Uyghur leader Questions Pakistan’s Silence Banning Muslims from Observing Ramzan in Xinjiang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Abu Saleh Mohammad Abdul Aziz Mia is a central committee member of the Jamaat-e-Islami. He was an MP from the Gaibandha-1 constituency between 2001 and 2006. File photo

 

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Uyghur leader Questions Pakistan’s Silence Banning Muslims from Observing Ramzan in Xinjiang

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Six Gaibandha Men Including Former Jamaat MP Indicted For 1971 War Crimes

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Hekmatyar says peace deal with Afghan government is dead

Afghanistan mulling to buy aircraft and military equipment from Russia

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42 Killed In Suicide Attacks by Islamic State in Yemen’s Mukalla

Liberian President Calls for Support to Fight Terror in West Africa

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India

Muslim Beef Transporters Beaten, Forced To Eat Cow Dung by Gau Rakshak Dal

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Arab World

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Uyghur leader Questions Pakistan’s Silence Banning Muslims from Observing Ramzan in Xinjiang

June 28, 2016

Uyghur leader Dolkun Issa has questioned Pakistan’s silence on the Beijing imposed ban on Xinjian’s Muslim population from observing Ramzan.

In a statement which has been widely circulated across East Asia, Issa said Pakistan which professes to be a soul mate of the World’s Muslims, is turning a blind eye to the terrible ban imposed on the majority Muslim population of Xinjiang, stopping them from observing any of the rituals associated with Ramzan.

Questioning Pakistan’s silence on the issue, Issa wondered as to why the South Asian nation is silent about making any observation on this matter as it has been vocal for the rights of Muslims elsewhere. Issa added that ” Nothing stops Pakistan from talking about the plight of Muslims anywhere in the world but when it comes to Xinjiang there is complete silence even though the people there are suffering harsh religious prosecution.”

Issa said there is no religious freedom for the Muslims in Xinjiang as the government’s strict rules forbid anyone under the age of 18 from following a religion.

The parents face stiff fines if their children are found studying the Quran or fasting during Ramadan.

The senior Uyghur leader pointed out that security staff is deployed inside mosques 24 hours every day to monitor the muslims, and the sermons of imams must be preapproved by censors. No Imam is allowed to deliver a sermon unless the text is cleared by a Beijing approved sensor.

Such draconian measure said Issa is the norm in Xinjiang during Ramzan. He pointed out that Halal meat is banned. Head scarves and religious caps cannot be worn. Workers are not given time out for prayers. In fact workers are given special financial incentives by employers if they skip prayers and do not fast.

For Muslims who do not fast there is appreciation by the Xinjiang Government. Issa added that the system is designed to ethnically cleanse the region of those who follow the Islamic faith. In this situation, it is strange that the friend of Muslims – Pakistan – is totally oblivious to the happenings.

The Uyghur activist’s assertion assumes significance in wake of Beijing’s growing proximity to Islamabad. Dolkun Issa said this was Pakistan’s payback to China for support at the NSG meet in Seoul and for many other favours.

indianexpress.com/article/world/world-news/uyghur-leader-dolkun-issa-questions-pakistans-silence-banning-muslims-from-observing-ramzan-in-xinjiang-2880694/

 

Six Gaibandha men including former Jamaat MP indicted for 1971 war crimes

Jun 28, 2016

The International Crimes Tribunal has ordered trial for six men from Gaibandha, including including former Jamaat-e-Islami MP Abu Saleh Mohammad Abdul Aziz Mia aka Ghoramarha Aziz

The court, on Tuesday, indicted them and fixed Aug 2 for the prosecution’s opening statements.

They have been charged with genocide, murder, illegal confinement, loot, arson, torture and other heinous crimes during the Bangladesh’s Liberation War in 1971.

The Jamaat MP and his five accomplices — Mohammad Ruhul Amin alias Manju, Mohammad Abdul Latif, Abu Muslim Mohammad Ali, Mohammad Nazmul Huda and Mohammad Abdur Rahim Mia — have been indicted for these offences committed in Gaibandha Sadar and Sundarganj Upazilas.

They are all absconding.

Aziz is a central committee member of the Jamaat. He was a lawmaker from Sundarganj (Gaibandha-1) constituency in the 2001-2006 Parliament.

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The accused along with 25-30 Pakistani soldiers swooped down on several houses in Moujamali village under Gaibandha Sadar Upazila on Oct 9. They captured and tortured four innocent unarmed pro-liberation men and later killed one of them — Gonesh Chandra Barman — by throwing him into water with his arms and legs tied. The accused looted houses of the detainees.

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The accused gunned down Chhatra League leader Md Boys Uddin on Oct 13 and dumped his body underground.

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The accused, supported by Pakistani Army members, detained 13 union council chairmen and members on Oct 10-13. They later killed them near a river and dumped the bodies.

bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/06/28/six-gaibandha-men-including-former-jamaat-mp-indicted-for-1971-war-crimes

 

42 killed in suicide attacks by Islamic State in Yemen’s Mukalla

June 28, 2016

At least 42 people were killed in a wave of IS-claimed suicide bombings targeting Yemeni troops in the southeastern city of Mukalla, officials said.

The capital of Hadramawt province, Mukalla had been under the control of al Qaeda for one year until pro-government troops backed by a Saudi-led coalition recaptured the city in April.

But Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks on Monday, saying in a statement that eight of its suicide bombers killed 50 members of Yemen’s security forces, according to US-based monitor SITE Intelligence Group.

The governor of the vast province, Ahmed Saeed bin Breyk, told AFP previously that Mukalla had “witnessed five suicide attacks in four areas”.

Three simultaneous bombings hit security checkpoints in the coastal city at sunset, just as troops fasting during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan were breaking their fast, a security official said.

In the first attack, a suicide bomber on a motorbike asked soldiers if he could eat with them before blowing himself up, the official said.

Two other bombers approached soldiers on foot elsewhere in the city before detonating their explosives.

Shortly afterwards, two suicide bombers launched a fourth attack and blew themselves up at the entrance of an army camp, the official said.

In all, the attacks killed 40 soldiers as well as a woman and child who were passing by and wounded 37 other people, said Hadramawt’s health chief Riad al-Jalili.

Al Qaeda retains a strong presence in Mukalla, and the jihadists still control several towns in the interior valley of Wadi Hadramawt.

Last month, the Pentagon said a “very small number” of US military personnel had been deployed around Mukalla in support of pro-government forces.

The US Navy has several ships nearby, including an amphibious assault vessel, the USS Boxer, and two destroyers.

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, has been based in Yemen since 2009.

Both it and the IS group have exploited the power vacuum created by the conflict in the impoverished country to expand their presence in the south and southeast.

In May, a suicide bombing claimed by IS and a second blast killed 47 police in Mukalla — a city of 200,000 people.

hindustantimes.com/world-news/42-killed-in-suicide-attacks-by-islamic-state-in-yemen-s-mukalla/story-cJiRQbqNEmM2uXFNJEcxHI.html

 

Muslim Beef Transporters Beaten, Forced To Eat Cow Dung by Gau Rakshak Dal

June 28, 2016

New Delhi, June 28: Gau Rakshak Dal, a self-proclaimed cow protection group in Haryana, beaten two Muslim men who were allegedly transporting beef and forced them to eat cow dung. The incident came to light when the video of the incident surfaced on social media. Dharmendra Yadav, president of the Gurgaon Gau Rakshak Dal, admitted that activist of his group caught two Muslim men on June 10 and forced them to eat “panchgavya” (cow dung concoction).

According to Dharmendra Yadav, who narrated the entire incident to Indian Express, Gau Rakshak Dal volunteers, acting on a tip-off, intercepted a vehicle transporting 700 kg of beef from Mewat to Delhi on the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway. The cow vigilant caught the two transporters – Rizwan and Mukhtiar – after chasing their vehicle for 7 kilometres.

“When we caught them, they had 700 kg of beef in their car. We made them eat the panchgavya to teach them a lesson, and also to purify them,” said Dharmenda Yadav. In the video, two men can been seen sitting on road, while Gau Rakshak Dal activist are heard saying “hurry up” and “finish the gobar quickly”. The two men were also forced to “Gau Mata Ki Jai” and “Jai Shri Ram”. The volunteers later turned over the duo to the police.

Anil Kumar, Station House Officer (SHO) of Sarai Khwaja police station confirmed that two men have been arrested for transporting beef. However Anil Kumar, Station House Officer (SHO) of Sarai Khwaja police station denied any information about the video and confirmed that they had 300 kg beef in their Accent car. “Police have no information about any video of persons being forced to eat cow dung. We do not know where this happened, who are involved. This did not happen in police presence… If this video is genuine, this calls for a case,” Singh was quoted as saying.

The alleged beef transporters have been handed over to Faridabad police because of the jurisdiction of crime. They are charged under Prohibition of Cow Slaughter Act.

india.com/news/india/muslim-beef-transporters-beaten-forced-to-eat-cow-dung-by-gau-rakshak-dal-1293215/

Pakistan

Uyghur leader Questions Pakistan’s Silence Banning Muslims from Observing Ramzan in Xinjiang

June 28, 2016

Uyghur leader Dolkun Issa has questioned Pakistan’s silence on the Beijing imposed ban on Xinjian’s Muslim population from observing Ramzan.

In a statement which has been widely circulated across East Asia, Issa said Pakistan which professes to be a soul mate of the World’s Muslims, is turning a blind eye to the terrible ban imposed on the majority Muslim population of Xinjiang, stopping them from observing any of the rituals associated with Ramzan.

Full report at: indianexpress.com/article/world/world-news/uyghur-leader-dolkun-issa-questions-pakistans-silence-banning-muslims-from-observing-ramzan-in-xinjiang-2880694/

 

Al Qaeda wanted Zwahiri’s relatives released in exchange for my freedom: Ali Gilani

June 28, 2016

LAHORE: Ali Haider Gilani, son of ex-premier Yousuf Raza Gilani, broke his silence about his kidnapping ordeal on Tuesday, saying he was abducted by Al Qaeda, which wanted the release of some women from the family of the group’s leader Ayman al-Zwahiri in exchange for his freedom.

Speaking to BBC Urdu at his Lahore residence, Gilani said he was in Al Qaeda’s captivity for three years.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1267783/al-qaeda-wanted-zwahiris-relatives-released-in-exchange-for-my-freedom-ali-gilani

 

All eyes on SC as judgment imminent in military courts’ abuse claims

June 28, 2016

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court is expected to rule soon on whether secret military tribunals set up in early 2015 to try civilians accused of terrorism have violated the constitutional rights of 12 people convicted by these courts.

The military tribunals were established after the massacre in December 2014 by militants of 134 students at an army-run school in Peshawar.

Lawmakers authorised the courts in January last year, handing over significant judicial control to the military.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1267785/all-eyes-on-sc-as-judgment-imminent-in-military-courts-abuse-claims

 

Haqqania funding buck stops with CM

June 28, 2016

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak is understood to have ordered the Rs300 million allocation for Darul Uloom Haqqania, a Nowshera seminary, in the budget of the next fiscal year.Though the funding stoked a controversy, the ruling PTI’s chief, Imran Khan, has defended the move as an effort to mainstream seminaries in the province and said the Darul Uloom Haqqania’s management was ready to carry out reforms.

Officials in the Auqaf department told Dawn that Rs300 million development funds were given to Darul Uloom Haqqania on the orders of the chief minister.

An official requesting anonymity said Chief Minister Pervez Khattak wrote a letter to the Auqaf department during the making of the 2016-17 budget to give funds to the Nowshera seminary in the Annual Development Programme (ADP).

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1267777/haqqania-funding-buck-stops-with-cm

 

AC seeks criminal case against ‘rude’ PML-N MPA

June 28, 2016

GUJRAT: The Sohawa Tehsil (Jhelum) assistant commissioner has sought registration of a criminal case against ruling PML-N MPA Raja Awais Khalid for allegedly trying to physically attack her and misbehaving with her during his visit to Model Ramazan Bazaar on June 25 (Saturday) under the influence.

In another separate application lodged with Sohawa police, AC Ms Nargis Shazia Chaudhry warned that in case of any harm to her life or her other family members, MPA Awais Khalid would be responsible since she was living alone at an official residence without any protection.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1267756/ac-seeks-criminal-case-against-rude-pml-n-mpa

South Asia

Six Gaibandha men including former Jamaat MP indicted for 1971 war crimes

Jun 28, 2016

The International Crimes Tribunal has ordered trial for six men from Gaibandha, including including former Jamaat-e-Islami MP Abu Saleh Mohammad Abdul Aziz Mia aka Ghoramarha Aziz

The court, on Tuesday, indicted them and fixed Aug 2 for the prosecution’s opening statements.

Full report at: bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/06/28/six-gaibandha-men-including-former-jamaat-mp-indicted-for-1971-war-crimes

 

37 ISIS militants killed, 44 wounded in East of Afghanistan

Tue Jun 28 2016

opereations in Kot NangarharAt least 37 ISIS militants were killed and 44 others were wounded during the ongoing operations in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the operations are being conducted as part of Shaheen-18 in Kot district.

MoD further added that the militants were killed or wounded during the airstrikes and artillery raids on ISIS positions.

Full report at: khaama.com/37-isis-militants-killed-44-wounded-in-east-of-afghanistan-01366

 

Drone strike likely killed Taliban commander, 6 civilians in his custody

Tue Jun 28 2016

drone strike in NangarahrA drone strike has likely killed a commander of the Taliban group and at least six civilians in his custody in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan.

The US officials have said they are investigating the alleged death of six civilians who were kept as hostages by the Taliban commander.

An official in the Department of Defense has confirmed the airstrike in Kunduz province on Saturday and an investigation is underway regarding the alleged death of the civilian prisoners in the raid.

Full report at: khaama.com/drone-strike-likely-killed-taliban-commander-6-civilians-in-his-custody-01365

 

4 Taliban militants killed in latest US drone strike in Kunduz province

Tue Jun 28 2016

At least 4 Taliban insurgents were killed in the latest drone strike carried out by the US forces in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan.

According to the local security officials, the airstrike was carried out late on Monday night in Chardara district.

Full report at: khaama.com/4-taliban-militants-killed-in-latest-us-drone-strike-in-kunduz-province-01368

 

3,000 kgs explosives of seized before reaching Kabul for Eid attacks

Tue Jun 28 2016

At least 3,000 kgs of explosives were seized by the Afghan intelligence operatives before the militant groups manage to transport them to Kabul for a series of attacks.

The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said the explosives were packed in 50 sacks and were loaded on two trucks.

According to a statement by NDS, the two trucks were identified by the intelligence operatives and were confiscated in Pul-a-Alam district of Logar province.

The statement further added that four Taliban insurgents were also arrested in connection to the transport and attack plots in Kabul.

Full report at: khaama.com/3000-kgs-explosives-of-seized-before-reaching-kabul-for-eid-attacks-01367

 

Hekmatyar says peace deal with Afghan government is dead

Tue Jun 28 2016

Gulbuddin HekmatyarThe leader of Hezb-e-Islami party Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has said peace deal between his group and the Afghan government is effectively dead days after issuing impossible-to-meet demands.

In an article published in Daily Shahadat magazine belonging to the group, Hekmatyar has said the Afghan government must be dissolved, claiming that the majority does not accept it.

Earlier, an official of the group said Hekmatyar has issued new demands for the peace deal, including cancellation of pacts with the United State and a timetable for the withdrawal of foreign troops.

Full report at: khaama.com/hekmatyar-says-peace-deal-with-afghan-government-is-dead-01363

 

Afghanistan mulling to buy aircraft and military equipment from Russia

Mon Jun 27 2016

The Afghan government is mulling to purchase aircraft and other military equipment from Russia, it has been reported.

The Russian Ambassador to Afghanistan Alexandar Mantytskiy has said the Afghan deputy foreign minister Hekmat Khalil

Full report at: khaama.com/afghanistan-mulling-to-buy-aircraft-and-military-equipment-from-russia-01362

 

Bangladesh charges seven over killing of Italian aid worker

Jun 28 2016

Cesare Tavella was shot dead in the diplomatic quarter of the capital

Bangladeshi police have charged seven people, including an opposition politician, over the murder of an Italian aid worker.

Cesare Tavella, 50, was shot dead in the capital, Dhaka, in late September.

The attack on Mr Tavella was the first in a series of killings in Bangladesh claimed by Islamic State militants.

However, the government says IS does not have a presence in the country, and has blamed local militant groups and the opposition BNP party instead.

The opposition has denied any involvement, and says the government’s accusations have hampered a credible investigation into the killings.

Full report at: bbc.com/news/world-asia-36649870

Africa

42 killed in suicide attacks by Islamic State in Yemen’s Mukalla

June 28, 2016

At least 42 people were killed in a wave of IS-claimed suicide bombings targeting Yemeni troops in the southeastern city of Mukalla, officials said.

The capital of Hadramawt province, Mukalla had been under the control of al Qaeda for one year until pro-government troops backed by a Saudi-led coalition recaptured the city in April.

But Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks on Monday, saying in a statement that eight of its suicide bombers killed 50 members of Yemen’s security forces, according to US-based monitor SITE Intelligence Group.

Full report at: hindustantimes.com/world-news/42-killed-in-suicide-attacks-by-islamic-state-in-yemen-s-mukalla/story-cJiRQbqNEmM2uXFNJEcxHI.html

 

Liberian President Calls for Support to Fight Terror in West Africa

June 28, 2016

Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is also chairperson for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has called for support in eradicating terror groups in the region.

“There is a serious challenge as you know. Several of our countries just face attacks, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, others that have faced threats. So it is a continuing problem. As long as we have these terrorist groups, as long as we have even within our own region, groups as the groups that are operating in the north of Mali that continue to be a problem, as long we have that, it will always be a threat,” Sirleaf told Reuters.

Full report at: africanews.com/2016/06/27/liberia-s-sirleaf-calls-for-support-to-fight-terror-in-west-africa/

 

Militant Islamist attacks in Africa growing

June 28, 2016

The number of militant Islamist attacks in Africa has more than quadrupled in just the past six years, according to new research published Monday.

Militant Islamist attacks grew from just 171 across Africa in 2009, to 738 attacks in 2015, according to new analysis by IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre.

Deaths from the attacks have grown from 541 in 2009 to 4,600 fatalities — an increase of more than 750 percent.

Experts say there are three new trends causing this rise: Collaboration between Boko Haram and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS); competition between al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and ISIS for territory and recruits; and the continuing resilience of al Qaeda’s Somalia branch, al-Shabab.

Full report at: thehill.com/policy/defense/285054-militant-islamist-attacks-in-africa-growing-new-research-says

 

9-year-old boy who chose Jesus as his savior burned by Muslim father

27 JUNE, 2016

Catholic faithful pray in front of a cross of Jesus Christ erected by a roadside in Kakoge, north of Uganda’s capital Kampala, October 18, 2015. Pope Francis makes his first pontifical visit later this month to Africa, where Catholicism has grown rapidly over the last few years.

A Muslim father in Eastern Uganda burned his 9-year-old son as punishment after abandoning Islam for Christ.

Nassif Malagara of Kisozi Sub-County, Kamuli District said his 36-year-old father, Abubakar Malagara, and 35-year-old stepmother, Madina Namwaje, forbade him to eat anything even beyond the fasting time of Ramadan after his refusal to join Islamic activities following his conversion. So he went to their neighbor’s house for food on the third day and brought back stock for himself to last him for a few days.

Full report at: christiantimes.com/article/9-year-old-boy-who-chose-jesus-as-his-savior-burned-by-muslim-father/57887.htm

India

Muslim Beef Transporters Beaten, Forced To Eat Cow Dung by Gau Rakshak Dal

June 28, 2016

New Delhi, June 28: Gau Rakshak Dal, a self-proclaimed cow protection group in Haryana, beaten two Muslim men who were allegedly transporting beef and forced them to eat cow dung. The incident came to light when the video of the incident surfaced on social media. Dharmendra Yadav, president of the Gurgaon Gau Rakshak Dal, admitted that activist of his group caught two Muslim men on June 10 and forced them to eat “panchgavya” (cow dung concoction).

Full report at: india.com/news/india/muslim-beef-transporters-beaten-forced-to-eat-cow-dung-by-gau-rakshak-dal-1293215/

 

Rashtriya Muslim Manch withdraws Iftar invitation to Pak High Commissioner

June 28, 2016

The Rashtriya Muslim Manch on Tuesday announced that it is withdrawing its Iftar party invitation to Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit.

The party is to be held at the Parliament Annexe on July 2.

With Pakistani Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives being responsible for the death of as many as eight Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit had earlier shrugged off questions related to the attack, saying that media would be better off focusing on the Iftaar party hosted by the Pakistan High Commission.

“It’s the month of Ramzaan, let’s focus on this Iftaar party. The issue of Jammu and Kashmir is a disputed issue between India and Pakistan. It’s an issue which needs to be solved. We hope we will sit and discuss on the issue and find a solution. Let’s have the iftaar party and enjoy ourselves,” Basit said.

Full report at: indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/rashtriya-muslim-manch-withdraws-iftar-invitation-to-pak-high-commissioner-2880797/

 

Kashmir’s ‘Chinj’ Fair promotes communal harmony

June 28, 2016

Cutting across religious lines, thousands of people attended the ‘Chinj Fair’ in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir on June 27.

“People from all communities – Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian – have gathered here. People from other states have also joined in. The spirit of friendship, brotherhood and harmony is tremendous. People here are united and irrespective of religion, no man can bear the pain of another,” said Prem Sagar Azaiz, a local resident.

Full report at: indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/kashmirs-chinj-fair-promotes-communal-harmony-2880829/

Arab World

Syrian Army Demining Battlefields, Fortifying Positions in Western Raqqa

June 28, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Military sources announced on Tuesday that the Syrian Army’s engineering units have started an operation to defuse landmines and bombs planted by the ISIL in Western Raqqa.

“The engineering units are demining al-Rasafeh region at Raqqa’s Western border with Hama’s Eastern border to pave the ground for the army to fortify more positions to move easier across the battlefield with higher safety,” the sources said.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950408000811

 

Top Saudi Official of Al-Nusra Terrorists Injured Seriously in Airstrike

June 28, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The top religious leader of al-Nusra Front, who is a Saudi national, was injured badly in an airstrike carried out by the Russian warplanes in Idlib province.

Al-Moheiseni, who is very close to the al-Nusra leaders, was injured and his comrade was killed in the Russian fighter jets’ attack on their car.

Al-Moheiseni was transferred to a field hospital in Idlib but his comrade was killed right on the spot.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950408000746

 

Monitoring Center Calls for Immediate Halt in Arms Shipment from Turkey to Terrorists in Syria

June 28, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Russia’s Representative to the Truce Monitoring Center underlined that an immediate halt in arms shipment to the foreign-backed militants in Syria would be the main contributor to the success of international efforts to end the over 5-year-long bloodshed in the Middle-Eastern country.

Alexander Zorin disclosed that the terrorist group of al-Nusra Front received hundreds of anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles and advances tanks from its backers during the three months of ceasefire that started in late February.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950408000884

 

Fewer Than 100 Syrian Fighters Trained by Pentagon

June 28, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Fewer than 100 Syrian militants were trained under a revamped train-and-equip program run by the Pentagon, as the US new focus is on training rebel leaders as “spotters” of ISIL targets for airstrikes, officials say.

The Syrian militants have been trained to fight ISIL under a new Pentagon-run train-and-equip program since March, US officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity told reporters, RT reported.

The revamped $416-million-worth program does not include training entire rebel units, according to Stars and Stripes. It mostly focuses on training Syrian rebel leaders as local informants and spotting potential targets on the grounds for US and coalition airstrikes.

“Rather than training 10 people to use a rifle, if you can train a smaller number of people to accurately describe their own position relative to the position of enemy forces, it enables them to better coordinate resupply and describe enemy positions,” one official was cited by the newspaper as saying.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950408000973

 

Iran Mulls Building Refinery with Kazakhstan

June 28, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Director general of the Industry, Mines and Trade Administration of Mazandaran Province in northern Iran said the country is mulling construction of a refinery with Kazakhstan in Amir Abad port of the province.

Mohammad Mohammadpour, during an business meeting between Mazandaran traders and a Kazakh delegation on Sunday, said that the permit for construction of the refinery at the port has been issued, shana reported.

He said the refinery will process Kazakh crude for export to other countries.

He also said oil swap is another energy area the two countries can cooperate in.

Mohammadpour added that Neka Oil Terminal is also ready for carrying out oil swap with Kazakhstan, Russia and other Central Asian states.

en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950408000966

 

Iran-Turkmenistan Cooperation Deal Finalized

June 28, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Special envoy of Minister of Petroleum for Export of Technical and Engineering Goods and Services Mohammad-Taqi Amanpour says the Iran-Turkmenistan $2.5 billion agreement was finalized.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950408000928

 

Iran’s Ex-Deputy FM: Bahraini Gov’t Taken Hostage by S. Arabia

June 28, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Former Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian underlined the wide rift between the Bahraini people and government, and said the al-Khalifa regime is like a puppet in Riyadh’s hands.

“By adopting a military and security approach against Bahrain’s majority, the al-Khalifa has created a wide rift between the government and people,” Amir Abdollahian, who was also former Iranian envoy to Manama and is now an advisor to the foreign minister, told FNA on Tuesday.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950408000261

 

Iran Opts for Exports to Europe Via Georgia

June 28, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company’s (NIORDC) Director of CNG Stations, Amir Vakilzadeh, says Georgia can be the main route of Iran’s exports to European markets.

Vakilzadeh told Shana that talks with Armenia and Georgia for export of oil derivatives is of the NIORDC’s high priority this year.

He said talks with Georgia to this end have been positive and it wants to purchase Iranian oil derivatives.

He said exports on routes is times more expensive than through the sea and through railway is more economical.

He said to find new markets, more destinations are to be covered this year.

To the end of his remarks, Vakilzadeh said Iran had last year won 25 percent of the Afghan market.

He said this year, more share of the market can be Iran’s.

en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950408000921

North America

Obama’s “Humanitarian” Bombing Campaign “Against” the Islamic State

JUNE 27, 2016

Almost 2 years ago, August 8, 2014, Obama launched a bombing campaign against Syria and Iraq, in defiance of international law.

The US Air Force with the support of a coalition of 19 countries has relentlessly waged an intensified air campaign against Syria and Iraq allegedly targeting  the Islamic State (ISIS) brigades.

The counterterrorism operation was granted a humanitarian R2P mandate: at the outset, the bombing campaign was allegedly directed against the Islamic State mercenaries (ISIS) with a view to protecting the Yazidis of Northern Iraq.

Obama: A Pack of Lies

According to Obama, military action was needed to protect innocent civilians and prevent ISIS’ advance on Erbil, the capital of the Kurdish autonomous region.

In his Nationwide address on August 7, 2014, Obama also intimated the need to send in US ground troops:

Full report at: globalresearch.ca/obamas-humanitarian-bombing-campaign-against-the-islamic-state-isis/5533098

Mideast

At least 19 ISIL militants killed in Turkish, coalition airstrikes

June 28, 2016

At least 19 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants were killed on June 27 in shelling by the Turkish military and air operations conducted by the U.S.-led coalition forces.

Turkish artillery units, along with multiple rocket launches, shelled a total of 35 ISIL targets, including gun emplacements and Katyusha missiles, in northern Syria as the group was reportedly preparing to attack Turkey.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/at-least-19-isil-militants-killed-in-turkish-coalition-airstrikes.aspx?pageID=238&nID=100994&NewsCatID=352

 

ISIL militants tracked for two years, indictment reveals

June 28, 2016

Police in the southeastern province of Gaziantep monitored from 2012 to 2014 some 19 then-al-Qaeda now-Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants, including Yunus Durmaz, the mastermind of the Suruç and Ankara bomb attacks and former so-called Turkey “emir” of the group, an indictment has revealed.

A total of 19 militants of the group, along with eight fugitive suspects and Durmaz, who blew himself up during a police raid in late May, were physically and technologically tracked by the police for two years, according to the document. Information and pictures obtained during this two-year tracking period were included in the indictment of an ISIL case opened in March.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/isil-militants-tracked-for-two-years-indictment-reveals-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=100974&NewsCatID=509

 

Turkish PM rules out compensation over downed Russian jet

June 28, 2016

Paying compensation and apologizing to Russia over the jet downing incident is “out of the question,” Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has said, stressing that Ankara has only “expressed sadness over the incident.”

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-pm-rules-out-compensation-over-downed-russian-jet.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101000&NewsCatID=510

 

36 ISIL suspects face 100 aggravated life terms over Ankara bombing

June 28, 2016

A total of 36 suspects in the deadly Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) bomb attack in the capital Ankara last year are facing 100 aggravated life sentences, according to the indictment prepared by the Ankara Public Prosecutor’s Office.

The 571-page indictment, which was sent to the Ankara 4th Court of Serious Crimes on June 28, included accusations for 36 suspects, with 10 under arrest, demanding a total of 100 aggravated life sentences for each.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/36-isil-suspects-face-100-aggravated-life-terms-over-ankara-bombing.aspx?pageID=238&nID=100999&NewsCatID=509

 

US updates travel warning to Turkey’s southeast

June 28, 2016

The U.S. Department of State has issued an update to its travel warning, urging its citizens to avoid travel to Turkey’s southeastern provinces amid “increased threats from terrorist groups” throughout the country.

The warning urged U.S. citizens to avoid travel to the southeastern provinces particularly near the Syrian border and to stay award from large crowds, political gatherings and popular tourist destinations.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/us-updates-travel-warning-to-turkeys-southeast.aspx?pageID=238&nID=100995&NewsCatID=341

 

Eight wounded in PKK car bomb attack in Turkey’s Diyarbakır

June 28, 2016

Eight people, including two police officers, were wounded on June 28 in an outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) car bomb attack in the Dicle district of the southeastern province of Diyarbakır.

KK militants staged a bomb attack during the passing of a police vehicle in the district’s 27 Mayıs neighborhood.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/eight-wounded-in-pkk-car-bomb-attack-in-turkeys-diyarbakir.aspx?pageID=238&nID=100993&NewsCatID=341

 

Turkey, Israel sign deal to normalize ties

June 28, 2016

Ankara and Tel Aviv signed a deal to normalize ties on June 28 after six years of strained relations.

The director-general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, Dore Gold, signed the deal in Tel Aviv private broadcaster CNN Türk has reported, while Turkish Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioğlu signed the accord for the Turkish side in Ankara, according to state-run Anadolu Agency.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-israel-sign-deal-to-normalize-ties.aspx?pageID=238&nID=100997&NewsCatID=510

 

Erdoğan, Putin to talk on phone, says Turkish PM

June 28, 2016

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a telephone conversation either on June 29 or June 30, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has stated.

“A phone conversation will be held between Mr. Putin and Mr. President on Wednesday or Thursday regarding the Turkey-Russia relationship,” Yıldırım told TRT late on June 27.

The premier also said the de facto process to normalize bilateral relationships between Ankara and Moscow had begun.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/erdogan-putin-to-talk-on-phone-says-turkish-pm.aspx?pageID=238&nID=100991&NewsCatID=510

 

Turkey sees steepest drop in monthly foreign arrivals in decades

June 28, 2016

The number of foreign arrivals to Turkey slumped by 34.7 percent in May compared to the same month of 2015 to 2.49 million, according to data issued by the Tourism Ministry on June 28.

This marked the steepest decline since the 1990s.

In May, Turkey saw dramatic declines mainly in arrivals from Russia and Western countries amid rising security concerns and the diplomatic row with Russia, which was the second largest foreign tourist source for Turkey until recently.

The number of Russian tourists visiting Turkey declined by around 92 percent to 41,004 in May compared to the same month of 2015.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-sees-steepest-drop-in-monthly-foreign-arrivals-in-decades.aspx?pageID=238&nID=100998&NewsCatID=349

Southeast Asia

A new-age Muslim movement in Indonesia sparks a government crackdown

Jun 28, 2016

JAKARTA — In December, Dwiyanto Adi Nugroho quit his job as a financial analyst in the central Indonesian city of Yogyakarta, sold his belongings and moved to rural western Borneo to join a community set up there by a mysterious social-religious organic farming movement.

A few weeks later, police and soldiers stormed the compound, evacuated the residents and let local mobs burn their makeshift city to the ground.

Dwiyanto, 31, was flown back to his home province, along with an estimated 8,000 other members of the group, known as Gafatar, from various sites in Borneo. Andreas Harsono, Indonesia researcher at Human Rights Watch, calls the forcible evictions the largest-scale violation of a religious group’s rights in Indonesia in more than a decade.

That was in mid-January, but the persecution of former members of Gafatar is only picking up.

Full report at: washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/a-new-age-muslim-movement-in-indonesia-sparks-a-government-crackdown/2016/06/27/6fe65f82-388e-11e6-af02-1df55f0c77ff_story.html

 

Philippine president-elect suggests talks with Islamic State ally Abu Sayyaf

June 27, 2016

MANILA, June 27 (UPI) — Rodrigo Duterte, the presiden- elect in the Philippines, has suggested holding talks with Abu Sayyaf, a militant Islamist organization that pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.

Duterte on Friday said Abu Sayyaf has damaged the image of the Philippines by carrying out attacks and kidnappings. The group has been deemed a terrorist organization by the United Nations and United States.

Duterte said he would have “to confront the Abu Sayyaf” — calling on the kidnappings by the group to end.

Full report at: upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/06/27/Philippine-president-elect-suggests-talks-with-Islamic-State-ally-Abu-Sayyaf/5631467024368/

Europe

UK vows action after racist attacks on Poles and Muslims in wake of Brexit

Mon Jun 27, 2016

Polish and Muslim leaders in Britain expressed concern on Monday after a spate of racially motivated hate crimes following last week’s vote to leave the European Union in which immigration was widely regarded as a key factor in the outcome.

Police said offensive leaflets targeting Poles had been distributed in a town in central England, and graffiti had been daubed on a Polish cultural centre in London on Sunday, three days after the vote.

Full report at: uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-eu-poland-incidents-idUKKCN0ZD19V

 

Inside Kosovo’s Islamist Cauldron

27 JUNE, 2016

Kacanik, KOSOVO – A plume of smoke hangs over our table in the corner of a dark, shabby

café in this rugged town in southern Kosovo. The lanky 19-year- old sitting next to me is chain-smoking through half a pack of L&Ms, his hands trembling as he recalls how he joined one of the world's most brutal militant Islamist groups.

Full report at: rferl.org/fullinfographics/infographics/inside-kosovos- islamic-

cauldron/27825148.html

 

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