests.
less significant, Israeli Arabs increasingly identify as Israeli. In one survey
conducted shortly before Israel’s April election — nine months after the
passage of the controversial nation-state law, which critics wrongly claimed made
Arabs second-class citizens — 46 percent of respondents self-identified as
“Israeli Arab,” 22 percent as “Arab,” 19 percent as “Israeli Palestinian,” and
14 percent as “Palestinian.” Thus 65 percent included “Israeli” in their
self-definition, almost double the 33 percent who included “Palestinian.” And
the most integrationist option, “Israeli Arab,” was chosen by more than twice
as many people as the second-place contender. This is a sharp contrast to how
Israeli Arabs self-identified a decade ago.
same survey found that 76 percent of Israeli Arabs termed Jewish-Arab relations
in daily life “mostly positive,” while just 18 percent termed them negative.
Moreover, fully 94 percent recognized the existence of a Jewish people, unlike
the Palestinian Authority, which vehemently denies Jewish peoplehood. And in a
separate poll, a majority of Arab respondents said they were “proud to be
notable is the recent change in Arab voting patterns. In April’s election, 30
percent of Arab voters cast ballots for Jewish parties, almost double the 17
percent who did so in 2015. Granted, this was partly to protest the petty
bickering that led Arab parties to dismantle their joint ticket. Now that the
Joint List has reconstituted itself, many Arab voters may return to it in
September’s do-over election. But some experts think the movement towards
Jewish parties could actually intensify, and so do the parties themselves:
Left-leaning parties are courting Arab voters in a manner that Thabet Abu Rass,
co-director of the Abraham Initiatives coexistence organization, termed
center-left Zionist parties are basically going over the heads of the Arab
parties to appeal directly to Arab voters in a very genuine manner,” he said,
“and that is because they have identified the growing frustration of Arab
voters with the parties that are meant to represent them.”
more surprising, some center-rightists have urged their parties to do the same.
Former Benjamin Netanyahu aide Nathan Eshel and Israel Hayom columnist
professor Eyal Zisser both recently published columns arguing that the time is
ripe for this, since repeated polls have shown that Arab voters overwhelmingly
prioritize domestic issues — jobs, crime, education, and housing — over the Palestinian
conflict. And successive Netanyahu governments have worked hard to address such
issues in the Arab community.
of this means there aren’t real problems in Arab-Jewish relations, including
unconscionable anti-Arab broadsides by too many rightist politicians and
vicious anti-Israel incitement by Arab Knesset members and Islamist clerics.
But overall, the story of the past decade — under Israel’s “most right-wing
government ever” — has been one of increasing Arab integration. Whatever
government is formed after September’s election must continue that trend.
Gordon is a journalist and commentator living in Israel.
happy with abrogation of Article 370: BJP MLA slams Owaisi's remark
BJP Telangana lawmaker Thakur Raja Singh on Wednesday launched a scathing
attack on AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi for his remarks over the abrogation of
the special status accorded to Jammu and Kashmir.
have no issues and are happy with the revocation of the special status. Owaisi
cannot comprehend how much development will take place there," said Singh.
comments came after Owaisi called the centre's decision a "historic
Minister Modi does not have the political wisdom. He loves Kashmir but not its
people," Owaisi had said.
his tirade against Owaisi, Singh said that the former must think about the
Muslims of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana first.
Muslims are facing many problems in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The Waqf
board land is being grabbed by his party members. He must think about the
Muslims being trafficked to Middle East countries before he thinks of Kashmir,"
central government had, on August 5, announced withdrawing of the special
status under Article 370 of the Constitution to Jammu and Kashmir and
bifurcating it into two Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
MP seeks enumeration of Dalit Christians, Muslims
With pre-testing for Census 2021 currently underway, VCK MP D. Ravikumar has
called for the enumeration of Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims in the SC
list. His Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) has reiterated its demand that
Dalit persons belonging to Christian or Muslim faiths be extended reservation
in government institutions for education and employment. Not extending
reservation to Dalits of all faiths is tantamount to denying their
Constitutional rights to practice a religion of their choice, the party said.
"The caste structure of this religion,
which discriminates on the basis of birth, has touched all religions and ruined
them. Thus, whichever religion one practices, the oppressed are subject to
discrimination. Despite people in power being aware of this, they display
inequality by not including Dalit Christians in the Scheduled Caste list. This
has to change," said VCK chief and Chidambaram MP Thol Thirumavalavan, in
general secretary and Villupuram MP D. Ravikumar said the case regarding this
demand has been languishing in the Supreme Court for nearly two decades.
"The Ranganath Mishra Commission, the Human Rights Commission, the
National Minority Commission have all given a favourable recommendation in this
regard. But the UPA didn't implement it," he pointed out.
further, he said, "Article 25 of the Constitution gives citizens the right
to practice any religion. In doing so, no one should be denied their rights.
Just on account of someone converting to another faith, reservation right being
taken away is denying their choice of faith. Moreover, even those who converted
generations and centuries ago are known as Dalit Christians. Faith may change
but the caste discrimination continues. They don't have the social protection,
they can't get justice under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe
(Prevention of Atrocities) Act."
court acquits six of killing Muslim dairy farmer in cow vigilante case
DELHI (Reuters) - An Indian court on Wednesday acquitted six men of the killing
of a 55-year-old Muslim dairy farmer, citing lack of evidence, raising
questions over the prosecution’s failure to make its case despite videos of a
crowd beating him in the street.
2017 attack on Pehlu Khan and his two sons in the western state of Rajasthan by
a suspected mob of cow vigilantes caused public outrage and demands for swift
shot on mobile phones showed Khan begging for mercy as the crowd set upon him
after stopping his truck with cows in the back. He died but his sons survived.
Hindu-majority India, many consider cows sacred and killing the animal is outlawed
in most states.
2014 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata
Party (BJP) came to power, Muslim organizations have complained about Muslims
coming under attack amid a resurgence in right-wing Hindu activism.
Singh Sharma, a defense lawyer, said the court in the town of Alwar had freed
the six accused because the prosecution could not link them to the attack on
had picked up innocent people and all the six accused were framed because of
political reasons,” Singh said.
court did not accept the video evidence, Yogendra Singh, the prosecution
lawyer, told NDTV news channel.
court heard the testimonies of more than 40 witnesses, including Khan’s two
had told the crowd he was bringing the cows from a cattle fair, but they had
screamed that he was planning to slaughter the cattle for beef.
prominent Indians took to Twitter to vent their anger over the acquittal.
Shameful! This is a lynching that was caught on camera!!! We live in a state of
utter anarchy it seems.. the law, the constitution, even evidence it seems are
meaningless. Dark dark times!! #PehluKhan,” said Swara Bhasker, an activist and
a film actor.
Mohamed, a spokeswoman for India’s opposition Congress party, branded the court
decision “a gross travesty of justice”.
Muslim minority engages in the trade of cattle for slaughter and consumption,
chiefly of buffalo meat, as well as dairy purposes.
jihad against the ‘leaders of disbelief’
al Qaeda’s branch in East Africa, has released a lengthy video that is intended
to justify its jihad against the Somali government and opposition to allegedly
illegitimate rulers elsewhere. The production is the third installment in
Shabaab’s “Then Fight the Leaders of Disbelief” series. It was produced by
Al-Kataib Media, a propaganda shop that is part of al Qaeda’s international
video editors want their audience to view Shabaab’s war through the lens of al
Qaeda’s global jihadist ideology. Comments from Ayman al-Zawahiri and Osama bin
Laden are included in “Then Fight the Leaders of Disbelief,” as are clips of
various other al Qaeda and associated jihadis. For instance, snippets of
lectures from deceased figures such as Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman (an influential
cleric who died in an American prison in 2017), Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (the
founder of al Qaeda in Iraq), Sheikh Abu Zubeir ‘Adil al’Abab (a senior Al
Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula sharia official who was killed in 2012) and Abu
Yahya al-Libi (an ideologue killed in 2012) are all spliced together with other
footage to explain Shabaab’s ideology and strategy.
production opens with a clip of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
explaining his approach to religious tolerance. “We in Egypt do not intervene
in religious affairs,” Sisi says. “We do not distinguish between a Muslim and a
Christian. There is no difference between a man and a woman, or between
religion and another religion. Everyone is equal!”
adds that the Egyptian state, which has cracked down on its political
opposition, will build churches for Christians and synagogues for Jews, if that
is what the populace demands, because “this is the right of the citizen.” The
“citizen has the right to worship as he pleases, in the same way he has a right
not to worship at all,” Sisi says.
a separate clip, Beji Caid Essebsi, the deceased Tunisian president, explains
that his country is a “secular state” and the government does “not have any
affiliation with religious laws, or the Qur’an and its verses.”
and Essebsi are the prototypical rulers that Shabaab finds objectionable, as
they stand in the way of the jihadists’ dream of imposing sharia (Islamic law)
in Muslim-majority countries. But they are hardly the only two leaders Shabaab
criticizes. The video includes footage of Pakistan’s Imran Khan, Turkey’s Recep
Tayyip Erdoğan, Saudi Arabia’s Mohammad Bin Salman (MBS), Syria’s Bashar al-Assad
and Jordan’s King Abdullah, among others. All of them are the “leaders of
disbelief,” according to Shabaab. These same leaders are pictured alongside
Americans such as President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
of these men and their nations are part of an enemy alliance, according to
Muslim Ummah (worldwide community) has never had an enemy more dangerous and
more damaging to its religious and worldly affairs than the arrogant tyrants of
our era who have forcefully suppressed the Muslims, supported the enemies of
Allah, fought against the believers and allied themselves with Satan and his
offspring,” a Shabaab narrator says.
common misconception about al Qaeda is that the group is myopically focused on
attacking the West and is less concerned with fighting the so-called near
enemy. But this isn’t the case. Although, at times, al Qaeda has given much
weight to terrorist attacks in the West, much of the group’s activities are
focused on deposing regimes throughout the Muslim-majority world. And Ayman
al-Zawahiri has emphasized that al Qaeda and its branches see all of their
enemies as part of a united front.
includes a clip of Zawahiri to stress this broad jihad. “It is apparent to
every noble freeman who has insight that the crimes of these corrupt regimes,
who subjugate our Ummah, wage war against their religious beliefs and the hijab
of their daughters, squander their resources and encourage hedonism, immorality
and social decadence, are part and parcel of the global war against Islam and
the Muslims that is spearheaded by America,” Zawahiri says, as footage of
Secretary Pompeo with various Muslim rulers plays on screen.
such,” Zawahiri continues, “these regimes are proxies and allies of the global
powers and they are the ones who are responsible for implementing their
policies of waging war against Islam and the Hijab, changing the educational
curriculum, normalizing ties with Israel, preventing the rule of Islamic
Shari’ah and the plunder of Muslim resources.”
concludes: “It is for this reason that the global powers support these local
regimes and stand by them, whilst turning blind eye to their crimes,
oppression, subjugation, lies and theft, and substitute them with another if
they are unable to fulfill their interests.”
a separate segment, deceased al Qaeda ideologue Abu Yahya al-Libi explores the
same theme. “We have come to know that these authoritarian regimes which are
controlling the masses with the power of fire and iron and who are dependent on
their armies in order to fulfill their whims and implement their policies, that
it is impossible to oust them from power and depose them except through force
which deters them and sacrifices that know no clemency and humiliation,”
al-Libi says. “If not, however, then the price of remaining under such regimes
is many folds more than attempting to over throw and change them.”
other words, according to Zawahiri and al-Libi, the jihadists are obligated to
use force to depose various rulers.
Shabaab speaker echoes these arguments, saying that the “tyrannial regimes in
the Muslim world” have “invalidated their claim to Islam” by governing
according to laws other than the “Law of Allah” and by “allying themselves with
the crusaders.” Thus, Shabaab’s man says, these same rulers have “justified”
their own “deposal,” because “the kafir [infidel] has no authority over a
Media reminds viewers that Osama bin Laden made the same argument by drawing on
the teachings of other Islamic thinkers. “The Scholars are in unanimous
agreement that leadership cannot be assigned to a disbeliever and in case that
he becomes a disbeliever, he is to be removed from post,” bin Laden says.
justifies attacks on Somalia’s hotels
has carried out a series of high-profile attacks on hotels in Mogadishu and
civilian-filled sites elsewhere. The group knows that this can be
controversial, as these operations lead to the spilling of Muslim blood.
Indeed, Ayman al-Zawahiri has issued guidelines prohibiting or limiting attacks
in areas frequented by Muslim civilians.
Shabaab lays out its rationale for targeting locales such as Sahafi Hotel,
Hotel Jazeera, Syl Hotel and the Ambassador Hotel.
jihadists argue that these hotels are really “heavily fortified buildings” for
the Somali government’s politicians, as well as military and intelligence
officials. Moreover, foreign operatives are stationed in these hotels as well.
Al-Kataib Media includes footage of Somali officials and journalists
identifying the figures inside the hotels during attacks to illustrate this
point. The victims of Shabaab’s attacks include generals, intelligence
officials and politicians. The jihadists also show how the hotels are protected
by high walls and barriers inconsistent with purely civilian uses.
of this takes place within the context of Shabaab’s critique of the Somali
government, which the jihadists say is illegitimate, just like regimes
for the apostate Somali tyrants, their condition is similar to that of the
other treacherous rulers,” Shabaab says. “Clear disbelief and apostasy has
become manifest in their speeches, actions and policies, taking them out of the
fold of Islam and into disbelief, and thereby warranting the ruling of apostasy
to be applied to them.”
accordance with this religious obligation,” Al-Kataib Media’s team explains,
“one of Harakat Al-Shabaab Al-Mujahideen’s main objectives is to topple the
apostate Somali regime and destroy its foundations in order to liberate the
country and its people and cleanse the land from the filth of crusaders and
apostates so that the Muslims of East Africa can once again regain their
freedom and dignity under the shade of Islamic Shari’ah. ” The video’s editor’s
emphasize: “And in that regard it has made great strides and all thanks is due
Abu ‘Abdurahman Mahad Warsame makes the case that hotels used by the Somali
government and its foreign allies are legitimate targets. Warsame has been one
of the principal defenders of Shabaab’s terrorist tactics, including those
leading to civilian casualties, so it is unsurprising that he speaks at length
in the new video. Some of the excerpts are taken from his previous audio
lecture titled, “The Ruling of Targeting Combatant Disbelievers Even If There
Are Muslims Among Them.”
argues that the government of Somalia should be deposed, just like the
allegedly infidel regimes found elsewhere. Al-Kataib includes footage of
various Somali political figures rejecting the implementation of sharia, thereby
portraying the government as religiously illegitimate.
named their military bases [as] hotels and fortified them with barriers,”
Warsame claims. “They blocked the vital roads and restricted access to the
people. However, this has not prevented any attacks.”
warns Somalis should stay away from these “so-called hotels”
hotels are legitimate targets for the Mujahideen’s military operations at all
times and since you are our people, we do not wish any harm to befall you,”
Warsame says. But he justifies operations that kill Muslims, repeating an old
argument that disbelievers could stymie jihad by imprisoning Muslims in vital
clip of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi defending operations that cause Muslim casualties,
as long as the focus is on killing disbelievers, is included to buttress
operations will increase “until Mogadishu and the rest of the occupied cities
are once again brought under the rule of Islamic Shari’ah and are liberated
from the fifth of the crusaders and their apostate allies,” according to
so, Shabaab is clearly sensitive to the charge that its bombings and complex
assaults result in Muslim deaths. After glorifying a series of previous
attacks, Al-Kataib’s Media team includes language that is meant to be
addition to the aforementioned operations, there were also many other
operations on the verge of execution but were cancelled after it became
apparent to the Mujahideen that there was a greater risk of harm to the Muslims
in the vicinity, and in order to safeguard the lives of Muslims and their
property as much as possible,” Shabaab’s propagandists claim.
Shabaab official, Sultan bin Muhammad Aal-Muhammad, swears that great caution
is taken to avoid civilian deaths and injuries. “All praise is due to Allah
that it has become a common fact among Muslims and even the enemies of Allah,
that the Mujahideen do not intentionally target innocent Muslims in their
military operations, nor do they transgress against their wealth and property,”
Aal-Muhammad says. “Both Muslims and the disbelievers attest to this fact and
everyone is now aware of this reality.”
Media playing a leading role in al Qaeda’s propaganda
are other noteworthy aspects of “Then Fight the Leaders of Disbelief.” Shabaab
explains that some of the operations targeting hotels were inghimasi attacks,
which involve well-trained jihadists immersing themselves in battle at a
location before possibly blowing themselves up. Inghimasi operations have
become a key part of jihadi operations around the globe. And Shabaab says that
these plots, as well as others, are planned by its “Martyrdom Brigade and
intelligence teams who are working behind enemy lines.”
emphasizes that the terrorists recruited for such attacks come from tribes
throughout Somalia. This is an attempt to illustrate Shabaab’s appeal
throughout Somali society.
this localized theme is seamlessly integrated with al Qaeda’s program. For
example, Shabaab shows footage from a training camp it has named after Abu
Dujanah al-Khurasani, an infamous al Qaeda triple agent who blew himself up at
Forward Operating Base Chapman in Afghanistan in late 2009. Al-Khurasani (a
Jordanian doctor whose real name was Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi) killed
seven CIA officers and a member of Jordanian intelligence in the blast. It is
telling that Shabaab would name one of its training facilities after
al-Khurasani, a jihadi who is considered a hero by al Qaeda.
video also ends with a clip of al-Khurasani praising martyrdom seekers.
after imam and elder killed
members of two elders killed by unknown gunmen in Kwale on Saturday now fear
for their lives following the incident.
Shuwe Fuvwe, the imam of Mbokoni Mosque, and Bakari Dondo, 50, were taken from
Dondo's home and later found murdered.
Dondo's son Saidi Madondo told The Standard the attackers stormed their home
and demanded to see their father.
10 of them forced their way in. We had not locked the door because it was still
early in the night and took mzee and Fuvwe away," said Madondo.
ALSO :Kwale, Dagoretti and Nyakach shine in regional games
family said they found Dondo's beheaded body not far from his home the next
day. Fuvwe's body was also recovered.
police boss Nehemiah Bittok said they are investigating the matter.
Ummah's Malay unity convention to address 'threats' to Islam
upcoming Gerakan Pembela Ummah (Ummah) Malay unity convention will address "threats"
to Islam, The Malaysian Insight reports.
chairperson Aminuddin Yahaya was quoted as saying that the topics of
liberalism, Christianity and apparent efforts to destroy race relations will be
discussed at the convention, which is slated to take place on Aug 25.
added that the meet is also aimed at uniting Muslims in the country.
theme is unity, as we feel there are threats against the Malay race and
religion, and we are divided," he said.
to Aminuddin, the divisions between Muslims have left them powerless to defend
their race and religion, which has led to other groups taking advantage and
fighting for their own issues.
issues raised by groups like Dong Zong on the teaching of khat lessons are
small compared to the other fundamental issues.
need to address issues of liberalism, Christianity, as well as attempts to
amend laws. These are the threats now," he said.
was referring to the Education Ministry's contentious move to introduce Jawi
calligraphy lessons in the Standard Four Bahasa Malaysia syllabus.
Ummah convention, which will be held at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur, will also
involve leaders of political parties.
Naik family to feature in 3-day govt-backed ‘Islamic camp’ in Perlis
LUMPUR: Fresh from his controversial speeches in the east coast and despite
growing calls for his deportation, embattled preacher Dr Zakir Naik and his
family are set to feature in events spanning three days in Perlis this week,
with special sessions for male and female participants.
his wife Farhat, and their children Fariq, Rushda and Zikra will feature in a
series of sessions designed for Muslim converts, with government agencies as
well as state broadcaster Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) listed as
sessions, which begin tomorrow, are part of what is called “Malaysia Reverts
Camp” organised by Perlis-based Islamic propagation group One Centre Malaysia
and the Perlis Malay Customs and Islamic Religious Council.
is a term used by some Muslim missionaries who believe that non-Muslims who
embrace Islam are returning to the religion of their birth.
camp will be held at the scenic Al Hussain Mosque, also known as the “Floating
list of key speakers at the event includes Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul
Abidin, who has openly defended Naik, and Islamic motivation speakers Zamri
Vinoth and Ridhuan Tee Abdullah.
the topics listed are “Da’wah or Destruction”, “Religion in the Right
Perspective”, “Flee to Allah”, “Who Are Your True Friends”, “Purpose of Life”
and “Women’s Movement for Creating Noble Generations”.
will also be question-and-answer sessions.
have touted the event as the largest congregation of Muslim converts in
Allah, this programme will get recognition from the Malaysia Book of Records,”
organisers said last month.
for Naik to be sent back to India grew following a recent series of lectures he
gave in Kelantan, one of which touched on the loyalty of Malaysian Hindus to
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
claimed that Malaysian Hindus are more loyal to Indian Prime Minister Narendra
Modi than to Mahathir despite receiving “100 times” more rights than Muslims in
later accused his critics of quoting him out of context.
subsequent media report quoted him as snubbing calls for him to leave the
country and saying that most Chinese in Malaysia were not born here.
sparked a response from many, including members of the opposition, ministers
and Mahathir’s daughter Marina Mahathir.
who has permanent resident status, is wanted by authorities in India in
relation to money laundering investigations.
Mahathir has questioned the likelihood of the preacher receiving a fair trial
if he is sent back to his home country.
light rail delivers 2.4 mln trips in Mecca for Hajj pilgrims
pilgrims from all over the world wait on the platform to board the light rail
trains in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Aug. 11, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]
Railway Construction Corporation Limited (CRCC), operator of the Mecca light
rail in the Hajj season in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, completed this year's
pilgrimage transport service on Wednesday.
the seven-day operation, the total operation time of Mecca light rail was 156
hours, and more than 2.4 million trips were delivered safely and accurately.
Chongyang, the vice general manager of CRCC, told Xinhua that the light rail
system originally planned to run 1,718 trains and actually ran 2,214 trains.
pilgrims from all over the world were transported safely and smoothly in the
Hajj season that lasted five days from Aug. 9 according to the Islamic
CRCC won the bidding of the Mecca light rail project in 2009, and provided
service for over 15 million trips in 2010-2014. In 2018, CRCC won the light
rail operation contract again, and successfully completed the pilgrimage
year, the Saudi government gave the operating contract worth 103 million U.S.
dollars to the CRCC, and signed a memorandum of cooperation for the next five
years with the CRCC.
project clears 1,000 Houthi mines in a single week
teams have cleared more than 80,000 mines since the project began in July 2018
Saudi-led mine clearance teams have de-activated nearly 1,000 Houthi explosive
devices in Yemen in a single week.
the Saudi project for landmine clearance, disabled 15 anti-personnel mines, 458
anti-vehicle mines, two explosive devices and 490 unexploded bombs — a total of
965 devices — during the second week of August.
teams have cleared more than 80,000 mines since the project began in July 2018.
Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen are thought to have planted more than a
million mines in the past three years. The Houthis are also developing
anti-vehicle mines and converting them into anti-personnel devices.
vast number of land mines continues to pose a threat to the lives of Yemeni
people,” a MASAMspokesman said. “The Houthi militias lay internationally banned
devices randomly near residential areas, on roads and farmland in liberated
regions, threatening civilians who are outside the battlefield.”
July, the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) extended
the contract for the MASAM initiative for a further year, with an investment of
$31 million to ensure that Saudi and international experts can continue to
clear mines, especially in the governorates of Marib, Aden, Sanaa and Taiz.
initiative is aimed at delivering security for the Yemeni people, and is one of
several launched by the Kingdom.
chief Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah said the Kingdom had conducted more than 1,000
humanitarian aid programs worth $3.5 billion in 44 countries since 2014.
families flee town in Iraqi Kurdistan fearing Islamic State threat
by Mohamed Mostafa
(IraqiNews.com) Dozens of families have fled a town in Iraqi Kurdistan Region
feeling threatened by Islamic State militants’ activity in the region, Kurdish
media said Thursday.
Rudaw network said 50 families have fled the town of Daqouq, Kirkuk province,
for fear of falling targets to the extremist group as 15 people, including two
police officers, have been recently killed in attacks by the militants.
network quoted Wasta Rasoul, a senior leader in the Peshmerga forces, saying
that Islamic State militants are making use of the security void between
locations of Peshmerga and Iraqi government forces. He recommended the
formation of a joint force from the federal government and the region’s
government to resolve the security issue in those locations.
suggestion of a combined force was discussed by defense officials from Baghdad
and Erbil but to no avail.
declared late 2017 it retook all territories under IS extremists’ control, but
remnant cells continue to pose a security threat at some regions.
ambassador praises Saudi Arabia for Hajj hospitality
The US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia John Abizaid has praised the Kingdom’s hospitality
during this year’s Hajj season, saying the nation’s generosity was “truly on
display for the world to see.”
expressed his thanks and appreciation to the country’s leadership for their
dedication in providing care and services to pilgrims.
behalf of the United States Mission to Saudi Arabia I would like to extend our
best wishes to all Muslims in Saudi Arabia and around the world who are
celebrating Eid-Al-Adha,” he said in a statement posted on Twitter.
would also like to express our thanks to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin
Salman, Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Mohammed Salih Bentin and Minister of
Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance Sheikh Dr. Abdullatif Al-Asheikh for
welcoming the thousands of American Muslims participating in this year’s
also thanked locals for their hospitality toward Muslims from the US and around
the world. “Saudi generosity is truly on display for the world to see during
this special time of year,” he added.
ambassador signed off with an Eid greeting.
was nominated to the post last November and the US Senate confirmed his
appointment in April, arriving in Saudi Arabia a month later.Abizaid retired
from the United States Army in 2007. He
had a 34-year military career, rising from infantry platoon leader to four-star
general, and became the longest-serving commander of United States Central
An image of the Grand Mosque of Makkah was taken by KhalifaSat on the first day
of Eid Al Adha during the Hajj pilgrimage of this year has been released.
was fully developed at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre's facilities by
Emirati engineers and was launched into space in October 2018.
has five patents and seven space innovations making it the most advanced
satellite of its category in the world.
provides images with specifications that meet the highest international
standards in space images.
high-resolution detailed images help organisations in government and private
sectors get accurate data allowing them to monitor environmental changes,
detect the effects of global warming, ensure responsible urban planning and
management, and aid relief efforts at times of natural disasters.
Punjab Assembly Ch Pervaiz Elahi, while talking to the media along with MNA
Moonis Elahi, has said that the barbarism of Modi government and recent steps
accelerated the spirit of jihad among Kashmiris, and their destination
(freedom) is near.
said that the Kashmiri youth while reciting Kalma Tayyaba raise the slogan of
“Kashmir baney ga Pakistan” and they are receiving bullets in their chests
while carrying Pakistani flags. He said the great sacrifices which our elders
had offered during Pakistan Movement and afterwards the way our armed forces,
security institutions and civilians have offered their lives for the defence
and safeguarding the motherland are ample proof of we know the price and worth
of freedom and can offer any sacrifice for it, this is the reason that over the
life line of Pakistan Kashmir issue today Prime Minister Imran Khan, armed
forces and people of Pakistan are on one page.
said that Imran Khan and Army Chief are highlighting Kashmir issue at the
international level and delegations are also being sent abroad. Entire
international community particularly heads of Islamic countries, leaders, OIC
and Muslim Ummah should not only condemn Indian barbarism but there is also
need for practically coming in the front. Elahi said that the blood of Kashmiri
youth who receive bullets in their chests carrying Pakistani flags is calling
us that we should unite in the national spirit instead of personal and political
interests and move forward to rid oppressed Kashmiris from the Indian shackles
forever. He said that the international community is duty bound to secure the
right of self-determination for the Kashmiris, United Nations should get its
assurances and promises implemented by India.
says WTO would likely cease to exist if United States quits trade body
existence of […] the backbone global economic organization after the world's
largest economy leaves it will be a big question, it’s obvious,” the Russian
president's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday, as cited by Interfax.
However, according to him, whatever the decision, it is a “US internal affair.”
At the same time, the Kremlin official emphasized that Russia remains a devoted
member of the WTO “with all the ensuing consequences.”
blasts China & India for ‘taking advantage’ of WTO’s developing nations tag
a gathering in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, Trump said he was considering his
country's exit from the WTO if conditions within the organization are not
will leave [the WTO] if we have to. We know that they have been screwing us for
years and it's not going to happen again,” Trump told an audience of workers at
a Shell chemical plant in Pennsylvania.
called the current mechanism of the organization’s work ineffective and unfair,
blasting it for helping some countries profit at the expense of the United
States. He was especially critical about the terms granted to states like China
and India, considered developing economies while Trump believes they are way
too advanced for this status.
threats could be just a ploy Washington is using in trade talks to pressure its
allies, according to Russian Economic Development Minister Maksim Oreshkin. He
noted that there is no global alternative to the WTO which can boast the same
efficiency, so there is no point in the US refusing participating in it.
of one major player is not fatal for the organization,” the minister added. He
explained that the US’ withdrawal could actually trigger reforms of
“multilateral rules in areas, where negotiations have been in a deadlock for a
grants developing countries the right to operate under different rules than
advanced economies in certain areas, for instance regarding tariff cuts,
transition periods and dispute settlements.
his criticism of the organization, Trump himself stated more than once that
after he became president the United States began to win the majority of trade
disputes and court cases under the WTO, while before his presidency things were
has been a member of the WTO since 2012.
government of the United Kingdom on Thursday announced a significant financial
contribution to support the delivery of Afghanistan’s Presidential Election.
British Embassy in Kabul said in a statement that UK’s Department for
International Development (DFID) will make available up to £8 million to the UN
Electoral Support Programme, which provides technical support to Afghanistan’s
Independent Electoral Bodies.
statement further added that this includes a planned contribution of £4 million
to support preparations for the Presidential election.
British Ambassador, Alison Blake said “I am pleased that through this
contribution the UK can continue to support Afghanistan’s democratic process.
The UK strongly supports elections in Afghanistan in order that the Afghan
people can have their rightful say in the future of their country.”
Blake further added that UK reiterates the importance of credible Presidential
elections taking place. Timely elections are another step towards a more stable
and democratic future for Afghanistan.
welcome the Afghan Government’s own financial commitments to the electoral
process, which is key to long term sustainability, as well as the contributions
from the international community,” Ambassador Blake said.
the British Embassy said the UK, along with others in the international
community, supports the Afghan Independent Electoral Bodies’ call for all
Presidential candidates to adhere to the Election law and the Code of Conduct.
statement also added “It is critical that the election is conducted in a fair
manner, without interference of government officials or the use of state
resources to benefit particular candidates. The UK continues to support the
independence of Afghanistan’s Electoral Bodies in managing the process.”
Afghan Special Forces destroyed a large depot of the munitions of Taliban group
during an operation in Logar province.
Special Operations Corps said in a statement that the Special Forces discovered
the depot in Charkh district.
Taliban group has not commented regarding the operation so far.
security situation in some districts of Logar province has deteriorated during
the recent months.
militants are active in some districts of the province and often conduct
terrorist related activities.
the Afghan forces routinely conduct counter-terrorism operations against the
anti-government armed groups in this province.
U.S. forces also conduct regular airstrikes in restive parts of the country to
suppress Taliban and other anti-government militants.
Afghan Special Forces arrested three Taliban sympathizers during an operation
in Kabul, the Kabul Police said.
to a statement released by Kabul Police Headquarters, the Special Forces
arrested the operation in Bagrami district of Kabul.
statement further added that the detained suspects were cooperating with the
the Kabul Police said the Special Forces also confiscated an Ak-47 assault
rifle, a shotgun and some munition during the operation.
Taliban group has not commented in this regard so far.
14 Aug 2019
security forces have killed two key Taliban commanders during a joint operation
which they conducted in Faryab province.
Special Operations Corps said in a statement that the Special Forces conducted
a joint operation with the Air Forces in Aliabad Village of Gurziwan district
statement further added that the security forces killed Esmatullah and
Mahboobullah, two key commanders of Taliban during the operation.
the Special Operations Corps said the security forces also killed 13 other
militants and wounded 8 more during the same operation.
IRGC was founded in the aftermath of the 1979 Iranian revolution.
other branch of the Iranian military can claim the notoriety that the Islamic
Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has earned for itself over the last several
this year, the White House took the unprecedented step of designating the IRGC
as an organization that “actively participates in, finances, and promotes
terrorism as a tool of statecraft.” It was an IRGC fast attack craft that
almost sparked open military conflict between the U.S. and Iran in June by
staging an unprovoked attack against two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.
IRGC continues to comprise a substantial part of the Iranian armed forces, but
their influence—both within Iran and across the Middle-East region—extends far
beyond raw combat capabilities. To understand the full extent of IRGC’s current
role within the Iranian military, we must go back to back to the birth of the
Iranian Islamic Republic.
first appeared earlier in July 2019.)
IRGC was founded in the aftermath of the 1979 Iranian revolution. Skeptical of
the intentions of the inherited government and wary of a counter-coup, Supreme
Leader Ruhollah Khomeini founded the IRGC as a counterweight to the existing
Iranian security apparatus.
the Iranian Army is sworn to defend the Iranian government, the IRGC was
conceived as a “people’s army” meant to safeguard the ideals of the revolution
against internal opposition. That opposition was swiftly crushed by Khomeini
and his allies, who had successfully consolidated power by the early 1980’s.
With its original purpose fulfilled, IRGC seized on the ongoing Iran-Iraq war
as an opportunity to rebrand itself as a major regional player. As Syracuse
University Professor Mehrzad Boroujerdi put it, “Before the war the IRGC
militiamen were nothing more than bodyguards to the clerics. Their performance
in the war gave them a seat at the proverbial power table.” Their ranks swelled
with new recruits, reaching 125,000 troops over the coming years, and the IRGC
was formally integrated into the Iranian Armed Forces. Now a quasi-independent
organization working within the Iranian military, the IRGC’s operations
expanded to include naval, air force, paramilitary, special forces, and
the IRGC’s broad mandate is a generally well-defined division of labor between
the Guards and Iran’s conventional military forces. For instance: the Iranian
Air Force (IRIAF) operates all of Iran’s jet fighters, while the IRGC’s own air
force branch controls most of the ballistic missiles. The IRGC wields what is
arguably the most destructive weapon in Iran’s power projection arsenal: the
Quds Force, an elite unconventional warfare unit that spearheads Iranian
military and intelligence operations across the Middle East.
Quds Force has been a constant thorn in the side of American interests in the
Middle East, providing military aid and direct combat support to anti-US
militants in such hotspots as Iraq and Afghanistan. From arming the Taliban
against the pro-US Karzai government in Afghanistan to an alleged assassination
attempt against the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the US, the Quds Force has been
no less proactive in military operations against American allies. Most
recently, Quds agents were deployed in Syria to stage ground offensives against
anti-Assad rebels as the Russian Air Force conducted airpower campaigns against
is no slouch in raw military power, boasting the world’s 14th strongest army by
the GlobalFirepower ranking system. It is, however, still grossly outmatched by
the US military in every relevant category (with one notable caveat, discussed
the IRGC, with its aptitude for asymmetric and unconventional warfare across
the Middle-East, emerged from the chaos of the 1979 revolution to challenge the
US in ways that Iran’s conventional military forces never could.
Episkopos is a frequent contributor to The National Interest and serves as
research assistant at the Center for the National Interest. Mark is also a PhD
student in History at American University.
– Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that the Lebanese
Islamic resistance movement has proved that it is possible to defeat the
Zionist regime of Israel.
Lebanese people and the Islamic resistance have proved to the world the truth
that the Zionist entity can be defeated. No matter how much this entity wants
to wage wars, set fires and shed the blood of the people in this region, it
cannot,” he told in a joint interview with Al-Ahed and Al-Nour Radio published
made the remarks on the occasion of anniversary of Lebanon’s victory in 33-day
victory was a victory for the entire region, international rights and proper
international relations,” Zarif added.
people of the region and the world owe it to the resistance of the Lebanese
people, the Islamic resistance and Hezbollah who confronted the arrogance of
the Zionist entity. They also confronted the terrorism of the Takfiri group
Daesh. They resisted this terrorist and Takfiri threat which was a scourge for
the world,” he said.
2006 Lebanon War, also called the 2006 Israel–Hezbollah War, was a 33-day
military conflict between Hezbollah and the Israel Defense Forces in Lebanon,
Northern Israel and the Golan Heights.
Hezbollah victory shattered the myth of the invincibility of the Israeli army.
It caused a political earthquake in Israel. Israel lost more than 100 soldiers
in the war.
five-member Winograd Committee, appointed to examine Israel's performance in
the 2006 war, concluded in January 2008 that the war “was a big and serious
failure” for Israel.
Aug 15, 2019
(FNA)- The Syrian army continued military operations in Southern Idlib,
regaining control of new regions at the entrance of the town of Khan Sheikhoun.
army forces continued clashes with Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at (the Levant
Liberation Front or the Al-Nusra Front) terrorists in the Western parts of Khan
Sheikhoun in Southern Idlib on Thursday, retaking control of the towns of Horsh
al-Abedin and Kharbat al-Abedin in the Northern parts of the town of al-Habit,
Zaitouneh farm and the village of Madaya in the North of the town of Kafar Ain.
a military source said that the Syrian army's special forces in clashes with
Tahrir al-Sham took back control of regions from Zarae'i farms in the West of
Khan Sheikhoun to al-Salam checkpoint in the Western gate of the town and
deployed in the area.
added that the Syrian army troops also resumed advance in the Eastern parts of
Khan Sheikhoun near the town of al-Tamane'ah in Southern Idlib.
the Arabic-language service of SANA news agency quoted a military source as
saying that a fighter jet of the Syrian army crashed in al-Tamane'ah region
after the terrorists' attack by anti-aircraft missiles. No reports have yet
been released about the fate of the pilot(s).
Syrian Army had kept up the momentum of its offensive advances in the Northern
province of Idlib on Wednesday, and expanded its rule to the regions only 3
kilometers away from the strategic city of Khan Sheikhoun.
Syrian Army troops, backed by artillery and missile fire, continued their
clashes with Tahrir al-Sham terrorists on al-Hobait Road to the West of Khan
Sheikhoun in Southern Idlib and captured the towns of Um Zeitouneh, Kharbeh
Morshed and al-Mantar.
officers said government troops have expanded their presence to areas only
three kilometers to Khan Sheikhoun from the West, and said are advancing
towards al-Salam Station at the gates of the strategic city.
pointed to the strategic importance of Khan Sheikhoun, and reminded that the city
that links Eastern Idlib to the Western and Northern parts of the province is
seen as the gate to the capture of Idlib city.
Khan Sheikhoun is captured, the grounds will be paved for the Syrian army to
reopen the crucial Aleppo-Damascus road and further advance towards other
strategic regions, including al-Tah, Kafar Sajneh and Ma'aret al-Numan,"
(FNA)- The United States has applied to seize the Iranian Grace 1 oil tanker in
Gibraltar commandeered by British Royal Marines in the Mediterranean last
month, The Gibraltar Chronicle reported.
US Department of Justice has applied to seize the Iranian supertanker Grace 1
in Gibraltar, just hours before the Gibraltar Government was poised to release
it,” the newspaper said.
application means that a decision on the fate of Grace 1 will not be made until
later on Thursday, the daily added.
grounds for the US application are not clear, but the court was told it was a
request from the Department of Justice for mutual legal assistance.
case has now been postponed to 4 pm local time (14:00 GMT), while Gibraltar’s
authorities consider the US application.
on the issue, a source in the Gibraltar government told the paper that a
captain and three crew members of the Iranian tanker have already been
developments come after The Sun newspaper reported on Wednesday that
Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo will not apply to renew the order to
detain the Grace 1 and that the tanker was due to be released on Thursday.
Tuesday, Gibraltar announced it plans to de-escalate tensions with Iran over
the seizure of Grace 1 supertanker, reinvigorating hopeful speculations that it
might release the large vessel soon.
stated it was seeking to de-escalate issues arising with Iran since the
detention of the Grace 1 tanker 40 days ago.
early July, British marines and Gibraltar police seized the Iranian tanker off
the Southern coast of the Iberian Peninsula. Picardo had claimed that the ship
was transporting crude oil to Syria “in violation” of the EU sanctions placed
on Damascus. Washington has applauded the move, hailing it as a sign that
Europe is on board with the US’ unilateral sanctions against Iran.
condemned the “illegal move” of London and described it as “tantamount to
piracy”. Tehran accused the UK of doing Washington’s bidding and helping the US
attempt to stifle the Islamic Republic’s oil exports, rejecting London's claim
that the supertanker was carrying crude for Syria.
recent moves by foreign powers in the Middle East such as US sanctions on
Tehran's oil, UK seizure of Iranian supertanker, as well as, "sabotage
operations" on oil ships have intensified the turmoil in the region and
the turmoil in the international energy market, affecting global crude prices
in recent months.
(FNA)- Russian Ambassador to Iran Levan Dzhagaryan underlined that Tehran and
Moscow are making efforts to further broaden economic and banking ties and omit
dollar from their trade amid the US sanctions.
banking transactions will result in increasing of trade between the two
countries,” Dzhagaryan said, addressing the “Khazar (Caspian Sea) National Day”
conference in Babolsar in Northern Iran on Thursday.
hope that increasing in banking transactions will pave the way for further
elimination of dollar from the two countries’ trade,” he added.
said that the level cooperation between Iran and Russia is high due to
political will of the two sides.
Russia economic delegation will visit Iran's northern provinces in near future
in order to increase economic and trade cooperation between two
countries," he added.
relevant remarks in July, Dzhagaryan had said that the US sanctions did not
have any impact on Moscow-Tehran relations, adding that the two countries were
resolved to further expand their mutual cooperation.
two countries (Iran and Russia) are cooperating in many fields, and the
bilateral ties can be expanded through better planning,” the Russian envoy
also announced a joint summit of major Iranian and Russian universities in one
of the cities in his country in the near future.
and Russia are cooperating in different fields of culture, tourism, economics,
transport and agriculture.
(FNA)- A light training aircraft crashed in Semnan province in Northern Iran on
Thursday, killing two people onboard.
aircraft crashed in Eyvaneky region, West of Tehran, on Thursday morning.
two people on board are definitely killed, said Ali Yahyayee, a provincial Red
Crescent Society official, adding that Eyvaneky Airport is privately run.
said that a rescue-and-relief operation team was sent to the area.
Governor-General of the province, Ali Hemmati, said the aircraft was a training
one and the instructor and his female trainee were killed in the crash.
said that most probably the cause of the crash has been technical, though,
further investigations will get underway.
plane crashed at about 9:00 a.m. on landing gear 200 meters away from runway of
Advisor: Change of US Behavior Criteria for Iran's Decision
(FNA)- Senior Advisor to the Iranian Parliament Speaker Hossein Amir
Abdollahian said that his country will make any new decision about the policy
towards the US based on Washington's behavior.
Americans are not sincere about their offer of talks with Iran, Amir
Abdollahian said in a meeting with South African Ambassador to Tehran Vika
Mazwi Khumalo on Wednesday.
stressed that they must change their behavior towards Iran in practice.
Abdollahian said that Iran has negotiated with both Democrat and the Republican
administrations in the US but the Americans proved to be dishonest in their
Iranian parliamentary official added that Iran held talks with the US on
security situation in Iraq while the Bush administration was in power followed
by talks over the nuclear deal during Obama era, both of which showed that the
Americans broke their promises.
further noted that the Americans must change their behavior towards Iranian
nation in practice as a pre-condition for any new decision by the Islamic
Amir Abdollahian said that the Iranian people praise late Nelson Mandela as the
symbol of struggle against Apartheid. He also praised South Africa’s stances on
regional and international issues and its insistence on political solutions.
for his part, said that his country attaches great importance to relations with
Iran in various fields, expressing regret over the US withdrawal from Iran
nuclear deal and re-imposition of sanctions.
diplomat welcomed exchange of visits between the Iranian and South African
officials to expand and deepen bilateral relations.
relevant remarks in June, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah
Seyed Ali Khamenei rejected the US proposal for negotiations as a
"deception", warning that Washington aimed to disarm the Iranian
US proposal for talks is a deception and when the enemy has not been able to
attain its goal, it proposes talks imagining that the Iranian nation is naïve,
and says that the Iranian nation should make progress. Of course, this nation
will certainly make progress but without you (the US) and on the condition that
you do not approach this nation," Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing the
judiciary officials in Tehran.
said that the main goal pursued by the US proposal for talks was disarming the
Iranian nation and destroying its power components, and added, "If you
accept their words in negotiations, the (Iranian) nation will heavily suffer
and if you do not accept them, the current political hues and cries, propaganda
and pressures will continue."
Khamenei also referred to the US instrumental use of human rights to attain its
goals, and said Washington cannot speak about human rights as it has killed
nearly 300 innocent Iranian passengers on board Flight 655 in 1988 and is
collaborating with the Saudis in their crimes against the Yemeni people.
also blasted the Trump administration as the most hated and villainous
government in the world for insulting and raising allegations against the
Iranian nation, and said the people in Iran were not taken aback by such
behavior by the US and did not withdraw from their goal and causes.
Causes vs. National Interests: Nations Make Risky Bets on China’s Treatment of
by James M. Dorsey
refugees shout slogans as they take part in a protest at the Kutupalong refugee
camp to mark the one year anniversary of their exodus in Cox’s Bazar,
Bangladesh August 25, 2018. Photo: REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain.
more than half a year, Saudi Arabia has been deporting large numbers of
Rohingya who arrived in the kingdom either on pilgrimage visas or using false
travel documents — often the only way they were able to leave either Myanmar or
expulsions of Rohingya as well as hundreds of thousands of other foreign
workers, coupled with the introduction of fees on their dependents and restrictions
on the sectors in which they can be employed, are part of Crown Prince Mohammed
bin Salman (MBS)’s efforts to reform the kingdom’s oil-dependent economy and
increase job opportunities.
success of MBS’s reforms rests to a large extent on his ability to reduce an
overall 12.7 percent unemployment rate that jumps to 25.8 percent among its
youth, who account for more than half the population.
up to 250,000 Rohingya believed to be residing in Saudi Arabia, the expulsions
contrast starkly with condemnations by the kingdom as well as the Jeddah-based
Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) of Myanmar’s persecution of the
OIC last month called for filing a case against Myanmar at the International
Court of Justice for its alleged violations of the Rohingyas’ human rights.
Some 750,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh in recent years, where they are
housed in refugee camps.
Arabia has donated millions of dollars in aid for the refugees, and has said it
is “gravely concerned and condemns the policy of repression and forced
displacement carried out by the government of Myanmar against the Rohingya
deportations, together with Saudi endorsement of the clampdown in Xinjiang —
which has put an estimated one million Uyghurs in reeducation camps, where they
are indoctrinated to prioritize Communist Party ideology and reverence for
Chinese President Xi Jinping above their Islamic faith — suggests that the
kingdom is not willing to compromise its economic interests even if they call
into question its moral claim to leadership of the Islamic world.
Saudi approach is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, its leadership role is
bolstered. A majority of Muslim countries reluctant to criticize China take
heart from the fact that the custodian of Islam’s two holiest cities, Mecca and
Medina, has taken the lead in shielding China from Muslim criticism.
the other hand, Saudi Arabia, like other Muslim nations, is making a risky bet.
It could end up on the wrong side of history.
there are no signs that hopelessness is fueling widespread radicalization among
the Rohingya, analysts suggest that in the Bangladeshi camps “almost every
factor identified by radicalization experts can be found, to a greater or
lesser degree. … It would only take a very small percentage of them (the
refugees) to be radicalized for there to be a major security problem.”
emergence of Rohingya militancy in the face of Saudi treatment of members of
the group could make the kingdom a target.
Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries are betting against the odds that China
will succeed in Sini-cizing Turkic Muslims and ensure that growing anti-Chinese
sentiment in Central Asian nations that have close cultural and ethnic links to
Xinjiang is kept in check.
bet counters the historical record. Adrian Zenz, a leading scholar on Chinese
policy towards religion and minorities, notes that similar attempts in the past
to Sini-cize minorities have failed.
research among Sini-cized Tibetans shows that even assimilated Tibetans could
become champions of the very ethnic identity they had supposedly renounced.
Tursun, an Uyghur activist released from a reeducation camp, told the US
Congress that “my experience in this state program actually made me more
conscious of my ethnic identity.”
the Chinese clampdown in Xinjiang as an “upgraded version of the Cultural
Revolution,” Zenz recently noted that Tibetan nomads and Christian villagers
were being forced to replace their altars and depictions of Jesus with images
of Chinese leaders, including Xi.
reference to Tibetans and Christians highlights the fact that non-Muslim
countries have been equally reluctant to put their money where their mouth is
in condemnations of China’s assault on religion that goes beyond Islam and is
part of a larger attempt to replace religion with adherence to the country’s
Communist Party and reverence of its party and political leaders.
Saudi Arabia is walking a tightrope in balancing its national interests with
expectations of its role as a leader of the Muslim world.
needy Rohingya and other illegal Muslim workers were detained and deported to
an uncertain future that was likely to fuel despair and hopelessness, Saudi
Islamic affairs minister Abdullatif bin Abdulaziz al-Sheikh announced that King
Salman would, for this year’s pilgrimage to Mecca, host 200 relatives of the victims
of the attacks by a white supremacist on two mosques in New Zealand’s
designed to project the kingdom as a generous supporter of Muslim causes and
improve its image, which was tarnished by the war in Yemen and last year’s
killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Al-Sheikh said the invitation was
part of Saudi Arabia’s counter-terrorism effort.
public sentiment toward the clampdown in Xinjiang remains unclear despite vocal
Saudi support for the plight of the Rohingya in Myanmar and Bangladesh,
indications are that a significant segment of the kingdom’s population remain
wedded to its ultra-conservative interpretation of Islam. A recent poll on
Twitter showed that a majority of Saudis were opposed to the proposed halt to forcing
stores to close during prayers, a key part of the kingdom’s tradition of
enforced public religiosity.
to ultra-conservative norms raises the question whether those segments of the
Saudi population may be more empathetic to the plight of the Uyghurs.
part of its effort to co-opt the Chinese Diaspora and counter criticism, China
has sought to woo Saudi Arabia’s ethnic Chinese community. To do so, China’s
consulate in the Red Sea port of Jeddah hosts events not only in Mandarin and
Arabic but also Uyghur, according to Muhammad Sudairi, a Saudi China scholar.
attributed China’s focus on Saudi Uyghurs, one of the largest and wealthiest
Chinese Turkic diaspora communities, “to the role of this community as a
stronghold for anti-Chinese and anti-CPC (Communist Party of China) sentiment
in Saudi Arabia, and one that has had some influence in shaping Saudi elite and
popular perceptions toward the PRC (People’s Republic of China) and CPC.”
focus suggests that public sentiment toward the plight of Muslims in places
like Myanmar and Xinjiang may be more layered than positions put forward by
James M. Dorsey, a non-resident Senior Associate at the BESA Center, is a
senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at
Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University and co-director of the University
of Würzburg’s Institute for Fan Culture.
a Muslim activist group, followed her just hours after her remarks, and she was
banned soon after. CAIR previously got Laura Loomer kicked off Twitter, but
said that was unusual.
said she feels like a “child in a detention center” and that she can’t
understand why Twitter didn’t tell her if it contends she did something wrong,
rather than making her account appear normal to her, but secretly silencing her
Muslim-American female journalist and refugee was shadow-banned from Twitter
after criticizing Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar.
Al-Aqidi said Omar has largely refused to grant sit-down interviews to U.S. media
outlets, while doing so with Al Jazeera, which is owned by the government of
is a longtime journalist who has covered the White House and the Iraq war for
Alhurra TV, a U.S.-based Arabic network, where the Chicago Tribune lauded her as
the “most-watched TV reporter no one in America has seen.” She has also
contributed stories to the U.S. government-run Voice of America and the
Saudi-government-run Alarabiya in the past. She previously fled Hussein’s Iraq.
dared her to give me a 30 minute 1-on-1 interview. I believe we have things in
common we can discuss — we’re both immigrants, women, and Muslims. And from
what I’ve seen from her she only gives interviews to Al Jazeera,” Al-Aqidi told
the Daily Caller News Foundation.
hours later, CAIR started following me” on Twitter, she said, referring to the
Council on American-Islamic Relations. “So I pointed out CAIR’s connection to
the Muslim Brotherhood.”
after, it was as if Al-Aqidi didn’t exist on Twitter. From her side, everything
looked normal. She never received communications from Twitter notifying her of
violating its terms of service, and she could log in and send tweets.
no one could see them. When a user searches her name on Twitter, it never comes
up in the autocomplete. If you type in her screen name “@dalia30,” it does not
come up, with Twitter instead suggesting @dalia30900915. When you search for
key words that she has tweeted, her own missives are missing from the search
was tweeting and didn’t know anything was wrong until my friend texted me and
said what’s wrong with your twitter. Because from my side, everything looked
perfect. I can put my name on twitter and it comes up, but for everyone else it
doesn’t. Nobody could see my tweets unless I replied. I asked twitter customer
service and was ignored,” she said.
as a “shadow-ban,” the practice of Twitter secretly preventing others from
seeing someone’s tweets, while misleading the user that this is not happening,
is so common that a website, shadowban.eu, tests for it. It confirms that
Al-Aqidi is shadow-banned.
feel like a kid in a detention center. And I’m very upset,” she said.
Rosborough, a spokeswoman for Twitter, replied “we’re looking into this” to
questions from the DCNF including what policies Al-Aqidi allegedly violated and
why Twitter implements “shadow bans” that silence people without letting them
realize that they’ve been silenced.
spokespeople for Omar did not return a request for comment.
said Omar’s refusal to engage with the U.S. media is what led to her demanding
an interview over Twitter. “We can’t reach her, so I did it this way,” she
July, emails to Omar’s spokesman, Jeremy Slevin, were greeted with an unusual
automatic bounceback saying that reporters who want comment from Omar on an
issue should not expect a response. “Thank you for your interest in covering
Rep. Omar. Due to the high volume of requests right now, our office is unable
to respond to each of them individually. If we are able to accommodate yours,
we will be sure to get back to you. Thank you for understanding!”
been unwilling to address any of these questions” about ethical issues, Kevin
Diaz, the editor of the local paper in Omar’s district, the Star Tribune, told PolitiFact.
(RELATED: Ethics Complaint Against Ilhan Omar For Possible Perjury, Immigration
feel like I’m suffocated. The only time I’ve felt that way was when I fled Iraq
31 years ago, and if that’s what Ilhan Omar is trying to implement here, then
Americans should know. I’m supposed to be protected by the Constitution, but
apparently Twitter doesn’t believe that,” Al-Aqidi said.
previously banned Laura Loomer after CAIR complained that she had accused Ilhan
Omar of anti-Semitism. CAIR told the
Wall Street Journal it was rare for the group to ask Twitter to sanction users,
and only did it because it believed Loomer was Islamophobic.
council doesn’t often step in to advocate against other users, says Executive
Director Zahra Billoo, but did so in the case of Ms. Loomer based on her
previous comments about Muslims,” the Journal wrote.
said Omar has become accustomed to hiding behind all criticism by calling
people Islamophobic, and that she is hiding from an interview with her because
that would not work.
came to the land of the free 31 years ago, and I believe some are scared of me
because I’m an Arab, a woman, I’m not white. They can’t call me racist, they
can’t call me bigot. She can’t call me anything,” Al-Aqidi said.
a Vice News investigation revealed that Twitter was shadow-banning several
prominent Republicans. One of them, Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, filed a Federal
Election Commission (FEC) complaint against Twitter, accusing the company of
making an illegal in-kind donation to his opponents by suppressing his account.
Man Allegedly Kills Chinese Stepsister Before He’s Stopped By Hero at Mosque
Norwegian man named Philip Manshaus was arrested on Saturday after waving a
weapon and firing several shots inside a mosque in Baerum, Oslo.
to have been inspired by white supremacists in the U.S. and New Zealand, the
21-year-old also became the main suspect in the killing of his stepsister, who
was found dead in their home.
victim, later identified as 17-year-old Johanne Zhangjia Ihle-Hansen, was
adopted from China at the age of 2, reports KTLA.
to security experts, Manshaus is an extremist who was radicalized by far-right
conspiracy theories on the internet. One popular theory among supremacists is
the “great replacement,” which believes that a “genocide” where white people
are being replaced by immigrants and Muslims is taking place.
say Manshaus emulated attacks when he entered the mosque, where three men were
preparing for Sunday’s Eid al-Adha Muslim celebrations. After firing several
shots, he was wrestled by a 65-year-old retired Pakistani Air Force officer who
managed to take away his guns. Along with the others inside the Al-Noor Islamic
Center, the elderly man reportedly held the suspect down until police arrived,
preventing anyone from getting shot.
subsequent raid in Manshaus’ nearby house led to the discovery of the dead body
of his stepsister, police records revealed. Certain details such as the type of
weapon used or other information about the alleged killing have not been
revealed to the public.
Sverre Sjoevold, head of Norway’s domestic security agency PST, revealed that
while authorities already received a “vague” tip a year ago about the suspect,
it was not acted upon due to the lack of information on any “concrete plans” of
explained that having a violent mindset does not necessarily mean the person
would act on such inclinations. He further pointed out that capturing and
preventing those who “have the ability and will to carry out attacks” will be a
local media reported that two recent high-profile shootings most likely
inspired Manshaus to act. Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet pointed out that
Manshaus was emboldened by the Christchurch mosque shootings in New Zealand in
March that left 51 people dead, and the recent attack on El Paso, Texas, where
an assailant left at least 22 dead.
Schoolgirl in Japan Arrested for Using Marijuana to Deal With Family Stress
the day of the Oslo attack, Manshaus allegedly wrote online that he had been
“chosen” by “Saint (Brenton) Tarrant,” the Christchurch mosque shootings gunman.
a hearing on Monday, Manshaus entered a court in Oslo with a smirk on his face
which noticeably still bore dark bruises under both eyes and scratches on his
face and neck.
lawyer, Unni Fries, told the Associated Press that the suspect did not admit
guilt during the closed-door meeting and asked to be set free.
the court’s orders, Manshaus is to be held in pre-trial detention for four
weeks, two of which will be spent in solitary confinement.
new season of Sunday Theatre on TVNZ 1 begins with A War Story, a drama about
journalist Peter Arnett's interview with Osama bin Laden.
New Zealand journalist Peter Arnett interviewed Osama bin Laden in 1997 on his
plans, the terrorist leader responded, "You'll see them and hear about
them in the media, God willing."
the world did when, four years later on September 11, 2001, two hijacked planes
flew into New York's Twin Towers.
War Story documents how a Kiwi, who started his working life at the Southland
Times, ended up interviewing the world's most wanted man in a cave in
think (Arnett) is one of the most driven people I've ever come across,"
says actor John Leigh, who plays the Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent
in the telemovie about that historic interview.
he did that 1997 CNN interview with Osama bin Laden, he was in his 60s. That
trip (into the remote mountains of Afghanistan) is not for everyone. Even the
mountain troops found it tough going, so a journalist in his mid-60s must have
found it fairly arduous."
Leigh as Peter Arnett with George Kanaan as Osama bin Laden and Tim Carlsen as
role is a ground-breaking one for the actor who became a household name playing
mild-mannered Lionel Skeggins in Shortland Street before going on to create
other memorable characters including Outrageous Fortune's pyromaniac Sparky and
800 Words' Constable Tom.
is probably the first and last time I'll be number one on the call sheet but I
enjoyed it while I had it," he says, adding it was also the first time he
has played a real person.
has never met Arnett and while there is plenty of information about the Los
Angeles-based veteran journalist's work, finding out about the man himself was
producer, James Heywood, stayed with him for a couple of days and he
interviewed him so he was able to play me a couple of tapes but you never
really understand someone else's life so I suppose you just have to make some
assumptions," he says, adding he is aware Arnett is likely to watch A War
would imagine I would if it was me. In a way I wish I'd talked to him but in
another way they say never meet your heroes."
his producer Peter Bergen (played by Westside's Tim Carlsen) and cameraman
Peter Jouvenal (Ben Van Lier) were chosen from several media groups angling for
an interview with the then little-known
Qaeda leader bin Laden.
in Afghanistan, the trio were blindfolded and driven to a remote mountain area
where hours later bin Laden (played in the movie by Australian actor George
Kanaan) and a group of armed militia arrived.
had prepared 32 questions and the terrorist leader's responses were a window
into the future as he outlined his vision of changing the Arab world,
explaining his determination to expel American troops and rid Muslim lands of
foreign cultural influences.
was a pretty serious dude. He was well financed and from a phenomenally wealthy
family. He had some really good computer guys, explosives experts and so on,
but I don't think the West took it too seriously. I think they just thought
they were playing war games," Leigh says. "I don't think anyone outside
of intelligence services really knew who he was."
says Kanaan's performance as bin Laden is riveting.
we did the scene for the interview, when he walked in, we all got up,"
Leigh says. "You knew you were in the presence of someone.
was in the role. He was that guy. It was really weird because (in real life)
he's a lovely man and quite a gentle guy."
bin Laden made good on his promise to Arnett with the 9/11 attacks, the
journalist was in New York visiting his daughter so saw the destruction
Leigh, like most people, saw the attack play out on television – initially
without realising what was happening.
the time Cliff Curtis was doing a movie called Collateral which was about an
attack on the Twin Towers and, because I was watching it out of the corner of
my eye while doing other things, I thought it was a promotion for that,"
I went away and read a book and came back and realised it was still on and I
thought, 'That's weird', so I turned it up.
then I rang my dad for some reason, even though there was no likelihood of him
being hit by any planes in Wellington. It was a bit like after the Christchurch
quake or the (mosque) shootings. People just wanted to reach out and reassure
people that they loved them."
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