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Delhi, Oct 22: In an already crowded terror market, India has another headache
to deal with. The outfit that is threatening the country this time is the
WeH is an offshoot of the Islamic State and is currently active in South Asia.
The outfit over the past couple of weeks has attracted several educated Muslim
youth in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Intelligence agencies say that this outfit has not only been radicalising the
youth in India, but has also moved several of its fighters from Syria and Iraq
to Afghanistan. The ISIS has been facing heavy losses in Syria and Iraq and
hence decided to make it Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh wing
the many recruitment drives that the WeI has conducted, a similar modus
operandi that the other groups have relied upon has been used. The outfit
speaks about the governments of India and Bangladesh and how an un-islamic rule
is in place.
it accuses the government of carrying out state-sponsored terrorism against the
study in this regard titled 'Prospects of Daesh's Expansion in South
Asia," says that an unorganised presence of WeH terrorists has been
identified in parts of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. It operates as an Indian
chapter of the Islamic State which was formally announced in 2016.
new research was conducted by Abdullah Khan, the managing director of the
Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies. The study also says that
WeH is the new chapter of the Daesh which is quickly attracting educated youth
in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
interesting highlight of the study relates to Kerala. It says the Indian
citizens, especially from Kerala find the Islamic State more attractive than
another group. This observation comes in the wake of 54 people from Kerala
joining the ISIS in the past three years.
it states that those who have joined the Wilayat are educated and most of them
are engineers, doctors and MBA holders. Most of them are joining the group's
Khorasan chapter (Afghanistan) than the core group in Syria or Iraq.
on Friday vowed said it did not want relations with Saudi Arabia to be damaged
in the case of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul.
the start, the line of our President (Recep Tayyip Erdogan) has been clear.
Nothing will remain secret in this case,” presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin
told reporters in Ankara.
added: “Saudi Arabia is for us an important country, a brotherly and friendly
country. We have many partnerships and we would not want these to be damaged.
Consequently, there is a great responsibility on the Saudi authorities to shed
light on the case.”
continue in Washington D.C. to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist
organization due to its global activities.
Fradkin, Director of the Center on Islam, Democracy and the Future of the
Muslim World at the Hudson Institute emphasized to Al Arabiya English that the
Muslim Brotherhood is a global threat, "It is true that it operates on a
global basis or as global as it can be. It has branches in various Muslim
countries, especially Arab countries, but also other regional countries, and it
has organizations that were founded by and directed by its members in other
places like France, England, US, and so forth,” he said.
US expert highlighted that the Brotherhood founder, Egyptian, Hassan al Banna,
was aiming to establish his organization outside Egypt as well, not for his
personal ambitions, but to implement the agenda of the Brotherhood’s project.
who testified before the United States’ House of Representatives Committee on
Oversight and Government Reform, last July, to consider the proposition that
Washington should declare the Brotherhood a terrorist organization.
argued against the suggestions that if the U.S. takes this step, it would
negatively affect Washington’s foreign relations with several Arab and Muslim
countries, “If you take the case of Egypt, we were understood to be favorably
disposed towards the Brotherhood, especially with former U.S. President Barak
Obama's Cairo speech and his embrace of the group through it.
afterward, there was a general understanding on the part of some part of the
Egyptian public that we were siding with the Brotherhood. Unfortunately, a lot
of Egyptians were hostile to the U.S. They weren't favorable to us.” the US
expert told Al Arabiya English.
Obama basically said let's try an experiment. Let's see if we engage with them,
if we show some accommodation to the Muslim Brotherhood, let's see if we get
something positive out of that" Fradkin pointed out, adding that while the
whole world was going through that experiment, the Egyptians were the ones who
had to live with it. “Once the Brotherhood was in power, it showed us that they
weren't moderate,” he said.
United States’ laws when it comes to designating a person or a group as
terrorists have a specific definition of what that means and require
specifically violent acts, according to the US expert who pointed out that;
“One could say that there are certainly branches of the Brotherhood, which have
committed violent acts and terrorist acts. The Egyptian Brotherhood, before it
fell from power, or at the time it was falling from power, certainly committed
violence acts. So too did the Syrian Brotherhood in its day, and so too does
Hamas on a regular basis, which is a branch of the Brotherhood.”
his testimony, Fradkin explained to the committee that the Banna’s
Brotherhood’s project was to apply to all Muslims and the forms of government
under which they lived, rejecting the nation-state as a legitimate form of
ultimate goal was to form a new Muslim state which would embrace all Muslims
and would restore the authentic Muslim way of life as well as restore Muslim
political powered, military power, and Muslim prestige. To use a term that has
recently become familiar it was to be an Islamic and not a national state, or
rather The Islamic State.
emphasized to Al Arabiya English that the larger issue that was not captured
was the degree to which the Brotherhood contributes through its ideology and
through its attempts to impart that ideology to the people, to create a basic
understanding, which as often as not does wind up in violent acts, “It is very
hard to part that in a very clear way as such that it comes under the American
laws which was the complication in the hearing,” he said.
noted that recently Ayman al-Zawahiri, the present leader of Al Qaeda, reached
out to the Brotherhood expressing nostalgic appreciation for the fact that Al
Qaeda had been born out of the Brotherhood project and welcomed its members to
join his own.
of the groups that gain attention in our American politics, and elsewhere, are
brotherhood groups. I mean Isis and Al Qaeda cannot come out into the open, but
the brotherhood can and does in the form of organizations. The Council on
American-Islamic Relations “CARE” in the United States is an example which the
majority of the moderate Muslims argue that those people don't represent us,”
should be done?
US administration should not treat these organizations and their leaders as
representatives of the Muslim community of the United States. That's the
beginning point,” the Hudson’s expert emphasized.
stressed that the Washington should be firm in dealing with the Brotherhood and
the countries that support, finance, harbor, or provide a platform for the
group to freely promote its ideology, The thing is countries like Saudi Arabia,
UAE, and Egypt had banned the Muslim brotherhood movements, they considered it
or they listed it as a terror group. While some of the US allies did not, and
still work with the group, such as Qatar,” Fradkin concluded.
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday condemned what he described as a “new cycle
of killings” in Kashmir and said the solution to the “Kashmir dispute” lay in
ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party is keen to make progress in relations
with India and other neighbours, but, in India’s case, wants to do this without
altering its rigid stance on Kashmir, say analysts. The lack of dialogue
between the two countries comes at a time when Pakistan is facing diplomatic
isolation from neighbours and a cold shoulder from allies such as Saudi Arabia,
who have turned down requests to help Islamabad tide over its economic
a tweet, Khan criticised what he called the “new cycle of killings of innocent
Kashmiris” and repeated his stance that the solution to the issue lay in
dialogue. “It is time India realised [that] it must move to resolve the Kashmir
dispute through dialogue in accordance with the UNSC resolutions and the wishes
of the Kashmiri people.”
Indian ministry of external affairs said Khan’s comments were “deeply regrettable”.
of making comments on India’s internal affairs, Pakistan leadership should look
inwards and address its own issues. Pakistan would serve the interest of the
people of the region by taking credible action against all kind of support to
terrorism and terror infrastructure from all territories under its control...
Pakistan’s deceitful stand on dialogue, while supporting terror and violence,
stands exposed to the whole world,” said spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.
policy analysts said the Pakistan premier is trying again to reach out to India
for some sort of dialogue. “He is under pressure from a number of quarters and
he wants to show some achievement,” commented analyst Aga Hilali.
said there were high expectations from the Imran Khan government on the foreign
policy front. “Instead there has been disappointment.”
September, India called off a meeting scheduled between Pakistan foreign
minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and India’s external affairs minister Sushma
Swaraj that was to take place in New York on the sidelines of the UN General
Indian foreign ministry said the talks were called off after the “latest brutal
killings of our security personnel by Pakistan-based entities and the recent
release of a series of twenty postage stamps by Pakistan glorifying a terrorist
a statement released on Monday, Qureshi’s office said “the international
community needs to take swift action against human rights violations” in
is set to travel to Saudi Arabia to take part in the Future Investment
Initiative in Riyadh. This forum is being widely boycotted by international
leaders following the murder of the Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi inside
the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul.
a meeting with the foreign media on Monday, Khan said, “What happened in Turkey
is just shocking, what can I say? It’s shocked all of us.
that aside, the reason I have to take this opportunity is because we are
country of 210 million people and we have the worst debt crisis in our
told foreign journalists: “We are desperate for money. Unless we get loans from
friendly countries or IMF, we actually won’t have foreign exchange to either
service our debts or to pay for our imports. Unless we get loans, or investment
from abroad, we’ll have real, real problems.”
soldiers have wounded at least 20 Palestinians in an attack on demonstrators
that had gathered along Gaza’s territorial waters to stage a new protest
against Israel’s occupation.
injuries occurred after Israeli forces attacked hundreds of peaceful
Palestinian protesters with live ammunition during a naval march in the town of
Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip on Monday.
Palestinian Ma'an News Agency said Israeli forces opened fire at protesters approaching
the fence separating Gaza from the occupied territories and hurled teargas
bombs that caused many to suffer from respiratory problems.
Gaza Health Ministry said at least 20 people were wounded in the raid near the
maritime border with the occupied territories, adding that the injured were
transferred to hospitals for medical treatment.
Palestinian protesters, in response, moved dozens of boats toward an Israeli
navy vessel in an attempt to break the 12-year-long siege on Gaza.
demonstration on Monday was the 13th naval march against the crippling blockade
of the enclave.
Gaza Strip has been under an inhumane Israeli siege since 2007 and witnessed
three wars since 2008. The blockade has caused a decline in living standards as
well as unprecedented levels of unemployment and poverty.
have been running high near the fence since March 30, which marked the start of
a series of protests dubbed “The Great March of Return.” Palestinian protesters
demand the right to return for those driven out of their homeland.
deadly clashes in Gaza reached their peak on May 14, the eve of the 70th
anniversary of Nakba Day, or Day of Catastrophe, which coincided this year with
Washington's relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem
than 200 Palestinians have so far been killed and over 20,000 others wounded in
the renewed Gaza clashes, according to the latest figures released by the Gaza
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ranked first place in the 2019 edition of the World's 500
Most Influential Muslims.
annually by the Jordan-based Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, the book
notes that Erdoğan became Turkey's first popularly-elected president in August
2014 and then secured a second term in the 2018 election with 52.5 percent of
Erdoğan's terms, Turkey has undergone "constitutional reform and a
re-emergence as a major global power," the publication said.
report said that under Erdoğan's leadership, Turkey has focused on building
stronger relations with all of its seven land-contiguous neighbors, especially
Greece, and also all of those countries bordering the Black Sea -- an important
trading hub and a geopolitically significant area.
Africa, it has opened up over 20 new embassies and consulates, and when Somalia
suffered from a crippling famine and drought in 2011, Erdoğan not only gave
aid, but also became the first leader from outside Africa to visit Somalia in
nearly two decades," it said.
the book's editions belonging to previous years, Erdoğan was ranked 8th in 2016
and 2017, and 5th in 2018.
the 2019 ranking, Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud was ranked second in
being the most influential Muslim, while Jordanian King Abdullah II Ibn
Al-Hussein was ranked third.
book has been published annually by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre
in Jordan's capital Amman since 2009, and its 10th edition for the year 2019
was published this month.
sets out to ascertain the influence some Muslims have on the Ummah (worldwide
Muslim community), or on behalf of the Ummah, according to the book.
Palestinian stabbed an Israeli soldier and was shot dead by the wounded man and
other troops in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Monday, the military said.
a statement, the military said the incident occurred near the biblical Cave of
the Patriarchs, revered by Muslims as the Ibrahimi mosque, in the city of Hebron.
soldier was slightly wounded in the attack and opened fire, along with other
soldiers, at the assailant, killing him, according to the military.
began a wave of knife and car-ramming attacks in the West Bank and in Israel in
2015, after peace talks with Israel collapsed. Such incidents have become more
fightingbroke out among Houthi militias in Sanaa leading to many casualties
amid security chaos in the Yemeni capital and growing cases of assassinations
also reported the spread of looting of shops and banks under the pretext of
financing military operations. The chaotic security situation comes at the
heels of the assassination of the son of security director of a directorate in
clashes among Houthi militants resulted in deaths in their ranks while sources
pointed out that the assistant Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for
Tribal Affairs of the Houthi, Safwan al-Habri, narrowlly escaped an armed
ambush in a neighborhood south of Sanaa.
members of the coup militias have also been assassinated due to feuds related
to money and the refusal of the Houthi militias to pay the salaries of its
extremist militant group has claimed responsibility for the abduction of 12
Iranian security personnel near the border with Pakistan, Iran’s semi-official
news agency ISNA reported Monday.
terrorist group Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice in Arabic) has posted two
photos... claiming that those in it are the forces abducted” on October 16,
al-Adl, formed in 2012, is a successor to the Sunni extremist group Jundallah
(Soldiers of God) which has carried out a spate of attacks on Iranian security
forces in recent years in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan.
photos show seven members of the elite Revolutionary Guards force and five
police commandos, all in combat gear, according to state news agency IRNA.
Iranians, including intelligence offices, were abducted near Lulakdan, a
village 150 kilometres (90 miles) southeast of Zahedan, capital of
were “made unconscious” by a “single infiltrator” and then kidnapped and taken
to bases inside Pakistan, said Guards commander Major General Mohammad Ali
Jafari, quoted by IRNA.
photos also show a haul of automatic weapons and sniper rifles, rocket
launchers, machine-guns, grenades and ammunition, apparently seized from the
has long been a flashpoint, with Pakistan-based Baluchi separatists and
extremists carrying out regular cross-border raids against Iran.
province has a large, mainly Sunni Muslim ethnic Baluchi community which
straddles the border.
delegation led by the Guards’ ground forces commander Mohammad Pakpour visited
Pakistan on Monday to follow up on efforts to free the Iranians, the force said
on its website.
said last Wednesday that it has launched “active” efforts to locate the missing
top official of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement says the awkward
silence of the United States and Europe on the ongoing Saudi-led massacres in
Yemen definitively proves their hypocrisy, stating that Washington is being
paid huge sums of money by the Riyadh regime to cover up its crimes.
Arabia can buy US President Donald Trump, the US Congress, the Security Council
and major powers with its petrodollars, but cannot win the support of
defenseless and honorable Yemeni nation or Hezbollah’s silence. That is why
they tend to punish the Lebanese resistance movement through placing it on
terrorist lists and adopting economic sanctions against it,” Sheikh Nabil
Qaouk, deputy chief of Hezbollah’s executive council, said on Sunday.
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 resigned president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, back to power and crushing the
country’s popular Houthi Ansarullah movement.
Legal Center for Rights and Developments in Yemen, in a statement released on
October 15, announced that the ongoing Saudi-led military campaign against the
impoverished and conflict-plagued Arab country has resulted in the death of
15,185 civilians, including 3,527 children and 2,277 women.
total of 23,822 civilians, among them 3,526 children and 2,587 women, have also
sustained injuries, and are currently suffering from the lack of medicine,
medical supplies and poor treatment due to the crippling Saudi siege.
in his remarks, Qaouk said, “Political developments as well as changes on the
ground in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and the Middle East region confirm the victory of
the anti-Israel resistance front. In Syria, all efforts to topple the incumbent
government have failed. Syria is still a solid fortress at the core of the
resistance front. Its victory will boost the strength of the resistance front
against Israel’s acts of aggression.”
resistance movement scored another victory when it managed to beef up its
advanced missile capabilities – a move that worried Israel and filled its
officials with terror. Therefore, Israelis no longer trust (Prime Minister
Benjamin) Netanyahu's assurances, because they have discovered that such
comments are sheer lies,” he noted.
Delhi, Oct 22: Amid Hindu seers, saints and right wing organisations including
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Bajrang Dal and
even the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pitching for the construction of Ram
temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board too demanded legislation for construction
of Ram Temple.
the Dussera moment, Shia Waqf Board chief Syed Waseem Rizvi called Babur a
Ravan and himself a Vibhishan to help building Ram temple built in Ayodhya.
Rizvi said, "As per Islam, it is sinful to offer prayer on the land occupied
forcefully and on the religious places of other faith." He said,
"Actually there is lack of humanism among radical Muslims. The fight of
Ram temple is with Babri Rawan and Shia Waqf Bard and me is going to play the
role of Vibhishan to end Rawan. Because in the year 2019, we will built the Ram
temple by making constitutional provisions for the construction of Ram
like All India Muslim Personal Law Board and Babri Masjid Action Committee are
demanding reconstruction of Babri mosque there where it stood but Uttar Pradesh
Shia Waqf Board president Rizvi said, "During the time of second Caliph
converting churches into mosque started from Spain. The similar modus operandi
was adopted by Mughals and Monghols in India when they destroyed temples in
India to replace them with mosque."
said that there were no dearth of land in India and separate places of worship
could have been built. Babur and other Mughals have very frequently demolished
temple while none of theh non-Muslim ruler did the same by destroying mosque of
any other shrine. However, political analyst say that such thing will continue
as the elections are round the corner.
leadership should look inwards and fix its own issues rather than support and
glorify terrorists against India, the foreign ministry said on Monday, hitting
out at Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for his condemnation of what he had
described as a “new cycle of killings of innocent Kashmiris” by security
Khan’s tweet was a reference to the death of six civilians in a blast at a
house in south Kashmir on Sunday. Police say the people had gone too close to
the house where an encounter between security forces and terrorists had just
ended. Kashmiri separatists had called for a shutdown in the region over the
cricketer-turned-politician’s tweet that drew a sharp reaction from New Delhi
also came just a day after a border action team of Pakistan army crossed the
Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir and killed three Indian soldiers in an
had repeated his stance that the solution to the issue lay in dialogue. “It is
time India realised [that] it must move to resolve the Kashmir dispute through
dialogue in accordance with the UNSC resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri
people,” he had said.
foreign affairs ministry dissed Imran Khan for his country’s “deceitful stand
deceitful stand on dialogue, while supporting terror and violence, stands
exposed to the whole world,” the foreign ministry said in reaction to Khan’s
ministry said Pakistan would serve the interest of the people of the region by
taking credible action against all kind of support to terrorism and terror
infrastructure from all territories under its control rather than supporting
and glorifying terrorists and terror activities against India and its other
of making comments on India’s internal affairs, Pakistan leadership should look
inwards and address its own issues,” ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.
Pakistani extremist cleric Khadim Rizvi lashed out at the students of Lahore
University of Management Sciences (LUMS) for meeting with the members of the
Ahmadiyya community, saying those who wanted to express solidarity with them
can leave the country and instead live in India or Israel.
this month, the students had met the Ahmadis in Rabwah, as part of a project to
promote peace, tolerance and acceptance of minorities in Pakistan.
to the visit, Rizvi said, "Principal of a Lahore college took students to
the centre for 'Qadiyanis', saying they want to promote brotherhood with the
minorities. The government is not taking cognisance of this. I don't understand
which direction they want to take Pakistan to. You are taking students to those
people who are blasphemous to our Prophet. What do you want to tell and show to
added, "You (the principal) better realise what your condition will be.
Behave like humans! We have told you several times that non-believer gets to a
non-believer, a Jew to Jews and Christians gravitate towards Christians. Those
who feel for these people can go to India or Israel," he added.
is one of the few places in Pakistan which has the highest concentration of
Ahmadis in the country.
Ahmadiyya or the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at is an Islamic religious movement
founded in Punjab, in then British India, near the end of the 19th century.
However, Pakistan's Constitution has declared the community as
penal code subjects Ahmadis to severe legal restrictions and
officially-sanctioned discrimination, making it criminal for the people of the
community to call themselves Muslims, preach, propagate or disseminate
materials on their faith, or refer to their houses of worship as mosques. The
Pakistan government applies the anti-terrorism law as an unwarranted pretext to
arrest members of the Ahmadiyya community.
Forming a Muslim party in India is infeasible. Babri Masjid issue is being
raked up ahead of elections. Discrimination has increased in the country, said
president Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind Maulana Qari Syed Mohammed Osman Qasmi
Mansoorpuri while speaking to newspersons. He had attended Tahaffuz
Khatm-e-Nabuwat and Tahaffuz Hadeeth conference as chief guest.
Mohammed Osman Mansoorpuri said all the religions and sects had jointly
struggled for freedom from Britishers. The ideology of Communal harmony is the
best for the country for maintaining peace in the country. It will ensure
speedy growth. Hence forming a political party which has only Muslims’ role is
uncalled for and infeasible. He said Jamiat Ulama believes in joining everyone
together. Unity is the need of the hour, he said.
said Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind doesn’t appeal for a particular party. On the question
of Babri Masjid, Maulana said the issue is raise keeping in view 2019
summoned a senior official of the Pakistan High Commission here Tuesday and
lodged a strong protest over the loss of lives of three of its soldiers during
an infiltration bid by Pakistani terrorists in the Sunderbani sector of Jammu
and Kashmir two days ago.
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), in a statement, said it also condemned in
the strongest terms such a provocative action by Pakistan, which revealed the
neighbouring country’s complicity in aiding and abetting terrorism and exposed
the hollowness of its deceitful claims of promoting a constructive engagement
with India and desire for peace.
Pakistan High Commission official was summoned to the MEA and a demarche was
made, lodging a strong protest over the loss of lives of Indian soldiers during
the cross-border infiltration bid by Pakistani terrorists in the Sunderbani
sector on October 21, the statement said.
was informed that two Pakistani armed intruders have been killed by the Indian
security forces during the ensuing firefight and the government of Pakistan
should take custody of the dead bodies of its nationals,” the MEA said.
heavily-armed Pakistani intruders and three Indian soldiers were killed in a
gunfight Sunday after the Army foiled the infiltration bid along the Line of
Control (LoC) in the Sunderbani sector.
Army had also warned Pakistan Monday to restrain the terrorists operating from
also conveyed to the Pakistani side Tuesday its grave concern over the
continuing incidents of unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Pakistani forces
along the LoC and the International Border (IB).
repeated calls for restraint and adherence to the ceasefire understanding of
2003 for maintaining peace and tranquillity, Pakistan forces have carried out
1,591 incidents of unprovoked ceasefire violations along the LoC and IB in 2018
so far,” the MEA said.
India and China signed the first comprehensive security cooperation agreement
Monday, New Delhi raised the issue of China blocking designation of Jaish-e-Mohammad
(JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar as a terrorist before a United Nations
sanctions committee with the Chinese delegation, officials said.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh signed an agreement on security cooperation with
Zhao Kezhi, minister of Public Security of People’s Republic of China. Kezhi
also met National Security Advisor Ajit Doval where the issue of Azhar, alleged
mastermind of terror attacks on Pathankot airbase and an Army camp in Uri, on
the UN’s sanctions list was taken up, sources said. China has twice blocked
India’s efforts to include Azhar into the UN list.
is on a bilateral visit to India from October 21 to 25, during which he will
also travel to Mumbai. “During the meeting, the two sides discussed issues of
mutual interest, including bilateral counter-terrorism cooperation, and
welcomed increased cooperation between India and China in the area of security
cooperation. An Agreement on Security Cooperation between the Ministry of Home
Affairs of India and the Ministry of Public Security of China was also signed
by the two Ministers,” said a statement released by the Home Ministry.
to officials, China raised the unrest in Xinjiang province and asked India for
cooperation on the movement of Uighur militants.
NIA and NCB will have agency to agency cooperation to strengthen high-level
agreement and cooperation, said officials.
an audio message, Hizbul Mujahideen’s operations chief Riyaz Naikoo has called
for arms from Pakistan.
disappointment over the Pakistan-based militant leadership, Naikoo says, “My
aim is not to criticise you or to doubt your intentions. I want to put before
you some things that need to watch out for.”
the 15-minute audio message, released on social media on Monday, Naikoo, who
goes by militant name Muhammad Bin Qasim, appeals to Pakistan for weapons. “Our
biggest problem is the supply of weapons. In 1990s mujahideen had AK 47, we
still have that AK 47. They used to have 5-6 magazine, our mujahideen have only
2 or 3 magazines with them. Instead of increasing, our weapons are decreasing.
You should think about your responsibility,” he says.
DC - Republican candidates claiming that Islam is a political ideology rather
than a religion. Super PACs broadcasting a slew of television ads linking
Democratic candidates to "terrorism". Anti-Muslim campaign fliers
sent out in areas across the country.
the US midterm elections slated to take place on November 6, a new pre-election
report blasted these types of anti-Muslim campaigning tactics as a "losing
on Monday by the Muslim Advocates civil rights group, "Running on
Hate" describes a swell of anti-Muslim campaign rhetoric throughout the
era of US President Donald Trump.
documented 80 instances of "clear anti-Muslim rhetoric" employed by
political candidates in 2017 and 2018, adding that 64 percent of the candidates
held office before or enjoyed a presidential endorsement.
Simpson, the public advocacy director of Muslim Advocates, explained that
anti-Muslim candidates have vied for "every level of government"
office in "every region" of the country in the past two years.
the world view pushed by these candidates is something very troubling: Muslims
and non-Muslim allies are conspiring to take over the government to replace the
constitution with Sharia law," he told Al Jazeera.
comprised all but two of the 73 cases in which the report identified party
affiliation, and more than a third of the candidates listed alleged that
Muslims are innately violent or pose a physical threat.
conspiracy theories have had a constituency within the Republican Party for
years," Simpson said, adding: "Trump is an important part of this,
but he didn't originate it."
with only 11 to 14 percent of the candidates listed in the report forecast to
win, Simpson argued that targeting Muslims has proven to be an ineffective
vast majority of them are losing or are projected to lose in November," he
said. "What we saw in this report, and what we see every day, is counter
to the conventional wisdom about this: The assumption that most Americans don't
like Muslims is incorrect."
California's 50th district, embattled Republican House incumbent Duncan Hunter
accused his Democratic opponent, Ammar Campa-Najjar, of attempting to
"infiltrate" Congress as part of a Muslim Brotherhood plot.
Campa-Najjar, a 29-year-old Palestinian-Mexican-American, is a Christian.
Harrison, Hunter's spokesperson, previously told Al Jazeera that "the
national security concerns" surrounding Campa-Najjar are unrelated to his
has absolutely everything to do with the fact that Ammar Campa-Najar has
current, existing relationships with the [Palestine Liberation Organization]
and [the Council on American Islamic Relations]," he said, the latter
referring to the Muslim civil rights group.
this year, failed South Dakota congressional candidate Neal Tapio, who lost in
the Republican primary vote, claimed the founder of a Sioux Falls mosque was
potentially linked to the Palestinian organisation Hamas.
evidence? Tapio's ad said the mosque founder's scarf looked like one worn by
Hamas members. The video concluded: "Should we be concerned?"
the 2016 presidential race, Trump promised to ban Muslims from entering the US
and suggested a database to keep track of Muslim Americans.
following year hate crimes targeting Muslims spiked by 15 percent, according to
a Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) report.
as anti-Muslim rhetoric balloons and hate crimes grow, a record number of
Muslim Americans have entered political races across the US.
in office, Trump implemented a travel ban, restricting travel to the US for
nationals of six Muslim-majority countries.
to run, in part, by Trump's anti-Muslim policies and comments, around 90
Muslims ran for office on the local, state and national levels in 2018,
according to a Jetpac report published earlier this year.
Salem, a North Texas-based Muslim American and social justice activist,
explained that civic and political organising among Muslims were already on the
rise during former President Barack Obama's time in the White House, during
which the number of anti-Muslim hate groups grew massively.
respect to the growing tension that Muslims from every different part of our
community - conservative, liberal and beyond - feel, a switch was flipped,
especially since Trump's election," she told Al Jazeera.
not just about voting any more," she said. "We need to actually write
policy and be on the front lines of supporting people who advocate for our
President Donald Trump’s son-in-law is speaking of “America’s interests” in the
case of Jamal Khashoggi, asserting that Washington is still in the
regards to the situation in Saudi Arabia, I’d say that right now as an
administration we’re more in the fact-finding phase and we’re obviously getting
as many facts as we can from the different places and then we’ll determine
which facts are credible," Jared Kushner told CNN on Monday.
operatives tortured, murdered, and dismembered Khashoggi at the monarchy’s
consulate in Istanbul earlier this month, according to Turkish authorities.
White House adviser, who has a close relationship with Saudi Arabian Crown
Prince Mohammed bin Salman, added that he urged the country’s de facto leader
to "be transparent."
is a very serious accusation, a very serious situation," Kushner said.
"I’d say our strategy in the Middle East relies on ... America’s
interests… And how do we utilize all the things that are available to us to try
to push things forward?"
intercepts reportedly show that Khashoggi, who was last seen entering the Saudi
mission in Istanbul on October 2, was murdered on bin Salman’s direct order.
denied reports that he had advised Trump to wait out the international
criticism of Khashoggi’s likely assassination by reminding him that the
monarchy has preciously faced similar situations.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Ottawa is ready to halt a $13 billion arms
deal with Riyadh if it concludes the weapons have been misused.
strongly demand and expect that Canadian exports are used in a way that fully
respects human rights," Trudeau said in the Parliament on Monday.
have frozen export permits before when we had concerns about their potential
misuse and we will not hesitate to do so again," he added.
has been exporting arms to Saudi Arabia based on a 2014 contract, which is
worth up to $13 billion. The contact, won by the Canadian unit of US weapons
maker General Dynamics Corp, allows Canada to supply Saudis with light-armored
comments on halting the huge arms deal came amid increasing pressure to punish
Riyadh for the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi
consulate in Istanbul.
Canadian PM condemned the journalist’s death and said Foreign Minister Chrystia
Freeland had been talking to allies to discuss the next steps.
on Saturday, Freeland had noted that the Saudi explanations on the death of
Khashoggi at its consulate in Istanbul lacked credibility and consistency.
are very important questions about the entire relationship with Saudi Arabia
that need to be asked," she told reporters on Monday.
Khashoggi case has fanned the flames of a dispute between Saudi Arabia and
Canada, which escalated to new levels after Riyadh abruptly cut ties with
Ottawa over its criticism of the Saudi crackdown on dissent.
dispute broke out in August after the Canadian Embassy in Riyadh tweeted that
it was “gravely concerned” over a spike in the arrests of human rights
campaigners in the kingdom, including gender rights activist Samar Badawi, and
called on “Saudi authorities to immediately release them and all other peaceful
President Donald Trump said Monday there is "no reason" for a
one-month delay into Saudi Arabia's investigation into the killing of Washington
Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
added he is "not satisfied" with Saudi Arabia's explanation for
Khashoggi just days after calling it a "great first step."
denying knowledge of Khashoggi's whereabouts for two weeks, Saudi Arabia on
Saturday admitted Khashoggi was killed during a fight inside its Istanbul
body has not been recovered, nor has Saudi Arabia explained its shifting
narrative on Khashoggi's case.
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) in the wake of the details
released concerning the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, allegedly
at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, has regretted the failure of the Pakistani
government to take an appropriate stand on the incident.
a statement issued here on Monday, HRCP Chairperson Dr Mehdi Hasan said that
the commission also has “serious reservations about the prime minister’s
decision to attend the Future Investment Initiative Conference in Riyadh
said that this decision ignores the sentiments of a large number of people.
“Even apart from the international outcry that has followed Mr Khashoggi’s
murder, there is a moral principle at stake here: the value accorded to the
right to dissent and to freedom of expression should not be undermined this
easily by business interests,” the statement said.
that the Pakistani media itself has become increasingly vulnerable to
undeclared curbs on press freedom, HRCP feels that the government should have
taken a clearer stand on the Khashoggi affair,” Dr Hasan added.
HRCP chairperson said that to merely say that it is “appropriate to await the
outcome of the investigation according to the response issued by the Foreign
Office, underscores a worrying lack of concern not only for the constitutional
principle of freedom of expression but also for the security of journalists.”
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan left for Saudi Arabia to attend an
investment conference boycotted by other leaders over the death of journalist
Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.
told an interviewer before leaving he was concerned at Khashoggi's death but
could not skip the conference because "we're desperate" for possible
Saudi loans to shore up Pakistan's economy.
is Khan's second visit to Saudi Arabia in just over a month, but he has not
succeeded in securing significant financial assistance to stave off a looming
balance of payment crisis.
told the Middle East Eye in an interview published on Monday that he could not
pass up the invitation to meet Saudi leaders again.
reason I feel I have to avail myself of this opportunity is because in a
country of 210 million people right now we have the worst debt crisis in our
history," he was quoted as saying.
we get loans from friendly countries or the IMF (International Monetary Fund),
we actually won't have in another two or three months enough foreign exchange
to service our debts or to pay for our imports. So we're desperate at the
minister Asad Umar and commerce minister Abdul Razak Dawood are accompanying
Khan, a statement from Khan's office said on Monday, adding it "will give
a chance to connect with those people who are interested in investing in
has already asked the IMF to open negotiations for the country's second
potential bailout in five years.
who took office in July, still has been seeking alternatives to the tough
conditions the IMF is likely to impose for loans, limiting his vision of an
Islamic welfare state.
central bank's foreign reserves dropped this month to $8.1 billion, a four-year
low and barely enough to cover sovereign debt payments due through the end of
the year. The current account deficit has swelled to about $18 billion.
has blamed the previous government's policies for the ballooning current
told the Middle East Eye that he was concerned over the "shocking"
death of Khashoggi, a US resident and Washington Post columnist, after he
entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
The respect and honour Prime Minister Imran Khan is given in Saudi Arabia
showed the importance Pakistan has assumed in Muslim world due to Imran Khan,
said the Information Minster Ch Fawad Hussain.
minister, who is visiting the Kingdom along with the prime minister, added that
the delegation could only sleep a few hours and a busy ahead in Riyadh.
Imran Khan on Tuesday arrived in Saudi capital on the second leg of his two-day
official visit to attend the Future Investment Initiative Conference (FIIC) and
meet the Saudi leadership.
was received at the airport by Governor Riyadh Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin
Abdulaziz and Ambassador of Pakistan to Saudi Arabia Khan Hisham bin Siddique
and senior officials.
the PM landed in Madina Munawara where the Pakistani premier was given warm
welcome by the Saudi authorities.
The Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) is planning to hold another multiparty
conference with representation of all opposition parties in parliament to
discuss the prevailing political situation in the country and to devise a joint
strategy against the government.
was disclosed by JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman while briefly talking to
reporters outside his residence after meeting Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)
leader and former president Asif Zardari who had called on him on Monday
Maulana said they would invite all the opposition parties in parliament next
week to attend the multiparty conference so that they could “devise a joint
strategy” against the government that he said had been ruling the country with
a “fake mandate”.
on the occasion, Mr Zardari said that during the past 10 years, they had made
every attempt to ensure continuity of the democratic forces in the country,
“but now democratic forces seem to be getting weaker". He said the present
government was unable to run the country and the democratic forces needed to devise
a joint “strategy”.
to a question about any possibility of moving a no-confidence motion against
Prime Minister Imran Khan in the National Assembly, the former president said
they first required to assess their parliamentary strength. He added that their
main purpose was not to dislodge the government, but to put it on the
democratic track. And for this purpose, a discussion could be held among
“friends”, he said.
said presently their [the government’s] actions could not be called democratic.
to a question if he would also invite the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)
leadership, he simply responded that they were in contact with Maulana Sahab.
JUI-F chief said that he had met PML-N’s supreme leader Nawaz Sharif in Lahore
and later on Sunday he met Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Raja Zafarul
Haq. He claimed that there was complete understanding and an agreement among
the opposition parties that they should adopt a “joint strategy”.
a journalist asked as to why the opposition remained disunited at the time of
the elections of the president and the prime minister, the Maulana said: “Why
are you digging up the past?”
Zardari met the JUI-F chief only a day after calling upon all the political
parties to unite on one platform to declare that the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf
(PTI) government could not run the country.
told a news conference after attending a lawyers’ convention on Sunday that a
possibility of his meeting with Nawaz Sharif could not be ruled out.
JUI-F had organised the first multiparty conference having representation of
the opposition parties in Islamabad soon after the July 25 general elections.
In the multiparty conference, Maulana Fazlur Rehman had suggested that the
opposition members should not take oath of the assembly in order to lodge a
strong protest against the alleged rigging in the elections.
both the PPP and the PML-N did not support the idea and convinced the Maulana
that they should use the platform of the parliament to give a tough time to the
JUI-F again hosted a multiparty conference in the first week of August in which
the opposition parties agreed on a formula for jointly contesting the elections
of the speaker, deputy speaker and the prime minister. However, the formula
could not be implemented after the PPP refused to vote for Shahbaz Sharif in
the election of the prime minister against Imran Khan after expressing its
reservations over his nomination by the PML-N.
A terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the abduction of 12 Iranian
security personnel near the border with Pakistan, Iran’s semi-official news
agency ISNA reported on Monday.
terrorist group Jaish al Adl [Army of Justice in Arabic] has posted two photos…
claiming that those in it are the forces abducted” on October 16, ISNA said.
al Adl, formed in 2012, is a successor to the extremist group Jundallah
(Soldiers of God) which has carried out a spate of attacks on Iranian security
forces in recent years in the southeastern province of Sistan-Balochistan.
Iranians, including intelligence offices, were abducted near Lulakdan, a
village 150km southeast of Zahedan, capital of Sistan-Balochistan.
were “made unconscious” by a “single infiltrator” and then kidnapped and taken
to bases inside Pakistan, said Guards commander Maj Gen Mohammad Ali Jafari,
quoted by IRNA.
pictures also show a haul of automatic weapons and sniper rifles, rocket
launchers, machine-guns, grenades and ammunition, apparently seized from the
October 15, a delegation led by the Guards’ ground forces commander Mohammad
Pakpour visited Pakistan to follow up on efforts to free the Iranians, the
force said on its website.
said last Wednesday that it has launched “active” efforts to locate the missing
The Pakistan Army on Monday handed administrative powers of the Swat region to
the civilian authorities, ending a decade-long military operation to flush out
Taliban militants led by Mullah Fazlullah from the region.
a ceremony held at the Saidu Sharif airport, Brigadier Naseem Anwar handed over
the civilian powers to Commissioner of Malakand Division, Zaheer-ul-Islam.
security powers are now the responsibility of Saidu Sharif police range
officer,” he stated.
the gathering, General Office Commanding Major-General Khalid Saeed added: “The
people of Swat stood shoulder to shoulder with the military to defeat
terrorists. After the restoration of peace, the army took an active part in
ceremony was also attended by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister Mehmood
Khan, Peshawar Corps Commander Lt-Gen Nazeer Butt.
Gen But commented that peace has returned to Swat, and the law enforcement
agencies and civil administration will be responsible for security in the
region from now on.
corps commander lauded the armed forces for vigilance in the face of threats,
claiming that militant forces were still trying to launch attacks, hence the
border was being “fortified with fencing”.
of the deteriorating law and order situation in 2009, 3.5 million people fled
their homes, forcing the then-Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) government to order
a major military operation in Swat with the name Rah-e-Nijat.
Qaumi Movement's (MQM) founder leader Altaf Hussain has said that Pakistan's
judiciary and military establishment should treat all citizens especially the
oppressed alike and should discard the policy of crushing and eliminating them.
also remarked that, unfortunately, there are courts in the country sans spirit
of justice and hence the courts without the spirit of dispensing justice should
be removed as these have no meanings or purpose of existence.
made these remarks in his weekly address that was spread to the corners of the
globe through the social media means and was watched and heard live by millions
of his followers.
said that the new generation in Pakistan is unaware of their heritage
particularly their ancestors who played a pivotal role in conceiving the
new generation hardly knows now about their legends such as Sir Syed Ahmed
khan, Maulana Hasrat Mohani, Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar, Maulana Shaukat Ali
Jauhar, Nizam of Hyderabad, Raja Sahab Mahmoudabad, Abul Hassan Esphahani, Sir
Adamji and Sir Ziauddin, etc" he said.
emphasised that these were the people who actively participated in the struggle
for Pakistan and offered tremendous funds for the newly founded state so that
it could run and live and forgetting them would be tantamount to deleting the
real history of Pakistan. These are being removed from the curricula because
they all hailed from Shiite sect of Islam.
continued and said that there are factories established in Pakistan at the
behest of foreign master which engineered and promoted a specific thought of
declaring the Shiites Muslim as infidel forgetting that the founder of Pakistan
Muhammad Ali Jinnah and his sister Madre-e Millat (mother of the nation) Fatima
Jinnah also belonged to Shiite sect of Islam. In Pakistan, Shiite scholars,
engineers, doctors and lawyers were all butchered mercilessly. It is high time
that all the Shiite scholars should set aside all the compromises and call a
spade a spade. They should protest on discrimination with our legends and
said that in Pakistan, Mohajirs are readily handcuffed and chained in the garb
of an act of breach of law but at the other hand Punjabi culprits are treated
with respect despite their involvement in heinous criminal acts.
also remarked that the ex-Senator Syed Faisal Raza Abidi has been chained and
jailed because he dared to speak the truth but the same the Chief Justice
ignored Maulana Khadim Hussain Rizvi who called names to him and the judiciary.
Likewise, the CJ took immediate notice of handcuffing Punjabi academicians but
has not yet taken any notice of cold-blooded custodial murder of a Mohajir
academician, Prof. Dr Hassan Zafar Arif.
address he further said that conversely, the CJ became very active on water
scarcity issue but he avoided seeing at the sealed residence of his, Nine-Zero,
extrajudicial executions of thousands of innocent Mohajir youth and MQM
affiliates, enforced disappearances of thousands of Mohajirs and he ignored the
call for speedy justice to the affected Mohajir families. The CJ claims to be
the custodian of the constitution but he is predominantly engaged in works that
are beyond his constitutional limits and though he has failed to ensure the
dispensation of justice he is more interested in the construction of dams,
which is not his job.
further said that Pakistan has a judicial system but does not have justice
system. The judiciary in Pakistan is lame and rather paralysed and hence such a
limping and paralysed judiciary should be removed.
said that the army chief General Qamar Jawed Bajwah had promised to help Naqeeb
Ullah Mehsood's family get justice but he has not fulfilled his promise and the
killer cop Rao Anwar is still not brought to justice box. On the other hand, he
visited Mehsood's but did not visit Prof. Arif's because he was a victim
Mohajir. The COAS and the CJ have never remedied the wounds of Mohajirs and
Bajwah has not yet questioned his predecessor General Rahil Sharif who
immediately after his retirement joined the Saudi-led military coalition for
money while there was a constitutional binding on him to have waited for two
years after retirement.
is very unfortunate that in every developmental plan and project, Punjab's
interests are held above all."
said that since there are premonitions that Sindh and Balochistan would sooner
or later become separate and independent states then Punjab would become a
landlocked territory and hence they are very keen on the construction of dams
also cast light on the role of Pakistan's armed forces in detail. He said that
Pakistan's army had always fought with the people of the country, Mohajirs and
Balouchs and Pashtoons. Punjabi army butchered them mercilessly and the acts of
genocide are still rampant.
said that the army has a predefined job to do and it is to protect the
country's boundaries but the ghoulish army of Pakistan is running like a
commercial institution and its span of variety of commercial enterprises
include banks, property business, gas filling stations, meat and poultry
farmhouses, marriage halls and fruits and veggies businesses.
founder Hussain said that "Pakistan's ghoulish and coward army had waged
war on India for five times but was defeated in all five wars." Late air
vice martial Asghar Khan's statement on Pakistan army's defeat is on record, he
said that the army is emotionally exploiting the countrymen on Kashmir since
past seven decades but does not have the courage to enter a combat with the
Indian army on Kashmir.
the contrary, Pakistan's army under the command of Dictator Zia had butchered
20, 000 innocent Palestinians in 1970 in Jordan and the Palestinians remember
that massacre as "Black September'." Dictator Zia was at that time a
Brigadier and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General. Likewise, ex-COAS
of Pakistan army General Rahil Sharif is butchering the innocent people of
Yemen at the behest of Saudi Arabia and as a result, people of Yemen are facing
said that the first Pak-India war was started on October 22, 1947, and it was
Pakistan that waged that war against India. Pakistan army did not use its
regular troops but used people of tribal zones of Pakistan, instead. Tribesmen
had reached inside Kashmir, which was then a Princely state under the rule of
Maharaja Hari Sindh. British rule had approved of choice for him about whether
to join Pakistan or India or keep an independent status of the region. Maharaja
Hari Singh had on Oct 26, 1947, chosen to join India. The war that Pakistan had
waged lasted until Jan 5, 1947.
Pakistani troopers in plain clothes along with tribesmen invaded the Indian
Territory again in 1965. Pakistan violated the Line of Control. In reaction,
Indian forces repelled Pakistani troops and entered into Pakistan from Western
Border and then reached Lahore. Pakistan then approached the United States of
America for a cease-fire and the later did it.
further talked about erstwhile two parts of Pakistan and said, in 1971,
Pakistan had two parts, Eastern and Western Pakistan with 56% and 44% of the
population respectively. However, East Pakistan was deliberately deprived of
its due shares. Bengalis were denied of their due rights and thus they had
joined Sheikh Mujeeb Ur Rehman and won the elections with a majority in 1970.
However, General Yahya Khan and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had launched a genocidal
military crackdown against Bengalis in which millions of Bengalis were killed
and millions of Bengali women were gang-raped by the Pakistani troops. India
then came forward and helped Bengalis rid of Pakistani troops' tyranny and then
Pakistani troops had surrendered shamelessly. Lastly, Pakistan was cut into two
pieces as two separate states.
said that Pakistan People's Party fraudulently makes tall claims of being
country's largest Democratic Party but the facts are that PPP's founder Bhutto
was reared and groomed in the laps of General Iskandar Mirza and General Ayub
Khan. Bhutto used to call General Ayub as his Daddy. Bhutto conspired against
Pakistan in 1971 in connivance with General Yahya and he was the co-planner of
the creation of East Pakistan as independent Bangladesh. Mohajirs had sided
with Pakistani troops in 1971 but Pakistani troopers who had surrendered had
returned to Pakistan after two years but those Mohajirs are still in camps of
Red Cross in Bangladesh. Military Dictator Ziaul Haque had called those
Pakistanis as Beggars.
said that Pakistan army's wrong policies had led Pakistan to get cut into two
separate states, Pakistan and Bangladesh in 1971. Unfortunately, same policies
are still at work and the army is crushing the innocent Mohajirs, Pashtoons,
Balouchs, Seraikis, Hazarwals and other oppressed communities.
— Suspected insurgents killed at least six members of a Buddhist ethnic
minority in western Myanmar on Thursday, the government and regional sources
said, amid spiralling violence in troubled Rakhine state.
forces discovered the bodies of three men and three women bearing machete and
gunshot wounds in the Mayu mountain range near the town of Maungdaw, the office
of Myanmar‘s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, said.
a statement, it said “extremists” were responsible for killing the six members
of the Mro minority from the village of Kaigyi whom residents believe to have
stumbled upon a camp for Rohingya Muslim militants.
Northern Rakhine was plunged into violence last October when Rohingya
insurgents killed nine police in coordinated attacks on border guard posts.
the ensuing military operation, security forces allegedly shot villagers at
random, raped Rohingya women and burned down houses. United Nations investigators
who interviewed some of the nearly 75,000 people who fled to neighbouring
Bangladesh said troops probably committed crimes against humanity.
Suu Kyi is refusing to cooperate with a UN fact-finding mission set up to look
into abuses in Rakhine and elsewhere.
government accuses the militants of running training camps in the mountains and
killing alleged informants in the Muslim community.
forces had begun an “intensive clearance operation” to hunt the killers on
Thursday, a military officer in Rakhine said.
women aged 21 and 34 were still missing from the group that ventured into the
hills to tend to farms, said the officer, who sought anonymity as he was not
authorised to speak to the media.
Kyaw Min, a Buddhist resident of Kaigyi, said villagers believed the two women
had also been killed because some of their bloody clothing was recovered.
are all suffering from this killing,” he said. “All the villagers are in panic
and nobody wants to live there. They all want to move to a safe place arranged
by the government.”
ethic groups recognised as Myanmar citizens are the minority in northern
Rakhine. About 1.1 million Rohingya live in the state, but are denied
citizenship. Many in Myanmar consider them illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.
among the communities has been running high in recent weeks, say aid workers
and UN officials there.
the town of Rathedaung, south of Maungdaw, troops launched a separate hunt for
alleged militants, said the military officer and a human rights monitor with
forces on Friday opened fire on villagers armed with sticks around the hamlet
of Auk Nan Yar, the monitor and a resident said.
non-Muslim villagers went missing in the area last week and the mutilated
bodies of three Muslims were discovered on Monday.
School sends pupils to see Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh to 'open their eyes'
elite Stowe School has taken a group of sixth-form students to visit Rohingya
refugee camps in Bangladesh on a trip it hopes will make them more aware of
wanted to take the children outside of their comfort zones,” says Jan de Gale,
the teacher from Stowe behind the trip, “to open their eyes and develop their
sense of social conscience.”
pupils from the school, all aged between 15 and 17, spent two days with
children’s charity UNICEF, visiting learning centres and child-friendly spaces.
point was not to make them feel guilty but to offer perspective,” said Dr Fitz
Smith, an English teacher, also leading the trip, “and to look at the
privileges we have, not just as people from a first world country, but also a
in in southern Bangladesh, the camps are home to 700,000 Rohingya, a Muslim
minority who have fled persecution from Rakhine state in neighbouring Burma.
half of the population of the underfunded and overcrowded camps are children,
with around 50 per cent having been left orphaned by the conflict.
majority have no access to education, as both Burma and Bangladesh have refused
permission for their curriculum to be used in the camps, with Dhaka wary of
lending any sense of permanence to the refugee population.
centres run by UNICEF and other aid organisations fill the gap as much as
possible. In bamboo structures dotted throughout the camps, volunteers teach
experience couldn't be further from life at Stowe, one of the UK’s most
prestigious public schools, where pupils pay up to £12,200 a term to receive an
elite education in an 18th century mansion. Most expect to go on to study in
the camps “made me feel very lucky,” said 17-year old Hermione, who said she
was was particularly moved by meeting teenage Rohingya girls just a few years
younger than herself.
women and girls in the camps are particularly vulnerable to physical and sexual
abuse, with widespread reports of early marriage and human trafficking. Many
are left to support younger siblings - “something I don’t have to do,” noted
girls we can walk around by ourselves. We don’t have just one room or space to
go to get away and feel safe. Wherever we are at Stowe is a child-friendly
de Gale described the camp's "child friendly spaces" as a “haven.”
spaces were so colourful and airy,” she said. “We were expecting doom and gloom
and were surprised by how happy and positive the children were: they were
Saudi king put emphasis on maintaining the ongoing trend of the bilateral
communication and cooperation between the two countries to further expand the
Minister Sheikh Hasina has said her recent visit to Saudi Arabia will play a
far-reaching role in strengthening ties between the two countries, particularly
protecting Bangladesh’s interests.
firm belief is that my visit will play a far-reaching role in strengthening
bilateral ties between the two countries, particularly protecting Bangladesh’s
interest,” she said on Monday.
prime minister said this in her written speech at a press conference held at
her official residence Ganabhaban, arranged to highlight the activities on her
recent visit to Saudi Arabia.
said constructive discussions were held with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al
Saud and Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman during the tour, particularly on
establishing effective partnership by protecting common interests,
strengthening activities on cooperation on establishing peace and stability in
the Muslim world as well as defence and security issues.
the meeting, she said, King Salman expressed satisfaction at the existing level
of ties saying it had gained unprecedented momentum in the last couple of
Saudi king put emphasis on maintaining the ongoing trend of the bilateral
communication and cooperation between the two countries to further expand the
this regard, King Salman particularly stressed the need for utilizing
opportunities of enhancing cooperation in commerce, investment, culture,
defence and security sectors, Hasina said.
Saudi king highly praised Bangladesh’s stunning successes in socioeconomic
front and put emphasis on continuation of the government in the future to
maintain the country’s stability and pace of development for a long term,” she
to her meeting with a Saudi delegation led by the crown prince and deputy prime
minister, Sheikh Hasina said she requested for more Saudi investment in
Bangladesh’s various sectors.
response, the Saudi deputy prime minister wanted to be a party to Bangladesh’s
development and expressed his keenness to invest more in Bangladesh.
will send a high-profile business delegation and an expert team to Bangladesh
in this regard, Hasina said.
said both sides vowed to work together on various international issues,
particularly establishing peace in the Islamic worldas well as the development
of Muslim countries.
her talks with the Saudi king and crown prince, Hasina said she separately
invited them to visit Bangladesh and both of them accepted her invitation.
said she also attended a meeting with the leaders of the Council of Saudi
Chamber and the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce.
the meeting, five memorandums of understanding on establishing Saudi-Bangladesh
Special economic zone, setting up a cement factory, a Di-Amonium Phosphate
factory, a solar power plant and electrician equipment-manufacturing factory
were signed between Dhaka and Riyadh.
will open up a new era in creating Saudi investment in Bangladesh,” she added.
prime minister said she inaugurated the Bangladesh chancery building at the
diplomatic quarters in Riyadh and laid the foundation stone of the chancery
building of Bangladesh Consulate General in Jeddah.
her visit to Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Hasina performed Umrah in Makkah and offered
ziarat at Rowza of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) at Masjid Al-Nabawi in Madinah.
shadow district administrative chief of the Taliban group for Hesarak district
of eastern Nangarhar province was killed in an airstrike of the U.S.-led
provincial government media office in a statement said Taliban’s shadow
district chief for Hesarak Abdul Jabar was killed in a drone strike on Saturday
statement further added that the airstrike was carried out in the vicinity of
Jokan area of Hesarak district and as a result Taliban’s shadow district
governor was killed along with his six accomplices.
was travelling in a 4×4 vehicle with his accomplices when he came under the
airstrike, the provincial government added in its statement.
to Nangarhar governor’s office, the local residents have not suffered any
casualty during the air raid.
is among the relatively calm provinces in East of Afghanistan but the Taliban
militants and ISIS loyalists have been attempting to expand their foothold and
activities in this province.
Pentagon has confirmed that US Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Smiley was shot in a
Taliban attack that killed two Afghan leaders in Kandahar province last week.
military spokesman Cmdr. Grant W. Neeley provided no other details. The
Washington Post reported earlier Sunday that Smiley was recovering after
suffering at least one gunshot wound while he was inside the Kandahar
Taliban assassinated two top provincial officials Thursday in an attack on a
security conference attended by the top US military commander in the country,
Gen. Scott Miller. He escaped injury. Read more
marriage, a recurring phenomenon in Malaysia that permits parents to marry off
their offspring with the consent of authorities, is no longer to be allowed
under any circumstances, the government has ruled.
Minister Mahathir Mohamad has issued a directive to all state authorities that
the legal minimum marriage age is now set at 18 for Muslims and non-Muslims
comes after a national outcry following the exposure of a marriage between a
41-year-old Malaysian Muslim man and an 11-year-old Thai girl in June.
now, the minimum legal marriage age for Muslims was 18 for men and 16 for
women. For non-Muslims, it was 18 for both men and women.
Muslims and non-Muslims in the multicultural country are governed by different
marriage laws, child marriage had been permitted under special circumstances
under both civil and Islamic laws. As Muslim marriages are governed by Islamic
laws enacted to fit social norms in each state, different versions of the law
were practiced around the country.
marriage required the approval of a Sharia court judge for Muslims or the chief
minister of the state for non-Muslims. Marriage of non-Muslims below 16 years
was banned but Muslims were exempt until now.
to studies, child marriage is not a fringe issue in Malaysia. Government
statistics revealed that nearly 15,000 marriages involving underage children
were reported from 2007 to 2017, consisting of 10,000 cases involving Muslims
and 4,999 cases involving non-Muslims, according to Hannah Yeoh, a deputy
government figures, though not comprehensive, revealed that of the child
marriages that occurred between 2013 and 2017, Sarawak recorded the highest
number at 918, followed by Sabah and Kelantan at 793.
outcry over the 11-year-old's marriage led Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, the
head of Islam in Selangor, one of Malaysia's most developed states, to decree
that the marriageable age for Muslim males and females in the state would be
raised from 16 to 18.
it is the prerogative of each of Malaysia's 13 state governments to process the
directive, the decree of the sultan, one of the guardians of Islam, is
swift move by the government to address the issue follows a visit last month by
Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, U.N. special rapporteur on the sale and sexual
exploitation of children, when she urged the authorities to protect the rights
of minors, particularly young girls.
underage girls were at higher risk of domestic violence and were often denied
the chance to pursue an education, she told reporters.
marrying them, you are denying these girls their basic human rights," de
lack of protection for children in Malaysia is also seen in the number of sex
abuse cases, deputy minister Yeoh said when advocating for transparency in data
are dealing with a generation of cases swept under the carpet," she said
while warning that victims could be desensitized to crimes without counseling
said the government is holding discussions with stakeholders including doctors
and childcare operators to draft standard guidelines and regulations on
offenses against children and also to build a registry of offenders.
conservative Islamic leaders have argued that early marriage provides an answer
to social ills like premarital sex and pregnancies out of wedlock.
Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo has urged santri (Islamic boarding school
students) to fight against terrorism, radicalism, stupidity, porn and hoaxes as
parts of "today’s jihad revolution".
on Monday in front of thousands of santri attending the 2018 National Santri
Day celebration in Simpang Lima Square in Semarang, Central Java, Ganjar said
the students could serve as pioneers of peace.
there to fight against hoaxes, hate speech and those who undermine this nation.
Let’s fight against them. This is a form of jihad,” Ganjar said.
is a politician from the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle
(PDI-P). His message was in line with the President Joko "Jokowi"
Widodo administration's efforts to combat hoaxes, many of which have targeted
the President himself.
also reminded students of their role in defending and developing Indonesia,
urging them to continue the mission of ulema and clerics of the past to build a
out remarks from Religious Affairs Lukman Hakim, he called on santri to
strengthen Islam and the nation by contributing to the country in any way they
Jakarta - Two Indonesian children, Muhammad Ghozali Akbar (10) and Kamil
Ramadhan (11), recited Quran on Sunday, Oct 21, in the 19th Moscow
International Quran Reciting Competition for the category of Hafiz or
memorization in Crocus City Hall, Moscow.
young huffaz (Quran memorizer) attended the event as the special guests of the
Russian Mufti Council, a religious group that represents the Muslim community
come from Indonesia to Moscow, Russia to share valuable things, which are our
love and the recital of holy verses of Quran," said Ike Muttaqin, Chair of
Foundation of Wakaf De Muttaqin Pesantren Yatim Tahfizil, while on stage
accompanying Ahmad and Kamil.
was the first winner, and Kamil won third place in the 2017 Indonesian Hafiz
competition. In the 2018 International Hafiz competition in Jeddah, Ahmad won
third place while Kamil ranked sixth.
Muttaqin expressed his gratitude for the participation of two Indonesian kids
in the international event in Moscow. He pinned hopes people could be inspired
and motivated to love the Quran, read it more, memorize it, and practice the
Russian Mufti Council organized the 19th Moscow International Quran Reciting
Competition on October 18-21, 2018. A total of 33 participants from 33
countries presented, among them were Russia, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia,
United Arab Emirates, Palestine, Brunei Darussalam, and Malaysia. Indonesia was
represented by Muhammad Abdul Faqih from Central Java.
Indonesia Ambassador to the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus, M.
Wahid Supriyadi, delivered his high appreciation to the Indonesian team, both
participants, two young Hafiz, assistants, and jury representatives. According
to Ambassador Wahid, the country’s participation brought closer, not only ties
between Indonesian people and Russia but also among fellow Muslim communities
in the world.
the first time, the committee invites two young Hafiz from Indonesia. This is
an extraordinary recognition to Indonesia," said Wahid remarked.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo called for a “transparent and thorough”
investigation of the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a meeting on Monday
with Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, the foreign minister of the Asian nation
the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, maintains close ties with Saudi
Arabia and has “expressed concern” over the killing at the Saudi consulate in
Istanbul, which the kingdom initially denied for weeks.
killing has drawn international criticism, prompting the kingdom on Sunday to
describe it as a “huge and grave mistake”, while adding that crown prince
Mohammed bin Salman had not been aware of the case.
hopes the investigation being carried out is transparent and thorough,” Foreign
Minister Retno Marsudi told reporters after Widodo’s meeting with Saudi Foreign
Minister Adel al-Jubeir, which she attended.
two met at the presidential palace on the outskirts of Jakarta, the capital, to
discuss several subjects, including the Khashoggi case.
said al-Jubeir had conveyed a “statement and explanation” to Widodo about the
case, but she declined to elaborate. She is scheduled to hold talks with
al-Jubeir in Jakarta on Tuesday.
Indonesia (Reuters) — Shinta Ratri, the matron of an Indonesian Islamic
boarding school, corrects the pronunciation of a group of fellow Muslims as
they chant the phrase “only one God” in Arabic and prepare to pray together.
unusual in that, except that these worshippers, gathered in a cramped
residential neighborhood of the city of Yogyakarta, are all transgender women
in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country where hostility against them has
surged, forcing many underground.
activists say hardline Islamist groups are fast eroding the country’s
long-standing reputation for tolerance of minorities like the “waria” — a
portmanteau of the Indonesian words for “woman” and “man” — as the trans
community is locally known.
56, and her students and friends witnessed this intimidation first hand in
2016, when vigilante Islamists mobbed the Pesantren Waria Al-Fatah school and
forced it to shut down.
Shara, 51, described how a group of “aggressive” men in white robes and skull
caps descended on the school after Friday prayers.
felt angry that my freedom, especially my freedom of religion, was being violated,”
said Shara, who lives at the school. “... Even the state can’t fully guarantee
our safety from these groups,” she added as she took off her wig and make-up
before joining the others in prayer.
school, set up in 2008, was empty for months after the raid, but people have
gradually begun to return to what is now widely considered a safe space for the
while the school is accepted by its immediate neighbors, opposition remains.
believe it is our duty as Muslims to prevent this kind of LGBT behavior and
forbid it,” said Umar Said, a senior cleric with the hardline Islamic People’s
Forum (FUI), which forcibly shut down the school two years ago.
FUI does not “go looking for” waria, the group remains committed to preventing
them from promoting their rights. Being transgender is a disease that can be
cured through prayer, he said.
waria and other gender-fluid communities have been an accepted part of
Indonesian society. The Bugis ethnic group on Sulawesi island, for instance,
traditionally recognizes five genders, including one that is said to
“transcend,” or combine, the female and male.
is not regulated by law in Indonesia, except in the ultra-conservative province
of Aceh where same-sex relations are banned. But parliament is considering
revamping the national criminal code to impose restrictions on consensual sex
outside marriage — a move that activists say could be used to target the
lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community.
without legal barriers, many in the LGBT community face ostracism from their
families and communities, discrimination in looking for work and, in some
cases, violence and humiliation.
waria, banished from their homes, end up as sex workers, including some who
have slowly started to gather again at Ratri’s boarding school to pray.
Ustad Arif Nuh Safri, a preacher at the Yogyakarta boarding school, embracing
the waria is part of his duty.
a Koran study session, Safri encourages his congregation to ask candid
questions about their sexuality and how it affects their relationship with God.
long as we can connect with each other on a human level, we can accept each
other the way we are,” Safri said, adding he believes most Indonesians are as
“open-minded” as him.
October 2, Jamal Khashoggi, a well-known Saudi journalist, once a supporter of
the monarchy, then a critic who lived in fear of his home country, walked into
the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to complete some paper-work involving his
divorce so that he could remarry. He disappeared and the world has been
horrified ever since. Turkish authorities claim he was murdered by a Saudi
assassination squad that flew in from Riyadh with a chainsaw that dismembered
his body. The Saudis first said he walked out hale and hearty; two weeks down
the line they say he was strangled after a fist-fight in the consulate. Nobody
world has been forced yet again to take note of Saudi depravations and the
sense of impunity with which they operate across the world thanks to their
petrodollars. Although the US President Donald Trump has made statements
against Saudi Arabia, after the Khashoggi affair, it’s a matter of time before
Saudi donations to US institutions and their purchase of American arms, silence
the world’s most powerful democracy.
October 17, 15 days after Khashoggi's disappearance, the US state department
received $100 million that the Saudis had pledged apparently to help US efforts
to stabilise Syria. The same Donald Trump who spoke of “severe punishment”
subsequently also floated a theory about “rogue killers”.
Arabia is also expected to “help” Turkey through financial arrangements that
could boost its ailing economy. It’s from Turkish police, intelligence and
media sources that the most horrific accounts of the murder are emerging. The Turkish
media has reported about an audio recording of the torture and murder including
conversations between the assassins and the Saudi diplomats inside the
consulate. It would be interesting to see how the probe can be managed. The
Saudis have never shied away from bribing their way across the globe. It’s
mostly worked for them.
Saudis are, in the view of this columnist, the greatest force for evil in the
world, with the promotion of their toxic form of Islam that’s inspired almost
all the significant terror groups in the world. Simultaneously they have got
the US to look away or support their strategic interests the Middle East, be it
the cruel war against Yemen or the dismemberment of both Iraq and Syria, two
nations that were not strategic allies of Saudi Arabia. Fifteen of the 19
hijackers who crashed planes in the US on 9/11 were Saudi nationals, so
sometimes, the monster comes to bite the hand that feeds it.
Saudi money is at the heart of the greatest strategic flaw in America’s
exertions around the world with the stated aim of fighting terror. They end up
helping terror, not fighting it when they continue to empower all that Saudi
Arabia stands for and promotes.
al Wahhab, the founder of the Wahhabi doctrine that Saudi Arabia promotes with
such puritanical single-mindedness, had denounced all Muslims who honoured
saints and Sufis and performed pilgrimages to their shrines. “They should be
killed, their wives and daughters violated, their possessions violated,” he had
written. Scholars now say that there is a clear ideological-theological
continuity between Wahhabism and the doctrine that the ISIS now propagates.
Earlier, the Taliban too was produced on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border where
the Saudis funded the project to manufacture a jehad in thousands of madarsas;
it’s worth remembering today that the word Talib means student.
the devastation of Afghanistan and Iraq, the next stop was Syria. There is in
fact little doubt that Saudi Arabia funded some of the Sunni extremists groups
in Syria because they saw Bashar al Assad’s Baathist regime as an ally of Iran,
the nation they see as their great strategic rival (but one that’s managed it
while also standing against the US).
years ago, in September 2015, we in India too faced an embarrassing Saudi
perversion, when a diplomat from that country based in Delhi was found to be
keeping two Nepali women, a mother and a daughter, as “sex slaves” for over a
period of four months. There was a minor furore and then it passed. But thankfully
the women were rescued. But one may point out that the interpretations of
Wahabbi Islam are so perverse that it’s possible that inside Saudi Arabia the
women (foreign nationals) would be flogged for getting raped without marriage.
a brutal, repressive regime but it is different from other brutal repressive
regimes in the world because it is constantly engaged in using its wealth to
promote its interpretation of Islam across the globe.
country that has been manufacturing terrorists, holy fighters and sending
assassins across borders would have imagined that killing off Khashoggi would
be just a small matter. It has created a storm but money does make the world go
round and in the case of Saudi Arabia, look the other way.
ran social media for Saudi Arabia’s crown prince. He masterminded the arrest of
hundreds of his country’s elite. He detained a Lebanese prime minister. And,
according to two intelligence sources, he ran journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s
brutal killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by giving orders over Skype.
al-Qahtani, a top aide for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is one of
the fall guys as Riyadh tries to stem international outrage at Khashoggi’s
death. On Saturday, Saudi state media said King Salman had sacked Qahtani and
four other officials over the killing carried out by a 15-man hit team.
Qahtani’s influence in the crown prince’s entourage has been so vast over the
past three years - his own rise tracking that of his boss - that it will be
hard for Saudi officials to paint Qahtani as the mastermind of the murder
without also raising questions about the involvement of Prince Mohammed,
according to several sources with links to the royal court.
episode won’t topple MbS, but it has hit his image which will take a long time
to be repaired if it ever does. The king is protecting him,” one of the sources
with ties to the royal court said.
himself once said he would never do anything without his boss’ approval.
you think I make decisions without guidance? I am an employee and a faithful
executor of the orders of my lord the king and my lord the faithful crown
prince,” Qahtani tweeted last summer.
did not respond to questions from Reuters. His biography on Twitter changed in
recent days from royal adviser to chairman of the Saudi Federation for
Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones, a role he had held before.
Mohammed had no knowledge of the operation that led to Khashoggi’s death and
“certainly did not order a kidnapping or murder of anybody”, a Saudi official
said on Saturday. Officials in Riyadh could not be reached for further comment.
the crisis has grown over the past three weeks, Saudi Arabia has changed its
tune on Khashoggi’s fate, first denying his death, then saying he died during a
brawl at the consulate, and now attributing the death to a chokehold.
senior Saudi official told Reuters that the killers had tried to cover up what
happened, contending that the truth was only now emerging. The Turks reject
that version of the story, saying they have audio recordings of what happened.
kingdom has survived other crises in the past year, including the fallout of
the crown prince’s short-lived kidnapping of Lebanese prime minister Saad
al-Hariri in 2017. Hariri, too, was verbally humiliated and beaten, according
to eight Saudi, Arab and Western diplomatic sources. The man leading that
interrogation: Saud al-Qahtani.
intervened to free Hariri, but Western capitals did not take Riyadh to task for
detaining a head of government – and Prince Mohammed emerged emboldened,
according to these Saudi sources.
time is different, with some Western capitals increasingly critical of the
murder and the Saudi explanation.
has announced it will stop arms sales, while Britain, France and Germany issued
a joint statement asking for an “urgent … clarification of exactly what
happened Oct 2.”
Donald Trump has swung between saying he is unhappy with the Saudi
investigation but also that he does not want to jeopardize U.S. arms sales to
stem the fallout of the Khashoggi killing, the crown prince, commonly known by
his initials MbS, allowed Qahtani to take the fall, according to one source
close to the Saudi royal court.
second senior Saudi official said Qahtani had been detained following his
sacking by royal decree, but he continued to tweet afterwards. The sources with
links to the royal court said he was not believed to be under arrest.
the Khashoggi killing, Qahtani was present as he has been in other key moments
of MbS’s administration. This time, though, his presence was virtual.
a U.S.-based Saudi journalist often critical of Saudi Arabia and its
leadership, walked into the Istanbul consulate at around 1 pm on Oct 2, to pick
up some documents that would allow him to marry.
security sources say he was immediately seized inside the consulate by 15 Saudi
intelligence operatives who had flown in on two jets just hours before.
to one high-ranking Arab source with access to intelligence and links to
members of Saudi Arabia’s royal court, Qahtani was beamed into a room of the
Saudi consulate via Skype.
began to hurl insults at Khashoggi over the phone. According to the Arab and
Turkish sources, Khashoggi answered Qahtani’s insults with his own. But he was
no match for the squad, which included top security and intelligence
operatives, some with direct links to the royal court.
Turkish intelligence source relayed that at one point Qahtani told his men to
dispose of Khashoggi. “Bring me the head of the dog”, the Turkish intelligence
source says Qahtani instructed.
is not clear if Qahtani watched the entire proceedings, which the high-ranking
Arab source described as a “bungled and botched operation”.
Arab source and the Turkish intelligence source said the audio of the Skype
call is now in the possession of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. The sources
say he is refusing to release it to the Americans.
said on Sunday he would release information about the Turkish investigation
during a weekly speech on Tuesday.
Turkish officials reached by Reuters declined to comment ahead of that speech.
senior Saudi official who laid out the official version of events – that
Khashoggi had got into a fight – said he had not heard about Qahtani appearing
via Skype, but that the Saudi investigation was ongoing.
40, has earned a reputation at home as both a violent enforcer of princely
whims and as a strident nationalist. In blogs and on social media, some liberal
Saudi journalists and activists dubbed him the Saudi Steve Bannon for his
aggressive manipulation of the news media and behind-the-scenes strategizing.
wrote odes on Twitter to the royal family under the pen name Dari, which means
predator in Arabic. Some of his opponents on social media call him Dalim, a
figure in Arabic folklore who rose from being a lowly servant to much greater heights.
to his biography on his Twitter account, Qahtani studied law and made the rank of
captain in the Saudi air force.
launching a blog, he caught the eye of Khaled al-Tuwaijri, the former head of
the royal court, who hired him in the early 2000s to run an electronic media
army tasked with protecting Saudi Arabia’s image , according to a source with
ties to the royal court.
is under house arrest and could not be reached for comment.
rose to further prominence after latching onto Prince Mohammed, who was part of
his father Salman’s court as Riyadh governor, then crown prince and finally
king in 2015
with countering alleged Qatari influence on social media, Qahtani used Twitter
to attack criticism of the kingdom in general and Prince Mohammed in
particular. He also ran a WhatsApp group with local newspaper editors and
prominent journalists, dictating the royal court’s line.
Riyadh led an economic boycott against Qatar in June 2017, Qahtani ramped up
his attacks on the small Gulf state.
he urged Saudis to tweet the names of anyone showing sympathy with Qatar under
the Arabic hashtag “The Black List”.
high-ranking Arab official and Saudi sources with ties to the royal court said
Qahtani was MbS’s “bad cop” late last year when 200 people, including Saudi
princes, ministers and business tycoons, were detained and put under house
arrest at the Ritz Carlton in an anti-corruption sweep. Qahtani oversaw some of
the interrogations, the Arab official said.
extent of Qahtani’s power is perhaps best illustrated by the kidnapping of
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri last year, several of the Saudi and Arab
diplomatic sources said.
Saudis were incensed at the inability of Hariri, a Sunni Muslim and a Saudi
client, to stand up to their regional rival Iran and Hezbollah, the Shi’ite
paramilitary movement that acts as Tehran’s spearhead in the region. Hariri
belonged to the same multiparty coalition government as Hezbollah.
Saudis were particularly dismayed that Hariri had failed to deliver a message
to a top adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to stop
interfering in Lebanon and Yemen. Hariri claimed he had delivered the Saudi
message, but an informer, planted by Qahtani in Hariri’s circle, gave the
Saudis the minutes of the meeting which showed that he had not done so.
Saudis lured Hariri to Riyadh for a meeting with MbS. Upon his arrival on Nov.
3, 2017, there was no line-up of Saudi princes or officials, as would typically
greet a prime minister on an official visit. Hariri later received a call that
the meeting with the crown prince would take place the next day at a royal
Hariri arrived, he was ushered into a room where Qahtani was waiting for him
with a security team, according to three Arab sources familiar with the
incident. The security team beat Hariri; Qahtani cursed at him and then forced
him to resign as prime minister in a statement that was broadcast by a
Saudi-owned TV channel.
(Qahtani) told him you have no choice but to resign and read this statement,”
said one of the sources. “Qahtani oversaw the interrogation and ill-treatment
source said it was the intervention of French President Emmanuel Macron that
secured his release following an international outcry.
claimed credit in May for ending the crisis, saying an unscheduled stopover in
Riyadh to convince MbS, followed by an invitation to Hariri to come to France,
had been the catalyst to resolving it. Lebanese officials confirmed to Reuters
that Macron’s quick intervention secured Hariri’s return.
officials could not be reached for comment about the sequence of events or
Qahtani’s involvement. French officials declined to comment when asked about
OFFER TO RETURN HOME
least three friends of Khashoggi told Reuters that in the months after the
journalist moved to Washington a year ago he received multiple phone calls from
MbS’s right-hand man urging him to return to Saudi Arabia. Khashoggi had
balked, they said, fearing reprisals for his Washington Post columns and
had tried to reassure the former newspaper editor that he was still well
respected and had offered the journalist a job as a consultant at the royal
court, the friends said.
said that while he found Qahtani gentle and polite during those conversations,
he did not trust him, one close friend told Reuters. “Jamal told me afterwards,
‘he thinks that I will go back so that he can throw me in jail?”
second senior Saudi official confirmed that Qahtani had spoken to Khashoggi
about returning home. The ambush in Istanbul seems to have been another way to
get him home.
much did the crown prince know about his trusted aide’s plan to abduct
of the 15 hit-man team identified by Turkish and Saudi authorities worked for
the kingdom’s security and intelligence services, military, government
ministries, royal court security and air force. One of them, General Maher
Mutreb, a senior intelligence officer, who is part of the security team of
Prince Mohammed, appeared in photographs with him on official visits earlier
this year to the United States and Europe.
high-ranking Arab official and the Turkish intelligence source said it was
Mutreb’s phone that was used to dial in Qahtani while Khashoggi was being
tried to contact members of 15-man team but their phones were either switched
off, on voicemail or no longer in service.
Saudi official said Deputy Intelligence Chief General Ahmed al-Asiri put
together the 15-man squad from the intelligence and security forces. Asiri was
one of the five officials dismissed on Saturday.
key figure was Dr. Salah al-Tubaigy, a forensic expert specialized in autopsies
attached to the Saudi Ministry of Interior.
presence – equipped with a bone-saw Turkish sources say was used to dismember
the journalist – is hard to explain in an operation Saudi officials now say was
aimed at persuading Khashoggi to return home.
is hard to imagine that the crown prince could have not known about such a
delicate operation, the Saudi sources with ties to the royal court say.
Saudi official who spoke on Saturday said an existing standing order provided
authorization to “negotiate” with dissidents to return home without requiring
approval, but that the team involved with Khashoggi exceeded that
Saudi official close to the investigation said that Qahtani decided on his own
to organize Khashoggi’s kidnapping and that he asked Asiri to get a team
together, but that their plans had gone wrong.
Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir reaffirmed on Tuesday the kingdom's commitment
to a "comprehensive investigation" into the killing of Saudi
journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey.
Arabia had sent a team to Turkey and all those responsible for the journalist's
death would be detained, the minister told a news conference in Indonesia.
said "necessary measures will be taken to ensure that what happened is not
Arabic-language website of Sputnik news agency quoted retired Colonel Mar'ei
Hamdan as saying on Monday that the terrorist groups in Idlib have close ties
with a number of states which oppose stability in Syria, spearheaded by the US,
and they persuade them to violate the ceasefire agreement in the weapons-free
zone in the province.
US should be blamed for the troubled move of the political process to resolve
the crisis in Syria," he added.
Head of the Russian Reconciliation Center Vladimir Savchenko said that despite
the ceasefire in Idlib, the terrorist groups still target the demilitarized
zone in Idlib.
on reports, the terrorists have attacked Ra'asheh and Ashq Ba'er in Lattakia
province and Makanes al-Duwairi region in Aleppo; they have also targeted the
army positions in Tadef region in the town of al-Bab in Eastern Aleppo.
has so far failed to persuade the terrorist groups to leave the demilitarized
zone in Northeastern Lattakia, Southern Idlib, Northeastern Hama and Western
Aleppo one week after a deadline mentioned in the Sochi Agreement ended.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Sunday that Turkey had
failed to convince terrorist groups to withdraw from the demilitarized zone
mentioned in the Sochi Agreements that covers parts of Lattakia, Idlib, Hama
and Aleppo provinces a week after the agreement's deadline of October 15.
the Syrian army continued its military advances in other parts of Syria over
the past 24 hours.
al-Sham has reinvigorated its strongholds in several regions in Northern Idlib,
including Deir Hasaan and Bab al-Hawa at border with Turkey and also it has
kept its gunmen in Western Aleppo on alert.
the meantime, Tahrir al-Sham members on board several military vehicles stormed
the position of rival groups in the small town of Batbo in Western Aleppo and
pulled down the flags of the groups.
Tahrir al-Sham has arrested tens of people in the villages and region in
Southern and Western Idlib after the Sochi Agreement endorsed by Turkey and
Russia to create a demilitarized zone in Northern and Northwestern Syria.
al-Sham, meanwhile, attacked an ISIL base near the town of Saraqib in Southeastern
Idlib and seized their weapons.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Sunday that Turkey
failed to convince terrorist groups to withdraw from the demilitarized zone
mentioned in the Sochi Agreements that covers parts of Lattakia, Idlib, Hama
and Aleppo provinces a week after the agreement's deadline of October 15.
the meantime, al-Watan pointed to the failure of Turkey in expelling terrorists
from the demilitarized zone, and said that the Syrian Army's artillery units
pounded the movements of Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at terrorists that tried to prevail
over the army's positions in al-Latamina region in Northeastern Hama and in the
village of al-Zarzour in Southeastern Idlib.
number of Tahrir al-Sham terrorists were killed or wounded in the army's
state-run al-Watan daily reported that Ankara has warned its allied terrorist
groups in the demilitarized zone in Idlib, Hama, Aleppo and Lattakia provinces
that they will definitely suffer heavy defeat if the Syrian Army launched its
large-scale in the region.
paper further quoted a source in Syria Liberation Front affiliated to
Turkey-backed National Liberation Front as disclosing that Ankara has been
sending continued warnings to the terrorist groups, declaring Ankara's concern
about the failure of Sochi Agreement.
went on to say that Turkey, in its last message, has warned the terrorists that
have refused to leave demilitarized zone that if the Sochi Agreement collapses,
the Syrian army and the Russian Air Force will force the terrorists to leave
their last strongholds in the Northern and Northwestern Syria.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Monday that the
terrorists are still in the demilitarized zone.
reported on Sunday that Turkey failed to convince terrorist groups to withdraw
from the demilitarized zone mentioned in the Sochi Agreements that covers parts
of Lattakia, Idlib, Hama and Aleppo provinces a week after the agreement's
deadline of October 15.
the meantime, al-Watan pointed to the failure of Turkey in expelling terrorists
from the demilitarized zone, and said that the Syrian Army's artillery units
pounded the movements of Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or
the Al-Nusra Front) terrorists that tried to prevail over the army's positions
in al-Latamina region in Northeastern Hama and in the village of al-Zarzour in
fighter jets pounded ISIL's movements near Aweiraz Dam and also in a region
between Deir Ezzur and Homs border in the Eastern desert of Palmyra in Eastern
Homs, killing and wounding a large number of terrorists and destroying their
the meantime, a sum of 175 militants that had laid down arms in Homs, received
government amnesty and returned to normal life in line with a nationwide peace
plan across the country.
mid-September, the army stormed ISIL's positions in deserts of Homs and Deir
Ezzur, taking control over more positions and military points.
army men killed and wounded a number of terrorists and captured four more,
seizing a large volume of arms and ammunition in the operation.
Israeli army Monday accused the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah of setting up
a new observation point in south Lebanon near the border under the guise of an
senior military officer charged that the position, near the Shiite village of
Aadaysit and the Israeli kibbutz of Misgav Am, was a violation of UN Resolution
1701 prohibiting Hezbollah military activity in the area.
observation post joins five other exposed last year by Israel, the officer
said, all allegedly under the cover of “Green Without Borders”.
NGO isn’t concerned with planting trees, it’s a front” for Hezbollah to monitor
the Israeli army and civilians nearby, the officer told reporters in a
has relayed its concerns to UNIFIL, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in
Lebanon, and asked them to visit the positions, but according to the officer,
“they haven’t done so”.
position contains “military equipment and infrastructure, binoculars, high end
cameras”, the officer said. “This is a breach of 1701.”
month-long war in 2006 between Israel and the Hezbollah movement killed more
than 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and more than 160 Israelis, mostly
1701 was adopted to end the war, calling for full respect of the “Blue Line”,
the UN-demarcated frontier between Lebanon and the Jewish state.
President Donald Trump announced on Monday that he had spoken by telephone with
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
US National Security Advisor John Bolton confirmed that the talks on
Khashoggi’s death were continuing with Saudi authorities, referring to
Washington’s desire to know the full details into the investigations.
his part, White House adviser Jared Kushner described Saudi Arabia as a vital
partner and important ally.
Syria: From northern Syria, Muslim convert Sufyan is imploring his native
Germany to take him back, having been captured years after joining the Daesh
group’s so-called “caliphate.”
beard neatly buzzed, Sufyan is one of hundreds of foreigners held by the
Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in war-torn Syria, accused of fighting
36-year-old insists he was not a fighter, but a misguided civilian making orthopaedic
shoes and prosthetics in Daesh territory.
am not Jihadi John, I am not Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, I am not Adnani,” said
Sufyan, listing Daesh’s infamous British executioner, its elusive chief, and
its now-dead spokesman.
just made limbs,” added the pale-skinned Sufyan, who refused to give his real
name and said he was from Stuttgart in southwest Germany.
was selected to speak to AFP by the YPG, who detained him around a year ago and
were present during the interview.
have refused to try accused foreign fighters in their custody, urging Western
countries to take them back.
foreign governments have agreed to do so, but most are reluctant.
US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces are holding several alleged German Daesh
members, including Mohammad Haydar Zammar, a Syrian-born German national
accused of helping plan the September 11 attacks.
is not known to have repatriated anyone, but Sufyan hopes he, his Syrian wife
and their son can start afresh in Germany.
make mistakes and I was naive,” he said, dressed in a yellow hoody with a side
zip, cargo pants, and black beanie.
just want to go back to my old life.”
in near-fluent English peppered with Arabic words, Sufyan recounts his winding
journey to what he thought would be a pious life under Islamic rule.
2014, Daesh declared a “caliphate” across large parts of Syria and neighboring
following year, Sufyan traveled across Europe and Turkey, finally crossing into
Syria in March 2015, four years into the Syrian war.
inside, he says, Daesh shuffled him among safe houses for weeks alongside
Australians, Central Asians, and Russians.
was given one month of military training and assigned to a battalion, but
claims he never fought.
didn’t fight and I didn’t kill anyone,” he said.
never killed any person in my life.”
Sufyan was hired at a hospital in Daesh’s de facto Syrian capital Raqqa, using
his 12 years’ experience as an orthopaedic shoemaker.
teach me over there prosthetics. Until I came to YPG, I was doing this job...
making prosthetic and orthopaedic shoes,” he said.
2016, he married a Syrian woman from northwest Idlib, and they had a son.
stayed in Raqqa until YPG-led forces surrounded the northern city in 2017,
forcing them to flee to the Daesh-held eastern town of Mayadeen.
took up the same work there until Mayadeen came under attack, this time by the
Russia-backed Syrian regime.
said he had grown embittered toward Daesh by then and decided to pay a smuggler
to bring him and his family to a YPG checkpoint.
was not ready to kill someone or to die, so I decided to go out,” said Sufyan.
“Everyone was running away.”
year later, Sufyan lives separated from his wife and son, who are detained in a
Kurdish-run camp. He desperately wants to be reunited with his family.
authorities say they have in their custody around 520 male foreign Daesh
members, 550 women and around 1,200 children from 44 countries.
to a European Parliament report in May, Germany estimates there are 290
children with claims to German citizenship in Iraq and Syria.
I can come back to Germany and if Germany want to punish me, I will accept
this, to stay in prison,” Sufyan told AFP.
hope it will not be a long sentence, because I miss already my wife and my
son,” he said.
hopes to study or open his own business in his homeland, for which he has
renewed appreciation since meeting Syrians who “see Germany as something like a
paradise on earth.”
know Germany is a country with a lot of ‘rahma’ with a lot of people. I expect
that Germany will have also ‘rahma’ with me,” he said, using the Arabic word
has written to his parents in Germany, who replied and also sent a letter and
money to his wife.
in his parents’ reply was a picture of a bicycle, which has kept Sufyan’s hopes
of returning home alive.
authorities detained 17 people in Tissemsilt for their involvement in providing
an al-Qaeda terror cell with information about the movement of police,
gendarmerie and army.
the context of fighting terrorism, (the authorities) arrested 17 people who
support terror groups in Tissemsilt on October 20,” the ministry of defense
said in a statement.
daily Elibilad quoted security sources as saying that the arrests were made
following investigations for weeks and after the authorities learnt from
residents in the area that suspicious people were visiting the houses of some
to sources, the statements of the two detainees helped detain the rest of the
cell members. The rest of the cell members are being interrogated to know more
about other members and the terrorist scheme that was being planned.
armed forces have launched large-scale military operations in northern and
border areas to track terror groups and smuggling barons. Security forces also
shelled and destroyed terrorists’ strongholds and thwarted smuggling operations
in the second, fourth and sixth military regions.
Algerian air force’s fighters and reconnaissance aircrafts have intensified
their flights in several areas in eastern areas as well as above mountainous
and other strategic passages and border crossings, the sources also said,
adding that additional army and gendarmerie forces have been dispatched to the
comes amid recent reports that top army officials are supervising the
monitoring of eastern borders and the execution of a new security plan that
aims to prevent the infiltration of Algerian borders by Tunisian or Libyan
armed groups, prevent the violation of Algerian airspace and confront smuggling
of weapons via the country’s borders.
Coordinator of International Christian Concern, ICC, Olivia Miller, has urged
the Federal Government to stop lying to Nigerians, but to hunt down terrorists
and end Boko Haram.
a non-partisan charitable organisation focused on human rights, religious
freedom and assisting the persecuted Christian Church, told Vanguard:
"Boko Haram must be destroyed in order to ensure that this doesn't keep
happening, but the government must first stop lying by saying that they have
Boko Haram's vow to keep Alice and Leah Sharibu as slaves for life, Miller
said: "This means that they are likely going to keep them permanently.
They are saying that they will no longer accept any ransom or rewards for them,
but will likely use them for work, force them to convert to Islam, and probably
rape and beat them.
they will probably sell them to a rich Muslim man, who will force them to marry
and own them. These are all things that Boko Haram is well known for doing to
only hope is that they are just using this to try and get more money from the
government. This would mean that there is still a chance that they can be
group of Muslims who were sponsored by Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko to attend
the annual Hajj Pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, in August have accused the
event planners of misappropriating funds and causing them to suffer.
said they have been blocked from seeing the governor by individuals who were at
the forefront in planning the event for fear of revealing how they suffered
after the funds were reportedly embezzled.
pilgrims told Nation that an agent and the governor’s personal assistant have
been threatening them after they complained of the suffering they went through
in Saudi Arabia and demanded to know how Sh2 million was used.
it was a once in a lifetime event, we are bitter because we suffered from the
onset. We have been trying to see the governor but our efforts have been
thwarted by individuals who fear that we will tell him the truth. We are
requesting him to have a meeting with us so that we can unmask those who duped
him,” said the group.
group said they went three days without food while in Mecca and were forced to
beg from other pilgrims. They claimed their agents neither took care of them
nor gave them directions to various worshipping centres.
Muslims further claimed that they were forced to beg for sleeping space in
tents of their Muslim brothers and sisters from other countries.
survived on water for three days and had to endure verbal attacks from some pilgrims
of Somali origin, who were not ready to accommodate us after we begged for
sleeping spaces in their tents. If the sponsorship was full, where did the
money go, and if it was partial, then we could have been told before we left
Kenya,” said the faithful.
the agent, Prof Hassan Kinyua who lectures at the University of Nairobi,
accused the group of failing to understand the sponsorship and fighting for Sh2
million that was not reportedly withdrawn by the governor’s personal assistant
and photographer, Mr Farhan Ibrahim.
didn’t abandon anyone. I only used the Sh3 million that the governor gave out
before we left. Mr Ibrahim told me he never withdrew the Sh2 million that the
group is pursuing, and that it was resent to the governor although I can’t
confirm,” Prof Kinyua said.
contacted, Mr Ibrahim refused to give more information on the allegations, only
insisting that the money is with the governor, and that there was no need for
the group to book an appointment with him because they had conveyed their
appreciation immediately they jetted back.
are they insisting on seeing the governor yet we represented them and conveyed
their thank-you message? If they think we misappropriated the Sh2 million,
which was resent to the governor, then let them go on with their agenda,” said
has taken a decision to appeal the judgment handed down by the Western Cape
High Court on Muslim marriages.
case was brought by the Women's Legal Centre (WLC) and Ruwayda Esau.
WLC had argued that by not recognising Muslim marriages under common law, the
law ignored the reality that women often lack bargaining power in marriages and
were not afforded legal protection.
judgment, which was handed down on 31 August 2018, ordered the executive and
Parliament to pass legislation providing for the recognition and dissolution of
marriages concluded in terms of Islamic Law.
the ruling, the full bench gave government two years within which to enact such
the absence of this legislation being passed, the full bench has crafted an
order which will then regulate the recognition and dissolution of marriages
concluded in terms of Islamic Law.
Friday, the Justice Department announced that a decision was taken to appeal
the judgment following consultation between the President, the Ministry of
Justice and other members of the executive.
decision to appeal was taken for three primary reasons.
Mrs R Esau has lodged an appeal with the Constitutional Court because the full
bench did not give her immediate relief in a marriage that has already been
dissolved in terms of Islamic Law. The Women's Legal Centre has not lodged a
similar appeal," said Department of Justice spokesperson, Mukoni
the full bench decision has acknowledged that government is already in the
process of researching an omnibus law that will deal with the recognition and
dissolution of all religious marriages.
acknowledging this, the full bench has nevertheless ordered the executive and
parliament to enact and pass legislation dealing with marriages under Islamic
Law and to do so within a specific period," said Ratshitanga.
third reason, is the effect that the decision has immediate implications on all
other religious marriages which have not been registered as secular marriages
in terms of the Marriage Act.
short, the judgment impacts beyond the sphere of marriages concluded under
Islamic Law. For these primary reasons, the President and the Minister of
Justice have taken a decision to appeal the judgment of the full bench.
will do so upon the basis that they remain committed to complete the process
that they have already commenced, and that is, to pass one law governing all
religious marriages," said Ratshitanga.
to Ratshitanga, an appeal court decision will also bring certainty on certain
fundamental constitutional principles, such as:
separation of powers and the extent to which courts may order government to
pass legislation and to do so on a specific issue;
issue of inequality and discrimination of women generally and particularly
those in religious marriages which have not been registered as secular
permissible powers of the executive, and in turn, the legislature, in
fulfilling their constitutional role in our democracy by determining how best
to address such matters.
of North Eastern counties have agreed to volunteer any information that could
help flush out Al-Shabaab terror group.
leaders said terrorism had led to poor development and they needed to act.
resolve to flush out the illegal militia using information from the public has
been an ongoing process and yesterday was its culmination as Mandera Governor
Ali Roba hosted his colleagues during a conference on de-radicalisation and
countering violent extremism in the region.
who attended the meeting held in Mandera town include governors Ali Korane
(Garissa), Mohamed Kuti (Isiolo), Wajir deputy governor Mohamed Mukhtar, area
MPs and County Commissioner Olaka Kutswa.
Kutswa has been critical of the area politicians, saying they are not providing
the much-needed goodwill to complement the government’s efforts in the war
you kill teachers, you are killing the education sector in the region same as
the health sector will be affected when you kill the nurses. If the political
voice is weak, there is nothing we can do,” said Mr Olaka.
leaders, village elders, the youth and women leaders also pledged to co-operate
with the authorities to deal with cases of radicalisation.
was the first time the leaders were meeting over the issue. Before the meeting,
none would talk about it but yesterday they were united.
urged the public to volunteer information to the police or risk being isolated
by the whole country because of the terrorist activities.
attacks are worse than colonisation. They have made our schools, hospitals,
quarries and all other critical sectors of our economy lack human resource
because of fear,” said Mr Roba.
added: “The menace has been compounded further by the inter-clan fighting that
has been infiltrated by the terror group. If indeed you care, defend your land
by providing the required information to the authorities.”
region, specifically Mandera, has suffered the most heinous acts of terror
attacks with thousands killed since October 2010, when the Kenya Defence Forces
crossed to Somalia.
November 2014, suspected Al-Shabaab terrorists killed at least 64 people in
Mandera within just 10 days.
the same month, 28 others were killed and days later, 36 miners had their lives
worst of them was in Garissa when 149 students of Garissa University were
killed in 2015, forcing the government to explore lasting measures of
containing the terrorists including bombing their cells in Somalia.
Korane said Al-Shabaab’s activities are no longer a national problem but a
regional one that the residents must deal with.
have contributed to this problem because we have young people who have been
recruited to join them, but we do not want to share the information with the
government agencies,” Mr Korane said and challenged the government to give
amnesty to those willing to return from Somalia. “An insurgent is more
difficult to deal with than terrorism because you can’t fight it using the
police or military but the local community. We want normalcy in our borders,”
Kuti said the militia has made the residents slaves.
Adan Haji (Mandera South), Omar Maalim (Mandera East) and Abdullahi Bashir
(Mandera North) also castigated the terrorists.
ISIS suspects accused of being part of a cell that beheaded hostages in Syria
should stand trial in the UK, a senior US military commander said on Monday.
Gen Patrick Roberson is the highest-ranking official to have called on the UK
to repatriate El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey, two alleged members of the
ISIS execution squad that became known as the Beatles because of their British
pair were captured in January and are among hundreds of former ISIS militants
from 40 countries held by the US-backed Syrian Defence Force. The SDF and
Syrian officials want them to be repatriated by their home countries, but some
western countries want them dealt with where they are held.
UK has sought to have the two men tried in the United States. But Maj Gen
Roberson, the commander of US special operations, told the BBC that the US was
“working very hard to make sure that the countries of origin get these foreign
terrorist fighters back into their custody”.
British authorities stripped Mr Elsheikh of his citizenship in 2014 before any
criminal conviction for crimes linked to ISIS to prevent his return to the UK.
pair have been linked to the kidnappings of 27 people and the murders of three
US and two British citizens, according to court papers. The Briton captured on
ISIS beheading videos, Mohamed Emwazi, was killed in a drone strike in 2015.
believes there would be a better chance of conviction if the two men stood
trial in the US even though any American prosecution would rely on hundreds of
pages of evidence from British police.
move has proved controversial because the family of Mr Elsheikh claims that
Britain has abandoned its long-standing opposition to the death penalty to
allow them to be tried in the US.
Elsheikh’s mother has challenged the decision to prevent her son being exposed
to “inhuman” treatment in the US. Her legal team claims that Britain changed
its position because of fears of harming relations with the Trump
Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, charged with raping two women in France, claimed
Monday that he had consensual sex with both of them after previously denying
any physical contact.
a well-known TV commentator, has strongly denied accusations that he raped the
women in hotel rooms as an attempted smear by his opponents.
lawyer Emmanuel Marsigny said the Swiss academic had changed his account of
what happened on the basis of text messages that have emerged between him and
his two accusers.
messages "show that the plaintiffs lied and that the sexual encounters
were wanted, consensual and even sought again afterwards", Marsigny said.
unearthing of these messages "has allowed him to acknowledge that he had
sexual relations" with the women, Marsigny said.
accused of raping the women in 2009 and 2012, has been in custody since
previously insisted he had no sexual contact with his two accusers, feminist
activist Henda Ayari and a disabled woman known in media reports as
was a professor at Oxford University until he was forced to take leave when the
rape allegations surfaced at the height of the "Me Too" movement late
married father of four, whose grandfather founded Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood,
has repeatedly sought bail arguing that being in prison is making it difficult
to treat his multiple sclerosis.
courts have so far rejected his requests, ruling that he can receive adequate
treatment in the prison hospital at Fresnes in the southern Paris suburbs.
month a computer expert working on the investigation retrieved 399 text
messages between Ramadan and Christelle, whom he is accused of raping in a Lyon
hotel room in 2009.
text messages detailed his violent sexual fantasies ahead of the alleged
the records show that he wrote to her: "I sensed your unease... apologies
for my 'violence'."
previously claimed he was involved in a "game of seduction" with
Christelle, online and on the telephone.
he said their only face-to-face contact was a drink in the hotel bar,
describing her as a "compulsive liar".
- The Iranian community in Brussels protested on Monday calling for Iran’s
Ministry of Intelligence to be placed on the European Union’s terror black list
four months after a plot by Tehran to attack an opposition rally in Paris.
expect EU today to break the silence. We want EU to be active and to be on the
side of Iranian people,” said Firouz Mahvi, Member of the National Council of
Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
spoke to Al Arabiya English as more than 50 Iranian refugees gathered on Monday
in front of the European Commission in Brussels. The protesters gathered to
condemn what they say is the European Union’s silence to mass executions, human
rights violations and repression of women in Iran.
protest took place almost four months after the foiled plot that targeted the
massive opposition rally led by the NCRI in Paris on June 30. In the beginning
of October, French officials stressed that there was “no doubt” that Iranian
Ministry of Intelligence was behind the plot to attack the rally.
was among the people who were there on June 30” said Paulo Casaca, a former
member of the European Parliament. “So I can say that, even personally, I have
a case here to the European External Action Service (EEAS) and there has not
been a single word from the EEAS on the issue,” he added following his statement
at the protest in front of the EU Commission.
British government has called on Saudi Arabia to go beyond pure hypotheses
while investigating the mysterious death of a dissident journalist.
spokesman of British Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday that Saudi Arabia
must provide the world with “urgent clarification” on how Jamal Khashoggi was
killed in the kingdom’s consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul earlier this
remains an urgent need for clarification of what happened beyond the hypotheses
raised so far in the Saudi investigation,” the spokesman told reports on
government has been accused of doing “too little” in dealing with Saudi Arabia
since the kingdom admitted last week that Khashoggi had been killed on October
2 in its Turkish diplomatic mission, where he was seeking documents for a
death of Khashoggi, an exiled journalist who had been living in the United
States since last year, has sparked huge international outrage. However,
London, a major ally of Riyadh, has acted reservedly while condemning the
murder. It has also refused to consider an arms sale ban on Saudi Arabia,
saying it would benefit rivals in the international weapons market.
major opposition parties wrote a letter to UK foreign minister Jeremy Hunt on
Sunday, calling on him to act seriously in dealing with Saudi Arabia and its
five parties, which included the Labour, said Riyadh had already crossed
boundaries in violating human rights.
Labour had said earlier this month that Britain needed to show a stronger
response to the disappearance of Khashoggi. The party said it would ban the
sale of weapons to the Saudis if it was in power.
less than two million people, Kosovo, which declared its independence from
Serbia in 2008, is the home of over 800 mosques. Now the Islamic Community of
Kosovo is building the “Central Mosque” at an estimated cost of $35 to $40
million. Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs (the Diyanet) is financing
Diyanet also financed the building of a similar mosque on a 10,000-square-meter
parcel of land in Tirana, Albania — the largest mosque in the Balkans — along
with dozens of other mosques across neighboring countries.
is the official Turkish state institution whose role is “to execute the works
concerning the beliefs, worship, and ethics of Islam, enlighten the public
about their religion, and administer the sacred worshiping places.” Diyanet is
also responsible for the religious affairs of the Turkish diaspora. In Germany
alone, it administers 970 mosques, run by imams trained by the organization.
was the first country to realize that the mosques built with Turkish President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s money are used for political purposes to promote his
Islamic agenda. In June 2018, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz ordered the
closing of seven mosques built by Diyanet, and deported 60 imams and their
families with ties to Turkey as part of the “fight against political Islam.”
February 2016, German law enforcement agencies revealed that clerics from the
organization were involved in espionage against followers of Erdogan’s
arch-rival Fethullah Gülen’s followers. Two years ago, Cumhuriyet, an
independent Turkish newspaper, reported that Diyanet was very active in
collecting intelligence, specifically on the activities of Gülen sympathizers
in 38 countries across Europe, including Germany and the Balkans. Accusations
of espionage by the organization have existed since the 1990s, but these
revelations pointed to far more extensive operations than were previously
Diyanet has extended its religious program to countries whose connection to
Ottoman history is tenuous. The president of Diyanet, Ali Erbaş, said that it
has extremely strong relations with Balkan countries, and stressed that this
cooperation will continue in the future, especially in relation to religious
education, services, and publications. He emphasized the importance and
affinity of Turkey to the Balkans and added, “The Balkans have a special place
for us. Our historical ties will continue as they have done in the past.”
while most of the Balkan countries suffer from unemployment, lack of foreign
investments, and rampant poverty, Erdogan’s investments are focused on mosques
and religious educational institutions at a time when Kosovo’s unemployment
rate is 30%.
Peci, the former Ambassador of Kosovo to Sweden and Executive Director of the
Kosovo Institute for Policy Research and Development (KIPRED), is one of the
most critical voices in Kosovo against Erdogan’s Islamist scheme. He agrees
that the mosques built in Kosovo are political establishments meant to
promulgate Erdogan’s vision. “In the case of Kosovo and Albania, the tens of
millions of dollars invested in building mosques has to do with the symbol of
Turkish supremacy and influence, not only religious but also political,” says
enormous investments in Ottoman symbolism are designed to influence the mindset
of the population in Kosovo and increase the pro-Turkish-Islamist sentiments
among the present and future generations. The Islamic ideology that Diyanet
promotes caused wide-spread indignation even in Turkey. Diyanet stated that
girls can become pregnant and therefore get married at the age of nine years
old and boys at the age of 12. Thus, the concerns over Diyanet activities are
not limited to building mosques, but its cultural and societal influence based
on radical Islam.
Albanian mosques thus are confirming the thesis of Swiss Islamist Saida
Keller-Messahli in her book Islamic Centrifuge in Switzerland, where Albanian
mosques in fact are radical centers serving this kind of Islamic agenda for the
radicalization of Albanian Muslims in favor of Erdogan’s politics,” says Xhemal
Ahmeti, a historian and expert on Southeast European issues.
Duriqi, a Kosovo journalist specializing in religious affairs, said that the
project for the construction of the mosque with Turkish funds sends a clear
political message by Erdogan to the effect that he has control over this
are increasingly being used to spread Islamist ideologies to a point where only
limited room is left for actual prayers. In the countries with majority
Christian populations in the Balkans, such as Serbia, Macedonia, and Croatia,
Turkey is investing in major development projects, while in Albania the
investments are geared mainly toward building Islamic religious institutes. “It
has been shown that the most powerful and sustainable influence in this region,
especially among Albanians, is made precisely through the instrumentalization
of the religion,” says Neziri.
be sure, anyone who follows Erdogan’s ambitions in the Balkans cannot escape
the conclusion that the Turkish leader had a specific, well-articulated Islamic
agenda that he is determined to entrench in the psyche of the Balkan people by
building mosques and appointing imams that follow his doctrine. It is part and
parcel of Erdogan’s vision to restore elements of the Ottoman Empire under his
leading newspaper Haaretz says Russia has been taking a more forceful stance
toward flights by Israeli aircraft near the Syrian border in the north.
behavior, the paper said, is being interpreted in Israel as a response to the
downing of an Ilyushin intelligence-gathering plane on September 17 at the end
of an Israeli airstrike near Latakia in northwest Syria.
have been several instances in which Russian air defense radars in Syria were
activated in connection with Israel's air force activity in the north,"
Russians are demanding further clarifications from the Israeli military via the
“hotline” that is meant to prevent any aerial clashes between the two parties,
has blamed the downing of its aircraft on Israel, saying Israeli jets used the
landing Russian plane as a "cover" which resulted in the Il-20 being
struck by a Syrian air defense missile.
the incident, Russia delivered its S-300 surface-to-air missile defense system
to Syria, saying it was aimed at ensuring the safety of Russian forces in the
minister Benjamin Netanyahu and minister of military affairs Avigdor Lieberman
said last week that Israel will continue its aerial incursions into Syria.
authorities have boasted that F-35 jets supplied by the US can beat S-300 in
light of their alleged stealth capabilities, but no incursion has been reported
since the deployment of the new missile defense system.
Izvestia newspaper reported last week that three air defense systems supplied
to Syria were of the most advanced model of the S-300 missiles with the highest
radar and target-identification capabilities.
to the paper, the missile batteries will initially be operated by Russian
experts and the process of training Syrian soldiers to operate them is expected
to take some time.
the move, however, Moscow is mainly "signaling to Israel that it intends
to limit Israel’s freedom to maneuver in the Syrian skies," it said.
plans to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin soon but no date has been
Haaretz report last month said Russia had warned senior Israeli officials
before the downing that attacking targets in Syria would harm Moscow's
Chancellor Angela Merkel has strongly condemned the killing of journalist Jamal
Khashoggi and ruled out any weapons exports to Saudi Arabia until the incident
is cleared up.
happened in Saudi Arabia’s Consulate in Turkey was a monstrosity,” Merkel said
on Monday, during an election campaign rally in Ortenberg, near Frankfurt.
must be cleared up. And until it is cleared up, there will be no arms exports
to Saudi Arabia. I am saying this quite explicitly,” she said.
a Washington Post columnist, was last seen on Oct. 2 when he entered the Saudi
Consulate in Istanbul.
days of denying to know his whereabouts, Saudi Arabia last week claimed
Khashoggi died during a fight inside the consulate.
the day of Khashoggi’s disappearance, 15 other Saudis, including several
officials, arrived in Istanbul on two planes and visited the consulate while he
was still inside, according to Turkish police sources. All of the identified
individuals have since left Turkey.
Arabia’s foreign minister admitted on Sunday that Khashoggi was killed inside
the Saudi Consulate but argued that the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was
“not aware" of it.
Minister Adel al-Jubeir claimed that it was a “rogue operation” by individuals
who exceeded their responsibilities and later tried to cover things up.
is preparing to bolster its defences against a terrorist attack using a
radioactive ‘dirty’ bomb with a rapid-response unit to detect smuggled
£3.4 million government contract will see a fleet of up to ten cars fitted with
detection equipment for “various national security and radiological and nuclear
counter-terrorism activities”, according to a government procurement notice.
mobile units will complement a border security programme, known as Cyclamen,
which is designed to deter, detect and intercept radiological material at major
ports and airports across the country.
UK is seeking to upgrade its “outdated and unreliable” equipment while cutting
costs amid renewed concerns that extremists are trying to get hold of
radioactive material for a devastating attack on a major metropolis.
have warned for decades about the threat from terrorist groups if they are able
to secure deadly material from thousands of often poorly-protected sites such
as research facilities, hospitals and construction sites that use radioactive
substances for legitimate purposes.
International Atomic Energy Agency has recorded more than 3,200 cases of
suspected trafficked or malicious use of radioactive and nuclear material since
authorities have been on guard since the chaotic break-up of the Soviet Union
left sensitive military sites unprotected. Concerns were heightened when Osama
bin Laden claimed in 1998 that it was his Islamic duty to seek to acquire
weapons of mass destruction.
mobile detection unit contract was “not in response to a specific threat”, said
the UK’s interior ministry in a statement. “The use of radiological or nuclear
materials in an attack by terrorists remains significantly less likely than a
conventional or chemical attack.”
with conventional explosives, a dirty bomb is designed to explode spreading
radioactive material across a wide area. US research suggested that a dirty
bomb would probably kill more people from the blast than the health impacts
from the dispersal of radioactive material. But it could lead to panic and huge
financial costs from a clean-up operation.
US president Barack Obama said in 2014 that he was more concerned by the
“prospect of a nuclear weapon” going off in the Manhattan district of New York
than the Russian state as a security threat.
senior US official said last month that his staff were seeking to disrupt attempts
by terrorists to secure radioactive material on marketplaces on the so-called
Dark Web, a part of the Internet that cannot be reached by mainstream search
to disrupt the trade have seen countries seize weapons-usable nuclear material
in various quantities on 18 occasions since the 1990s, said Dr Christopher
Ford, who runs a non-proliferation unit at the US State Department.
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