Reader’s links for Feb. 10 – 2016

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  1. 130 Taliban insurgents killed in ongoing military operations in Baghlan (khaama, Feb 10, 2016)

    “Over 200 Taliban insurgents have been killed or wounded during the ongoing military operations in northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan, the local officials said Wednesday.

    Provincial governor Abdul Satar Barez said at least 130 Taliban militants have been killed and 95 others have sustained injuries during the operations so far.

    Barez further added that the operations have suspended due to heavy snow fall in the area but the Afghan security forces are committed to clear the areas under the Taliban control.

    The counter-terrorism operations were launched by the Afghan security forces late in the month of January from Dand-e-Ghori area close to Pul-i-Khumri city…”

  2. Masoud believes the ongoing process for peace talks with Taliban is ISI’s game (khaama, Feb 10, 2016)

    “Ahmad Zia Masoud, the Special Envoy to President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani for reform and good governance, believes that the ongoing process for peace talks with Taliban is the game of Pakistan’s intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

    While talking to a gathering in Takhar province on Wednesday, Masoud said that the purpose of this process is to place Taliban in the government.

    He went on to say that if Pakistan brings one group to the negotiation table it will strengthen another group for fighting…”

  3. First batch of military aid to Afghan forces in near future: Russian Ambassador (khaama, Feb 10, 2016)

    “The Russian Ambassador to Afghanistan Alexander Mantytskiy has said the first batch of Moscow’s military aid to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) will handed over to the Afghan authorities in the near future.

    During a meeting with Hanif Atmar, Afghanistan’s National Security Adviser, Mantytskiy reaffirmed Moscow’s support to Afghan security forces in fight against the terrorist groups, specifically the emergent Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group.

    According to a statement by the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA), the two sides also discussed Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) meetings on Afghan peace process, Afghan government’s policies and strategies for national stability in 2016.

    Other issues, including Afghanistan’s recent step to join the coalition to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were also discussed during the meeting.

    This comes as there are growing concerns regarding the threats posed by the emergent loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group in Afghanistan…”

  4. Paris attacks: French MPs back constitutional changes (BBC, Feb 10, 2016)

    “French MPs have voted overwhelmingly to change state-of-emergency provisions in the constitution, following November’s attacks in Paris.

    The lower house voted 317-199 to adopt the package of measures. There were 51 abstentions.

    As well as enshrining emergency powers in the constitution, the package of measures would allow terror convicts to be stripped of their citizenship.

    But the vote still has to jump several hurdles before it passes into law.

    It needs support from the Senate and will then have to be approved by a two-thirds vote of a joint session of parliament, which is likely to take weeks or months.

    Nonetheless, it is a significant victory for the French government, which had faced opposition from leading voices, some among its own ranks, say correspondents…”

  5. Boko Haram insurgency: Suicide bombers kill 56 in Nigeria camp (BBC, Feb 10, 2016)

    “At least 56 people have been killed in a double suicide bombing at a camp sheltering people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in north-east Nigeria.

    The bombers, both female, detonated their explosives while the camp’s residents were queuing for rations.

    The victims, at the Dikwa camp in Borno state, were mostly women and children.

    Islamist Boko Haram militants have been attacking civilian targets as the Nigerian military seeks to wrest territory from their control.

    The group’s six-year insurgency has killed some 20,000 people and driven more than two million people from their homes…”

  6. Mali: landmine ‘kills 3 soldiers’ in central Mopti (BBC, Feb 10, 2016)

    “Three Malian soldiers were killed when their vehicle hit a landmine in the central region of Mopti, officials say.

    Two others were wounded and taken to a hospital, the defence ministry said in a statement.
    No group has claimed responsibility for the device.

    Mali has been threatened by various armed groups and has fought Islamist rebels in the north for a number of years.

    The incident happened in Mondoro, next to the border with Burkina Faso, the statement said…”

  7. Mandla Mandela’s conversion to Islam sparks South Africa ‘disquiet’ (BBC, Feb 10, 2016)

    “Traditional leaders in South Africa have expressed “disquiet” over chief Mandla Mandela’s conversion to Islam.

    The Congress of Traditional Leaders in South Africa (Contralesa) told the BBC that being Muslim could affect his ability to uphold Xhosa traditions.

    Mandla Mandela, who converted to Islam late last year, got married in a Cape Town mosque last week.

    He inherited his position as chief of Mvezo in the AbaThembu clan from his grandfather, Nelson Mandela.

    He is believed to have converted in order to marry Rabia Clarke, a Muslim.
    This is the fourth marriage of Mr Mandela, 42.

    Contralesa’s spokesperson Chief Mwelo Nonkonyane said Mr Mandela’s new religious affiliation could present a conflict for his subjects.

    “There is nothing wrong with a traditional leader following any faith he chooses but we are concerned about whether he will be able to continue performing his responsibilities as a chief,” he said.

    Traditional chiefs sometimes lead thanksgiving rituals for ancestors, which would include presenting slaughtered animals to them in prayer.

    Such practices are not considered to be in line with the beliefs of many Muslims…”

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