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11-year-old child trained as suicide bomber arrested in Afghanistan (khaama, Nov 22, 2015)
“Amid growing concerns regarding the use of children as child soldiers and suicide attacks by the anti-government armed militant groups, a shocking report has emerged regarding an 11-year-old child who was trained by the Taliban militants since he was only 5 for a suicide attack mission.
The child, Rohullah, was abducted by the Taliban militants when he was only 5-year-old and since then has been trained on how to carry out suicide attack.
According to the local government officials in northern Kunduz province, Rohullah was abducted from Khanabad port and was kept in Imam Sahib district where he was being brain washed and trained regarding the suicide attacks…”
Zabul police chief says Taliban behind recent abduction (khaama, Nov 22, 2015)
“Police chief of southern Zabul province where a group of civilians were kidnapped on Saturday says it was the work of a local Taliban commander.
General Mirwais Noorzai said police investigation reveals that Mullah Taqwa, a Taliban commander, is currently holding the hostages kidnapped between Shah Joy District and Qalat, the provincial capital of Zabul, yesterday.
According to Gen. Noorzai, Mullah Taqwa claims that residents of Jaghori District of Ghazni province who are ethnic Hazaras have kidnapped flock of sheep of Taliban.
Mullah Taqwa threatens of not letting the hostages go until their flock of sheep returns, Gen. Noorzai added.
Earlier reports put the number of hostages between 14 to 30 but Gen. Noorzai said kidnappers are currently holding eight hostages.
Taliban have not yet accepted responsibility of the kidnapping.”
Taliban shadow governor for Kabul’s Deh Sabz District among five killed (khaama, Nov 22, 2015)
“The National Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency says the so-called district governor of Taliban for Deh Sabz District of Kabul province has been killed.
According to a statement released by NDS on Sunday, Qari Muzamil alias Hakimullah was killed along with four of his men in Behsood District of eastern Nangarhar province.
The statement does not specify whether the militants were killed in security operations or drone strike.
This story is subject to updates as more details come available.”
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Turkey’s pro-Kurdish leader unharmed after bullet hits car – party
Turkey’s pro-Kurdish opposition leader Selahattin Demirtas was unharmed after his car was hit by a bullet on Sunday in an apparent assassination attempt, a spokesman for his political party said.
The rear window of Demirtas’s bullet-proof car was hit once as he and his security team were driving in the city of Diyarbakir in the largely Kurdish southeast of the country, the spokesman said.
Demirtas told the Firat News Agency that the bullet dent was noticed when they got out of the car. He also said the car was taken away by police, but no bullet cartridge was found.
“Death is God’s command,” Demirtas tweeted after the incident.
Demirtas led his People’s Democratic Party (HDP) through a highly successful election campaign in June, seeing it cross the threshold to enter parliament as a party for the first time and depriving the ruling AK Party of its majority. The AK Party won back a majority in a rerun this month, but the HDP remained above the 10 percent threshold to stay in parliament.
HDP supporters have been attacked three times over the past few months. One of the attacks, believed to have been carried out by Islamic State sympathisers, killed more than 100 people in the Turkish capital, Ankara.
A two-year ceasefire between the Kurdish militant group PKK and Turkey collapsed in July this year. The PKK insurgency, largely fought in southeastern Turkey, has killed some 40,000 people since 1984.
Demirtas’s party had been a facilitator in the ceasefire negotiations, which angered nationalist Turks who demanded a harsher military crackdown on the Kurdish militants.
UK – Police dive into canal to rescue 150 Islamic books… only to find they were dumped there on purpose
Police dived into an east London canal to retrieve 150 Islamic books – only to discover they had been dumped there deliberately.
It is thought a “well meaning” believer had put the books in the Limehouse Cut after misunderstanding the rules for proper disposal of the Koran.
Traditionally, people who need to dispose of Islamic texts are expected to put them in water to disintegrate, or to burn them – they should not be simply thrown away.
But this does not, of course, eliminate the need to comply with fly-tipping legislation.
Salman Farsi, a spokesman for the nearby East London Mosque, told the Standard the person who dumped the books would be “admonished” for breaking the law – if they could be identified.
“You can put books in water and hope the text kind of fades away and disintegrates,” he explained, “or burn them and put the ashes in water.
“I think it’s someone from our community who’s basically taken the wrong guidance on how to dispose of these.
“I would just say it’s a harmless misunderstanding.
“Although there is an explanation as to why you would put 150 text books into a canal, there’s obviously environmental concerns – so we’re very grateful to the police for fishing them out and making contact with us.”
The books will now be disposed of by a local cemetery.
“If they’re put in an industrial grade incinerator I don’t think they’ll need to be dried out first,” Mr Farsi added.
He dismissed suggestions the books may have been dumped as some sort of hate crime.
“If someone wanted to make a statement they’d have set the whole pile alight in the middle of a park,” he reasoned.
“For someone to put it in water, I think they had the understanding you couldn’t just throw religious texts away.”
A spokesman for Scotland Yard said there was “no evidence of any hate crime”.
He said: “Police were called at 8.27am on Thursday to Limehouse Cut to reports of Islamic texts in the water.
“Two local officers and three officers from the Marine Support Unit attended and one MSU officer entered the water and removed 180 to 200 religious texts.
“Local enquiries are being made to find the source of the books.
“However there is no evidence of any hate crime.”
Germany: Far-right supporters of Pro-NRW call for ban on mosques in Cologne
Around 300 protesters linked with the far-right movement Pro-NRW, referencing the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, gathered at Breslauer Platz in Cologne, Sunday, to protest against what they see as the Islamisation of Europe.
Germany: Multiple arrests as Cologne’s antifa demonstrate against far-right
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CBC – Canada’s Syrian refugee plan limited to women, children and families
Unaccompanied men not included because of ongoing security concerns
The federal government’s much-anticipated Syrian refugee plan will limit those accepted into Canada to women, children and families only, CBC News has learned.
Sources tell CBC News that to deal with some ongoing concerns around security, unaccompanied men seeking asylum will not be part of the program.
The details of the plan will be announced Tuesday, but already Canadian officials have been working on the ground to process people.
The government has so far been mum about both the kind of security screening it is doing and whether it will be limited to refugee camps overseas, or whether some of it will take place in Canada.
[…]As many as 900 refugees a day are expected to arrive from Turkey, Jordan and Beirut. The vast majority of them will arrive in Toronto and Montreal.
Sources say most of the newcomers will initially be housed in military bases, which have been preparing for their arrival. Other kinds of housing will also be used, including hotels and abandoned hospitals.
[…]The price tag of such an ambitious plan over a short timeline is going to be significant.
Sources confirm the dollar figures reported by The Canadian Press on Friday: $876.7 million for this first year alone. A large part of those initial costs come from airlifting thousands of people by Dec. 31.
The total cost of the program is expected to be $1.2 billion over six years.
CBC – Paris attacks spark anti-Muslim backlash, but Canadians are fighting back
‘The terrorists want us to hate one another,’ says National Council of Canadian Muslims spokeswoman
Here are five ways Canadians are fighting the wave of anti-Muslim backlash.
1. Raising money
2. Standing together, literally
4. Condemning hate crimes
5. Policing and reporting
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Defence review: ‘Strike brigades’ to be created by 2025 (BBC, Nov 23, 2015)
“Two 5,000-strong “strike brigades” that can be rapidly deployed are to be created by 2025 to help the UK respond to “diverse” threats, the PM is to say.
David Cameron will give details of an additional £12bn of equipment spending, as he outlines the Strategic Defence and Security Review in the Commons.
The extra spending will include a new fleet of maritime patrol aircraft.
He will say the priority is to tackle state-based threats and terrorism, including so-called Islamic State.
It comes as he is due in Paris to hold talks with French President Francois Hollande following the 13 November attacks, claimed by IS, which left 130 people dead.
Mr Cameron is preparing to make the case to MPs in the coming week for air strikes against IS targets in Syria.
Belgium remains on the highest level of terror alert, with universities, schools and the metro shut, as police continue to hunt for prime suspect in the Paris attacks.
In Monday’s SDSR, Mr Cameron will announce:
New strike brigades, sourced from existing Army numbers, equipped to deploy across the globe and use the army’s new generation of Ajax armoured vehicles
Nine new Boeing P8 maritime patrol aircraft, filling a gap left by the highly-criticised decision in the last review in 2010 to scrap a new generation of Nimrod aircraft
A 10-year extension to the operational lifespan of the RAF’s Typhoon jets, up to 2040, and upgrade work to give them ground attack capabilities – effectively adding two additional frontline squadrons to the nation’s air force
The increase in equipment spending takes total defence spending to £178bn over the next decade.
Writing in the SDSR’s foreword, Mr Cameron said the latest strategy was based around “an understanding that we cannot choose between conventional defences against state-based threats and the need to counter threats that do not recognise national borders”.
“So, over the course of this Parliament, our priorities are to deter state-based threats, tackle terrorism, remain a world leader in cyber security and ensure we have the capability to respond rapidly to crises as they emerge,” he said…”