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Obama likely to seek Modi’s support against IS

جمعرات, ستمبر 25, 2014

(24 Sept, Wed. 2014)
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Obama likely to seek Modi’s support against IS
Washington: US President Barack Obama is expected to seek PM Narendra Modi’s support in his effort to create a global coalition against Islamic State. So far, more than 40 countries have joined the US-led international coalition against Islamic State  as it is better known across the globe. US and its partner countries on Monday started air strikes against IS positions in Syria. However, the US officials, including  Obama, insist that this is not a military coalition and countries can contribute in their own way.
 Modi is scheduled to meet Obama at the White House on Sept.29 over a private dinner, and the next morning at the Oval Office for the official meeting during which the issue of IS is “definitely” expected to come up for discussion. Officials familiar with the preparations of the Modi-Obama summit acknowledged that IS would be part of discussion between the two leaders, during which they are likely to touch upon the current situation in the Middle East. Obama, as he has been doing with other global leaders, is expected to urge Modi to join the international coalition against the IS. The White House, however, has refused to make any comment on the substance of discussion between Obama and Modi next week. PTI
Insertion of Muslim icons in social science text book creates storm in Maharashtra
Mumbai: A controversy has been brewing in Maharashtra over the inclusion of images of Muslim educationists in Urdu text books for govt  run schools used in on replacement with some Marathi icons. This move has brought the wrath of Marathi hardliners, who are describing it as an attack on Marathi pride. Meanwhile state Urdu department and teachers are up in arm calling it a first bold ‘inclusive’ step. Bal Bharati Maharashtra State Bureau of Text Books, under state education ministry has the monopoly over management of syllabus and publication of primary classes Govt  text books. In this annual summer vacation as the process goes, Bal Bharati designed the syllabus in Marathi which then has to be translated in English, Urdu, Hindi and Gujarati mediums by respective departments.
 As the new draft was moved in for publication in the Urdu department, a third standard book titled ‘Mahaul ka Mutalaa’ (Environment Studies) a compilation of several social subjects, caught the attention of Khan Naved Ulhaq, a special officer and in fact the sole staff working in the primary classes’ Urdu department. This text book has a chapter on personalities who did great work for the promotion of education; it also gave an exercise to pupils to find out with their teachers more about the given icons and their contribution to society. To Naved ul Haq’s surprise not even a single personality in the text book draft was a Muslim. He decided to include some in Urdu copied translation. He added the images of Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad, Zakir Hussain, Badruddin Tayabji ex-president of Indian National Congress and first Indian Solicitor and first Indian chief justice of Bombay High Court, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, Fatima Sheikh, first Muslim women teacher who along with Savitri Phule started first girls school in India, Hakeem Abudl Hameed the founder of Hamdard University. Special Urdu officer of Bal Bharati facilitated Muslim icons in the text book chapter by removing the images of Maharaja of Baroda Sayyajirao Gaikwad, Shaho Maharaj of Kholapur, women emancipation and education activists Pandita Ramabai, Maharishi Dhundu Karve, Karamveer Bahurao Patil, and Punjabrao Deshmukh. Somehow this move caught the eye of the history department of MSBT and subsequently passed on to Maharashtra’s leading Marathi news daily Lok Satta. In its 19th July edition Lok Satta carried a front page news report presenting swapping of images as a communal act and made it an issue of Marathi pride. TCN
Bombay HC: No govt can force anyone to list religion
Mumbai: No person in India can be compelled to declare his religion, the Bombay high court ruled on Wednesday while hearing a PIL seeking direction to the Maharashtra govt  to not insist on declaration of religion on official forms and documents. The petition was filed by Dr Ranjeet Mohite, Kishore Nazare and Subhash Ranaware, who claimed to be members of Full Gospel Church of God, which they said had more than 4,000 members. Though they believe in Jesus Christ, they do not believe in Christianity or any other religion.They approached the state printing press, seeking to issue a gazette notification that said that they were not Christians and belonged to "no religion". The state rejected their application forcing them to file a PIL in the HC. A division bench of Justices Abhay Oka and A S Chandurkar directed the Union and state govt s "not to compel any individual to declare or specify his religion in any form or any declaration". The court said that "every individual has the right to claim that he does not belong to any religion and that he does not practice or profess any religion". Centre and the Maharashtra govt  had opposed the petition, saying no reliefs could be granted. They claimed that "no religion" in official forms cannot be treated as a religion or as a form of religion.TOI
Citizen can declare, he does not belong to any religion:HC
We do not speak against Muslim fundamentalism as strongly as we should: Digvijaya to congress
New Delhi: Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh believes the grand old party has to redefine its approach to secularism to shed a "negative image" that is seen as one of the main reasons for its political downslide. Singh said the party needs to attack Muslim fundamentalism as strongly as it pounces upon Hindu fanaticism, saying its absence had given extra political space to its saffron opponents, leading to the party's debilitating defeat in the Lok Sabha polls. "We do not speak against Muslim fundamentalism as strongly as we should. We have to attack Hindu and Muslim fundamentalism in the same manner," he told TOI. Singh said the image of Congress as being concerned only about Hindu fanaticism gave RSS an opening to carry out its "appeasement" campaign against the principal rival. For political revival, Singh said Congress has to work on reinventing its socio-economic policies, political leadership and organization, while redoing secularism as it is viewed by the party. "We have to redefine secularism. It has been badly maligned (by RSS and others). And now it is associated with Muslim appeasement, which it is not," he lamented. The remark is significant given that Singh has been at the forefront of Congress' "secular" charge, wrangling with political rivals on issues pertaining to Muslims, many times even triggering controversies like in the Batla House encounter case.However, Singh said he has also been vocal about minority fundamentalist groups — a view that he feels should become a pronounced party practice to weaken the rivals' bid to brand Congress as outfit of "minority appeasement". After the electoral defeat, the common diagnosis in the Congress camp attributed it to a perception of being "tilted towards minorities". times of indua
Ajit Sahi lashes out at law enforcement, media for falsely implicating innocent Muslims youth in terror charges
Bijapur: Stating that the law enforcement agencies have meted out gross injustice against the innocent Muslims by falsely implicating them in terror charges, veteran Delhi-based journalist, Ajit Sahi has regretted that even a large section of media has remained part of this injustice by not presenting the facts, and only harping on untrue news. Speaking after inaugurating the seminar of ‘Politics of terror, myths and reality’ organised by Students Islamic Organisation (SIO) on Tuesday evening here, he accused the media of filing all sorts of stories against arrested Muslims youths without verifying the facts.“The media suddenly swings into action when they get the news of Muslim youth arrested on terror charges. We began reading and watching strange stories about these men. But a few years later, when the same men are released by the court when nothing against them is proved, the media hardly tries to investigate to find out why they were arrested when no charge was proved”, Sahi said. He said that most terrible thing the media and the law enforcement agencies are doing, was not trying to find out the real culprits if the first arrested person has been found innocent.“This is the glaring questions the media should ask, who are the real culprits if the released are innocent. Where the real culprits are and what action was taken to arrest them”, he remarked. Sahi also accused a section of judiciary of being biased in giving justice to Muslims youth. Terming some judges of suffering from prejudice about Muslim men, he said who will help innocent people if the judiciary turn blind eye on them. The veteran journalist said that most of the major political parties including Congress, SP and BSP who call themselves secular, were the ones who have done injustice to the Muslim youth in the States they were ruling. “The Muslims must understand and come out of the notion that only BJP is against Muslim, the fact is that Congress and other parties too have done nothing better for Muslims in States such as Maharashtra, Delhi, Rajasthan where the party is either ruling or has ruled. the hindu
Kashmir Flood: Shafat, dead Dainik Jagran photographer's kin look for answers in receding waters: Indian Express
Srinagar: In the story of the devastating flood in J&K, Shafat Sidiq is a braveheart of a unique kind. Unlike several youths who died trying to save trapped people, Shafat was a storyteller who lost his life while documenting the fury of the Jhelum waves. He was among the senior photojournalists working in Kashmir and his colleagues say this flood was his only assignment when he couldn’t file his pictures. When his body was found 5 days after he went missing on Sept.7, his cameras were hanging around his neck. Shafat is survived by wife Yasmeen, 18-month-old son Mohammad, ailing father Mohammad Sidiq, mother Saleema and two sisters. The family was dependent on his earnings. His family said Shafat was working with Dainik Jagran newspaper for years. “He was sent by his office to take photographs, why didn’t they look for him,’’ Shafat’s mother Saleema Bano asked. “I will have this complaint till I die. We don’t know what happened to him. How did he die? How long was he in the water? His newspaper didn’t even contact us for those 5 days while we searched for him”. However, Jagran editor in J&K, Abhimanyu Sharma, said he was a stringer who contributed pictures “shouqia”(as a hobby). “He didn’t have a contract with us. He was only paid for the pictures he took for us,’’ he said. Sharma said his organisation is trying to find ways to help his family.
Man slaps Imam who made objectionable 'Navratri' remarks outside court
Anand: A man here today slapped a Muslim cleric Imam Mehadi Hasan while he was being taken to a court after his arrest for allegedly hurting religious sentiments of a community by making objectionable comments about 'Navratri', police said."A man identified as Rakesh today slapped and pushed Imam Mehadi Hasan just outside the court when police were taking the Imam to produce him before the judicial magistrate at Thasra in Kheda district," a police officer said. PTI
Imam whose skullcap Modi refused arrested for Garba remark
Ahmedabad: The Muslim cleric who offered Narendra Modi a skullcap three years ago was on Tuesday arrested for allegedly describing garba as entertainment for the doers of “demonic deeds”. The Kheda district police arrested Sufi Imam Mehdi Hasan from his village Rustampura in Thasra taluka on the charge of insulting religious sentiments.  indian express
BJP, Sena back to talks after RSS intervenes
Mumbai:The standoff between the BJP and Shiv Sena over seat sharing for the Maharashtra assembly elections ended on Tuesday with the RSS bluntly telling the BJP that it cannot break ties with an ideological partner. The intervention brought both sides to the talks table again. Leaders of both parties held discussions on Tuesday evening with smaller allies RSP, Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana, RPI (Athawale) and Shiv Sangram. The compromise formula, in which the Shiv Sena has agreed to give more seats to the BJP, also includes more representation of the party in PM Narendra Modi’s council of ministers. Top state leaders of the two oldest NDA allies sat down for talks ending a tense stand-off, a day after BJP President Amit Shah called up Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. According to the latest proposal, Shiv Sena would contest 150 seats, BJP 126 and allies 12. indian express
India scripts history, becomes the first country to send Mars Orbiter in first attempt: Indian Expres
New Delhi: The Indian Space Research Organisation’s Mars Orbiter Spacecraft successfully entered the orbit of Mars on Wednesday morning after a liquid motor engine fired effectively for a little over 24 minutes to impart a little over the required velocity of 1098 metres per second at 1099 metres per sec. $ 71 million mission, one of the cheapest undertaken by any space faring nation, puts ISRO among an elite league of three other space agencies to undertake a successful voyage to the Red Planet. The successful entry of the MOS into the orbit of Mars (further data is still awaited on the exact orbit achieved) makes India the first country to make it to Mars on its first attempt. indian express
Dabholkar ‘séance’: State police report gives clean chit to ex-Pune top cop: Indian Express
Pune: A little over two months after an article in Outlook magazine alleged that the Pune police had used superstitious practices while investigating the murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, videos of which were released subsequently, an inquiry report by the Maharashtra Police which has cleared the Pune police and its then commissioner Gulabrao Pol has been submitted to the state govt. Though senior officers, including the Maharashtra Police chief, refused to talk about the findings, Dabholkar’s family and journalist Ashish Khetan, author of the magazine’s report, have alleged that the govt has tried to cover up the matter. In the videos released by Khetan, Pol is purportedly seen telling Khetan that he had met a policeman-turned-godman, Manish Thakur, who performed black magic and asked him to “call Dabholkar’s soul”. Dabholkar, an anti-superstition activist, was murdered on Aug.20 last year.
No let-up in tension between Muslim groups in MP's Gorwa: TOI report
Vadodara: The unease between Muslims from Uttar Pradesh and local Muslims isn't showing any signs of subsiding. Hours after clashes erupted in Gorwa on Monday night, some unidentified persons damaged about a dozen auto rickshaws in Sayajigunj area. Some people went about smashing windshields of the autos and police believe that this is a fall out of the Gorwa tussle. Locals say that the miscreants were shouting "Bhaag jaao yahan see...(Go away from here)." The Sayajigunj police began investigations into the case but it is yet to track down the accused. Locals said that the scuffle between two groups of the Muslim community in Navayard may have led to the incident. Wary of the fact that the groups may again clash, the city police have stepped up security and patrolling in Navayard and Gorwa. "We are patrolling the areas round the clock to ensure that no untoward incident occurs. The encroachments in these areas have been removed and the situation is under control," said a police official. TOI
Supreme Court for independent probe into encounters
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that an independent and thorough investigation should be held into encounter deaths to restore the faith of the public in the police force.The court also held that no out-of-turn promotion or gallantry award should be given to police officers involved in encounter killings unless the gallantry was proved beyond reasonable doubt. Passing the judgment, a three-judge Bench led by Chief Justice of India R.M. Lodha said the right to live with dignity applied to all and the state had no right to take the law in its hands by way of extra-judicial killings. the hindu
Repeated ‘missed calls’ to a woman could land you in jail
Patna: Those in the habit of harassing a woman through repeated missed calls in Bihar could find themselves in jail. “Strict action will be taken against anyone harassing a woman or girl through repeated missed calls,” said Harpreet Kaur, Superintendent of Police, weaker section. The State police received hundreds of harassment complaints everyday, she added. “Through a recent amendment to Section 354 of the IPC, there is a provision for legal action against those found guilty of harassing a girl or woman through repeated phone calls or any other communication,” Arvind Pandey, Inspector General of Police, weaker section, said. the hindu
Bidar:Slaughterhouse has violated rules, say officials
Officials, who inspected the controversial slaughterhouse and bone processing unit in Chitaguppa village in Humnabad taluk on Tuesday, have found that it has violated some preconditions for licence.  District Food Safety Officer Devendra Jeerobe and Circle Inspector of Police Shivanand Pawadshetty, among others, inspected the unit. They collected samples and sent them for tests to Bangalore. Govt would initiate a series of measures under the Food Safety Act of 2006, including closure of the factory, if the tests reveal irregularities, said a release. Sources revealed that the unit had violated conditions related to hygiene, pollution and public health. The factory had to follow some quarantine protocols about slaughter, storage and transportation. the hindu
Gujarat village’s Muslim saint died saving cows: TOIreport
Ahmedabad: Young girls from the minority community dance with Hindu girls during Navratri in Chhala village. Similarly, Hindus are ass enthusiastic as Muslims in offering mehendi at the Hasu Dada Dargah in the village when their prayers for something are answered. Sarpanch Shivabhai Chaudhary said that the entire village comes out to participate in the ceremony organized for offering mehendi at the dargah. "Of the nearly 1500 houses in the village, 300 are Muslim. But there has never been any religious conflict in Chhala.In Navratri, Muslims too donate generously," said Chaudhary. The sarpanch further said that Muslims take part even in the procession of Goddess Amba, and also give donations.Anwar Zalori, a resident of the village and an elected representative of the gram panchayat, said that the Hindus worship Hasu Dada, a Muslim saint, who laid down his life to save cows. "Since then, Dada has been worshipped by both Hindus and Muslims," Zalori said. TOI
Gujarat Muslims helped build Ram temple: TOI report
Ahmedabad: Not only in Navratri but also during the pilgrimage to Ambaji when residents of Limbadia village on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, play host to thousands of Hindus passing through Limbadia on foot to the temple of the Goddess. Even the farmhouse where the pilgrims halt at night or are served food belongs to a Muslim, former Congress minister Kasam Tirmizi. The former minister said that minority community members of Limbadia had also donated generously for construction of the Ramji temple in the village. "The land on which the temple stands was donated by my forefathers. Also, even in organizing Navratri, Muslims play a major role," said Tirmizi. Sarpanch of the village, Harshad Patel, said that when the Ramji temple was being built, the 7 Muslim houses in the village donated Rs 1 lakh. TOI
Telangana: ‘Shadi Mubarak’ scheme for Muslim brides
CM K. Chandrashekar Rao has named the cash benefit scheme of Rs. 51,000 to Muslim brides as ‘Shadi Mubarak’. This scheme is on the lines of the Kalyana Lakshmi scheme proposed for tribal and dalit women getting married. the hindu
Indian films rank high on sexualisation of women, 35% of characters in Indian movies shown with some nudity: UN
India tops the charts in showing attractive women in its movies and as much as 35 per cent of these women characters are shown with some nudity, finds a first-ever UN sponsored global study of women characters in popular films across the world. The study, commissioned by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, with support from UN Women and The Rockefeller Foundation, reveals deep-seated discrimination, pervasive stereotyping, sexualisation of women and their underrepresentation in powerful roles by the international film industry.Indian films, the study finds, have a significantly higher prevalence of sexualisation of women character. Indian films are third behind German and Australian movies in showing women in “sexy attire”. About 35%of women characters in Indian movies are shown with some nudity, the study finds. PTI
Hamid Ansari advocates minority 'reservation' as 'affirmative action'
Mumbai: Vice president Hamid Ansari announced his support to reservation for minorities as he visited a college in Mumbai Tuesday. Ansari said, "The Constitution ensures all citizens equal opportunity. If some people are found to be less than equal, then the state has to take necessary steps to place them on an equal footing.'' He said that rather than using the term 'reservation' he would prefer to call it 'affirmative action'. TOI
Army’s wary of Chinese incursions in Arunachal
Kolkata: With the standoff with China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) continuing in the Chumar sector of northeast Ladakh, the Indian Army's Eastern Command has gone into a state of readiness to check any incursion from across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) into Arunachal Pradesh. "It has been our experience that the Chinese start trouble in Ladakh and then turn their attention to Arunachal Pradesh. In April 2013, the PLA ventured into Indian territory in the Depsang area of Ladakh, pitched tents and stayed there for nearly 20 days. This was followed up by an incursion in the Chaglagam area of Arunachal Pradesh in August by the PLA. Chinese troops reportedly crossed over the LAC and occupied territory 20 km inside the Anjaw district for nearly four days. We are keeping our fingers crossed," a senior officer said. times of india
Adityanath’s outfit to pitch him as CM face for 2017
Hindu Yuva Vahini (HYV), a pro-Hindu outfit headed by Yogi Adityanath, would form active organisational units across UP with the objective to project the controversial BJP MP as CM ial candidate for 2017 UP Assembly poll.Indian express
Rajat Sharma new head of News Broadcasters Association
News Broadcasters Association today announced appointment of office bearers for the year 2014-15 with India TV's Rajat Sharma as the President and Ashok Venkatramani of ABP News as the Vice President. A statement from the Association, which represents private television news and current affairs broadcasters, said Sharma, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of India TV has been appointed as the President. PTI
Ex-chairman of UP Minority Commission threatened by goons in Mumbai
Mumbai: The ex-chairman of Uttar Pradesh’s Minority Commission, Tahir Ashrafi, was threatened by goons near Hume School in Nagpada on Monday. The goons threatened him against joining or working for the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM). If he were to join the party, the goons threatened to kill him and his son.
Minority schools don’t really represent minorities
Mumbai:Mumbai is increasingly turning into a city of minority schools. And an examination of figures obtained from the education department reveals that several well-regarded minority educational institutions in the city have admitted only a small percentage of students from the community they claim to represent. Each school assigned a special grade under guidelines defined by National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions retains several benefits, chief among them being the licence to be exempt from adhering to reservation policies in admitting students or hiring staff, and greater autonomy in setting fee structure. Of the 1,576 schools in Mumbai's 3 zones, 688 have been granted minority status by the Maharashtra Minorities Development Department. Mumbai Mirror's review of student ratios in five of the most prestigious South Mumbai schools granted special status shows that not one has admitted more than 15% of pupils from the minority community it is meant to serve.A minority institution, according to the guidelines set down by the Commission, is one that is "established or maintained by a person or group of persons from amongst the minorities". Mumbai Mirror
Jail official asked me to cut beard, terror accused tells court, seeks compensation: Indian Express
Mumbai: A 33-year-old terror accused has filed a complaint against the superintendent of Arthur Road jail for allegedly ordering him to cut his beard. Abdul Latif alias Guddu, accused of plotting strikes at ONGC headquarters and two markets in the city in 2010, has demanded Rs 10 lakh as compensation and strict action, including suspension, to be taken against the jail authority for “hurting his religious sentiments”. In his complaint submitted to a sessions court on Sept.19, Latif alleged that on Sept.18, during a “weekly round”, superintendent Ahir Rao questioned him regarding his beard. According to the complaint, Latif responded by saying, “I am a Muslim, and have kept a beard in accordance with my religion”. “Nobody is a Muslim in jail. If you keep a beard, you’ll rot longer in jail. I want this beard cut,” Rao is alleged to have instructed, according to the complaint copy.“This is against my religion,” Latif objected. In his complaint, Latif alleged that Rao had directed the jailor to ensure that his orders were complied with. “On the same day, the complainant prepared this application addressed to the superintendent to roll back the said unconstitutional order, which was handed over to Jailor Ade, but he refused to accept it and insisted that Latif cut his beard. Ade further turned down to give any acknowledgment on the application (sic),” the complaint read. Latif, through his complaint, prayed for the suspension of Rao for “illegal, unconstitutional, inhumane, anti-religious remarks.” A copy of the complaint was also sent to Gulzar Azmi, member of the State Minorities Commission and Jamiat Maharashtra. Advocate Shahid Nadeem Ansari said, “The accused has had a beard for a long time, and not only him, others facing serious charges of terrorism also sport beards. A month ago, Rao stopped 7/11 blast accused Abdul Waheed din Mohammed from carrying a Quran inside the jail,” Shahid alleged.
Bijnor blast suspects may be in Uttarakhand: The Hindu
Dehradun: Security has been beefed up in the Haridwar and Pauri districts after news of a possibility of reports that 3 men, who are suspects in the recent Bijnor blast, believed to have fled to Uttarakhand. According to the police, the suspects are members of the SIMI. Ram Singh Meena, ADG of Police (law and order) said, “Teams of the Uttarakhand and the UP police are combing the areas in Haridwar and Pauri districts which lie on the Uttarakhand-UP border.” the hindu

Jordan Islamists, Muslim Brotherhood reject anti-ISIL campaign, describes it as "a new crusade
Amman: Islamist leaders in Jordan have criticized their country's participation in a US-led air offensive against the Islamic State (ISIL) in Syria after the military confirmed it had carried out airstrikes on Tuesday against the militant group. "These strikes should have been directed at the Jews, who just pounded Gaza and killed its people," Jordanian salafist leader Mohamed al-Shalabi told AA.Describing the anti-ISIL campaign as "a new crusade," al-Shalabi asserted that it was "haram" (religiously prohibited) for Muslims to join the offensive. "These are Western agendas that aim to undermine Islam," he said. Zaki Bani Arshid, deputy leader of Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood, for his part, reiterated his group's rejection of Jordan's participation in the campaign. "This is not our war; we aren't interested in fighting on others' behalf," he told AA. AA
Fears in Jordan over attacks on ISIL: aljazeera
Hezbollah leader opposes US-led action in Syria
The leader of Hezbollah said his Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim group opposed US-led air strikes on Syria. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, whose group has been helping Syria's President Bashar al-Assad fight a Sunni-dominated insurgency, was speaking after strikes against Islamic State and other groups in Lebanon's neighbor Syria."We are against US military intervention and an international coalition in Syria, whether that (action) is against the regime or IS," he said. todayszaman
Turkish group protests US air strikes, says 25 Turks killed
A group of 40 people staged a demonstration outside Galatasaray University near İstanbul's famed Taksim Square, demanding the "imperialist powers" halt their air strikes, which have allegedly killed only civilians and rebels fighting against Syrian regime, including 25 Turks. Group is made up of activists from Freedom Association (Özgür-Der), Association for Solidarity & Defense of Humanity (İmkan-Der) and Leading Generation Association (Öncü Nesil Derneği). In a largely peaceful rally, group chanted anti-US slogans. Todayszaman
Officials: Turkish air space not used in strikes against ISIL
US told Iran of its plan to attack ISIL, assured Assad not targeted
The United States informed Iran in advance of its intention to strike ISIL militants in Syria and assured Tehran that it would not target the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a senior Iranian official told Reuters. worldbulletin
ISIL advances on Kurdish town in Syria after US-led air strikes: Reuters  report
Islamic State (ISIL) has reinforced fighters who are battling Kurdish forces for control of a Syrian town at the border with Turkey in the last day, a redeployment triggered by US-led air strikes on the group elsewhere, a Kurdish military official said. Öcalan İso, deputy leader of the Kurdish forces defending the town of Kobani at the Turkish border, said more ISIL fighters and tanks had arrived since the US-led coalition began air strikes on the group on Tuesday. todayszaman
West trains Iraq Kurds to fight ISIL
Western countries including the US are training Kurdish peshmerga forces in Iraq to fight ISIL militants who have overrun around a third of the country. Outgunned and untested for years, the Kurds failed their first major test on the battlefield last month, when ISIL militants overran their positions in northwestern Iraq, prompting air strikes by the US. Since then, at least 8 countries have begun arming the Kurds, whose Soviet-era weaponry proved ineffective against insurgents flush with military hardware plundered from the Iraqi army after it abandoned its posts in June. World bulletin
Saudi Arabia confirms role in strikes in Syria: worldbulletin
Turkey no longer has upper hand over PKK due to ISIL advance: todayszaman report
Leader of Khorasan group killed in Syria strike
Kuwait:  Leader of a little-known militant group in Syria, known as Khorasan, was killed in a US airstrike on Tuesday in Syria, jihadist sources confirmed on Wednesday. Muhsin al-Fadhli, a Kuwaiti-born al-Qaida leader, was killed along with his wife and daughter in the raids that targeted several group sites in the northwestern province of Idlib, the sources, which have close links to al-Fadhli's family in Kuwait, told Anadolu Agency. AA
Red Alert in Malaysia as Filipino Abu Sayyaf Pledges Allegiance to ISIS in Video: IB times
The Malaysian city of Sabah is on red alert after a video, in which the Filipino terrorist group Abu Sayyaf pledges allegiance to Islamic State, has gone viral. In July, Isnilon Hapilon, the leader of the extremist group, posted a video of him along with other masked men on YouTube, openly declaring their support to ISIS. The video shows the leader of Abu Sayyaf, who is one of the world's most wanted terrorists, wearing a black gown surrounded by masked supporters of the organisation. The video, which shows the symbol of the Islamic State in its opening scene, is believed to have been filmed somewhere in the jungles of the southern Philipines, across from Sabah in Malaysia. ibtimes
Assad backs any international effort against `terror`: Syria
Syria air strikes: America’s attacks on ISIS may help Assad keep his regime alive: Robert Fisk
Some Syrian rebels fear US strikes will help Assad
Recognize post-Morsi revolution; shun ideology mixing religion & politics: Sisi’s conditions to reconcile with MB
Egypt's military backed President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi has said that reconciliation with the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) would not be carried out unless the group recognises the June 30 revolution and all consequent political, legal and constitutional arrangements. Chief Editor of the Egyptian paper Al-Shorouk Emad El-Din Hussein reported a source close to Al-Sisi saying: "The president's proposal to include the Muslim Brotherhood and their allies in the political process is not conditioned only on their renouncement of violence, but with the change of the current leadership." The source said that the hands of the current MB leadership were "tainted with blood" and they have refused all the political solutions proposed to them. "This led the country to the open-ended circle of violence," the source added. According to the source: " Muslim Brotherhood has to give up its old ideology based on mixing between religion and politics...If the Muslim Brotherhood leaders wanted to be involved in politics, they needed to only be politicians. Egypt suffered too much in the previous years from the mix and the new constitution criminalises mixing politics and religion. "Previously, Al-Sisi told AP that the MB had a chance to rule Egypt without violence and that was clear in "our speech" on July 3." Meanwhile, the MB refused these conditions and remarks. It said Al-Sisi is aiming to "market [himself] to the international community".  Middle east monitor
British lawyer of Bangladesh Jamaat calls for Sayedee verdict review in ‘impartial’ court, says war crimes trials had failed to meet even a basic standard of fairness
British lawyer Toby Cadman, defending the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami leadership, has asked Bangladesh govt  to get a review of Delwar Hossain Saydee’s conviction at “an internationally appointed, independent and impartial tribunal”. He urged the Hasina administration to not execute Supreme Court’s life-in-jail verdict for the war criminal who is number two in the Jamaat pecking order. He cited “concerns about due process and protection of fundamental fair trial rights” in making his case. The Jamaat counsel reiterated "very serious concerns" with the "deeply flawed and corrupted" trial process.Sayedee's third son Masood Sayedee after the verdict said they would appeal against the sentence although Attorney General Mahbubey Alam had initially said there was no scope for a review. Cadman said the verdict had no "proper basis" in Bangladeshi law and that the Jamaat leader had been denied justice in a "politically motivated" trial. He claimed the war crimes trials had "failed to meet even a basic standard of fairness". The foreign counsel for the party called on the UNHCR to put pressure on Dhaka to ensure that Sayedee’s case “is properly reviewed”. He pleaded with the international community "to intervene in this sham of a judicial system, sham of a justice process". According to him, the tribunal judges and prosecutors do not have "necessary experience" to deal with these cases. "Their lack of knowledge of fundamental principles of international criminal law and human rights law is apparent through many of these judgments," he said replying to a question. bdnews24
Turkish govt allows headscarf in high schools
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