03 October 2016

03 Oct. 2016: 01 Muharram 1438: Vol:8, No:01
 Whether BSF man killed by terrorists or had fallen victim to 'friendly fire':Confusion over Baramulla terror attack:PTI
Srinagar:Confusion prevailed over the terror attack at Army-BSF camp in Baramulla last night which was described by senior para-military officials today as a 'shoot and scoot' strike by terrorists in which one BSF personnel was killed.A sentry of 40th battalion of BSF located at Janbazpora in the outskirts of the city located in North Kashmir spotted some suspicious movement near the open kitchen area and started firing apprehending that terrorists may have entered into the camp, sources said. Firing led to panic in adjacent army camp where troops of 46 Rashtriya Rifles also started firing in the direction in which suspected terrorists were believed to have entered. Firing continued from all sides and it was not clear whether some terrorists had entered the campus or firing was coming from outside. After 90 minutes of firing, illuminators were used to light up the sky but no terrorist was found, the sources said. Security officials said the terrorists melted into darkness. However, it was found that BSF constables Nitin and Pulwinder were injured in the firing and they were rushed to the hospital in Srinagar. Nitin later succumbed to his injuries. It was not immediately known whether the BSF personnel was killed by the terrorists or had fallen victim to 'friendly fire' as all security establishments have been directed to be on a high alert after the Indian army carried out surgical strikes.Udhampur-based Northern Command had tweeted a little after midnight only that "Baramulla incident situation contained and under control". Surprisingly, Home Ministry spokesman had claimed in the morning that two terrorists had been shot dead but this was corroborated neither by army, BSF or the local police.The spokesman later said that the report of killing of 2 terrorists was a "claim" and it was being "verified".According to BSF IG (Kashmir) Vikash Chandra, terrorists melted into the darkness and a search operation is on.PTI
Soldier killed in Kashmir by suspected militants:AFP
Baramulla attack: Forces giving befitting reply to terror attacks, says Rajnath Singh
India, Pakistan troops again trade fire along LoC
Jammu: India and Pakistan again resorted to exchange of firing in areas along LoC in Poonch district of J&K."There is heavy firing going on in forward areas in Shahpur sector of Poonch district", PTI quoting a police officer said.The firing started at around 1045 hours and is going on.Rising Kashmir
#BaramullaAttack: Operation called off, militants escape
Srinagar:Over 6-hour long search operation against militants was called off on Monday morning as the security forces said the attackers had failed to breach the security parameters of the army camp in north Kashmir's Baramulla town. risingkashmir
Baramulla attackers used ‘civilians’ as shields & escaped: Police
Prove Pak's lying & strikes took place:Kejriwal Urges Modi
New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal has urged PM Narendra Modi in a new video to expose "Pakistan's false propaganda" about the surgical strikes that were conducted by the army across the Line of Control last week.Pakistan has denied that the strikes took place, and accused India of passing off cross-border firing as raids conducted across the de facto border. Kejriwal, the CM of Delhi, all but asked the govt  to release footage of the strikes which were conducted on 7 terrorist launch pads or staging areas in PoK. Claiming that foreign media appears to be backing Pakistan's claim, he says, "My blood boils to see such reports".46-year-old CM  made it clear in his nearly 3 minute-long video, "I may have 100 differences with the PM, but I salute him for his approach towards Pakistan."NDTV
Surgical strikes should not be publicised: Kanhaiya Kumar
PM Modi, Ajit Doval war-mongers: Digvijaya Singh
New Delhi:Accusing ruling BJP of indulging in “chest-thumping” over Armys surgical strikes on terrorist launch pads across the LoC, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Sunday called PM  Narendra Modi a “war-monger”.“This kind of strikes have taken place earlier also. The only difference is this chest-thumping and media sort of going overboard. This never happened before because the earlier PM thought these issues are best left to be dealt with by the security forces,” Singh said .IANS
Pak, India NSAs agree to reduce tension along LoC: Aziz
Islamabad: National Security Advisors of India and Pakistan talked on Monday morning to reduce tension between the two neighbouring nations along the Line of Control.According to Adviser to PM  on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan`s NSA Nasser Janjua and his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval talked to diffuse tension between the two countries."Both the officials stressed on the need to establish contact to reduce tensions along the Line of Control," said Aziz. zeenews
Surgical strikes also carried out under Manmohan, we never publicised it: Congress
Asserting that the recent surgical strike by the Indian Army in PoK was not the first mission ever, as several of its kind was undertaken during the UPA regime, the Congress on Sunday took a swing at PM NarendraModi saying that his predecessor, Manmohan Singh never 'publicised' such operations. Speaking to ANI Congress leader Rajiv Shukla re-iterated former army chief, General Bikram Singh's statement that such strikes have taken place before as well.'Such operations have been carried out before, even during the time of Manmohan Singh ji but he never publicised it and kept beating the drum about it.ANI
#Kashmir: Valley remains calm on 87th day of shutdown
Srinagar:No restrictions were in place on the movement of people anywhere in the Kashmir Valley Monday where the nearly 3-month long agitation is showing signs of fatigue, PTI reported. However, normal life continued to remain affected for the 87th consecutive day due to the separatist sponsored strike. A police official said security forces have been deployed at some places, including market places, to instill a sense of security among the people so that they can carry out their day-to-day activities without fear.The official said the situation in Kashmir was improving with each day and there has been a significant increase in the movement of private and public transport, except buses, in uptown areas of the summer capital Srinagar, including in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk. However, life in downtown city and other parts of the Valley, including district headquarters and towns, remained affected for the 87th straight day due to the shutdown call of the separatists, who have been spearheading the ongoing unrest in the Valley seeking resolution of Kashmir issue. PTI
J-K govt shuts down English daily 'Kashmir Reader' to maintain ‘public tranquillity’in the Valley
Srinagar:Jammu and Kashmir govt  on Sunday ordered closure of a prominent English newspaper — Kashmir Reader — to maintain “public tranquillity” in the Valley.The decision shocked Kashmiri journalists, who said this is the first time in the 3 decades of conflict that the govt  had banned a newspaper.Srinagar deputy commissioner served a notice to the newspaper asking its printer, publisher and owner to abstain from printing till further orders so that “disturbance of public tranquillity is prevented”.DC said the newspaper was publishing material that “tends to incite acts of violence and disturb public peace and tranquillity”. The paper has been warned that it would forfeit its printing press and other properties if the order was not followed.The paper’s editor, Hilal Mir, said the newspaper was reporting the situation in Kashmir as it was. “We fail to understand how we incite violence when we have been reporting like any other media organisation except that we have tried to be more extensive in our reportage,” Mir said.The Kashmir Reader had published many stories on the alleged atrocities of the security forces during the unrest. It also became very popular online for its extensive coverage of the victims of the violence.The news of the order was shared by the paper on its Facebook page, drawing condemnation from several quarters.“The mountain of Shame,” wrote journalist Mir Liyaqat.“This only goes on to expose the hypocrisy and limits of facade of democracy they deploy to hide war crimes,” said Dibyesh Anand, professor of international relations at University of Westminster.HT
Govt bans publication of Kashmir Reader daily, says ‘its publication can incite violence and disturb peace’
Pakistan’s political leadership united over Kashmir issue: Pak media
Sharif discusses security situation along LoC with parliamentary leaders
'United Pak can counter Indian aggression': Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in Sharif's all-party meet
Bollywood Actress told Arnab Goswami to shut up and left his show
10 people arrested from Kerala, Tamil Nadu over alleged links to ISIS: Gulf News
Thiruvananthapuram: Police in Kerala have arrested nearly 10 people on suspicion of links to ISIS (Daesh). The arrests were made after NIA swooped down on suspected Daesh supporters in Kannur and Kozhikode districts and from Coimbatore in neighbouring Tamil Nadu state. The gang members were held on Sunday.Local media reported that another Keralite was arrested on Monday from Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu. The suspect was identified as a native of Thodupuzha. Police believe the alleged Daesh supporters may be about a dozen-strong, and that a few of them may have already gone abroad. The majority of suspects were apprehended on Sunday from Kanakamala near Panoor in Kannur district, and from Kuttiyadi in Kozhikode district. Based on information collected from them, NIA could apprehend their associates based in Tamil Nadu.Reports indicated that the police team comprised officials from Kerala, Delhi, Telangana and Tamil Nadu. The arrests were the result of continuing investigations by the NIA into the case of nearly two dozen people from Kerala disappearing apparently after associating with Daesh.Following the police operation against the suspects in Kannur district, a large number of local residents got wind of the development and rushed to the spot where the suspects were apprehended. The police vehicles could move away with the apprehended persons only with great difficulty. gulfnews
1 more terror suspect arrested in TN by NIA, taken to Kerala for further investigation
WhatsApp Grouped the 'ISIS Module', claim NIA Sources
NIA arrests 7 persons allegedly with Isis
After arresting 6 ISIS suspects in Kerala, NIA detains one more from Tamil Nadu: Zee news
Gujarat ATS arrests Hassan Imam from Bihar in 2002 Kolkata American Center attack case: Indian Express
Ahmedabad: Absconding for over 14 years, a key accused in 2002 Kolkata American Center attack case has been arrested by officials of the Gujarat ATS from Bihar’s Aurangabad district. ATS officials on Sunday said although there was no case against accused Imam Hasan (in his mid 40s) in Gujarat, he was a member of “Asif Raza Commando Force (ARCF)” having links with HuJI,which had attacked the American Center in Kolkata and killed 6 policemen.Hasan, who was arrested on Saturday, would be brought to Ahmedabad and soon handed over to the Kolkata Police, said the officials. Information on the whereabouts of Hasan came while the ATS was keeping a tab on “people involved in anti-national activities, sleeper cells and wanted accused in terror attacks in view of surgical strikes by the Indian Army following the terror attack in Uri”. According to the ATS, Hasan, a native of Bihar’s Gaya district, had changed his name to “Arif” and ran a small garment shop in Aurangabad. indian express
MP: Anti-terror message: Contractor turns translator to help Muslim body
Bhopal:A 40-year-old contractor from Seoni district of Madhya Pradesh has taken up a key role in a Muslim body’s fight against terrorism—translating anti-terror texts from Urdu to English and Hindi. Mohd Zaid Khan, a PG in Mathematics, has taken a sabbatical from his construction and fabrication business and is busy translating texts that expose the anti-Islamic face of terror outfits like Islamic State, Taliban, al-Qaeda and Boko Haram.A 44-page book titled ‘ISIS Daesh: Ek Aatish Va Azmaish’ was translated from an Urdu book written by a Hyderabad-based cleric Syed Hussain Madni and was released recently.“It is part of a mission by the sub sect of Sunni Muslims, Ahle Hadees,” Khan said, stressing that it was their attempt to stop the lure of extremist groups and their false ideology among youngsters.Already 1,000 copies of the book embodying fatwas (edicts) by Muslim clerics, have been distributed and a thousand more are slated for distribution in Seoni. Seoni has more than 15,000 Sunni Muslims loyal to Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadees Hind, the national body of Ahle Hadees followers.“With youngsters, particularly in neighbouring Maharashtra, falling prey to the terror and un-Islamic ideology of terror groups like ISIS, we’ve started a committed drive from Seoni to expose the true face of such outfits,” Ahle Hadees’s Seoni district secretary Maulana Abdul Qudoos ‘Umari’, said. Programmes by Ahle Hadees in public places and mosques largely focus on telling youths that Muslim scholars across the world have issued fatwas against ISIS.HT
BJP trying to divide Muslims on sectarian lines by creating rift among adherents of Sunni and Ahle Hadees sects: Mumbai Ex-Cong leader
Mumbai: Congress leader and former state minorities’ welfare minister Anees Ahmad on Sunday criticised the BJP govt for trying to create a rift among sects of Muslim community in the light of Central Wakf Council (CWC)’s allegations that he and Maulana Vastanvi acquired funds unfairly from it.Ahmad told The Asian Age that while PM  Narendra Modi has said that Muslims should be treated “as their own,” the actions of party leaders and its post holders say otherwise. Ahmad’s tirade has been prompted after the CWC alleged that he and Maulana Vastanvi had resorted to unfair means to get funds from the council. Vastanvi is a cleric based in Nandurbar, Maharashtra. According to CWC, a trust chaired by Ahmad’s wife took a loan worth Rs 1 crore from the wakf fund for a dental college but no such college was built. Vastanvi’s trust had taken a loan of Rs 1.1 crore without it being registered with the state wakf board.“BJP is trying to divide the Muslims in India on sectarian lines by creating a rift among the adherents of the Sunni and Ahle Hadees sects by resorting to mud-slinging and maligning their leaders through their stooges,” said Ahmad. Asian Age
Gujarat: Communal clashes in Vadodara, tear gas shells hurled at mob: indian express
Vadodara: The communally sensitive old city area of Vadodara witnessed a breach of peace, late on Sunday after two communities reportedly clashed during the coinciding Navratri celebrations and Muharram rituals. According to eye witnesses, stone pelting ensued after a brick was hurled at a Tazia procession undertaken by local Muslims near Koyali Faliya area of Fatehpura in the walled city. Soon, groups from both communities came face to face and attacked each other. Several units of the city police also rushed to the site to calm the situation. A senior officer said, “The incident occurred after 10:30 pm when a Tazia procession was passing close to a Hindu neighbourhood. Locals claim that a miscreant hurled a brick at the procession and the misunderstanding led to a clash. However, due to prompt police action and heavy rains simultaneously,crowds dispersed and the situation was brought under control.”Commissioner of Police, E Radhakrishana, said, “We have learnt that spontaneous stone pelting began when a Tazia procession was passing through the area.We are examining if this procession had sought police permission. If not, they will be booked for violating notifications. The city is peaceful as the police has brought the situation under control. It was not an adverse incident but a minor clash. We are analyzing the CCTV footage to identify the miscreants.”
Mob Violence, Police Action & Rising Communalism Haunt Alwar’s Muslim Meo community: The Wire
Alwar: Palpably nervous, 7-year-old Aslam clutched slightly-torn hem of his father’s kurta. “Let us go, Amma is alone (at home),” he said, nudging his father, Mohammad Islam. Islam and others had gathered around the Meo leader Nasru Khan. Khan was visiting the Meo-dominated hamlet of Revada Bas after several houses in the village were allegedly looted, ransacked and wrecked by a mob comprising members of the Bajrang Dal, Shiv Sena and BJP after Eid. “Don’t bother me anymore, go away,” a visibly traumatised Islam told his son. Islam’s family has been on the run ever since police raided the village in the late hours of Sept.14 (day after Bakr Eid) and claimed it had found the remains of 36 cows buried on the outskirts. The cops also said that the raiding team rescued six cows from slaughter. Over the next 2 days, the police arrested 12 people from the village and are still looking for another 12 named in FIR. Fearful, most families fled the village following the raid.Islam, along with a few others, decided to come back after helplessly moving from one place to another, but only to find his home a muddle of broken things.“They looted my house. My bed, fridge, kitchen, furniture are all broken. When we came back, we found our grain shack (a ten-feet high airtight container) punctured at various places, all my earnings destroyed,” he said.“Aslam is in a state of shock. He knows his friend’s father is in prison. He thinks if I get arrested, he and his mother will be left alone. So he always wants me by his side, always,” Islam told the leader.
Muslims in meat industry mull countrywide strike to protest against rising vigilantism, harassment
All-India organisation of Quresh – a Muslim subgroup that dominates the meat industry – has called a special general body meeting in Delhi in October to decide whether to call for a countrywide strike in protest against rising anti-cow slaughter vigilantism.The idea behind All-India Jamiat-ul-Quresh’s proposed strike – that will stop the supply of all kind of meat in the country – is to convey to the Union govt  that the growing belligerence of cow-protectionists has inflicted heavy economic losses on the Quresh community.Intimidation and violence by cow-vigilantes has created an ambience in which local authorities, especially the police, have taken to extorting money from those engaged in the meat trade. The Quresh group wants both these tormentors reined in. Jamiat-ul-Quresh believes that the BJP-led alliance at the Centre will not respond to the angst of Muslims because of its ideology, but could be prompted into action as the disruption in the supply of chicken and mutton will invite the ire of those Hindus whose staple is meat.Contrary to the myth of India being the land of vegetarians, different surveys have shown that between 60% and 70% of Indians above age of 15 are meat-eaters.
At root of a Hindu-Muslim clash in Delhi's Jahangirpuri was a dispute about encroachments
A communal clash on Sept.25 in Jahangirpuri, North West Delhi, in which Muslims were accused of shouting pro-Pakistan slogans, started with an argument over an illegal parking area, according to two prominent local residents in the area.The altercation, in which at least five persons were injured, began after a candlelight march that residents held in memory of the Indian Army soldiers killed in the terror attack on Uri in Jammu and Kashmir on Sept.18. Following this, several police teams were sent to the spot. Later four residents of a slum in C-D Park of Jahangirpuri were arrested on various charges, including rioting.The complaint on the basis of which an FIR was registered said, “The altercation started after the accused passed remarks at a woman, who participated in the candlelight march, and when others intervened, they started raising the slogan:Hindustan murdabaad, Pakistan zindabaad.”But Shaikh Israfil Qadri, president of the residents’ welfare association in Jahangirpuri, and Indermani Tiwari, the president of the body that organised the march, said that the fight started with an argument over an illegal parking lot close to a govt  school in the locality. This point, however, finds no mention in the complaint attached with the FIR.
RSS plans to create space for ideology, crack Left bastions
New Delhi: Writers, academics and policy makers will congregate in November in Bhopal’s Bharat Bhavan - considered a Left fortress - to discuss a plethora of issues with ‘nationalism’ existing on a continuum.A first of its kind colloquium, ‘Lokmanthan’ is being organised by the RSS backed think tank India Policy Foundation.3-day event from Nov.12 to 14 will see the RSS reach out to thinkers and writers from Latin American and African countries to explore themes of western hegemony, impact of colonisation on political discourse, art and culture. “There was a need to create space for alternate voices. Most of such conclaves and literary fests are Left dominated and proscribe opinion that does not match the communist ideology,” said RSS ideologue and IPF honorary director Rakesh Sinha.
Ex-ruling classes, Marathas, Muslims, still want OBC tag:HT
Mumbai: 2 major groups in Maharashtra are agitating for quota in govt jobs and educational institutions. Marathas constitute a third – in the absence of a caste census the numbers are an estimate – of the state’s population while the Muslims are about a ninth.There are several similarities in the two groups. Muslim and Maratha dynasties had, between them, ruled over the territory that is now Maharashtra for more than 7 centuries. These communities are not homogenous: among Muslims there are sects and groups identified by their occupation, language and origins. Marathas also have various sub-castes and some groups in these communities already access reservations as OBC. While both groups are demanding reservation of some kind, their demands have not been clearly laid out.Though they want a quota in both govt  jobs and education, Muslim groups are currently pursuing a demand for 5% reservation in educational institutions that the Bombay high court has allowed. The court had rejected a demand for a quota in jobs. “We are only asking for what the courts have approved. Govt of Maharashtra should allow Muslim students to get reserved seats,” said Dr Moinuddin Raut of the Muslim Kranti Andolan which has been holding meetings to raise public support for the demand. hindustantimes
Muslims join Marathas to push for reservations
Why India chose UAE crown price as its R-Day chief guest
New Delhi: The selection of the chief day for Republic Day carries a political message. The crown prince of Abu Dhabi will be the second leader from the Gulf to be the chief guest at the Republic Day parade after king of Saudi Arabia in 2006.In 2013, India almost had a chief guest from the Gulf region. But the sultan of Oman opted out on health grounds, and king of Bhutan became the guest for the event for the fourth time that year. Gulf is region is home to more than 7 million Indians. During 2015-16, India’s exports to GCC countries were US $ 41.71 billion. Bilateral trade during the period was US$ 97.46 billion. According to Moody’s investors service report,India gets 52.1% of its remittances from the Gulf nations (the exposure of Pakistan to the region is the highest at 61.2% of remittances). And the region is a key source for India’s steady oil imports.HT
Women’s entry to Haji Ali: Trust moves SC against Bombay HC order
Mumbai:Haji Ali Dargah Trust has approached the Supreme Court, challenging the Bombay High Court which had allowed women in the internal portion of the dargah.On August 26, the Bombay High Court lifted the ban imposed on women from entering the inner sanctum of Mumbai’s Haji Ali Dargah Noorjehan Fiaz and Zakia Soman, founders of Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA), had petitioned the Bombay High Court against the ban calling it unconstitutional.ANI
No interference in Muslim Personal Law, Rajnath Singh assures Dy. CM of Telangana  Ali
Hyderabad: Dy. CM of Telangana State, Mohammed Mahmood Ali called on Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh and apprised him of the anxiety of the Muslims of the country about the implementation of Uniform Civil Code. He requested the Home Minister not to take any action which interferes in Muslim Personal Law. During his visit in New Delhi, Ali briefed Rajnath Singh about the cases regarding divorce and polygamy among Muslims. He told him that Central Govt. is trying to create an atmosphere for the implementation of Uniform Civil Code. He apprised him of various meetings held in Hyderabad wherein it was asserted that Muslims cannot tolerate any change in their personal law since these are not manmade they are according to Allah and the traditions of Prophet. Rajnath Singh gave a clear assurance to Ali that Govt. does not have any intention to interfere in Muslim Personal Law. He also said that Govt. is not taking any steps for the implementation of Uniform Civil Code. He advised the Muslims not to have any apprehensions.siasat
Muharram moon sighted, Islamic Year 1438 Hijri begins in India, Pakistan from today
New Delhi/Islamabad: New moon of the month of Muharram-ul-Haram was sighted in various parts of India and Pakistan Sunday evening, corresponding to 29th of Dhul Hijjah. Accrodingly, Monday will be the first day of the new month and the New Islamic Year 1438 Hijri. "The moon of the Islamic month of Muharram was sighted today. Accordingly, the first day of the Islamic Year 1438 will be on Oct.03", Khalid Rasheed farangi Mahli of Markazi Chand Committee said in a statement released. "Youm-e-Ashura i.e. 10th of Muharram will be on Oct.12", he said. Imarat-e-Sharia Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Phulwari Sharif, Patna also released a statement telling the moon of the month of Muharram has been sighted. Similar statements have also been issued by Moon Sighting Committees in Mumbai, Nashik, New Delhi, Hyderabad and other places.Moon sighting committees in Pakistan also confirmed sighting of Muharram
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MP: Shivraj govt turns up heat after RSS man’s arrest, transfers top cops including Muslim officer
Pentagon paid PR firm $540m to make fake terrorist videos
The Pentagon paid a UK PR firm half a billion dollars to create fake terrorist videos in Iraq in a secret propaganda campaign exposed by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. PR firm Bell Pottinger, known for its array of controversial clients including the Saudi govt  and Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet’s foundation, worked with the US military to create the propaganda in a secretive operation. The firm reported to the CIA, the National Security Council and the Pentagon on the project with a mandate to portray Al-Qaeda in a negative light and track suspected sympathisers. Both the White House and General David Petraeus, former general who shared classified information with his mistress, signed off on the content produced by the agency. Bell Pottinger operation started soon after the US invasion of Iraq and was tasked with promoting the “democratic elections” for the administration before moving on to more lucrative psychological and information operations. Former employee Martin Wells told the Bureau how he found himself working in Iraq after being hired as a video editor by Bell Pottinger. Within 48 hours, he was landing in Baghdad to edit content for secret “psychological operations” at Camp Victory.The firm created television ads showing Al-Qaeda in a negative light as well as creating content to look as though it had come from “Arabic TV”. Crews were sent out to film bombings with low quality video. The firm would then edit it to make it look like news footage.They would craft scripts for Arabic soap operas where characters would reject terrorism with happy consequences. The firm also created fake Al-Qaeda propaganda videos, which were then planted by the military in homes they raided.Employees were given specific instructions to create the videos. “We need to make this style of video and we’ve got to use Al-Qaeda’s footage,” Wells was told. “We need it to be 10 minutes long, and it needs to be in this file format, and we need to encode it in this manner.”The videos were created to play on Real Player which needs an internet connection to run. The CDs were embedded with a code linking to Google Analytics which allowed the military to track IP addresses that the videos were played on.According to Wells, the videos were picked up in Iran, Syria and the US.“If one, 48 hours or a week later shows up in another part of the world, then that’s the more interesting one,” Wells explained. “And that’s what they’re looking for more, because that gives you a trail.”Pentagon confirmed PR firm did work for them under Information Operations Task Force (IOTF) creating content they say was “truthful”. Firm also worked under the Joint Psychological Operations Task Force (JPOTF). Pentagon said it could not comment on JPOTF operations. middleeastmonitor
Syrian army advances as 'Aleppo carnage' sparks fury
Syrian forces and their allies are pushing forwards in a major ground offensive to recapture Aleppo's rebel-held east, as international outrage grows over the fierce bombardment on the city's besieged areas.Dozens of Russian and Syrian govt  air strikes continued pounding the devastated city overnight, targeting battlefronts and residential neighbourhoods, according to activists. At least 6 people were killed in the raids on Sunday morning, activists told Al Jazeera.The ferocious air campaign "helped regime forces to advance in the north of the city", where they reached the outskirts of the al-Heluk district, Rami Abdel Rahman, director of Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) monitoring group, said. aljazeera
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Israel closes Ibrahimi Mosque to Muslim worshipers
Head caretaker of Ibrahimi Mosque, Hifzi Abu Sneineh, said: “Israeli authorities told us that the mosque will be closed for Muslims for six days.”Abu Sneineh said this is a “flagrant violation” of the freedom of practicing religious rituals for Muslims in an Islamic place of worship. “It is a clear provocation to the Muslims’ feelings,” he added. middleeastmonitor
Palestinians call for Abbas’ ouster: middleeastmonitor
Thousands of Palestinians at the Balata refugee camp in Nablus yesterday called for President Mahmoud Abbas to step down during a funeral for a resident who was shot by Palestinian security forces.Mourners carried the body of Diaa Marshoud from the morgue to the Ibad Al-Rahman Mosque in the camp in order to carry out prayers on his body.During the procession, scores of men fired shots in the air while others chanted demanding Abbas step down along with the head of the National Security Forces Nidal Abu Dukhan.Twenty-one-year-old Marshoud passed away on Wednesday hours after he and three other youths were injured after security forces fired at a vehicle they were in near the Balata refugee camp.
Ramallah court calls for Palestine polls in W. Bank only
Germany's finance minister presses for a "German Islam"
A veteran ally of Angela Merkel urged Muslims in Germany on Sunday to develop a "German Islam" based on liberalism and tolerance, saying the influx of people seeking refuge, many of them Muslims, is a challenge for mainstream society. Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, stepping out of his usual finance remit, urged tolerance, saying the arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants required a better understanding among Germans of what is important to them and how they want to live.Almost 1 million migrants from the Middle East and Africa, came to Germany last year, stoking social tensions and boosting support for the right-wing Alternative for Germany  party, which has said Islam is not compatible with the constitution.Reuters
Pope pays homage to tiny Catholic flock in Muslim Azerbaijan: Reuters
Saudi abandons Islamic calendar for govt pay: AFP
Riyadh: Saudi govt workers will be paid according to the Gregorian calendar instead of the Islamic Hijri calendar, making the working month longer as part of cost-cutting measures, newspapers reported on Monday.The change, approved by cabinet last week, brings civil service pay in line with the govt 's January-December fiscal year, the Arab News and Saudi Gazette reported. Reports said the latest austerity measure took effect on Oct.1.Saudi, the world's biggest oil exporter, is cutting govt  spending and re-orienting its economy after a collapse+ over the past two years of the global oil price which provided most of its revenue.Hijri calendar consists of 12 months of 29 or 30 days depending on the sighting of the moon, meaning the Islamic year is several days shorter than the Gregorian calendar, which is widely used in the world.Last week, cabinet also cut by 20 %  the salaries of ministers and froze the wages of lower-ranked civil servants.AFP
Colombia referendum: Peace deal with FARC rejected
Voters in Colombia's referendum have narrowly rejected a peace accord between the govt  and the Marxist group, FARC.The outcome of Sunday's vote endangers a deal expected to end 52 years of war and allow FARC fighters to re-enter society and form a political party. aljazeera
Jordanians reject 'stolen gas' in Israel-Jordan deal
Jordanian activists vowed to continue their protest against a $10bn gas deal signed by the Jordanian govt  and Israel last month.The agreement will see US-based Noble Energy and other investors in Israel's largest gas field supply Jordan's national electric company with 8.5 million cubic metres of gas over 15 years.Upon announcement of the deal, thousands of protesters took to the streets of the capital Amman on Friday chanting "The enemy's gas is occupation" and "No to gas imports from the Zionist enemy" and calling for the cancellation of the deal. aljazeera
Kunduz assault: Afghan Taliban 'enter city'
Taliban fighters have entered the strategic northern Afghan city of Kunduz, reports say.
An eyewitness told the BBC that he had seen the Taliban advance. Fierce fighting has been going on all day.The defence ministry has denied the city is in militant hands.Kunduz was briefly captured by the Taliban in September 2015 - the first time the insurgents had taken a major city - but government forces, backed by Nato, recaptured it within days.The Taliban have published a video apparently confirming they are once more inside the city.A member of the Kunduz provincial council, Amruddin Wali, also told Ariana News that the Taliban had raised their flag in a central square.The fighting comes a day before a major donors' conference in Brussels and highlights the precarious security situation after Nato pulled out combat forces.In southern Helmand province, militants also took a strategically important district to the south of Lashkar Gah, killing the local police chief, officials said earlier on
Taliban launch attacks in Afghanistan’s north and south
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