Reader’s links for Sept. 28 – 2015

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  1. Clashes at Kassel-Calden migrant center in northern Germany leave several injured (DW, Sep 28,

    “There have been clashes between groups of refugees at a migrant shelter at Kassel-Calden’s disused airport in northern Germany. Police said there was a dispute in the canteen.

    The clashes lasted for several hours. They appear to have followed an argument between a youth and an elderly resident of the temporary migrant center on the site of a former airport at Kassel-Calden in northern Germany on Sunday afternoon.

    Police said arguments have often broken out before but that this time there was a physical confrontation between one group of about 300 and another of 70 people.

    Eight refugees were taken to hospital for treatment to their injuries.

    Late on Sunday buses arrived to take some of the residents to another center.

    Police moved in with officials to end the dispute. Three officials and three refugees were injured.

    Investigations for resisting law enforcement officer instructions and aggravated assault have been opened but there have been no arrests.

    There are about 1,500 asylum seekers from about 20 different countries including Syria, Albania and Pakistan being housed at the center. The center was originally set up to house a thousand people.

    While many refugees are content to sleep in peace away from war, others have expressed frustration and doubt that they will be granted asylum.

    Germany is expecting up to 1 million migrants to arrive in the country before the end of the year.

    On Sunday, President Joachim Gauck said “Our absorption capacity is limited, even if it has not yet been decided where these limits lie.””

  2. Taliban assault Afghanistan’s Kunduz city from three directions (BBC, Sep 28, 2015)

    “Hundreds of Taliban fighters have launched an attack on the strategic northern Afghan city of Kunduz.

    Militants are attacking from several directions and are reported to have entered a hospital. There are casualties on both sides, police say.

    Kunduz province has seen a number of attacks since April, with the Taliban joining forces with other insurgents.

    The assault comes a day after a bomb attack on a sports match in the eastern Paktika province killed nine people.

    Monday’s attack in Kunduz appears to be one of the most significant mounted on a provincial capital by the Taliban, correspondents say…”

    • Taliban Chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour praises apparent conquest of Kunduz, Afghanistan, assures residents their lives and property will be protected …
      Taliban Overruns Part of Northern Afghan City of Kunduz

      KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban seized most of a strategic city in northern Afghanistan on Monday, with heavy clashes in the streets between militants and state security forces, a lawmaker told NBC News.

      All but a few neighborhoods in Kunduz, a city around 150 miles north of Kabul, had fallen to the Islamist militant group, local member of parliament Fatima Aziz said.

      “I really fear a tragedy,” Aziz said. “I have not been able to speak with my constituents for the past few hours and fear that the Taliban might start massacre of people once they strengthen their positions.”

      Local resident Shah Wali lives one block from the city’s police headquarters and told NBC News there was smoke coming from the building and heavy clashes in his neighborhood. Taliban vehicles were in the streets and people hasd been warned to stay indoors, he said.

      Earlier, Deputy Provincial Governor Hamdullah Daneshi said the city of 300,000 people had been split in half by the fighting, with the Taliban occupying everything north of a major highway and the government maintaining control in the south.

      “The highway has become the frontline since this morning and heavy clashes are ongoing in several parts of the city,” Deputy Provincial Governor Hamdullah Daneshi said.

      Reuters cited one witness saying the militants had hoisted their flag in the city’s main square, just 200 yards from the governor’s compound.

      Kunduz would be the first major city retaken by the hard-line Islamist group since it was ousted by a U.S.-led campaign in 2001. It was one of the last strongholds maintained by the group before being driven from power.

    • NYT – Taliban Fighters Overrun Kunduz City as Afghan Forces Retreat

      KABUL, Afghanistan — After months of besieging the northern Afghan provincial capital of Kunduz, Taliban fighters took over the city on Monday just hours after advancing, officials said, as government security forces fully retreated to the city’s outlying airport.

      The Taliban victory, coming suddenly after what had appeared to be a stalemate through the summer, gave the insurgents a military and political prize — the capture of a major Afghan city — that has eluded them since 2001. And it presented the government of President Ashraf Ghani, which has been alarmed about insurgent advances in the surrounding province for a year, with a demoralizing setback less than a year after the formal end of the NATO combat mission in Afghanistan.

      Afghan officials vowed that a counterattack was coming, as commando forces were said to be flowing north to Kunduz. But by Monday night, only dozens of fighters were reported to have linked up with security forces who had gathered at the airport.

      The white Taliban flag was flying over several public areas of the city, residents said, and by nightfall the insurgents had set fire to police facilities and were looting jewelry shops.

      The city’s loss represented not so much an overwhelming offensive by the Taliban as a gradual collapse under pressure by the country’s besieged security forces. For a year, local officials had been sounding the alarm about the insurgents’ advance toward the capital, even as some Afghan and Western officials had sought to describe the Taliban’s gains in Afghanistan as marginal and largely confined to rural areas, far from population centers.

      Now, the fall of Kunduz has posed a dire challenge to the assertion that the Afghan security forces can hold the country’s most vital cities. Kunduz is an important northern hub of just over 300,000 residents, according to one Afghan government population estimate from 2013, although there has been a large outflow of refugees this past year and the population is most likely lower now.

      Despite the city’s encirclement over the past few months, there appears to have been little effort by the NATO-trained Afghan security forces to dislodge insurgents from the city’s outskirts over the past six months.

      Mohammad Yousuf Ayoubi, the head of the Kunduz provincial council, said that no major government offensive or reinforcement of the city had been taken up recently, even though it was clear the Taliban had been amassing at the city’s gates for months. He said 70 percent of the province outside of the city also remained under Taliban control.[…]
      the guardian – Taliban capture key Afghan provincial capital Kunduz

      Militants capture government and UN buildings and city jail in one of the biggest military victories for movement since 2001

      […]The Taliban entered the city during an early morning assault on Monday, storming the regional hospital and clashing with security forces at the nearby university.

      A statement from the Afghan government confirmed the city had fallen to the militants. It was the first time the insurgents have seized a major urban area since the US-led invasion in 2001.

      By the afternoon, militants had reportedly captured the intelligence service headquarters, set fire to UN buildings and released hundreds of prisoners from the city’s jail, according to local journalists and residents.

      Most government officials fled Kunduz early in the day, along with foreign and local NGO workers.

      […]As in other embattled parts of the country, the Afghan security forces in Kunduz are stretched thin, and are mostly fighting without foreign assistance.

      The US military occasionally conducts aerial attacks around the country, most recently to push back insurgents in Helmand province, but with the Taliban entering residential areas in Kunduz, they are difficult to target with heavy artillery or airpower.

      For much of the day, government officials attempted to play down the Taliban’s advances, even as Taliban fighters were posting photos on social media from inside the hospital and government buildings.

      […]As the current fighting illustrates, the government has had problems consolidating its authority in Kunduz since foreign troops pulled out in 2013.

      […]Each commander has different backers in the political establishment, said Lola Cecchinel, a Kabul-based analyst.

      “Kunduz crystalises the tensions between different political factions in Kabul,” she said, and this had caused a paralysis in the government where competing factions were loath to see one militia armed and strengthened at the expense of others.

      Cecchinel said: “The central government of Kabul has no clue what to do.”

  3. BBC News – Britain First: “A declaration of war” ( 15 min 58 )

    Britain First are far-right political party who say they want islam to be banned and would hang their enemies if in power. The group have more followers on Facebook than any other political party in the UK and have just announced their leader is running for Mayor of London.The anti-racism group Hope Not Hate say they’re “the most dangerous group to have emerged on the British far right scene for several years” The Victoria Derbyshire programme’s Benjamin Zand finds out who they are and meets them at one of their protests in Rotherham.

  4. Turkey won’t host ‘inhumane’ migrant processing centre: PM

    Ankara (AFP) – Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Monday ruled out creating a processing centre for the thousands of mostly Syrian migrants trying to enter Europe from Turkish territory, calling instead for them to be hosted in “safe zones” inside Syria.

    Responding to repeated calls by EU members for migrants’ asylum claims to be handled in the countries from which they set sail for Europe, Davutoglu told Hurriyet newspaper: “We have told Europe that there will be no reception centre in Turkey.”

    EU leaders last week agreed to boost aid for Turkey and other countries neighbouring Syria, which have taken in the bulk of the over four million people fleeing the Syrian civil war and Islamic State extremists.

    They also vowed to strengthen the bloc’s outer frontiers and create controversial centres in frontline states like Greece and Italy to sort refugees from economic migrants more quickly.

    Davutoglu said such centres were “unacceptable” and “inhumane” and repeated Turkey’s call for the formation of a safe zone inside Syria stretching from Azaz to Jarablus in the north.

    “If Azaz-Jarablus is cleared (of Islamic State extremists), we can establish three cities there each hosting 100 thousand people,” said the Turkish premier.

    “You (Europe) will undertake the financial costs and we will build it,” he proposed.

    Turkey and Germany would join forces to tackle the refugee crisis, he said.

    “We have decided that Turkey and Germany will establish a working group,” said Davutoglu, who met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in New York at the weekend, ahead of this week’s UN General Assembly.

    “At first, we will form a bilateral mechanism and later will include Greece if necessary,” he said, without elaborating further.

    Many of the Syrian refugees pouring into Europe have been living in Turkey for months, even years.

    “What’s good here is that we have for years wanted to draw attention to the humanitarian crises caused by the Syrian crisis but the international community left the table and put the burden on Turkey,” Davutoglu said.

  5. DAILY MAIL – GERMANY – Muslim father strangled daughter, 19, to death in ‘honour killing’ after she was caught stealing condoms for sex with her forbidden boyfriend in Germany

    Asadullah Khan , 51, said he killed his daughter Lareeb for bringing ‘dishonour’ on the family with her love for a boy he didn’t approve of
    Khan and his wife Shazia, originally from Pakistan, are on trial for murder
    The couple wed in an arranged marriage and he wanted the same for her
    He admits strangling his daughter but his wife claims she couldn’t stop him

  6. […]The good son kicked his brothers and nephews out of the tent, and locked himself in with his father for half an hour. When he opened the tent again, the old man was dressed in white, and his beard was perfumed. The old man was praying, and his face was glowing.

    “What did you do to him?” the brothers asked.

    The old man said: “He got the urine out of me with his mouth. By God, he wasn’t even scowling when he was doing it. He didn’t loathe was he was doing, despite all the filth, urine, blood, and pus coming out of the corners of his mouth.” […]

    After he had emptied his father’s bladder, he dressed him up. They both washed themselves.

    Then the son said: “Let’s go to the hospital.”

    What a beautiful story about children’s kindness to their parents.

  7. The Telegrahp- French Islamic radical on the run from prison warns inmates: ‘You’ll be hearing about me’

    Young Frenchman, who turned to radical Islam in prison, failed to show up after leave of absence and reportedly told inmates they would “soon be hearing about him”

    A Frenchman radicalised in prison has gone on the run after reportedly telling inmates they would “soon be hearing about him”.

    The man, who was in jail for armed and violent robbery, was granted temporary leave of absence from the Chauconin-Meaux prison in Seine-et-Marne, east of Paris.

    He had already been allowed out on several occasions, but on September 20 failed to return to prison, prompting the local Meaux prosecutor to launch an “immediate search warrant”.

    In a worrying development, Le Point magazine reported that shortly before vanishing, the unnamed man had told an inmate that they would “soon be hearing about him”.

    A source close to the inquiry said that prison authorities had “identified him for his increasingly assiduous religious practice”.

    French prisons, where unofficial estimates suggest that more than two thirds of inmates are Muslim, are frequently cited as hotbeds of radicalisation.

    […]Republican party MP Eric Ciotti called on France’s justice minister Christiane Taubira to explain why “an inmate identified as on the path to radicalisation” was granted leave of absence.

    Dominique Many, a lawyer involved involved in several terror cases, said: “A lot of my clients were radicalised in prison.”

    “They are very well organised,” Mr Many told the Washington Post. “They know how to protect the weak to draw them into the system. They say you’re their family, and then you’re trapped.”

  8. the right scoop – Obama got big applause today in his speech at the UN when addressing Islam. But it wasn’t when he suggested Muslims should ‘continue’ to reject those who distort Islam (as if they are rejecting it now). Rather, it was when he said that non-Muslims should stop equating Islam with terror.

    It’s the same old song and dance from Obama. Islam is a religion of peace and ISIS is not Islam. All lies. And the UN eats it up like candy. This is the bizarro world we live in.

  9. Italian aid worker shot dead in Bangladesh (thelocal, Sep 28, 2015)

    “An Italian charity worker has died after being shot by unknown attackers in Dhaka on Monday, Bangladesh police said.

    The 50-year-old man died in hospital after he was shot three times by attackers who fled on a motorcycle, Dhaka police spokesman Muntashirul Islam told AFP.

    “A 50-year-old man called Tavella Cesare was shot three times at Road Number 90 in the capital’s Gulshan area in the afternoon today,” he said.

    “He died after being brought to a Dhaka hospital.”

    The motive for the attack was not clear…”

  10. Iran President Hassan Rouhani Blames U.S. For Spread of Mideast Terror (nbcnews, Sep 28, 2015)

    “Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Monday blamed the United States for the spread of terrorism in the Middle East, saying America’s dual post-9/11 wars — and its alliance with Israel — allowed extremist ideologies to flourish.

    “If we did not have the U.S. military invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq and the United States’ unwarranted support for the inhumane actions of the Zionist regime against the oppressed nation of Palestine, today the terrorists would not have an excuse for the justification of their crimes,” Rouhani said in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly…”

  11. Germany: Refugees, activists protest poor conditions at Kassel camp

    Dozens of people staged a protest in Kassel, Monday in front of the building of the Administrative Government against the conditions in which refugees are sheltered in at Camp Calden.

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