Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency » World The largest news and information source in Afghanistan Sat, 29 Aug 2015 17:48:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Celebrity Iraqi soldier vows to cut ISIS militants like ‘Shawarma’ Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:11:38 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Abu Azrael slice ISIS fighter like shawarmaA high-profile Iraqi commander of a Shia militia has vowed to slice the militants of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group in an online horrific video.

The soldier – Ayyub al-Rubaie, who goes by the nom de guerre Abu Azrael ‘Father of the Angel of Death’ is shown slicing the charred body of an alleged fighter of ISIS terror group.

The video was reportedly filmed in Beiji, a northern oil refinery town where Iraqi forces backed by Shia militias are battling ISIL.

Cutting up the charred body of the alleged ISIS fighter with a sword, Abu Azrael said “They sent their elite fighters they said, and look at the third one we got, slicing him off. Where will they run away from us?”

He also announced to the camera “ISIS this will be your fate, we will cut you like shawarma.”

It is also claimed that the alleged fighter was burned alive and was hanged from an electricity pylon however Abu Azrael said the militant was killed during the gun battle.

Abu Azrael is the commander of Imam Ali Brigades which are part of the Popular Mobilisation Forces, a coalition of Iraqi Shia militias sponsored and armed by the Iraqi government.

He has become something of an online celebrity after pledging to reduce ISIL fighters to “flour” with disappointed Iraqis putting their hope in alternative forces due to limited success by Iraqi army in fight against the terror group.

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Diplomatic Equations on Syria Changing Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:22:27 +0000 Read the full article...]]> By Manish Rai

The recent diplomatic activity on Syria is intriguing. Russia, Mr. Assad’s most powerful supporter, has forged new ties with Saudi Arabia, his bitter foe and a major funder of Syrian rebel groups, and brokered a meeting between Syrian and Saudi intelligence officials. Even amid high tensions over Ukraine, there was a recent diplomatic engagement between the U.S. and Moscow on the vexing question of how to end Syria’s brutal civil war, which has left more than 250,000 dead, fuelled the rise of the Islamic State, and helped to radicalize would be terrorists around the world. Now Russia is at the centre of a new flurry of Syria focused diplomacy which has followed the Iran nuclear deal, and which might even involve a new round of direct talks between Washington and Tehran, Syria’s staunchest ally. But these diplomatic engagements are also followed by the increased fighting on the ground by all the parties. The fighting has gathered pace recently, intensifying on major frontlines including near Damascus, where a government air strike on a market place killed 100 people, and in the southern city of Deraa, where the government is battling a new rebel attempt to seize the entire city. All are areas of vital importance to President Assad, who with help from his regional allies Iran and the Lebanese group Hezbollah is seeking to shore up control over western areas of the country after losing much of the rest to groups including Islamic State.


A marked escalation in Syria’s conflict could be a sign the warring sides are trying to strengthen their bargaining positions in case a flurry of diplomacy leads to negotiations. Despite fighting hard on the ground every party in Syrian conflict knows that there is no military solution. They just want to negogiatite from position of strength in talks. There have been a number of diplomatic initiatives, some of them secret involving Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United States and Russia who together can end this war aimed at trying to find a political solution to the crisis in Syria. In Qatar, talks were held on Syria between the US Secretary of State, the Russian Foreign Minister and the Saudi Foreign Minister in Oman, one of the few countries in the region with strong ties to both Iran and the Gulf States, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem held talks after meeting with Iranian and Russian officials in Tehran. The visit has created talk of a possible meeting of Saudi, Syrian and Iranian officials in Muscat. In Riyadh, furthermore, reports have emerged of a landmark meeting of senior Syrian and Saudi intelligence officials; in Moscow there have been a number of high-profile visitors, including the Saudi Foreign Minister and a number of Syrian Opposition leaders; and the Iranian Foreign Minister visited a number of Middle Eastern and South Asian countries to promote a new peace plan.

But what has led to this sudden flurry of diplomatic activity? First of all that it is the realisation that the situation in Syria is simply unsustainable and that there can never be a military solution. However, the recent Iranian nuclear deal has meant that Teheran is now able to play more of a constructive international role and it can certainly contribute to a political settlement in Syria, which it seems it wants to do. Hard fact is that the US, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Syria all have a common enemy: Islamic State, which is a direct threat to them all and which threatens the entire region. The fact that Islamic State controls half of Syria is extremely worrying and without a political settlement in the country the jihadists will never be defeated. Another key factor is the weakening position of Syrian ruler Bashar Assad, who is losing territory and military strength to a variety of opposition groups. Western and even Gulf States fear that groups like Nusra Front and the Islamic State will fill the void if the regime of President Assad falls and that will be the worst case scenario. So the high time for starting a new peace talk’s initiative in Syria is high on agenda of everyone.

 Syria clearly represents a failure of the international community, in particular the UN Security Council. The situation is indeed bleak: four- and-a-half years after the civil war more than 250,000 people have died, including at least 11,493 children, and more than 1.5 million are believed to have been wounded. Over 12 million Syrians have fled their homes: 7.6 million are internally displaced, while the rest have escaped to neighboring countries. Syria represents the worst refugee crisis since World War II. Considering all these sufferings of Syrian people now at least peace should be given another chance and all the parties in the conflict and their allies should put a sincere efforts for promoting talks and negotiations as this is the only way to end this conflict which is taking every high toll on humanity.

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Indian man jailed for life for gang-raping his 9yo daughter with a friend Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:50:28 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Indian man rapes own daughterAn Indian was jailed for life after gang-raping his 9-year-old daughter with a friend by forcing her to have alcohol before attacking her.

According to the local media reports, the father of the minor girl was tried along with his friend in a court in Delhi, the capital city of India.

The man was arrested in May 2012 after the mother of the girl lodged a complaint against her husband and his friend.

Judge Gautam Manan quoted in a report by The Press Trust of India said “Children are entitled to expect the best from their parents, in terms of care and parental love, that they can possibly receive.”

Manan further added “But the convict gave her daughter such a betrayal of faith of relationship that would really be difficult for her to forget.”

He said despite being the father of the minor girl, the accused not only sexually assaulted her but also allowed another boy to sexually abuse hi daughter.

The identity of the man has not been disclosed however the other perpetrator was identified as 20-year-old Akash who was sentenced to 12 years in jail.

The court also fined the two men Rs 5,000 each and ordered to pay the victim Rs 100,000 in compensation.

“The concept of welfare and well-being of children is basic for any civilized society and this has a direct bearing on the state of health and well-being of the entire community, its growth and development,” the court said.

The sentence was awarded for the perpetrators after a testimony of the victim was presented to the court along with her medical report which proved she was raped.

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Four Pakistani soldiers killed in rocket attack near Afghan border Sun, 23 Aug 2015 11:49:06 +0000 Read the full article...]]> pakFour Pakistani soldiers have been killed and four others wounded in a rocket attack in the tribal area of Khyber Agency, bordering Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province.

“Four Pakistan Army soldiers were killed and four others were injured due to rocket fire,” a statement issued by Pakistani military’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) states.

According to the statement several rockets landed on a security post in Akhandwala Pass on Sunday, the press release claims they were fired from the Afghan side of the border.

 “According to reports, rounds fired from Afghanistan side opposite Khyber Agency by terrorists hit a 8,000 feet high Pakistani post in Akhandwala Pass,”

The statement further states that Pakistani soldiers also responded to the attack.

“Pakistani troops befittingly responded and eliminated the group of terrorists,” the statement adds.

Afghan government has not yet commented on the report.

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Indian man spends 22 years to carve mountain after wife’s tragic death Sat, 22 Aug 2015 18:22:04 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Indian man carves mounting 22 yearsA major Bollywood film based on the true story of an Indian man who spent 22 years carving a massive gap in a mountain after his wife died in tragic circumstances hit cinema screens on Friday.

The man, Dashrath Manjhi, was an impoverished labourer from India’s lowest caste, undertook the mammoth task when his wife Falguni died in 1959.

His wife died because she was not able to receive urgent medical care after being involved in an incident.

To ensure other villagers wouldn’t suffer the same fate as his wife, Manjhi worked day and night to chip away at the mountain using only a hammer and chisel – reducing the distance to only 15 kilometres by creating a path between the rocks.

The distance between Manjhi’s village to the nearest town involved around 54 kilometres trek around the mountain.

Manjhi completed the work until 19282 by creating the path which is around 110 metres (360 feet) long and in some places more than nine metres wide.

Bollywood star Nawazuddin Siddiqui who plays the lead role in the film – The Mountain Man, told AFP “The story is beautiful and compelling. He made the impossible possible and his work has helped thousands.”

Siddiqui further added “The most difficult aspect was to capture the madness. His work is extraordinary. He should be an inspiration and an icon for the youth.”

Manjhi died from cancer of the gall bladder in 2007, aged 73, and was recognised with a state funeral in Bihar.

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US airstrike kills al-Baghdadi’s deputy in Iraq Sat, 22 Aug 2015 05:37:40 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISISA senior deputy of the Islamic State in Iraq and The Levant (ISIL or ISIS) has been killed in a US airstrike in Iraq.

Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali was said to be the second-in-command within ISIS who took part in several key offensive for the militant group.

One offensive that he took part in led ISIS to capture Mosul, the country’s second largest city,  last summer where they reportedly killed about 600 Shias.

Ned Price, spokesman for White House’s National Security Council said al-Hayali was involved in the organization’s ‘finance, media, operations, and logistics.

He was  was also accused of moving large numbers of weapons and supplies and people between the group’s stronghold in Syria and Iraq whom according to.

Al-Hayali who was a lieutenant colonel in Saddam Hussein’s Special Forces who later served time at the US forces’ Camp Bucca in Iraq.

Before joining ISIS, al-Hayali was reportedly an operative of al-Qaeda.

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Syrian man walks in on his own funeral after 36 hours stuck under rubble Fri, 21 Aug 2015 10:23:12 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Syrian man walks in on his own funeralA man walked in on his own funeral after he was presumed dead following a series of deadly airstrikes by the Syrian Army Air Force which left over 100 people dead.

According to the activists, Mohammed Rayhan woke up from under the rubble after 36 hours and made his way home where his family members believed he was among those killed since he failed to come home.

The activists further added that Rayhan was in the market which was bombed by the Syrian Air Force that left at least 117 people dead including 16 children and 7 women.

With dust still covering his hair and beard, Rayhan arrived just in time to disrupt the final day of his own as wakes typically last three days.

London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said stories similar as the one of Mohammed Rayhan “happens many times in Syria now”.

Rami Abdurrahman, the activist group’s director, told The Independent “Lots of people go missing, get lost in rubble, and only turn up later.”

He said “It often happens with children – I have heard of three-year-old children who have been mourned by their families and then found alive in rubble.”

At least six missiles were fired by the Syrian Army on Douma which is a densely-populated residential area with the regime forces saying the bombing was in response to the mortars that exploded in central Damascus last week, killing six people.

Stephen O’Brien, the UN’s most senior humanitarian official, said he was “appalled” by the total disrespect for civilian life “on both sides” and “reports of air strikes causing scores of civilian deaths”.

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16 ISIS fighters to become suicide bombers after contracting AIDS from sex slaves Thu, 20 Aug 2015 18:05:33 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISIS fighters with HIVThe Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has ordered sixteen of it’s fighters to become suicide bombers after contracting HIV from two Moroccan sex slaves, it has been reported.

According to the doctor who was forced to treat the ISIS fighters, the men were quarantined by terror group’s leadership after they went through medical tests, confirming they had HIV.

The doctor whose identity has not be revealed further added that the men were treated at an ISIS-run hospital i the eastern-Syrian city of Al-Mayadeen.

He said the men who are mostly foreign nationals had unprotected sex with two Moroccan sex slaves.

“Most of those infected are foreign militants who had sexual intercourses with two Moroccan women. The women passed on the disease to the militants before their infection was revealed,” the doctor quoted by ARA News – a Syrian independent press agency, said.

He said “We were ordered by the group’s local leadership to transfer the infected militants to a quarantine center in the city.”

He also added that the two Moroccan women escaped to Turkey “for fear of execution by the IS”.

In order to avoid further spread of the disease, the ISIS leadership issued a decision through its Sharia Commission to run tests for AIDS on its members in Deir ez-Zor, following a state panic caused with the spread of the news.

A civil rights activist in al-Mayadeen said “IS leadership is planning to assign suicide attacks for its militants who are tested positive with AIDS.”

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Pakistan summons Afghan ambassador over cross-border shelling Thu, 20 Aug 2015 05:37:14 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Janan MusazaiPakistan on Wednesday summoned Afghan ambassador Janan Musazai over the occurrence of cross border shelling in which both sides suffered casualties.

Aizaz Ahmad Chaudry said that the fire was initiated by Afghan side and that Pakistani side only fired in self-defence.

“Pakistan has been acting with maximum restraint and avoiding any blame-game.

“Pakistani authorities do not initiate fire and return fire only in self-defence.”

He urged Musazai to convey to the Afghan government to take effective measures to obviate recurrence of such incident.

“We expect that the Afghan government would also reciprocate by taking effective measures to obviate recurrence of such incidents on the border, and work with Pakistan to build mutual trust and good-neighbourly relations.”

This comes after Kabul summoned Pakistani ambassador Syed Abrar Hussain and lodged a strong protest with him over Pakistan’s border violation.

Pakistan initiated unprovoked fire on Afghan side along the border in Kunar province earlier this week which resulted in a gun battle between the two sides.

Eight members of Afghan Border Police embraced martyrdom and three Pakistani soldiers killed in the exchange of fire.

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Senior al-Qaeda commander killed in Pakistan’s Karachi city Wed, 19 Aug 2015 05:23:12 +0000 Read the full article...]]> PakistanA senior al-Qaeda commander has been killed along with his Iranian partner in Karachi city of Pakistan.

Local media reports that the two were killed in a raid in Gulshan-i-Iqbal area of Karachi city early on Tuesday morning.

The two killed are identified as Abdul Ahad, originally from Swat area of Pakistan, who was heading the al-Qaeda network in Karachi and Mohammad Saleh an Iranian Baloch who was his accomplice.

Authorities quoted by Pakistan’s Dawn news say that the two were in Karachi for a “major activity” that could either be an attack on one of the “sensitive installations” or assassination of “key security officials”.

Dawn quotes a senior security official who did not want to be named as saying that the raid was carried out based on intelligence information.

“Days of intelligence exercise led to the reports about presence of some high-value targets in one of the apartment buildings and finally it emerged that it was Fahad Garden’s flat E-15 on third floor that housed the militants.”

The report further states that the hours-long shootout also left an intelligence officer killed.

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Afghan migrants moved from tents to shipping container homes in Greece Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:19:46 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghan refugeesHundreds of migrants, most of them from Afghanistan, who had arrived illegally in Greece and living in tents, have been resettled in shipping container homes by the country’s government.

Each shipping container home can house from six to eight people and equipped with air conditioning, running water and toilets.

Police in Athens District of Votanikos subdivisions say majority of the migrants were concerned that by the pretext of resettlement, the government is actually making it easy to send them back to their respective countries.

“I am afraid that they are going to send us back to Afghanistan. I’m scared of being sent to a fenced place where I won’t be able to go anywhere,” said Zahra Mohseni, an Afghan migrant.

Looking at this reason 30 migrants refused the relocation and some others were still living in other public spaces in Athens.

But the government said that the place is not a detention center and that every person is allowed to easily go and come.

Greece government says they have received more than 130,000 migrants so far this year which has badly affected the country’s economy.

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Pakistani Minister among 13 killed in suicide attack Sun, 16 Aug 2015 06:57:17 +0000 Read the full article...]]> minister

A Pakistani minister has been killed with 12 others in a suicide attack in Pakistan’s Punjab province.

The suicide attacker carried out explosion inside the political office of Punjab’s Home Minister Shuja Khanzada in Attock city of Punjab province.

The blast was so powerful that brought down the roof of Khanzada’s office and buried several people under its rubble.

Soon after the explosion rescue teams arrived at the site, pulled out eleven people from the debris and transported them to hospital for treatment. At least 15 people believed to be still under the rubble. Doctor Saeed, advisor to Pakistan’s Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif confirmed that Home Minister Shuja Khanzada has been killed in the attack.

Intelligence sources say 5-10 kilograms of explosive materials were used in the explosion.

No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but a preliminary report presented to Punjab’s Chief Minister by law enforcement agencies and IG Punjab states that Khanzada was targeted in retaliation for the killing Malik Ishaq, chief of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ).

“The attack on Punjab home minister is in reaction to the killing of LeJ chief and a senior al Qaeda commander for Punjab last month,” an unnamed source quoted by Pakistan’s The Express Tribune as saying.

Malik Ishaq, his two sons and 10 other people belonging to LeJ were killed in a police encounter at the end of July.

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Seven civilians killed as Pakistani, Indian troops exchange fire in Kashmir Sun, 16 Aug 2015 05:38:56 +0000 Read the full article...]]> loc-largeSeven people have been killed and 15 others wounded as Pakistani and Indian troops exchanged fire at joint border in Kashmir.

The exchange of fire took place while India was celebrating its independence yesterday.

India says Pakistan resort to unprovoked fire on Poonch sector leaving five civilians include a 12-year-old child killed and nine others wounded.

Indian officials say Pakistani troops have been firing at their security posts along the Line of Control in for the seventh consecutive day.

In the meantime, Pakistan says two civilians were killed and six others wounded when shells fired by Indian troops hit a village in Nakyal sector of Kotli District on Saturday.

Mohammad Amin, the Senior Superinten­dent of Police (SSP) in Kotli District said that Indian troops are using light weapons but sporadically use mortars as well.

This comes as Pakistan’s Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif in a message to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi called for friendly relations between the two countries.

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Former ISI chief Gen. Hamid Gul dies of brain haemorrhage Sat, 15 Aug 2015 22:04:49 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Hamid-GulPakistan’s former military intelligence – Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) Chief Gen. Hamid Gul died on Saturday evening after suffering a brain haemorrhage.

According to Pakistani media reports, Gen. Gul died in Combined Military hospital in Murree where he was taken for treatment after suffering brain haemorrhage.

Gen. Gul’s daughter Uzma Gul confirmed his death who was quoted by the local media as saying that the former spy master was rushed to the hospital after falling seriously ill but the doctors could not revive him.

Reports regarding Gen. Gul’s death rapidly spread in social media in Afghanistan played a part in the establishment of the Taliban and was once known as the “father of the Taliban”.

Born on 20 November 1936 in the Sargodha district of Punjab, Gen. Gul palyed also key role in starting the insurgency in Kashmir against India in 1989 by diverting the Mujahideen who participated in the Soviet war to the valley, according to Hindustan Times.

Gul was also accused by the United States of having ties to the al Qaeda apart from his role in the Kashmir militancy in India and the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan.

He served as the director general of ISI between March 29, 1987 and October 4, 1989 and retired from service in 1992.

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Al-Baghdadi repeatedly raped US hostage Mueller before her murder Sat, 15 Aug 2015 04:59:37 +0000 Read the full article...]]> amABC news reports that the US counter-terrorism officials believe that ISIS leader Abubakr al-Baghdadi has repeatedly raped American hostage Kayla Mueller before her murder.

Kayla Mueller’s parents Carl and Marsha Mueller have told ABC news that they were told by the government their daughter was severely tortured and that she was considered as the property of al-Baghdadi.

“We were told Kayla was tortured, that she was the property of al-Baghdadi, we were told that in June by the government.”

The news agency further states that after the kidnapping, Kayla Mueller was held captive in the home of a top ISIS commander Abu Sayyaf with whom al-Baghdadi would make contacts for the abuse.

US officials have told the news agency that it was during these visits that al-Baghdadi would sexually abuse Kayla Mueller.

US officials have said that this information was gathered after taking statements from two Yazidi girls who were being held as sex slaves in Abu Sayyaf’s compound.

Mueller, 26, was murdered by ISIS earlier this year after spending 18 months in their captivity.

She was kidnapped by ISIS gunmen after leaving a hospital of Doctors Without Borders in Aleppo, northern Syria in August 2013.

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Afghan delegation arrives in Islamabad to talk terrorism Thu, 13 Aug 2015 10:46:25 +0000 Read the full article...]]> salahuddin-rabbani-reu-670A delegation of high ranking Afghan officials arrived in Islamabad on Thursday to discuss fight against terrorism with Pakistani officials.

The delegation is led by Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani but also include the acting Defense Minister Mohammad Masoum Stanikzai and National Directorate of Security Chief Rahmatullah Nabil.

Ahmad Shekib Mustaghni, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of Afghanistan says that the Afghan delegation will ask Pakistan to adopt a specific stance against terrorism.

Abdul Qadir Zazai, member of Wolesi Jirga or the Lower House of Parliament said that the Afghan delegation will share some evidences with Pakistan and tell them that the militants live in Pakistan and its military is assisting them in attacks.

Pakistani officials have also said that they will share evidences with Afghan delegation to proof that militants who claim responsibility for attacks in Pakistan are hiding in Afghan soil.

This visit takes place after a wave of deadly attacks in capital Kabul leaving at least 50 people killed and more than 400 wounded. The responsibility of one of the attack that left 26 killed and nearly 30 wounded was claimed by Taliban. The Taliban who were brought to negotiation table with Afghan government by Pakistan.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said that such attacks for Afghanistan are being planned from militants safe heavens in Pakistan.

The Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah also said that those committing crimes in Afghanistan are being financed and armed in Pakistan.

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Truck bomb kills at least 60, wounds 200 in Iraq Thu, 13 Aug 2015 08:19:45 +0000 Read the full article...]]> carambulance372readyA powerful truck bomb has killed at least 60 people and wounded around 200 others in Baghdad’s Sadr city.

In Thursday’s attack the suicide bomber targeted a predominant Shia market selling wholesale food items.

Muhsin al-Saedi, a police officer told media that “A refrigerator truck packed with explosives blew up inside Jamila market at around 6 am (local time), several people were killed and body parts were thrown on top of nearby buildings.”

The market was almost destroyed and rescuers trying to pull bodies from the rubbles.

Angry people who lost beloved ones in the explosion were cursing the government for not dispatching enough troops to the security check posts around the dity.

“We hold the government responsible, fully responsible,” Ahmad Ali Ahmad who was present at the site told reporters.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) that controls large swathes of land in Iraq and Syria has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Tight security ahead of Independence Day celebration in Pakistan Thu, 13 Aug 2015 06:26:30 +0000 Read the full article...]]> securityPakistan has undertaken strict security measurements ahead of Friday’s Independence Day celebration.

Additional security personnel have been assigned in the areas that face the most threats and where gatherings have been organized.

Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif, the Chief Minister of Punjab while presiding a meeting called for fool-proof security arrangements at Independence Day functions.

In the meantime, security officials said they foiled a bomb plot to target the Independence Day celebration in Karachi after four security personnel were shot dead by unidentified gunmen on Wednesday.

Officials said that the soldiers were having lunch when gunmen fired at them and escaped.

Attackers also took the weapons of the dead soldiers with them. In Wednesday’s raid a Taliban gang was busted who intended to disrupt the Independence Day celebration on Friday.

Pakistan took its independence from Britain on 14 August 1947.

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At least 17 killed, hundreds wounded in explosions at Chinese warehouse Thu, 13 Aug 2015 05:17:17 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Massive-explosion-in-ChinaAt least 17 people have been killed and hundreds of others sustained injuries when explosions broke out in a warehouse at the Chinese port city of Tianjin.

CCTV, China’s state media reported that 32 of those wounded were announced being in critical condition by hospital officials.

Initial investigation indicates that the first blast occurred at shipping containers in a warehouse for hazardous materials of a logistic company.

The senior management of Ruihai Logistics has been arrested who say that they were properly approved to handle such materials.

However, there was no indication what caused the blasts last night.

The area where the incident occurred is mostly industrial economic development zone with some apartments in its vicinity.

The blasts left heavy destructions at the warehouse and caused damages to buildings located even at several kilometers. It also burned about 1,000 new cars parked in a nearby parking lot.

Chinese president Xi Jinping has ordered severe punishment for anyone found responsible for the tragedy.

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Two explosions claimed over 40 lives in Iraq Tue, 11 Aug 2015 05:15:37 +0000 Read the full article...]]> IraqOver 40 people have been killed and 80 others wounded in two separate explosions in Diyala province of Iraq.

Reports indicate that a suicide bomber blasted his explosives laden vehicle in predominantly Shia area in Baquba leaving 24 people killed and 55 others wounded on Monday.

An hour later a roadside bomb exploded in same general area claiming the lives of seven people and leaving 25 others wounded.

The suicide bombing has been claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) but it is still unknown who was behind the roadside bombing.

In a statement posted on a Twitter account attributed to ISIS, the group claimed that the attack was carried out by their members.

Although, Iraqi forces took Diyala province from ISIS earlier this year but it still witnesses fierce fighting and sporadic bomb attacks.

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Pakistan reacts to President Ghani’s recent comments Tue, 11 Aug 2015 04:07:37 +0000 Read the full article...]]> PakistanPakistan has reacted to President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s recent comments stating that the terrorist center and organizers are in Pakistan from where they plan attacks in Afghanistan.

The countries foreign ministry replies to President Ghani’s comments as Pakistan reiterates its commitment of fighting the terrorism.

Qazi Khalilullah, spokesman for Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that Pakistan can feel the pain of Afghanistan but Pakistan itself is a biggest victim of terrorism.

“Having been the biggest victim of terrorism itself with human losses exceeding 60,000, the people and the government of Pakistan can feel the pain and anguish of the people and the government of Afghanistan over the recent wave of terrorist attacks, which have resulted in the loss of many valuable lives and injuries to scores of people.” The statement stated.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani during a press conference in Kabul on Monday urged Pakistan to end its undeclared war with Afghanistan.

Pointing to a wave of deadly attacks in capital Kabul, President Ghani said that the terrorist centers are still in Pakistan from where mercenaries send us messages of war.

While showing strict reaction to President Ghani’s comments that the terrorists planning attacks in Afghanistan are in Pakistan, the country has organized a face-to-face meeting between the delegations of Afghan Taliban and government in its soil.

The attack on Kabul’s police academy that left 26 cadets martyred and nearly 30 others wounded was claimed by Taliban.

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Five Turkish soldiers killed in roadside bombing, attack on helicopter Mon, 10 Aug 2015 11:33:26 +0000 Read the full article...]]> istanbul3Five Turkish soldiers were killed and another wounded in a roadside landmine explosion and armed attack in southeastern Sirnak Province, bordering Iraq and Syria on Monday.

The governor’s office of Sirnak confirming the incident in Silopi district said in a statement that the roadside bomb was detonated with a remote control at around 09:00 am.

“A large-scale operation has been launched to find the perpetrators of this terrorist attack,” the statement added.

In a separate incident, a Turkish soldier lost live when a helicopter came under attack in Beytussebap District of the Sirnak province.

The attack has been blamed on Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a terrorist designated organization by Turkey, US and the EU, has been fighting for self-rule.

“He was severely wounded in the attack carried out by PKK [outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party] terrorists on the military chopper at 7.05 a.m. [0400 GMT]; he died at 9.45 a.m. [0645 GMT] despite efforts to save his life at a military hospital in Sirnak,” the Turkish military said in a statement.

PKK began fighting for self-rule in 1984 and around 40,000 people have been killed since in the fighting since then.

Turkish government and PKK’s imprisoned leader Abdullah Ocalan initiated a peace process in 2012 but the attacks have halted that process.

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Mutmain: Mullah Mansour to remain Taliban’s supreme leader Mon, 10 Aug 2015 07:42:32 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Mullah Akhtar Mohammad MansourAfter reports of rifts within the Taliban leadership over the appointment of Mullah Mohammad Mansour as the Emir of the group, Mullah Abdul Hai Mutmain, a senior Taliban political advisor and former spokesman for Mullah Mohammad Omar has made it clear that the decision is not going to be reversed.

Mullah Abdul Hai Mutmain has told Pakistan’s The Express Tribune news that Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour was elected by a clear majority of the leaders and that he is not going to be removed from the position if a few figures oppose him adding that the opposition is aimed at sabotaging system.

 “The ‘Amirul Momineen’ (leader of the faithful) has been elected with a clear majority at a very sensitive time, and opposition to his election is aimed at sabotaging the system as there is no possible alternative,

“The opinion of Mujahideen and those who had an active role during the resistance and are uninfluenced is credible and they are united on the election [of Mullah Mansoor]. A few people who have been misled by someone will oppose the new leader,” he is quoted by The Express Tribune as saying.

He has also said that Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour was leading the Taliban for years and the death of Mullah Omar was kept secret in order to avoid problems.

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Hyrbyair Marri: Baloch Struggle is not Getting Any Foreign Support Sun, 09 Aug 2015 14:50:34 +0000 Read the full article...]]> HMMr Hyrbyair Marri a known Baloch separatist leader who has been granted political asylum in UK and lives in London since 2006 in exile. As Pakistan is demanding his extradition from UK for fuelling insurgency in the province of Baluchistan. In an exclusive interview with Viewsaround Editor Mr Manish Rai says Baloch struggle is not getting any foreign support and it’s a movement of masses.

Will you accept greater autonomy for Balochistan like – allocation of more fund, share in the natural resources, and more participation in the government if offered by the government of Pakistan?

For us there is no substitution to freedom. After all Balochistan is our homeland and the resources of Balochistan belong to the Baloch nation. We have to realise one simple fact that Balochistan is an occupied country and it is unreasonable to suggest that we should plea for a bit of our own resources and freedom from the occupiers of our homeland. It is Pakistan who need to withdraw all their forces from our nation. Why should we ask for more resources or fund when we own this land and the Baloch are the owner of every inch of Balochistan? The Pakistan army and other forces in Balochistan are the invaders and colonisers of the Baloch land. They are the ones who are committing heinous crimes against humanity; arresting, disappearing, torturing and killing Baloch men, women and children. They are the ones who are exploiting and plundering our resources. Baloch people just want to live in their homeland with dignity. This simple demand means the end of colonial rule in Balochistan. That is why Pakistani army and security forces are destroying Baloch villages by indiscriminate bombing of peoples’ houses and their shops and farms are being set on fire. Baloch nation is going through all these atrocities for nothing less than full independence of Balochistan.

Where do you see the Baloch struggle going in future?

The Baloch struggle, as I see it, is progressing and getting closer to their ultimate goal. That is a united independent Balochistan. In every struggle and liberation movement there are ups and downs. Therefore, the Baloch liberation struggle is not an exception, there are unforeseen hurdles but a committed and a free spirited nation like Baloch nation will overcome all these difficulties and will eventually regain their independence. Unlike, colonial theocratic and artificial states of Pakistan and Iran, Baloch nation has a whole future ahead of it. While, there is no future for these corrupt and criminal artificial states. As these colonial geopolitical structures get more autocratic and violent the Baloch liberation struggle gets deeper and more intensified. So I would reiterate that the Baloch struggle is moving forward steadily and Baloch are advancing toward their goal.

Why there is no coordinated efforts for Baloch struggle many organisations are working for the same cause but with no coordination?

There was good coordination between pro-freedom Baloch forces until 2009. We had succeeded in bringing most of Baloch progressive political organisations and parties under one coordinated working pattern. But after this time some parties and organisations opted to work and make decisions without consulting to their likeminded organisations. They could not see the broad picture of the Baloch liberation struggle. A few gave priority to their petty interests and some even have violated the international laws and human rights conventions. Having said that we continued our efforts to unite the Baloch nation for a common purpose which is the freedom of Balochistan. We have been working on this issue for many years. Despite some minor setbacks we have succeeded to reorganise many political parties and individuals that are genuinely working for a free and democratic Balochistan which is at the final stages to form a coordinated struggle again.

If Balochistan gets its independence then what kind of state it will be an Islamic Republic or secular democracy?

Baloch culture and outlook are secular and inclusive. For the Baloch people the overriding priority is humanity. We see human beings as humans not as believer of any faith and ideology. For us every individual is entitled to their beliefs and point of views. We believe religion is a private matter and it should not be mixed with politics. The Punjabi and Persian colonisers use Islam in their politics just to justify their brutal colonial systems in the name of Islam. The Baloch state will be a democratic state. We rely on power of reason and free thinking to resolve our problems. Although Baloch are predominantly Sunni Muslims but there are several other religious minorities in Balochistan and we also have a large population of Zigri Baloch. Their rights should be respected and protected.  In a free Balochistan they will have full freedom to practice their faith and religion that is why I believe in a secular democratic Balochistan.

We have drafted the Balochistan Liberation Charter and presented it to all the stake holders for further improvement and feed backs. Most of the comments that we have received have come from ordinary Baloch from all over Balochistan. One thing that Baloch masses have proved over and over again and that is also true in case of Baloch Liberation Charter is that, common Baloch are more forward looking and committed to cause of freedom than many of those who privileged tribal backgrounds and claim to be leaders. This is our hope that it is the Baloch masses that will get freedom from occupying states.

Article 8 and 9 of Balochistan Liberation Charter read as follows:

Article: 8- Equality between men and women is one of the core principles of the Balochistan democratic movement. In the free and democratic Balochistan men and women will be treated equally and entitled to all rights, protections and freedoms under the law. This equality would be in all sphere of society, in civil, economic, educational, social, cultural and political rights.

Article: 9- The Baloch national struggle for a free and democratic Balochistan is inclusive. It is for all people from all walks of life in Balochistan and outside Balochistan. These include all freedom loving men, women and children regardless of their political persuasion, ethnic background or ideological and religious belief.

Some organisations like – BLA or BRA are using violent means like – targeting migrant workers, attacking government establishments. Do you support this kind of activities?

I do not support violence and targeting of civilians whether it’s done by Pakistan army or any Baloch groups. However, we have to look at the root cause of violence in Balochistan. When one occupies and colonises a nation by violent means, kills and abducts thousands of people and displaces millions of Baloch, then some people would inevitably react violently to defend themselves. When the victims try to plea for help, they are ignored and occupying state manipulates the news and blames the victims for violence. The state run media also sides with occupying forces and reports what they are told by their military. The cause of violence in Balochistan are the occupying armies. The illegal occupation of Balochistan itself was an act of violence and violation of international laws.

The Baloch fighters have generally followed the principles of international laws and limited their struggle within Balochistan whereas the Pakistan army came all the way from Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa to attack the houses of Baloch people and capture and kill innocent Baloch. So the Baloch are defending the sanctity of their houses, their families and their country against foreign occupation. Every human being has the right of life and self-preservation. Pakistanis think it is justified for the French to fight against the Nazi invaders but it is not right for the Baloch to defend themselves from Islamo-fascist Punjabi and Persian armies. We do not believe that. For us every person and nation should have equal rights.

Do Baloch people are getting any kind of foreign support in their struggle?

I am not sure what support are you referring to. To my knowledge Baloch are neither getting diplomatic nor military or financial support from anyone.  However, the world is slowly becoming aware of the Baloch struggle and the Pakistani and Iranian state atrocities against Baloch people. There are people around the world who sympathise with Baloch people and express their support for our struggle. We expect more from organisation like the UN and other popular international bodies because these organisations are still not doing enough to stop Baloch genocide by Pakistan and Iran.

What is the level of support and influence Baloch nationalist organisations enjoy among the masses? As it been regularly stated by Pakistan state that only few tribes and their chieftains are running this campaign and ordinary Baloch are not part of it?

Majority of Baloch support the liberation movement which mean the Baloch struggle is supported by Baloch masses. Despite state atrocities, disappearances of thousands of people, the kill and dump policy, Baloch nation continues to support the freedom struggle.

The Baloch nation also completely boycotted the Pakistani elections in 2013, more than 94% of Baloch population did not take part in elections. This makes it clear what level of support for freedom struggle is among Baloch masses.

The claims of Pakistan about few tribes or chieftain have become obsolete and the struggle has spread in every corner of Balochistan. No Sardar or Nawab is leading the current Baloch struggle, it is the educated Baloch youth who are at the forefront. Most of the Sardars are pro-establishment and are with Pakistan but they do not enjoy the support of Baloch nation.

None of the enforced-disappeared Baloch or those who were killed by Pakistan were sardars or Nawabs they are all ordinary Baloch and the reason of them being killed is that they support the Baloch freedom struggle through peaceful means.

The occupying states claims are baseless and they have always been baseless. These states are killing children for expressing their desire for a free Balochistan. Despite the subjugation and exploitation of Baloch nation Pakistan claims that Baloch are happy living under Pakistani occupation. If they say that Baloch people prefer Pakistani colonial system to freedom then why have they deployed hundreds of thousands of army and security personnel in Balochistan? Why the free and independent international media and observers are not allowed to visit Balochistan. Why human rights organisations are not allowed because the occupying state crimes against humanity is in progress in Balochistan.

You ever plan to go to Balochistan ending your exile?

It is the desire of all informed and responsible Baloch to live in their homeland. I consider myself one among them and we all want to be in a free and sovereign Balochistan to serve our country and people as best as we can.

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Pakistan’s biggest child sex abuse scandal uncovered involving 280 children Sun, 09 Aug 2015 10:30:17 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan child sex abuseA shocking report has emerged from Pakistan revealing the country’s largest ever child sexual abuse scandal involving almost 280 children.

According to the local media reports, more than 400 videos featuring more than 280 children forced to have sex, have been discovered in Kasur district of Punjab province.

The videos purportedly shows the sexual abuse of children aged as low as 6-year-old, while majority of the children have been reported to be under the age of 14.

In one of the videos obtained by the authorities, a 6-year-old boy is shown performing a homosexual act by force, while another video shows a 10 year-old girl being molested by a 14 year-old boy.

Another video also shows a boy being molested by five to six men with reports suggesting the victims were initially intoxicated with drinks or injected with a drug in their spine.

At least seven suspects have been arrested in connection to the massive child abuse scandal with authorities admitting child abuse cases were being reported in Kasur for last several years. However, they insist that the issue has links with land dispute.

The issue was reportedly uncovered earlier this week following a clash between the parents of the victims and police officials where almost 4,000 people had gathered to protest against police for failing apprehend those who were behind the child abuse crimes.

The protesters also accused the police of being involved with the criminal gangs who were perpetuating such nefarious activities.

According to the protesters, at least 25 young men and teenagers are involved in the massive child sexual abuse scandal and at least two individuals who are believed to be 40-year-old are supporting the group.

The sexual abuse of the children reportedly began in 2006 and continued till last year.

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At least 13 killed in Saudi mosque attack Thu, 06 Aug 2015 11:34:41 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Saudi policeDozens of people have been killed and wounded in a suicide attack in Saudi Arabi’s southwestern Asir region, close to the border with Yemen on Thursday.

Saudi’s state TV reported that the deadly explosion occurred after a suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest in a mosque in Abha city.

Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry confirms that 13 people were killed in the deadly explosion.

However, some other local media reports indicate that around 30 people were killed and wounded in the attack.

Those killed are reportedly the security personnel tasked with domestic security.

It is yet not clear who carried out the attack but Saudi is heading a campaign against Shia rebels in neighboring Yemen.

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Pakistani cricket legend Wasim Akram escapes gun attack in Karachi Wed, 05 Aug 2015 16:29:42 +0000 Read the full article...]]> wasim-akram-afpAn unknown gunmen opened fire on the car of the former Pakistani cricket captain Wasim Akram on Wednesday, police officials said.

The incident took place in Karsaz area near the Natioanl Stadium in Karachi, the commercial capital of Pakistan.

Police officials further added that the incident took place while he was on his way to a coaching session and it appears to be a case of road rage.

Arsalan Hyder, Akram’s manager, said the car next to him tried to jam his car to one side and opened fire.

Deputy Inspector General of Karachi East, Munir Sheikh, said the motive behind the attack has not been ascertained so far but preliminary investigations suggest it was a case of road rage.

Akram is massively popular in Pakistan as a cricket legend and retired as Pakistani team captain in 2003.

He made his international debut in 1984 and went on to become one of the all-time great left-arm fast bowlers, taking 414 wickets in 104 test matches.

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Turkish couple spend their wedding day feeding 4,000 Syrian refugees Wed, 05 Aug 2015 06:44:07 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Turkish couple feed Syrian refugeesAt least 4,000 Syrian refugees were invited in a wedding party by a Turkish couple who decided to spend their wedding day feeding the refugees.

The wedding feast was held in the Turkish border town of Kilis which is home to tens of thousands of refugees who are fleeing war-torn Syria.

The couple, Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu and Esra Polat, decided to donate their families’ savings to feed 4,000 refugees instead of spending the money on a banquet for their wedding guests.

The act of kindness by the couple soon went viral after photographs of the couple was shared by the Turkish charity Kimse Yok Mu on Twitter and was widely shared on Istagram and Facebook.

The groom’s father, Ali, told the local media “We thought that on such a happy day, we would share the wedding party with our Syrian brothers and sisters.”

The bride said she was shocked and quickly came around to the idea, and helped serve the refugees Thursday in her bridal finery, complete with a golden tiara.

“It was such a wonderful experience,” the bride quoted by the Independent said. “I’m happy that we had the opportunity to share our wedding meal with the people who are in real need.”

“Seeing the happiness in the eyes of the Syrian refugee children is just priceless,” said the groom. “We started our journey to happiness with making others happy and that’s a great feeling.”

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Exchange of fire on India-Pakistan border leaves 3 killed, 11 wounded Tue, 04 Aug 2015 07:43:16 +0000 Read the full article...]]> India (2)Heavy exchange of fire between the soldiers of Pakistan and Indian on joint border has left three civilian killed and eleven others wounded.

India says Pakistani soldiers opened unprovoked fire on the Indian side of the border leaving one civilian killed on Tuesday morning.

According to India’s Border Security Force (BSF) a dozen of Indian security posts were also targeted during the border security violation.

BSF adds that Pakistan started firing on Indian side of the border after India fired on two terrorists who were trying to cross the border in Kanachak area.

In the meantime, Pakistan says that two civilians have been killed and six others wounded by the shells fired from the Indian side of the border.

According to Pakistani military’s media wing ISPR, those killed including fourteen years old Atif and twenty-two years old Muhammad Adnan.

 “Pakistani troops befittingly responded to Indian shelling.” A statement issued by ISPR states.

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Dozens killed, wounded after warplane crashed in Syria Mon, 03 Aug 2015 10:14:13 +0000 Read the full article...]]> SyriaDozens of people have been killed and wounded after a warplane crashed in northwesterly part of Syria.

The plane crashed over a popular marketplace in the town of Ariha in Idlib province on Monday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that those killed include at least 12 civilians as the warplane landed on residential quarters.

The Observatory further states that the area was under the air assault of Bashar al-Assad’s air force as it is in the control of the opposition groups.

After the crash Syria’s Sham News Network posted photos of the aftermath of the plane, showing destroyed buildings and a ravaged square covered with debris and destroyed concrete.

Some other activists said that the plane was downed by Jaish al-Fateh, or the Conquer Army, an alliance of several Jihadi groups, mainly the Nusra Front which is linked to al-Qaida.

Ariha town near the Turkish border recently fallen into the hands of Jihadi groups.

Syria’s civil war began after peaceful demonstration sin in March 2011 and according to a UN report it has left more than 220,000 people killed.

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Two Turkish soldiers killed, 24 wounded in suicide attack Sun, 02 Aug 2015 10:22:41 +0000 Read the full article...]]> TurkeyTwo Turkish soldiers have been killed and 24 others wounded in a suicide attack in eastern part of Turkey.

Officials say a suicide bomber driving a tractor laden with explosives targeted a military police station near the town Dogubayezit in Agri province earlier on Sunday morning.

The blast left two soldiers killed and 24 others wounded but the death toll may rise as the health condition of some of the victims was announced to be critical at the hospital.

Anadolu, the Turkish state news agency reported that two tons of explosive materials were used in the attack and that it was carried out by a suicide bomber.

Sunday’s attack carried out near the Iranian border has been blamed on the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) but the group had not commented on the commented on the report by the time it was filed.

Turkish airstrikes began on 24 July, after Turkey allowed US-led coalition forces to use its bases against ISIS in the neighboring Syria.

PKK has been fighting for autonomous homeland for Kurds but Turkey considers it as a terrorist organization.

The group began its armed uprising in 1984 and over 40,000 people have been killed due to the fighting since then.

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Pakistani media: Mullah Omar’s brother issues audio message opposing Mullah Mansoor Sun, 02 Aug 2015 07:29:07 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Mullah Akhtar Mohammad MansourAccording to Pakistan’s Geo News the younger brother of Taliban’s deceased supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has opposed the newly appointed ‘Emire” of Taliban.

Mullah Abul Manan says that his family has not announced allegiance to Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor, the media reports.

The report further states that Mullah Manan has called on pro-Taliban clerics and militants commanders to resolve the challenges facing the Islamic Emirate.

In another part of the report Mullah Manan is quoted as saying that Mullah Omar wished that the movement stays united and that his family is now ready to ensure his wishes are fulfilled.

The news comes a day after the newly elected ‘Emire” of Taliban Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor released his first audio after taking the charge.

Mullah Mansoor said that efforts were being made to create a crack within the organization but those was pushed off.

 According to previous reports a group of Taliban is supporting Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor while another group wants Mullah Mohammad Yaqoub, the eldest son of Mullah Mohammad Omar, as their ‘Emire’

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Police in Pakistan’s Punjab detain 22 Afghans Sun, 02 Aug 2015 05:56:36 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan policePolice have arrested 22 Afghans in Pakistan’s Punjab province during a campaign launched against illegal immigrants.

Local media outlets report that the arrests were being made in Kot Momin are of Sargodha District on Saturday.

Police claim that four Kalashinkovs and four pistols were recovered from the position of these people.

Afghan government had not commented on the report by the time this report was filed.

There are currently around 16,00000 registered Afghan refugees who are issued proper documentation to stay in Pakistan until the end of this year, the refugee cards issued to them are said to be renewed before they expire.

There are also roughly 10,00000 Afghan refugees who do not have refugee documents but they might be given legal status to stay in Pakistan in coming six months.

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India says soldier killed by Pakistani fire on border Thu, 30 Jul 2015 05:48:25 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Indian Army along border with PakistanIndia says that Pakistan again violated the border ceasefire last night by firing on their side.

India’s NDTV reports that a soldier sustained serious injuries after shot by Pakistani sniper who later succumbed to his injuries in Poonch District of their side of the Kashmir.

The soldier killed is identified as Rachpal Singh belonging to 22-Sikh unit.

According to NDTV this is third incident of border violation by Pakistani soldiers this month.

But Pakistan has repeatedly rejected the claims, argues that Indian soldiers start firing and Pakistani troops only respond to it.

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India hangs to death convict of 1993 Mumbai bombings Thu, 30 Jul 2015 04:56:56 +0000 Read the full article...]]> MemonIndia on Thursday hanged to death Yakub Memon convicted of playing a role in a serious of bombings in Mumbai in the year 1993 which left more than 250 people dead.

His lawyer had requested a 14-day stay on his execution so he can prepare for death and say good bye to his beloved ones but the plea was rejected.

The Court opened around 3 am and Memon was hanged to death little before 7 am on Thursday which is his 53 birthday.

His family brought the birthday cake to a prison near Nagpur, about 14 hours from Mumbai and sent it to Memon through the superintendent of the jail last night.

Yakub Memon was arrested by India’s security agencies following a serious of 13 bomb blasts in Mumbai and Maharashtra in which more than 250 people were killed and over 1,000 others wounded.

India later said that the bomb blasts were coordinated by Dawood Ibrahim, don of the international criminal organization D-Company on the instructions of Pakistan’s spy agency Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI), the deadliest terrorist attack in India’s history.

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Reports: ISIS planning to attack India Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:28:00 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISReports suggest that the Islamic State or Daesh is planning to attack India for provoking an an Armageddon-like confrontation with the US, IS-related Urdu language documents state.

India’s NDTV sighting an investigative report published by USA Today and reported by American Media Institute states that the 32-page documents was received from a Pakistani citizen who is having connections with the Taliban.

“The document warns that ‘preparations’ for an attack in India are underway and predicts that an attack will provoke an apocalyptic confrontation with America

“Even if the US tries to attack with all its allies, which undoubtedly it will, the ummah (Muslims) will be united, resulting in the final battle,” According to the media, the report states.

The 32-page Urdu language recruitment document is titled as ‘A Brief History of the Islamic State Caliphate, The Caliphate According to the Prophet’ emphasizing on focusing on armed uprising in Arab words.

“Instead of wasting energy in a direct confrontation with the US, we should focus on an armed uprising in the Arab world for the establishment of the caliphate,”

The media further adds that the document was reviewed by three US intelligence officials, who said they believe the document is authentic based on its unique markings and the fact that language used to describe leaders, the writing style and religious wording match other documents from the ISIS.

Islamic State is seeking to unite groups of Pakistani and Afghan Taliban into a single army of terror and urges Al-Qaeda to join them, the media report states.

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Lashkar-e-Jhangvi leader Malik Ishaq killed in Pakistan Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:20:23 +0000 Read the full article...]]> MalikMalik Ishaq, the leader of terrorist-designated group of Lashkar-e-Jhangavi has been killed in police encounter in Punjab province of Pakistan.

Officials say Malik Ishaq was killed in Shahwala area of Muzaffargarh city while escaping from security forces earlier on Wednesday morning.

Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) officials say the shootout erupted after a group of 12 to 15 armed men riding on motorcycles attacked a police convoy in which Ishaq was being transported, in an effort to free him.

Heavy exchange of fire took place between the two sides leaving 14 people killed including Malik Ishaq and two of his sons Usman and Haq Nawaz killed. Six policemen also sustained injuries in the skirmish.

Lashkar-e-Jhangavi group is being held responsible for several deadly attacks in Pakistan, in most of which Shia Muslims were targeted. The group has been designated as a terrorist organization by Pakistan, India, United States, United Nations, Australia, Canada, Russia and the United Kingdom.

LeJ was also accused by Afghan government for the deadly attack that killed at least 50 people, including women and children, and wounded around 150 others at Abu Fazal shrine in Murad Khane are of Kabul city on December 6, 2011.

The explosion took place while Shia Muslims were marking the day of Ashora.

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ISIS chief al-Baghdadi approved beheading of a woman as a “wedding gift” Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:43:01 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISIS leader approve beheading of woman as wedding giftThe leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi sanctioned the beheading of a woman as a “wedding gift” to a female sharia judge, it has been revealed.

The female judge had set a precondition requesting al-Baghdadi to allow an infidel woman’s beheading in return for agreeing to marry an ISIS fighter.

Identified as Roaa Um Khotaba al-Tunisi, the female judge had lost her husband in a battle and since she was young, the Isis wanted her to marry again, the MailOnline reported quoting Syrian woman Leena (name changed), who managed to escape from the clutches of Isis.

Leena further added that the judge would agree only if she was allowed to behead an infidel woman.

However, the ISIS chief gave her permission to behead another female Sharia judge, who was accused of being a spy, Leena added.

Leena was recruited to work with the religious police, Hisbah – which rules the so-called Islamic State of around eight million people – with its own twisted and medieval interpretation of Sharia law.

Initially impressed like many other women in Syria by ISIS fighters who claimed to live a life following the will of Allah.

But she defected from ISIS religious police after realising over the months that the ISiS was not only barbaric but was far from Islam.

“They were all after money, gold and slaves and are nothing more than rapists, looters and thieves,” she told the newspaper.

She also recounted another incident where a woman was arrested by the Sharia police on charge of sleeping with a man before marriage. However, the Sharia judge did not wait for any clarification and the woman was flogged in public 80 times. Later, the man turned up with a marriage certificate.

Similarly, in another incident, a mother of two was dragged out in public and flogged for complaining about the Isis on WhatsApp to her sister living in Damascus.

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India’s former president APJ Abdul Kalam passes away Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:18:30 +0000 Read the full article...]]> APJ Abdul Kalam diesThe former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam passed away at the age of 83 on Monday evening, according to the official sources.

Dr. Kalam was the 11th President of India who was also known as the father of the country’s military missile programme.

Hospital sources confirmed his death this evening saying the former president collapsed and died at a hospital in Meghalaya where he had gone to deliver a lecture.

According to doctors in Bethany hospital, Dr. Kalam had suffered from a massive cardiac arrest. “President Kalam was brought to the hospital at 7 pm. When he brought in there was no sign of life. He was taken to ICU to try and revive him, which was futile,” hospital sources told India’s NDTV.

The Press Trust of India reported that the government will declare a seven-day national mourning.

The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paied a special tribute to Dr. Kalam, saying “My mind is filled with so many memories, so many interactions with him. Always marvelled at his intellect, learnt so much from him.”

Dr. Kalam served as India’s president from 2002 until 2007 was a scientist and science administrator for four decades before that, mainly at the state-run Defence Research and Development Organisation and the Indian Space Research Organisation.

He played a key organisational and technical role in India’s nuclear programme.

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Should Israel Worry About Iran Nuclear Deal? Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:44:47 +0000 Read the full article...]]> By Manish Rai

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately after the signing of Iran and P5+1 nuclear agreement declared it as “stunning historical mistake”. Even Israelis has gone one step forward and they are pressing US lawmakers in congress to block the deal, with Israeli Ambassador to US Ron Dermer meeting privately with a group of about 40 House conservatives. The most influential pro-Israel group in United States the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is also putting all its weight to stop this deal and it will be deploying about 300 lobbyists on Capitol Hill to try to convince lawmakers, especially undecided Democrats, to vote against the deal, according to officials in the pro-Israel camp. The current Israeli anxiety over the recent Iran nuclear deal is a reminder that the Israel leadership may be in a paradoxical situation and is overreacting. But we have to remember that agreement over Iran’s nuclear program marks the end of an era. The 20 years long effort to strip Iran of any ability to dabble in nuclear science or weapons has officially failed. So only other option left is to engage them in talks and negotiate about their nuclear weapons ambitions. Just imagine what would happen if Congress overrides Obama’s veto and kills the deal. No one seriously disputes that the sanctions regime would quickly collapse. Russia is already planning its new business deals with Iran and the Europeans aren’t far behind. The idea that a tougher United States could by itself force better terms is a dangerous fantasy. With rejection, we would get the worst of both worlds. But with the deal Iran would off course will get much of its oil money back, but with the most intrusive inspections in history (24/7 monitoring of its nuclear facilities), 98 percent reductions in uranium stockpiles, and the many other provisions that sharply reduce its existential threat to Israel.

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Israelis should do their introspection first before feeling threatened by anyone in the region. Israel enemies have learned that Israel is strong at conventional warfare. After many embarrassing defeats at the hands of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF), they have realized that fighting a frontal, tank-to-tank, battalion-to-battalion war is no longer their best option Israel’s military might is simply superior. Full-blown Israeli commitment is tantamount the destruction of enemy armies and that is why they will probably not initiate such action. Any state actors which have the capacity to arm, train and deploy large conventional armies against state of Israel are tied up right now. Israel can live with whatever happens there. Israel is the strongest state in the Middle East in every aspects like- militarily, strategically, economically and diplomatically. Even if Iran tested a nuclear weapon tomorrow, it would take years to refine it into a warhead for a missile. Then it would encounter the Arrow, a joint U.S.-Israeli anti-missile system. And then Iran would suffer Israel’s doomsday second-strike capability. So even if everything goes south, even if the critics of this deal are right, Israel can deal with it. Iran’s leadership is rational they know that Israel has unlimited reprisal capability this is an Israeli euphemism for the country’s second-strike nuclear arsenal and they also realize that nuclear confrontation with Israel can put whole Persian civilization at risk.

 Iranian domestic political equations also has to be taken into account before reaching any conclusion about Iranian threat. In Iran there is a regime and there is a government, and we have to make a distinction between them. President Hassan Rouhani does not make any decisions without the instructions or approval of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Khamenei is now distancing himself from Rouhani and letting him take the blame for anything that looks like compromise on Iran’s part in the agreement. If we want a moderate and responsible Iran, we have to worry about moderate President Rouhani and its government. As any isolation and sanctions on Iran will only strengthen the hardliner regime.

 With the integration of Iran into global market after easing out of sanctions will make Iran an open economy. Where it trade its oil and benefit its citizens through relations with the West, with the full realization, as stated in the agreement, that violations could set it right back to where it is now with its economy in ruins because of sanctions. It’s a hard reality that Iran–freed of an international coalition arrayed against it, and led by Tehran hard-liners empowered by the American sanctions would have no reason not to race to a nuclear bomb and subsequently become a rogue country like- North Korea and then it will very hard for international community and Israel to deal with them. Only way to make Iran a responsible state actor is by getting it integrated into world order and its economy open up for everyone so that Iranian always know the cost of their misadventures.

(Author is a columnist for Middle-East and Af-Pak region and Editor of geo-political news agency ViewsAround can be reached at

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Armed men storm Indian police station Mon, 27 Jul 2015 07:32:48 +0000 Read the full article...]]> gurdaspur-police-station-attack-650_650x400_41437964235A group of armed men wearing Army uniform attacked a police station in the northern Indian state of Punjab early on Monday morning.

Officials confirm the death of two police officers and three civilians in the attack.

The attackers, believed to be between 3-4 men, are exchanging fire with security forces from the police station in the town of Gurdaspur.

“There were three to four attackers. They were dressed in army uniforms and came in a Maruti car,” Deputy Police commissioner Abhinav Trikha told reporters at the attack site.

Junior Home Minister Kiren Rijiju said he believes the attackers are not holding up any hostages.

“We don’t think there are any hostages. And for now, while the operation is on, it won’t be right to divulge details,” he told reporters.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for an emergency high-level meeting to discuss the attack.

Also, security has been beefed up at important sites, including parliament, across the country about three weeks ahead of the country’s Independence Day celebration.

Additional security personnel were also ordered to be stationed at the borders areas with Pakistan.

Although, no group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but Former Home Secretary RK Singh has said that it couldn’t take place without support from ISIS. He said that ISIS is trying to start sikh terrorism again.

Punjab is heart to India’s Sikh community.

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Turkish police arrest over 800 suspects in counter-terrorism raids Mon, 27 Jul 2015 05:43:26 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Turkish Police Gun Down a Woman in Counter Terrorism Operation

Turkish Police 

The Turkish police have apprehended over 800 suspects during counter-terrorism raids across the country.

The operations started on Friday after a wave of deadly attacks that left at least 33 people killed.

32 civilians were killed and more than 100 others wounded in a single attack that took place near the town of Suruc, located in the southeastern part of Turkey on July 20.

The explosion targeted a cultural center where around 300 people had gathered for a conference a day after a police officer was shot dead by unknown gunman in Istanbul.

Officials say the operations are aimed to find those having links with Daesh, Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) and doing other anti-state activities including attacking security forces and staging illegal demonstrations.

Police say over 100 people including a Daesh suspect who goes by its nickname ‘Abu Hanzala’ and 37 foreigners were arrested from Istanbul and others were arrested from other parts of the country.

Turkey is an ally of the US coalition formed against Islamic State that is bombing the militant positions in neighboring Syria and Iraq.

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Unidentified armed men gunned down US Embassy worker in Islamabad Sun, 26 Jul 2015 11:24:15 +0000 Read the full article...]]> USembassy-Islamabad-killing_7-26-2015_192244_lA worker of the United States Embassy has been gunned down by unidentified gunmen in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad.

According to police Iqbal Baig who was working with US Drug Enforcement Agency was gunned down at his residence earlier on Sunday morning.

Khalid Awan, a police officer who confirmed Baig’s killing said that security officials from the US embassy visited the site of the incident. But by the time this report was filed, there were no worlds from the embassy regarding the killing.

Iqbal Baig a local worker of the US embassy belonged to the Shia Ismaili minority that has been constantly attacked by armed men in Pakistan.

At least people, including children and women, belonging to Islmaili community were killed in a single attack in Pakistan’s business hub of Karachi in May.

According to reports, the attack was carried out by more than a dozen armed men near Safoora Chowrangi area of the city on May 13.

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ISIS top executioner ‘Jihadi John’ reportedly flees fearing his life Sun, 26 Jul 2015 06:18:26 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISISKuwaiti-born Mohammad Emwazi who is wanted dead or alive for allegedly beheading American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and the British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning has reportedly escaped from the IS-controlled territory in Syria to Libya.

Reports also suggest that the militant group of ISIS is also looking to capture its top executioner for defector.

‘Jihadi John’ turned one of the Britain’s most notorious terrorist after he appeared in videos, purportedly executing James Foley, Steven Sotloff, David Haines and Alan Henning and Japanese nationals Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa.

According to an American intelligence source quoted by media, ‘Jihadi John’ escaped ISIS-controlled territory in Syria to Libya after his identity was revealed, fearing that the publicity surrounding him will eventually result in his own head.

The source is further quoted as saying that if IS felt ‘Jihadi John’ is no longer of any use to them, they will drop him like a stone or worse.

“So it is possible he will end up suffering the same fate as his victims,” the source added.

It is also reported that Emwazi was too concerned about a possible US forces hunt down for him after he killed the American, Japanese and Britain nationals.

Mohammad Emwazi, 26, moved to the United Kingdom at the age of six and attended Quintin Kynaston Academy and then studied computer programming at the University of Westminster.

He arrived in Syria from West London in 2012 to fight for the self proclaimed Islamic State. He appeared in several IS beheading videos. Although he had covered his face and body in black to conceal his identity but his mother reportedly has recognized his voice.

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NASA discovers planet very similar to Earth in the Milky Way Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:34:16 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Earth 2 found in the Milky Way

The United States government agency for civilian space program, aeronautics and aerospace research – National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced Thursday that a planet very similar to Earth has been discovered in the Milky Way by their Kepler space telescope.

Named Kepler-452b, the planet could well have liquid water on the surface and could host alien life with NASA saying if plants were transferred there they would likely survive due to ‘substantial opportunity’ the planet could host for life.

Located in its star’s habitable zone – the region where life-sustaining liquid water is possible on the surface of a planet, Kepler-452b is said to be about 60% bigger than Earth.

It is about 1,400 light years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. “Today, and thousands of discoveries later, astronomers are on the cusp of finding something people have dreamed about for thousands of years – another Earth,” NASA said through a statement.

Kepler researcher Jon Jenkins quoted by CNN said while it’s a bit farther from its star than Earth is from the sun, its star is brighter, so the planet gets about the same amount of energy from its star as Earth does from the sun. And that sunlight would be very similar to Earth’s.

Jenkins further added that Kepler-452b could have a thicker atmosphere than Earth’s, as well as active volcanoes if the assumptions of planetary geologists are correct.

According to Jenkins it takes 385 days for the planet to orbit its star, very similar to Earth’s 365-day year, NASA said. And because it’s spent so long orbiting in this zone — 6 billion years — it’s had plenty of time to brew life.

“That’s substantial opportunity for life to arise, should all the necessary ingredients and conditions for life exist on this planet,” he added.

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ISIS fighter humiliated on TV for killing 60 unarmed Iraqi army cadets Wed, 22 Jul 2015 18:17:14 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISIS fighter forced to chew sandalA militant of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group who faces death penalty for murdering 60 unarmed Iraqi army cadets, appeared in front of news cameras where he was forced to chew a sandal.

The militant identified as Adnan Abdul Ridha was reportedly arrested by the Iraqi security forces for his role in mass execution of around 770 Iraqi air force cadets.

The mass execution took place last year at the Tikrit Air Academy (formerly called COB Speicher).

At least 24 people were sentenced to death for their role in the massacre by an Iraqi court which used satellite images where the massacre took place as well as ISIS propaganda video of the killings.

According to the local media reports, Ridha has confessed he was involved in the mass execution and massacred 60 students at Speicher Air Base and being a member of ISIS.

The local Al-Mirbad newspaper quoting Ridha during an interview with the Iraqi media outlets reported that the man confessed he took 60 of the captured students, put them on the ground and then shot them in the head.

Ridha also confessed to working for terror group Al-Qaeda in 1996 and that his newest employers ISIS are funded by money from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, according to the paper.

This comes as the terror group released a new horrific video of the mass execution earlier this month which contained footage from the previously released video along with new scenes.

The 22-minute-video showed hundreds of army cadets falling out of dump trucks and are forced to lay down next to each other in shallow mass graves before being shot dead one by one.

At one point of the video, the ISIS militants allow a condemned Shia to pry one more time following his plea but they then shoot him in the back of the head.

An excavator is also shown in the video to move piles of bodies after they were brutally shot dead by the ISIS fanatics.
The government forces and allied fighters retook Tikrit from the ISIS militants in April and exhumed around 600 bodies from the mass graves.

According to the highest estimates, around 1,700 army cadets were captured by the ISIS militants after they captured the military base last year.

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World’s oldest Quran fragments found by British university Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:22:29 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Quran fragment Britain

The University of Birmingham in United Kingdom has found Manuscript fragments of the Holy Quran dating back at least 1,370 years.

The fragments of the holy Quran was found among the archives of the British higher education establishment of the University of Birmingham.

The pages of the holy Quran, identified to have been written in an early form of Arabic, were part of a collection brought back to Britain from Iraq in the 1920s.

According to a report by BBC, the Muslim holy text had remained unrecognized in the university library and had never been recognized for their antiquity or value for almost a century.

Written on goat or sheepskin, the fragments almost certainly come from between the years 568 and 645, according to the radiocarbon dating indicating the fragments.

The Oxford University Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit carried out the tests which have an accuracy probability of more than 95%.

Professor of Christianity and Islam David Thomas in the University of Birmingham told BBC “They could well take us back to within a few years of the actual founding of Islam.”

Professor Thomas further added that the dating of the Birmingham folios would mean that it was quite possible that the person who had written them would have been alive at the time of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

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Israel approves up to 20 years imprisonment for stone throwers Wed, 22 Jul 2015 05:50:10 +0000 Read the full article...]]> IsraelThe unicameral national legislature of Israel or Knesset has announced up to 20 years of imprisonment for those who throw stones, the tactic mainly used by Palestinian protesters during demonstration, during protests.

The new legislation was overwhelmingly approved by 69 deputies and only 17 parliamentarians, the majority of whom were Muslims, opposed it.

“Tolerance toward terrorists ends today. A stone-thrower is a terrorist and only a fitting punishment can serve as a deterrent and just punishment,” the architect of the new legislation said.

According to the law, if prosecutors were unable to prove the harmful intents of the stone thrower then he/she will be given 10 years of imprisonment. And if the intentions of the stone thrower are proved harmful then he/she will be send for 20 years behind the bars.

The law further describes the imprisonment of up to 5 years to those obstructing police activities, by throwing stones, and target law enforcement vehicles.

However, the new legislation is only applicable within the official borders of Israel and not in the occupied territories.

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Pentagon claims air strike killed senior Al-Qaeda leader in Syria Wed, 22 Jul 2015 04:28:21 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Alqaeda leader killedUnited States claims killing Al-Qaeda’s Khorasan leader Muhsin al-Fadhli in an airstrike in Syria earlier this month.

Captain Jeff Davis, the Pentagon’s director of press operations said that al-Fidhli leader of Al-Qaeda’s so-called Khorasan group was killed on July 8 as he travelled in a vehilcle near Sarmada in Idlib province.

“Al-Fadhli was the leader of a network of veteran al-Qaeda operatives, sometimes called the Khorasan Group, who are plotting external attacks against the United States and our allies,” a statement released by the Pentagon’s director of press stated.

“He was a senior al-Qaeda facilitator who was among the few trusted al-Qaeda leaders that received advanced notification of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.”

Washington says that the killing of Al-Fadhli will degrade and disrupt external operations of Al-Qaeda against the United States, its allies, partners and interests.

US officials had earlier said that they believe Al-Fedhli was killed in September but this time they are sure about his death.

The United States had announced a bounty of $7 on the head of Muhsin al-Fadhli, leader of Khorasan group of Al-Qaeda.

The group is described to be a faction of armed fighters to organized to plot attacks against US and other Western targets by using their sanctuaries in Syria.

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ISIS pictures appear to show chickens used as suicide bombers Tue, 21 Jul 2015 10:28:04 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISIS use chickens for suicide attacksAccording to reports, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group militants have started using chickens as mobile improvised explosive devices.

Pictures which purportedly shows defenseless chickens strapped with explosive belts have recently emerged online showing the savagery of the terror group.

It has been reported that the defenseless chickens have been used by the members of the terror group in and around the city of Fallujah.

The ISIS militants apparently use remote controls to set off the devices by encouraging the chickens to wander into enemy camps, killing all those close by.

This comes as reports suggest the terror group is running low on ammunition as US-coalition forces target delivery lines leading to Syria and Iraq.

An unnamed British man fighting alongside Kurdish troops in the region quoted in a report by MailOnline said ‘ISIS will use whatever means they can to bring death and destruction. Using animals has little military value – it is just another example of how their twisted minds enjoy dreaming up bizarre ways to kill people.”

In the meantime, reports also emerged recently suggesting the terror group strapping IEDS to a goat that was sent into a Kurdish base in the Syrian city of Kobane.

Sickening photos also emerged during the recent days which purportedly shows the terrorists using shopping trolleys and arming them with deadly machine guns. It is believed fighters have no heavy lorries available so have to improvise to transport the weaponry.

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27 killed as blast targets cultural center in Turkey Mon, 20 Jul 2015 11:47:20 +0000 Read the full article...]]> TurkeyAt least 27 people have been killed and dozens more wounded after a powerful explosion rocked the Suruc town, located in the southeastern part of Turkey.

Local officials and media organizations report that at least 27 people have been killed and some 100 others sustained injuries in the explosion that targeted a conference by Socialist Youth Associations Federation (SGDF), who had gathered in Amara Culture Center.

Eyewitnesses say at least 300 young people were present at the cultural center when the blast took place on Monday.

“Ambulances and private cars are picking up the wounded. Many were killed – 20 or 30. I am going to the hospital to help out,” Adham Basho, a local politician told media.

Turkey’s Interior Ministry has confirmed the blast in the town of Suruc that is located some 10 km away from the Syrian town of Kobani.

However, officials had not specified the type of the explosion by the time this report was filed.

The SGDF supporters who had the conference today were reportedly going to join a summer expedition to help rebuild Kobani that was the site of devastated attacks by the Islamic State last month which also left over 200 people killed.

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Pentagon Chief: Iran Nuclear Deal does not prevent military option Mon, 20 Jul 2015 04:07:37 +0000 Read the full article...]]> aston-carter-759The U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has said that the Nuclear Deal reached with Iran does not “Prevent Military Option” when it comes to stop Tehran from obtaining an atomic bomb.

The Pentagon Chief Ashton Carter while talking to reporters on Sunday called the accord a good deal. “One of the reasons why this deal is a good one is that it does nothing to prevent the military option,” he said.

“We are preserving and continually improving” such a military option should Iran violate the terms of the agreement, Carter told reporters while leaving for a Middle East trip to renew U.S. security commitments in the region. During his Middle East trip, Carter will first meet Israeli officials and then meet Saudi Arabia and Jordan leaders for reassuring his country’s security promises.

The trips comes after a landmark nuclear deal took place between Iran and the World Powers which is condemned by Isral, calling it a “historic mistake”.

Carter said there are “a whole host of things we are doing with Israel”, including working “on their qualitative military edge, ballistic missile defence, counterterrorism activities”.

He added that the United States want to boost cooperation with the Saudi Arabia and the five other Arab states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in the areas of “counterterrorism, special operation forces, maritime security” as well as cyber security and air and missile defences.

The accord keeps Iran from producing enough material for an atomic weapon for at least 10 years in response to receiving more than $100 billion in assets frozen overseas, and an end to a European oil embargo and various other restrictions and sanctions.

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Armed attack, Suicide bombing left three killed including senior police officer in Pakistan Sat, 18 Jul 2015 06:01:53 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistani police (3)Unidentified gunmen shot dead a senior police officer in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan this morning.

Officials say Hairul Haseeb the Superintendent of Police (SP) Elite Force Bannu was on his way home after offering Eid-ul-Fitr prayers at the mosque when unknown gunmen opened indiscriminate fire at him in Saleem Khan Area of Swabi district on Saturday morning.

The gunmen fled the area before security forces arrive at the area.

According to another report, at least two people were killed after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives near a shopping mall in Pakistan’s Balochistan province.

Officials say the suicide bomber was wearing a veil (Burqa) and was trying to enter the shopping mall to target shoppers during shopping for Eid-ul-Fitr near Hazara Town in Quetta city, the provincial capital of Baluchistan.

When stopped by the guards, the suicide bomber detonated his explosives leaving two people killed on Saturday morning.

Officials said that the bomber aged was between 18-20 years of age and was carrying around eight kilograms of explosives.

This comes as Pakistan is celebrating its first day of Eid-ul-Fitr.

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ISIS used child as young as 10 to execute prisoners in Iraq Thu, 16 Jul 2015 10:01:52 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISIS use child 10 to execute prisonersThe Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group used a child as young as 10-year-old to execute the Iraqi army cadets.

The execution by the young boy has emerged in the latest footage released by ISIS group last week which purportedly shows the execution of around 1,700 army cadets.

The boy is shown shooting at least two prisoners ignoring their desperate pleas for mercy and leaving the men’s limp bodies to be thrown into the river, which immediately runs red with blood.

The 22-minute-video was reportedly released on Saturday and contains footage from the previously released video along with new scenes.

The mass execution took place last year at the Tikrit Air Academy (formerly called COB Speicher).

The video shows hundreds of army cadets falling out of dump trucks and are forced to lay down next to each other in shallow mass graves before being shot dead one by one.

The government forces and allied fighters retook Tikrit from the ISIS militants in April and exhumed around 600 bodies from the mass graves.

According to the highest estimates, around 1,700 army cadets were captured by the ISIS militants after they captured the military base last year.

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Exchange of fire between Pakistan, India left two killed along joint border Thu, 16 Jul 2015 05:48:01 +0000 Read the full article...]]> LOCTwo civilians have been reportedly killed after Pakistani and Indian soldiers exchanged fire along the joint border in Kashmir.

Indian officials say Pakistani soldiers resorted to unprovoked fire along the border which left a civilian killed and six others wounded including two soldiers in Akhnoor sector.

Officials have told India’s NDTV that the firing continued till this morning that left three more civilians wounded in the RS Pura sector.

According to NDTV, India lodged protest with Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit over the incident.

In the meantime, Pakistan says that they received fire from across the border to which they gave a befitting response.

According to Pakistani officials one civilian was killed and three others wounded by Indian shelling in Chaprar sector.

This comes as Pakistan claimed bringing down an Indian drone inside its territory that was photographing for espionage but India has rejected the claim.

Pakistan also summoned Indian envoy over the border violation.

The fragile relationship between the two rivals were expected to improve after the premiers of both countries during a meeting in the Russian city of Ufa agreed  to hold senior-level talks for lowering the tensions, particularly along the border.

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Pakistan says it shot down Indian spy drone, India rejects the claim Thu, 16 Jul 2015 04:31:18 +0000 Read the full article...]]> dronePakistan says it has shot down an Indian spy drone along the Line of Control (LOC), however, the claim has been turned down by the Indian officials.

Pakistani officials say that the spy drone was brought down after it violated the Pakistan airspace near bhimber area on Wednesday.

Pakistan’s military wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) stated in a statement that: “The spy drone is used for aerial photography,”

Following the allegation, Pakistan’s foreign office summoned Indian envoy for lodging a protest against the violation of Pakistan’s airspace.

However, India has rejected reports of the crash of any of its drones.

The News Indian Express is quoting a spokesperson of the Indian Army is as saying that: “Some reports of a drone crash in PoK are being referred to. No drone or UAV crash of the Indian Army has taken place.”

A spokesman for India’s air force also turned down the report.

The news comes days after premiers of both rival countries met in the Russian city of Ufa and agreed on arranging meetings of their military commanders to solve issues along the joint borders through dialogues.

Both countries allege each other for border violation along the joint border in Kashmir that sometimes lead to deadly shootouts between the two sides.

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27 people killed in India religious festival stampede Tue, 14 Jul 2015 09:58:13 +0000 Read the full article...]]> StampedeAt least 27 people have been killed, mostly women, and dozens of others wounded in a stampede broke out during a religious festival stampeded in India.

Security officials in Andhra Pradesh state say that the stampede occurred during Pushkaralu festival Rajamundhry district on Tuesday when thousands of people pushed to bathe in the River Godavari.

 According to the officials, one set of worshipers was leaving and another was to get in when some women fall down and caused the stampede.

“The incident happened as the first set of worshipers was coming out of the river after taking a dip and then got in the way of others who wanted to be in the water at an auspicious time,” A. Srinivasan Rao a senior police officer told AFP.

Of those killed 25 were women. The stampede also left 34 others wounded, most of them women.

Some worshippers said that the death toll mounted after the ambulances took longer due to crowded roads.

Indian PM Narendra Modi expressed deep grief over the loss of lives.

“Deeply pained at the loss of lives due to stampede at Rajahmundry. My condolences to the families of the deceased & prayers with the injured,” Modi’s stated in a tweet.

Hindu religion devotees believe that their sins wash away after they get a bath in River Godavari.

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Iran, world powers reach landmark nuclear deal Tue, 14 Jul 2015 08:18:07 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Iran dealIran and the world powers finally reached an accord over the years-long-discussed nuclear issue.

An Iranian diplomat confirmed the accord and said that all of the hard work has paid off and a deal is sealed in this regard.

The landmark nuclear deal reached in Vienna after clearing final obstacles by the representatives of the six world powers on Tuesday.

A senior diplomat said it included a compromise between Washington and Tehran that would allow UN inspectors to press for visits to Iranian military sites as part of their monitoring duties.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called the deal an important achievement. He said, “We are reaching an agreement that is not perfect for anybody, but it is what we could accomplish, and it is an important achievement for all of us.”

U.S. President Barack Obama said that now that the accord has been reached, Iran need to fulfill its commitments under it.

The agreement keeps Iran from producing enough material for an atomic weapon for at least 10 years in response to receiving more than $100 billion in assets frozen overseas, and an end to a European oil embargo and various other restrictions and sanctions.

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ISIS kills child during booby-trap training by blowing him up: Iraqi official Mon, 13 Jul 2015 09:20:54 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Iraqi child booby-trappedThe Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has reportedly executed a child during a training session on booby-trapping.

The incident took place in Salahuddin in Iraq’s north of Baghdad where the child was booby-trapped and was blown up by a remote control to teach ISIS fighters regarding the mechanisms.

Sadiq al-Husseini, head of the security committee in Iraq’s Diyala province quoted by the local newspaper – Iraqi News, said “The booby-trapping of the baby was a training mission for Isis to teach its elements the booby-trapping mechanisms.”

Condemning the act by the terror group, al-Husseini, said “The organisation does not care for the most basic human values.”

Al-Husseini further added “The available information indicate that Isis brought a baby, the son of a civilian (who) was executed a few weeks ago under the charges of killing Isis militants, in one of the training camps near Sharqat northern Salahuddin. The organisation booby-trapped and blew up the child in front of dozens of Isis militants by a remote.”

This is the first reports emerge regarding the use of child by the terror group for booby-trap training. The group has earlier used children as fighters.

Several videos have emerged from the areas under the control of the group which purportedly shows children executing prisoners, referring to them as the “Cubs of the Caliphate”.

The Islamic State also recently kidnapped hundreds of children to use them for suicide attacks.

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New ISIS video shows killing of around 1,700 captured Iraqi cadets Sun, 12 Jul 2015 17:05:35 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISIS mass execution new videoThe Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has released a new horrific video which shows the execution of Iraqi army cadets where around 1,700 people are believed to have been executed.

The new video which has a length of 22 minutes was reportedly released on Saturday and contains footage from the previously released video along with new scenes.

The mass execution took place last year at the Tikrit Air Academy (formerly called COB Speicher).

The video shows hundreds of army cadets falling out of dump trucks and are forced to lay down next to each other in shallow mass graves before being shot dead one by one.

At one point of the video, the ISIS militants allow a condemned Shia to pry one more time following his plea but they then shoot him in the back of the head.

An excavator is also shown in the video to move piles of bodies after they were brutally shot dead by the ISIS fanatics.

The government forces and allied fighters retook Tikrit from the ISIS militants in April and exhumed around 600 bodies from the mass graves.

According to the highest estimates, around 1,700 army cadets were captured by the ISIS militants after they captured the military base last year.

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Rebel attack leaves four Pakistani soldiers killed in Waziristan Sun, 12 Jul 2015 04:07:04 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan5Four soldiers and nine militants have been killed in Waziristan tribal built of Pakistan.

Local media reports suggest that the incident took place in Pre Ghar area on the border between North and South Waziristan on Saturday.

According to these reports, military personnel were on duty when a group of armed rebels attacked them.

Pakistan’s military said in a statement that the exchange of fire left four soldiers and nine militants killed.

“At least nine terrorists were killed in a cordon and search operation. Four soldiers also embraced shahadat (martyrdom),” the military said in a statement.

Five soldiers also sustained injuries in the gun battle.

The skirmish takes place amid an all-out military operation against Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other insurgent groups in the tribal built that also shares border with Afghanistan.

It began in June last year after peace talks with Taliban failed and a deadly attack took place on Karachi airport, leaving around 30 people killed.

Pakistan claim to have broken the spine of militants during the Operation Zarb-i-Azab by killing more than 2700 of the groups’ fighters and commanders and destroying most of their hideouts.

However, these claims cannot be independently verified since the area is off-limits to media.

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Armed robber killed three people inside a bank in Pakistan’s Lahore city Thu, 09 Jul 2015 09:36:12 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistani police (2)An armed robber has killed three people inside a private bank in the Lahore city of Pakistan.

The robber carrying a weapon entered to the bank in Kareem Block area of the city and tried to loot its treasury but faced resistance by the staff and customers.

Police say that upon resistance the robber started shooting that left three people including the Bank Manager killed and four others wounded on Thursday.

The robber was later overpowered and handed over to police.

He is under further investigation with Lahore Police.

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45 ISIS militants die after eating ‘poisoned’ iftar meal Wed, 08 Jul 2015 12:58:42 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISIS iftarAccording to reports, at least 45 militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group were killed after breaking their Ramadan fast with a poisoned meal.

The incident took place in Mosul Iraq where around 145 militants had gathered for the Iftar meal.

A spokesman for the Kurdish Democratic Party said only 100 ISIS militants walked away alive and it is yet not clear whether the militants were deliberately poisoned or they suffered from food poisoning.

Mosul is the largest city in the group’s self-declared caliphate and was captured by ISIS militants in June last year.

This comes as several ISIS militants were killed in a similar incident in Syria last year after Free Syrian Army militants infiltrated their base and poisoned their lunches.

Around 1,200 ISIS militants were reportedly stationed in the camp when Free Syrian Army poisoned their food while posing as chefs.

In the meantime, images have emerged throughout Ramadan showing ISIS extremists sitting down to lavish meals while those living under its brutal regime starve, according to the MailOnline.

Undercover footage from the terror group’s adopted capital of Raqqa in Syria showed hundreds of young boys and burqa-clad women queuing for food and water in the blistering heat.

It was shared by anti-ISIS activists Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently alongside the caption, ‘the second day of Ramadan’ – the holy month when Muslims do not eat or drink from dawn until the sun has set.

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Daesh kidnaps more than 100 school children for terrorist training in Iraq’s Mosul Tue, 07 Jul 2015 10:41:58 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISIS

The terrorist group of Islamic State or Daesh has kidnapped more than 100 school children from Mosul city of Iraq for training them to become terrorists.

Local media reports suggest that the school kids aging between 10-15 years were recently collected from different schools of Mosul city.

Sayed Mamuzini, spokesman for Iraq’s Kurdistan Democrat Party says that the 111 school children have been transferred to the Daesh educational and military training centers for brainwashing and giving them the training of terrorist activities.

According to the Kurdish official, Daesh has abducted 1,420 children since the capture of the country’s second city over a year ago and forcefully trained them for terrorist operations.

Mamuzini also said that Daesh recently had militarily-trained children execute 15 of the group’s fighters who were allegedly the reason of a defeat in Bashiqa town northeast of Mosul

The group had earlier abducted up to 500 school children from Al-Anbar and Diyala province.

According to reports and photos released by Daesh, the terrorist group has setup several military training centers in Iraq and Syria for training children to become terrorists.

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School blown up with explosives in Pakistan’s Bajaur Agency Tue, 07 Jul 2015 06:23:03 +0000 Read the full article...]]> schoolUnidentified gunmen have blown up a government boys school in Bajawar tribal agency of Pakistan.

Reports suggest that the culprits had placed explosive materials around the building of the government boys school in Kharai Kamangara area and detonated it with a remote control on Monday night.

The building of the school is almost destroyed due to the explosions and several copies of school books and documents burned in its fire.

Sayed Gul, head of the education department in Bajauar agency has expressed concern over the attacks on schools.

He told Radio Azadi that 109 schools have been blown up by armed men in Bajaur agency since the attacks on schools begin in 2007, adding that it has badly damaged the education system in this agency.

Bajaur tribal agency of Pakistan shares a 52 kilometers long border with Afghanistan’s Kunar province where several militant groups including Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) operate.

The militant groups on occasional bases also cross border into Afghanistan for terrorist activities.

Several schools and school teachers have been unanimously targeted by armed men in Kunar province in the past.

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Landmine explosion kills three Pakistani soldiers in North Waziristan Sun, 05 Jul 2015 11:46:01 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan5Three Pakistani soldiers have been killed in a landmine explosion in North Waziristan tribal built.

Security officials say a military convoy was passing through Bannu area when a landmine exploded on one of its vehicles on Sunday.

The explosion destroyed the vehicle and left three soldiers killed and six others wounded.

Those wounded have been shifted to a near by hospital for treatment.

According to officials the bomb was detonated from a larger distance through a remote control.

This comes as Pakistan is on its final stages of winding up its military operation Zarb-i-Azab which started about a year before in North Waziristan.

The operation started in June last year after peace talks with Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) failed and a deadly militant attack conducted on Karachi International Airport that left around 30 people killed.

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Indian girl commits suicide after parents failed to build toilet at home Sat, 04 Jul 2015 18:27:38 +0000 Read the full article...]]> girl commits suicide in India toilet issueA girl committed suicide in India after her parents turned down her request to build a toilet in their house, it has been reported.

The incident took place in Jharkhand’s Dumka district with reports suggesting the parents of the 17-year-old girl were looking to save money for her marriage.

Police officials have said the girl was found hanging from the ceiling of her room by family members.

The victim has been identified as Khushboo Kumari who was a first year BA student in AN College and was embarrassed to have to go out to the fields for daily ablutions.

India’s congress leader Digvijay Singh called on nation to wake up and build toilets on priority following the incident.

“A girl in Jharkhand committed suicide as her parents refused to build toilet ! India as a Nation must wake up and build toilets on priority,” Singh said through an online message posted on his Twitter account.

According to reports, Jharkhand’s rural areas has the country’s highest rate of open defecation and around 92.4 percent people in the state do not have toilets.

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Pakistan took the wreckage of a drone into custody after it crashed near Indian border Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:53:25 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Drone crashed in PakistanPakistan took the wreckage of a drone into custody after it crashed near Indian border.

Pakistan has taken the wreckage of a drone into custody after it crashed near the Indian border in Narowal District of Punjab province.

According to Pakistani media the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) crashed near Sakho village in Shakargarh around 01:30 PM on Friday.

Local villagers have told media that a huge sound was heard at the time of the crash.

Upon receiving information Pakistan’s security forces arrived at the area and took the wreckage into custody.

Pakistan had not declared what country the drone belong to by the time this report was filed.

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Islamabad summoned Afghan ambassador over alleged arrest of Pakistani diplomat in Afghanistan Fri, 03 Jul 2015 11:23:10 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Janan MosazaiPakistan’s foreign ministry summoned Afghan ambassador Janan Mosazai on Friday over alleged arrest of a Pakistani diplomat in Afghanistan.

According to Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry, an official of Pakistan’s Consulate General in Kandahar was arrested and after efforts he was handed over to Pakistan’s embassy in Kabul.

“As a result of the strenuous efforts made by the Embassy of Pakistan in Kabul and the ministry, the detained official was handed over to the Embassy of Pakistan in Kabul late last evening,” a statement issued by Pakistan’s foreign ministry stated.

Pakistani officials also protested to Afghan ambassador the recent cross-border shelling on the joint border in Paktika province.

Pakistan’s The Express Tribune news states that Afghan ambassador assured Pakistani officials that he would convey the concerns to the higher authorities in Kabul.

It comes after the Foreign Ministry in Kabul summoned Pakistan’s ambassador Abrar Hussain over the incident.

Late on Tuesday night, Afghan and Pakistani forces exchanged fire on the joint border in Barmal District of Paktika province.

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Interior stated that the Pakistani side was trying to establish military installations inside Afghan territory which sparked the skirmish.

Sediqi Sediqi, spokesman for the interior ministry said that one Afghan soldier embraced martyrdom in the clash.

According to Pakistani Army’s media wing, ISPR, two Pakistani soldiers also sustained injuries in the skirmish.

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Robot kills man in Germany Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:55:00 +0000 Read the full article...]]> auto_factory_robots_apA robot has killed a man at one of the Germany’s Volkswagen production plants, officials said on Wednesday.

Reports suggest that the 22-year-old man was crushed against a metal plate by the robot.

Heiko Hillwig, spokesman for VW said that the man was part of a team that was setting up the stationary robot at the production plant in Baunatal, about 100 kilometers away from the capital city Frankfurt.

He said the robot grabbed the man and crashed him against a metal plate after which he died on Monday.

Hillwing insisted that the robot did not suffer a technical issue and that the initial investigation revealed human error behind the tragic incident.

Another contractor was present when the incident took place but he survived unharmed.

According to Hillwinng the robot was programmed to perform various tasks in the assembly process of the Auto parts.

As further investigation is underway, DPA the German news agency reports that the prosecutors are mulling  charges over the death but they still haven’t been able to figure out whom to charge.

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Three Afghans detained on terrorism charges in Morocco Thu, 02 Jul 2015 06:07:24 +0000 Read the full article...]]> MorocoMorocco’s Ministry of Interior announced on Wednesday that three Afghans who were using falsified Pakistani passports to reach out to Denmark through Morocco have been arrested by police at Marrakech Menara International Airport.

The Ministry of Interior further states that the detainees were carrying letters “with jihadist content,” on them.

It further states that by arresting the group an “international migration network” designed to feed Jihadists is also exposed.

According to Morocco World News, the three terrorist suspects have been put under the watch of Prosecutor General of Marrakech who would later be transferred to Rabat city for further questioning.

Afghan government has not yet commented on the report.

Mohammad Hassad, the Interior Minister of Morocco has said that his country’s police have uncovered 27 terrorist cells between 2013 and 2015 out of which 14 were dismantled only in 2014.

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Sediqi: Eight Pakistani soldiers killed in clash with Afghan forces after violating border in Paktika Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:44:11 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan border

Pakistan once again violated border in Afghanistan’s Paktika province, prompting deadly clash with Afghan forces.

Officials say eight Pakistani soldiers were killed in a clash with Afghan forces during a clash erupted after border violation in Paktika province.

Spokesmen from the three security agencies of Afghanistan, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Defense and National Directorate of Security (NDS) told a news conference in Kabul that the skirmish occurred in Barmal District late last night.

Sediq Sediqi, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior said that Pakistani soldiers wanted to establish military installations inside Afghanistan but Afghan forces attempted to prevent them from border violation.

He added that the dispute was followed by a deadly clash between the two sides leaving eight Pakistani soldiers killed.

The spokesman said that one Afghan soldier also embraced martyrdom while defending his country.

This is not the first time Pakistan tried to violate border and occupy Afghan land. In several occasions they have tried to establish their military installations inside Afghan territory but Afghan forces have prevented them.

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Former ISI Chief: Osama bin Laden died a natural death in 2005 Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:50:32 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Gen-Hamid-GulThe former chief of Pakistan’s spy agency Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt. General (retd) Hameed Gul claims that Osama bin Laden was not killed by U.S. Navy Seal in Abbotabad.

He has told a renowned Pakistani journalist Saleem Safi that the founder and former leader of Al-Qaeda died because a natural death in 2005.

“In my opinion Osama was not there (Abbottabad). He died a natural death in 2005,” he told Safi during an interview for Geo News.

The news comes about fours years after U.S. reported that its Navy SEAL killed the Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a raid on his compound in the garrison city of Abbotabad in Pakistan.

U.S. military said that after the killing bin Laden’s body was flown to Afghanistan for identification and then burried in sea withen 24 hours.

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Pakistan rejects allegations of involvement in attack on Afghan Parliament Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:06:35 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan sPakistan has rejected the allegations that its intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was involved in recent attack on Afghan Parliament in Kabul.

Qazi Khalilullah, spokesman for Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said that Pakistan is a well-wisher of Afghanistan and committed to its good neighborly relations.

“Pakistan is a well-wisher of Afghanistan and we are committed to good neighborly relations and commitment to our relations with Afghanistan,” he told media on Thursday.

Afghanistan’s spy agency the National Directorate of Security (NDS) had stated that Monday’s attack on Afghan Parliament was orchestrated together by Pakistan’s ISI and Haqani terrorist network in Peshawar city, the provincial capital of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Haseeb Sediqi, NDS spokesman on Wednesday said that Mawlawi Shireen the military commander of Haqani Network masterminded the attack and Bilal who is an officer of Pakistan’s ISI provided financial and logistical support for it. He further said 7.5 Pakistani Rupees were spent on the attack.

The attack which was winded up by an Afghan National Army soldier alone took place on Monday morning when the nominated defense minister Masoum Stanikzai was about to show up at the parliament session.

One attacker carried out a suicide car bomb detonation at the gate of the parliament and other militants planned to enter to the parliament.

An Afghan National Army officer took the position and killed six militants one by one as they were showing up at the entrance.

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Pakistan heat wave death toll climbs to 1,000 Thu, 25 Jun 2015 10:11:50 +0000 Read the full article...]]> KARACHI, PAKISTAN - JUNE 24: Pakistani men carryrelatives shift a heatstroke victim to a hospital in Karachi, Pakistan on June 24, 2015. More than 1,000 people have been killed over five days by a searing heatwave in Pakistan, with the worst effects in the country's commercial capital Karachi. (Photo by Sabir Mazhar /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)


The death toll from heat wave in Pakistan’s Sindh province has claimed to 1,000 since Saturday.

More than 300 deaths were rerecorded on Tuesday alone and 229 others on Wednesday.

The hard hit area in Sindh province is its provincial capital Karachi where 950 deaths have been recorded and dozens of others in other parts of the province.

Pakistan’s Dawn news agency quoting an unnamed official as saying that over 40,000 people had suffered from the harsh weather in Sindh province out of which more than 10,000 have lost their lives.

“More than 1,000 of the 40,000 heatstroke victims have died since Saturday evening, of which 950 deaths were reported in Karachi alone,” The official is quoted as saying.

The news agency further states that the weather condition in the province is getting better and that the number of the fatalities is also going down.

In the meantime, Pakistan’s Met department forecast sandstorm for Karachi today.

Dr. Mohammad Hanif from Met department has said that the sandstorm is expected in the evening.

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Russia very concerned over militants influence in Afghanistan Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:19:17 +0000 Read the full article...]]> putinRussian President Vladimir Putin has expressed serious concern over the influence of the militant groups in Afghanistan.

Putin in a meeting with Afghanistan’s former president Hamid Karzai has said that the sharp rise in Taliban attacks after NATO ended its combat role and that activities of the so-called Islamic State group are more worrying.

“We are witnessing processes that cause serious concern…Taliban is actively spreading its influence, controlling a large part of [Afghan] territory, many border crossing points. What is more worrying, however, is the fact that the so-called Islamic State organization is working more and more actively in Afghanistan, feeling more comfortable there,” Putin said.

Putin has also said that the Islamic State, Daesh, is currently operating in 25 provinces of Afghanistan out of 34.

Afghanistan’s ex-president Hamid Karzai has also said that the Islamic State or Daesh is not only a serious threat for Afghanistan but for the entire region.

Fighters operating under the name of Daesh in Afghanistan are said to be the former members of the Taliban group who not only have separated ways with Taliban.

But some analyzers believe Daesh could be proved more dangerous than Taliban since they have already adopted the brutal ways of killing from their affiliates in Iraq and Syria.

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White House praised Afghan security forces for professionally responding to recent Kabul attack Wed, 24 Jun 2015 06:57:56 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Principal Deputy White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks to the media during his last briefing before taking over as press secretary, Friday, June 20, 2014, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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The White House has praised Afghan National Security Forces for professionally quelling the recent terrorist attack on Afghan Parliament.

Josh Earnest, White House spokesman said that Afghan security forces limited the lose of a very dangerous attack.

He said that suppressing the attack in a very short spin of time indicates improvement of the capacity and ability of Afghan security forces.

Citing the attack on Parliament, Earnest said that the attack indicates that Taliban militants are still able to carry out precise attacks.

The Taliban attack on Afghan Parliament took place on Monday.

It began with a suicide car bomb detonation at the front gate of the parliament and later a group of militants armed with heavy and light weapons started shooting at the parliament.

But Afghan security forces were able to quell the attack in less than an hour. One Afghan soldier killed six militants who were trying to enter to the parliament and more likely carry out a carnage inside.

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Devastating heat waves kill 140 people in Sindh, Pakistan Mon, 22 Jun 2015 05:34:09 +0000 Read the full article...]]> PakistanDevastating heat waves have claimed at least 140 lives in Sindh province of Pakistan.

Most of them lost lives in Karachi, the provincial capital and the largest city in Pakistan, where the temperature had reached to 44.8 degrees Celsius on Saturday. According to CNN, this is the highest temperature recorded in the country in past 15 years.

Doctors at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC) in Karachi say that because of the heat strokes 85 people were brought in either dead or died in the hospital.

“Thirty people were brought dead while another 55, who were in critical condition, died in the hospital during treatment,” Dr Seemin Jamali, joint executive director of JPMC, told Pakistan’s Dawn news agency.

Jamali says that the patients were brought into the hospital with severe fever and in unconscious condition.

“They were brought to the hospital unconscious, suffering from high grade fever with pulse hardly visible and blood pressure barely noticeable,” the official is further quoted by Dawn.

Dozens of others were announced dead at other hospitals in the province.

As the heat waves will continue for the coming few days and doctors at JPMC say that more patients are coming in, the death toll is feared to rise.

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One person killed, 16 wounded after gunmen opened fire at block parties in U.S. Sun, 21 Jun 2015 04:29:10 +0000 Read the full article...]]> us

One person was killed and 16 other wounded after gunmen opened fire at block parties in the US states of Michigan and Pennsylvani on Saturday night.

The first incident took place in Detroit city of Michigan where one person was killed and nine others wounded.

Asst. Police Chief Steve Dolunt confirmed the incident. He said a 20-year-old man was killed and nine others wounded, one is announced to be in critical condition.

The second incident took place at around 10 pm, about an hour later from the first incident, in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania state.

A man carrying a shotgun opened fire at a block party leaving seven people critically wounded.

Lt. John Walker, a police officer in the city said that it looks like the gunman randomly fire at any in the way.

“It was just a terrible situation,” Lt. Walker said.

Two children aging 2 a 10 were among the victims of the incident. The other victims are between 15 to 25 years of age.

No further details had been released by the time this report was filed.

These attacks come three days after a gunmen killed nine people in a black church in the U.S. state of Carolina.

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Pakistan starts registering unregistered Afghan refugees next month Sat, 20 Jun 2015 06:36:48 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghan refugees

The registration of unregistered Afghan refugees in Pakistan is scheduled to begin on 25 July and expected to complete by January 2016.

Currently there are approximately 10,00000 Afghan refugees, most of them in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, who do not have proper documentation to stay in Pakistan.

The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) in Pakistan has been tasked to complete the registration in six months after it starts on 25 July but this period can be extended if the number of unregistered Afghan refugees proceed the estimated 10,00000.

NADRA will set up 21 registration centers across Pakistan with 11 only in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where the majority of Afghan refugees live. After the registration completes the newly registered Afghan refugees will receive refugee cards in about a month and a half.

Pakistan warn if Afghan refugees do not register during this period they will be dealt with according to the law.

Pakistan is also housing about 16,00000 registered Afghan refugees that are issued the necessary documentation legalizing their stay in Pakistan.

Pakistan first started registering Afghan refugees in 2006 when they were given legal status to reside in Pakistan for three years but these cards were renewed in 2012 and 2014. Their renewed cards will expire in December this year.

However, a meeting is expected to take place among Afghanistan, Pakistan and UNHCR to discuss the fate of these refugees since their cards are going to be expired after six months.

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China bans Ramazan fasting in Xinjiang “Muslim-dominated region” Thu, 18 Jun 2015 10:31:24 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ChinaChina has banned Ramazan fasting in its Uighur Muslim-dominated region of Xinjiang.

Authorities have issued a notice to students, teachers and civil servants in Xinjiang region not to practice fasting during the month of Ramazan.

Restaurants have also received orders to remain open as normal.

“Food service workplaces will operate normal hours during Ramadan,” a notice posted on the website of Food and Drug Administration in Jinghe County stated last week.

Bole County Muslims are told not to engage in fasting during the month of Ramazan.

“During Ramadan do not engage in fasting, vigils or other religious activities,” another post reading on a local government website.

Rights Groups in the region of Uighur criticizing the restrictions say it adds up to the ethnic tension that leave hundreds of people killed every year.

Dilxat Rexit, a spokesman for the exiled World Uyghur Congress says that such will only lead to instability in the region. “Policies that prohibit religious fasting is a provocation and will only lead to instability and conflict,” he said.

China’s restrictions on Muslim religious practices have been widely condemned by Rights Groups.

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9 killed at U.S. church shooting Thu, 18 Jun 2015 04:23:18 +0000 Read the full article...]]> usSeveral people have been killed and wounded in a shooting spree in the U.S. state of Carolina.

The suspect is believed to be between 20 to 21 years old white man who opened fire at the prayers at the historic black church of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in the city of Charleston, south Carolina around 9pm Wednesday evening.

Officials close to the investigation say the attack left several fatalities inside the church and some of the dead bodies were not yet identified.

A man matching the description of the suspect has been taken into custody.

“Apparently the person just entered the church and opened fire. That part has not been fully articulated on what happened yet … they are still looking for the suspect,” a local pastor Thomas Dixon is quoted by CNN as saying.

Police confirmed the death of nine people in the incident.

At the evening of every Wednesday, heavy crowd gather at the historic church, that played an important part in South Carolina’s history including the slavery era and the civil rights movement, to attend the Bible study in its basement.

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Former Turkish President Suleyman Demirel dies at 90 Wed, 17 Jun 2015 05:42:55 +0000 Read the full article...]]> TurkFormer Turkish President Suleyman Demirel, who was twice toppled by the military during seven stints at the head of government died early on Wednesday, hospital and Turkish media reported.

Aylin Cesur his personal doctor announced the death of Demirel at the hospital. He said “Our respected president who has left indelible traces from the water we drink, to the electricity we use, from the schools we study at, to these hospitals, the damns and the airports has passed away,”

Suleman Demirel was born to a farming family in the western Isparta province of Turkey in November 1924 and breathed last at the 90 at Guven Hospital in Ankara where he was undergoing treatment for a respiratory tract infection.

Demirel began his political career after the 1960 military coup that deposed the government of Adnan Menderes. Menderes was later executed along with two of his cabinet members.

Demirel served seven times as the Prime Minister of Turkey from 1960s to 1990s and was President from 1993 to 2000.

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10-year-old boy fined PKR 700,000 over extra-marital affair in Pakistan Tue, 16 Jun 2015 17:38:42 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan jirgaA 10-year-old boy was fined PKR 700,000 by a tribal court (jirga) after he was convicted of having an ‘extra-marital affair’ with a girl.

The youngster was reportedly tried by the tribal court after his alleged affair with the girl between two communities known as Bakhrani and Banglani.

According to a report by Pakistan’s Dawn News, the trial of the youngster, identified as Taimoor Banglani, was held in in Nihal Bakhrani village near Tangwani town of Kandhkot-Kashmore district.

Headed by a tribal elder, Jehangir Banglani, the special tribunal convicted the youngster of of having an extramarital affair with a girl belonging to a Bakhrani family.

The penalty was awarded after the tribal elder, along with his aides, heard arguments from both sides following the submission of the issue by the aggrieved side to the special tribunal.

The Banglani family was ordered to pay a fine of Rs700,000, the report said, adding that the guilty side paid Rs50,000 on the spot and undertook to pay off the remaining fine money within three months.

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Iran launches official dating website to encourage millions of singles to marry Mon, 15 Jun 2015 19:00:28 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Iran dating websiteAmid fears that the birth rates could fall, the government of Iran has launched an official dating website in a bid to encourage millions of singles to marry.

Speaking during a ceremony to launch the website, Iran’s deputy minister of youth affairs and sports, Mahmoud Golzari, said “We have high demand for marriage and 11 million bachelors who are increasing every day.”

Gulzari further added “This is a significant issue for the ruling system.”

The website will be monitored by a board of mediators who will match the applicants, taking into account criteria such as background, age, education and wealth.

“The matchmaking website you are seeing today is not a website for introducing boys and girls to each other,” Gulzari said, adding that the website was not a dating portal.

Iran’s population is estimated to be around 80 million and the officials fear that that an aging population could one day overwhelm its social programs.

This comes as the authorities managed to curb population growth earlier by implementing successful policies, but the government is encouraging young people to marry and have more children now.

The government has also stopped providing free contraception and funding vasectomies, while state-sanctioned sermons have encouraged larger families.

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Senior Al-Qaeda commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar killed in U.S. airstrike in Libya Mon, 15 Jun 2015 06:54:16 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Mokhtar-Belmokhtar_2973061kSenior Al-Qaeda commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar killed in U.S. airstrike in Libya

A top Al-Qaeda leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar linked to the deadly terrorist attack that left  38 foreign hostages including three Americans killed in Algeria in 2013, has been targeted in a U.S. airstrike in Libya.

The recognized government in Libya issued a statement Sunday night stating that Mokhtar Belmokhtar along with a number of Libyan militants were killed in a U.S. airstrike in the eastern part of the country.

“The Libyan government announces that American planes undertook action that resulted in the death of the wanted terrorist Mokhtar Belmokhtar and a number of Libyans belonging to one of the terrorist groups in Eastern Libya, after consultation with the Libyan interim government to take action on terrorist leadership present on Libyan soil,” the statement stated.

Colonel Steven H. Warren, a Defense Department spokesman said in a statement: “I can confirm that the target of last night’s counter terrorism strike in Libya was Mokhtar Belmokhtar.
“Belmokhtar has a long history of leading terrorist activities as a member of AQIM, is the operational leader of the Al Qaeda-associated Al Murabitoun organization in northwest Africa, and maintains his personal allegiance to Al-Qaeda.
“Belmokhtar directed the 2013 attacks at In-Amenas in Algeria that resulted in the deaths of at least 38 individuals from 10 countries, including three Americans, and poses a continuing threat to U.S. persons.
“The strike was carried out by U.S. aircraft. We are continuing to assess the results of the operation and will provide more details as appropriate.”

The United States had announced $5m bounty on his head.

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Pakistan vows to either arrest or eliminate TTP leadership as military operation is about to end in North Waziristan Sun, 14 Jun 2015 08:49:21 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Asim BajwaPakistan has vowed to either arrest or eliminate the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leaders as the military operation Zarb-i-Azab is about to end in North Waziristan.

Major General Asim Bajwa from Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Pakistani military’s media wing, says that only few of the militant hideouts along the border with Afghanistan are remaining which will be destroyed in these last steps of the operation.

“The operation has moved to last few pockets close to Pakistan, Afghanistan border and so far 2,763 terrorists have been killed,” Major General Bajwa said.

Talking to Pakistan’s ARY News, Major General Bajwa said that the leadership of TTP is hiding inside Afghanistan, noting that it would be either be arrested or eliminated.

“It’s now no more easy for militants to carry out foul plays,” he said.

Pakistan began an large-scale military operation after peace talks with TTP failed about a year ago in North Waziristan.

Pakistan claim to have killed 2,763 militants during the military operation Zarb-i-Azab. However, the claim could not be independently verified as the mountainous areas are off-limits to media representatives.

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Undeclared Division of Syria Sun, 14 Jun 2015 07:13:11 +0000 Read the full article...]]> By Manish Rai

Weakened by years of war, Syria’s government appears ready for the country’s de facto partition, defending strategically important areas and leaving much of the country to rebels and jihadists.


The strategy was in evidence recently with the Syrian army’s retreat from the ancient central city of Palmyra after an advance by the Islamic State group. It seemed that the division of Syria is inevitable or it’s actually has happened. What is happening is not only the end of Bashar al-Assad regime but the demise of Syria. Not only is Assad’s fate hard to predict; it is also unclear whether Syria will live to celebrate its 100th birthday in 1918. Assad’s shift to a defensive posture, and his apparent willingness to break up Syria, may be attributed to the dwindling forces available to the regime. Under a divided Syria, Damascus government plans to devote its military resources to defending the strategically important territory and core area under its control. The consistent advances of extremist organizations in Syria have now pushed embattled President Bashar Al Assad to the point where military pressure on his regime is the heaviest since the beginning of the civil war, four years ago. The Syrian army today has become a praetorian guard that is charged with protecting the regime’s strongholds and not the whole country.

 The regime wants to control the coast, the two central cities of Hama and Homs and the capital Damascus and may be major portion of once a commercial hub of Syria Aleppo. The red lines for the authorities are the Damascus-Beirut highway and the Damascus-Homs highway, as well as the coast, with cities like Latakia and Tartus. Syria essentially breaks up into a set of de facto mini-states:-

1) Alawite state, run by the Assad regime and defended by the Syrian army and its National Defence Force militias, would emerge on the Mediterranean coast with control of Damascus; it also would likely control a corridor from Damascus to the Alawite provinces on the Mediterranean coast, perhaps including parts or all of the cities of Homs and Hama.

2) A Kurdish state let would emerge in the far northeast. Defended by Kurdish militias.

3) Moderate Sunni Islamist entity would control much of southern Syria, including some of the eastern Damascus suburbs and most of the area between Damascus and the Golan Heights. This entity would also control parts of the area along the Lebanese border and most of Homs province. This may be run by moderate rebels.

4) Salafi-jihadist emirate, run by ISIS (with some areas controlled by the al Qaeda–affiliated al-Nusrah Front), would occupy most of northern Syria (including eastern parts of Aleppo) and virtually all of Ar Raqqah and Dayr Az Zawr provinces in eastern Syria.

 Let’s see the division of Syria according to its demography. Syria’s 22 million people today (many of whom have become refugees in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon), are a collection of communities under the control of armed militias. The majority of Syrians, about 12 million (60 percent of Syria), are Sunni Muslims and still subject to the rule of Assad. But from among them arose the main rebel groups led by the Nusra Front and Islamic State which are aiming to establish an Islamic government based on the version of the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria. Another Sunni Muslim community, some two million Kurds, are concentrated in north-eastern Syria, where they fight against the rebels of the Islamic State. The Alawites, who originate from Shia Islam, make up three million people and are concentrated in northwest Syria and coast. Its members, form the backbone of the Syrian army and government backed militias are staunch supporters of Assad regime since the ascension of Hafez al-Assad 45 years ago. Their Shiite background ties them to the Shiite regional power, Iran, and the Shiite community in Lebanon – that country’s largest. The control by Assad and his Alawites also relies on other minority communities, namely the Christians (nearly three million), and close to one million Druze who are concentrated in southern Syria. Syria, then, is being distributed among the various players. The Alawite regime gets the northern coastal strip with connections to its allies, the Shiites and Hezbollah in Lebanon; the Kurds get an independent entity in the northeast, with connections to the Kurdish communities in Iraq and Turkey; the Druze in the south get a measure of autonomy; the Christians are leaving the country in growing numbers.

 We have to recognize that Syria is now a broken, fragmented, divided state. It is going to a very long time and a hell of a job for Syrians to put their country back together, even if Assad goes. Syria must be preserved so that it can once again be a state for all of its citizens, however distant that prospect. In terms of sheer devastation, Syria today is worse off than Germany at the end of World War II. An UN-backed treaty similar to the Taif Agreement that ended Lebanon’s civil war could be way to again reunite the Syria. In this type of arrangement meditated by the United Nations. A democratic form of government should have representations from Syria’s many communities and preoccupied with its own internal security and national character.


(Author is a columnist for Middle-East and Af-Pak region and Editor of geo-political news agency Views Around can be reached at

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Pakistan halting executions for Ramazan Sun, 14 Jun 2015 04:23:17 +0000 Read the full article...]]> hangingPakistan has decided to halt executing death row convicts during the holy month of Ramazan.

In Pakistan a directive has been issued to all provincial administrations demanding officials not to hang any one for 30 days beginning with the start of the holy month of Ramazan.

Provincial officials have been also directed not to hang anyone during public holidays of Eid and Youm-e-Ashura.

A senior officials from the Ministry of Interior says that this is tradition in Pakistan not to hang death row convicts during Ramazan, Eid and Youm-e-Ashura.

“It’s part of our Islamic tradition that we never hang prisoners in the aforesaid days. We do not issue notifications, but the tradition is observed in Ramazan and other public holidays,” the unnamed official is quoted by Pakistan’s The Express Tribune media outlet as saying.

Pakistan lifted the death penalty on convicted criminals in the after month of a deadly militant attack on a military-run school in Peshawar that left at least 141 people killed and over 130 others wounded, most of them school children late last year.

Since the moratorium was lifted, Pakistan has executed at least 152 death row convicts. The executions have been international condemned.

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ISIS and Pakistan flags waved in capital of India’s Jammu and Kashmir Sat, 13 Jun 2015 10:08:05 +0000 Read the full article...]]> isis flag in Indian KashmirThe black flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group was waved along with the Pakistani flag in Srinagar, the capital city of India’s Jammu and Kashmir.

According to reports, the flags were waved by some youths during a protest rally in the old city on Friday afternoon.

Reports from Kupwara in north Kashmir said Pakistani flags were hoisted at some places there too after the Friday prayers, according to the sources quoted by Indian Express newspaper.

Youths waving ISIS flags during the protests have been rare and this is the first time ISIS flags were hoisted in this year. Earlier, the Indian army said ISIS flags were hoisted at “five instances” in the last year in the valley .

“Last year, there were five instances when we saw the flags (IS) on display at different places, on four occasions in Srinagar and one occasion at Shopian,” General Officer Commanding (GoC), 15 Corps, Lt Gen. Subrata Saha had said.

According to the eyewitnesses in the area, clashes also broke out between the security forces and protesters soon after the Friday prayers ended at Jamia Masjid in the old city.

SSP Srinagar Amit Kumar, said “Yes, a flag was hoisted by some youth inside the premises of Jamia Masjid and we are checking the video footage to identify which flag it was.”

“The youth who waved the flag immediately left the spot. We have registered an FIR and are investigating,” Kumar added.

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Non-security related incidents claimed 28 lives in India, over 100 others hospitalized Sat, 13 Jun 2015 07:28:04 +0000 Read the full article...]]> INDIA-CRASH28 people have been killed and over 100 others wounded in two separate non-security incidents in India.

22 people were killed when a passenger bus veered of the road and plunged into a river in the southeastern part of the country earlier on Saturday morning.

“a group of people were returning from Tirupati after visiting the temple. The vehicle driver appeared to have lost control and hit a wall of the bridge and fell off into Gaodavari River,” an unnamed police officer is quoted by India’s Press Trust of India.

Women and children are among those killed. Only a 12-year-old boy has survived in the accident who was hospitalized for care.

Also, five people died and over 100 others hospitalized after a leakage happened in a tanker of ammonia gas in India’s Punjab province this morning.

Officials say those killed had inhaled large amount of the hazardous gas but those hospitalized have been complaining breath problems.

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Expulsion of Save the Children: U.S. concerned over aid activities in Pakistan Sat, 13 Jun 2015 06:23:59 +0000 Read the full article...]]> PakistanThe United States has expressed concern over the aid activities in Pakistan after the country’s government shut down office of the Save the Children, an aid organization serving in Pakistan for the past 35 years.

American officials say that several international aid organizations had expressed difficulties during their operation in Pakistan before Save the Children was ordered to leave.

John Kirby, spokesman for the State Department is quoted by AFP as saying that such moves will have negative impacts on international efforts in Pakistan. “This has had a significant negative impact on international partner efforts to support government of Pakistan priorities,” he is quoted as saying.

However, Pakistani officials claim that some of the non-governmental organizations are working against the national interests of Pakistan.

Chaudry Nisar Ali Khan, Interior Minister of Pakistan says that any NGO acting against the national interests of Pakistan would not be allowed to continue operating in his country.

In the meantime, Rehman Malik the former Interior Minister of Pakistan says that there are two embassies in Pakistan who are tapping phone calls. However, Malik did not mention any countries name while talking to Senate Standing Committee on Interior on Friday.

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Armed teacher accidentally kills student in Pakistan Fri, 12 Jun 2015 15:20:19 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistani teacherAn armed teacher in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province has accidentally killed his student in a school where teachers are given weapons to fight with militants in case of attack until security forces arrive.

Maaz Ali a 12 year-old student of a private school in Mangora area of Swat District was walking through the corridor of the school when his teacher unintentionally pulled the trigger and shot him dead on Thursday.

Police said Majid Rahim the teacher was cleaning his firearm in the staffroom when he accidentally pulled the trigger and killed Maaz Ali who was passing in front of the weapon.

Nasir Bacha, a police officer said “We have taken the accused, Majid Rahim, into custody and a case is being lodged against him for unintentional murder.”

This is the first incident of accidental killing of a student by a teacher in Pakistan after schoolteachers were issued weapons and given required training to assist in saving students in case of militant attack until security forces arrive.

The decision was taken after a deadly attack at a military-run school in Peshawar that left at least 141 people dead and more than 130 wounded, most of them school children in December last year.

However, the decision of arming teachers has been widely criticized in Pakistan. Critics say that keeping more guns in schools would not reduce but will increase risk for students.

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Osama Bin Laden’s porn collection will remain classified: CIA Fri, 12 Jun 2015 14:47:45 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Osama bin LadenThe external intelligence service of the U.S. Government – Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has rejected to disclose information on former al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden’s pornographic collection.

David Covucci, blogger for BroBible, filed a Freedom of Information Act request to the CIA to try and get his hands on the pornographic collection after it was reported that bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad contained a “fairly extensive” stash of naughty goods.

The Reuters news agency reported back in 2011 that officials were unsure about the precise location where the material was found or who might have been viewing it. But the stash consisted of “modern electronically recorded video.”

In response to BroBile blogger’s response, CIA wrote “With regard to the pornographic material Osama bin Laden had in his possession at the time of his death, responsive records, should they exist, would be contained in operational files.”

“To the extent that this material exists, the CIA would be prohibited” by federal law, “from mailing obscene matter,” CIA’s information office Michael Lavergne went on to say.

The Freedom of Information Act, enacted in 1966, essentially allows any U.S. citizen to petition the government for official information.

Bin Laden was reportedly cut off from al-Qaeda at the time of his killing and was not running the terrorist group.

In an article for the London Review of Books, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Seymour Heresh, wrote earlier in May this year that Pakistanis had been essentially holding bin Laden captive at the Abbottabad compound for years and his location was disclosed by a Pakistani intelligence official who tipped off American operatives hoping to claim the $25million bounty on the terror leader – not from interrogation of an al-Qaeda courier.

He was shot dead during a raid conducted by US commandos in May 2011 in the garrison city of Abbottabad.

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UN peacekeepers ‘traded food and medicine for sex’ with Haitian women Thu, 11 Jun 2015 10:55:27 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Hundreds of Haitian women were forced by UN peacekeepers to have sex with them in return for food, according to a draft UN report.

The draft report has been prepared by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) also revealed around a third of those forced for ‘transactional sex’ were minors and under 18 years of age.

The report further adds that the women and children were paid with cash, jewellery, mobile phones and other items.

At least 4840 sexual exploitation and abuse claims were made between 2008 and 2013, according to the draft report citing hundreds of women surveyed in Haiti and Liberia who have said they had been motivated by hunger, poverty and lifestyle improvement to sell sex to UN peacekeepers.

The Associated Press (AP) news agency which has also obtained the document, says that 231 people in Haiti interviewed last year told they had had “transactional sex” with peacekeepers.

“In cases of non-payment, some women withheld the badges of peacekeepers and threatened to reveal their infidelity via social media,” according to AP citing the draft report.

The report which is expected to be released this month, says major challenges remain a decade after a ground-breaking UN report first tackled the issue.

The peacekeeping mission in Haiti was first authorized in 2004 and, as of the end of March, had more than 7,000 uniformed troops.

The United Nations currently has more than 125,000 troops, police and civilians deployed in 16 operations around the world.

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Four policemen gunned down in drive-by shooting in Pakistan’s Baluchistan Thu, 11 Jun 2015 09:06:41 +0000 Read the full article...]]> pakistani-police-jpg20150606135311Four policemen have been killed in a drive-by shooting in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province, officials said.

Security officials in Quetta say that the assailants used motorbikes in today’s attack.

Aitzaz Goraya, a senior police officer said that the attackers sprayed on a patrolling police vehicle and managed to escape from the area before other security personnel arrived at the site in Pashtoonabad area.

No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but a group of Baluch separatists have been fighting the government for autonomy.

This was second attack on police in Pakistan today.

A suicide attacker riding on motorbike targeted the vehicle of a senior police officer in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Hayatabad area this morning leaving a policeman killed on the spot and seven others including three policemen wounded. One policeman later succumbed to his injuries.

Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Suicide attack at senior police officer left one killed, seven wounded in Pakistan Thu, 11 Jun 2015 06:13:12 +0000 Read the full article...]]> PeshawarA suicide attacker targeted the vehicle of a senior police officer in Khyper Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan leaving one policeman killed and seven others wounded Thursday morning.

Security sources say that the suicide attacker was riding on a motorcycle who targeted the vehicle of  Hayatabad’s Phase five area Deputy Commandant of Frontier Reserve Police (FRP) Malik Tariq in Hayatabad’s Phase 5 area.

The vehicle was completely destroyed, one policeman was killed and including three policemen seven people sustained injuries who have been taken to Hayatabad Medical Complex in Peshawar for treatment.

Those wounded include Malik Tariq who is reported to be in critical condition along with another soldier.

Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in a statement has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Almost 600 bodies exhumed from a Daesh carnage site in Iraq Thu, 11 Jun 2015 05:40:56 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISIS carnageIraqi government has exhumed almost 600 bodies from an IS or Daesh carnage site near the city of Tikrit, 140 kilometers northwest of Baghdad.

It is believed that these people were executed in groups by the militants related to IS after they seized the Iraqi military training camp of Speicher in June 2014.

AFP news agency is quoting Mohammed al-Bayati, Iraq’s Human Rights Minister as saying that the remains of 597 were exhumed from this site.

“The remains of 597 Speicher martyrs have been exhumed,” Mohammad al-Bayati is quoted as telling reporters in Baghdad on Wednesday.

As per the picutres and footage released by the terrorist group and information released to media hundreds of unarmed young cadets were captured and massacred after the Spechier military base was seized by the militants in June 2014.

The photos and footage showed militants executing them in groups and some others were pushed into Tigris river.

Over 1,500 people mostly Shiites were executed by the militants which is worst massacre committed by Daesh.

The city of Tikrit was taken back from IS affiliates after about 10 months in April this year.

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Militants target Egypt’s ancient temple, two attackers killed Wed, 10 Jun 2015 11:26:17 +0000 Read the full article...]]> EgyptAt least three attackers armed with weapons and suicide vests targeted Karnak temple in Egypt’s ancient city of Luxor, about 300 miles south of Cairo on Wednesday. ancient

The country’s Interior Ministry said that two attackers were killed and another wounded in the failed “terrorist attack”.

MENA, a state-run news agency in Egypt said that the terrorists tried to reach out to a tourist bus but the security forces fired at them.

It said at least one attacker was able to break the barricades and blasted his explosives inside the temple.

Four people were reportedly wounded in the attack but they were not tourists.

Officials say those wounded comprised two Egyptian shop owners and two policemen.

No group had claimed responsibility for the attack until this report was filed but Ansar Bayt Al-Maqadas group that has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State has carried out several attacks in Egypt in the past.

Karnak temple in Luxor which is thousands of years old attracts millions of tourists every year.

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Fight between Pakistani suicide bombers results into blast leaving both dead Wed, 10 Jun 2015 10:12:02 +0000 Read the full article...]]> fight between pak suicide bombersTwo would-be suicide bombers were killed in an explosion in Pakistan with reports suggesting the blast was triggered due to a fight between the two men.

According to reports, the incident took place recently in the city of Sargodha in Punjab province near the Khayam Chowk roundabout.

Eyewitnesses in the are where the incident took place said the two men were having a conversation which quickly turned into an argument and then a fight.

Sargodha police’s Saqib Manan confirmed that two would-be suicide bombers were killed in a premature explosion but he said it was too early to make any further comments about the incident

Manan quoted by ARY News suggested divine intervention may have saved the city from a big loss. “The Almighty has saved the city from a big loss,” he said.

He also added that no one else was hurt during the incident and emergency services were called to the scene and the area was cordoned off.

Several suspects were also arrested following a raid by the security forces on homes of the two would-be suicide bombers.

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