Monday, 1 August 2016

Evening NEWS DIGEST
1 Aug. 2016: 26 Shawal 37:Vol:7, No:127
China contradicts NPT consensus by supplying nuclear reactors to Pakistan: Report
New Delhi:While China continues to hail the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT) as the cornerstone of global non-proliferation regime, Beijing itself has violated the consensus arrived at 2010 NPT review conference on supply of nuclear technology by transferring nuclear reactors to Pakistan.This observation on China's supply of nuclear reactors to Pakistan, a country which is not under IAEA safeguards, comes from Arms Control Association, one of leading authorities on nuclear weapons and disarmament, in its latest report assessing progress on non-proliferation.China has blocked India's membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) saying that participation of a non-NPT signatory in the group will weaken the international non-proliferation regime.The report says that the China's 2013 deal for the Chasma-3 reactor in Pakistan contradicts the consensus document of the 2010 NPT Review Conference, which "reaffirms that new supply arrangements" for the transfer of nuclear materials and technology should require that the recipient accept "IAEA full-scope safeguards and international legally-binding commitments not to acquire nuclear weapons". Islamabad has accepted neither. China's NSG membership since 2004 has not come in the way of its stated supply of as many as 6 reactors to Pakistan's Chasma nuclear power complex. Beijing claims to "grandfather" the reactors to an agreement reached with Pakistan in 2003 - before it became a member of NSG - even though, as the report says, that exception should have been applicable only to the first two Chasma reactors whose sale was completed before China joined NSG.It is widely held that in helping Pakistan with its nuclear energy programme, China has chosen to override NSG guidelines and shown no regard for the reservations expressed by its members who control international nuclear commerce.TOI
Resentment mounts against growing Chinese presence in PoK, Gilgit-Baltistan:ANI
Gilgit/Geneva: Anger is rising in Gilgit-Baltistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) over both Pakistan and China exploiting their resources in a reckless manner for selfish economic gain.The residents are strongly opposing the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as it has failed to provide any tangible benefits to them.China is investing over 40 billion dollars for its ambitious 3,000-km-long economic corridor+ that will link western China to southern Pakistan through a network of roads, railway lines and pipelines.The project is being touted as bringing about a spectacular socio-economic change in the region, but alienated residents currently feel that both China and Pakistan are past masters in lies and deceit, as before firming up the project, all stakeholders were not consulted."People want that at least they should be informed about the project, be taken into confidence so that they get to know what all benefits they will get from this project. We fear that this should not happen as if we sit idle and only count the number of trucks coming from China side and not benefit even a bit," said Abdul Rehman Bukhari.Pakistan, which suffers from a huge power crisis, draws its electricity mostly from Gilgit-Baltistan, but ironically none of the power projects have presence in the region - thus depriving Gilgit of potential royalties.
Rajnath's Pak visit: Hafiz Saeed warns of nationwide protest
Lahore: Accusing Rajnath Singh of being "responsible for the killings of innocent Kashmiris", Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed has warned of a countrywide protest in Pakistan by his outfit if the home minister arrives in Islamabad to attend the SAARC ministerial conference."I want to ask the Pakistani govt  will it add insult to injury to the wounds of Kashmiris by welcoming Rajnath who is responsible for the killings of innocent Kashmiris," he said in a statement here."It will be ironical as on the one hand the whole Pakistani nation is protesting against the Indian atrocities in Kashmir and on the other hand the Pakistani rulers will be garlanding Singh," said. Meanwhile, Hizbul Mujahideen supreme commander Syed Salahuddin asked PM  Nawaz Sharif to immediately recall its ambassador from New Delhi and "suspend trade and diplomatic ties" with India in the wake of ongoing unrest in the Valley that have left 49 people dead following Burhan Wani's killing.PTI
Sohrabuddin encounter: Supreme Court dismisses plea against clean chit to Amit Shah
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to permit social activist Harsh Mander to challenge BJP president Amit Shah's discharge in the Sohrabuddin encounter case.The Supreme Court said Harsh Mander has no locus standi to challenge Amit Shah's discharge in the case.The petition filed by social activist Harsh Mander had sought quashing of the December 30, 2014 order of a Mumbai sessions court giving clean chit to Amit Shah in the case.The petitioner has also questioned the findings of the sessions court exonerating Shah in the Tulsiram Prajapati killing case, holding that there existed "no case" against him and that he had been implicated for "political reasons".Oh great. In this particular case SC has become nationalistic and patriotic and the judge has become honest.
Absolutely no need to reinvestigate BJP chief: SC
 ATROCITIES ON DALITS &COW VIGILANTISM
Gujarat Dalits put BJP govt on notice, protest march to reach Una on Independence Day
Protesting the flogging of a Dalit family by gau rakshaks in Una for skinning a dead cow, thousands of Dalits gathered in Ahmedabad Sunday where community leaders put the BJP-led govt  in Gujarat on notice ahead of the 2017 assembly polls. Seeking strong measures to check atrocities against them, leaders asked Dalits to give up disposing dead cattle and stop cleaning sewers to “send a strong message” to the state govt. They announced a march from Ahmedabad to Una between August 5 and August 15. They said they plan to gather in Una on August 15 to observe and “feel independence” there.e Dalit Maha Sammelan in the Sabarmati area of Ahmedabad, organised by Una Dalit Atyachar Ladat Samiti (UDALS), flagged several pending Dalit issues, including justice in the Thangadh killing of three Dalit youths in 2012. Valji Rathod, father of one of 3 youths killed in Thangadh of Surendranagar district, declared he would sit on a hunger strike in Gandhinagar from Monday.Addressing the gathering, UDALS convener Jignesh Mevani, raising what he said were unresolved legal and constitutional issues of Dalits in Gujarat, said: “This govt  believes in Daliton ka Utpidan, Daliton ka Vinash (persecution and annihilation of Dalits) and not in Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas.”Referring to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s statement that PM  Narendra Modi was very hurt and upset over the Una incident, Mevani told the gathering: “I want to ask Rajnathji, if during his governance in Gujarat (between 2001 and 2014), did Modi visit a single Dalit family of Gujarat which faced atrocity? If the answer is yes, we will wind up our protest programme.”Veteran Dalit activists like Valjibhai Patel, Nitin Gurjar, Chandu Maheriya, Jayanti Makadia, Manjula Pradeep and Ratna Vora joined the gathering. Also present were Nirzari Sinha, wife of the late rights activist and lawyer Mukul Sinha, former Gujarat cadre IPS officer Rahul Sharma, folk singers Charul-Vinay and advocate Shamshad Pathan. Mufti Abdul Qayyum Mansuri, acquitted in the Akshardham terror attack case, too was there.A number of Muslim youths also joined the gathering with the message of Dalit-Muslim unity. Some leaders of Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Hind too were present. In fact, the proposal to march from Ahmedabad to Una came from Rahul Sharma. “Let us have a march from Ahmedabad to Una and feel independence at Una on August 15. I am ready. This social awakening should not be limited to this sammelan,” Sharma said. Indianexpress
Dalits atrocities: How the protests have become nightmare for BJP
Massive rally in Ahmedabad reflects Dalit anger
Ahmedabad Rally: Dalits Demand Firearms and Permanent Jobs
At Maha Sammelan, Dalits share stories of discrimination, atrocities across Gujarat
Ahmedabad: 4 years and still fighting for justice. Family members of three Dalit youths who were killed and one seriously injured in a police firing during a protest at Thangadh town in Surendranagar participated in the Dalit Maha Sammelan in Ahmedabad on Sunday.Demanding speedy action and investigations by the CBI, the family members announced to sit on a dharna at Sector 3 near Secretariat in Gandhinagar from Monday.On the intervening night of September 22 and 23, 2012, three Dalit youths — Pankaj Sumra (16), Mehul Rathod (16) and Prakash Parmar (24) — were killed in a police firing at Thangadh. indianexpress
Gujarat Police fire tear gas shells on public as tension in Surat following controversial video
Surat: Tension gripped Limbayat area of Surat early on Monday, when a video showed a man abusing two young migrant workers from Bihar, reportedly of zardozi units. The workers were seen being forced to vacate a rented quarter in Godadara area by a man who identified himself as Amit Singh Rathore. He abused them and forced them to strip. The youths were also being beaten up by other youths, alongwith Rathore. Rathore has been arrested. The video went viral late on Sunday following which, a group of Muslim leaders, met Limbayat police station officers pressing for a complaint to be lodged. Meanwhile a large number of people gathered at Maruti nagar area in Limbayat and chanted slogans against police demanding strict action against the accused.The situation was later brought under control by police and leaders of Muslim community. One Bablu Imam Shaikh, a resident of Limbayat lodged complaint against the accused in the video, at Limbayat police station on Monday. Rathore who is a migrant from Uttar Pradesh and lives in Godadara area was arrested and booked for hurting religious sentiments as the police looked for his accomplices. The Limbayat police station also registered a separate offence of rioting against Muslims who attacked the police. indianexpress
Repeat of Dadri? Mob attacks Muslim family house on suspicion of ‘cow slaughter’ in Muzaffarnagar
Lucknow: An angry mob on Saturday attacked on a house of a Muslim family on suspicion of cow slaughter. The Dadari like incident took place in Kadali village in Muzaffarnagar district of UP. Zeeshan Qureshi, who managed to escape with his family before the mob arrived at his house, was arrested on Sunday afternoon. Rumour that Zeeshan Qureshi slaughtered a cow spread like a wildfire in Kadali village after a villager apparently saw traces of blood in his house. A mob of over hundred people gathered and attacked Zeeshan’s house. Zeeshan managed to flee to safety with his family before the mob could repeat the Dadri lynching episode. Meanwhile, an FIR has been lodged against Zeeshan’s wife Sehnaaz and his cousins Saddam on Moota under the UP Cow Slaughter Prevention Act. India.com
UP mob attacks Muslim home, owner held for ‘cow slaughter’
Punjab: Caught skinning animal, 5 booked for ‘cow slaughter’
Ludhiana: 5 persons were booked on Sunday after members of the Gau Sewa Raksha Board complained they were skinning and chopping parts of a dead “cow” in the open in Malaut town the previous night. The police’s preliminary probe into the matter suggested that the carcass was that of a buffallo.“We don’t want to argue over whether the animal was a buffalo or a cow. According to us, it was a cow and we saw chopped parts in the open. And even if it was a buffalo, is it justified to skin and chop it in the open on the side of GT road?” said Pankaj Bansal, local in-charge, Gau Sewa Raksha Board. The accused, 2 of whom have been identified as Rakesh Kumar and Ramesh Kumar, claimed to be contractors who picked animal carcasses from roadsides and Gaushalas. They claim to have received a call informing them of a dead buffalo on the Shekhu road in Malaut town on Saturday night. They had already picked up a few carcasses in their vehicle, a tempo, and found it difficult to load the dead animal. They decided to chop it up to load it onto the vehicle.Commuters, considering it a case of cow slaughter, gathered in large number and protested. Soon, the local Gau Sewa Raksha Board unit arrived at the scene. Finding other animal carcasses in the parked vehicle, some persons started pelting stones at it.While three of the “contractors” managed to escape, Rakesh and Ramesh were roughed up before being handed over to the police. Indian express
KASHMIR ISSUE 
Kashmir protests: What Azadi…if you play with the future of children, asks Mehbooba
Srinagar: Questioning the meaning of Azadi when “we play with the future of children”, Jammu and Kashmir CM  Mehbooba Mufti Sunday said protests in the Valley were being “instigated”. She added that security forces “showed restraint” and fired only when their camps and police stations were attacked.“If we play with the future of our children, who should be in schools and colleges… then what Azadi (are you talking about), what (is the meaning) of India, and of Pakistan…I believe this will not work. Violence doesn’t help in changing the fate of nations,” CM told NDTV.Schools in the Valley are closed for more than a month now.A 17-year-old youth from Sopore, who was allegedly beaten up by paramilitary forces, succumbed Sunday. With his death, the toll of people killed in violence following Burhan Wani’s killing rose to 50. indianexpress
Kashmir protests: LeT commander Abu Dujana ‘attends’ Pulwama gathering
Srinagar: Lashkar-e-Taiba’s most wanted commander Abu Dujana reportedly attended a gathering in Karimabad in J&K’s Pulwama district Sunday. Despite a curfew in place, thousands reached Karimabad for the gathering at “martyrs’ cemetery” in the village and raised pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. Pulwama is the native village of several militants killed in recent past.Dujana reportedly attended the gathering wearing a mask and was seen surrounded by a lot of people. Dujana, who has been heading the outfit in the Valley after LeT commander Qasim was killed, is the mastermind behind several attacks. Meanwhile, the curfew and the shutdown called by separatists crippled the Valley. indianexpress
Life remains paralysed in Kashmir, restrictions continue
Impunity, immunity: continuing debate around AFSPA
Kashmir: NC leader Iftikhar Hussain Misgar joins anti-India protest
OTHERS
Making case against Zakir Naik, officials list 55 terror accused he ‘inspired’: Indian Express
New Delhi: Tasked by the Union Home Ministry to examine whether any legal action can be initiated against Zakir Naik, security agencies have drawn up a list of 55 terror accused, arrested from across the country over the past decade, who have claimed to be influenced by or to have watched Naik’s speeches. Sources in the agencies told The Indian Express that the list includes arrests from as far back as 2005 to those made by the NIA earlier this year. These accused have claimed affiliation to groups such as the SIMI, LeT, IM and the IS. Among those in the list, Indian Express has learnt, are Feroze Deshmukh, a former IRF employee who was arrested by the Maharashtra ATS for his alleged role in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case; Qateel Ahmed Siddiqui murdered inside Yerwada prison in Pune in June 2012; Biju Saleem, ex sub-inspector with the hi-tech cell of the Kerala Police and alleged SIMI sympathiser who was accused of trying to create unrest among religious communities by leaking information to the media about police snooping on Muslim community leaders and thinkers; alleged IS online recruiter Afsha Jabeen, who was arrested in September 2015 on deportation from UAE; Mudabbir Sheikh, Mohammed Obaidullah Khan, Abu Anas and Mohammed Nafees Khan, who were arrested in raids across the country by the NIA in January for floating a local IS-affiliate named Junood ul Khalifa e Hind; and alleged Jamaat ul Mujahideen Bangladesh operatives Asadullah Ali and Rafique Islam, arrested during the Burdwan blast probe.Details of four criminal cases registered against Naik in India in the past are also being examined by agencies. While investigations are on in three of the FIRs against Naik, a fourth case is pending in a court in Kolhapur. Naik’s lawyer Mubin Solkar told The Indian Express, “I cannot say anything about these terror accused who claim they were influenced by Dr Zakir Naik. My only comment is that it’s a total lie. If you see the contents of Dr Naik’s lectures or his speeches, if the contents are seen in the context in which he speaks, and also in the entirety of his lecture, then definitely nobody would ever come to this conclusion that he would inspire terrorism or he would inspire people to commit terrorist acts… I do not agree that these 55 people may have been inspired by Dr Naik to commit terrorist acts.”Solkar also pointed out that none of the FIRs registered against Naik has any terror charges. “These FIRs were registered by some people who obviously had allegiance to the right wing. They have also relied upon and gone through some of the doctored speeches (of Naik) available on the Internet, and not relied on his entire speech… We have already filed a writ petition in the Bombay High Court for quashing of 3 FIRs filed in Maharashtra,” he said.He added that the Supreme Court had taken note of their plea that all the cases against Naik be investigated by one agency, and had stayed proceedings in the complaints.
NIA chargesheet refers to 14 globally recognized Islamic preachers: TOI
New Delhi: Even as a probe is on against Zakir Naik, the NIA latest chargesheet refers to 14 globally recognized preachers, based in US, the UK, Canada, Australia and Zimbabwe, whose lectures/sermons directly or indirectly influenced suspects.Though these Islamic preachers have not been named as suspects or accused, the interrogation of arrested IS members has revealed that they heard and watched "provocative" lectures and speeches of these scholars.Some of well-known names mentioned in the NIA chargesheet include UK-based Anjem Choudhary, Hamza Andreas Tzortzis, Imran Mansoor, Mizanur Rahman and Abu Waleed, US-based Yasir Qadhi, Yusuf Estes, Hamza Yusuf and Ahmad Musa Jibril, Australia-based Musa Cerantonio, Shaikh Feiz Mohammad and Omar El Banna, Zimbabwe-based Mufti Menk and Canada-based Majid Mahmood.TOI
Minorities Commission to hold seminar in Hyderabad to educate youth about perils of ISIS:PTI
Hyderabad: As security agencies grapple with rising trend of youth coming under influence of Islamic State, a seminar-cum-interactive session is being organised here next week to discuss ways to wean away people from the violent and ultra conservative ideology of the terror group. State Minorities Commission for Telangana and Andhra Pradesh is organising the event here to educate youth about the perils of ISIS' ideology and serious repercussions of getting involved in its activities through social media.Commission chairman Abid Rasool Khan said the event is planned for either Aug.5 or 6. Eminent Muslim leaders, religious figures, police officers, legal experts and representatives of social media companies have been invited.PTI
ISIS a tool for Indian agencies to harass Muslim youths: TCN
Maharashtra govt rules out blanket ban on liquor, rejects Anna’s demand
Mumbai:Days after social activist Anna Hazare demanded liquor prohibition in Maharashtra, the state govt  ruled out a blanket ban but said it may adopt the Tamil Nadu pattern of disallowing sale of country liquor. Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwa, who had followed up the issue of banning alcohol in his home district Chandrapur, said liquor sale generates around Rs 13,000 crore revenue and the govt  is not considering banning it in any other part of the state.“If there is specific demand for liquor prohibition from a certain district, we will consider it. However, we are not considering a complete prohibition as of now,” he said. Mungantiwar said aspects like Excise revenue, economics of the sugar industry, health issues involved with alcohol consumption and pressure from the NGOs and activists like Hazare need to be considered before taking any decision over the issue.PTI
Rape case: UP govt posts Anees Ahmad Ansari as new Bulandshahr SSP
Lucknow:UP govt  on Monday posted PAC officer Anees Ahmad Ansari as the new Senior Superintendent of Police, Bulandshahr following suspension of Vaibhav Krishna after the gangrape of a woman and her teenage daughter by bandits on gunpoint. Ansari is Commandant of 34th Batallion of PAC. Maan Singh has been posted as Additional SP in place of Rammohan Singh, who was also suspended on Sunday, an official spokesman said in Lucknow. Facing the flak from opposition, govt had suspended 5 officers, including the SSP. Icident took place when they were on their way from Noida to Shahjahanpur with 4 other family members and were allegedly gangraped by a gang of dacoits in Bulandshahr district, on Delhi-Kanpur highway, on Saturday morning.indianexpress
3 Bulandshahr gang rape accused sent to judicial custody for 14 days
Babri Mandi molestation case: SP MLA ‘dares’ police to arrest ‘molester’
Agra:Samajwadi Party MLA Zameerullah Khan Saturday reportedly challenged “anyone who can dare” to arrest the sole absconding accused in the Babri Mandi molestation case, kicking off a storm in an already tense Aligarh, which has been on the boil since the clash between Hindus and Muslims following the molestation incident around 2 weeks ago. BJP has, meanwhile, threatened “mass protest” and demanded that the legislator be arrested for his “infuriating claim”. Local media had reported Saturday that the MLA, coming out of SSP Luv Kumar’s office in Aligarh, had told reporters that fourth accused person was “staying at my home”, and “dared” police to arrest him.“Woh chautha aaropi mere ghar mein hai. Jisme himmat ho aake pakad le use,” he had reportedly said. indianexpress
Are 2 Pathankot terrorists just phantoms? The Hindu
New Delhi:Days before Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh travels to Pakistan to attend the SAARC Home Ministers’ conference, the debate over how many terrorists attacked Indian Air Force’s Pathankot airbase in January seems to have got reignited.This is because investigators have accounted for only four backpacks the terrorists were carrying with them, possibly containing arms and ammunition, besides dry fruits and other material.2 backpacks of the same mark and colour were recovered in fairly good condition, and traces of the same set of backpacks were found from the airmen’s billet blown up by NSG commandos during the operation. A top NIA official said 4 backpacks indicated that only four terrorists attacked the airbase and not six as claimed by the NSG and the govt .Besides the discrepancy in the number of backpacks, video footage taken by an unmanned aerial vehicle has recorded the movement of only four terrorists near the periphery wall of the airbase, each carrying one backpack.“Only two backpacks have been recovered and there were traces of two more in the billet. Where are the other two? We also have video footage which shows 4 terrorists moving with four backpacks,” NIA official said. the hindu
Parrikar’s comments on Aamir create ruckus in RS, Opposition says remark absolutely objectionable
New Delhi: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s comments against actor Aamir Khan created a ruckus in the Rajya Sabha on Monday as opposition members alleged that the govt was targeting the minorities.Raising issue, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said the minister talked about teaching a lesson to those who talk way Aamir Khan did. “What type of lesson is he going to teach us? What kind of lesson is he going to teach the minorities,” Azad asked. “We are with you against Pakistan but you are threatening us,” he added. IANS
Law on lines of SC/ST Atrocities Act for Muslims should be enacted: Maharashtra SP Chief
Jalna:Maharashtra chief of Samajwadi Party, Abu Azmi said a law along the lines of the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act should be enacted for Muslims to protect them from “particular section” of society.“On the lines of the Prevention of Atrocities Act, a similar law should also be enacted for Muslims as they face atrocities and derogatory remarks from certain section of society,” Azmi said here.He attacked Raj Thackeray for latter’s reported demand that the SC and ST Act should be scrapped, terming it as “unconstitutional”.PTI
AMU elects new members for University Court
In the special meeting of AMU Court, eminent theologian and President of All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Maulana M. Rabey Hasan Nadvi, eminent cardiologist Dr. Ashok Seth, former Indian Hockey Captain Mr. Zafar Iqbal, distinguished Urdu scholar and critic Prof. Gopichand Narang, renowned Theologian, Maulana Kalbe Sadiq, Member Parliament Mr. Abhijit Mukherjee and eminent scientist Dr. Shahid Jameel were elected as members of the Aligarh Muslim University Court, the supreme governing body of the University.The election of 42 representatives from 5 different categories to serve as members on the University Court was announced by the Chief Election Officer, Prof. Tajuddin of Faculty of Unani Medicine. 4 persons from amongst the Chairmen including President of Waqf Boards have been elected unopposed. They are Mr. Omer Jaleel, Mr. Justice Mohd. Abdul Ghani, Mr. Zufar Ahmad Farooqui and Mr. Md. Irshadullah.TCN
WORLD
Wrong to identify Islam with violence: Pope
Krakow:Pope Francis said on Sunday that it was wrong to identify Islam with violence and that social injustice and idolatry of money were among the prime causes of terrorism."I think it is not right to identity Islam with violence," he told reporters aboard the plane taking him back to Rome after a five-day trip to Poland. "This is not right and this is not true."Reuters 
Not right to equate Islam with violence, says Pope Francis
Syria: Russian chopper shot down in Idlib
5 crew members were killed as a Russian military chopper was shot down in Syria, the Kremlin said.The helicopter shot down on Sunday in the rebel-held Idlib province had three crew members and two officers on board.Russia's defence ministry was cited as saying that the helicopter, an Mi-8 military transport helicopter, had been shot down after delivering humanitarian aid to the city of Aleppo as it made its way back to Russia's main air base in Syria. aljazeera
US-backed forces advance in IS Syria stronghold: monitor
Beirut: Advancing Kurdish and Arab fighters backed by US-led air strikes now control 40% of the Islamic State stronghold of Manbij in northern Syria, a monitor said on Sunday.Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) had pushed deeper into the town near the border with Turkey, with air cover from the US-led coalition against the jihadists.Around 2,300 civilians have fled Manbij in the past 24 hours as the SDF fighters advanced, according to the Britain-based monitor.It said clashes between the joint Kurdish-Arab force and Islamic State fighters were continuing in several parts of the town."It's a street battle, and the process of eating away at IS territory is ongoing," Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.AFP 
Syria's civil war: Rebels push to break Aleppo siege
Syrian rebels have launched an offensive aimed at breaking a govt  siege of eastern Aleppo, where the UN estimates some 300,000 people are trapped with dwindling food and medical supplies.A rebel alliance that includes the Jabhat Fatah al Sham group - which was formerly the al-Qaeda linked Nusra Front - and the Ahrar al Sham group said it had taken army positions in the southwestern govt -held parts of the city within the first few hours of launching a battle to break the siege imposed on rebel-held areas.Al Jazeera Arabic’c Milad Fadel, who is embedded with Syrian rebels on the edge of Western Aleppo city, said the troops have been preparing for an extended military campaign.“Regime forces have several lines of defense protecting Aleppo’s western neighborhoods. This battle could last several days, or maybe even weeks," he said.“They will first try to capture the nearby al-Hikmeh school, which is used by regime forces as a military unity. They will also try to capture nearby security points, advancing towards Aleppo’s western neighborhoods." Aljazeera
Iraqi PM talks Mosul offensive with top US officer
Baghdad: Iraqi PM Haidar al-Abadi held talks in Baghdad on Sunday with the US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph F. Dunford on an anticipated offensive to retake Mosul from Daesh group. The talks tackled “cooperation between the two countries in the field of training and arming, ongoing international coalition support for Iraq and plans to liberate Mosul," al-Abadi’s office said in a statement. Gen. Dunford reiterated the US support for Iraqi govt efforts to liberate its territory from Daesh and to secure Iraqi needs in its fight against terrorism, the statement said. Anadolu agency
Iraq’s displaced face catastrophic conditions amid absence of humanitarian aid
Iraqis displaced from areas of fighting between the Iraqi forces and Daesh in northern Iraq face tragic situations due to the lack of humanitarian aid. Undersecretary of the Ministry of Displacement and Migration Jassim Mohammed said: “The displaced people live under very tragic situations, especially in the al-Hajjaj area, south of the city of Baiji in Salahuddin province.”In remarks to Anadolu agency, Mohammed said: “The soaring temperatures and lack of humanitarian aid make conditions more difficult for the displaced.”He noted that Salahuddin province has become home to more than 95,000 displaced people, calling on Iraqis in combat zones to leave towards Haj Ali area in Nineveh province. middleeastmonitor
Trump is a black soul: Khizr Khan
Washington: The father of a slain Muslim American soldier assailed Donald Trump as a “black soul” Sunday in an impassioned exchange with the Republican presidential candidate over the qualities required in a U.S. leader. Khizr Khan electrified the Democratic convention last week with a tribute to his fallen son that ended with a steely rebuke that Mr. Trump had “sacrificed nothing” for his country.AFP
Erdogan wants president to control intelligence and army
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he wants the country’s national intelligence agency and the army to be put under the direct control of the President of the Republic.In a TV interview, Erdogan said such a decision requires constitutional amendments and approval of the Turkish Parliament.
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