Tuesday, 16 August 2016

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16 Aug. 2016: 11 Dzulqa'dah 37: Vol:7, No:139
Central govt's change of stand on minority status is political motivated: AMU to SC; files reply on govt’s affidavit
New Delhi: Aligarh Muslim University has described as "politically inspired" Modi govt's decision to withdraw the 2006 appeal challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict that the university was not a minority institution.The appeal was filed by the then UPA govt  against the 2006 High Court order that struck down an 1981 amendment to the AMU Act, 1920, which said the institution was established by the Muslims and thereby permitting 50%  reservation for the community in the university. The said amendment had sought to erase a 1967 judgement by a Constitution Bench of the apex court in the Azeez Basha case, wherein it had said that AMU was not a minority institution. AMU's latest contention was made in an affidavit filed last week in the top court, which was made available on Tuesday.The university assailed the Centre's June 30 affidavit, whereby it conveyed to the top court its decision to withdraw its 2006 appeal against the High Court verdict. AMU affidavit said: "The decision taken after a change of govt at the Centre by the present NDA govt led by a member of the BJP does not appear to be a sound decision based on cogent and valid reasons, but one based on political considerations."It said: "It is well settled that a decision taken at the govt al level will not be nullified by a change of govt after another political party assumes power, particularly when such a decision affects the interest of the nation as a whole."AMU referred to earlier SC judgements in support of its contention. On the BJP-led NDA govt's U-turn on the 2006 decision of its predecessor, AMU said:"In any event, this is nothing but a deliberate dereliction of constitutional duty on the part of the union govt."IANS
Centre's somersault on status politically inspired:AMU to SC
Divorced Muslim woman also entitled to maintenance till she gets remarried: Bombay HC
After a long wait of 27 years hoping to get maintenance from her husband who had divorced her, a Muslim lady in Maharashtra, got relief from Bombay High Court when it held that that even if the parties are governed by Mohammedan Law and provisions of Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Divorce) Act, 1986 are applicable, still the maintenance is not required to be confined only to iddat period but till said lady gets remarried. (Rehana Sultana Begum vs. Hashmi Syed Mujib) Justice N.W. Sambre referred to observations by Apex Court in Danial Latifi and another vs. Union of India (2001) 7 SCC 740, 2) wherein it was held that liability of Muslim husband to his divorced wife arising under Section 3(1)(a) of the Act to pay maintenance is not confined to iddat period. The lady had approached High Court against the Magistrate order dismissing her application under section 125 CrPC for future maintenance on the ground that, the parties to the proceedings are Muslims by religion and as such, in view of provisions of Muslim Women Act, 1986 she is not entitled to maintenance beyond Iddat period. The Court held that the lady is entitled for maintenance of Rs.1000/- per month from the date of filing of the application i.e. 22/09/1989. The Court, taking into account of the pendency of her application for more than two decades, granted liberty to move the appropriate Court for modification i.e. enhancement under Section 127 of the CrCp. livelaw.in
Charged with sedition for 'pro-Kashmir azadi' slogans Amnesty International says employees not behind slogans
Bengaluru: Amnesty International's India chapter on Tuesday said none of its employee had shouted any anti-India slogan at an event on Kashmir in Bengaluru, allegations based on which sedition charges were slapped against the human rights body. Amensty India said allegations mentioned in a complaint by an ABVP representative against it were "without substance" and that only discussion at the event on Saturday was about allegations of human rights violations and denial of justice in J&K."No Amnesty International India employee shouted any slogans at any point," the human rights organisation said in a statement referring to allegations that "slogans were raised that Indian Kashmir should be part of Pakistan."To charges that the event indirectly supported terrorists, Amnesty said the only discussion that had taken place was about allegations of human rights violations and the denial of justice to families in Kashmir."These are issues that have regularly been discussed in the media. They have been written about at length by members of Parliament, politicians, judges and civil society,"it said. The event was held as part of a campaign based on the report "Denied: Failures in accountability for human rights violations by security force personnel in J&K ", published in July 2015, it said.Amnesty said the report was based on in-depth research in J&K, including interviews with family members of "victims", RTI applications, examination of police and court records, and interviews with civil society groups, lawyers, and govt  officials.The families of three Kashmiri victims that were interviewed for the report were invited to share their stories at the event, said Amnesty."Towards the end of the event, some of those who attended raised slogans, some of which referred to calls for 'Azaadi' (freedom). Amnesty India as a matter of policy does not take any position in favour of or against demands for self-determination."However, Amnesty considers that the right to freedom of expression includes the right to peacefully advocate political solutions. Amnesty International India had invited the Bengaluru police to be present at the event in the interest of the security of the invited families and other attendees," the statement said.TOI
Amnesty faces sedition case for anti India slogans
Amnesty’s 'Broken families of Kashmir': Is this what 'sedition' looks like?
Sedition row: Amnesty rejects allegations, says no employees shouted anti-India slogans
Amnesty booked for sedition: Supreme Court against applying law without sufficient cause
Amnesty booked for sedition over Kashmir event
It is for India and Pakistan to decide on Kashmir: US
Washington: US has said that it is for India and Pakistan to determine the pace, scope and character of any discussions on Kashmir. "Our position on Kashmir has not changed. The pace, the scope, the character of any discussions in Kashmir is for the two sides to determine. We support any and all positive steps that India and Pakistan can take to forge closer relations," state department Spokesperson Elizabeth Trudeau said. "We're aware of the clashes. We remain concerned about the violence and we encourage to all sides to make efforts for finding a peaceful resolution," Trudeau said on Monday.PTI
Beijing unlikely to take sides between India, Pak: Chinese State Media
Beijing:  China is "unlikely" to give up on USD 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor being built through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir despite India's protests, but it may not be interested in taking sides in the Kashmir dispute due to close economic ties with both nations, state-run media said today."It is regrettable to see CPEC become another inharmonious factor in Sino-India ties, but China is unlikely to give up on the idea of CPEC because of India's protest," an article in Global Times said."In fact, the economic corridor, linking northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region to Gwadar Port in southwestern Pakistan, does not target any third party, India included. Given that China has developed close economic ties with both India and Pakistan in recent years, Beijing is unlikely to be interested in taking a side between the two countries," it said. Significantly, the article uses the term 'PoK' twice even though at one place it makes the mention attributing it to Indian media reports."External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj voiced India's concerns over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which passes through PoK, during Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's India trip, Indian media reported," the article said."It is precisely because of the region's worsening investment environment that PoK's economy is still heavily reliant on agriculture. Also, the northern part of India bordering Pakistan" both lack basic infrastructure, the article stated. Chinese media usually refers to PoK as 'Pak-administered Kashmir'. Another state-run news outlet, People's Daily which published photos of Chinese and Pakistani troops patrolling together for the first time in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir last month referred to the area as China-Pak border.PTI
Is Beijing changing its stance towards PoK?TOI
MHA to move note on Rs 2,000 crore for PoK settlers
New Delhi: PM Narendra Modi is upping the ante on the Pakistan front and after alluding to human rights abuses in PoK in his Independence Day address, the ministry of home affairs (MHA) is all set to move a proposal before the cabinet to release Rs 2,000 crore for refugees from PoK settled in J&K ." Govt  not only wants to expedite the release of financial package announced by PM Modi for Kashmir but also aims to bring forward alleged atrocities committed by Pakistan in PoK leading to displacement of so many families," said a senior govt  official on condition of anonymity.timesofindia
Must speak in one voice about Balochistan, POK: Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu
New Delhi:Appealing to parties, including Congress, to speak with one voice on the issues of Balochistan and POK, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu today said all should avoid making any statement which hurts India’s interests. Naidu’s remarks came in response to a question on Congress Leader Salman Khurshid’s statement in which he attacked the PM  for raking up the issue of Balochistan in his Independence Day address.“As far as international issues are concerned India should speak with one voice. But unfortunately Congress party is not speaking with one voice within the party also. There is a statement from Salman Khurshid, there is a statement by Kapil Sibal, subsequently a statement given by Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala. I only appeal to the main opposition party please bear with the country. Try to understand the implications. We must all speak with one voice. Our neighbor is aiding, habitating (sic) and funding terrorism in the country continuously. It can’t go on like this,” Naidu said at the sidelines of an event here.“I appeal to all domestic parties do not make any such statements which hurts India,” he added. Khurshid had yesterday accused Modi of “ruining” India’s case on PoK by raking up the issue of Balochistan in his Independence Day address. But later Congress distanced itself from the remarks and asked the govt  to raise the issue of “atrocities in Balochistan and PoK” in bilaterals with Pakistan as also at international forums. Taking a strong note of Pakistan’s position on Kashmir, Naidu said that Kashmir is integral part of India.PTI
CPI (M) slams PM for Balochistan reference
Hyderabad:CPI (Marxit) on Tuesday hit out at PM Narendra Modi for referring to “human rights violations” in Balochistan and Gilgit during his Independence Day speech, saying it would give Pakistan an opportunity to “internationalise” the Kashmir issue. Party general secretary Sitaram Yechury said the Kashmir issue cannot be treated as a mere law and order problem and needs political solution.“Yesterday, in his speech, the PM  spoke about human rights violations in Balochistan and Gilgit. We have been saying that Kashmir is an integral part of India. Nobody has the right to interfere in its affairs. But now we have started talking about Balochistan.“We are giving an opportunity to Pakistan by raising the Balochistan issue. Now Pakistan may say that since India is taking about Balochistan, which is an integral part of that country, they have the right to talk about Kashmir. With this kind of foreign policy, we are giving an opportunity to others to internationalise the Kashmir issue,” Mr. Yechuri said.PTI
PM Modi’s Balochistan reference unnecessary: Kapil Sibal
New Delhi:Terming PM  Narendra Modi’s reference of Balochistan in his speech “unnecessary”, former law minister and Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Monday said instead of addressing issues concerning the nation, he spoke on “vague matters”. Asserting that it was not a well-thought statement, Sibal said the way PM  spoke about other country from the rampart of Red Fort is a matter of concern.“Prime Minster should have applied his mind and addressed the nation, but the real issues were absent in PM’s address. Instead we had some reference to Balochistan and I don’t know who advised him to raise that issue from the ramparts of the Red fort,” said Sibal. “I don’t think it was a well-thought out statement on Balochistan. And, there will be a fall out of this statement by the PM from Red Fort. No PM in the history of India has talked about some other country in this fashion. So, I am a little concerned about the manner in which this statement was made,” he added.ANI
Omar Lashes Out at Centre for Raising Balochistan
Ex-CM Omar Abdullah today lashed out at the Centre for raising the issue of Balochistan at a time when Kashmir has been hit by violence."6 protestors dead in Kashmir in 24 hours but WTH let's go sort out Balochistan since we are doing such a good job in J&K at the moment!" Omar wrote on twitter. Following the all-party meeting chaired by PM Narendra Modi on August 12, the Centre decided to raise the issue of human rights violations in Balochistan province of Pakistan.PTI
Baloch nationalist leaders encouraged by Modi's words
By simply mentioning a Pak province, Modi fuels theories about India’s role in rebellion there: Washington Post
5 civilians killed, 31 injured in fresh firing of security forces in Kashmir; toll reaches 65
Srinagar: 5 civilians were killed and at least 31 injured on Tuesday after security forces fired on protesters in two separate incidents in south and central Kashmir taking the death toll to 65 in the valley.According to the police control room in Budgam, four people were killed by CRPF personnel when they opened fire on protesters at Aripanthan area of Beerwah in central Budgam district. At least 15 people were also injured in the firing.In another incident, a man succumbed to a bullet injury in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. CMO of Anantnag district, Dr Fazil Kochak, told Hindustan Times that the man sustained the injury in a firing by security during a protest in Dehalgam area.Kochak added 16 more people have been injured.The valley has been extremely tense after two people died on Monday and a 10-year-old was critically injured after being hit by a tear gas shell in Bijbehara in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.16-year-old Yasir Sheikh from Batmaloo area in Srinagar was killed when forces opened fire on protesters in the area on Monday. Medical superintendent of Srinagar’s SMHS hospital, Dr Nazir Choudhary, said that the Class 10 student was brought to the hospital with a bullet injury.Riyaz Ahmad,18, from Tangmarg also succumbed to injuries sustained during a clash last week at Srinagar’s SKIMS hospital in the morning. HT
5 killed in fresh clashes with security forces  in Kashmir; death toll rises to 63
Restore peace in J&K, avoid casualties, Rajnath tells officials
Nawaz Sharif vows to support 'freedom struggle' of Kashmiris
Islamabad: Pakistan PM  Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said the world needs to take stock of the plight of Kashmiri people and vowed to support their "indigenous freedom struggle".Sharif's remarks came as he met Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan, the outgoing president of PoK. PM reiterated his govt 's firm resolve to extend its fullest moral, diplomatic and political support to the indigenous freedom struggle of Kashmiri people. "World needs to take stock of the latest brutalities against unarmed innocent Kashmiri people who are heavily sacrificing for attainment of their inalienable right to freedom," he said on the occasion. Sharif also appreciated the outgoing president for amicably conducting state s affairs during his term in office. The continuity of electoral process has amply strengthened the "democratic system" in PoK, said the PM. Sharif s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz won last month's parliamentary elections in Kashmir.PTI
Pak ‘unmutes’ Hafiz Saeed, as he back on TV, advocating Kashmir cause
Lahore:Amid a war of words between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, the govt  here has apparently ‘relaxed’ the media regulatory authorities’ ban on Hafiz Saeed, allowing him to appear on private TV channels to advocate the cause of Kashmir. Since the violence erupted in Kashmir, Saeed is back on private TV channels, advocating for the Kashmiris and bashing the Modi govt for its role in the killing of ‘innocent’ Kashmiris. He has appeared on a couple of news channels talk shows mostly Neo TV during the last one week or so.Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) in November last year had restrained all Pakistani television channels from “all kinds of coverage of the JuD, its front Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) and about 60 other proscribed organisations and their leaders”. PTI
Hindu Mahasabha observes Independence Day as 'Black Day'
Protesting against the Indian Constitution, members of Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha, Meerut waved black flags to mark the outfit's 70th 'Black Day' on the eve of Independence Day. The protest was held at their office in the city's Sharda Road. The Hindu outfit has been organising this day for the past 69 years and demand India to be declared as a 'Hindu rashtra'. According to a TOI report, the outfit is against the constitution that declares India a secular country and claim that it was a black day for India when the British and some Indian leaders agreed to divide the country on the basis of religion. Because Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru did not allow the Muslims to leave India, the dream of a Hindu rashtra unfulfilled is still unfulfilled, is their belief. pradesh18
Police probe reports of Maoists unfurling black flags
Ranchi: Police are inquiring into reports that Maoists allegedly tried to stop Independence Day celebrations in some schools in Kitahatu and Ulihatu areas of Jharkhand’s Khunti district. This comes days after Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited Ulihatu, the native village of tribal icon Birsa Munda. Singh also addressed a gathering on the same day in Kitahatu.Police said some reports in the morning said Maoists hoisted black flags and tried to stop unfurling of the tricolor at some schools.
Telangana, AP: Madrassas celebrate Independence Day
As many 1,500 madrassas across the state celebrated Independence Day, the Jamiat-e-Ulama, Telangana and AP (JUTAP), a body of Islamic clerics, announced on Monday. "The celebrations were on a grand scale this year. Further, celebrations and hoisting of the tricolour was performed at all district offices of Jamiat-e-Ulama, Telangana and AP," general secretary Khaleeq Ahmed Sabir said. Tricolour was hoisted at importants masjids in Himayat Nagar. TOI
Top Sangh leader hoists Tricolour in a madrassa
New Delhi: Senior RSS leader and patron of the RSS-affiliated Muslim Rashtriya Manch Indresh Kumar unfurled the National Flag at a Bohra madrassa in Nagpur on Monday. Speaking at another event in Nagpur, Kumar had given a call for Akhand Bharat by bringing together those areas which had separated from India and urged the youth to take a vow to make it a reality. Newindianexpress
Fresh Violence Erupts Against Dalits In Gujarat After Protest Rally In Una
On the day PM Modi urged the nation to exercise greater tolerance towards Dalits in his Independence Day speech, fresh violence against lower-caste communities erupted in Una, Gujarat. According to NDTV, Balubhai Sarvaiya, one of the four youths who were brutally beaten up in Una after being wrongly accused of killing and skinning a cow, needed eight policemen to escort him back to his village. He was among the 10,000 others who had gathered on a school ground to protest against the atrocities against Dalits in Gujarat yesterday. The assembled people promised not to remove dead cows or work at menial jobs that were badly paid, which have been their lot since generations.After the rally ended around 5 pm, clashes broke out near Samter village, where many of the Dalits, riding motorcycles, were attacked by the upper castes. Samter is home to the 30 people who were arrested for tying up the four Dalit men to a car and thrashing them. huffingtonpost
Una tense a day after attack on Dalits, police arrest 26
Modi’s appeal goes unheeded; Dalits attacked in Una
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PMK claim on Dalits ‘abducting’ Muslim women draws flak, seen as attempt to feud between Muslims, Dalits
Chennai: PMK founder S Ramadoss’ claim that Dalit youths had ‘abducted’ Muslim women in Erode is being seen by some sections as an attempt by the party to drive a wedge between Muslims and Dalits, just as it had consolidated caste Hindu outfits against Scheduled Castes on the issue of inter-caste love marriages. Ramadoss, who took the position that Dalit youth were ‘enticing’ girls belonging to other communities in the guise of love and later deserting them, said, “In Erode district, 200 Muslim women have been kidnapped. The Imam had expressed this to me… Every community – Brahmins, Reddys, Vanniars – has been affected. Dalits are being educated and instigated by this Dalit party (VCK).” “This (charge) is new,” said Aloor Sha Nawas, the deputy general secretary of the VCK and the party’s Muslim face. “This is an issue which will resonate in society and this is why the PMK has once again taken this issue up,” he charged.Arguing that the Muslims and other minority communities had backed the Dalits, he said, MMK leader MH Jawahirullah disagreed with the comments made by Dr. Ramadoss. the hindu
 Opposition links Nayeemuddin’s encounter to Sohrabuddin case as he was a witness in the case
Hyderabad: Leader of Opposition in Telangana Legislative Council, Mohammed Ali Shabbir, alleged that the encounter of gangster Mohammed Nayeemuddin could be linked to Sohrabuddin encounter case. Ali said Nayeemuddin was a witness in the Sohrabuddin case probe, where he was often referred to as “Kalimuddin”. Gujarat Police had claimed that Kalimuddin was on a Hyderabad-Sangli bus in Nov.2005 with Sohrabuddin and Kauser Bi when they were allegedly abducted by policemen from Gujarat and AP and killed. “Sohrabuddin’s fake encounter is a high-profile case involving BJP president Amit Shah. In July 2010, Shah was arrested and was also banned from entering Gujarat till 2012. Although he was acquitted of all charges in Dec.2014, Nayeem was a major link in both Haren Pandya and Sohrabuddin case. Incidentally, he was killed just one day after PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Telangana. The state govt  must order a CBI probe to ensure that the truth comes out,” Ali said. indian express
Punjab: Another incident of Quran desecration reported
Sunam: Within two months of the sacrilege of Islamic holy book Quran Sharif at Malerkotla, another such incident was reported in Sunam on Independence Day.Sources said as many as 138 pages of the holy book were found torn in the mosque at Mehlan chowk on Monday. Police have registered a case against unidentified persons and initiated probe.Sources said police arrested a man on Tuesday.Earlier on June 24, Quran was desecrated in Muslim dominant Malerkotla town. HT
India to set up a centre of excellence in IT at Al-Azhar University as India, Egypt expand ties in various fields
Cairo: Indian Ambassador to Egypt Sanjay Bhattacharyya, has said that India and Egypt have a close partnership in various fields and wants to expand this agenda which will include the possibility of new cooperation opportunities.The envoy Bhattacharyya met with Minister of International Cooperation Sahar Nasr and Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Wali this week, who both confirmed their continuous support and collaboration in new projects that engage both countries.“India and Egypt have a very close partnerships in various fronts and we want to expand our agenda which will include the possibility of new cooperation opportunities,” Bhattacharyya told PTI. “We are also looking forward to start our next development project which is a centre of excellence in IT at Al-Azhar University. This will be the setting stone for more such projects,” the envoy said.“I had the opportunity to call on the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar some weeks ago and we had discussed this project as well with him and the Grand Sheikh was very happy about this project. He has said that we will used that Indian model in the other institutions of Al-Azhar across Egypt.”“So we hope we could be able to cooperate together in this project because we see the very central role of Al-Azhar on the development – not just in Egypt but in the entire Arab world,” the envoy said. During his meeting with the Egyptian Minister of Social Solidarity the envoy discussed a wide range of issues including collaborating between civil society on both sides.PTI
Taking part in TV debates un-Islamic:  Dargah Ala Hazrat Bareilly issues fatwa
Lucknow: Taking part in debates on TV by Muslim clerics is un-Islamic and should be avoided, according to a fatwa issued by a prominent Bareilly-based Islamic seminary. The fatwa, issued by the Markazi Darul Ifta of the Dargah Ala Hazrat at Bareilly, said that the Shariat does not permit watching TV or video. “If watching TV and video is barred, then naturally taking part in debates is also not permitted”, said Mufti Mohammed Nazim Ali Quadri, a cleric at the seminary.The fatwa was issued in response to a query by a resident of Shahabad town in the state. He had sought to know if it was appropriate for Muslim clerics to participate in TV debates, especially on those concerning religious issues.Quadri also referred to a book authored by a well-known Islamic scholar to buttress his contention. Another senior cleric at the Dargah, Mufti Ghulam Mustafa Noori, also echoed similar sentiments and said that Muslim clerics and religious leaders should avoid taking part in such debates. deccan herald
Those who attack music in Islam's name are faith's enemies: M J Akbar
India's Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar has denounced those who attack music in the name of Islam as the enemies of the faith."What more requisite expression of faith can there be than the aazan," he asked, referring to the musical call to prayer with an affirmation of the Muslim faith that is made every day from mosques.
Those who stop using savings Bank accounts to avoid interest may be IS-leaning youths: intl.agencies latest clue
Mumbai: Agencies investigating terror cases have come across a new trait among youths inclined towards the IS. Youths have stopped using savings accounts in banks and instead are operating current accounts. Reason: they do not want interest on money lying in banks. This characteristic came to their attention while they were probing recent cases involving IS sympathisers, including those who have left the country to join the IS."Police have come across at least 3 such savings accounts which the holder stopped using to begin financial transactions through current accounts," said a police source. A current account is mostly used by businesses for transactions, but it does not earn any returns. According to sources in intelligence agencies, this new information on IS sympathisers may yield leads in future if they start scanning more bank accounts. Sharia prohibits acceptance of interest. However, what many orthodox Muslims with bank accounts do is they give away interest earned from an account to charities. Since it is regarded by sections to be un-Islamic, many Muslims don't even take loans from banks. Shifting from a savings account to a current format is a relatively unknown trend. Police sources said in the light of the recent findings, they may consider looking at bank accounts of potential suspects.TOI
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Will work closely with middle east allies - Israel, Jordanian King, Sisi, NATO in combating radical Islam: Trump
Washington: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has said that the era of nation building should come to an end, as he laid out a foreign policy approach to deal with the Islamic State militant group and radical Islam. “If I become president, the era of nation-building will be brought to a very swift and decisive end. Our new approach – which must be shared by both parties in America, by our allies overseas and by our friends in the Middle East – must be to halt the spread of radical Islam,” Trump said in a major policy speech on defeating radical Islam in Ohio. “We will work side by side with our friends in the Middle East, including our greatest ally Israel. We will partner with King Abdullah of Jordan and the president of Egypt, President Sisi, and all others who recognise this ideology of death that must be extinguished,” Trump said.A Trump Administration, he said, will also work very closely with NATO on this new mission.“I also believe that we could find common ground with Russia in a fight against ISIS. Wouldn’t that be a good thing? Wouldn’t that be a good thing? They, too, have much at stake in the outcome in Syria, and have had their own battles with Islamic terrorism just as bad as ours. They have a big, big problem in Russia with ISIS,” he said.PTI
Hijab-clad Muslim women assaulted, called 'ISIS' in US
Chicago: A hijab-clad mother-daughter duo was assaulted, spit at and called 'ISIS' by a woman here in an alleged hate crime incident, the latest in the US amid growing concerns over rising Islamophobic rhetoric.2 Muslim women — both wearing hijabs — reported being harassed and physically attacked in West Rogers Park neighbourhood here.The women said they were physically and verbally assaulted by another woman who hurled anti-Islamic insults at them. They also claimed that the Chicago police were not taking the incident seriously.PTI
Turkey expects Syrian Kurdish forces to withdraw after Manbij operation - minister
Turkey expects Syrian Kurdish fighters to withdraw east of the Euphrates river after they and other US.-backed forces seized control of the Syrian town of Manbij from Islamic State last week, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday. SDF, a US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, said on Friday they had seized full control of Manbij near the Turkish border in a significant strategic blow to IS. Reuters
Over 4,000 ISIS militants killed in Manbij operation: US backed Syrian Democratic Forces
Manbij: Leadership of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that more than 4,000 militants of the ISIS have been killed in the recent Manbij operation, which took 73 days before the Syrian border city was liberated on Friday. Adnan Abu Abu Amjad, commander of the SDF-led Manbij Military Council announced that at least 4,180 ISIS militants were killed, and 1,724 bodies were confiscated by SDF forces in the campaign to take Manbij from the militant group. ARA News
‘Russia close to joining forces with the US on Aleppo’
Moscow:Russia is close to joining forces with the US around Syria’s ravaged second city of Aleppo, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said in comments aired on Monday. AFP
Saudi calls on UN to provide protection for civilians in Aleppo
Saudi Arabia has called on the UNSC and the international community to provide immediate and urgent protection for civilians and children in the Syrian city of Aleppo, alongside other cities, and play an active role in facilitating the delivery of humanitarian aid. This came during the cabinet’s meeting, which was chaired by King Salman. middleeastmonitor
UN warns of 'surrender or starve' strategy in Syria
Russian warplanes targeting Syria from W. Iran: Tehran
Istanbul: Russian fighter jets are now using Iranian airbases to strike targets in Syria, Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), confirmed Tuesday, according to Iran’s IRNA. Anadolu agency
IS says bus blast killed 50 fighters: Reuters
Islamic State claimed a suicide bombing on a bus in Syria near the Atmeh border crossing with Turkey late on Sunday that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said killed at least 32 people. The bus was carrying fighters from foreign-backed rebel factions, local rebel sources said. IS militant claimed responsibility for the attack in an online statement on Sunday, saying the blast killed 50 fighters from the Failaq al-Sham and the Nour al-Din al-Zinki Movement groups. The statement said the rebels were from US-backed groups who were travelling to fight IS in northern Aleppo province.Reuters
Iraq: 7 border guards killed in Daesh attack
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Putin reiterates warming relations with 'friend Turkey'
Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday reiterated efforts to re-establish relations with Turkey.Putin's remarks came during his meeting with Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev in Russia's Sochi.Anadolu agency
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Israeli blockade on Gaza tightened in July:figures show
New data released by a UN agency and an Israeli NGO has confirmed that Israel’s blockade on Gaza Strip actually tightened during July.UN OCHA’s monthly update for July reports that the number of crossings at Erez was 15%  below the 2016 monthly average, and just 30%  of monthly average in 2004. middleeastmonitor
Lebanese army files complaint to UNIFIL over Israel’s construction of road in disputed territory
Israeli plans for settlements expansion in West Bank
Egypt prosecutor orders investigation into 2 ex presidential candidates on spying charges
Egyptian Attorney General Nabil Sadiq on Monday ordered the opening of an urgent investigation into former presidential candidates Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh and Hamdeen Sabahi on charges of collaborating with Lebanese Hezbollah and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. middleeastmonitor
Egyptian judoka player Islam sent home over handshake refusal with Israeli
Rio De Janeiro: Egyptian judoka Islam El Shehaby has been sent home from the Rio Olympics after refusing to shake the hand of Israeli Or Sasson following the end of their bout, the International Olympic Committee said on Monday.El Shehaby, who was sent home by his own team, lost the fight on Friday and was reprimanded by IOC for his actions. indianexpress
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