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Thursday, 29 September 2016

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29 Sept. 2016: 26 Zil Hajj 37: Vol:7, No:169
INDIA:KASHMIR ISSUE & SUOTH ASIA
 India 'launches strikes against militants' across LoC: BBC
India's army says it has carried out "surgical strikes" against suspected militants along the de-facto border with Pakistan in Kashmir. The operation was aimed at preventing attacks being planned by Pakistan-based militants, senior army official said. He said "significant casualties have been caused to the terrorists and those who are trying to support them".Pakistan denies India carried out any strikes and says two of its soldiers were killed in cross-border shelling. "The notion of surgical strike linked to alleged terrorists' bases is an illusion being deliberately generated by India to create false effects," the Pakistani military said in a statement.Pakistan said its soldiers died in "unprovoked" firing along the Line of Control dividing the disputed region.India's military gave few details of the operation it says it carried out overnight.At a joint press briefing by the army and the foreign ministry, officials said the "motive of the operation was to hit out at terrorists who were planning to infiltrate into our territory".India's DG of Military Operations, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, also blamed Pakistan for "being unable to control terror activities in territories under its control"."Based on receiving specific and credible inputs that some terrorist teams had positioned themselves at launch pads along the LoC to carry out infiltration and conduct terrorist strikes inside J&K and in various metros in other states, the Indian army conducted surgical strikes at several of these launch pads to pre-empt infiltration by terrorists," a statement said. It said the "surgical strikes" had caused "significant damage to terrorists". But the army did not say whether troops had entered Pakistan-administered Kashmir or had fired across the border. However, PTI quoted sources saying the operation took place between midnight and 04:30 local time today, that it was a combination of helicopter and ground forces, and 7 militant "launch pads" had been targeted.Some unconfirmed Indian media reports said more than 30 militants had been killed in the operation.
India claims surgical strikes in PoK: NYT
India conducted surgical strikes last night along LoC to safeguard our nation: Defence Ministry
Army’s surgical strikes inflict terrorist casualties across LoC: HT
HT: India held back strike till Sushma’s UN speech
 Govt says all parties support army’s surgical strikes
India claims striking suspected rebels in Pak: Aljazeera
India hits Pakistan along LoC, casting spotlight on savage, secret war:Praveen Swami's story
India’s claim of surgical strikes ‘fabrication of truth’: Pak army
Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday denied that Indian troops had carried out surgical strikes across the LoC, saying it had responded to “cross-border fire” from the Indian side that killed two soldiers. Pakistan’s civilian and military leadership reacted after India’s Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen Ranbir Singh said Indian soldiers conducted surgical strikes on terrorist launch pads across the LoC, causing significant casualties.In the first reaction from the Pakistani side, military’s media arm said in a strongly worded statement: “There has been no surgical strike by India, instead there had been cross-border fire initiated and conducted by India which is existential phenomenon.“As per rules of engagement same was strongly and befittingly responded by Pakistani troops.” The statement added, “Pakistan has made it clear that if there is a surgical strike on Pakistani soil, same will be strongly responded.” It said the “notion of (a) surgical strike linked to alleged terrorists bases” was an illusion aimed at creating “false effects”. Defence minister Khawaja Asif said the Pakistan Army had given a “befitting response” to “small arms fire last night on five sectors across the LoC”. He did not make any reference to surgical strikes.HT
Pak Army rubbishes India's claim of 'surgical strikes' along LoC
'Indian Army is lying': Pakistan claims India is creating false effects; Nawaz Sharif calls for meet
Pak Air Force 'ready' to combat external aggression: IANS
Pakistan destroys 3 Indian security posts: Pak media
India has right to respond to attack on sovereignty: Bangladesh on surgical strike
Surgical strikes: India briefs envoys of 25 countries including the US, China, Russia, the UK and France
Surgical strikes: We stand united with the Army and the country, says Asaduddin Owaisi
China ‘using multiple channels’ to defuse Indo-Pak tensions
Beijing: China today signalled that it was actively engaged in defusing tensions between India and Pakistan, using multiple channels, to prevent a spillover of friction between New Delhi and Islamabad in region.As for the tension between Pakistan and India, recently Chinese side has been in communication with both sides through different channels,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a media briefing in Beijing.He added: “We hope that Indian and Pakistan can enhance communication and properly deal with differences and work jointly to maintain peace and security of the region.” Geng was responding to questions on whether the cross-border raid in Uri, in which 18 soldiers were killed, featured during the maiden counter-terrorism and security dialogue that was held between India and China earlier this week. The hindu
Govt meet to review Pak’s ‘most-favoured nation’ status pushed to next week
New Delhi:A meeting convened by PM Narendra Modi to review Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to Pakistan on Thursday morning has been deferred to the next week, official sources said. hindustantimes
Want Indian Army to conduct surgical strikes in Balochistan: Dilshad, Son of Naela Qadri Baloch
New Delhi: Supporting India after it conducted surgical strike at LoC, son of activist Naela Qadri Baloch, Mazdak Dilshad Baloch said, "We support such strikes and want Indian Army to conduct surgical strikes in Balochistan as well." Mazdak Dilshad Baloch's statement supporting India for its surgical strike is an another snub for Pakistan and further exposes the retaliation of people in Balochistan who have been reportedly targeted by Pakistani army. This is not the first time when Mazdak has supported India and PM Modi, as earlier also speaking on Kashmir, he had said, "Kashmir India's integral part,world should follow Narendra Modi on Balochistan."NewsX
Baloch leader says he will welcome help from India
Get ready for the long haul in Kashmir, Centre tells forces
US security adviser Susan Rice calls Ajit Doval, says ' we expect Pakistan to act against terror'
John Kerry spoke to Sushma twice over 2 days: Do not escalate situation with Pak
open to using ‘tactical devices’ against India: Pak Minister
New Delhi:Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Wednesday said Pakistan is open to using ‘tactical devices’ against India should it feel threatened by its neighbouring country. The minister said this in an interview to Pakistan news channel SAMAA.In an edited version of the interview, put out by the news channel on its website, the minister is heard saying: “Tactical weapons joh hain, joh hamne yeh progammes develop kiya hua hai, yeh apne hifazat ke liye develop kiya hua hai. Hamne devices jo hain just as showpieces toh nahin rakhe hue. Lekin agar hamare salamati ko khatra hua, toh hum nestanabhut kar denge unko (Tactical weapons, our programmes that we have developed, they have been developed for our protection. We haven’t kept the devices that we have just as showpieces. But if our safety is threatened, we will annihilate them (India).” indian express
Muslims are moresafe in India than anywhere else: Mufti
Pathankot search called off as nothing suspicious found
Day 82: Curfew returns to many parts as forces stop freedom rallies; 40 injured: greaterkashmir
Srinagar:Authorities on Wednesday imposed strict curfew in various parts of Kashmir to foil a series of pro-freedom rallies organised by locals on the call of joint resistance leadership.At least 40 people sustained pellet and tear gas shell injuries in the forces’ action across Kashmir. An elderly man was hit by pellets in old Srinagar when he was coming out of masjid.
One student seriously injured: Ruckus in Jhajjar college after Valley student called ‘terrorist’
Jhajjar: An argument between a student from UP and another from Kashmir at a college in Jhajjar, Haryana, led to a physical altercation and brawl late Tuesday evening after the former allegedly called the latter a “terrorist”, leading to serious injury to at least one student and minor injuries to a few others.The incident took place around 9pm at Ganga Institute of Technology and Management (GITAM), in Jhajjar’s Kablana area. The institute’s director, Aman Aggarwal, Wednesday said the issue stands resolved and the student who called a Kashmiri student terrorist, and thereby sparked the ruckus, has been rusticated. Kaleemullah Babu, a 2nd year BTech student who is from Kashmir, claimed that he was “joking around” with his friends and throwing water on them when Kasim, 3rd year BBA student from UP who was sitting close by, also got wet. “Kasim became aggressive and started abusing me. He eventually called me a terrorist, and said all Kashmiris are terrorists,” Kaleemullah alleged.As the argument escalated, others also got involved, and it soon turned physical, according to students.Many of the 70 or so Kashmiri students at the college — enrolled through the PM’s Scholarship Programme for J&K  — allege that the security guard on duty also got involved and beat them up.indian express
Now Facebook also isolates Pakistan; removes official page of Pak Jamaat-i-Islami
Facebook also appears to be isolating Pakistan after the Uri attack. The social media giant has removed the official page of Pakistan's Jamaat-i-Islami party, after the political outfit posted provocative content on the unrest in Kashmir Valley. The social media head of the party, Shamsuddin Amjad, said that the FB page was removed on Wednesday evening. 2 more pages of the party were also removed from FB in the last 2 days. "The party pages representing Jamaat's zonal sections Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Women Wing were removed on Tuesday," Amjad told Dawn.com. FB also suspended around 24 personal accounts of admins of the Jamaat's official page.According to a statement from the party, Jamaat-i-Islami's facebook page had more than 3 million FB 'likes' and was apparently the second most liked page of any local political party. It said that Facebook removes Jamaat-i-Islami page for covering Indian atrocities in held Kashmir. catchnews
Facebook removes Pak Jamaat-i-Islami's page for covering 'Indian atrocities' in held Kashmir:Pak’s Dawn
OTHERS
Marathas pay in kind, back Muslims’ demand for quota; Thank Muslims for support to ongoing Maratha morchas
Pune: In what could perhaps lead to a new potent alliance in Maharashtra, Maratha community leaders on Wednesday made a strong pitch for reservations for Muslims in govt jobs. Praising the Muslim community for backing the Maratha Kranti Morcha and extending help to silent marches, Maratha community leaders said Muslims voluntarily joined their marches at different places.“They did not just join the marches, but also extended help like giving water and refreshments to the participants. And this happened across Maharashtra,” said Ajay Bhosale of the Sambhaji Brigade, which has been leading Maratha morchas from the front across the state. Abid Shaikh, a businessman from Kondhwa, along with his friends provided 1.46 lakh mineral water bottles to the morchaites. “We are not attached with any political party. We felt the demand raised by the Maratha community were just and reasonable and it would be good gesture if we backed and helped them,” he said. Bhosale said that like the Maratha community, Muslims too have a large section which is poor and struggling to get jobs and seats in educational institutes. “This is because they have no reservations. Govt should provide reservations to the community after discussing with them. We will support the demand raised by the Muslim community,” he said.The support extended by Muslims to the Maratha community and vice-versa assumes significance since the Dalit community has already extended similar support. “Which means, now the Marathas, Muslims and the Dalits are together and govt cannot ignore their demands,” said a Maratha community leader.Dalit leaders like Prakash Ambedkar and Ramdas Athawale had backed the silent Maratha morchas while denying any plans for counter-marches. Welcoming the support from the Maratha community, MIM leader Imtiaz Jaleel said, “It is a good development. Muslim community has supported Marathas on their demand for reservations and also lent its cooperation to the morchaites,” he said.Jaleel said the Muslim community, taking a cue from massive Maratha morchas, was also planning similar morchas in Mumbai and other parts of the state. “We are contemplating such morchas in support of our demand for reservations. The morchas are happening, but the schedule is yet to be finalised,” he said. indian express
Behind faceless Maratha protests, support of 100 organisations
Maharashtra govt faces demands from Maratha, Muslim and Dalit communities
Another silent march in Latur by Dalits, backs by Muslims
Payback time: Marathas vouch for Muslim community’s demand for reservation in govt jobs
Maratha Kranti Morcha owes its success to social media, not mainstream media
Maratha protests get Dalit, Muslim morchas going
Maratha Kranti Morcha in Dhule reiterates punishment for rapists, quota for the community
Govt targeted my online fundraising drive, says Gujarat Dalit leader Mewani: HT
New Delhi:Gujarat Dalit leader Jignesh Mewani alleged on Thursday that online crowdsourcing platform Bitgiving closed down a campaign to gather funds for his movement following pressure from the govt.Mewani, in a series of tweets and Facebook posts,said he received a mail from the platform that purportedly said the campaign had to be closed because of an FIR lodged againsthim recently. Dalit leader has been detained several times in the past 3 weeks.“This is shocking behaviour. Under the pretence of an offence, this is an attempt to muzzle people’s movements,” Mewani said.“We aren’t an NGO, we don’t receive funds from any political party or corporate. If you stop even our crowdfunding efforts, how do we survive?”Bitgiving wasn’t available immediately for a response.
Centre launches Muslim outreach programme from Mewat
Palwal:Centre today launched its Muslim outreach programme, with Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi holding an interactive session with the community members here in Haryana, telling them that NDA dispensation is committed to empower and provide equal opportunity to all.Seeking to "remove any misconceptions" among the Muslims at the first Progress Panchayat, Naqvi hit out at "so- called political champions of secularism" who he said are only engaged in exploitation of minorities. Launch of the outreach programme from this Muslim- dominated area comes days after PM Modi said that Muslims should be treated as "own" and should be empowered."We have come to hold dialogue with people as per Modijis instructions. Earlier the outreach was limited to electioneering but ministers will reach out to people even after elections and this is the prime example," Naqvi said."Our steadfast concern remains development and we will not deviate from that agenda," the Minority Affairs Minister said.PTI
Owaisi slams ‘progress Panchayat’ as propaganda, questions its efficacy
Mewat Biryani raids have permanently damaged livelihoods of poor Muslims: Harsh Mander
Madrasas influence separatists, shut them down; Gujarat IPS officer DG Vanzara
Vadodara: Calling for the closure of madrasas, ex-Gujarat IPS officer DG Vanzara Wednesday said that “education imparted in madrasas” had influenced separatists in J&K. Vanzara said that had it not been for the encounters in Gujarat, the state would have turned into a haven for terrorism, like J&K .Vanzara said, “Ongoing anti-national activities must be destroyed. In 2002, fire that raged through Godhra also affected Gandhinagar. While I do not want to go into much details, the terrorists located outside India, who were helping the terrorists (in India), were eliminated in an encounter by Gujarat Police as per the law and the procedure. But we have a 70-year-old politics in our country to which the Gujarat police fell prey. Terrorism should not be an issue of parties or vote banks. The country suffered because we were sent to jail.”Speaking on Pakistan, Vanzara said, “India has fought Pakistan to eliminate terrorism in 1948, 1965, 1971 and 1999. If you do not kill terrorists, terrorists will kill you. Even Kashmiri Hindus cannot live there. What has to be done with Pakistan will be done, but right now we have to deal with Kashmiri separatists who are influenced by the teachings in madrasas. These are the teachings of madrasas… they should be restrained, or better still such education should be stopped.” he added,indianexpress
Why only online application for minority scholarships: HC
ew Delhi:Why is it mandatory for students from minority communities to apply online for scholarships meant to benefit them, the Delhi High Court asked the Centre today."Why have you made it mandatory to apply online only," a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal said and asked the Centre to file its response to it.The bench told a petitioner that the challenge to Centre's decision making Aadhaar card mandatory for students from the minority communities to apply for scholarships has been taken care of by the Supreme Court, which was seized of the matter. PTI
Is Azamgarh the new Muzaffarnagar? the hindu
Azamgarh: Ahead of the UP Assembly polls, attempts are on to drive a wedge between Muslims and Dalits in the district Azamgarh. It was in mid-May that a clash between Hindus and Muslims broke out at Khodadadpur village in the district. But it still comes up in conversations here.“2017 will be a Hindu-Muslim election, that’s my sense,” says Bijendra Singh, owner of Hotel Garuda in Azamgarh town and one-time Samajwadi Party activist, who is no longer in active politics.In the past so many months, he says, there have been a string of incidents involving the two communities in the district. Some were so small, he continues, that they escaped major media notice, but they are enough to keep the communal cauldron gently bubbling in this largely rural district.The one in Khodadadpur, of course, hit the headlines. It started out as a violent quarrel between two individuals, rivals in local panchayat politics. The fact that one was a Dalit, Musafir Ram, and the other a Muslim, Danish, was then used by adherents of the Hindu Vahini — and of ex-BJP MP Ramakant Yadav — to turn the issue into a full-blown Hindu-Muslim battle, a civil rights activist, Rajeev Yadav, says.But the way the story played out in the headlines was that it was a Dalit-Muslim clash, though most of those who participated on the Hindu side in the violence that followed the first episode on May 14 were largely Yadavs.Indeed, IGP, Varanasi, S.K. Bhagat who rushed to Azamgarh at that time to prevent the situation from escalating further, told The Hindu: “From a professional point of view, I can say that the first episode [between Musafir Ram and Danish] was the fallout of panchayat elections. It was not a case of a Dalit-Muslim clash, but rivalry between 2 individuals. What happened on subsequent days was a full-scale Hindu-Muslim clash, largely between Yadavs and Muslims.”So why was the May 14 episode highlighted as a Dalit-Muslim clash, while the bigger incidents that followed it did not get the same notice? thehindu
Dadri lynching case: A year after incident, scars that refuse to heal
Dadri lynching: Bisara’s women threaten suicide unless their sons are released
 RSS gives protest call against police action on pracharak across MP: indianexpress
Stepping up pressure on the BJP govt  in Madhya Pradesh to arrest police officials involved in the alleged attack on one of its pracharaks, the RSS has given a call for Balaghat bandh and silent protests across the state today.Zila pracharak Suresh Yadav, who is undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Jabalpur, was allegedly attacked on Sunday in Baihar town when the police went to RSS office to take him into custody following a complaint against him for an anti-Islam post.
‘Unknown’outfit claims it killed Jagdish Gagneja, Shiv Sena leader
jalandhar:A day after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said RSS leader Jagdish Gagneja’s killers “will not be spared”, a mysterious note surfaced Wednesday in which an outfit — “Dashmesh Regiment” — claimed responsibility for assassinating Gagneja and a Shiv Sena leader, Durga Prasad Gupta. A militant outfit with the same name, with its headquarters in Amritsar and affiliation with Khalistan Armed Force, used to be active in Punjab in the 1980s.Top Punjab police officers, however, said “it was a non-existent organisation as on date and also the signatory was not a recognised terrorist face”.indian express
No action against Umar Khalid, 4 others till Oct 18: Delhi High Court to JNU
New Delhi: Delhi High Court Wednesday extended the protection given to JNU students Umar Khalid and four others against implementation of the disciplinary proceedings against them till Oct.18. Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya and three other students were punished for their alleged role in Feb.9 incident on campus this year.The students had challenged the orders of the Appellate Authority of JNU — which had upheld the disciplinary action against them — on the grounds that they had not been given a proper hearing.The counsel appearing for JNU told the court of Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva that the students had been given “adequate time” — nearly three hours — to consider the documents during the disciplinary hearing against them. The University has also said that it will not implement the punishments till court orders.indian express
NIA takes over probe in radicalisation bid case: The hindu
Kochi: More than a month after it launched a probe into the missing of 20-odd Muslim youths from the State between May and July this year, NIA has taken over the investigation into the alleged attempts to radicalise Abin Jacob, 25, of Kochi who is the brother of Merin aka Mariyam, one the missing youths.In a FIR submitted before the NIA special court here, the agency has arraigned Mumbai-native Arshid Qureshi, guest relation officer of Mumbai-based IRF, as first accused.Bestin Vincent, aka Yahiya, of Palakkad, the husband of Merin, is the second accused.Meanwhile, Rizvan Khan, another Mumbai native arrested by the State police in connection with the case, has been omitted from the list of accused.the hindu
Gujarat: Muslim youth killed, another critical as  beaten up by mob for allegedly stealing goats
Surat:One Person died and another was critically injured after they were beaten up by some people for allegedly trying to steal goats in Pandesara area of Surat on Wednesday.The victim has been identified as Shakil Qureshi, 30, a resident of Udhna area. According to reports, Qureshi and his friend Mansuri Abdul Naeem, 32, a resident of Maruti Nagar in Limbayat, tried to steal two goats tied outside a house in Siddharth Nagar, in Pandesara, which is a predominantly Hindu area.The duo were reportedly caught by the owner of the goats, Jagannath Sanyasi, who shouted for help. Some residents of the area then reportedly thrashed them. They were rushed to hospital after police reached the spot. Qureshi was declared dead on arrival, while Naeem is reported to be in a critical condition. Qureshi’s brother, Allahrakha, has filed a complaint of murder against a group of 6-8 unknown persons. “We have been told by police that both Naeem and Qureshi went to steal goats, and they were caught and beaten up. They have not done any such thing till now… We want those involved to be identified and punished,” he said. indian express
Minor's rape leads to communal tension in Mathura
Mathura: Communal tension mounted in Magorra Village, Mathura, after a 14 year old jat girl was allegedly raped by 2 men, Yunis (35) and Anees (24) on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday.According to report lodged by the victim, she was watching TV in her house when someone knocked the door. She alleged that when she opened the door, she was pulled out by the suspects, who then dragged her to the rear side of the house and raped her.She said the suspects gagged her when she tried to raise an alarm. However, hearing her cries, her mother came out and raised an alarm and neighbours also gathered there.While one of the suspects managed to flee, Yunis was caught and thrashed by the crowd. Meanwhile extra police enforcements have been posted in the village to avert any untoward incident.TOI
Mumbai: Minor mother approaches HC, seeks custody of her child
In a rare instance of seeking custody of a child, a minor mother has approached the Bombay High Court and sought custody of her infant daughter.The writ petition filed by a merely 17-year-old mother has sought the custody of her infant daughter, who is currently being looked after by a Hindu Mahila Ashram, in Matunga, Mumbai.In the petition it is stated that the petitioner (minor mother), who is Hindu by religion had married a Muslim man of major age. (i.e above 18 years). The mother has stated in her petition that she married her husband by following Muslim rituals in a mosque, as her Hindu family was against their love relationship, especially her father. She has alleged that her father also lodged an FIR against her husband under several sections of POCSO Act and another complaint with the said Ashram to take away the child.“My father had registered an FIR on his own will and accord and that too without asking me. Around 15-days after the FIR, the Hindu Mahila Ashram, took away my baby from me,” the petition states. freepressjournal
Don't unleash Shahabuddin terror by allowing him out on bail: Bihar govt  to SC
New Delhi: Will criminal turned politician and RJD leader Shahabuddin be remain a free bird out on bail or be sent behind bars by cancelling his bail granted by Patna HC? The Supreme Court will deliver its verdict on Friday deciding his fate.A bench of Justices PC Ghose and Amitava Roy reserved its verdict on plea of Bihar govt and victim's family seeking cancellation of his bail. Making a last ditch effort to convince the court to send Shahabuddin behind bars,Nitish govt pleaded to the court not to "unleash" terror of the dreaded criminal on people of Bihar by allowing him to remain out on bail.TOI
Zulfiqar film –attempt to negatively stereotype Muslims
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Afghanistan: Ashraf Ghani, Hekmatyar sign peace deal
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has formalised a peace treaty with Hezb-i-Islami, armed group led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a deal the govt  hopes will lead to more agreements with other fighters.Hekmatyar also signed the agreement on Thursday via a video link into Kabul's presidential palace.Ceremony was broadcast live on TV.It is the first peace treaty Afghan govt  has completed since the war with Taliban began in 2001.The accord with the largely dormant Hezb-i-Islami has been welcomed by the international community as a possible template for any future peace deal with the Taliban, who have been fighting to overthrow the Kabul govt  for 15 years.The Afghan president also pledged to lobby the US and the United Nations for the lifting of international sanctions on Hekmatyar, who was designated a "global terrorist" by the Washington for his suspected ties to al-Qaeda and Taliban.Once international sanctions are lifted, Hekmatyar is expected to return to Afghanistan after 20 years in exile. He is believed to be in Pakistan.The head of his delegation in Kabul, Amin Karim, said that he believes the sanctions could be lifted within weeks. 25-point peace agreement gives Hekmatyar and his followers immunity for past actions, and grants them full political rights.In a speech greeted with chants of "Long Live Hekmatyar" from his supporters, who had gathered in the presidential palace, he called on Afghan govt to start peace talks with the Taliban."I call on all sides to support this peace deal and I call on the opposition parties of the govt to join the peace process and pursue their goals through peaceful means," Hekmatyar said in his message."We hope that the day comes when foreign interference has ended, foreign troops have departed fully from Afghanistan, and peace has been achieved."Alexey Yusupov, Afghanistan director at the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Foundation, German think-tank, said deal was highly symbolical but it was unlikely to result in a peace agreement with Taliban, “Although you could say Hezb-i-Islami is the second largest insurgent group, their importance for what is going on inAfghan battlefield this year is fairly non-existent," he said. Al Jazeera. Al Jazeera
Former Afghan rebel leader Hekmatyar calls Taliban to peace after agreeing to put down arms
US air strike reportedly kills 13 Afghan civilians
At least 13 civilians have been killed in a US air strike targeting ISIL that hit a residential house in eastern Nangarhar province, an Afghan official says.Esmatullah Shinwari, Nangarhar politician, said that a crowd had gathered at the house in Achin district to welcome home a tribal leader returning from the Hajj.He said at least six fighters loyal to the ISIL were killed in the incident. According to Shinwari, 12 more people were wounded, including the tribal leader.Mohammad Ali, the police chief of Achin, gave a different death toll to the AFP, saying 3 civilians and 15 fighters were killed in the attack. aljazeera
US strike on IS in Afghanistan kills 21, maybe some civilians: Reuters
Somalia: US accused of killing 22 troops in air strike
An American air strike in northern Somalia killed as many as 22 soldiers, an official from the region alleged, suggesting that US had been duped into attacking Somali troops. Galmudug region's Security Minister Osman Issa said 22 of his soldiers had been killed in the strike early Wednesday, adding that the rival region of Puntland had requested air support on the pretext that the men were al-Shabab fighters."Puntland misinformed the United States and thus our forces were bombed," Issa told Reuters news agency.Reuters
More than 600,000 Syrians in Aleppo at a risk of genocide, warns opposition
Spokesman for the opposition High Negotiation Committee, Riad Nassan Agha, has warned that more than 600,000 Syrians in eastern Aleppo are at risk of genocide. The threat of mass extermination is very real, he insisted.According to Al Arabiya channel, Agha said on Wednesday that two million people are without drinkable water after water treatment plants in Aleppo were bombed by the regime and Russia.middleeastmonitor
UN says 'war crimes' committed in Aleppo offensive
New York:Russia and the Syrian regime “know they are committing war crimes”, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said.“This morning, we awoke to reports of strikes on 2 more hospitals in Aleppo,” Ban said.“Let us be clear. Those using ever more destructive weapons know exactly what they are doing. They know they are committing war crimes,” he said.AA
Syria talks 'very difficult with bombs falling': UN envoy
Russia proposes 48-hour 'humanitarian pause' in Aleppo
A US threat to suspend talks on Syria over the bombardment of Aleppo's rebel-held areas constitutes "an emotional breakdown", according to a top Russian official, who says that Moscow will support a 48-hour "humanitarian pause" around the besieged city. Sergei Ryabkov, Russia's deputy foreign minister, rejected on Thursday US calls for a 7-day truce as "unacceptable", but said a 2-day ceasefire could allow desperately needed aid to reach the more than 250,000 civilians trapped in Aleppo. aljazeera
US to raise number of Iraq advisors to 8,000: Baghdad
Baghdad: Washington will increase the number of its advisors in Iraq in line with a request by Baghdad, according to an Iraqi govt  statement issued Wednesday."Reason for the increase of US advisors in Iraq is to provide the necessary support for the imminent campaign to recapture Mosul from the Daesh group," the statement read."Iraqi govt has consulted with US president on this issue," it added, stressing that "any increase [in the number of advisors] will be carried out under the auspices of the international coalition".US is currently leading a 60-nation anti-Daesh coalition, which has carried out numerous airstrikes on Daesh targets since terrorist group overran vast swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria in 2014.US forces have also provided tactical advice and combat training to Iraqi security forces with a view to enhancing the latter’s capacity to fight Daesh. On Tuesday, however, Colonel John Dorian, a spokesman for anti-Daesh alliance, put number of coalition troops now on the ground in Iraq at 8,000, including 4,500 Americans.Anadolu
IS loses control of last oil wells in Iraq - oil ministry
US To Send More Troops To Iraq Ahead Of Mosul Battle
‘Saudi could cut anti-terror ties over US 9/11 lawsuit bill’
Riyadh: Saudi Arabia could reduce valuable security and intelligence cooperation with longstanding ally Washington after a Congressional "stab in the back" allowing 9/11 victims to sue the kingdom, experts warn.Cutting such cooperation is among the options available to Riyadh after Congress voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to override President Barack Obama's veto of the JASTA."I'm afraid that this bill will have dire strategic implications" for US, Salman al-Ansari, president of Saudi American Public Relation Affairs Committee  said."This partnership has helped provide US authorities with accurate intelligence information" that helped stop attacks, said Ansari, whose committee is a private initiative to strengthen Saudi-US ties.JASTA allows attack survivors and relatives of terrorism victims to pursue cases against foreign govt s in US federal court and to demand compensation if such govt s are proven to bear some responsibility for attacks on US soil.AFP
Obama: Congress' veto override of 9/11 bill to sue Saudi 'a mistake'
Saudi riyal falls, bond may be delayed after US 9/11 vote
Congress rejects Obama veto, Saudi 9/11 bill becomes law
Iraqi Kurds hold memorial service for Shimon Peres
Hundreds of Kurds attended a memorial service in the northern Iraqi city of Duhok today to pay their respects to Israeli statesman Shimon Peres who died on Tuesday at age 93, the Kurdish Rudaw news agency reported.According to organisers, the 2-day ceremony is for Kurds to “honor and remember a friend” who showed support for the establishment of a Kurdish state.“Peres was one if the first – if not the only – head of state who openly showed support for Kurdish independence and we are here to remember him as a friend,” Baiar Zaweti, one of the organisers,told Rudaw. Middleeastmonitor
Obama defends decision not to use term Islamic terrorism
Iran fires mortar shells into Pak’s Balochistan
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