minister for human rights Shireen Mazari has said that she has a proposal ready
for resolution of the Kashmir dispute
Top Shia Cleric Issues Fatwa over Ayodhya Issue, Says No Shrine Can Be Built On
Lawyers: Caning For Shariah Offences Has Parliament’s Approval
Ready to Resolve Kashmir Issue: Pakistan Minister
World League Chief Deplores Religious Extremism
Mount Over Dutch Cartoon Contest with Bounty Placed on Wilders
Era Is Igniting a new wave Of Muslim-American Candidates
Court Should Not Decide Validity of Religious Practice on PIL: Dawoodi Muslim Group
Scholar Fayaz Elected As Chief of Jel Kashmir
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Hizb militants killed in encounter with security forces in J-K’s Anantnag
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Will Make the Liberation of the Uighurs America’s Top Priority in Its Next
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No bar to sending Bangladeshi workers to Malaysia
killed, dozens wounded in Philippines bombing
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Mehmood Qureshi raises anti-Islam cartoon contest issue with Dutch Foreign
tells SC he owns neither any property nor bank account outside Pakistan
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Says All Sexual Harassment 'Forbidden'
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invites US, allies for Syria talks in Geneva next month
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top Shia cleric issues fatwa over Ayodhya issue, says no shrine can be built on
Adding a new angle to vexed Ayodhya dispute, Iraq's top Shia cleric Ayatollah
Ali al-Sistani has issued a fatwa ruling that it was against Islam to construct
any temple or any other shrine on the land belonging to Waqf properties.
fatwa is basically seen with reference to the stand taken by UP Central Shia
Waqf Board chairman Waseem Rizvi who has been advocating that disputed site in
Ayodhya was associated with religious sentiments of crores of Hindus and it
should be handed over to them for constructing a grand Ram temple over it and
the mosque could be built in some Muslim dominated locality of the temple town.
the title suit of disputed land in Ayodhya is pending with the Supreme Court of
India and hearing is going on in it. Notably, Al-Sistani, a revered highest
religious authority among the Shias world over and heads Shia seminary at Najaf
in Iraq, issued the Fatwa in response to a plea of a Kanpur based scholar and
educationist Dr Mazhar Abbas Naqvi, who had sought some clarity from the Shia
cleric on the issue and directives for Rizvi.
the fatwa from Iraq has evoked sharp reactions both from Muslim community and
the political circles of UP.
Waqf Board will work as per the tenets of the Constitution of India. I am not
going to buckle down by any such fatwa which I refuse to accept as it is
nothing but mounting an international pressure on Shai Waqf Board to back
Muslim side in the litigation," said UP Central Shai Waqf Baord chairman
fatwa from Ayatollah Sistani is a part of that tactic. Shia Waqf Board will not
be cowed down to any pressure from terrorists or any fatwa issued by who so
ever. We are not ready to abide by the cleric's opinion," Rizvi said
claiming that the fatwa was issued after the top Shia was misguided by the
person who approached him.
Temple in Ayodhya is a question of faith for Hindus and Shia Waqf Board is
concerned about development of the society and the country. Hindu's should get
their right and Muslims should refrain from taking away anyone's right. Shia
Waqf Board will maintain its stand even if all the Muslims of the world stand
to oppose me," added Rizvi.
UP Shia Waqf Board had cited historical references to Mir Baqi, the person who
built the Babri mosque, as being a Shia Muslim and hence the mutawali
(caretaker) of the mosque was also the Shia Waqf Board.
while all the major political parties including the BJP and the SP felt that it
was an interference in the internal issue of the country and the courts and
countrymen were capable enough to settle it, Muslim religious leaders came out
in support of fatwa against Rizvi.
Rizvi is a right-thinking man. Al-Sistani is the highest religious authority
and he could not be opposed by Shias. Now it's time for Rizvi to fall in line
and follow the fatwa issue by the cleric in Iraq," said Maulana Yassob
Abbasi, a prominent Shia cleric based in Lucknow.
JAYA: It is legal for state religious authorities to prescribe caning for
Muslim women as punishment for violating Islamic criminal laws as this has been
sanctioned by Parliament, lawyers say amid reports that two women in Terengganu
were sentenced to caning in the state’s first verdict on same-sex relations
earlier this month.
lawyers said the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355)
empowered authorities to mete out sentences of up to three years in jail, six
strokes of the cane and RM5,000 fine.
is in contrast to Section 289 of the Criminal Procedure Code governing both
Muslims and non-Muslims which exempts women from being whipped.
questioned about this, the lawyers said the Islamic way of caning differed from
the punishment carried out on male offenders under secular civil laws.
the Criminal Procedure Code, drug offenders, kidnappers and the like are caned
on the bare buttocks with a thick rattan stick which breaks the skin and can
leave lifelong scars.
Islamic laws, meanwhile, offenders are caned on the back with a thin rod. They
are also allowed to remain clothed.
Farhan Haziq Mohamed said there was no question of Muslim women being
discriminated against as Act 355 was validly enacted by the federal legislature
for states to adopt.
to the Federal Territories Syariah Criminal Procedure Act, he said, the rod
used for whipping should be made either from rattan or the small branch of a
tree without segment of joint.
length must not be more than 1.22m and its thickness not more than 1.25cm.
pregnant offenders, he said, punishment would be postponed and could be carried
out two months after delivery.
believe the mode of punishment by rattan is also similar in other states,” he
said, adding that shariah law and courts came under state jurisdiction.
this month, two women in Terengganu were convicted of attempting to have
lesbian sex. They were charged under shariah law and sentenced to six strokes
of the cane and a fine of RM3,300.
punishment was initially scheduled to be carried out on Aug 28. However, the
Terengganu Shariah High Court postponed it to Sept 3 due to “technical
case has sparked an outcry with civil rights groups decrying the caning as
Kamar Ainiah Kamaruzaman said in Islam, women were given the same treatment as
their male counterparts in the measure of punishment.
whipping under shariah law is with a light cane, unlike similar punishments
under the penal law which are about pain and torture,” he said.
lawyer, Jahaberdeen Mohamed Yunoos, agreed, saying caning under shariah law was
meant to bring about a feeling of repentance rather than inflict pain.
added that the Terengganu state ruler could spare the offenders from being
caned as Islam was about compassion and mercy.
2010, a former model and nurse was sentenced to caning for drinking beer.
However, her punishment was commuted by the Sultan of Pahang.
Sari Dewi Shukarno was instead ordered by the ruler to perform community
service for three weeks.
had been sentenced to six strokes of the cane and a fine of RM5,000 for
drinking beer at a beach resort in December 2007.
Ready To Resolve Kashmir Issue: Pakistan Minister
Pakistan minister for human rights Shireen Mazari, who is said to have close
ties with the country’s powerful military establishment, has said that she has
a proposal ready for resolution of the Kashmir dispute+ .
who before her swearing-in was even tipped to be the defence minister, said she
would present her proposal to Prime Minister Imran Khan in a week’s time.
announced this during a TV talk show earlier this week but refused to disclose
details. Mazari described the proposal as a “model for conflict resolution”,
adding that she had been working on it for quite some time.
will circulate it among all the stakeholders, including the prime minister and
cabinet ministers. If the draft is approved, we will move forward on it,” she
was the director general of the Institute of Strategic Studies, a think tank on
defence and security issues. She had also served as professor in the defence
and strategic studies department of Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad.
is because of these credentials that observers are giving importance to her
yet-tobe-disclosed proposal. “I believe that there would be a military input in
Mazari’s proposal since she knows the importance and delicacy of the army’s
role in matters related to India, Afghanistan and US,” analyst Aurangzeb Khan
week, Imran Khan had expressed his desire to initiate talks with India to
resolve all conflicts, including Kashmir.
World League chief deplores religious extremism
The secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL), Dr. Mohammed bin
Abdulkarim Al-Issa, has declared at one of the world’s biggest gatherings that
struggle should be replaced by dialogue and understanding based on mutual
stressed that his message was for 1.8 billion Muslims who are committed to a
religion that calls for the values of peace and promotes the building of
bridges of peace and harmony in all issues. The most important of these, he
said, are the rights of minorities, women and men, migration causes, national
integration and trafficking in human beings as well as problems of poverty and
came in a speech delivered by Al-Issa in Rimini, Italy, on behalf of the
Islamic peoples in the activities of the 39th edition of the Meeting for
Friendship Among Peoples. The theme was “The forces that move history are the
same that make man happy” and political and religious leaders participated in
the presence of more than 5,000 people from around the world.
one-week gathering featured several seminars and open discussion sessions aimed
at bridging the gap between the peoples of the world and emphasizing the
importance of coexistence and understanding among nations and cultures.
was the first time that the concepts of Islamic thought, culture and
civilization were presented in this huge international gathering.
affirmed that the will of the Creator has decreed that people should be diverse
in their colors, languages, religions, creeds, ideas and cultures.
added that Allah has honored everyone and has not excluded anyone. “Only pure
hearts filled with love and goodness can enjoy Allah’s mercy and justice and
see in this diversity human richness that promotes dialogue, coexistence,
cooperation and peace,” said Al-Issa.
also pointed out that evil spread hatred, wars and injustice, classified people
based on racism, exclusion and clash of civilizations, establishing the theory
that diversity means conflict, not peace and harmony. What counts, he said, is
the dignity of one’s religious or ethnic group.
warned against some groups that have reached intellectual deterioration, based
on religious convictions or extremist philosophies.
groups form isolated cases in every religion, at any time. There is no religion
whose origin is extremist, and in every religion there are extremists. The
theories of some philosophies are intellectual hallucination rather than a
philosophical logic,” added the MWL secretary-general.
stressed that the MWL speaks in the name of the Islamic peoples, hence it has
felt the importance of clarifying the truth of the Islamic religion which has
loved, coexisted, engaged and cooperated with everybody after extremism has
tried to harm it.
stressed that any religion incompatible with life cannot survive for more than
1,400 years, which is the age of Islam to this day.
is still among the most widely spread religions in terms of geography and
growth. Muslims today count about one billion and 800 million people,” he said.
stressed that it is neither logical nor fair to reduce this religion, which has
hundreds of millions of followers, to an extremist category that does not
exceed, according to the MWL’s statistics, one in 200,000 Muslims who represent
Mount Over Dutch Cartoon Contest With Bounty Placed on Wilders
Pakistani cricketer has offered a reward for the murder of firebrand
anti-Muslim Dutch politician Geert Wilders for organizing a cartoon contest
depicting Islam's Prophet Muhammad.
incendiary bounty offer is adding to fears in the Netherlands that the cartoon
competition, which was announced June 12, will lead to targeted violence,
either in Holland or against Western targets in Pakistan, by religious
militants including so-called Islamic State (IS) or assassins inspired by the
2015, two French militants who had sworn allegiance to al-Qaida massacred 12
people at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo’s offices, ostensibly for the
printing of cartoons of Muhammad. The attack was the first in a wave of
terrorism in France that has left more than 240 dead during the past three
2,000 and 3,000 protesters in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, were prevented
earlier this month from pelting the Dutch embassy with stones. Protesters say
the contest is sacrilegious.
Latif, who last year was banned from playing cricket for five years in a
spot-fixing scandal, announced a $24,000 bounty on Wilders and his far-right
party colleagues on Facebook. Spot-fixing is predetermining the outcome of a
particular passage of play, as opposed to fixing the outcome of a match.
has said he has more than 200 entries for the contest, which will be judged by
American cartoonist and former Muslim Bosch Fawstin.
the judge is an American, Pakistani Islamists say the United States should also
be blamed for holding the contest. The Islamist party, Tehreek-e-Labbaik
Pakistan (TLP), which has demanded Islamabad break diplomatic ties with the
Netherlands, says “strict measures should also be taken against the U.S.”
new Prime Minister Imran Khan, a former international cricketer, has
acknowledged the growing furor, promising in his maiden speech this week in the
Pakistani Senate that he will raise the issue of blasphemous caricatures in the
U.N. General Assembly. “Very few in the West understand the pain caused to
Muslims by such blasphemous activities,” said Khan.
Dutch Party for Freedom, which opposes Muslim immigration to the Netherlands,
is the second-largest in the Dutch parliament. Wilders tweeted he had received
clearance from the Dutch counterterrorism agency to hold the competition in the
PVV’s parliamentary offices.
Dutch critics say the contest is needlessly provocative and Prime Minister Mark
Rutte has denounced the competition as “not respectful,” but he has refused
Pakistani demands for the contest to be banned, arguing the Netherlands values
freedom of speech.
years ago, the Dutch parliament turned down Wilders’ plan to hold an exhibition
of anti-Islam cartoons inside the legislature’s complex, saying “exhibitions in
parliament must focus on the role of parliament and should not offer a platform
to party political statements or be controversial.”
says he will campaign for a global ban on cartoons of Islam's Prophet Muhammad.
A pledge secular-minded critics of the new prime minister say is playing
politics with religion. Khan has condemned religious killings, but he supports
an article in Pakistan’s constitution mandating the death penalty for any
“imputation, insinuation or innuendo” against Muhammad.
than a week in office, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has made blasphemy
one of his first issues, empowering militants and initiating international
moves, long heralded by Saudi Arabia, that would restrict press freedom by
pushing for a global ban,” argues James Dorsey, an analyst at the S. Rajaratnam
School of International Studies in Singapore.
Monday, Pakistan’s Senate approved a unanimous resolution condemning the
caricature contest, saying that it “considers the proposed competition
tantamount to inciting hatred, racial prejudice, unrest, conflict and
insecurity in a world that has already seen much bloodshed, racism, extremism,
intolerance and Islamophobia.”
furor over Wilders’ contest echoes Muslim protests 13 years ago against a
Danish newspaper for publishing cartoons depicting Muhammed in bad light. The
Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published a dozen editorial cartoons in 2005,
saying it was an attempt to contribute to the debate about criticism of Islam
and self-censorship. One of the cartoons showed the prophet with a bomb in his
turban. Anger about the publication built up over time.
as then, hardline Islamists began to jump on the controversy.
week, the head of an influential madrassa in Lahore, radical spiritual leader
Mufti Muhammad Abid Jalali, warned, “In the name of so-called freedom of
speech, the West continues to publish blasphemous texts and images. Even
certain animals are sometimes used, while knowing how sensitive that is in
Islam. If the West perseveres in this, it can expect an appropriate response.”
told Dutch reporters, “Islam is above all a religion of peace, and we condemn
all terrorist groups that commit violence on behalf of Islam. But if
non-Muslims have no respect for the prophet, peace with him, or ridicule Islam,
as is happening in the Netherlands, we have no choice but to respond.”
era is igniting a new wave of Muslim-American candidates
Mich. — Landing on the government's terror watch list has become so common in
this Detroit suburb that Osama Siblani, a publisher who immigrated from Lebanon
in 1976 and wears a polo shirt and jeans at work, thumbs through his speed dial
list recalling the stories.
one’s told why they’re on it, and only the wealthy can afford a lawyer to get
off it, says Siblani. The list includes a man paralyzed from the neck down and
small business owners flagged for returning home to visit family.
the city’s south side, Rasheed Alnozili, publisher of the Yemeni American newspaper,
says many U.S.-born kids with Yemeni parents believe they’re not citizens.
Meanwhile, some professionals with young families contemplate life in Canada.
is a snapshot of life for many Arab and Muslim Americans here — and they want
you to know it’s been like this since before President Donald Trump took
Trump’s ascent appears to be hastening this population's coming of age
Arabs and Muslims are stepping up to run for public office in record numbers,
registering to vote and bundling money for candidates from their community,
according to Jetpac, a nonprofit working to increase American Muslim civic
inflammatory rhetoric on immigration and his active push for a travel ban aimed
primarily at Muslim-majority countries, Trump has put a national spotlight on
the community’s long-running travails. Trump has called for the monitoring of
mosques and appointed Cabinet members and political advisers who have
also likely put the final nail in the coffin for the community’s waning support
for the GOP, political experts say.
Trump did us more than one favor," says Siblani, who launched George W.
Bush’s campaign in Dearborn and hasn’t voted for a Republican presidential
he uncovered the animosity and discrimination and hate against foreigners and,
particularly, Muslims. But he also pushed the Democrats to go and look and
search for us," he says.
paying heavily, and now it’s coming to the surface," said Abdulhakem
Alsadah, president of the National Association of Yemeni Americans. He says
thousands of U.S. citizens or legal residents can’t get home because there is
no diplomatic presence in Sana'a, the capital of Yemen — while other families
are permanently separated because of the travel ban.
story is Americans and our families. This is the story that’s never been
told," Alsadah said over a traditional meal at Al Nawras restaurant, a
small business epitomizing the American dream.
was started by Mohammed Abu Sinan, once a dishwasher who now owns five
is home to the nation’s largest Muslim-American population and a state Trump
narrowly carried in 2016, winning by just over 11,000 votes. And experts say
his presidency has likely cemented a permanent shift away from the GOP for
younger Muslims in particular.
Tlaib, the daughter of Palestinian immigrants and a Democrat who won the
primary to succeed the area’s retiring Democratic Rep. John Conyers, symbolizes
the community’s political rise.
she will be the first Muslim woman to serve in Congress, she ran on an agenda
that emphasized core progressive issues, not race, including poverty and
getting corporate money out of politics.
wasn’t long ago that American Muslims leaned Republican, with many who hold
conservative views on issues like abortion and same sex marriage. In 2000,
President George W. Bush was elected with substantial Muslim-American support
(42 percent nationally to former Vice President Al Gore’s 31 percent, according
to a 2001 Zogby survey).
the young people feeling like the way to respond to the political environment
is shifting from being defensive to very proactive and empowering," said
Linda Sarsour, a leader of the Women’s March. "Many Muslim Americans are
just tired of saying ‘we’re Americans just like you,'" said Sarsour.
say it’s out of necessity. The Council on American Islamic Relations documented
300 hate crimes against Muslims in 2017 — a 15 percent increase from the
a nonprofit that promotes Muslim political engagement, polled registered Muslim
voters after the 2016 election and found that 53 percent felt "less
Arab community in Dearborn is diverse, where the largest ethnic populations are
Lebanese, Yemeni and Iraqi.
have different concerns, cultures and cuisines, but this much they agree on:
Trump’s behavior has laid bare the bias and discrimination they’ve seen for
decades. "Maybe this country needed a shock. This is the shock
therapy," said Alsadah.
have stories like Tlaib, a state legislator who in 2011 was asked by a male
legislator for her birth certificate during a committee hearing. "I felt
like he was dehumanizing me,” she said. “What was more painful was no one called
him out on it," she said.
sitting in his office off Ford Road, Dearborn’s main drag, flips through his
cell calling contacts to ask if they are "on the (terror) list."
you on the list? No, I’m off," says a voice on the other end. Siblani implores
another man to speak with a reporter: "I can’t, it will affect all my
businesses. I cannot go public with it. Let me call my lawyer," the voice
says, hanging up.
of them know "what they’ve done," to get on the list says Siblani. A
single trip to a Middle Eastern country can be the trigger, he says, describing
door-to-door escorts and missed flights as the norm. "It’s
humiliating" and "you never get off unless you sue," said
not saying people should not be questioned, I’m saying there should be an end
game. Give me a chance to clear myself or tell me why my name is on the
list," adds Siblani, who is not on the list.
her Detroit law office, Tlaib, says many Muslims have lived with anxiety since
the Sept. 11 terror attacks in 2001. “I remember this overwhelming feeling of
‘Oh my God, are they going to come after us?’”
came Trump’s election, which prompted a “moment of darkness, fear and
stillness” by American Muslims, she said. It wasn’t until the travel ban that
there was “an eruption” and “all of a sudden people were starting to run for
office,” said Tlaib.
a resurgence in Muslims running for office nationally, with 29 in ongoing
campaigns across 13 states and many of them already clearing primaries en route
to the general election. With at least 105 American Muslims having filed papers
this year, it’s a record since 2000, according to Jetpac.
at least in part signifies the return to civic participation of a population
that’s avoided an unwelcome spotlight since the Sept. 11 terror attacks that
complicated the lives of millions of American Muslims across the nation. While
the hijackers came from and were financed by Saudi backers the entire Muslim
community suffered nonetheless.
stayed away like we are a disease. How can you partner with someone who doesn’t
want to partner?” said Siblani.
reason the Arabs are going into the Democratic Party is because they have no
choice,” said Siblani, who says President Obama ignored the community and began
the restriction of visas.
the question (for Democrats) is ‘Are you standing with me because of what I
have been suffering from or are you standing with me because you are standing
against Trump?” asked Siblani.
Court should not decide validity of religious practice on PIL: Dawoodi Muslim
Delhi, Aug 28 A group of Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community members today told the
Supreme Court that the courts should not decide the constitutionality of a
centuries-old religious practice of female circumcision through the public
interest litigation (PIL) route.
group said said female circumcision is practised by a few sects of Islam
including the Dawoodi Bohra community and the validity of this be examined, if
at all, by a larger Constitution bench.
bench headed Chief Justice Dipak Misra, hearing a PIL filed by a Delhi-based
lawyer challenging the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) of minor
girls of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community, was told by senior advocate A M
Singhvi that the validity of a religious practice cannot be examined in a PIL
object of female circumcision (FC) and male circumcision (MC) is a religious
practice in Islam and they are related to purity aspect," Singhvi,
appearing for over 70,000 Dawoodi Bohra Muslim women, told the bench which also
comprised justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud.
said though male circumcision (MC) is followed by all sects of Islam, the FC is
being observed by few sects including the Dawoodi Bohra community and the
validity of this be examined, if at all, by a larger Constitution bench.
said that if the government would have brought a legislation banning the FC
then it could have been challenged on the grounds of violation of Article 14
(right to equality), but this recourse, would not be available to the community
if the court decides to examine the validity of the practice.
also referred to the apex court's judgement on right to privacy and said that
the PIL petitioner has been entering into private area of the community.
said that no affected Bohra Muslim woman has come to the court challenging the
practice and to allege that it has harmed her emotionally and physically.
advancing of arguments remained inconclusive and would resume on August 30.
the apex court had said that the female genital mutilation (FGM) of minor girls
of the community leaves a "permanent emotional and mental scar" on
them and the practice may be held as violative of dignity of women as
prescribed in the Constitution.
apex court had also said that the fact that the FGM is being practised from
tenth century is not "sufficient" to hold that this formed part of
the "essential religious practice", which cannot be scrutinised by
General K K Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, had reiterated the
government's stand that it was opposing the practice and said that this has
been banned in many countries like the US, the UK, Australia and around 27
practice causes irreparable harm to girl children and has many health
repercussions, the top law officer said and referred to Article 25 to highlight
the point that a religious practice can be stopped if it was against
"public order, morality and health".
bench was hearing the PIL filed by Delhi-based lawyer Sunita Tiwari against the
practice in the community.
in her plea, sought a direction to the Centre and the states to "impose a
complete ban on the inhuman practice" of 'khatna' or "female genital
mutilation" throughout the country.
genital mutilation is performed "illegally upon girls (between five years
and before she attains puberty)" and is against the "UN Convention on
the Rights of the Child, UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights of which is
India is a signatory", the plea said, adding the practice caused
"permanent disfiguration to the body of a girl child". SJK ABA MNL
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Scholar Fayaz Elected As Chief Of Jel Kashmir
Islamic scholar and orator Dr Hameed Fayaz was elected amir (chief) of
Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI), a prominent politico-religious organisation in Jammu and
Kashmir. His election is regarded as shift of leadership from old guard to an
intermediate who has learned from the founders and worked with the youngsters
of a significant cadre-based organisation. Fayaz (62) has replaced moderate
Ghulam Muhammad Bhat who held the post four times since 1985.
from south Kashmir’s Shopian district, Fayaz has a doctorate in Urdu from
Kashmir University and has been associated with the Jamaat for the past 42
years. He has also headed the student wing of the organization Jamiat-e-Talaba.
He is one of the few top leaders of the Jamaat, who has not been directly
associated with armed insurgency in Kashmir in its beginning in early 1990s.
Though he has not fought any elections himself, he has campaigned for Muslim
United Front (MUF) candidates in 1987 Assembly elections when Jamaat was a
constituent of the alliance. The 1987 elections are largely perceived to have
been rigged that became one of the major causes for eruption of militancy in
Fayaz was elected as JeI chief on the first session of the newly elected 165
members of Majlis-e-Numaindgan (House of Representatives), which is elected by
around 4,000 members (arkan) of the organisation. The session also elected the
Central Advisory Council or Majlis-e-Shora, the highest decision making body.
Fayaz is popular for his oratory skills and his command over Urdu and Persian
is a socio-politico-religious organisation working for the last more than 70
years in Jammu and Kashmir for propagation of the message of Islam in a
peaceful and democratic manner and this methodology will be followed constantly
for the achievement of the goal,” he said in a brief speech after his election.
reiterated Jamaat’s stance that Kashmir was an unsettled issue to be resolved
in the light of UN resolutions or through tripartite talks between India,
Pakistan and real representatives of the people of undivided Jammu and Kashmir.
said Jamaat would continue to impress both the neighboring countries for the
final settlement of Kashmir issue in accordance with the aspirations of the
has completely distanced itself with the armed insurgency in Kashmir unlike in
early 1990s when a significant cadre of the organisation was targeted by the
security forces for their support to militancy. Hizbul Mujahideen, the
indigenous militant outfit, derived most of its cadre from the Jamaat. The Hizb
was officially the military wing of Jamaat for some period but the outgoing
Amir GM Bhat played crucial role in distancing the two groups and returning
Jamaat to its reformist basics.
DELHI: NIA has arrested the main conspirator Ishaq Palla and Deputy
Superintendent of jail Feroz Ahmad Lone of Srinagar Jail in the Kupwara-Hizbul
Mujahideen conspiracy case.
case pertains to an attempt by accused persons Suhail Ahmad Bhat and Danish
Ghulam Lone, who were arrested earlier, to travel to PoK for arms training for
waging war against the state.
says they were motivated by Ishaq Palla. “At the time of incident, Ishaq Palla
was lodged in Central prison Srinagar in a different case and he was
instrumental in hatching the conspiracy from Jail. In this conspiracy, he was
actively assisted by Feroze Ahmad Lone, who was posted as Deputy Jail
Superintendent Central Jail Srinagar at that time. The conspiracy meeting at
the central prison Srinagar was held on 25 October 2017. Accused persons were
in contact with each other through blackberry messenger during whole of October
before they were apprehended by the police on 30 Oct 2017,” said NIA.
top Hizbul Mujahideen militant was among two ultras killed in an encounter with
security forces in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, police
Kachru, one of the oldest Hizbul Mujahideen militants operating in the Kashmir
Valley was killed in the operation. He was involved in many cases including
killing of policemen. The second militant was yet to be identified
was a specific operation and in a swift action both the terrorists involved in
several cases of civilian atrocities and attacks on policemen were eliminated,”
Inspector General of Police, Kashmir Range, S P Pani said.
details of the encounter, police said security forces launched a cordon and
search operation in Muniward village in Khanabal area of the district early
this morning following specific information about the presence of militants
leader Rizieq Shihab calls for jihad and revolution in Indonesia from Mecca in
cleric Rizieq Shihab, founder of the hardline Islamic Defenders Front (FPI),
played a pivotal role in the 2017 Jakarta governor’s race, but has done little
politically in the lead up to the 2019 presidential election. Being a fugitive
from Indonesian law enforcement hiding in Mecca definitely plays a part in
that, although the ruling PDI-P party of President Joko Widodo said just last
week they would be open to Rizieq’s support.
Rizieq never formally respond to PDI-P’s wooing, it’s now pretty clear that
he’s going to be sticking with the opposition. In a new video from Mecca,
posted to Rizieq’s Twitter account and FPI’s Youtube page, Rizieq calls for a
“jihad” against the persecution of the government.
concern is the emergence of paid thugs who persecute ulama (Islamic scholars),
public figures, activists, even against women. This should not be allowed,”
Rizieq says in the video.
call from the holy city of Makkah al Mukarromah for all the people, the whole
nation, all citizens, to unite in jihad against the paid thugs who want to divide
the people, who want to cause chaos in Indonesia and who want to break the
peace,” he continued.
was referring to the #2019GantiPresiden (#2019ReplaceThePresident)
controversial opposition movement that has been supported in large part by hardline
#2019GantiPresiden rally that had been scheduled for Sunday in the East Java
capital of Surabaya was not given clearance by the city’s police over concerns
it would disrupt the peace. Supporters of the opposition movement gathered
during Surabaya’s Car Free Day event anyways, despite attempts by the police to
disperse them, and eventually they clashed violently with counter-protesters.
then, many political figures from the opposition have accused President Joko
Widodo’s administration of being repressive and using state force to silence a
legitimate political movement. Rizieq takes it further in his video, accusing
the president’s supporters of using paid thugs to attack their side and
demanding that his followers rise up in revolution against the government.
Rizieq’s outsized influence on the 2017 Jakarta election, it seems unlikely
that many will answer his call for jihad from Mecca. Most analysts predict that
President Joko Widodo’s decision to pick Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) leader
Ma’ruf Amin as his running mate will make it very difficult to attack the
incumbent on religious issues as was done to devastating effect against former
Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama.
such as this one could push Rizieq, FPI and the entire #2019GantiPresiden
movement even further to the fringe. Not only does Ma’ruf symbolize MUI, the
country’s highest Islamic clerical body, he is also a senior leader of
Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), Indonesia’s biggest Islamic organization.
NU members, particularly members of the organization’s youth wing, Bansor, seem
to have played a major role in the #2019GantiPresiden counter-protests in
despite the government dropping Rizieq’s suspect status in the infamous
pornography case that first led to him fleeing the country, he has not
announced any plans to return to his homeland in the near future (there are
several other legal cases against him still pending). So this could be Rizieq’s
last attempt at relevance, or the start of something much worse. We’ll see.
is among the most ethnically homogeneous large countries in the world, with Han
Chinese accounting for 91 percent of its population. The ruling Communist Party
considers China’s homogeneity and social cohesion to be pillars of its strength
(and, also, potent rationalizations for discrimination against ethnic
minorities and authoritarian rule).
the territory of Xinjiang, in northwest China, is home to a large population of
Uighurs, a predominantly Muslim, Turkic ethnic group. The Chinese government
has long worried that the Uighurs will attempt to establish an independent
homeland in the region, which they commonly call East Turkestan. In 2009,
ethnic riots in Xinjiang claimed hundreds of lives; since then, individual
Uighur nationalists have carried out multiple terrorist attacks.
to combat the impression that Uighurs have any cause for wanting their own
separate state — let alone for deploying violence to achieve it — Xi Jinping’s
government has decided to declare Islam a contagious “ideological illness,” and
quarantine 1 million Uighurs in reeducation camps, according to an estimate
from the United Nations. In interviews, former inmates from these camps say
that they were made to renounce their faith, sing Communist Party songs,
consume pork, and drink alcohol; other reports suggest some of the truly
“ideologically sick” have been tortured and killed.
first, Beijing was content to reserve its concentration camps for suspected
radicals. But, as the Atlantic’s Sigal Samuel explains, they eventually decided
that the Uighurs’ ideological malady was so destructive and contagious, it was
best to quarantine them prophylactically, upon the slightest apparent symptom
(like, say, the appearance of a long beard on an Uighur male’s face).
the West, China insists that its reeducation camps are mere vocational schools.
But, as Samuel notes, Beijing offers a more forthright account of its
intentions to its Chinese constituents. Here’s how the Communist Party
explained its policy in an official recording:
of the public who have been chosen for reeducation have been infected by an
ideological illness. They have been infected with religious extremism and
violent terrorist ideology, and therefore they must seek treatment from a
hospital as an inpatient.
There is always a risk that the illness will manifest itself at any moment,
which would cause serious harm to the public. That is why they must be admitted
to a reeducation hospital in time to treat and cleanse the virus from their
brain and restore their normal mind … Being infected by religious extremism and
violent terrorist ideology and not seeking treatment is like being infected by
a disease that has not been treated in time, or like taking toxic drugs … There
is no guarantee that it will not trigger and affect you in the future.
gone through reeducation and recovered from the ideological disease doesn’t
mean that one is permanently cured … So, after completing the reeducation
process in the hospital and returning home … they must remain vigilant, empower
themselves with the correct knowledge, strengthen their ideological studies,
and actively attend various public activities to bolster their immune system.
this is the missive a political party with a supremely healthy ideology.
this point, international outcry over China’s mass repression of its Muslim
population has been relatively tame. As Business Insider notes, the governments
of many Muslim-majority countries have declined to express public opposition,
for fear of jeopardizing their access to Chinese capital — especially the
infrastructure loans that Beijing has provided as part of its “One Belt, One
LUMPUR, Aug 28 — G25 member and former senior civil servant Tan Sri Mohd
Sheriff Mohd Kassim has pointed out that Malays would not feel threatened by
other ethnic communities if government institutions are strong.
at a forum organised by Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia titled “Malaysia Baru — 61
Years After Merdeka, Do Ethnicity and Religion Matter?” Sheriff pointed out
that Malays make up the majority of the country’s population and therefore,
their voice will always be heard.
at the ‘white’ countries in the Commonwealth such as Australia, Canada and the
United Kingdom where recent years have seen minorities, including Muslims,
emerging to take up official positions in government — including the mayor of
don’t think ‘the whites’ are worried about them coming up because they are
confident that the institutions are strong enough to ensure that a Muslim mayor
of London will not do something to adversely affect ‘the whites’, while
granting advantage to the Pakistani community at the expense of others.
institutions are strong, ethnicity and religion are not a matter of concern,”
admitted that there are a few vocal members of the Malay community who would
question the appointment of non-Malays as finance minister, attorney general
and chief justice.
the retired Finance Ministry secretary-general also pointed out that there are
constitutional safeguards in place to maintain the status quo.
reiterated that the fact Malays make up the majority of the country’s
population meant they would have the final say in rejecting any proposals that
are disadvantageous to them.
political party would want to antagonise the Malays with unpopular policies and
risk losing Malay support in the next election. Lim Guan Eng himself said, as
chief minister of Penang, why would I want to anger the Malays and lose the
next election?” he said.
Sheriff reminded the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government that to properly restore
the nation’s economic health, it may have to make decisions that are unpopular
with Malays, which would then serve as ammunition for Malay extremists or the
government’s political rivals.
prime minister just announced that BR1M will be phased out. As Malays are the
main recipients of BR1M cash handouts, we can expect accusations that the new
government is deliberately targeting them.
in order to strengthen competitiveness in the economy and reduce wastage and
leakages in public expenditure, there needs to be restructuring from race-based
to needs-based policies, while GLCs in the commercial sector are reviewed
because they have been accused of competing unfairly with genuine
is no bar to sending Bangladeshi workers to Malaysia, the Expatriates’ Welfare
and Overseas Employment minister said on Tuesday, reports BSS.
government has made an all-out effort to continue sending Bangladeshi workers
to Malaysia. The next decision on sending workers will be taken after holding a
joint working group meeting with the Malaysian government,” Nurul Islam told a
press conference at the ministry.
minister said some changes could be made to the system of sending workers
Welfare and Overseas Employment Secretary Dr Nomita Halder and Additional
Secretary Aminul Islam were present at press brief.
said the new Malaysian government had cancelled the Sistem Permohonan Pekerja
Asing, previously used to recruit Bangladeshi workers. Visas will no longer be
issued through the system.
those who had already received visas through the system would be allowed to go
to Malaysia, he added.
said that those involved in irregularities over sending workers to Malaysia
would face legal action.
said Malaysia has a demand for 269,000 workers and the Malaysian embassy had
issued visas to 235,000 workers. Some 32,000 visas were not issued due to
problems involving 86 companies.
minister said his ministry had approved 200,000 workers, and another 30,000
were awaiting permission.
said those who have a valid visa and legal documents could go to Malaysia.
bomb blast tore through a crowd at a festival in the southern Philippines on
Tuesday, killing one person and wounding dozens more in the second deadly
attack in under a month in the region, authorities said.
powerful bomb in the town of Isulan went off near a night market that was part
of local celebrations, sending people running in terror.
was loud, we immediately left the area but I can't forget the images of a young
girl carried by her father, her shirt covered in blood," said witness Judy
Sapto, an area resident.
attack, claimed by the Islamic State group, is the latest violence in the south
of the majority Catholic archipelago, where Islamist militants have been
fighting a decades-long insurgency.
obvious that the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) with links to ISIS
(Islamic State) has the strongest desire to initiate these kind of
attacks", said Army Captain Arvin Encinas.
local mayor's office said two other bombs were discovered in the area and
defused by authorities.
person was killed and at least 36 were hurt in the blast, the mayor's office
added. There was no immediate word on the victims' conditions.
police officials said the bomb went off near a petrol station as Isulan was
celebrating the 61st anniversary of its founding.
attack comes less than a month after a van bomb ripped through a military
checkpoint on the neighbouring island of Basilan, killing 10 people.
State claimed responsibility for that bombing and authorities believe the man
behind the wheel of the explosives-laden van may have intended to target a
nearby children's parade.
Rodrigo Duterte put the southern Philippines under martial rule until the end
of this year after pro-IS militants seized the southern city of Marawi last
armed groups are active against government forces in the south of the Southeast
Asian country, where a decades-long rebellion has claimed more than 100,000
lives by government count.
Shireen Mazari delivers sharp rebuke to Human Rights Watch for 'selective
for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari on Tuesday issued an acerbic rebuke to the
Human Rights Watch (HRW) for writing to Prime Minister Imran Khan and asking
him to address "serious human rights challenges" faced by Pakistan.
a letter made public on Monday, HRW Asia Director Brad Adams had asked Prime
Minister Imran Khan to make human rights a "key focus" of his
letter urged the government to begin by reversing "abusive laws and
policies" and demonstrating "genuine commitment to the rule of law
and equal justice".
HRW wants the government to focus on six key areas: "These are freedom of
expression and attacks on civil society; freedom of religion and belief;
violence against women and girls; access to education; restoring moratorium on
death penalty; and terrorism and counter-terrorism abuses."
response to the letter, Dr Mazari stated that "the prime minister and the
government are committed to ensuring the human rights guaranteed to all
Pakistani citizens under the Constitution."
We are well aware of the need to effectively enforce the laws regarding the
enforcement of the human rights of all our citizens as well as the need to
bring our national laws in alignment with our international legal commitments
through the international treaties we have ratified. Our government is
committed to ensuring the fulfillment of all our international
obligations," the minister wrote.
human rights minister said the government, therefore, does "not need to be
informed or reminded of our human rights agenda."
went on to ask that since the HRW claims to monitor human rights violations in
over 90 countries, "I hope that would include the massive human rights
violations being carried out as a matter of state policy by India in Indian
Occupied Kashmir and by Israel in Palestine."
may have missed your monitoring reports on these, so would appreciate if you
could refresh my memory," she retorted.
added that she hoped the HRW will also take up the matter of human rights
violations "by some European states against their Muslim citizens in the
form of curtailing their rights to practice their religion freely and in the
form of abuse of Islam and its Prophet [Muhammad] (Peace be upon him), in
direct contravention of the European Convention for the Protection of Human
Rights and Fundamental Freedoms."
human rights minister also said that she would like to be informed on how the
NGO is "ensuring the rights of Muslim citizens to have their mosques and
be able to dress and practice their religion freely and without ridicule in
European states", which have seen an upsurge of xenophobia in recent
Mazari signed off by saying that the government would always welcome positive
suggestions, but "an NGO's institutional credibility will rest on its
commitment to ensure human rights across the globe and not just in selective
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi today called his Dutch
counterpart and raised the issue of an anti-Islam cartoon contest planned by a
far-right lawmaker in the Netherlands.
Foreign Minister (Qureshi) underscored that the abominable act of the Dutch
Parliamentarian was provoking and hurt the sentiments of Muslims across the
acts spread hate and intolerance," Foreign Office spokesman Dr Mohammad
contact with the government of the Netherlands was made after Qureshi told the
Senate earlier today that the government will try to rally support against the
also wrote a letter to the secretary general of Organisation of Islamic
Cooperation (OIC) -- a group Muslims nations -- to call a meeting of the member
countries to discuss the issue.
Former president Asif Ali Zardari affirmed through an affidavit before the
Supreme Court on Tuesday that he owns neither moveable or immovable property
nor any bank account outside Pakistan.
affidavit was moved before the apex court which is hearing a petition of
Advocate Feroz Shah Gilani, president of the Lawyers Foundation for Justice, in
which he had named former presidents retired Gen Pervez Musharraf and Asif
Zardari, former attorney general Malik Mohammad Qayyum and the National
Accountability Bureau (NAB) as respondents.
his petition, Mr Gilani had pleaded before the court to order recovery of huge
amounts of public money wasted by the respondents through unlawful means
against the backdrop of the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) in 2007.
three-judge Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib
Nisar is expected to take up the case on Wednesday.
July 4, the apex court had asked for the details of assets of Pervez Musharraf,
Asif Zardari and Malik Qayyum in addition to furnishing bank accounts and
assets both inside and outside the country as well as investments made in
parties involved in the matter are also required to disclose before the court
the details of assets of their spouses and children both in the country as well
Mr Zardari in his reply had contended that no case of causing loss to the
public exchequer or looting and plundering the national wealth had ever been
proved against him in Pakistan or abroad.
Mr Zardari claimed that he had no role in the promulgation of the NRO because
he was in jail when it was introduced. Cases against him were reopened when the
NRO was set aside by the Supreme Court and all the cases were tried de-novo
which resulted in his acquittal on merit.
Aug 8, NAB had told the Supreme Court that $60 million money laundering case
against Mr Zardari before the Swiss courts could not be reopened since
Pakistan’s appeal was time-barred. NAB also contended that no exact quantum of
loss was available allegedly due to misappropriation of public money through
reply was furnished on behalf of NAB special prosecutor Chaudhry Faridul
its reply, NAB also assured the court that if any determination was made as to
the quantum of money misappropriated, the same would be implemented, honoured
and adhered in letter and spirit.
had explained that an inquiry was conducted to probe into the role of Malik
Qayyum, the outcome of which reflected that prima facie he did not commit any
offence or misused his authority.
bureau, therefore, had to close its inquiry on Sept 17, 2012, against Malik
Qayyum when it was found that whatever he did was in accordance with the
existing law of the time i.e. the National Accountability Ordinance.
also explained that a number of corruption references against Mr Zardari were
still pending in different courts namely ARY Gold case, Ursus Tractor Scheme
case, pre-shipment inspection contract to Cotecna firm, pre-shipment inspection
contract to SGS firm and assets case.
the other hand Pervez Musharraf in his reply pleaded that the NRO was
promulgated in 2007 without having any mala fide or vested interest with an
objective to end acrimony between different political parties and political
conditions prevailing then.
contended that the NRO 2007 was promulgated by him as the then president on the
advice of the government which was later declared by the apex court as void ab
initio through its judgement in December 2009.
Musharraf argued that the NRO was aimed at fostering mutual trust and
confidence amongst the holders of public office and removing the vestiges of
political vendetta and victimisation and to make the election process more
transparent and to amend certain laws in addition to connected matters.
Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif
Ghafoor said on Tuesday that the nation’s martyrs shall be commemorated “in a
befitting manner” on Defence and Martyrs Day 2018.
at an ISPR planning conference today, he said: “Pakistan has made tremendous
sacrifices in the last 70 years.”
General Ghafoor said the Ministry of Information and the military’s media wing
are coordinating to pay tribute to the martyrs and their sacrifices on the
occasion of Defence and Martyrs Day.
sacrifices were not exclusive to any particular class or sector but were made
by civilians, street vendors, lawyers, doctors, school teachers, journalists
and the armed forces”, he added.
urged media representatives and neighbours to reach out to the families of
those that were martyred, “we should visit the families of martyrs and commend
their sons, brothers and husbands for sacrificing their lives for this
DG ISPR called upon civil servants, representatives of Ministry of Information,
armed forces, and media members in the audience to memorialize the martyrs,
stressing, “every martyr of our country should be visible on September 6.”
says all sexual harassment 'forbidden'
- Egypt's highest Muslim authority has said there can be no justification for
sexual harassment, in a country where many people often blame women themselves
for the widespread problems they face.
a statement, Al-Azhar blasted all forms of harassment as "a forbidden act
and deviant behaviour" and said "the one who carries it out is a
sinner". "Criminalising sexual harassment must be absolute and free
from any condition or context," the statement released Monday said.
sexual harassment with the behaviour or clothing of the woman is a
misunderstanding, for sexual harassment is an assault on the woman and her
freedom and dignity," it said.
60 percent of women in Egypt said they had been victims of some form of sexual
harassment during their lifetimes in a 2017 report from UN Women and Promundo.
Three-quarters of men and 84 percent of women polled said that women who
"dress provocatively deserve to be harassed".
divisions have been highlighted by a recent debate over a video posted on the
internet by an Egyptian woman showing a man making unwanted advances on her in
a Cairo street.
footage of the man parking his car and approaching a woman to go for a coffee
went viral and drew wide-ranging reactions online.
commentators said it definitely constituted harassment given the hostile
atmosphere of the Cairo streets.
others described the approach as normal given the man made no obscene gestures,
and there were even suggestions the woman was at fault as she was welcoming
advances by standing in the street.
debate over harassment intensified in the aftermath of the January 2011
uprising against former president Hosni Mubarak.
protests demanding Mubarak's ouster centred around Cairo's Tahrir Square, where
constant media coverage also highlighted sexual attacks and helped show public
denial of the phenomenon.
the 2011 uprising, anti-harassment graffiti spread around downtown Cairo,
volunteers organised to rescue women from mob attacks, and more women shared
their own stories publicly.
February 2013, women took to the streets brandishing knives in a symbolic
protest against sexual violence.
directly criminalised sexual harassment in June 2014, days before President
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's inauguration, however many women complain that officials
still turn a blind eye to the problem.
Turkish army convoy, including 12 trucks, entered Idlib province vial Bab
trucks were carrying prefabricated cement walls, containers and Conexes to the
points of deployment of the Turkish army in Morek in Northern Hama.
Syrian Army has been been dispatching troops and equipment to contact lines
with terrorists in Aleppo, Idlib, Hama and Lattakia in preparation for a major
assault on terrorists in Idlib.
Monday, a new growing wave of rage covered villages and towns in Afrin region
in Northwestern Aleppo after the Turkish troops and Ankara-backed militants
intensified their efforts to annex the occupied region to Turkish territory.
Turkish army units and their allied militants continued giving Turkish names to
pave the ground for annexation of the occupied region.
Ankara forces' measures further enraged residents in Afrin region.
Ankara forces forced thousands of civilians and villagers in Afrin region to
leave their residential units, and then occupied their units and properties.
sources said that the US has sent a convoy of a hundred trucks to Syria from
Iraq via the Simalka border-crossing on Monday.
further said that the convoy included several tankers, military vehicles and
bulldozers, and has already arrived in SDF-held regions in Hasaka.
the London-based pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR)
reported last week that the US army sent over 800 trucks packed with military
equipment to Northeastern Syria for its military bases and military airports on
Eastern Euphrates and in Aleppo and Hasaka provinces in Northeastern Syria.
also said that in addition to the trucks cargo planes carrying weapons and
military hardware as well as logistic equipment landed in Kobani airport in
army soldiers engaged in fierce clashes with the remaining pockets of ISIL
terrorists in the Eastern deserts of Sweida that is actually inside Damascus
province, and seized control of Hatil Dam South of Toloul al-Zaras.
the meantime, the army's artillery and missile units pounded ISIL's movements
and positions in the desert, inflicting major loses on the terrorists.
a vehicle of the terrorists, carrying arms and ammunition, in Toloul al-Safa
was damaged in the army's artillery fire.
army units repelled ISIL's offensive aimed at breaking the government forces'
siege Northeast of Toloul al-Safa region, and destroyed the motorized units of
ISIL in Abu Khashaba.
Monday, the army units engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL in the rocks in Tal
Abu Qanem region in Toloul al-Safa in the Eastern desert of Sweida, inflicting
heavy casualties on them.
the meantime, the army's artillery and missile units and aircraft pounded
ISIL's positions and movements in the rocky areas in Toloul al-Safa.
units of the army attacked ISIL's defense lines near Khirbet al-Hawi in Toloul
al-Safa, damaging a main base and a military vehicle and killing a number of
Arabic-language al-Watan daily reported that the SDF embarked on handing over
al-Salehiyeh passageway near the Euphrates River in Southeastern Deir Ezzur to
the Syrian Army.
passageway is located between the SDF-held '7km Square' and the small town of
al-Salehiyeh that is under the army's control, al-Watan said, adding that the
Syrian army and Russian Military Police will run the passageway.
passageway will be open to ease return of civilians to their regions on the
Western bank of Euphrates River that is under the army's control.
Sunday, the army dispatched a large number of equipped forces to Southeastern
Deir Ezzur, preparing for purging the border region with Iraq of ISIL
army's convoy, including hundreds of fresh forces along with heavy military
equipment, was sent to Albu Kamal Desert in Southeastern Deir Ezzur near the
border with Iraq.
Arabic-language website of RT quoted Head of the Russian Reconciliation Center
for Syria Alexi Tsigankov as reporting that former members of several terrorist
groups in Southwestern Syria have handed over 231 individual guns, 11 tons of
artillery munitions and a large volume of heavy and semi-heavy weapons to the
the meantime, the army continued carrying out cleansing operation in the
villages of al-Bariqa and Ba'ar Ajam in Quneitra province, discovering a large
volume of arms and ammunition, including RPG rockets, missiles, guns, cannons
and ammunitions, in regions that once were under terrorists' control.
early July, the Syrian army captured a vast area in Dara'a province, and
discovered several tons of weapons and ammunition, including western and US
arms from terrorists.
Arabic-language website of Sputnik news agency quoted Syrian Army General Nazar
Ismail as saying on Thursday that hundreds of weapons and several tons of
ammunition have been left by the terrorists who were forced to flee Dara'a
during the army operations.
added that the militants have likely smuggled the weapons via the border with
said that 3 T62 tanks, 100 tanks from other types, a large number of military
vehicles, different military equipment, 2 air defense systems, 40 anti-tank
missiles, a large number of machine-guns and light weapons, over 1,000 land
mines and 1,300 boxes of ammunition were seized in the town of Azra'a.
Syrian military official says the country’s air defense forces have been placed
on full alert amid reports that foreign-sponsored militants were planning to
stage a fake chemical attack in Idlib in order to give the US a pretext for an
airstrike against Syrian government forces.
pro-government and Arabic-language al-Masdar news agency, citing an unnamed
official at Mezzeh Military Airport, reported that troops stationed at the
facility, which lies southwest of the old center of Damascus, had been ordered
to prepare for a possible attack against the capital.
report added that while the exact reason for this move remains unknown, it is
believed to be linked to the potential threat of a US strike on Damascus or its
Syrian government has not commented on the report yet.
Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad has underlined that government forces
have never made use of chemical weapons in battles against foreign-backed
have never used and will not use chemical weapons,” Haddad said in response to
claims by anti-Syria opposition groups, including White Helmets, about chemical
attacks carried out by the Syrian government forces against civilians.
allegations will get nowhere. They (opposition) have one pretext for everything
— the use of chemical weapons. As soon as our army, thanks to the support of
friendly countries, advances to liberate our lands, the West and the United
States immediately want to intervene in order to attack Syria so as to weaken
Syria and prolong the war,” Haddad commented.
governments and their allies have never stopped pointing the finger at Damascus
whenever an apparent chemical attack takes place.
surrendered its stockpiles of chemical weapons in 2014 to a joint mission led
by the US and the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which oversaw the
destruction of the weaponry.
has also consistently denied using chemical weapons over the course of the
foreign-backed militancy, which gripped the country in 2011.
Defense Ministry Spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov told reporters on
Monday that the US is seeking to use fake chemical weapons attack to strike
added that the destroyer USS The Sullivans armed with 56 cruise missiles had
arrived in the Persian Gulf several days ago, while a US В-1В bomber carrying
24 air-to-surface AGM-158 JASSM cruise missiles has been deployed at al-Udeid
airbase in Qatar for this purpose.
guided-missile destroyer USS Ross armed with 28 Tomahawk cruise missiles
entered the Mediterranean on August 25, and the vessel is capable of hitting
any target in Syria.
US has warned it would respond to a chemical weapons attack by Syrian
government forces with retaliatory strikes, stressing that the attacks would be
stronger than those conducted by American, British and French forces back in
on April 14, the US, Britain and France carried out a string of airstrikes
against Syria over a suspected chemical weapons attack against the city of
Douma, located about 10 kilometers northeast of the capital Damascus.
and its allies blamed Damascus for the Douma attack, an allegation rejected by
the Syrian government.
said in a statement that at least 58 missiles had struck Shayrat airbase in the
western Syrian city of Homs. An unnamed US official said Tomahawk missiles were
used in the strikes.
United Kingdom's Royal Air Force said four Tornado GR4s fighter jets joined in
the operation, while France said it had deployed Mirage and Rafale fighter
Nations Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura has invited the United States and six
other countries to take part in talks in Geneva next month, a UN spokeswoman
Mistura is expected to meet senior representatives from the United States,
Britain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Germany, France and Egypt on September 14.
Geneva talks would come two days after a scheduled meeting between the UN envoy
and representatives from Russia, Turkey and Iran on September 11-12.
is going to be an opportunity to discuss the way ahead on the political
process," UN spokeswoman Alessandra Vellucci said on Tuesday.
Mistura is tasked with picking members of Syria's Constitutional Committee
after receiving nominations from the Syrian government and the opposition.
UN spokeswoman said on Friday that de Mistura had invited Iran, Russia and
Turkey to talks due to be held in Geneva on forming Syria's Constitutional
Envoy de Mistura has invited Iran, the Russian Federation and Turkey for formal
consultations at the United Nations office at Geneva on 11 and 12th September
2018 to work on the Constitutional Committee," Vellucci said at a news
Russia and Turkey, as guarantor states for a peace process in Syria, expressed
their firm determination in late July to counter any plot aimed at partitioning
the Arab country.
state television reported on Monday that the presidents of Iran, Russia, and
Turkey will hold their third round of tripartite summit in Iran next week.
President Hassan Rouhani will host his Turkish and Russian counterparts Recep
Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin, respectively, on September 7, state-run TRT
Haber television said.
a meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Sunday, Iran's
Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami hailed the steadfastness of the
Syrian people and government forces in their battle against terrorism,
expressing confidence that they will achieve a final victory in this path.
only regional people, but people around the world are indebted to the fight
carried out against terrorists in Syria," Hatami said.
has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian
government says the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies are
aiding Takfiri terrorist groups wreaking havoc in the country.
The Arab Coalition's official spokesman Turki Al-Malki said on Tuesday that the
coalition follows all the UN reports on the crisis in Yemen with interest,
adding that the report of the Human Rights Council was referred to the
coalition's legal team.
will take the appropriate position of the report after the legal review,"
United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said a
United Nations report accusing the Saudi-led military coalition fighting the
Houthi group in Yemen of human rights abuses merited a response.
should review and respond to the (UN) experts’ report published today,” said
Gargash in a tweet.
experts accuse Saudi Arabia, U.A.E. of war crimes in Yemen
experts working for the UN's top human rights body say the governments of
Yemen, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia may have been responsible for
war crimes including rape, torture, disappearances and "deprivation of the
right to life" during three and a half years of escalated fighting against
rebels in Yemen.
their first report for the Human Rights Council, the experts also point to
possible crimes by rebel Shia militia in Yemen, which has been fighting the
Saudi-led coalition and Yemen's government since March 2015.
experts have also chronicled the damages from coalition air strikes, the single
most lethal force in the fighting, over the last year.
urged the international community to "refrain from providing arms that
could be used in the conflict" — an apparent reference to countries like
the United States and Britain that help arm the Saudi-led coalition, as well as
Iran, which the coalition has accused of arming the Houthis.
experts visited some but not all parts of Yemen as they compiled the report.
have] reasonable grounds to believe that the governments of Yemen, the United
Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are responsible for human rights
violations," the report said. It cited violations including unlawful
deprivation of the right to life, arbitrary detention, rape, torture, enforced
disappearances and child recruitment.
al-Alwasil, the Saudi ambassador to the UN in Geneva, said the report was
"not accurate" and overlooked the bigger picture of an armed Houthi
militia illegally seizing territory from an internationally recognized
government and at times firing missiles in Saudi Arabia.
[the report] is surprising for us because it doesn't reflect the reality,"
he said. "We genuinely want to improve the situation in Yemen: We are
spending money there, our people are getting killed there. And Yemen is not a
wealthy state, it's just our neighbour. And we think it is our responsibility
to make sure that this country is not used to attack the neighbouring
don't think it's going to have a major impact in the way that we review our
procedures or the way we conduct our military operations," he said.
Twitter, Emirati Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash wrote that
the U.A.E. "must review it, answer its merits and review what it says
about the horrors of the Houthis."
American support for the Saudi-led coalition, U.S. Defence Secretary James
Mattis said that his country's efforts to minimize civilian casualties are paying
off, despite the report's findings.
have not seen any callous disregard by the people we're working with,"
Mattis said. "So we will continue to work with them."
list of suspects
Associated Press reported last year that the U.A.E. and its allied militias
were running a network of secret detention facilities, beyond the control of
Yemeni government. In June, AP revealed that hundreds of detainees had been
subjected to sexual abuse and torture.
UN report accused the "de facto authorities" — an allusion to rebel
leaders that control some of the country's most populated western and northern
areas — of crimes including arbitrary detentions, torture and child
recruitment. Human rights advocates have faulted the Houthis for laying land
mines and targeting religious minorities and imprisoned opponents.
Jendoubi, a Tunisian human rights advocate who chaired the group of experts,
said they compiled a "confidential list" of people suspected of
committing international crimes, which was being handed over to the office of
the UN human rights chief on Tuesday. His team refused to indicate how many or
which people or groups were on the list — whether on the government or rebel
the gravity of the situation, we still note a total disdain for the suffering
of the Yemeni people," Jendoubi told reporters in a briefing on the report
Tuesday. "This conflict has in effect fallen into the void."
March last year, the UN's humanitarian aid agency has called Yemen the world's
worst humanitarian crisis — with three-fourths of its population of over 20
million in need of humanitarian assistance. The war has devastated the
country's health system and provided the breeding grounds for the world's
largest cholera outbreak last year.
experts cited some 6,475 deaths from the conflict between March 2015 and June
this year, but said the "real figure is likely to be significantly
also sharply criticized work by the coalition's Joint Incidents Assessment
Team, which was set up as a bulwark against possible rights violations. They
questioned the JIAT's explanations for the air strikes that have killed
civilians, and challenged its "independence and its ability to carry out
experts also said nearly a dozen deadly airstrikes they investigated over the
last year "raise serious questions about the targeting process applied by
the coalition." They chastised some in-the-field coalition combatants for
"routinely" failing to seek information about official
"no-strike" lists that should have been avoided.
getting the expert probe up and running was an accomplishment for the UN-backed
Human Rights Council, which passed a resolution creating the team last
September. Largely due to the objections of Saudi Arabia and its allies, the
council failed several times to authorize more intrusive investigation into
possible war crimes in Yemen. The 47-member body only last fall reached a
compromise to bring in the experts.
UK media regulator Ofcom has banned Saudi Arabia from paying to promote its
so-called reform agenda on British television.
move was prompted after revelations that Saudi Arabia had breached British
broadcasting law by buying television adverts that promoted the reform policies
of the country’s crown prince, such as the lifting of long-standing bans on
women drivers and cinemas.
is while Saudi reforms have been accompanied by heavy-handed crackdown on
dissent against the kingdom's critics, ranging from clerics to some of the very
female activists who campaigned for years to end the bans.
one case cited by Ofcom in the Guardian, Riyadh had paid to air a minute-long
advert which included images of old and contemporary Saudi Arabia, women
driving, cinemas being reopened, entertainment, cultural events and members of
the Saudi royal family.
advertisement was aired 56 times on Britain’s Sky One channel back in March,
around the time Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman made an official visit
to the UK.
said the ruling was made after it found that Riyadh had been attempting to
“influence public opinion in the UK on matters of public controversy,” and had
broken Britain’s strict ban on paid political advertising on television and
stressed that it did not consider the ads were of “a public service nature.”
media regulator said it had taken into account the controversy around “freedom
of speech, human rights and women’s rights” in the Arab country when making the
ruling, in addition to issues concerning “the sale of UK weapons to the kingdom
and the kingdom’s involvement in the Yemeni civil war.”
Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating military
campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the aim of bringing the government
of former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing the
country’s Houthi Ansarullah movement.
15,000 Yemenis have been killed and thousands more injured since the onset of
the Saudi-led aggression.
than 2,200 others have died of cholera, and the crisis has triggered what the
United Nations has described as the world's worst humanitarian disaster.
British government has remained defiant in the face of growing international
pressure to stop arms exports to Saudi Arabia, defending the sales amid
evidence of war crimes and civilian deaths in Yemen.
SWITZERLAND: As the first Muslim chaplain to the British Armed Forces, Imam
Asim Hafiz has made it his mission to increase religious understanding in the
middle of conflict, trauma and destruction, breaking down perceived barriers
between Muslims and the military.
is a role that has thrust Hafiz into the spotlight. As the Islamic religious
adviser to the Chief of the Defense Staff at the UK Ministry of Defense and
founder of the Armed Forces Muslim Association, a service personnel support
network, he has faced criticism from his peers along with public misconception
about his role in an institution that goes to battle against people of a shared
story began in 2005, when the Ministry of Defense started to appoint an imam
for the British Armed Forces. “At the time, the war in Iraq was messy and the
war on terror with many Muslims was perceived to be a war against Islam,
particularly in the UK and many parts of the world,” he said.
then a full-time Muslim chaplain in Her Majesty’s Prison Service, saw a
newspaper advertisement asking for people to apply to become an imam for the
British Armed Forces. “I thought, ‘This is amazing, what a great opportunity,’”
he said. “But my peers thought differently. They said, ‘No, you can’t work for
the British Armed Forces; it is wrong.’”
didn’t believe those opinions, so it actually encouraged me to apply for it
even more,” he said.
the time, Hafiz said, there was “a big misconception” about the role of the
British Armed Forces. “People didn’t understand what they do, why they do it
and what they are all about. And there was a big misconception about what my
job would be. Many people thought my job was about encouraging Muslims in the
British military to go and kill other Muslims. That was not what it was about:
It was about caring for the individual.
are people out there — a tiny minority — who just don’t get it. For them, the
norm is confrontation. What I say to them is that if your life is about
building barriers to communities, if it is about building wars in communities
and dividing communities, then essentially, I believe you do not have a faith.
However, I think most people have true values, true faith and morally support
me to do what I do.” Despite the opinions of his peers, Hafiz, born in East
London in 1976, said that he “never looked back” after taking on the role.
having experienced several deployments to Afghanistan, Hafiz has seen the human
side of soldiering first-hand and knows the personal toll it can take. “Just
because someone joins the British military doesn’t mean they have lost their soul
or their faith. Actually, I found out that people who serve in the military
serve with the values with which the military is established. The British
military is established with certain values such as integrity and selfless
commitment. I found these values identical to the values of Islam.”
describes military personnel as “the best humanitarians.”
wonder what I mean when I say that, and yes, they are trained to kill, but they
are not murderers. They are trained to use that armed force, not because they
want to, but because they have to use it within a certain framework. There is a
difference between murdering and taking a life when you need to.
also understand that when they do the job they do, sometimes the burden of that
responsibility makes them more aware of the issues between life and death, the
issues between conflict and peace, and how important it is to avoid conflict
and promote peace.”
grown up in a religious household, Hafiz spent a decade in an Islamic boarding
school before qualifying as an imam at 23. He worked at two East London mosques
before becoming the first full-time imam at Wandsworth Prison, the largest in
he recalls, did little to prepare him for the mental toll that the brutality of
war would bring. After a series of visits to Afghanistan between 2010-2012,
Hafiz started a seven-month deployment in 2012. Leaving his family behind in
the knowledge he was going into a conflict zone, was, he admitted, extremely
course I was worried about my safety, and my family were worried, but then you
get into the job you are doing and you know that you are there to try to build
bridges between communities,” he said.
from the tragedies of war, Hafiz said one of the hardest things he had to come
to terms with was “the huge amount of ignorance” between the coalition forces
in Afghanistan and the Afghans themselves.
all wanted to end the conflict. The coalition wanted to come home, the Afghans
wanted the coalition out. The Afghans wanted their own political system, and
the coalition wanted political stability in the country.
just thought, ‘Why are you guys fighting? You all want the same thing.’” Going
into local communities, going into villages, sitting with commanders, was a
real privilege and a real blessing for me — to try, in a very small way in this
massive conflict, to help people to bring some sense.”
who was awarded an Order of the British Empire in 2014 for his services to
defense, admits he has often questioned his career path. “Professionally, I
still ask myself questions when I go to sleep at night,” he said. “I was
ultimately working for an organization that is trained to kill. The job for
these people is to be able to pick up a gun and defend the values they believe
in and the values of their nation and its people.”
people ask me, ‘How can Muslims join a non-Muslim military?,’” he said. “I say
to them, ‘Listen, this is not about being Muslim or not being Muslim. Would you
rather fight in a Muslim military that is unjust, or a non-Muslim military that
is just?’ Ultimately, you have to choose justice.”
recalled a moment that made every personal doubt, and every criticism from his
peers, vanish. “The man who appointed me called me into his office one day and
said to me, ‘People like you are important to me,’” he said. “He told me it is
because the British military is not only about fighting wars, it is about
preventing wars, and because the understanding I had given him — of my faith,
of my culture and of how the Armed Forces should interact with Islamic Muslims
when deployed in different parts in the world — helped him to understand the
situation and to save lives.
England – Christians in Chad are being intimidated and forced from public life,
under new rules prioritizing Islam in violation of the North African country's
secular foundations, according to the Catholic Church.
senior church source, who asked not to be identified for fear of retribution,
called the situation "critical, as the great powers show complicity by
turning a blind eye to violations of basic human rights under cover of resisting
source also said Catholic leaders fear for their lives after criticizing
comments were sent Aug. 27 to Catholic News Service, as the government of
President Idriss Deby enforced a revised constitution, extending presidential
powers in the predominantly Muslim state and requiring office-holders to take a
new religious oath is exclusive and reductive in its vision of the state and
appears to be another way of excluding Christians from public
responsibilities," the church source said. "What will now become of
the many Chadians who are neither Muslims nor Christians, and what will be the
purpose of our institutions of justice and regulation?"
revised constitution, in force since May 4, abolishes the office of prime
minister and extends the powers of Deby, in office since 1990, allowing him to
seek a sixth and seventh term, running till 2033.
April, the Catholic bishops' conference criticized the religious oath and use
of Diya – blood money or ransom. The bishops urged a referendum on the revised
constitution and warned its adoption otherwise risked igniting
"inter-communal bitterness" and "gravely perverting democratic
country is traversing a social crisis – in this difficult context, a project
for reforming the institutions has been set in motion which does not have the
support of the body of citizens," said the bishops. "As a church, we
have reflected on our engagement in the service of charity and development ...
but we must stress that poverty is now growing as grave violations of
fundamental human rights become the norm."
France International reported Aug. 13 priority had since been given to
officials taking the religious oath "in the name of Allah the
all-powerful," adding that several top Christian officials had been
dismissed for refusing it.
church source told CNS Catholic leaders believed the religious oath would
"do nothing to solve the real problems of Chad," while the practice
of Diya was "very specific to Muslim communities" and would "sow
hatred" if imposed on Christians.
the source added that the government had "reacted violently against the
Catholic Church" after it listed its objections and said bishops had been
threatened and intimidated.
bishops' (April) declaration and the virulent response from government media
outlets merely show the truth of what it denounced," the church source
bishops' conference has opened a Pandora's box in a climate of economic and
social crisis, where no one has the courage to say anything, and the men of
power are driven to attack when any voice is raised against what they
senior Christians are alarmed by what is happening," the source told CNS.
their social catechesis, public positions and messages to the Catholic faithful
and people of goodwill, Chad's bishops are helping build a society of
coexistence – and they are doing this work by giving enlightened advice."
in Arabic Aug. 22 during the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, Deby said the
religious oath was needed to fight corruption and reflected "the will of
the people," adding that his priority was national security and
once again ask those of our fellow citizens who still hesitate to overcome their
doubts and contribute to building our new citadel," RFI reported Deby as
Dutch police on Tuesday arrested a man suspected of planning an attack against
far-right politician Geert Wilders after he said he intended to hold a Prophet
Mohammad cartoon competition.
said in a statement they arrested the still unidentified suspect at the main
railway station in The Hague.
was currently being questioned and was expected to appear before a judge on
Friday, the statement said.
said they had been alerted by a video on Facebook in which the 26-year-old man
talked about attacking anti-Islam MP Wilders, as well as the Dutch parliament.
who announced plans for a competition of Mohammad cartoons earlier this year,
said he had been told about the plot by the Netherlands' counterterrorism
was told by NCTb this morning that a man on Facebook had said that he had
arrived in the Netherlands for the purpose of killing me," Wilders said
via his Twitter account.
he has been arrested. It is madness that this is happening because of a drawing
contest and that it is raining death threats."
head of the Netherlands' Party for Freedom or PVV, Wilders is known for his
virulent anti-Islam statements.
week, Pakistan expressed objections to what it described as the
"blasphemous" cartoon competition and summoned a high-ranking Dutch
diplomat in Islamabad to protest.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte also described the competition as
"disrespectful" and "provocative", even though he defended
the principle of freedom of expression.
envoy to UN questions Palestinian right of return to Israel-occupied homeland
US ambassador to the United Nations has questioned the right of Palestinian
refugees to return to their occupied homeland, a basic Palestinian demand for
any future deal with the Israeli regime, claiming the world body’s count of
those refugees is an exaggeration.
on Tuesday at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a Washington-based
pro-Israel think tank, Nikki Haley said that the Palestinians’ right of return
should not be raised in any future Israeli-Palestinian talks.
whether the issue should be “off the table,” Haley replied, “I do agree with
that, and I think we have to look at this in terms of what’s happening (with
refugees) in Syria, what’s happening in Venezuela.”
I absolutely think we have to look at the right of return,” she added.
Palestinian right of return is a political position or principle based on which
Palestinian refugees are entitled to go back to the territories now occupied by
Israel. They also have the right to the property they left behind or were
forced to abandon when they were expelled from their homeland in the aftermath
of the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.
Palestinians have for years insisted on their right to return as part of any
solution to their decades-long conflict with the Israeli regime.
was in fact suggesting that the highly pro-Israel administration of President
Donald Trump would consider an official rejection of that Palestinian demand as
it prepares to unveil its so-called “deal of the century” on the
US envoy further questioned the UN’s count of Palestinian refugees, which
stands at over five million according to the UN Relief and Works Agency for
Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).
stressed that the US funding for UNRWA would only continue if major reforms
were implemented, saying “the Palestinians continue to bash America” and yet
“they have their hand out wanting UNRWA money.”
will be a donor if it (UNRWA) reforms what it does ... if they actually change
the number of refugees to an accurate account, we will look back at partnering
them,” Haley said.
further noted that the US cannot be faulted for slashing funding to UNRWA when
countries like Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait do not give
more money to the agency.
media had reported recently that the Trump administration is set to announce
that it will no longer recognize millions of Palestinian refugees’ right of
return to their homeland.
this month, the American magazine Foreign Policy reported that Jared Kushner,
Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, had been pushing to remove the refugee
status of millions of Palestinians as part of an apparent effort to shutter
January, the US government announced that it would withhold $65 million of a
$125 million aid installment to UNRWA.
Trump administration has stepped up its anti-Palestinian measures prior to the
unveiling of “the deal of the century” – which Palestine has already rejected
as the “slap of the century” amid reports that the US is seeking to impose the
plan on Palestinians in collaboration behind the scenes with Saudi Arabia and
US-Palestine ties deteriorated last December, when Trump declared Jerusalem
al-Quds as the “capital” of Israel and announced plans to transfer its embassy
from Tel Aviv to the occupied city.
contentious move led Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas to formally declare
that Palestinians would no longer accept the US as a mediator to resolve the
conflict because Washington was “completely biased” towards Tel Aviv.
US embassy relocation took place on May 14, the eve of the 70th anniversary of
Nakba Day (the Day of Catastrophe). The move sparked angry protests by
Palestinians and drew severe criticism from the international community.
ignoring intl. law to defend occupation’
an interview with Press TV, Robert Inlakesh, political analyst, slammed Haley’s
controversial comments in support of Israel’s occupation.
said the Palestinian refugees have the right under international law “to return
and be treated as dignified individuals, but they are not.”
US, he added, “pretends to be some sort of peace negotiator between the
Israelis and the Palestinians whilst taking the side of the Israelis over international
law, over the international consensus between countries around the world. It is
ridiculous,” he added.
- US support for the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen is not
“unconditional,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday, as he defended
America’s ongoing role in the war.
US provides weapons, aerial refueling to jets, intelligence and targeting
information to the Saudi-led coalition that is fighting Huthi rebels in Yemen.
conduct there is to try and keep the human cost of innocents being killed
accidentally to the absolute minimum,” Mattis told Pentagon reporters. “That is
our goal where we engage with the coalition.” But, he said, US support has its
limits. “It is not unconditional,” he said, noting that the coalition must do
“everything humanly possible to avoid any innocent loss of life, and they
support the UN-brokered peace process.” The devastating Yemen conflict has left
nearly 10,000 people dead since March 2015, when the Saudi-led coalition
intervened to fight Huthi rebels closing in on the last bastion of President
Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi’s government.
UN human rights office said Tuesday that some 6,660 civilians were among the
dead, while more than 10,500 had been injured.
described the complexity of the war, noting that Huthi rebels have launched
weapons from residential areas into Saudi Arabia.
have been working with the Saudis and the Emirates doing what we can to reduce
any chance of innocent people being injured or killed,” he said.
no time have we felt rebuffed or ignored when we bring concerns to them,” he
went on, noting that he had not seen any “callous disregard” from the
Pentagon chief added that training given to coalition pilots is paying off.
have had pilots in the air who recognize the danger of a specific mission and
decline to drop, even when they get the authority,” he said.
The US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said on Tuesday that Iran would be “held
accountable” for its reckless behavior in the region.
was speaking as a string of senior American officials offered fresh warnings
about Tehran’s aggressive foreign policy and the effect it has on destabilizing
the Middle East.
said that Iran had been “put on notice” that its “continued mischief” in the
region — including its support for Houthi rebels in Yemen and supplying of
missiles fired into Saudi Arabia, as well as threats to the Strait of Hormuz —
would not be tolerated by the US and its allies.
Defense Secretary went on to say that Iran was the “single biggest
destabilizing element in the Middle East region.”
Washington, Brian Hook, the Trump administration’s newly appointed special
representative for Iran, said Tehran’s policy of destabilizing its
neighbors come at the expense of the
at an event at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies think tank, the
envoy highlighted the vast sums spent by Iran on funding Hizbollah and other
proxy groups across the Middle East. Slogans making similar points have been
chanted at anti-regime protests in Iran in recent months. The protests have
intensified as Iran plunges further into an economic crisis exacerbated by a
return of tough US sanctions after Donald Trump pulled out of a deal to curb
Tehran’s nuclear program.
regime’s economic mismanagement has put the country in a tailspin,” Hook said.
“The rial’s value has collapsed in the past year. A third of Iranian youth are
unemployed. A third of Iranians now live in poverty.
leaders should feel painful consequences of their violence, bad decision making
and corruption,” Hook added in reference to the sanctions.
at the same event, Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, said Iran
continued to be the primary source of instability in the Middle East.
made his comments at an extended press briefing at the Penatgon, during which
various issues across the region were discussed.
questioned about chemical weapons use in Syria, Mattis said that the US had
recently discussed the use of chemical weapons in the country with Russia,
after media reports that Syria was moving chemical weapons into a rebel-held area
the government seeks to recapture.
(AP) — A soldier based in Hawaii who is accused of pledging allegiance to the
Islamic State group and fixating on videos of beheadings and suicide bombings
planned to plead guilty Wednesday to attempting to support the terrorist group.
1st Class Ikaika Kang is set to plead guilty as charged in an indictment last year,
defense attorney Birney Bervar said. He is agreeing to a 25-year sentence for
charges that could have put him in prison for life.
met with undercover agents he believed were part of the Islamic State group,
prosecutors said. He is accused of providing them with classified military
information, a drone, military equipment and training in combat fighting.
Kang met with the undercover agents he thought were from the Islamic State
group at a home in Honolulu, he pledged allegiance to the group and kissed an
Islamic State flag, according to court documents.
was obsessed with videos depicting terrorism beheadings, suicide bombings and
other violence, and he watched them in his bedroom for hours every day, a
confidential informant told agents. The agents put a tracking device on the
soldier's car during an investigation that led to the indictment.
told the informant that if he became an Islamic State member, he would be a
suicide bomber and attack Schofield Barracks, a sprawling Army base outside
Honolulu, according to an affidavit filed in the case.
U.S. government first asked a judge to allow a tracking device to be placed on
Kang's car in October 2016 and applied for several extensions after orders
granting it expired.
watched the violent videos for four to five hours each day during the week and
more on the weekends, the informant told agents in 2016. The informant
"remembered feeling sick to his stomach, while Kang laughed and insulted
the victims," the affidavit said.
the first week of September 2016, Kang told the informant "that if he were
to do something like shoot up a large gathering, it would be out of his hatred
for white people, the wicked and non-Muslims," the affidavit said.
began researching Islam in 2014, couldn't wait to move to the Middle East to
"join the cause" and was "only in the military for a
paycheck," the informant said, according to the affidavit.
said in their applications for a tracking device that they needed to monitor
him continuously because they feared he would carry out an attack.
with the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade told the FBI they were concerned about
their ability to monitor Kang, noting that he was to return from leave on May
25, 2017 — the same day as a change-of-command ceremony, the affidavit said.
personnel feared the large gathering "represented a target of opportunity
for Kang should he want to harm members of the unit."
government has dismissed allegations that President Muhammadu Buhari intends to
turn the country into an Islamic state.
who became president under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC)
has been accused on different occasions by the opposition Peoples Democratic
Party (PDP) of imposing Islamic religion on citizens of the country.
Secretary to the Nigerian Government Boss Mustapha described the allegation as
a falsehood being circulated by enemies of the president and Nigeria .
who spoke at a two-day peace summit organised by the Christian Association of
Nigeria (Northern Region) said the accusations are geared toward influencing
religious war in the country.
said Christians in the country only needed to counter the alleged plan by
Buhari with their own Christian agenda, saying "Nobody can kill the
secretary urged the Nigerian Christians to embrace the principles and teachings
of Christ which were about love among humanity, irrespective of religious
must correct the dummy been sold by some rumour-mongers about the issue of
Islamising Nigeria; nobody can (Islamise Nigeria)," Mustapha said.
want the Church to know that nobody can kill the gospel, let's continue to be
our brother's keepers at all times and continue to preach peace."
said, "Where is our agenda as Christians? Let us have a Christian agenda
that will promote love, including loving the Muslims; we should go out and make
disciples of all nations and stop operating under the siege mentality."
assured Nigerians that the current security challenges in Nigeria would soon be
over as the government was doing everything possible to tackle the menace.
summit was with the theme, "Sustainable peace and security in northern
Nigeria as a panacea for development."
notable attendees at the summit were the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu
Ogbeh; Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung and Deputy Governor of Adamawa State,
Kamara: "I am happy that the Muslims in Liberia are now worshiping in
chairman of the National Muslim Council of Liberia (NMCL) Sheikh Omaru Kamara
has hailed Muslims in Liberia for heeding to the institution's call for unity
during the just-ended celebration marking this year's Eid-al-Adha (Abraham Day)
observance in the country.
less than 24 hours to the Eid-al-Adha prayer, over 20,000 Muslims in Liberia on
Tuesday, August 21, 2018, assembled at the open-air Antoinette Tubman Stadium
(ATS), to celebrate the day, the first time in decades that the country's
Muslims prayed in such unison and under one Imam in ways that demonstrated
strength and cohesiveness.
Kamara expressed appreciation to fellow Muslims in the country for obeying the
leadership's call for unity among Muslims, something he said is also approved
by the Almighty Allah (God) in the Holy Quran.
spoke in an interview with reporters shortly after holding the prayer service.
am very happy that we Muslims in Liberia were able to come and pray together
under one umbrella on the occasion marking Ed-al-Adha at the ATS. Contrary to
what people say that Liberian Muslims are deeply divided, and therefore cannot
come together as a unit, Tuesday's unity prayer however points to those who are
still pessimistic about our unity and cohesiveness that they are going with the
wrong impression," Mr. Kamara said.
implored detractors, who he said are bent on spreading misinformation and
purporting to be leaders of the country's Muslim community, to immediately
desist from such ugly tendency.
are also aware that some people are purporting to be Muslim leaders of the
country, and they are the only ones who can best represent Islam in Liberia. We
want to state here clearly that the unity we demonstrated during Eid Mubarak
prayer sends out a trust and confidence in the country in the council's ability
and capability to speak and ably represent all Muslims in this country
everywhere and hence, other than those elected as heads of the NMCL. Therefore,
no one should make any false impression out there that they are the leaders of
Muslims in Liberia," Kamara said.
said the problem with Liberians is that no one sees his friend as brother,
"and that everyone is just fighting everyone in this country. This is time
that we bring back the spirit of peace, national unity and reconciliation, not
only among Muslims and Christians, but all Liberians. The only way we can
achieve peace and development in this country is for us to unite as one people,
because even the Holy Quran and Prophet Muhammad spoke of unity."
also called on all Liberians to rally around President George Weah Government,
to promote national unity among Liberians, including promoting peace and
Liberians agree to unite," Sheikh Kamara added, "the benefits would
be plenty, because more investors will be encouraged and happy to come and
invest in our country. On the other hand, if we do not mend our forces as
Liberians, we will not get what we want as Liberians, and that is why we are praying
for the President and the Vice President of this government to succeed,"
Mr. Kamara said.
program brought together Muslims from different locations across Liberia,
including Grand Cape Mount, Bomi, Gbarpolu, Margibi, and Montserrado counties.
'Eid Mubarak' prayer, which took place on August 21, began with a clarion call
to Muslims across the country to unite in the name of Islam and national unity.
terrorist outfit ISIS running ModernGhana.com website
organizations around the world simply got surprised seeing the existence of a
website named modernghana.com, which has been funded by notorious terror outfit
ISIS. According to information, William Nana Beeko, Editor-in-Chief of the
website who is a terrorist having underground connections with Islamic State
(ISIS), Boko Haram and Al Shabab. He is a notorious criminal, who is hiding
beneath the identity of the so-called editor in chief of modernghana.com.
in its website, modernghana.com claims to be ‘Ghana’s leader in general news
and information destination online’; and says “and it integrates credible
Ghanaian content and perspectives. The credibility carved over the years has
been intact championing the focus of a Modern Ghana which features a wide range
of contents”, the reality is, this site is continuing propaganda in favor of
jihad while it is directly making foul bids of sabotaging the existing great
relations between Israel, India, Russia, Ghana and the world, while it also is
making the same foul bid in sabotaging Bangladesh-India and Bangladesh-Ghana
team of investigative journalists has found several dangerous attempts made by
modernghana.com is not only sabotaging relations between India and Bangladesh
but it also has been giving direct instigation to various jihadist outfits in
waging war against Indian authorities. In an article titled ‘Difference between
Talibans and Arsa’, (link: here) the modernghana.com wrote: “This situation
will further worsen when India would drive-away, more than forty million
Muslims from its north-eastern region. Another jihadist group of a few hundred
thousand people would take birth. Maybe, Indian Muslim Salvation Army or IMSA”;
meaning the website has clearly given instigation to the jihadists in forming a
new front named IMSA!
another article titled ‘India turning into a nation of and for Hindus’,
modernghana.com wrote((link here)) – “Ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and
its ally Rashtriya Shayamsevak Sangh (RSS) also want to prove that Hindus were
forcefully converted into Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Sikhism etc.
Their agenda is to get those converted Hindus returned to their ancestral
religion- Hinduism. Those who would refuse this option would lose their rights
of living in the Hindu State of India.”
website published an article titled ‘Bangladesh: Return of 1975 syndrome’,
where it wrote, “To keep Sheikh Hasina within their tight grip, RAW played
shadow role behind the romance of Sheikh Hasina’s daughter Saima Wazed Putul
with Mashroor Hussain. Mashroir, though is the son of Musharraf Hussain, an
accused collaborator of Pakistan in the war of independence of Bangladesh,
Mashroor was picked up by RAW during his student life.”
also has categorically claimed in a number of articles by Syed Ulfat Ahmed
stating that Bangladesh had ‘secretly’ purchased Novichok nerve agent from
of such false and disturbing articles had been published by the notorious
website with the lone agenda of damaging existing relations between Bangladesh
and Ghana in particular as well as Ghana and Russia.
is M A Hossain really?
team has already identified the writer of modernghana.com website, M A Hossain.
According to their findings, this is actually Major (Sacked) Mohammed Arif
Hossain (M A Hossain), a condemned convict for killing seven innocent people in
2014 in Narayanganj district in Bangladesh. Although Major (Sacked) Arif
Hossain is in prison since 2014, it is a matter of great curiosity as to how
modernghana.com has picked up this name and started getting ill-motivated
is Syed Ulfat Ahmed really?
one of the many articles written by Syed Ulfat Ahmed, [link here] sunnyfmgh.com,
a sister concern of modernghana.com has published the address of Syed Ulfat
Ahmed, which is totally fake. Here again, it should be mentioned that the
website has most definitely used a fake name of a non-existent individual with
the ulterior agenda of spreading rumors against India, Russia, and Bangladesh.
going through the writing style of the so-called Syed Ulfat Ahmed anyone can
easily realize that both the writings though use different names but contain
the similar writing style. This clearly proves that – M A Hossain and Syed
Ulfat Ahmed are the same person.
is William Nana Beeko?
so-called Editor in Chief of modernghana.com website proclaims himself as a
trained journalist though there is no information on his past experience in
- South Sudan rebel chief Riek Machar on Tuesday refused to sign a final peace
deal with the government, in a setback for a regional drive to end nearly five
years of brutal civil war.
and President Salva Kiir have held weeks of talks in Khartoum in search of a
comprehensive peace deal to end the conflict, which has killed tens of
thousands and displaced millions since 2013 in the world's youngest country.
warring parties have already inked several agreements, including a permanent
ceasefire and a power-sharing deal that sees Machar returning as first vice
president in the govt. But on Tuesday the rebel leader refused to sign the
final peace deal even as Juba inked it. "The main S Sudanese opposition
groups, including the SPLM-IO (Machar faction), refused to sign the final
document demanding that their reservations be guaranteed in it," Sudanese
FM Al-Dierdiry Ahmed told reporters.
said the rebel groups had differences over the functioning of a proposed
transitional government, how many states the country should be divided into and
on the writing of a new constitution.
the first time, the opposition told us that it will not sign," Ahmed said,
showing the draft text to reporters and diplomats who had gathered for what was
expected to be a preliminary signing ceremony in Khartoum.
rebel groups' refusal to ink the document is a setback to the latest peace push
led by regional East Africa bloc IGAD.
is the final document which had been arrived at after consultations between all
South Sudanese parties," Ahmed said. "South Sudan will not have peace
unless these groups sign."
rebels said they were surprised that the mediators had drafted the final deal
despite several outstanding issues that had to be resolved.
is an unfortunate development that will not reflect well on the impartiality of
the mediators and will throw doubt into the whole process," the rebels
said in a joint statement.
therefore urge the mediators to allow the parties to resolve these critical
matters of contention."
rebel groups said they were still ready for negotiations.
Sudanese minister said the opposition's refusal to sign spelt the end of the
current Khartoum round of talks.
was the last round of negotiation," Ahmed said, adding that the mediators
will submit the text to IGAD, although it was unclear when the bloc's leaders
would meet to discuss it.
this month, Kiir and Machar signed a power-sharing deal that will see the rebel
leader return to the government as the first of five vice presidents.
accord was to pave the way for a final peace deal and the formation of a
transitional government that will hold power until elections are held.
international backers of the peace process had raised doubts about whether the
deal would stick given the depth of animosity between South Sudan 's leaders
which dates back to the 1990s when Machar first broke ranks at the height of
the war for independence from Khartoum.
challenges lie ahead, and we are concerned that the arrangements agreed to date
are not realistic or sustainable," the United States, Britain and Norway
said in a joint statement on August 10.
their past leadership failures, South Sudanese leaders will need to behave
differently and demonstrate commitment to peace and good governance," they
Sudan finally became independent from Sudan in 2011, but a little over two
years later a fresh war erupted pitting Kiir against Machar, his former deputy.
conflict has seen widespread rape and murder of civilians, often along ethnic
lines, and uprooted roughly a third of the population.
succession of peace deals have been signed between the two leaders only to be
broken, most recently in December.
truce has been reached after deadly clashes erupted between rival militias in
Tripoli, a security source said Tuesday as residents reported calm had returned
to Libyan capital.
people were killed and 33 wounded on Monday, the health ministry said, as two
factions faced off with tanks and pickup trucks mounted with machine guns.
explosions and gunfire rocked Tripoli’s suburbs, a truce was reached on Monday
evening according to a source from the security services.
were due to take place on Tuesday aimed at achieving a lasting ceasefire, the
resident of the Ain Zara neighborhood in south-east Tripoli confirmed calm had
returned to the area.
residents in the Salaheddin and Khallet al-Ferjan neighborhoods, in southern
Tripoli, said the fighting had ended although some roads remained closed to
clashes involved two rival groups linked to the UN-backed Government of
National Accord (GNA), according to security sources.
Minister Abdessalam Ashour said the fighting pitted the so-called 7th Brigade
-- a militia from the town of Tarhuna southeast of Tripoli -- against security
7th Brigade, which operates under the GNA’s defense ministry, said it had
repelled an attack on its positions in southeast Tripoli.
dictator Muammar Gaddafi was ousted in 2011, the Libyan capital has been at the
center of a battle for influence between armed groups.
GNA has been unable to form its own army and has instead relied on militias to
secure the capital.
parliament speaker Aguila Saleh hinted on Monday the possibility of holding a
presidential elections and elect an interim president for the country if the
draft law of the constitution referendum is not approved or the proposal to
amend the Constitutional Declaration fails.
statement came after the parliament suspended a session scheduled for Monday to
vote on the draft law of the constitution referendum after it failed to reach a
quorum and postponed the session until next week. This is the third time the
voting session is postponed for this reason.
asked all MPs to attend the next session to vote and said that the failure of
this proposal means that the parliament must activate Law No. (5) to elect an
interim president for the country by holding a direct popular vote.
rejects UN probe on Rohingya abuses
rejected Wednesday the findings of a UN probe alleging genocide by its military
against the Rohingya, in a strident government response to a damning report on
has come under immense pressure this week over last year’s military crackdown
that pushed more than 700,000 of the Muslim minority into Bangladesh.
report by a UN fact-finding mission said there was evidence of genocide and
crimes against humanity “perpetrated on a massive scale”.
a session of the UN Security Council late Tuesday several countries — including
the United States — called for Myanmar’s military leaders to face international
Myanmar on Wednesday rejected the remit of the UN mission and its findings.
didn’t allow the FFM (the UN Fact-Finding Mission) to enter into Myanmar,
that’s why we don’t agree and accept any resolutions made by the Human Rights
Council,” government spokesman Zaw Htay said according to the state-run Global
New Light of Myanmar newspaper.
pointed to the formation of Myanmar’s own Independent Commission of Enquiry,
which he said was set up to respond to “false allegations made by the UN
agencies and other international communities”.
Htay also lashed out at Facebook for pulling down the pages of Myanmar’s army
chief and other top military brass, saying that it could hamper the
government’s efforts with “national reconciliation”.
social media giant has admitted it was too slow to react to the crisis, which
saw its platform — which is wildly popular in Myanmar — become an incubator of
hate speech against the Rohingya.
than 200 Rohingya are waiting near the southern border of Bangladesh to enter
the country in search for safe shelter in the face of an alleged fresh
crackdown by Myanmar military, local media reported on Tuesday.
Col. Asaduzzaman Chowdhury, director of Border Guards of Bangladesh (BGB)
Battalion-II, told the Daily Star they came to know last Thursday that over 200
Rohingya people were waiting near Shah Porir Dwip in Teknaf.
border guarding force of Bangladesh has already strengthened its monitoring on
the area, the report added.
from BGB, the Coast Guard members were patrolling the Naf River, the only
border sharing river between Bangladesh and Myanmar, to avoid any influx.
Motaleb Mater, a Rohingya community leader at Leda refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar,
told the daily that he learned from his family members and other contacts in
Myanmar that many Rohingya from several villages have gathered on the eastern
side of the Naf river.
have gathered there in search for safe shelter as Myanmar army has started
another crackdown on Thursday, he said.
Aug. 25, 2017, more than 24,000 Rohingya Muslims have been killed by Myanmar’s
state forces, according to the Ontario International Development Agency (OIDA).
a recent report, titled Forced Migration of Rohingya: The Untold Experience,
the OIDA raised the estimated number of murdered Rohingya to 23,962 (± 881)
from a Doctors Without Borders figure of 9,400.
than 34,000 Rohingya were also thrown into fires, while over 114,000 others
were beaten, the OIDA report said, adding that 17,718 (±780) Rohingya women and
girls were raped by Myanmar’s army and police. Over 115,000 Rohingya houses
were also burned down and 113,000 others vandalized, it added.
to Amnesty International, more than 750,000 Rohingya refugees, mostly children
and women, have fled Myanmar and crossed into Bangladesh after Myanmar forces
launched a crackdown on the minority Muslim community.
Rohingya, described by the UN as the world's most persecuted people, have faced
heightened fears of attack since dozens were killed in communal violence in
Afghan Military in the Southeast claims that dozens of militants have been
killed in a series of airstrikes conducted in southeastern Ghazni and Paktika
203rd Thunder Corps of the Afghan Military in the Southeast issued a statement
saying the airstrikes were conducted in support of the ground forces during the
operations which were also supported by the artillery fire.
statement further added that 27 militants were killed during the operations
conducted in Yaraki Khel, Jawar Kali, Yousuf Khel, and Jarnel areas of Qarabagh
district in Ghazni province.
least 9 militants also sustained injuries during the airstrikes, the 203rd
Thunder Corps said, adding that seven vehicles were destroyed as well.
to the 203rd Thunder Corps, two local commanders of the Taliban identified as
Ferozuddin and Sharif are among the dead militants while another Taliban group
member identified as Daru Khan has also been killed.
a separate airstrike conducted in Balo Khel area in Waza Khwa district of
Paktika province, at least 12 militants were killed and six motorcycles were
destroyed, the 203rd Thunder Corps added.
govt condemns Houthis for prohibiting delivery of aid to Hodeidah
Fatah, Yemen's Minister of Local Administration and Chairman of the Higher
Commission for Relief, condemned the Houthis for preventing relief
organizations from delivering aid and distributing it in Ad Durayhimi and At
Tuinternationalhayat Districts in Hodeidah.
told the Yemeni News Agency (SABA) that these measures are terrorist and
violate international and humanitarian law.
the Yemeni army forces, aided by the popular resistance, attacked Houthi posts
in Al-Sharyga in north Lahij and in Ar Rahidah, southwest of Taiz.
military source told the armed forces’ media center that the national armed
forces liberated some areas and plateaus that overlook Al-Sharyga- Ar Rahidah
path amid collapses in the Houthis’ ranks.
Houthi militias besiege town in Dhamar, kidnap at least 60
militias kidnapped dozens from the town of Al-Kharba in the Jahran District in
the Dhamar Governorate after clashing with the townspeople and imposing a siege
on the town.
sources said the Houthis kidnapped more than 60 people from the town, adding
that they have detained them in the central prison in Dhamar and are
interrogating them in a tyrannical way.
also said that the Houthis are still pursuing the townspeople and arresting
Hussein al-Maqishi, the Houthi militia commander in Dhamar, went to the house
of Sheikh Ahmad Ali Qassem Salah and obliged him to hand over those he
described as “murderers and wanted men” and gave him 24 hours to hand them
forces have demolished the family home of a Palestinian teenager who was shot
and killed by settlers over an alleged stabbing attack in the occupied West
Bank last month.
on Tuesday, an Israeli bulldozer entered the West Bank village of Kobar near
Ramallah and razed the one-story structure that belonged to the family of
Mohammed Tareq Ibraham Dar Youssef, who was shot dead in the incident last
17, broke into the settlement of Adam on July 27, and allegedly stabbed three
people, killing settler Yotam Ovadia, 31. One of those wounded in the attack
fatally shot and killed the Palestinian teen, the Israeli military reported.
military statement also said dozens of Palestinians clashed with Israeli troops
during Tuesday’s demolition, hurling rocks, firebombs and pipe bombs at them.
recent years, Israel has expanded the authority of its military to demolish
Palestinian homes in the occupied territories. The army can now execute
demolition orders in the so-called Area C of the West Bank just days after they
regime orders the demolition of Palestinian homes as a punitive measure in
response to alleged attacks by Palestinians against Israeli settlers.
Aviv has been occupying the West Bank, including East al-Quds, since taking the
Palestinian territory by force in 1967. Ever since, it has been propping up
settlements throughout the land, in a move condemned by the United Nations, and
considered illegal under international law.
600,000 Israelis live in over 230 illegal settlements in the West Bank and East
Yemen’s army launched attacks targeting Houthi militia positions in areas west
of Taiz, Saudi state-news channel Al-Ekhbariya reported.
a statement issued on the Yemeni Ministry of Defense’s official website,
September 26, a field source said the attack resulted in several deaths and
injuries among the militia.
army also announced that a number of strategic locations south of Taiz have
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