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  1. AFGHANISTAN – IS beheads 10 Taliban militants in Afghanistan

    At least 10 Taliban militants were allegedly beheaded by the Islamic State (IS) group in Afghanistan where both are locked in a battle for control of many regions, Efe news agency reported on Wednesday.

    A group of IS insurgents on Tuesday intercepted a dozen Taliban militants in a remote area in the eastern province of Nangarhar and beheaded them, said Numan Hatifi of the 201st Corps of the Afghan National Army.

    The Taliban militants were captured while trying to flee after a gun battle with the Afghan security forces, official source said.

    Dozens of insurgents have died or been injured in the last few weeks in armed clashes between the Taliban and the IS to gain control over several regions of Nangarhar.

    Hatifi said that the IS, which has arrived in Afghanistan recently, has snatched control from the Taliban in several regions and begun recruiting candidates for its regime.

    Regions like Nangarhar bordering Pakistan are of strategic importance for insurgents in Afghanistan where the dynamics of conflict has changed due to the recent rise of new groups loyal to the IS.

    IS’s first attack in Afghanistan in April led Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to declare that the country is facing “a new kind of war” by foreign terrorists.

  2. Turkey Smuggled Jihadist Fighters into Syria

    A Turkish daily on Friday published images it said showed the Turkish spy agency helping to smuggle jihadists into Syria, the latest allegations by the newspaper accusing the authorities of aiding extremist groups across the border.

    The government had last week lambasted the Cumhuriyet daily for publishing video footage the paper said showed the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) helping send weapons to Syria early last year.

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said its editor Can Dundar would pay a “heavy price” and promptly filed a criminal complaint demanding he serves multiple life sentences.

    But Friday’s story showed the staunchly secular Cumhuriyet is not giving any ground in an increasingly tense standoff with Erdogan’s Islamist government ahead of Sunday’s legislative elections.

    Cumhuriyet said that a group of jihadists were first brought to the Turkish border town of Reyhanli on January 9, 2014 from Atme refugee camp in Syria in a clandestine operation.

    From there, they were smuggled into Tal Abyad, a border town used by the Islamic State (IS or ISIS) as a gateway from Turkey, on two buses rented by the MIT, Cumhuriyet claimed.

    The daily showed images of the buses, which it said were stopped by police a day after the operation following a tip-off that they were smuggling drugs into Syria.

    Erdogan’s fury

    It was revealed that the buses had been used to smuggle jihadists after investigators found bullets, weapons and ammunition abandoned in the buses, the paper said.

    The drivers of the buses, who were briefly arrested, said in their testimony they were told that they were carrying Syrian refugees and the vehicles were rented by the MIT.

    Last week Cumhuriyet published footage from January 19, 2014 showing Turkish security forces discovering boxes of what it described as weapons and ammunition being sent to Syria on MIT trucks intercepted near the Syrian border.

    The story touched a nerve as it accused Erdogan of covering up arms shipments to Syrian rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad, a claim the president vehemently denies.

    Turkey’s Islamist AKP government has long been accused of directly supporting jihadist rebels in Syria, including Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front, and even turning a blind eye to ISIS advances, in order to quash Kurdish hopes for autonomy in Syria.

    In his complaint to prosecutors, Erdogan demanded Dundar serves two life sentences and 42 years in prison for espionage and publishing false information, sparking outrage at home and abroad.

    Tensions are running high in Turkey in the run-up to Sunday’s parliamentary elections where Erdogan wants his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to secure a commanding majority in parliament.

    This would allow the party to rewrite the constitution and create the powerful executive-style presidency Erdogan yearns for.
    Turkey: Cumhuriyet, jihadists escorted by secret services

    Turkish secret service agents with Mit allegedly escorted jihadist militants to Syria, opposition daily Cumhuriyet reported on Friday. According to the paper, in January 2014, the Mit rented two buses to carry jihadists from the Atma camp to the Syrian border city of Tel Abad, which was conquered a few days later by Isis. Turkish Islamic President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been repeatedly accused of backing anti-Assad militants in Syria, including jihadists with Isis and Al Nusra.

    Last Friday, Cumhuriyet published images of heavy weapons it claims were meant for jihadist armed groups in Syria, discovered in January 2014 during a police check close to the border aboard trucks escorted by Mit.

    Ankara’s government at the time claimed that the trucks were only carrying humanitarian aid. The police officers who carried out the check were first removed from their posts and then arrested on espionage charges.

    Erdogan has threatened the editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet, Can Dundar, after the publication of the images, saying he would pay a ”high price” for it. On Tuesday, Erdogan’s lawyer filed a criminal lawsuit against Dundar on espionage and revelation of state secret charges, demanding that the editor get a life sentence.

    Erdogan’s attack – in the midst of a campaign ahead of key political elections on Sunday – sparked a wave of solidarity for the journalist, who received the backing of dozens of colleagues, artists and intellectuals including Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk and international media organizations


    In Turkish :

    www ( dot )cumhuriyet (dot ) com ( dot ) tr/haber/turkiye/291913/MiT_ten_cihatci_sevkiyati ( dot ) html

  3. Pentagon fires second propaganda salvo in Syria

    The Pentagon’s latest salvo in the propaganda war against Islamic State militants features a leaflet depicting a terrified militant awaiting to be chopped in two by the hands of a clock striking midnight.

    A U.S. warplane dropped the leaflet bomb May 17 on Raqqa, Syria, the self-proclaimed capital of the Islamic State, also known as ISIL and its Arabic acronym Daesh. The leaflet since has been circulated on social media, said Army Maj. Curtis Kellogg, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command.

    It marks at least the second time the air war, overseen by Central Command, has attempted to persuade ISIL terrorists to surrender rather than fight. In both cases, the military says that it’s too early to determine the propaganda campaign’s effectiveness, including its ability to deter militants from fighting. Airstrikes have killed as many as 10,000 ISIL fighters, the military estimates.

    […]One metric of the propaganda campaign’s effectiveness is the number of local uprisings in areas where leaflets have been dropped. It would make more sense, Heras said, to communicate with those local groups, help them take and hold ground from ISIL and then follow with leaflet drops.

    “Otherwise, the leaflet drops come across to the local population as hollow propaganda from a disinterested world power,” Heras said.

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  4. TURKEY – Several injured in blast at Kurdish opposition party rally in Turkey

    DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) – An explosion apparently caused by an electrical fault injured several people at an opposition party rally in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir on Friday, days before parliamentary elections.

    Television footage showed people being carried out on stretchers as organizers of the rally for the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) announced on loudspeakers that the explosion had been caused by a fault in a power generator and urged people to stay calm.

    The explosion rocked the parade ground just before HDP Chairman Selahattin Demirtas was to address the crowd.

    Television images showed black smoke. Six people were hurt in the blast, state-run Anatolia News Agency said.

    Security has been tight at HDP political rallies as tensions run high ahead of Sunday’s election. On Thursday, a riot erupted in the northern town of Erzurum as nationalists clashed with HDP supporters at a Demirtas rally.

    Demirtas has said his party has been the target of more than 70 violent attacks during the campaign.

    The HDP is on the cusp of a 10 percent vote threshold required to enter parliament, and would be the first pro-Kurdish party to do so.

    Should it pass the barrier, it could deprive the ruling AK Party of the majority it has enjoyed since sweeping to power in 2002.
    As many as 50 were injured in an explosion at a opposition rally in Turkey’s southeast, per the Anatolian News Agency – @Reuters
    Turkey: Explosion hits pro-Kurdish HDP election rally in Diyarbakir

    An explosion has hit a political rally in Turkey, triggering panic and leaving several people injured just days before parliamentary elections.

    The cause of the blast, which happened in the south-eastern city of Diyarbakir, was not immediately clear. Local press reports suggested it could have been a fault with a power distribution unit.

    The explosion came just 30 minutes before politician Selahattin Demirtas was due to address a rally of his pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP).

    Images from the scene posted on social media showed thick black smoke engulfing the streets where the political parade was being held, with people being rushed away on stretchers.

    Organisers of the rally told the crowd a faulty power generator had caused the explosion and urged calm, according to reports from Reuters.

      • ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — At least 10 people were injured Friday in two explosions five minutes apart at a Kurdish party election rally in southeast Turkey, attended by thousands of people, witnesses and reports said.

        The explosions occurred at the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party final election rally in Diyarbakir — the main city in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast — as the party’s leader Selahattin Demirtas was preparing to address the crowd.

        Rally organizers urged calm, saying a malfunctioning power distribution unit caused the explosions, but witnesses said there were two separate blasts spaced by five minutes that they believed were caused by bombs.

        The explosions come at a tense time, two days before Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Turkey, in which the Kurdish votes will be critical.

        The party is vying to pass the threshold of 10 percent of total votes required to take seats in parliament. If it succeeds it could make it impossible for the ruling AKP to reach a supermajority in parliament. That would scuttle the AKP’s ambitions to introduce a new constitution and change Turkey’s parliamentary system into a presidential system that could give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan executive powers.

        Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said authorities would investigate the cause of the explosions.

        “Whatever is behind this incident — whether it was a power transformer explosion, an assassination attempt, an act of provocation — we shall investigate it,” he said.

        The rally was cancelled but a large group of youths remained at the site, protesting the explosions. Some threw stones at a police water canon that moved in to disperse the crowd.

        Demirtas urged calm and asked supporters not to “respond to provocations.”

            • Two dead, 100 hurt in blasts at Kurdish rally in Turkey

              Two blasts ripped through a Kurdish rally in Turkey on Friday, killing two people and injuring more than 100 in what President Tayyip Erdogan described as a “provocation” designed to undermine peace before Sunday’s parliamentary election.

              The explosions occurred as tens of thousands of people gathered for the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) election rally in Diyarbakir, the largest city in mainly Kurdish southeast Turkey.

              Initial reports said there had been one explosion but a senior security source told Reuters there were two blasts. Officials initially blamed a faulty power transformer at the rally site but later ruled that possibility out.

              Eyewitness Guy Martin, a British photographer, told Reuters the blasts occurred some five minutes apart – the first in a rubbish bin which was ripped apart and the second in front a power generator. In the aftermath he saw one person who had lost a leg and others with shrapnel wounds.

              “It was a heart-shaking, ribcage-shaking noise, he said of one of the blasts. “The most terrifying thing is that crush of people. It was chaos, I couldn’t move, people were panicking.”

              “The police started firing teargas at people who were helping the injured or fleeing the scene this enflamed the situation,” he added. “The mood is angry. People want revenge.”

              The explosions killed two people and injured more than 100, Erdogan said in an interview with broadcaster ATV, having earlier expressed condolences for the victims.

              “It is very important that all our citizens are careful in the face of provocations like this aimed at undermining our democracy, the atmosphere of peace and brotherhood in our country,” he said in a statement.

              Tensions have run high as the HDP campaigns to become the first party with Kurdish origins to win seats in parliament in Sunday’s election. Previously, Kurdish MPs have joined the legislature as independents.

              The HDP needs to overcome a 10 percent vote threshold, and some opinion polls show it could seize enough seats to deprive the long-ruling AK Party of the majority it has enjoyed since sweeping to power in 2002.


              HDP Chairman Selahattin Demirtas called on his supporters to remain calm.

              “We don’t know the cause of the blast,” he told CNN Turk. “It is thought-provoking that this occurred so close to the election,” he added.

              Television footage showed people carrying the injured on stretchers as organizers of the rally for the pro-Kurdish HDP announced on loudspeakers that the explosion had been caused by a fault in a power generator and urged people to stay calm.

              The explosion rocked the parade ground just before Demirtas was to address the crowd. Police fired water cannon to disperse protesters who remained at the parade ground. The rally was subsequently canceled.

              Security has been tight at HDP political rallies. On Thursday, nationalists clashed with HDP supporters at a Demirtas rally in the northern town of Erzurum.

              Demirtas has said his party has been the target of more than 70 violent attacks during the campaign.

              Erdogan, who used to head the AK Party, has accused the HDP of being a front for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which took up arms in 1984 in an insurgency that killed 40,000 people.

              Jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan and Ankara launched peace talks more than two years ago.

              Turkey: Ambulances race to the scene of blast at Kurdish opposition party

    • RT – youtube page : Ani Zonneveld, Muslims For Progressive Values joins Thom. Pamela Geller has been spewing hate speech for years – and she’s been front page news this week after Boston police killed another ‘lonewolf terrorist’ who attacked the officers with a knife. The FBI says that the attacker was radicalized by ISIS and was under surveillance – and that he was plotting to behead Pamela Geller. CNN’s Chris Cuomo asked her whether she thinks she may have antagonized Muslim extremists – and her response was the epitome of paranoia. So she refuses to admit that there’s any way that her actions could be seen as provocative – and she thinks “everybody” is in danger because she’s received death threats. No one should be threatened with death for speech – no matter how hateful. But that doesn’t mean the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims are coming for her or anybody else.

  5. Islamic State seizes another town in Libya

    Islamic State militants have seized another town in Libya, the group and a military source said on Friday, expanding the territory they control in the strifetorn country.

    The militant group, which controls large parts of Iraq and Syria, has exploited a security vacuum in Libya as two rival governments struggle for power, four years after the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi.

    Islamic State took over the city of Sirte on Libya’s central Mediterranean coast in stages this year, occupying government buildings and last month the city’s airport.

    The group has now also taken over the town of Harwa to the east of Sirte, according to a statement posted on social media.

    A military source confirmed militants were controlling Harwa, adding they had taken over government buildings.

    Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the killings of dozens of Egyptian and Ethiopian Christians, the storming of a luxury hotel in Tripoli and attacks on oilfields as well as suicide bombings in several cities.

    The group has a strong presence in the eastern city of Derna and has carried out suicide attacks in Benghazi, the main eastern city.

    The government of premier Abdullah al-Thinni has been based in the east since losing the capital Tripoli in August to a rival administration.

  6. What a “great” ally!

    Eight out of 10 Malala suspects ‘secretly acquitted’ (BBC, June 5, 2015)

    “Eight of the 10 men reportedly jailed for the attempted assassination of Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai were acquitted, it has emerged. In April, officials in Pakistan said that 10 Taliban fighters had been found guilty and received 25-year jail terms.

    But sources have now confirmed to the BBC that only two of the men who stood trial were convicted. The secrecy surrounding the trial, which was held behind closed doors, raised suspicions over its validity.,

    The court judgement – seen for the first time on Friday more than a month after the trial – claims that the two men convicted were those who shot Ms Yousafzai in 2012. It was previously thought that both the gunmen and the man who ordered the attack had fled to Afghanistan.

    Muneer Ahmed, a spokesman for the Pakistani High Commission in London, said on Friday that the eight men were acquitted because of a lack of evidence. Saleem Marwat, the district police chief in Swat, Pakistan, separately confirmed that only two men had been convicted.
    Mr Ahmed claimed that the original court judgement made it clear only two men had been convicted and blamed the confusion on misreporting.

    But Sayed Naeem, a public prosecutor in Swat, told the Associated Press news agency after the trial: “Each militant got 25 years in jail. It is life in prison for the 10 militants who were tried by an anti-terrorist court.” In Pakistan, a life sentence is 25 years. The acquittals emerged after reporters from the London-based Daily Mirror attempted to locate the 10 convicted men in prisons in Pakistan. The whereabouts of the eight acquitted men is not known.

    The trial was held at a military facility rather than a court and was shrouded in secrecy, a Pakistani security source told the BBC. Pakistani authorities did not make the judgement available at any stage, nor did they correct the reports over the past two months that 10 men had been convicted.

    The announcement of the convictions in April took many by surprise. No journalists had been made aware that the trial was taking place. The authorities did not say when and where the men had been arrested or how they were linked to the attack, or explain the charges against them….”

  7. Tariq Aziz, ex-Saddam Hussein aide, dies after heart attack (BBC, June 5, 2015)

    “Tariq Aziz, known as the face of Saddam Hussein’s regime on the world stage for many years, has died in an Iraqi hospital, officials say.

    Aziz, 79, served as foreign minister and deputy prime minister and was a close adviser to the former leader.

    He was sentenced to death by the Iraqi Supreme Court in 2010 for the persecution of religious parties under Saddam’s rule but was never executed.

    He surrendered to US troops in 2003 shortly after the fall of Baghdad.

    A local health official told reporters that he was taken to hospital from prison after suffering a heart attack. Initial reports said he had died in prison.

    He had long been in poor health, suffering from heart and respiratory problems, high blood pressure and diabetes, and his family repeatedly called for his release from custody…”


    BBC, June 5, 2015:

    Macedonia is one of the “worst places for migrants in Europe” according to several human rights groups.

    The charity Medicins Sans Frontiers says at least 300 people are making the journey from Greece to Macedonia every day, as part of their journey into Europe.

    Once they cross the border, they are vulnerable to police brutality and the risk of being kidnapped and ransomed by criminal gangs.

    The country’s government admits it is “struggling” to deal with migrants.
    Dina Demrdash reports from Macedonia.


    The business of Muslim-bashing in Canada

    Islamophobia is big business in the United States and Europe. But in Canada, where the majority of people are fair-minded, Islamophobes, racists and bigots constitute a minority. Still, some persist in maligning Muslims and Islam through distortions and lies.>/b>

    So when a friend told me about a Montreal blog that attacked me, I responded that when I wrote on controversial topics for the Ottawa Citizen I was sometimes criticized vehemently. But over 25 years, I built a reputation for fairness. I also worked with the Ottawa Muslim Association, which helped Muslims to preserve their values and to build understanding with Canadians of other faiths. I was often bashed by Muslims who – coming from diverse backgrounds, ideas and interpretations – differ often and not always politely.

    So I ignored the blog. Recently, however, a friend has argued that I should respond to set the record straight.

    Point de Bascule was launched in 2010 in Montreal by Mark Lebuis who is assisted by about 10 people, the Citizen has reported. Lebuis testified to the Senate Standing Committee on National Security and Defence in February and won some applause. However, Liberal Senator Grant Mitchell said Lebuis’s “very sweeping allegations” are “extremely dangerous.” Lebuis shot back that he works with Muslims and “these Muslims are extremely concerned and alerted a lot of people about the radicalization process that is occurring in mosques.”

    My guess is that Lebuis’s Muslim pals number perhaps around a dozen and avoid mosques like the plague. They are correct in that some radicalization might take place at mosques – Canadian Muslims number perhaps a million and a half and it is reasonable to believe that some are radicalized. Indeed, a few have been found guilty of terrorism. Two converts also killed two innocent Canadian soldiers. Muslim leaders and imams have strongly condemned this brutality as being against Islamic teachings.

    The problem with Lebuis and his friends is that they keep crying “wolf” and assert or imply that most mosques and Muslims, whom they pejoratively call Islamists, preach hatred and violence. Without evidence they malign an entire community for the crimes of a few.

    They attacked Faisal Kutty, a respected lawyer, academic and human rights activist, who teaches at Valparaiso University Law School in Indiana and Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. Kutty wrote in the Huffington Post about the Point de Bascule’s lies about him.

    Another victim is Hussein Hamdani, a Hamilton lawyer, who has been building bridges between the security agencies and Muslim youth, according to the Montreal Gazette. In 1995, the government appointed him to the Cross Cultural Roundtable on National Security. Its 15 members from diverse communities discuss national security from time to time and advise the government. The US government also invites Hamdani to share his insights on radicalization.

    After Point de Bascule attacked Hamdani, and Hamdani hosted a fundraiser for Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau, the government suspended him from the Cross Cultural Round Table.

    The Montreal Gazette wrote that Hamdani said he plans to sue some parties for defamation. “Anyone who is an active member of the Muslim community has a dossier on Point de Bascule. It was almost a badge of honor. But this has been devastating.”

    The Montreal Gazette quotes Siegfried Mathelet, a Université du Québec à Montréal researcher, as stating that Lebuis, like many US anti-Islam bloggers and groups, takes anything problematic overseas with Islam or Muslims – like the Boko Haram or Daesh (the self-proclaimed IS) – and tries to link them to Canadian Muslims. Mathelet said he knows of Lebuis as a “pseudo-expert” who has been trying to gain influence with politicians and the media though he has no ties to academic research.

    Even though the Senate’s National Committee on National Security and Defence heard his testimony on Muslims and Islam, the committee has no CV or biography on file for Lebuis. Committee Chair Daniel Lang introduced him as the founding director of the “Montreal-based independent research organization Point de Bascule.” He provided no other information.

    The Montreal Gazette said it had been unable to find out more about Point de Bascule. It quoted Matthew Duss, the main author of Fear, Inc. 2.0 – published by the Center for American Progress on anti-Islam organizations – as saying that Muslim-bashing is a very lucrative business in the US and that he believes that Point de Bascule may be part of an international “Islamophobia network.”

    So it is not surprising that Point de Bascule attacks numerous Muslims and Muslim organizations. In my case, Point de Bascule has published several blogs and cited my articles going back to my student days. It has also written about where I was born and where and what I have done since.

    While attacking my work as a journalist and a community leader, it has not mentioned in its main blog that I have received the Order of Canada, the country’s highest award, the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honor, and the Queen’s Diamond and Golden Jubilee awards for my work as a journalist, my leadership of Muslims in Ottawa and my efforts to promote understanding between Canadians of different faiths. That is not surprising.

    — Mohammed Azhar Ali Khan is a retired Canadian journalist, civil servant and refugee judge. Disclaimer: Writers’ and readers’ opinions do not necessarily reflect Saudi Gazette’s views unless otherwise stated.

  10. Yemen crisis: Dozens killed during Saudi border attack (BBC, June 5, 2015)

    “Four Saudi soldiers and many Yemeni rebels have been killed in intense fighting along the two countries’ border, the Saudi-led coalition says.

    In a statement, it said forces loyal to Yemen’s former president, supported by Houthi fighters, attacked several Saudi positions on Friday.

    The rebels “aimed to penetrate our borders”, and were eventually repelled, the statement added.

    Meanwhile, the Houthis have agreed to attend peace talks in Geneva…”

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