The image sent by Tehreek-e-Khilafat with their announcement of allegiance to al-Baghdadi
ISIL Militant Threatens To Destroy the Kaaba in Mecca, Kill All Pilgrims 'Who Touch Stone'
Syria Air Raids Kill 20 Islamic State Militants: Monitor
Iraq: Air Strike Kills Many ISIL Terrorists in Southern Salahuddin
Can’t Win If You Sin! Saudi-Based Cleric Explains Brazil’s Loss
Iraq's Kurds say 'hysterical' Maliki must quit
Iraq PM Maliki accuses Kurds of hosting Sunni jihadists
Saudi preacher denies supporting jihad in Syria
Qatari Intelligence Officials Arrested in UAE: Report
400 ISIL Terrorists Killed in Diyala in 1 Month
Syria: Non-ISIL Commanders Ask to Surrender to Army in Eastern Ghouta
Egypt opens border to wounded Palestinians: official
Pakistan Taliban Offshoot Terror Group Joins Iraq's ISIS; Threat To India?
Kashmiri Separatists Invited for Pak Envoy’s Iftar Party
CRRID to write to RBI for implementing banking treaty with Pakistan
J&K Police stop lecture by author Mridu Rai in Srinagar
Pakistani Terror Group Swears Allegiance to Islamic State
Pakistan Army Seizes Control of Key City From Taliban
Missile strike in North Waziristan kills six terrorists
Militants kill five FC soldiers in Balochistan
‘Jamaat-i-Islami not joining PTI march’
80pc of Miramshah cleared, army says
One third of Karachi being ‘ruled’ by Taliban: Altaf Hussain
‘MQM extortionists’ receive CIA bust
Displaced by army operation, 9 lakh Pakistanis fight misery
Karachi operation: Report says over 30,000 arrested so far
Singapore Concerned over Jihadis Returning from Syria
33 militants killed, 20 others injured in Afghan army operations
Militants kill six de-miners in Herat province
Drone strike leaves 6 dead in North Waziristan tribal region
Kashgar College in Xinjiang Threatens Fasting Muslim Students with Expulsion
South Asian groups ask US to end surveillance on innocent Muslims
France Steps Up Efforts to Stop Syria-Bound Fighters
Government adverts shown before extremist online videos
UN calls for peace in Gaza
European countries trying jihad rehab
France reinforces anti-Jihad plan to avert terror attacks at home
Seized nuclear material in Iraq 'low grade': U.N. atomic agency
Israel air strikes kill at least 20 on third day of Gaza campaign
Turkey steps up to stop jihadist flow to Syria, Iraq
Abbas says Israel committing 'genocide' in Gaza
Israel hits more than 300 Hamas targets in Gaza: Army
Israel on the defensive after fierce criticisms
Turkish PM Erdoğan calls on ISIL militants to release hostages
Turkish company halts power supply to ISIL-controlled Mosul
Boko Haram Shows No Mercy In Nigeria, Wrecking Churches, Homes, Lives
S. Sudan President Urges Rebel Chief to Resume Peace Talks
Pentagon Plans Drone Strike against ISIL’s Baghdadi
White House to probe NSA, FBI anti-Muslim slurs
U.S. Defense Secretary: Iraq militants pose ‘imminent’ threat
US calls on Israel, Palestinians to de-escalate Gaza tensions
Greenwald: NSA and FBI spied on five Muslim-Americans
NY court orders Iran hand $1.75bn to U.S. victims
USD 10 million for information on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: US
Negara-Ku just another anti-Islam, anti-Malay body, says Isma
Putrajaya under fire for snubbing UN rights official over Allah ban
Malaysia: ‘Civil court can hear matters relating to Islam’
Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau
Jul 10, 2014
A reported member of the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), which recently dubbed itself simply as The Islamic State, has declared that they will destroy the Kaaba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, which is Islam's most holy site.
APA quoted alleged ISIS member Abu Turab Al Mugaddasi based on reports from Turkish media, who said on Twitter:
If Allah wills, we will kill those who worship stones in Mecca and destroy the Kaaba. People go to Mecca to touch the stones, not for Allah.
ISIS reportedly is planning to take over the city of Arar in Saudi Arabia, which is very close to the Iraq border. It is a fifteen-hour drive away from Mecca, the site of the Hajj pilgrimage which all observant Muslims are expected to do at least once.
If indeed the statement is from an ISIS member, it's a shocking one even for them, considering that ISIS has been attempting to increase recruitment from Muslims worldwide by declaring the restoration of an Islamic Caliphate.
According to John L. Esposito, Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University, "In terms of legitimacy- unless you're someone who's ready to join a terrorist group at this point, for the vast majority of Muslims there is no legitimacy with this group." This most recent threat reinforces Esposito's point, particularly as it comes during the holy month of Ramadan.
Syria air raids kill 20 Islamic State militants: monitor
Twenty members of the Islamic State (IS) were killed in Syrian air force raids morning against the militants' bastion in Raqa, a monitoring group said.
"At least 20 members of IS were killed and others were injured in air strikes... targeting an IS training base in Raqa," said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The strikes also destroyed 14 of IS' military vehicles, the Observatory added.
IS militants are firmly in control of Raqa, their stronghold, and have secured large swathes of territory in eastern Syria and in neighbouring Iraq.
While some in the Syrian opposition initially welcomed IS -- formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) -- among their ranks, viewing it as a potential ally, its abuses and quest for control turned the rebels against them.
Rebels have been fighting IS since January.
The Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad, for its part, has escalated its attacks against IS positions since the group spearheaded a Sunni militant offensive in neighbouring Iraq.
"From 10 June (when Mosul fell from Iraqi government control) to date, the Syrian air force really stepped up its raids against IS positions, and there have been strikes every day since then," said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.
"There has been a marked escalation. The regime fears IS getting stronger, especially after it brought in vehicles from Iraq" that the militants seized from fleeing troops, he added.
An Iraqi anti-terrorism unit backed up by the air force killed a large number of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists near Balad District of Southern Salahuddin province.
Security sources told Iraq's news agencies that "A unit from the anti-terrorism department in coordination with the Iraqi air force targeted a gathering for the terrorist elements of the ISIL in Aziz Balad area within Balad district of Southern Salahuddin province, killing many of them and destroying many of their vehicles".
Can’t win if you sin! Saudi-based cleric explains Brazil’s loss
There may be a religious reason as to why Brazil lost its World Cup semi-final game so dramatically to Germany, according to one Saudi-based cleric.
Following Brazil’s dismal 7-1 defeat on Tuesday, Sheikh Saad al-Duraihim tweeted in Arabic that the World Cup host had lost the match because they “presented the World Cup on bare stomachs and naked bodies.”
His post was ridiculed by many on Twitter, with one user sarcastically replying that Germany had won because they were “busy praying Taraweeh, (special night prayers during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan).”
During the game, fans across the globe expressed their disbelief through social media, mocking the Brazilians with hilarious tweets.
Germany scored five goals in 18 first-half minutes on the way to a 7-1 destruction of Brazil in the semi-final on Tuesday to leave the host nation in a state of stunned disbelief at the most amazing World Cup result of all time.
The European giant took full advantage of Brazil’s terrible defending with brilliant passing and movement to march into the final and hand the host nation their heaviest ever World Cup defeat.
An unmarked Thomas Mueller got the first from a corner after 11 minutes before Miroslav Klose struck to become the World Cup's all-time leading scorer with 16 goals.
Brazil's defense, badly missing the suspended Thiago Silva, fell apart as Toni Kroos grabbed two in three minutes before the superb Sami Khedira added a fifth in the 29th minute to leave the crowd, and millions watching on TV, in a state of total shock.
Brazil's few second-half attempts were foiled by in-form goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and Germany substitute Andre Schuerrle banged in the sixth in the 69th minute and lashed in a seventh to inflict Brazil's first competitive home defeat in 64 matches and 39 years.
Oscar scored a consolation goal for Brazil in the last minute.
Brazilian newspapers, sports and television commentators were unanimous on Tuesday that the match’s result was the greatest shame in the country's illustrious footballing history.
"Historic Disgrace" read the massive headline on the website of the Folha de S.Paulo, Brazil's most influential newspaper.
"It is the biggest embarrassment in 84 years of the Cup. It was 10 minutes of compete blackout. You can't do that in the semi-final of the World Cup," said Galvao Bueno, Brazilian television commentator and presenter.
"The Germans played the way we liked to play so we need to sit back, see what is wrong with Brazilian football. Especially in the academies, the way we teach them to play. A lot of change will need to come," said Juninho, former Brazil midfielder.
A spokesman for Iraqi Kurdish president Massud Barzani said Thursday national premier Nuri al-Maliki had "become hysterical" and should step down after he accused the autonomous region of harbouring jihadists.
Maliki "has become hysterical and has lost his balance," the statement, published on the regional presidency website in English, said.
Addressing the premier, it continued: "You must apologise to the Iraqi people and step down."
July 10, 2014
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki accused the northern autonomous Kurdish region of hosting jihadists spearheading an offencive that has overrun swathes of territory and sparked Iraq’s worst crisis in years.
“Honestly, we cannot be silent over this and we cannot be silent over Arbil being a headquarters for Daash, and Baath, and Al-Qaeda and terrorist operations,” Maliki said in his weekly televised address.
Daash is the former Arabic acronym for the Islamic State jihadist group, while Baath refers to the banned party of executed dictator Saddam Hussein.
“We cannot be silent over a movement that exploited the circumstances and expanded,” said Maliki, infuriated by a Kurdish announcement last week that plans were being sped up to hold a referendum on self-determination.
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A popular Saudi preacher who previously called for jihad in Syria has recently appeared on television bluntly denying his famous statement, drawing scorn from fans and followers on social media.
During an interview with Rotana Khalijia, Sheikh Mohammad al-Arifi denied his famous statement to Al-Jazeera in which he called for jihad in Syria and supported al-Qaeda.
Sheikh Arifi threw a bombshell in February 2013 when he told the Qatar-based channel that al-Qaeda “does not tolerate bloodshed.”
He said some people attribute to al-Qaeda many opinions and thoughts which the group does not hold.
"These beliefs in fact are not correct. Al-Qaeda members do not tolerate accusing other Muslims of apostasy and they do not tolerate bloodshed. I am not part of al-Qaeda and I do not adopt their thinking, but Allah says: ‘And when you testify, be just,’” Arifi said.
During his recent TV interview, Sheikh Arifi also denied having predicted the coming of an Islamic caliphate.
Emirate authorities have arrested Qatari intelligence elements in the UAE, Al-Khaleej newspaper reported on Wednesday.UAE
A source from the UAE quoted by the Arabic daily, Al Khaleej, claimed that “the arrested Qatari men in the UAE were intelligence officials” whose arrest “confirmed that the neighboring Qatar is still detached from respecting the internal affairs of her neighbors thereby breaching the Riyadh agreement signed early this year.”
Al Khaleej quoted the source as saying that the available information on the spy agents contradicted with what the Qatari paper, Al Arab, had said that they were on a tourism trip.
Al Khaleej further quoted the UAE sources as dismissing Al Arab's claim because “hundreds of Gulf citizens enter the UAE or move out daily without any encumbrance.”
The Iraqi army, security and local forces have killed hundreds of foreign-backed militants in Eastern Diyala province in the last 30 days.
The security committee in Diyala province announced that a sum of 400 terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), including tens of Arab and foreign terrorists, have been killed in clashes with the Iraqi army as well as tribal and popular forces, Al-Sumeriya News quoted Diyala province's Security Committee as reporting.
Head of Diyala Security Committee Sareq Al-Hosseini reiterated that armed clashes between the Iraqi army and militant groups has killed hundreds of terrorists and destroyed tens of their vehicles.
A large number of non-ISIL armed groups fighting against the Damascus government in Eastern Ghouta in Damascus countryside in separate messages have voiced their willingness to lay down their arms and cede the areas under their control to the Syrian government
The besieging of the Eastern Ghouta by the Syrian army has negatively influenced the morale of the militant groups and forced them to look for a way out of the current impasse to save their lives, the Arab-language Al-Watan newspaper quoted informed Syrian sources as saying.
Sources close to militant commanders said that the morale of the commanders has never been so low, adding that this condition has arisen due to their defeats in all fronts and losing many strategic regions.
Egypt opened its Rafah border crossing to Gaza on Thursday to receive wounded Palestinians as Israel pounded the enclave with air strikes, an official at the border said.
Hospitals in north Sinai, which borders Gaza and Israel, have been placed on standby to receive the Palestinians, Egypt's official MENA news agency reported.
The crossing is usually closed, with Egyptian officials citing the tense security situation in Sinai, where the army is battling an Islamist insurgency.
Rafah is Gaza's only border crossing that bypasses Israel, which has hammered the coastal strip in response to Palestinian rocket fire.
The air strikes have killed at least 70 people since the operation began on Tuesday, including 11 women and 18 children, according to medical reports.
New Delhi: In what might spell trouble for India, a lesser-known Pakistani terror group named Tehreek-e-Khilafat has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (earlier ISIS – Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), becoming the first such group outside the Middle East to do so.
According to a report in The Telegraph, the nondescript terror outfit Tehreek-e-Khilafat, which has claimed some terrorist attacks in Karachi, pledged to raise the Islamic State’s flag in South Asia and Khurasan – a term militants use for an area covering parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
“From today, Sheikh Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi shall consider Tehreek-e-Khilafat and Jihad Mujahideen fighters of Pakistan as one of the arrows among his arrows which he has kept for his bow,” the report quoted the terror group as saying in a statement.
The militant group which is said to be one of the dozens of groups that comprise the umbrella group the Pakistan Taliban stated, “We are praying from the almighty Allah to give us chance in our lives to see the expansion of Islamic State boundaries toward the SubContinent and Khurasan region in order to hoist the flag of Islamic State here.”
TNN | Jul 10, 2014
SRINAGAR: Pakistan high commissioner Abdul Basit has invited Kashmiri separatist leaders, including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, for an 'Iftar' party in New Delhi on July 19.
The Mirwaiz said he would not attend the party due to "personal engagements'' but would send somebody on his behalf.
Yudhvir Rana,TNN | Jul 10, 2014
AMRITSAR: Socio-economic research institute the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID), Chandigarh has advocated banking agreement between India and Pakistan to foster ethical trade practices among both nations. It has decided to write to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to implement the agreement made with the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) in 2005 to promote trade between the countries.
RBI and SBP had entered into an agreement for the opening of banking sector under which both sides had decided to grant permission to set up two bank branches on reciprocal basis, stated Professor Satish Verma, RBI chair, CRRID on Wednesday. He said both sides were yet to decide on specific banks and locations for open the branches.
Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | July 10, 2014
The J-K Police Wednesday stopped an academic programme in Srinagar, “threatening to seal a hotel” if Professor Mridu Rai, who teaches at Trinity College Dublin, was allowed to deliver a lecture. Rai was scheduled to deliver a lecture on ‘Language of violence, languages of justice: the state and insurgent Kashmir’.
Hours before the scheduled lecture, the police invoked Section 144 that bans the assembly of four or more persons at a public place.
“This is appalling that my voice was silenced along with other speakers,” Rai said at a press conference after she was not allowed to deliver the lecture. “It’s ludicrous. An academic lecture does not fall under Section 144. It was a simple conversation with people here.”
A Pakistani terror group has become the first in the region to break ranks and declare allegiance to the Islamic State that has seized power across Iraq and Syria.
It represents a breakthrough for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as he tries to win support for his caliphate, potentially extending his influence into South Asia and bolstering his challenge to al-Qaeda for leadership of the global jihadist movement.
Little is known about the Tehreek-e-Khilafat group other than that it has claimed responsibility for a string of attacks in Karachi.
This week it pledged to raise the Islamic State’s flag in South Asia and Khurasan – the historic name used by Islamist militants for an area covering Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Using the poetic language often favoured by jihadist groups, it said in a statement: “From today, Sheikh Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi shall consider Tehreek-e-Khilafat and Jihad mujahideen fighters of Pakistan as one of the arrows among his arrows which he has kept for his bow.
“We are praying from the almighty Allah to give us chance in our lives to see the expansion of Islamic State boundaries toward the SubContinent and Khurasan region in order to hoist the flag of Islamic State here.”
Pakistan army seizes control of key city from Taliban
Reuters | Miranshah,pakistan | July 10, 2014
The Pakistani military has seized control of 80 percent of Miranshah, the capital of the remote tribal region of North Waziristan, where the military launched an operation against Islamist militants last month, a general said on Wednesday.
Previously, the city was largely under the control of the Taliban and militants used it as a base to prepare bombs and plan attacks, said General Zafarullah Khan, the top commander in rugged North Waziristan, which borders Afghanistan.
“North Waziristan had transformed into a hub and safe haven for terrorists of all colours and creeds,” he said during a media trip to Miranshah. “But with the operation, 80 percent of Miranshah and the adjoining areas has been cleared.”
MIRANSHAH- At least six terrorists were killed in a missile strike in North Waziristan today.
According to security sources, two missiles hit a vehicle and a house in Doka Madakhel area of Datta Khel in restive North Waziristan Agency bordering Afghanistan. They said six terrorists were killed in the strike.
QUETTA: Armed militants gunned down five security personnel in Balochistan's resource-rich Dukki area during pre-dawn hours on Thursday, officials said.
A security official, who requested anonymity since he was not authorised to speak to media, said gunmen attacked with automatic weapons a check-post of the Frontier Corps paramilitary force in Dukki area of Loralai district.
He said another FC soldier deployed at the check-post sustained serious bullet wounds.
“The assailants sped away in their vehicle after the deadly assault,” he said.
The injured man was immediately hospitalised.
A large contingent of FC and local administration reached the spot as investigation into the incident went underway.
LAHORE: The Jamaat-i-Islami complains as it has not been taken on board by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf on latter's proposed Aug 14 long march on Islamabad, it is not going to join the same.
"As the PTI has neither consulted us on its proposed protest plan (in Islamabad on Aug 14) nor invited us to join so there is no question of even our symbolic participation in it," Punjab JI President Dr Waseem Akhtar told reporters here on Wednesday.
He said the JI was disinterested in the movements being launched both by the PTI and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek as these lacked a roadmap for the post-government scenario. He said it seemed Imran Khan wanted a solo flight and was not in favour of sharing power with any other party unless polls results forced him to do so.
ISLAMABAD: Major General Zafarullah Khan said that 80 per cent of Miramshah has been cleared during the North Waziristan operation, adding that outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur, if spotted, would be eliminated without any delay.
The general further said that evidence of Al Qaeda’s presence in the region was found and the army was still facing opposition from some areas.
The army official maintained that the civilian population was not targeted during the operation. This information, however, could not be independently verified.
Major General Zafarullah Khan is the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7th Infantry Division Miranshah, North Waziristan.
KARACHI- Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has claimed that many areas of Karachi were being ‘ruled’ by Taliban and they have their courts and justice system in those areas.
In an interview with a local magazine, Altaf Hussain said that he had been claiming it for years that Taliban had taken control of one third of Karachi and had been ruling there with their own judicial system and courts issuing penalties on daily basis.
He maintained that people of Karachi were not amazed at the June 8, 2014 airport attack, as they knew that Taliban had gradually strengthened their hold on the city and were using slums as their hiding places, adding that most of extortion and kidnapping for ransom calls were being received from these areas.
LAHORE - The CIA police busted a gang of alleged extortionists using the name of a Karachi-based political party, the CIA sources revealed on Wednesday.
Addressing a press conference, SSP (Investigation) Abdur Rab Ch claimed that the CIA arrested 24 members of a gang, headed by two engineers, and recovered Rs10 million cash and valuables. He said that the accused wrote letters to industrialists and other wealthy profiles on the letter head of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) and demanded huge funds from them.
The police officer added that the accused were well-trained and professional criminals. They robbed the house of Mazhar-ul-Haq, SHO Jhang bazaar Faisalabad, before kidnapping his wife and daughter. After receiving Rs3 million as ransom, they freed the captives, the SSP informed.
Omer Farooq Khan,TNN | Jul 10, 2014
BANNU: The number of displaced people from North Waziristan, where the Pakistan army has launched a major anti-terror operation, has almost doubled to over 900,000 in the last few days.
Most of them complain of official apathy and are living in terrible conditions without basics facilities in tents and slums in Bannu, 371km southwest of Islamabad.
The misery of Arshad Daur (38) mirrors that of other displaced people. He left his village along with his ailing mother, three sisters-in-law and their five kids in haste when it was targeted in aerial strikes few days ahead of the mass exodus. They left everything behind.
Like many tribesmen, Daur's three brothers work in the Middle East while he looks after their wives and kids. It took over 25 hours for them to cover their journey from Dande Darpakhel to Bannu.
KARACHI: Some 31,336 alleged criminals have so far been arrested in several targeted operations conducted by police and Rangers personnel since the Karachi operation was launched, states a report on the law and order situation in Karachi during the past few months.
The report was presented by acting Inspector General Sindh Police Hyder Jamali on Thursday during a high-level meeting of officials from law enforcement agencies.
Jamali chaired the meeting which also looked at the efficiency of the ongoing operation in Karachi that has been under way for the past 10 months.
Singapore on Wednesday expressed concern at the risk of terrorist attacks posed by local and foreign jihadists returning to Southeast Asia after fighting in Syria.
Interior Minister Teo Chee Hean said returning fighters have the skills to carry out terror attacks or support others planning them.
"The presence of former foreign fighters in our region - whether they originate from Southeast Asia or elsewhere - is a security threat to us," Teo told parliament.
"This threat is magnified if these returnee fighters are Singaporeans."
Teo cited parallels to the threat posed by foreign fighters who returned to Southeast Asia after fighting in the Afghan war against the Soviets in the 1980s.
He said several members of the Jemaah Islamiyah terror network arrested in Singapore in 2001 for planning attacks on US and other foreign targets in the city-state had trained in Afghanistan.
Jul 10 2014
At least 33 Taliban militants were killed following military operations by Afghan national army soldiers in the past 24 hours, defense officials said Thursday.
Gen. Zahir Azimi, spokesman for the ministry of defense of Afghanistan said at least 20 militants were also injure during the operations.
Gen. Azimi further added that five militants were arrested and various types of weapons and ammunition were confiscated.
He said Afghan national army soldiers also discovered and seized 71 improvised explosive devices (EIDs) during the operations.
In the meantime, Azimi said at least three Afghan national army soldiers were also martyred in the past 24 hours.
No further details were disclosed regarding the exact locations where the three Afghan national army soldiers were martyred.
The anti-government armed militant groups have not commented regarding the report so far.
Militants kill six deminers in Herat province
The anti-government armed militants killed at least six deminers in western Herat province of Afghanistan.
The incident took place in Kohsan district of Herat province early Thursday morning.
Provincial police spokesman, Abdul Rauf Ahmadi confirmed that six deminers of Halo Trust demining organization were killed following the attack.
Ahmadi further added that one of the deminers was also injured and three others were kidnapped by the militants.
No group including the Taliban militants has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.
Herat is among the relatively peaceful provinces in western Afghanistan; however, the anti-government armed militant groups are active in a number of its districts and often carry out insurgency activities.
At least six people were killed following a drone strike in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region.
Sources quoted by local media agencies have said that the airstrike was carried out in Dattakhel area early Thursday.
The officials further added that a house and vehicle were targeted in the airstrike where at least four missiles were launched on the targets.
The identities of those killed in the airstrike have not been ascertained so far.
The drone strike comes as Pakistani military is engaged in a major military offensive against the insurgent groups in NOrth Waziristan.
Kashgar College in Xinjiang Threatens Fasting Muslim Students With Expulsion
World Bulletin / News Desk
The Chinese authorities in the province of East Turkestan (Xinjiang), have been forcing Muslim Uighurs to break their fasts after it was declared that he observance of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan was banned.
A Muslim university student, who wished to remain anonymous, in the city of Kashgar, explained that the authorities had increased their restrictions on religious observance during the month of Ramadan, including a ban on praying and fasting.
"When they notice we are fasting they force us to break our fast. When we refuse to break our fast they threaten to expel us and not give us our diploma," the student said.
The student also said that dorm rooms were being inspected at the time of suhur, or the morning meal, to check who was up eating. Those caught would be black-listed.
During the day, school staff hand out food and water to students and force them to consume it in front of them.
Press Trust of India | Washington | July 10, 2014
Expressing concern over reports that the NSA and FBI monitored emails of prominent Muslim- Americans, including an Indian-origin attorney, a coalition of South Asian groups has appealed to the US to end surveillance on “innocent” community members.
The National Coalition of South Asian Organisations (NCSO), in a statement, said that it was deeply troubled by the reports that the US security agencies have engaged in surveillance of Muslim-American civic and civil rights leaders, including Indian and Pakistani Americans, under procedures intended to targed terrorists and spies.
“As organisations that work directly with South Asian community members, we know all too well that in the post 9/11 environment, the targeting of Muslim-Americans has unfortunately become a commonplace occurrence,” NCSO said.
PARIS—The French government is stepping up its fight against nationals who travel to fight in Syria's civil war as fears grow in Europe and the U.S. that Western-born militants could commit terrorist attacks when they return home.
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve on Wednesday proposed new obstacles, including blocking websites that aim to recruit jihadists, to stop French citizens from trying to reach the front lines of the Syrian conflict, where offshoots of al Qaeda and other Islamist militants have come to dominate the rebel side.
"Recent events show that laws must be adapted to take into account worrying developments," the government said.
Mr. Cazeneuve's proposed measures come just weeks after French authorities said they believed that a man detained on suspicion of having killed four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels in May was the first jihadist returning from Syria to carry out an attack in Europe.
The U.S. government has also expressed alarm over the numbers of Western-born Muslims flocking to Syria. On Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder urged U.S. allies to intensify efforts to stem what he called a "global crisis."
By Laura Kuenssberg & Mike Deri Smith
A government organisation temporarily suspended online advertising after a BBC Newsnight investigation found ads being shown before extremist videos.
Adverts for the National Citizen Service (NCS), as well as businesses, charities and the BBC were found running next to extremist videos.
Companies' and taxpayers' money may have gone to Jihadi groups because of the way the sites like YouTube operate.
YouTube said it removed violent videos when they were flagged by users.
Host sites, including Youtube, share income from advertisers with the individuals or groups that provide the content.
As a result, advertisers like the National Citizen Service - run by the Cabinet Office - are potentially unwittingly funding extremist.
The National Citizen Service is a Cabinet Office programme that provides a modern-day equivalent to national service, intended to teach young people valuable skills and to help local communities.
"The deteriorating situation in Gaza is leading to a downward spiral which could quickly get beyond anyone’s control," it said.
UN Secretary—General Ban Ki—moon urged Israeli and Palestinian leaders to restore peace in the violence—hit Gaza region, media reported on Thursday.
Ban on Wednesday said that he was alarmed by the new wave of violence that has engulfed Gaza, southern Israel and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Xinhua reported.
“The deteriorating situation in Gaza is leading to a downward spiral which could quickly get beyond anyone’s control,” Ban said.
BERLIN – Chris Boudreau’s son Damian told her over dinner on a November evening in 2012 that he was going to Egypt to study Arabic, the language of Islam.
She never saw him again.
“He flew to Seattle, then Amsterdam, then into Istanbul,” said Boudreau. “There was a training camp just outside the city where radicals train prior to crossing the border into Syria.”
Fourteen months later, the 22-year-old Canadian convert to Islam was dead, apparently killed in fighting between rival groups of Islamic militants in the Syrian city of Aleppo. Boudreau was left to wonder what she could have done to stop her son from becoming a jihadi foot soldier.
For answers, she’s turning to Europe, where authorities are increasingly using outreach programs to prevent and even reverse radicalization. Initiatives include school counseling, emergency hotlines and even programs to help find jobs for returning jihadists.
PARIS, (Xinhua) -- French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve on Wednesday announced tough measures to prevent French nationals from joining jihadists in Syria and putting at risk domestic security when returning home.
Presenting his anti-Jihad plan at a cabinet meeting, the minister said "we must be armed, vigilant and determined to crack down on radicalized French youth and prevent their recruitment by Islamist cells."
"The anti-jihad plan should prevent departures (to Syria), protect those who are going (for jihad) and our nationals," Cazeneuve told news channel BFMTV.
The U.N. atomic agency said on Thursday it believed nuclear material Iraq said had been seized by insurgents was "low grade" and did not pose a significant security risk.
Iraq told the United Nations in a July 8 letter that the nuclear materials had been taken from a university in the country's north. It appealed for help to "stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad".
Al Qaeda offshoot, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, took over swathes of Syria and Iraq before renaming itself the Islamic State on June 29 and declaring its leader caliph - a title held by successors of the Prophet Mohammad.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) "is aware of the notification from Iraq and is in contact to seek further details", IAEA spokeswoman Gill Tudor said.
Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip killed 20 people on July 10 including four women and four children, medics said, on the third day of a widening military operation.
The deaths bring to 70 the number of Palestinians killed since Israel on Tuesday launched Operation Protective Edge to halt rocket fire from the besieged territory.
Israel's army said it carried out raids during the night against more than 300 Hamas targets, claiming to have hit the Islamist group a total of 750 times since the operation began.
Emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP that an early morning strike hit a coffee shop in the city of Khan Yunis, killing eight people and wounding at least 15.
A second attack blasted a home in Nusseirat refugee camp in central Gaza, killing one person and wounding several others, Qudra said. Further strikes targeted two houses in Khan Yunis, killing four women and four children, he said.
Turkey has been stepping up measures to prevent the flow of jihadists into crisis-torn neighbors Syria and Iraq, amid growing fears that they will return to their home countries and plan attacks in future.
Authorities have begun to talk with families whose children have been recruited by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Terror and intelligence officials have reached up to 370 families and are constructing a profile of the people who have gone to Syria to fight alongside forces fighting President Bashar al-Assad.
In light of the information obtained from the families, some associations who were alleged to have helped people to cross into Syria are being investigated, including three Istanbul-based organizations that are sending humanitarian aid into the war-torn country.
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Wednesday accused Israel of committing "genocide" in Gaza during its military campaign which has so far killed 43 Palestinians.
"It's genocide -- the killing of entire families is genocide by Israel against our Palestinian people," he told a crisis meeting of the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
"What's happening now is a war against the Palestinian people as a whole and not against the (militant) factions.
"We know that Israel is not defending itself, it is defending settlements, its main project," said Abbas.
"We are moving in several ways to stop the Israeli aggression and spilling of Palestinian blood, including talking to Egyptian President (Abdel Fattah) al-Sisi and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon."
The Israeli air force overnight hit more than 300 Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip in response to rocket fire from the besieged Palestinian territory, an army spokesman said Thursday.
"We aimed at 322 targets in Gaza overnight, taking to 750 the total number of Hamas targets hit by the army since the start (on Tuesday) of Operation Protective Edge," Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner told journalists in a telephone conference.
Among the targets hit were rocket-launching sites of Hamas's armed wing the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, as well as tunnels used by the group and Hamas command posts, Lerner said.
Israel showed great restraint during its three weeks of continuous rocket fire from Gaza and its measured response was intended to restore the calm without major military action, a written statement by the Israeli Embassy said on July 10.
However, in response to the “incessant attacks” by Hamas on the civilian population of Israel, the government of Israel decided on July 7 to initiate “Operation Protective Edge,” said the embassy.
“Hamas and the other terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip fire on communities inside Israel with the intention of killing civilians. They also do not hesitate to launch rockets from the midst of Palestinian civilian concentrations, thereby cynically using Gaza residents as human shields for their terrorist activities,” read the statement.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has called on militants belonging to the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq to release the 49 Turkish hostages who were abducted last month in Iraq.
“In this sacred Ramadan month, there is an organization called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. If they really believe [in Islam], then we expect them to return our brothers,” Erdoğan said late on July 9 in the Central Anatolian province of Tokat.
IS, which previously referred to itself as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), kidnapped Turkey’s consul-general and 48 personnel of the consulate on June 11 after it seized control of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Thirty-two Turkish drivers, who were taken hostage by members of a local tribe working with ISIL, were freed last month.
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu recently said the government was continuing to work for the release of kidnapped citizens and asked the public not to speculate about the incident.
Karadeniz Holding, a Turkish energy company that supplies power to the Iraqi city of Mosul, seized by Islamist jihadist militants, announced it suspended electricity exports to Iraq two weeks ago as their contract ended.
Additionally, the government has said it has no plans to prevent the company from supplying power to the region.
The second largest city of Iraq has been hit by several power outages since militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) seized the province.
Karadeniz Holding, the parent company of the Kartet energy company that was supplying around 200 megawatts (MW) of electricity a year, said it had been pumping power to Mosul and neighboring towns until two weeks ago.
The company said it suspended the procurement as the contract, which is renewed every year, with the Iraqi authorities has expired, but stated negotiations for a new contract are ongoing between the parties.
08 July 2014
When Boko Haram invaded her village last year, the Islamist extremists burned the churches, destroyed Bibles and photographs and forced Hamatu Juwanda to renounce Christianity.
"They said we should never go back to church because they had brought a new religion," the 50-year-old said. "We were going to be converted to Islam."
The head of the village, a Muslim, presented her with a thick nylon hijab to cover her head and renamed her Aisha.
She submitted, smarting with rage. Women who didn't wear the hijab were beaten.
"When I went to the market, I wore the veil," she said. "But at home, I took it off and prayed."
The gunmen returned time after time to the village of Barawa, shooting people, burning houses and wearing down the resistance of the villagers.
South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Wednesday urged Rebel Chief Riek Machar to restart talks to end a raging civil war between their forces that has driven the country to the brink of famine.
"Even if Riek Machar's forces still continue attacking our forces, I still renew my call for him to accept the logic of peaceful resolution," Kiir told crowds at celebrations to mark three years of independence, AFP reported.
"Put down your guns and come home. "
South Sudan has been wracked by war since mid-December, when presidential guards loyal to Kiir clashed with troops supporting Machar, who fled to the bush and rallied a huge rebel army.
The Pentagon has a plan that would recommend US President Barack Obama authorizes drone attacks against the leader of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Al-BaghdadiSeveral defense officials spoke to the news network and said that the circumstances that would allow President Obama to order a drone strike are being deliberated. “He is a person of great interest to us,” a defense official pentagon told CNN Wednesday of the terrorist organization’s leader.
For a kill mission to happen, the U.S. must prove that the target poses a threat to the U.S. and its interests, such as the U.S. Embassy staff in Baghdad. Such a strike must be approved by Obama.
After reports surfaced that training material of the U.S. National Security Agency included racial and religious slurs including anti-Muslim references to imaginary terror suspects the White House has instructed U.S. law enforcement agencies to conduct a review of the same.
On Wednesday The Intercept investigative media outlet, financed by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and staffed by Glenn Greenwald among others, reported that the NSA and the Federal Bureau of Investigation had snooped on the emails of five prominent U.S. activists and attorneys from the Muslim community.
Responding to the allegations in the report, White House Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said that the administration took accusations of the slurs “extremely seriously,” adding that the administration had “immediately requested that the Director of National Intelligence undertake an assessment of intelligence community policies… and as necessary, make any recommendations, changes or additional reforms.”
Islamist militants that have swept across Iraq pose a clear and “imminent” danger to the Middle East, Europe and the United States, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday.
The Pentagon chief described the rise of Sunni insurgents as a serious threat only days after suggesting Washington was not on the verge of any military action to help the Iraqi government in its fight with the extremists.
“Make no mistake -- and this country should not make any mistake on this, nor anyone in Congress -- this is a threat to our country,” Hagel said of the militants during a stop at a U.S. naval submarine base in the state of Georgia.
The United States on Wednesday urged Israel and the Palestinians to de-escalate tensions in Gaza and expressed concern for the safety of civilians on both sides as Israel pressed a campaign of air strikes and militants kept up rocket fire at Israel's heartland.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told a briefing that US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is in China, had spoken earlier in the day with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and planned to speak with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas "over the next 24 hours."
US spy agencies snooped on the emails of five high-profile Muslim Americans in an effort to identify security threats, documents leaked by fugitive ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden show.
The targets include a lawyer, professor and a political operative, according to a report published in the Intercept.
The Intercept is an online news site overseen by Glenn Greenwald, who helped publish many of Mr Snowden's leaks.
The FBI and NSA said they only spied on Americans when they had probable cause.
"The National Security Agency and FBI have covertly monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-Americans... under secretive procedures intended to target terrorists and foreign spies," according to The Intercept report.
10 July 2014
A U.S. appeals court in New York on Wednesday ordered $1.75 billion in Iranian funds to be handed to families of Americans killed in the 1983 attack on a barracks in Beirut.
The decision from three judges upheld a ruling from U.S. federal judge Katherine Forrest in 2013 that the money, currently held in New York by Citibank, be handed over to the plaintiffs.
The money would be a partial payment of the $2.65 billion award a U.S. judge ordered Iran to pay to the families in 2007.
The 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut killed 241 American personnel and was deemed by the United States to have been carried out by Lebanon’s Iranian-backed Hezbollah group.
The US has offered a USD 10 million reward for information leading to the conviction and arrest of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed leader of the “caliphate” on Iraq and Syrian territory.
The award on al-Baghdadi has been since 2011. “Since October 2011 the Rewards for Justice programme has advertised on its web site a reward offer of up to USD 10 million for information leading to the location, arrest, or conviction of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the terrorist organization Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL),” the State Department said.
A controversial Muslim rights group has criticised newly-launched civil movement Negara-Ku, accusing it of being "just a new face on the block but with the same agenda of going against Islam".
Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) president Abdullah Zaik Abdul Rahman (pic) said in a posting on its website that the movement was merely a new front promoting religious pluralism, liberalism and humanism.
"Their agenda and focus are the same, to go against Islam as the religion of the Federation and the rights of Malays in this Malay heartland.
"You can use any name, but we know who you are and who you work for," he added.
Zaik was responding to the launch of Negara-Ku, which is being spearheaded by Pertubuhan Ikram Malaysia deputy president Zaid Kamaruddin, who is the steering committee chairperson.
Putrajaya failed to fulfil its obligations as a United Nations member state when it ignored the UN Special Rapporteur’s letter expressing concerns on freedom of religion over the Allah ban, civil society groups and the nation’s top human rights body said.
The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) said that as a UN member state, it was important for the Malaysian government to respond to the concerns raised by Special Rapporteur Heiner Bielefeldt.
"As much as we understand the sensitivity of the issue, we are also concerned that the issue on the use of the word Allah among non-Muslims has led to severe criticisms by the international community which may reflect negatively on Malaysia's human rights record," Suhakam said in a statement to The Malaysian Insider.
KUALA LUMPUR: All public authorities are subject to the Federal Constitution and the civil court could not avoid hearing an application for leave just because it is an Islamic matter, claimed a lawyer acting for former political activist and academician Kassim Ahmad.
Lead counsel Rosli Dahlan told reporters he had argued that the civil court had jurisdiction to review alleged misconduct by public authorities.
Kassim @ Osman Ahmad, 80, is contending that the civil court has the jurisdiction to hear his application for a judicial review over his prosecution for allegedly insulting Islam.
High Court (Appellate and Special Powers) judge Justice Zaleha Yusof set July 14 to deliver her decision over the issue of jurisdiction raised by the Attorney-General’s Chambers in their preliminary objection against the application for leave.