Muslim Boy Changed His Name To A Hindu Surname To Crack IAS Exam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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India

Islamic Laws In Accordance With Human Nature, Change or Amendment Out Of Question: AIMPLB

Terror Outfits Using Social Media to Lure Muslim Youths: Indian Intelligence Agencies

Terror fight needs to cover all regions, says India

South Asia

Taliban Claims To Have ‘Thousands of Fully Armed Martyrdom Seekers’

17 Taliban Insurgents Killed In Air and Ground Raids in North Of Afghanistan

Bangladesh Braces for Violence After Opposition Leader, Motiur Rahman Nizami, Is Executed

President Ghani off to UK to attend Anti-Corruption summit in London

Taliban finance official arrested with 2 cheques of 40m Pakistani rupees

Enemies and their supporters dreamt to topple down government: Abdullah

Taliban suffer heavy casualties in Jawzjan airstrikes, MoD says

Africa

A Telephone Survey of North Africans Has Found That They Identify As Muslim First, Citizens Second, And That Only 39 Per Cent of Egyptians Condemn Religious Extremism

Terror Threat Hits Economies in Middle East, North Africa

East Africa: Islamic Banking Insight at Uganda Expo

Terror kills as many or more in Africa than Mideast

A year of attacks linked to Nigeria’s Boko Haram

Arab World

Iraq: ISIL Burns Entire Family in Kirkuk for Trying to Leave

Saudi Arabia carries out 92nd execution of year

Car Bomb in Baghdad Market Kills Dozens

US Supporting Saudi Arabia to Wage All-Out War against Yemen

Syrian Democratic Forces Ready to Launch Liberating Operation of Raqqa from ISIL

Syrian Army Restores Security to Oil-Rich Region East of Homs

Syrian Air Force Continues to Bomb Terrorist Centres South of Idlib

Senior Al-Nusra Terrorist Captured by Lebanese Army near Border with Syria

Syrian Warplanes Hit ISIL Military Convoy Heavily Northeast of Hama Province

ISIL on Verge of Collapse in Mosul

Syrian Air Force Keeps Pounding ISIL Positions in Homs

ISIL Imposes Heavy Taxes on Agricultural Products in Deir Ezzur Province

Iran Mounts Anti-TOW Jamming System on M60 Tanks

Terrorists Fire More Than 50 Shells on Civilians in Al-Fuaa, Kafraya

Europe

UK Police Apologise For Muslim Phrase ‘Allahu Akbar’ Used In Terrorism Training Exercise

Afghan ‘Islamists’ held in Italy ‘targeted London’

German Police Investigating 40 Refugees as Potential Terrorists

North America

‘Ban Islam from America’ Fliers Left At Proposed Mosque Site in Washington State

Muslim family considers suit against Citadel over headscarf

US defies Myanmar government request to stop using term Rohingya

Pakistan

Pakistan Ulema Council Issues Fatwa against Islamic State

Overseas Pakistanis Send $16 Billion in Remittances, Up 5.25%

Ali Haider Gilani arrives in Lahore after three years in captivity

PTI chairman calls PM Nawaz ‘king of corruption’

Pakistan textbooks slur Christians and other faiths, study says

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Australia

Australia Holds Five Suspected Of Plotting Sailing Trip To Join Islamic State

Mideast

NATO Backs Turkey against ISIL Attacks

Three Killed, 45 Wounded In Bomb Attack in Turkey’s Diyarbakır

Turkey-Israel should enhance intelligence sharing against terrorism, says Israeli envoy

EU to look into fine print of Turkey’s terror legislation

Five ISIL suspects escape from prison in Turkey’s Kocaeli

Turkish warplanes hit PKK targets in northern Iraq

Dutch columnist detained over tweets leaves Turkey

Israel begins manhunt after women stabbed in Jerusalem forest

Around 1,300 ISIL militants killed in Syria, Iraq: Turkish Chief of Staff

Southeast Asia

Islamic Extremists Planning Boat Escape To Indonesia All Had Cancelled Passports, Police Say

Indonesia demands for the promotion of “tolerant” Islam

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Muslim Boy Changed His Name to a Hindu Surname to Crack IAS Exam

May 11, 2016

Pune, May 11: Ansar Ahmad Shaikh, the son of an auto rickshaw driver from Jalna’s Shedgaon village, cracked the UPSC exam in his first attempt. Ansar Shaikh, who secured an All-India Rank 361, indeed faced religious discrimination while studying in Pune. Ansar had to change his name and became Shubham from Shaikh to get accommodation and food in the city.

Ansar Ahmad Shaikh came to Pune to pursue Bachelor of Arts, political science degree and UPSC preparations. In order to get proper accommodation and food, he was forced to change his name to a Hindu surname. “I remember when I went to look for a PG accommodation, my friends who were Hindus got rooms but I was refused. So the next time, I said that my name was Shubham, which was actually my friend’s name,” Ansar was quoted as saying by Indian Express.

“Now I don’t have to hide my real name. I am Shaikh, not Shubham. I can tell everyone now,” Ansar said with tears in his eyes. Shaikh stood firm against all odds and achieved phenomenal victory over them. Recalling the hardship he faced, Ansar said, “My father has three wives, my mom is the second. In my family, education wasn’t so important. My younger brother dropped out of school and my two sisters were married off at an early age and didn’t study much. When I called home and told them that I cracked UPSC and in all likelihood will be an IAS officer, they were shell shocked,” said Shaikh.

Ansar Shaikh’s story is all about courage and determination. But it also highlights the bias mindset of the society towards minorities. In a metropolitan city like Pune, people have to face discrimination for their religious identity, then one can think about the situation in rural areas.

india.com/news/india/upsc-2015-results-this-muslim-boy-changed-his-name-to-a-hindu-surname-to-crack-ias-exam-1177086/

 

Islamic laws in accordance with human nature, change or amendment out of question: AIMPLB

May 11, 2016

Islamic laws are enacted by the Creator of the Universe Himself, hence they are in accordance with human nature and as there is no possibility to change or modify the human nature similarly Shariah laws cannot be changed. Maulana Khaled Saifullah Rahmani General Secretary All India Muslim Personal Law board told this while addressing the inaugural session of the 3-day workshop entitled ‘Understanding of the Islamic Law’. Giving an effective reply to those who raise voice to amend Islamic laws, he said however progress may be made by humans in the field of technology, but there is no place for amendment of Islamic laws.

Maulana Mufti Sadiq Mohiuddin Faheem, Maulana Mohammed Husamuddin Jaffer Pasha, Justice Shah Mohammed Quadri, Maulana Mohammed Raheemuddin Ansari and others were present on the occasion.

Maulana Khaled Saifullah Rahmani termed permanent maintenance to the divorced women as illogical. On the occasion Justice Shah Mohammed Quadri released the book ‘Overview of Family Laws in Islam’ prepared by All India Muslim Personal Law Board.

Maulana Omer Abideen Qasmi Madani, Mrs. Sameena Subhani, Dr. Qudsia Sultana, Maulana Shahed, Mrs. Jaleesa advocate addressed on the first day of the workshop. Dr. Lateefunnisa delivered vote of thanks.

siasat.com/news/islamic-laws-accordance-human-nature-change-amendment-question-aimplb-957360/

 

Taliban claims to have ‘thousands of fully armed martyrdom seekers’

May 9, 2016

The Afghan Taliban said it would give “top priority” to retaliate against government agencies involved in the execution of jihadist prisoners and claimed it has “thousands of fully armed martyrdom seekers” at its disposal who are “awaiting to take revenge.”

The Taliban issued the statement yesterday on its official website, Voice of Jihad, after the Afghan government executed six jihadists, including a member of al Qaeda, for various attacks in the country.

One of the jihadists executed yesterday by the Afghan government was Khan Agha, who was better known as Abdul Rahman, according to Khaama Press. Rahman was involved in the assassination of National Directorate of Security Deputy Director Dr. Abdullah Laghmani on Sept. 2, 2009. Laghmani was one of 23 Afghans killed in a suicide attack inside a mosque in the city of Mehtarlam, the capital of Laghman province. The NDS captured Rahman and three associates in December 2009, and was described as a Taliban commander in the province. Al Qaeda and Taliban leaders often are members of both groups.

The Afghan government has indicated that it would continue to execute members of the Taliban and allied groups. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid responded by threatening agencies involved in the executions.

“From now onwards, Allah willing, the Mujahideen shall make all enemy bodies involved in martyring Mujahideen inmates as their top priority during military planning,” Mujahid said. “They will not be allowed to breathe peacefully nor will they ever be able to feel security.”

“We have thousands of fully armed martyrdom seekers awaiting to take revenge, we shall never relinquish our turn,” Mujahid concluded.

While Mujahid’s claim that the Taliban has “thousands of martyrdom seekers” may be seen as boastful, the groups has conducted numerous attacks against Afghan and Coalition facilities using multiple suicide bombers and armed fighters over the past decade. The Taliban possesses the infrastructure to recruit, indoctrinate, train and deploy these suicide assault teams throughout Afghanistan.

Such attacks are commonplace in Afghanistan, and many often take place in the capital of Kabul. In one of the more complex attacks that employed “martyrdom seekers,” the Taliban assaulted Camp Bastion, a sprawling military base that was shared by US Marines and British troops and located in the middle of the Dashti Margo desert in Helmand province. On Sept. 14, 2012, a 15-man Taliban team penetrated the perimeter at the airbase, destroyed six USMC Harriers and damaged two more, and killed the squadron commander and a sergeant. Fourteen of the 15 members of the assault team were killed, while the last was wounded and captured.

The Taliban has given some clues about the organization of its martyrdom units. It has identified two key leaders of its “Suicide Groups.” Mullah Taj Mir Jawad has been described as the head of a “martyrdom-seekers battalion.” Jawad swore allegiance to Mullah Mansour in a video released by the group in September.

Qari Abdul Raouf Zakir, the “commander” of the Taliban’s “suicide groups,” also swore allegiance to Mullah Mansour in the same video as Jawad. Qari Zakir, who was designated as a terrorist by the State Department in November 2012, has long commanded the Haqqani Network’s suicide operations.

The Haqqani Network is an al Qaeda-linked Taliban subgroup that operates throughout Afghanistan and is based in Pakistan, where it is supported by Pakistan’s military and the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI). Sirajuddin Haqqani, the operational commander of the Haqqani Network, serves as Mullah Mansour’s deputy and as the head of the Taliban’s military.

The Taliban has also promoted suicide teams in its propaganda. The Muaskar ul Fida, one of several suicide squads operating in Afghanistan, swore allegiance to the Taliban’s new emir in November 2015.

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A telephone survey of North Africans has found that they identify as Muslim first, citizens second, and that only 39 per cent of Egyptians condemn religious extremism.

10 May 2016

The raw data for the poll is apparently unavailable to the public but Africa Jeune, reporting, said that the president of Sigma – a Tunisian poll company “agreed to deliver the key lessons” to the French weekly.

Africa Jeune claims that the poll results “dismantle many misconceptions in an outstanding way”.

The poll was conducted in December last year for the Arab Observatory of Religions and Freedoms (OARL) and the German Konrad Adenauer Foundation, surveying people in the five countries of North Africa: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt.

Except for Tunisia, people in the other North African nations said they feel predominantly Muslim rather than citizens of their country. Africa Jeune comments that it is “as if belonging to Islam has, replaced over time the Arab identity advocated by strong states such as Egypt”.

The paper puts a positive spin on results regarding the niqab, (a garment covering the whole face except for the eyes) which is mandatory only in the extremist Salafi school:

“With 84.3% per cent of respondents who “strongly oppose” the niqab, Tunisia is the most averse to this type of veil a country in North Africa the most allergic averse to this type of veil.

“The progressive status of Tunisian women leaves its mark on the perception of religion among Tunisians,” says Hassen Mr Zargouni.

While that might be good news, the overall findings are less encouraging. Support for the niqab is at 45 per cent in Libya, 37 per cent in Egypt, 34 per cent in Algeria, 28 per cent in Morocco and 13 per cent in Tunisia.

A small majority of citizens agree that there should be separation of religion and politics, Africa Jeune only offering the Libyan figure of 61 per cent; but 38 per cent and 36 per cent of Algerians and Moroccans respectively oppose it.

But “nothing is simple”, as the magazine puts it, noting the contradictions regarding respondents’ opinions on Sharia law.

Seventy-nine per cent of Libyans believe Sharia should be the sole source of legislation as do 63 per cent of Algerians, 60 per cent of Egyptians, 55 per cent of Moroccans with, again, the only notable exception being Tunisia at 23 per cent.

Africa Jeune asks whether the universal enthusiasm for Islamic law is an expression of religious conservatism or real radicalisation, before stating that “the answer isn’t is not obvious”. The reason given is because the majority surveyed believed that the state must defend religion when it is attacked but, at the same time, imams must remain outside the political fields.

The findings perhaps do not bode well for freedom of speech in Western European countries which have large, and growing Muslim populations. It also suggests such countries are demographically, on their current course, on track to adopt Sharia law in the future.

The European Commission, which promotes a wide variety of feminist goals, seems shortsighted with regards to its determination for millions of Muslims to settle in Europe. Indeed in June 2015, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini declared: “The idea of a clash between Islam and “the West” – a word in which everything is put together and confused – has misled our policies and our narratives. Islam holds a place in our Western societies. Islam belongs in Europe. It holds a place in Europe’s history, in our culture, in our food and – what matters most – in Europe’s present and future.”

Africa Jeune also reports that respondents don’t do not differentiate between the words “Muslim” and “Islamist”, and states hopefully that this is “probably because the two terms are pronounced almost the same way”.

It also states that respondents agree “that religious extremism is ‘a misinterpretation of religion, and a slander of Islam’” – a favourite claim of politicians in the West.

Religious extremism is condemned by only 39 per cent of Egyptians, but is condemned by 83 per cent of people in Tunisia. Perhaps unsurprising given the country experienced a terrorist attack last year which left 27 dead and inflicted serious damage on its tourism industry, one of the country’s main source of revenue.

breitbart.com/london/2016/05/10/survey-reveals-aggressive-pro-sharia-attitudes-in-countries-providing-major-source-of-eu-migrants/

 

Iraq: ISIL Burns Entire Family in Kirkuk for Trying to Leave

May/11/2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The ISIL captured and burnt all members of a family in an area under its control near the city of Kirkuk in Northeastern Iraq after they attempted to escape from the terrorists-held territories.

All five members of the Iraqi family, including three children, were burnt for trying to escape from Al-Riyadh region to the West of Kirkuk city, the Arabic-language Ara News quoted an unnamed local source as saying on Wednesday.

The ISIL has resorted to conducting odd execution methods to intimidate the people.

More than 50 mass graves have been discovered in the territory formerly controlled by the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group in Iraq.

UN Special Envoy for Iraq Jan Kubis told the Security Council that evidence of the “heinous crimes” committed by the militants in Iraq were being uncovered as territory is retaken from ISIL.

“More than 50 mass graves have been discovered so far in several regions of Iraq,” he said.

Kubis announced that three graves containing a total of up to 40 sets of remains were found in a football field in the city of Ramadi on April 19.

Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar, was liberated in December, almost one year after it fell into the hands of ISIL.

Thousands of displaces families who had left their homes in the Western Iraqi city of Ramadi have returned home after the city was retaken from ISIL militants.

On Tuesday, the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group buried dozens of senior militants for escaping the battlefield in the strategic village of Bashir in Kirkuk province, and also executed a two-year female baby in her father’s arms.

At least 45 ISIL terrorists were buried alive in Kirkuk province after escaping a recent battle which resulted in the Takfiri terrorist group’s defeat in Bashir village.

The ISIL buried its disobedient militants in a mass grave in al-Qayara region in Nineveh province.

Meantime, the ISIL hanged a two-year girl, named Fatema Izzam, during its recent raid on Zaqniha village to the East of al-Bara region as she was lying in her father’s arms.

ISIL’s defeat in Bashir village has weakened the terrorist group, and its commanders and ringleaders are now trying to give a message to their fighters by making an example of defectors.

en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950222000574

 

India

Muslim Boy Changed His Name to a Hindu Surname to Crack IAS Exam

May 11, 2016

Pune, May 11: Ansar Ahmad Shaikh, the son of an auto rickshaw driver from Jalna’s Shedgaon village, cracked the UPSC exam in his first attempt. Ansar Shaikh, who secured an All-India Rank 361, indeed faced religious discrimination while studying in Pune. Ansar had to change his name and became Shubham from Shaikh to get accommodation and food in the city.

Ansar Ahmad Shaikh came to Pune to pursue Bachelor of Arts, political science degree and UPSC preparations. In order to get proper accommodation and food, he was forced to change his name to a Hindu surname. “I remember when I went to look for a PG accommodation, my friends who were Hindus got rooms but I was refused. So the next time, I said that my name was Shubham, which was actually my friend’s name,” Ansar was quoted as saying by Indian Express.

Full report at: india.com/news/india/upsc-2015-results-this-muslim-boy-changed-his-name-to-a-hindu-surname-to-crack-ias-exam-1177086/

 

Islamic laws in accordance with human nature, change or amendment out of question: AIMPLB

May 11, 2016

Islamic laws are enacted by the Creator of the Universe Himself, hence they are in accordance with human nature and as there is no possibility to change or modify the human nature similarly Shariah laws cannot be changed. Maulana Khaled Saifullah Rahmani General Secretary All India Muslim Personal Law board told this while addressing the inaugural session of the 3-day workshop entitled ‘Understanding of the Islamic Law’. Giving an effective reply to those who raise voice to amend Islamic laws, he said however progress may be made by humans in the field of technology, but there is no place for amendment of Islamic laws.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/islamic-laws-accordance-human-nature-change-amendment-question-aimplb-957360/

 

Terror Outfits Using Social Media to Lure Muslim Youths: Indian Intelligence Agencies

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Delhi: An assessment by intelligence agencies points out that both domestic and international factors are responsible for pushing many Muslim youth to turn Jihadi, as per a media report.

As per a Mail Today report, incidents of violence against Muslim community going viral on social media is said to be one of the top reasons that lead youth towards jihad.

A senior intelligence official was quoted as saying by the website that US Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s tirade against the Muslim community could become triggers combined with some incidents in India.

Full report at: zeenews.india.com/news/india/terror-outfits-using-social-media-to-lure-muslim-youths-intelligence-agencies_1883826.html

 

Terror fight needs to cover all regions, says India

11 May, 2016

NEW DELHI: India has described the worldwide terror threat and blocking finance for terrorism as a “daunting” challenges and suggested effective mechanism against the Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTF) amid the spread of the Islamic State.

“The growth of the phenomenon of FTF poses increasing threats and challenges and needs to be effectively countered. Credible assessments refer to FTFs from more than 100 countries. The work of the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) on this issue needs to take into account this widespread malaise and requires to be expanded to cover all regions that are affected by this menace,” emphasised India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin, at an advisory board meeting of UNCCT.

Full report at: economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/terror-fight-needs-to-cover-all-regions-says-india/articleshow/52214033.cms

South Asia

Taliban claims to have ‘thousands of fully armed martyrdom seekers’

May 9, 2016

The Afghan Taliban said it would give “top priority” to retaliate against government agencies involved in the execution of jihadist prisoners and claimed it has “thousands of fully armed martyrdom seekers” at its disposal who are “awaiting to take revenge.”

The Taliban issued the statement yesterday on its official website, Voice of Jihad, after the Afghan government executed six jihadists, including a member of al Qaeda, for various attacks in the country.

Full report at: longwarjournal.org/archives/2016/05/taliban-claims-to-have-thousands-of-fully-armed-martyrdom-seekers.php?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LongWarJournalSiteWide+%28The+Long+War+Journal+%28Site-Wide%29%29

 

17 Taliban insurgents killed in air and ground raids in north of Afghanistan

Wed May 11 2016

At least 17 Taliban insurgents were killed in separate air and ground raids of the Afghan National Security Forces in north of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said at least 6 militants were killed and 14 others were wounded during an airstrike in Chashme Sherin in the capital of Sar-e-Pul province.

A statement by MoD said at least 4 others were during a separate operation in Gorkab village at Soma Qala district of Sar-e-Pul province.

Full report at: khaama.com/17-taliban-insurgents-killed-in-air-and-ground-raids-in-north-of-afghanistan-0904

 

Bangladesh Braces for Violence After Opposition Leader, Motiur Rahman Nizami, Is Executed

MAY 10, 2016

NEW DELHI — The authorities in Bangladesh were braced for violence on Wednesday after the execution of a senior opposition leader convicted of atrocities dating from Bangladesh’s 1971 war for independence from Pakistan.

The opposition figure, Motiur Rahman Nizami, who was hanged early Wednesday morning, led Jamaat-e-Islami, Bangladesh’s largest Islamic party. A prison official said Mr. Nizami would be buried in his home village in northwestern Bangladesh.

In October 2014, Mr. Nizami was convicted of leading a paramilitary group that sided with the army of West Pakistan against pro-independence forces.

Full report at: nytimes.com/2016/05/11/world/asia/bangladesh-executed-motiur-rahman-nizami.html

 

President Ghani off to UK to attend Anti-Corruption summit in London

May/11/2016

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani left Dushanbe for United Kingdom after concluding meetings with the Tajikistan officials, the Office of the President said.

According to an online statement, President Ghani will attend the International Anti-Corruption Summit in London.

Corruption continues to remain a major issue for the Afghan people despite the government stepped up efforts to uproot it but the efforts have not proven to be satisfactory for the people and international community.

Full report at: khaama.com/president-ghani-off-to-uk-to-attend-anti-corruption-summit-in-london-0906

 

Taliban finance official arrested with 2 cheques of 40m Pakistani rupees

Wed May 11 2016

The Afghan National Police (ANP) forces have arrested a finance official of the Taliban militants group during an operation in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said Mir Azam was arrested during an operation in Pichegeram district of Nangarhar.

Full report at: khaama.com/taliban-finance-official-arrested-with-2-cheques-of-40m-pakistani-rupees-0903

 

Enemies and their supporters dreamt to topple down government: Abdullah

Tue May 10 2016

The Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah said the enemies of Afghanistan and their supporters dreamt to topple down the government by ramping up insurgency activities.

In his remarks during a ceremony to introduce the new intelligence and minister of defense picks in Kabul, Abdullah said the enemies of Afghanistan do not want the safety of Afghanistan even for one day.

Reiterating the government’s definition of enemy, Abdullah said anyone picking arms to fight the Afghan government and forces is the enemy of the Afghan people.

However, he siad the government keep its arms open for the militants laying down their arms and joining peace process.

Full report at: khaama.com/enemies-and-their-supporters-dreamt-to-topple-down-government-abdullah-0900

 

Taliban suffer heavy casualties in Jawzjan airstrikes, MoD says

Tue May 10 2016

The Taliban militants suffered heavy casualties during the airstrikes conducted by the Afghan Air Force in northern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said at least 35 militants were killed and 16 others were wounded during the raids.

A statement by MoD said at least 14 motorcycles and a vehicle belonging to the militants were also destroyed in the airstrikes conducted in Aqcha district.

According to MoD, the militants killed in the airstrikes had major role in terrorist activities against the local residents of Jawzjan.

Full report at: khaama.com/taliban-suffer-heavy-casualties-in-jawzjan-airstrikes-mod-says-0899

Africa

A telephone survey of North Africans has found that they identify as Muslim first, citizens second, and that only 39 per cent of Egyptians condemn religious extremism.

10 May 2016

The raw data for the poll is apparently unavailable to the public but Africa Jeune, reporting, said that the president of Sigma – a Tunisian poll company “agreed to deliver the key lessons” to the French weekly.

Africa Jeune claims that the poll results “dismantle many misconceptions in an outstanding way”.

Full report at: breitbart.com/london/2016/05/10/survey-reveals-aggressive-pro-sharia-attitudes-in-countries-providing-major-source-of-eu-migrants/

 

Terror threat hits economies in Middle East, North Africa

May 11, 2016

ISTANBUL — An unending series of terrorist attacks in the Middle East and North Africa is taking a heavy toll on tourism-driven economies in the regions.

Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia, which depend heavily on money spent by foreign tourists, are getting hit especially hard. In these countries, bookings for this year’s peak summer tourist season are sharply down from last year. The prospect of a sluggish tourism business is raising concerns about growing unemployment in some areas.

Full report at: asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Economy/Terror-threat-hits-economies-in-Middle-East-North-Africa

 

East Africa: Islamic Banking Insight At Uganda Expo

10 May 2016

Kampala — Uganda is set to host the 8th Banking, Finance and Insurance Expo that will provide some deeper insight into agency and Islamic banking.

It is scheduled to run from May 25th to 26th at the Golf Course Hotel in Kampala.

According to David Ssempala the Chief Executive Officer of Royalway

Media the Expo’s theme rotates around new ventures for finance and insurance players to enhance performance.

Full report at: allafrica.com/stories/201605110408.html

 

Terror kills as many or more in Africa than Mideast

10 May 2016

Washington (CNN)The number of people killed by terror attacks in Africa in the last year is as large, if not larger, than the deaths inflicted by ISIS in the Middle East, U.S. officials said Tuesday.

In response to the assessment, a senior lawmaker questioned whether race explains why the U.S. is not more involved in the fight there.

Obama administration officials testifying before the Senate said that even as Africans continue to struggle with militant groups such as Boko Haram and al-Shabaab, they face the specter of ISIS, also known as ISIL, working to infiltrate their continent in ways that could intensify the terrorist threat.

Full report at: edition.cnn.com/2016/05/10/politics/africa-terror-isis-boko-haram/

 

A year of attacks linked to Nigeria’s Boko Haram

August 13, 2013

Boko Haram is an Islamist militant group waging a campaign of violence in northeastern Nigeria, particularly in the states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.

The group’s ambitions range from the stricter enforcement of Sharia law — which is derived from the Koran as the “world of God” — across the predominantly Muslim north of Nigeria, to the total destruction of the Nigerian state and its government.

The Nigerian government is struggling to control the bloodshed between the mainly Muslim north and Christian south that has claimed more than 3,000 lives since Boko Haram came to prominence in 2009, according to Human Rights Watch.

Full report at: edition.cnn.com/2014/02/27/world/africa/nigeria-year-of-attacks

Arab World

Iraq: ISIL Burns Entire Family in Kirkuk for Trying to Leave

May/11/2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The ISIL captured and burnt all members of a family in an area under its control near the city of Kirkuk in Northeastern Iraq after they attempted to escape from the terrorists-held territories.

All five members of the Iraqi family, including three children, were burnt for trying to escape from Al-Riyadh region to the West of Kirkuk city, the Arabic-language Ara News quoted an unnamed local source as saying on Wednesday.

The ISIL has resorted to conducting odd execution methods to intimidate the people.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950222000574

 

Saudi Arabia carries out 92nd execution of year

May 11, 2016

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia on Tuesday executed one of its citizens convicted of murder, raising to 92 the number of death sentences carried out this year in the kingdom.

Mohsen al-Dosari was found guilty of stabbing to death another Saudi man following a dispute, the interior ministry said in a statement.

Most people put to death in Saudi Arabia are beheaded with a sword

Murder and drug trafficking cases account for the majority of Saudi executions, although 47 people were put to death for “terrorism” on a single day in January.

According to Amnesty International, Saudi Arabia had the third-highest number of executions last year – at least 158.

That was far behind Pakistan, which executed 326, and Saudi Arabia’s regional rival Iran, which executed at least 977, said Amnesty, whose figures exclude secretive China.

siasat.com/news/saudi-arabia-carries-92nd-execution-year-957351/

 

Car Bomb in Baghdad Market Kills Dozens

May/11/2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- A car bomb exploded near a market in a Shiite area of North Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least three dozen people, security and medical officials said.

Officials said that the blast, which hit the Sadr City area at around 10 am local time (0700 GMT), killed at least 30 people and wounded 95 people, Agence France Presse reported.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but the ISIL terrorist group often carries out bombings in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq, especially targeting Shiite Muslims.

Iraqi forces have regained significant ground from ISIL, which overran swathes of territory North and West of Baghdad in 2014.

But the terrorists still control a large part of Western Iraq, and are able to carry out frequent bombings in government-held areas.

en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950222000816

 

US Supporting Saudi Arabia to Wage All-Out War against Yemen

May/11/2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Senior military commanders warned that the Riyadh government is preparing for full-fledged military operations against Yemen as it will enjoy Washington’s support in the Southern parts of the Arab country.

“Saudi Arabia is planning to initiate a joint offensive on Yemeni army and popular forces with the US support,” Senior Yemeni military commander Mohammad Salman al-Salman told FNA on Wednesday.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950222000774

 

ISIL on Verge of Collapse in Mosul

May/11/2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraqi security forces have taken control of more districts in the city of Mosul in Iraq’s Western province of Anbar from ISIL militants, provincial sources announced on Wednesday.

The ISIL forces are so afraid in Mosul city that most of their foreign and Arab commander have withdrawn their forces from the city and only a small number of militants and suicide bombers aged less than 18 years have remained in the city, several local sources said.

On Monday, the Iraqi army and volunteer forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) seized back a strategic village near the city of Mosul.

The Iraqi army and Hashd al-Shaabi took full control of Karabuk village in Makmour region in Anbar province.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950222000655

 

Syrian Air Force Keeps Pounding ISIL Positions in Homs

May/11/2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian warplanes struck the ISIL strongholds in the oil-rich regions of Eastern Homs, pinning the militants down behind their defense lines and blocking their military-logistic movements, military sources said.

“The Syrian fighter jets’ bombardments near al-Maher oilfield prevented the ISIL to regroup its forces to manage any counter-attack against the Syrian army and popular forces,” the sources said.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950222000937

 

Syrian Democratic Forces Ready to Launch Liberating Operation of Raqqa From ISIL

May/11/2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Spokesman Tajir Kobani announced that commanders of the SDF-affiliated groups in Northern Syria have, in a secret meeting, coordinated the process of a joint final operation for liberating Raqqa from the ISIL terrorists.

“Our troops with their heavy weapons have been gathered near Kobani in Northern Syrian,” the spokesman said, adding, “We will begin our operation from three directions simultaneously.”

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950222000788

 

Syrian Army Restores Security to Oil-Rich Region East of Homs

May/11/2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian military forces, in fresh rounds of anti-terrorism operations, drove the ISIL back from al-Maher hill, ending the terrorist group’s threats to a nearby oilfield.

The Syrian soldiers and popular forces, in several hours of non-stop battle, forced the ISIL to withdraw forced from al-Maher hilltop and restored security to al-Maher oil and gas fields.

The ISIL suffered heavy casualties in the attacks.

The Syrian government forces are now ready to storm the ISIL position in al-Sha’er oilfield whose part were captured by the terrorist group a few days ago.

In relevant developments in the province on Tuesday, the Syrian Army detected a joint operation of three groups of ISIL terrorists in the Eastern part of Homs province and ambushed the militants, inflicting a heavy death toll on them, before they could launch their strike.

Several members of the ISIL were killed and several more were wounded in a Syrian soldiers’ ambush operation near Antar mountain in the Northern part of ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur).

en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950222000709

 

Syrian Air Force Continues to Bomb Terrorist Centers South of Idlib

May/11/2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian fighter jets carried out several combat sorties over the gatherings and concentration centers of Jund al-Aqsa in the Southern territories of Idlib province, inflicting major damage on the group’s military equipment.

Jund al-Aqsa terrorist group’s strongholds near the villages of Tamanna and Sukeek came under the massive bombardments of the Syrian warplanes.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950222000635

 

Senior Al-Nusra Terrorist Captured by Lebanese Army near Border with Syria

May/11/2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Lebanese Army troops, tipped off by the local security forces, captured a notorious terrorist of al-Nusra Front in Arsal region.

Mahmoud Hossein Othman, a notorious terrorist with the Syrian nationality, was arrested by the Lebanese soldiers in Arsal of Bekka and was handed over to the relevant bodies.

Last week, the Lebanese Army targeted several hideouts belonging to the ISIL inside Jaroud ‘Arsal and killed several terrorists during the operation.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950222000571

 

Syrian Warplanes Hit ISIL Military Convoy Heavily Northeast of Hama Province

May/11/2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian fighter jets, in several combat sorties, tracked and bombed a military column of the ISIL vehicles, inflicting major damage on the convoy.

A long convoy of the ISIL vehicles was badly targeted by the Syrian army’s aircraft near Aqayrabat about 20 kilometers to the Eastern side of the city of al-Salamiyeh.

The Syrian air attacks were heavy and inflicted major damage on the ISIL column.

Several members of the ISIL were also killed in the raids.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950222000493

 

ISIL Imposes Heavy Taxes on Agricultural Products in Deir Ezzur Province

May/11/2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The ISIL in Syria’s Deir Ezzur has forced the farmers before harvesting their agricultural products to obtain written permission from the Takfiri terrorist group, local sources said.

The ISIL has issued orders that the identity cards of the farmers should remain with the Takfiri terrorist group until they fill in and hand in the needed forms for giving taxes to the ISIL, the sources added.

The Takfiri terrorists have also ordered harsh action to be taken against anyone who disobeys ISIL’s orders.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950222000486

 

Iran Mounts Anti-TOW Jamming System on M60 Tanks

May/11/2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Ground Force Commander Brigadier General Ahmadreza Pourdastan announced that the country has equipped its M60 tanks with jamming systems to disturb performance of TOW and other anti-tank guided missiles.

“We have mounted fire-control and jamming systems on M60 tanks to be able to divert TOW and other anti-armored missiles,” Pourdastan said in an interview with the Army magazine ‘Saf’ on Wednesday.

He also announced the Ground Force’s plans to strengthen its missile power in the current Iranian year (started on March 20).

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950222000271

 

Terrorists Fire More Than 50 Shells on Civilians in Al-Fuaa, Kafraya

May/11/2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Five civilians were injured in the shelling of two terrorist-besieged towns of al-Fuaa and Kafraya in the Northern part of Idlib province, sources said on Wednesday.

Local sources in the towns said in phone calls that terrorists of al-Nusra Front and armed groups affiliated to Jaysh al-Fatah terrorist organization, positioned in Binnish and Maarat Misrin towns, fired more than 50 rocket shells on al-Fuaa and Kafraya residential areas.

The sources confirmed that at least 5 people, including women, were injured noting that the attacks also caused material damage on the locals’ properties.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950222000224

Europe

UK police apologise for Muslim phrase ‘Allahu akbar’ used in terrorism training exercise

May 11, 2016

In video footage of the exercise broadcast on British television, a fake Muslim terrorist dressed in black could be seen running into the complex in Manchester shouting the words before setting off a bomb and falling to the floor.

“On reflection, we acknowledge that it was unacceptable to use this religious phrase immediately before the mock suicide bombing, which so vocally linked this exercise with Islam,” said Garry Shewan, a senior officer at Greater Manchester Police.

In a statement, Mr Shewan said the scenario had been based on “a suicide attack by an extremist Daesh-style organisation” — Daesh being an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State militant group — but added: “We recognise and apologise for the offence that this has caused.”

Full report at: abc.net.au/news/2016-05-11/uk-police-apologise-for-muslim-phrase-in-terror-exercise/7403196

 

Afghan ‘Islamists’ held in Italy ‘targeted London’

May 11, 2016

Three other Afghans are still being sought, two of whom may have gone back to Afghanistan, Italian media report.

Video clips and photos on the two detainees’ mobile phones suggest that they were targeting landmarks in Bari, Rome, Paris and London for attacks.

They included hotels in London’s West India Quay and Royal Victoria Dock.

The detained suspects were named as Hakim Nasiri, 23, and Gulistan Ahmadzai, 29.

Several photos released by police show Mr Nasiri posing with a rifle in a shop or warehouse.

The apparent targets they picked in Rome were the Circus Maximus and Colosseum. Police believe the Afghans had formed a jihadist cell linked to so-called Islamic State (IS).

Full report at: bbc.com/news/world-europe-36256675

 

German police investigating 40 refugees as potential terrorists

May 11, 2016

More “Islamic State” (IS) terrorist suspects have traveled to Germany among incoming refugees than was first thought, the Federal Criminal Police has said. Germany’s Left has warned against anti-migrant scaremongering.

Since the beginning of the refugee crisis last year, the BKA has received some 369 tipoffs regarding either specific jihadi smugglers or people supporting a terrorist organization, German newspaper “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung” reported on Wednesday.

According to statistics provided by the BKA, some 40 investigations have been opened against the suspects, with complaints including the membership in a terrorist organization and the preparation of a serious crime.

Full report at: dw.com/en/german-police-investigating-40-refugees-as-potential-terrorists/a-19248590

North America

‘Ban Islam from America’ Fliers Left At Proposed Mosque Site in Washington State

May 11, 2016

MUKILTEO, Wash. — “Ban Islam from America” fliers left at a proposed mosque site in northwest Washington are under investigation.

The Herald reports an anonymous tip led authorities to find an American flag Thursday near a damaged sign posted with the fliers.

The sign announced plans for the mosque.

Mukilteo police Officer Myron Travis says about a half-dozen paragraphs in the fliers contained “anti-Islamic rhetoric.”

Mosque President Mohammed Riaz Khan says he’s working with religious groups to schedule a meeting this month to answer the public’s questions.

People can submit comments on the mosque plans until May 20.

Mayor Jennifer Gregerson said her community values diversity. She called the damage hateful and unacceptable.

nydailynews.com/news/national/ban-islam-america-fliers-left-proposed-mosque-site-article-1.2632218

 

Muslim family considers suit against Citadel over headscarf

May 11, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Citadel military college, known for its buttoned-up uniforms and strict discipline, decided Tuesday that a newly accepted female student cannot wear a traditional Muslim headscarf if she enrolls in the fall.

The decision disappointed the student, according to a family spokesman who said they are considering legal options because they believe “it’s the same issue faced by African-Americans and women in this situation.” The school didn’t immediately embrace the first African-American cadets during the 1960s and fought the enrollment of women in the 1990s before relenting.

Full report at: tulsaworld.com/news/usworld/ap/muslim-family-considers-suit-against-citadel-over-headscarf/article_a7d84bf7-0c29-57a0-81a0-ef7241341c01.html

 

US defies Myanmar government request to stop using term Rohingya

May 11, 2016

The new ambassador of the United States to Myanmar said he would keep using the term Rohingya for the persecuted Muslim minority, even after the government – controlled by Nobel prize-winner Aung San Suu Kyi – asked him to refrain from it.

Members of the 1.1 million-strong group, most of whom live in desperate conditions in a remote part of northwestern Myanmar, are seen by many Myanmar Buddhists as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. The term Rohingya is a divisive issue.

Scot Marciel took over as the head of the US mission at a critical time after Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) won a landslide victory in historic elections, following decades of pro-democracy struggle.

Full report at: theguardian.com/world/2016/may/11/us-defies-myanmar-government-rohingya-muslims

Pakistan

Pakistan Ulema Council Issues Fatwa against Islamic State

May 10, 2016

The Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) has issued a fatwa against the Islamic State (IS) and other terrorist groups.

PUC has prohibited the use of terms such as ‘Jihad Fi-Sabi Lillah,’ which means ‘jihad for the sake of Allah’. Another term outlawed by the council is ‘Qital Fi-Sabi Lillah‘ which means acts of extremism or terrorism, including murder, in the name of Allah, Voice of America (VOA) reported.

Full report at: tribune.com.pk/story/1101506/puc-issues-fatwa-against-islamic-state/

 

Overseas Pakistanis send $16 billion in remittances, up 5.25%

By Our Correspondent Published: May 11, 2016

KARACHI: Overseas Pakistanis sent remittances amounting to over $16 billion in July-April, up 5.25% from a year ago, according to data released by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Tuesday.

Remittances amounted to $15.2 billion in the same 10 months of the preceding fiscal year. They amounted to $1.6 billion in April alone, which is 3.1% less than the remittances received in the preceding month, SBP data shows.

Remittances sent by overseas Pakistanis reach $11.2b

The year-on-year increase was 16.5% in 2014-15, as Pakistanis based in foreign countries sent home $18.4 billion. The slowdown in the pace of growth in remittances seems alarming in 2015-16 so far. According to the SBP, the slowdown is because of “very low inflation” across advanced economies and a slow global economic recovery.

Full report at: tribune.com.pk/story/1100856/overseas-pakistanis-send-16-billion-in-remittances-up-5-25/

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Ali Haider Gilani arrives in Lahore after three years in captivity

By Tahir Khan / Kamran Yousuf Published: May 11, 2016

Former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s son, Ali Haider Gilani, who was rescued by Afghan and US forces in Afghanistan arrived home to a rapturous welcome in Lahore on Wednesday, three years after being kidnapped from his home town.

Ali Haider, who was kidnapped on May 2, 2013 during an election rally in his hometown Multan, was recovered on Tuesday in a successful operation in Afghanistan.

Addressing the media, Ali Haider Gilani said, “I would like to thank the Afghan government and US forces for their efforts. It takes a lot of effort to bring back someone from another country.”

“I am looking forward to being reunited with my family and going back to my normal life,” he added.

Supporters and well-wishers gathered outside the Gilani residence in Lahore and showered rose petals to welcome Ali Haider.

Full report at: tribune.com.pk/story/1101372/us-afghan-forces-handover-ali-haider-gilani-to-pakistani-officials-in-kabul/

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PTI chairman calls PM Nawaz ‘king of corruption’

By News DeskPublished: May 11, 2016

Heating up the debate on Panama Papers controversy, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman has called Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif the ‘king of corruption’.

“Our people should vow to fight corruption and hold Nawaz Sharif, who is the king of corruption, accountable,” Imran Khan said while speaking to a charged audience at the party rally in Bannu on Wednesday.

The PTI chief raised questions about the premier’s properties and alleged offshore wealth.

Imran delivers withering attack on Nawaz, Fazl

“Nawaz Sharif set up 28 factories during his rule, following which the masses turned poor but his family rich,” he said.

Full report at: tribune.com.pk/story/1101583/pti-chairman-calls-pm-nawaz-king-of-corruption/

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Pakistan textbooks slur Christians and other faiths, study says

May 11, 2016

A new study by a U.S. government watchdog agency has found “deeply troubling content” in the way public school textbooks in Pakistan depict non-Islamic faiths, especially Christians and Hindus, charging that those religious minorities are styled as untrustworthy and fundamentally inferior.

The report, “Teaching Intolerance in Pakistan: Religious Bias in Public School Textbooks,” was issued by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Released in April, the study found that textbooks in Pakistan foster “public shaming” of Christians and other minorities, indoctrinating schoolchildren with a pro-Muslim prejudice from the earliest ages.

Full report at: cruxnow.com/church/2016/05/11/pakistan-textbooks-slur-christians-and-other-faiths-study-says/

Mideast

NATO backs Turkey against ISIL attacks

May/11/2016

Days after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused the international coalition battling the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria of leaving his country to fight the jihadists alone on its own soil, NATO has expressed solidarity with Turkey in the face of regular attacks on a Turkish border province by rockets fired from jihadist-controlled areas in Syria.

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu initiated a telephone conversation with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on May 9 while in Paris, where he also held a bilateral meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, as both Çavuşoğlu and Kerry attended talks on the conflict in Syria, Turkish diplomatic sources told Hürriyet Daily News.

“During the contact which was held upon our request, threats directed at our country from Syria have been dealt with. NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg has extended his condolence wishes for those who lost their lives in rocket attacks directed at Kilis and has emphasized that NATO is in solidarity with our country,” the same diplomatic sources, speaking under customary condition of anonymity, said.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/nato-backs-turkey-against-isil-attacks.aspx?pageID=238&nID=99019&NewsCatID=359

 

Three killed, 45 wounded in bomb attack in Turkey’s Diyarbakır

May/11/2016

Three people were killed and another 45 were wounded in a bomb attack targeting a police shuttle near the center of the southeastern city of Diyarbakır on the afternoon of May 10.

The Diyarbakır Governor’s Office has stated that three people were killed in the attack while 45, including 12 police officers, were wounded.

The statement added that the attack was staged while an armored police vehicle was transferring seven members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), who had been detained after seizing a nearby factory, for medical checks.

It said civilians near the scene and sitting at a nearby cafe were among those injured.

It was not immediately clear who was killed in the massive attack, whose explosion could be heard across the city and which caused damage to buildings near the site of the detonation.

hurriyetdailynews.com/three-killed-45-wounded-in-bomb-attack-in-turkeys-diyarbakir-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=98990&NewsCatID=341

 

Turkey-Israel should enhance intelligence sharing against terrorism, says Israeli envoy

May/11/2016

Turkey and Israel must begin to share intelligence to defeat terrorism in the region, Israel’s envoy in Istanbul has said.

“Ultimately, we cannot escape enhancing intelligence sharing, sharing information and even cooperating on an operational basis to eliminate this threat [jihadist terror organizations],” Shai Cohen, Israel’s consul general to Istanbul, said May 9.

“Yes, we see eye to eye with Turkey [only] on eliminating jihadist extremist organizations particularly in Syria, but in the region in general. There is a lot to cooperate on that,” the consul general added.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-israel-should-enhance-intelligence-sharing-against-terrorism-says-israeli-envoy-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=98993&NewsCatID=510

 

EU to look into fine print of Turkey’s terror legislation

May/11/2016

The European Union’s top diplomat based in Ankara said Brussels will have to see the final version of Turkey’s legislation on terrorism before making a final decision on the prospective deal to liberalize visa requirements for Turkish citizens visiting Schengen member countries.

Hansjörg Haber, the head of the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey, sounded a note of optimism following President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s latest remarks on Turkey’s commitment to resume cooperation with the EU.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/eu-to-look-into-fine-print-of-turkeys-terror-legislation.aspx?pageID=238&nID=99017&NewsCatID=351

 

Five ISIL suspects escape from prison in Turkey’s Kocaeli

May/11/2016

Five suspected members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have escaped from prison in the Marmara province of Kocaeli despite intelligence warnings.

Suspects Gökhan Bulut, İrfan Yıldız, Raşit Karadağ, Serdar Sarıçam and Duran Çoban, who were detained during operations in 2015 targeting the Turkish wing of the jihadist group, all escaped the Kocaeli Open Prison on May 3, it was revealed.

Three of the men were subsequently apprehended, although reports did not indicate which of the ISIL convicts had been caught.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/five-isil-suspects-escape-from-prison-in-turkeys-kocaeli.aspx?pageID=238&nID=99020&NewsCatID=509

 

Turkish warplanes hit PKK targets in northern Iraq

May/11/2016

Turkish warplanes conducted simultaneous airstrikes against outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) positions in the Şemdinli district of the southeastern province of Hakkari and northern Iraq on May 10.

The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) said the airstrikes were conducted in the Avaşin/Basyan regions in northern Iraq between 8 and 9 a.m.

Another air operation was launched against the PKK in rural Şemdinli at the same time.

A total of 11 PKK militants were killed in the airstrikes.

The jets returned to their bases in Turkey after the operation.

hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-warplanes-hit-pkk-targets-in-northern-iraq.aspx?pageID=238&nID=99024&NewsCatID=352

 

Dutch columnist detained over tweets leaves Turkey

May/11/2016

A newspaper columnist who was briefly detained in Turkey and then banned from leaving the country during an investigation into tweets deemed insulting to the president has been allowed to return to the Netherlands.

Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said in a statement late May 10 that the journalist, Ebru Umar, has already left Turkey.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/dutch-columnist-detained-over-tweets-leaves-turkey.aspx?pageID=238&nID=99021&NewsCatID=351

 

Israel begins manhunt after women stabbed in Jerusalem forest

May/10/2016

Two masked attackers have stabbed two Israeli women taking a walk in a Jerusalem forest, setting off a manhunt to capture the assailants.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said five women were walking along a Jerusalem promenade near the Peace Forest on Tuesday when they were attacked from behind. Two of them, both said to be about 70 years old, were stabbed and were taken to a hospital with moderate injuries.

After setting up checkpoints and searching an Arab area of East Jerusalem, police arrested two men, but they were released soon after.

Full report at: theguardian.com/world/2016/may/10/israel-begins-manhunt-after-women-stabbed-in-jerusalem-forest

 

Around 1,300 ISIL militants killed in Syria, Iraq: Turkish Chief of Staff

May/11/2016

Chief of Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar has stated that the Turkish Armed Forces has killed around 1,300 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants in Syria and Iraq since clashes began.

Akar added that weapons, rockets, positions, as well as vehicles and buildings belonging to the jihadist group, were also destroyed.

Meanwhile, around 3,000 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants have been killed so far in Syria and Iraq, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on May 11, claiming that “no other country is fighting the jihadist group as much as Turkey.”

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/around-1300-isil-militants-killed-in-syria-iraq-turkish-chief-of-staff.aspx?pageID=238&nID=99027&NewsCatID=341

Southeast Asia

Islamic extremists planning boat escape to Indonesia all had cancelled passports, police say

May 11, 2016

Five Islamic extremists – including firebrand preacher Musa Cerantonio – who planned to sneak out of Australia by boat to join Islamic State in Syria had all had their passports cancelled, police have said.

Police confirmed on Wednesday morning the five men aged between 21 and 33 were suspected of planning to take a seven-metre motor boat to Indonesia before travelling to the Philippines and then on to Syria. They stressed the men were not planning any attack in Australia.

Full report at: smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/islamic-extremists-planning-boat-escape-to-indonesia-all-had-cancelled-passports-police-say-20160511-gos9nq.html

 

Indonesia demands for the promotion of “tolerant” Islam

May 11, 2016

The Southeast Asian country of Indonesia has called on Islamic leaders during the International Summit of the Moderate Islamic Leaders to spread messages promoting a tolerant Islam with hopes of suppressing extremism. Islam teachings are often misinterpreted, which causes extremism.

“That’s why the role of Islamic clerics is needed to do more to correct the misinterpretation … We gather here today for that purpose, to produce the solution to curb radicalism in the form of terrorism, wars and conflicts,” Muhammad Jusuf Kalla said at the summit, as quoted by the ABC news. Jusuf Kalla is the vice president of Indonesia.

Full report at: christiandaily.com/article/indonesia-demands-for-the-promotion-of-tolerant-islam/52065.htm

 

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