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  1. 450 Highly Dangerous Islamists Walking Free In Germany With Not Enough Security Forces To Monitor Them

    Hundreds of Islamists considered capable of committing “significant offences” are walking free in Germany without surveillance because of a lack of resources, making observation impossible.

    The radical Islamist “scene” in Germany, which has been described as “rapidly growing” now encompasses some 447 individuals considered highly dangerous, in addition to 1,100 other potential terrorists, over 7,000 radical Salafist Muslims, and hundreds of other individuals who have returned from Syria with combat experience. The number of so called highly dangerous men is up from just 120 a couple of years ago, has nearly doubled in the past twelve months, and is highly concentrated in certain parts of Germany, reports Die Welt.

    While there are just four known radical Islamists who pose a serious danger living in the German federal state of Thuringa, and none at all thought to be in Saxony-Anhalt, there are around 160 in North Rhine-Westphalia. The Islamist-heavy state reached global attention earlier this year after the revelation that hundreds were raped, robbed, and attacked in the state’s largest city, Cologne, by migrants on New Year’s Eve.

    The 447 targets defined as “Islamist instigators” are monitored by the federal security agencies, with their locations “determined on a regular basis”, but almost none are regularly or permanently observed. The manpower required to observe would-be terrorists 24 hours a day is staggering, with 20 to 30 specially trained officers needed per target for full surveillance, leaving the police in a situation where “realistically… only a handful of people can be shadowed around the clock”.

    • I would say this is a very konservative “estimation” of the number – and the most dangerous People Smuggler/Jihad Facilitator is not even mentioned: her name is Angela Merkel.

      I read of 130,000 “refugees” the so-called German Authoooorities have lost track of.

      • That was 130,000 this year, there were more last year. Working from memory the total number is 200,000 or more.

  2. European Union Declares Balkan Route Closed To Illegal Migrants, But Considers Opening Borders To Millions

    Ahead of the major migrant crisis talks to be held in Brussels on Monday, the European Union (EU) has announced it is to close off the Balkan route completely and begin the return of economic migrants, but this progress may come at the price of opening the continent’s borders to Turkey.

    The flow of migrants from Greece northward through the Balkan and Visegrad nations into the heart of Europe — Germany — is enjoying a temporary hiatus, as borders have been closed and the migrants become stuck in bottleneck Greece. Although the border closures have been repeatedly criticised by leading European figures, the EU has taken this opportunity to mark up the change as a victory, declaring “irregular flows of migrants along the Western Balkans route are coming to an end, this route is now closed” in documents seen by the Kronen Zeitung.
    Furthermore, the EU is said to be accelerating plans to open the Schengen borderless zone — already seriously imperilled by the migrant crisis — to Turkey, as a sweetener. To spare the continent the ravages and political embarrassment of hundreds of thousands of immigrants arriving illegally, Brussels may yet give open-border access to 75 million Turks.

    Turkey has already attempted to blackmail Europe into giving more concessions — apparently threatening to bus migrants to Bulgaria in November — and many are concerned about Europe becoming so involved in the increasingly autocratic regime. Senior German Green politician Claudia Roth has warned today in an interview with Die Welt that Europe has “entered a fatal dependence on Erdogan”, and the fate of Europe “is now in the hands of this autocrat”.

  3. David Cameron orders Navy to help TURN BACK migrants in desperate bid to tackle crisis (express, Mar 7, 2016)

    “BRITAIN will provide “vital military assets” to help a Nato mission tackling the migrant crisis in the Aegean Sea, David Cameron has said.

    The Prime Minister announced the Royal Navy was deploying amphibious landing ship RFA Mounts Bay as part of the Nato deployment.

    The ship, which carries a Wildcat helicopter, is expected to start operations in the coming days, spotting smugglers taking migrants to Greece.

    They will then pass the information to Turkish coastguards so they can intercept the boats, Mr Cameron added.

    Two Border Force cutters will also join the operation, along with a third boat – the chartered civilian vessel VOS Grace – which is already in the Aegean.

    RFA Mounts Bay will join naval vessels from Germany, Canada, Turkey and Greece as part of Nato’s first intervention in the migrant crisis….”

  4. Consultant is suspended by hospital after confronting surgeon who planned to operate in her hijab despite it being against safety regulations (dailymail, Mar 7, 2016)

    “A hospital has suspended a consultant after he claimed that a Muslim surgeon walked out of an operation because she was asked to remove her religious headscarf.

    Dr Vladislav Rogozov, 46, claimed in an online blog that he confronted her before the surgery when he realised she planned to wear the Islamic hijab which was against safety regulations.

    But the unnamed surgeon refused, walking out of the operation and forcing staff at Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital to find a replacement.

    She later accused Czech-born Dr Rogozov, who has worked in Britain for ten years, of racial discrimination.

    After a hospital investigation supported the consultant in his enforcement of the dress code, the Muslim surgeon left the hospital.

    Religious headscarfs are ‘excluded in areas such as theatre, where they could present a health and cross-infection hazard’, according to the strict dress code.
    At the time, the incident was not made public.

    But Dr Rogozov, a consultant anaesthetist, was suspended last month for revealing details of the incident, which happened in 2013, as well as other surgeons’ more recent behaviour in an interview with an Internet blog.

    He said: ‘I came into the operating room, where I met the surgeon, a woman shrouded in a Muslim headscarf. I immediately stopped the operation of the hall and asked her to put down her scarf and replace it with the prescribed headgear.

    ‘After a long discussion held with respect, decency and factual arguments, the surgeon refused and left the operating room. We managed to subsequently find another surgeon who performed the operation.

    He said: ‘I came into the operating room, where I met the surgeon, a woman shrouded in a Muslim headscarf. I immediately stopped the operation of the hall and asked her to put down her scarf and replace it with the prescribed headgear.

    ‘After a long discussion held with respect, decency and factual arguments, the surgeon refused and left the operating room. We managed to subsequently find another surgeon who performed the operation.

    Writing in a blog post on a Czech website, he added: ‘If the medics in a developed country are afraid to draw attention to threats to patient safety because of accusations of racism, then it is an example of the absurdity of multiculturalism.’

    A source last night told The Sun: ‘Dr Rogozov won’t tolerate anything that puts patients at risk. It has nothing to do with the medics being Muslims. It’s his fear they let their beliefs come before the patients.’

    An inquiry is now ongoing after Dr Rogozov’s comments were printed on the Czech website and in a Slovakian newspaper.

    The NHS is also investigating the allegations.

    Sheffield Teaching Hospitals’ spokesman Dr David Throssell said: ‘The member of staff has not been excluded from work for raising patient safety issues as we take these very seriously.

    ‘However since the publication of articles, attributed to the member of staff, we have received concerns about the tone he has used.

    ‘On this basis the content and nature of the views published are currently being investigated.’…”

    • Note how the wording implies that the election was crooked, it doesn’t say that but the wording draws people to that conclusion.

    • This I will believe, the police have limited resources and when you have a massive amount of crime they have to shift from one type of crime to another. This will eventually lead to the total breakdown of law and order with everyone on their own. This is when the ordinary people will routinely arm themselves no matter what the law says.

    • ISIS is planning major attacks on all western nations, they have to if they want to maintain their standing. Russia is kicking their butts and they have to regain the respect of the other jihadists, this requires that they achieve a major victory.

  5. Toll in clashes in Tunisian border town rises to 45: ministry

    TUNIS (Reuters) – At least 45 people were killed when Islamist fighters attacked army and police barracks in the Tunisian town of Ben Guerdan near the Libyan border on Monday, the interior ministry said.

    Those killed included 28 militants, 10 members of the security forces and seven civilians, the ministry said in a statement.

  6. Australian police respond to shooting, report of hostages at Sydney factory

    SYDNEY (Reuters) – Three people have been shot and hostages may have been taken at a factory on the outskirts of Sydney, Australian police said on Monday, although it was not immediately clear what had sparked the incident.

    A spokeswoman for the New South Wales state police said authorities believed three people had been shot.

    Australian media reported that one person was killed and two were wounded and taken to hospital, although police could not immediately verify those reports.

    “Negotiators and a tactical response team are at the scene and trying to gain access to the building,” the police spokeswoman said.

    In December 2014, a lone gunman and self-styled sheikh who claimed allegiance to the Islamic State militant group took 17 hostages at a cafe in central Sydney.

    The gunman and two hostages were killed in the final minutes of the 16-hour siege.

  7. Anti-immigrant party AFD scores huge gains in Germany’s weekend elections as anger grows towards Merkel’s open door policy

    Germany’s anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany makes huge voter gains

    It knocked the environmental Greens into third place in the state of Hesse

    The development will cause concern among Merkel’s conservative CDU

    Only weeks ago the party chairman landed the far-right group in a storm

    She advocated border guards opening fire on illegal asylum seekers

  8. France: Refugees arrive at new Doctors Without Borders camp near Calais

    At least three buses with hundreds of refugees onboard arrived at the newly opened first ‘UN humanitarian-standard’ refugee camp in France, in the commune of Grande Synthe in northern France on Monday. The new camp is ready to provide shelter for thousands of refugees from the nearby Grande-Synthe settlement as well as from the Calais ‘Jungle’ camp which is still being demolished.

    The camp of wooden structures that was constructed by Doctors Without Borders, is equipped with drinking water, kitchens, showers and sanitation in accordance with UN humanitarian standards and can accommodate up to 1,500 people.

    • DAILY MAIL – This is your new home: Three Iraqi families trudge through the mud in the freezing cold to become the first to live in France’s new wooden hut migrant shelters

      The first families to live in a new £2.4million migrant camp of wooden shelters near Dunkirk have arrived
      They have been photographed making their way through muddy conditions towards their new homes
      Built by Doctors Without Borders (MSF), the campsite features 200 heated wooden huts and bathrooms
      Meanwhile, second week of demolition work of the nearby ‘Jungle’ in Calais has today continued

    • This is bad.
      MSF, bright lights, camera, action.
      France going flat-out de Gaulle. See how well things are working out in Tunesia?
      Pack up the Louvre, time flies. A prime target now, an embarrassment to the Emirate of France-to-be.

    • France: Calais residents protest in Paris over refugees’ impact on economy

      Hundreds of Calais residents marched through Paris on Monday, to protest against the deteriorating economic situation in their region, which they claim has been caused by the refugee crisis.

      SOT, Member of the Calais’ delgation (French): “To know what is written in the letter, there is a copy a little further. I suggest that you go to have look. We will hold a briefing as soon we get out of the Elysee, thank you. (Reporter asks: “Do you feel good?”) “We’ll see. We are pragmatic. Now go!”

      SOT, Protester (French): “The big feeling we had is no longer a feeling, it is a reality. When allowed to install this jungle anywhere, anyhow, we must not forget that at first they were inside our cities, in squats, in the streets… We had to organize it and it was Madam Mayor of Calais who decided to put them on the outside. But that is not enough. It is necessary the state support to manage the invasion of immigrants.”

      SOT, Antoine Ravisse, President of the association “Grand rassemblement du Calais” (French): “We found a rather favourable listening. Obviously this is only a beginning. We will meet again with the office of President of the Republic and ministries regularly and quickly, probably within 2 or 3 weeks, and we will continue until we get measures in favor of Calais’ businesses and shops, which are suffering today.”

  9. Austria: Right-wing MPs hand out free pepper spray in Vienna

    Two MPs from the right-wing Team Stronach party distributed free pepper spray in front of parliament in Vienna, Monday.

    Robert Lugar and Martina Schenk gave out around 200 pepper sprays in a matter of minutes as women, most of whom were middle-aged, queued up to get their hands on one.

    Lugar critisied the Austrian police and government, claiming that people are feeling less and less safe . He went on to blame this on refugees, saying that, “we need to send back all immigrants from Austria, and there are 300,000 of them here”, adding that there is a need for more controls.

    SOT, Robert Lugar, Member of Austrian Parliament (German): “The safety feeling in Austria is getting much and much worse. We must to do something. The police fails here, the Austrian government has failed, and the people in Austria – you have seen it today – are feeling more and more insecure. And a pepper spray is increasing your safety feeling, because if you are having an emergency, [the pepper spray] is a possibility to defend yourself.”

    SOT, Robert Lugar, Member of Austrian Parliament (German): “First we need to send back all immigrants from Austria, and there are 300,000 of them here in Austria. Next we should not let it more of them, without controls, without knowing, what their plans are. And of course we need more police on the street, which are taking care for safety. And we – the taxpayers – are expecting that. And we have the right to expect that.”

  10. Pakistan: At least 15 killed in suicide blast avenging hanged Mumtaz Qadri

    Over 15 people were killed, including three police officers, and 25 injured, following a suicide blast in front of the Charsadda district court in Shabqadar on Monday.

    • Turkey demanded more money to help out the European Union to deal with the refugee crisis as EU leaders appealed to Ankara to take back thousands of migrants and prevent others from setting off for Europe

      BRUSSELS (AP) — Turkey on Monday demanded an additional 3 billion euros ($3.3 billion) from the European Union to help deal with the refugee crisis as EU leaders appealed to Ankara to take back thousands of migrants and prevent others from setting off for Europe.

      Turkey — a temporary home to an estimated 2.75 million refugees, many from the conflict in Syria — is an indispensable EU partner in trying to dissuade people fleeing conflict or poverty from taking to makeshift boats and making the short but often-dangerous trip across the Aegean Sea.

      “To avoid that refugees arrive in Greece we have to cooperate with Turkey,” French President Francois Hollande said as he arrived for the EU-Turkey summit in Brussels.

      In a draft statement prepared for the talks, seen by The Associated Press, the leaders said they will pursue “comprehensive, large scale and fast track returns to Turkey of all irregular migrants not in need of international protection.”

      But Turkish leaders upped the ante on Monday, demanding the additional funds by 2018, on top of 3 billion euros the EU had already pledged to help Syrian refugees in the country, European Parliament President Martin Schulz said. Turkey also made requests to ease visa rules by June instead of the end of the year.

      Turkey also wants to be able to send Syrian refugees to the 28-nation EU as they take people back who have made the crossing into Greece. The EU is desperate to halt the flow of migrants crossing the Aegean Sea. NATO ships are also set to help patrol the sea between Greece and Turkey, easing the load on Turkey’s military-run coast guard.

      Turkey says this summit is as much about its thwarted EU membership ambitions as Europe’s inability to manage the refugee emergency. The membership talks have dragged on for a decade and Ankara is looking for improved negotiating conditions.

      “Turkey is ready to work with the EU, and Turkey is ready to be a member of the EU as well,” Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters, expressing hope that the talks “will be a success story and a turning point in our relations.”

      A planned news conference with Davutoglu was canceled after the Turks made new demands. They are expected to be discussed over a dinner, which was added to the summit program.

      In Ankara, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the EU of failing to deliver on the refugee fund and criticized the Europeans for refusing to take in more refugees.

      “We are not sending them. They are going (to Greece) by sea and many of them are dying. We have rescued close to 100,000 from the sea. Others are puncturing their boats and causing their deaths,” Erdogan said, in an address to women trade-unionists.

      North of Greece, Macedonia has effectively sealed off the main route into the Balkans, allowing just a trickle of people through. The move — backed by Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia and Hungary — has ratcheted up pressure from the other side as Greek authorities don’t have enough shelter for those who are stranded.

      Hundreds of thousands of people have used the route in recent months to try to reach preferred destinations like Germany or the countries of Scandinavia.

      An estimated 13,000-14,000 people waited at Greece’s border with Macedonia on Monday hoping desperately to be allowed to cross.

      “Whatever it takes. We will go. We have nothing to go back to. Our homes are destroyed,” said Lasgeen Hassan, who, with the rest of his Kurdish Syrian family, wants to reunite with relatives in Germany.

      Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, whose country holds the EU’s rotating presidency, conceded that Turkey will need extra help if more migrants are sent back.

      “We will need to bring relief to Turkey, and that means you have to be willing to take people in from Turkey” who are the most likely to qualify for asylum, he said.

      Human rights group Amnesty International hit out at the leaders for using Turkey as a buffer to stop migrants, calling the move “a dangerous and deliberate ploy to shirk their responsibilities to people fleeing war and persecution.”

      “Europe has an absolute duty to protect refugees and must make the bold decision to fast-track significant, unconditional resettlement as a matter of urgency,” said the group’s deputy director for Europe and Central Asia, Gauri van Gulik.

      Ankara did little to allay concern about its rights record before the summit, when police on Friday stormed the headquarters of the Zaman opposition newspaper to enforce a court decision to place it and its sister outlets under the management of trustees. The step sparked two days of protests which police dispersed using tear gas and water cannons.

      “Cooperation with Turkey does not mean that we have to accept anything,” Hollande said. “The press must be free everywhere, including in Turkey.”

      Inside EU headquarters, German Chancellor Angela Merkel lobbied her partners to ensure that no mention was made of officially closing the Balkan migrant route in the final summit statement. But she faced strong opposition from Austria and several Eastern European nations.

      Austrian Chancellor Werner Feymann said: “I’m all for having clearer language, for us all to say: ‘We will close all routes, the Balkan route as well.’ The traffickers should be given no chance.”

      But Merkel insisted that the answer lies not in “closing something, but about finding a sustainable solution together with Turkey.”

      In Athens, police patrolled a central city square to prevent migrants setting up camp after the site was cleared over the weekend.

      Hundreds of people, mostly from Afghanistan, had been sleeping rough at Victoria Square after Austria and Balkans countries further north imposed border restrictions and closures.

      About 34,000 migrants are currently stranded in Greece. According to the United Nations refugee agency, 2,480 people arrived on Sunday.

    • EUCO summit with Turkey on refugee crisis


      A draft proposal seen at the summit says Turkey would take back all irregular migrants (both economic migrants and legitimate asylum seekers) from Greek islands, including Syrians. The EU would then admit one Syrian refugee directly from Turkey for every Syrian readmitted to Turkey from the Greek islands.

      In exchange, the EU would offer a further €3 billion until the end of 2018 to help Turkey shelter Syrians, doubling the amount of an earlier offer, and provide other benefits to Ankara.

      The EU lawyers who are likely present in large numbers at the summit should, however, explain if such arrangements are compatible with international law. The UN Convention on refugees from 1951 prohibits contracting parties (all EU member states are contracting parties) from expelling or returning refugees, except on grounds of public order.

      Moreover, the Convention doesn’t allow for discrimination based on refugees’ country of origin, meaning that they cannot accept Syrians and reject other nationalities. (See articles 3, 32, 33 of the Convention.)

      The trade-off, according to diplomatic sources Turkey commits to: – the readmission of all economic migrants arriving to Greek islands from its soil

      – to cooperate with the EU and UNHCR to apply the formula of “one Syrian refugees readmitted for one Syrian refugee redeployed to member states” and

      – to set up safe areas in Syria

      In return, the EU will: – help to evacuate the islands and to readmit those who meet the criteria – cover the costs of the readmission process – allow a visa-free regime for Turkish nationals by the end of June (the latest) – cooperate in setting up safe humanitarian areas in Syria – prepare for opening new chapters in the accession talks – facilitate the release of funds from the Refugee Facility for Syrians and will decide a new financial assistance of €3 billion (until 2018) – monitoring the implementation of the agreement on a daily basis[…]

  11. Officials: Six wounded in Somalia airport laptop blast

    Six people have been wounded after a laptop bomb exploded at an airport in Somalia, according to police, the second such attack in recent weeks targeting passenger aircraft.

  12. U.S. strikes al Shabaab training camp in Somalia, more than 150 killed

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. military carried out a drone strike over the weekend targeting a training camp run by Somali Islamist group al Shabaab about 120 miles north of capital Mogadishu over the weekend, killing more than 150 fighters, the Pentagon said on Monday.

    “It was a successful strike,” said Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis, adding U.S. intelligence indicated the group was preparing for a “large scale attack” and posed a threat to U.S. and African Union forces in Somalia.

    The al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab was pushed out of Mogadishu by African Union peacekeeping forces in 2011 but has remained a potent antagonist in Somalia, launching frequent attacks in its bid to overthrow the Western-backed government.

  13. UK Judge Delays Battle Over Leadership of Libya Wealth Fund (abcnews, Mar 7, 2016)

    “A British judge has adjourned a hearing on rival claims to head Libya’s $67 billion sovereign wealth fund, saying Monday that he expects Libya to clarify the situation soon.

    Hassan Bouhadi and Abdulmagid Breish both claim to be chairman of the Libyan Investment Authority.

    Libya has splintered since Moammar Gadhafi was deposed in 2011, with two rival governments vying for control and Islamic State group-linked militants gaining in strength amid the chaos.

    Tripoli-based Breish claims to be the authority’s legitimate head, but Bouhadi says he was appointed by the internationally recognized government based in eastern Libya.

    Judge William Blair — brother of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair — said Monday he was adjourning the case after being informed by Britain’s Foreign Office that “there may be clarification of the leadership of the LIA” from Libya’s internationally recognized parliament “within the coming weeks.”

    Blair has been asked to decide which man is the legitimate head of the authority so that it can proceed with a lawsuit against Goldman Sachs and Societe Generale over alleged mismanagement of funds. Both banks deny the claim.”

  14. Suicide blast kills 16 in Shabqadar as Taliban avenge Qadri’s execution (tribune, Mar 7, 2016)

    “At least 16 people, including three police personnel were killed in a suicide attack in Shabqadar Bazaar of Charsadda district in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on Monday.

    A suicide bomber was attempting to enter a district court as a security personnel, identified as Shabbir, intercepted him outside the court’s premises, which prompted him to blow himself up, Charsadda DPO Sohail Khalid told The Express Tribune….

    Hours after the attack, TTP splinter group Jammatul Ahrar claimed responsibility, saying it is revenge for Mumtaz Qadri’s execution.

    “We are responsible for the attack on the district court in Shabqadar,” said spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan in a statement.

    “We have not killed civilians. The court and judges were our target as their practices are un-Islamic.”…”

  15. Uproar as France ‘discreetly’ honours Saudi crown prince (thelocal, Mar 7, 2016)

    “After honouring a Saudi crown prince with the country’s top honour in a “discreet ceremony”, France has been forced to defend itself against backlash.

    Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Nayef was awarded France’s Legion d’honneur in a “discreet” ceremony, the president’s office confirmed on Sunday.

    The office had released no statement on the visit, which took place on Friday, but it was reported by the Saudi news agency SPA, which said Nayef was cited for his “efforts in the fight against terrorism and extremism”.

    But news of the bestowal of the Legion d’Honneur on Nayef sparked harsh criticism on social media from opponents to the death penalty, many tweeting using the hashtag “#honte” (#shame) and pointing to Saudi Arabia’s use of capital punishment, and poor record on women’s and LGBT rights….”

  16. Drone strike kills 15 Daesh militants in Nangarhar (khaama, Mar 7, 2016)

    “15 militants from the terrorist group of the Islamic State (IS) which also goes by its Arabic name Daesh have been killed in a drone strike in eastern Nangarhar province.

    According to Nangarhar Media Center, the insurgents were targeted by Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAE) in Mamond Dara area of Achin district last night.

    It further states that weapons and ammunition of the militants were also destroyed in the attack…”

  17. New Delhi on high alert for possible attack (khaama, Mar 7, 2016)

    “The national capital was on high alert and security was beefed up at vital installations, important buildings and crowded places after Delhi Police received inputs about a potential terror strike in the city by 10 suspected LeT and JeM militants who are learnt to have entered India through Gujarat, The Indian Express reports.

    Intelligence provided by Pakistan’s National Security Advisor of a possible 26/11-style fidayeen assault on religious sites and processions in Gujarat during Maha Shivratri celebrations on Monday and Tuesday led authorities to order a massive mobilisation of state police personnel and National Security Guard (NSG) units, a top government official familiar with the matter has told The Indian Express.

    The unprecedented intelligence warning did not contain specific details on the jihadist group involved, or information that could lead police to perpetrators, the source said. However, he said “there was enough credible sourcing for the matter to be taken very seriously”.

    Lieutenant-General Naseer Janjua conveyed the warning to his Indian counterpart, Ajit Doval, on Saturday, following which NSG special forces were deployed to Gujarat to back up state police.

    India, a diplomat said, believes the intelligence was provided “to pre-empt a potential crisis in bilateral relations, even war”. “Lots of pressure has been mounted by India and the United States, and perhaps it is paying off,” said the source.

    Jihadist blogs in Pakistan, interestingly, have been speculating for several weeks that India and Pakistan have been sharing intelligence to target al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, with one article even alleging that Janjua conveyed information that allowed India to shut down a terror cell in December….”

  18. Afghan and Pakistani forces exchanged fire in Goshta district of Nangarhar (khaama, Mar 7, 2016)

    “The Afghan and Pakistani forces exchanged along the Durand Line for several hours starting late on Sunday afternoon, local officials in Nangarhar said.

    The clashes erupted in Goshta district of Nangarhar province around 2:00 pm local time and reportedly continued for several hours.

    According to the local officials, the exchange of fire erupted after the Pakistani militia forces attack Anarki area in Goshta district.

    A member of the provincial council said the Afghn forces were forced to respond to the heavy fire by the Pakistani forces who were using light and heavy weapons, including artillery fire…”

  19. 33 militants killed after attacking army posts in Helmand: MoD (khaama, Mar 7, 2016)

    “At least 33 anti-government armed militants were killed after attacking the Afghan army posts in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said.

    A statement by MoD said at least 14 militants were killed and 17 others were wounded after attacking the army posts in Kajaki district on Sunday.

    The statement further added that 19 militants were killed and 5 others were wounded in a separate attack on army posts in the vicinity of Lashkargah city during the same period.

    MoD said the clashes did not incur any casualties to the local residents and Afghan army personnel…”

  20. ISIS militants among 19 killed in latest clearance operations: MoD (khaama, Mar 7, 2016)

    “At least 19 anti-government armed militants including loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed in the latest counter-terrorism operations.

    The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the operations were jointly conducted by Afghan army and security personnel from the other security institutions in the past 24 hours….”

  21. Steep rise in Afghan army casualties, 26 soldiers martyred in past 3 days (khaama, Mar 7, 2016)

    “There has been a steep rise in Afghan National Army (ANA) forces casualties during the recent days as the Ministry of Defense (MoD) reported at least 26 deaths in the past 3 days.

    In the latest Operational Update, the Ministry of Defense (MoD), said Monday that 13 soldiers of the Afghan National Army (ANA) lost their lives during counter-terrorism operations in the past 24 hours.

    In another Operational Update on Sunday, the Ministry of Defense said at least 6 soldiers of the Afghan army were martyred while conducting clearance operations against the anti-government armed militants.

    Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defense reported that 7 soldiers of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces lost their lives during the counter-terrorism operations.

    There has been a sharp rise in the casualties of the Afghan national security forces since they took full control of the security responsibilities from the coalition forces at the start of last year.

    The Afghan armed forces have stepped up counter-terrorism operations during the recent months amid rampant Taliban-led insurgency across the country.

    According to the earlier estimates by security officials, the Afghan army deaths stood at 4 service members daily on average which is mainly caused due to improvised explosive device (IED) attacks.”

  22. Father is hospitalised by ‘Sharia patrol’ in Austria after he told them to stop threatening his wife and daughter for not being properly dressed as fears rise of no-go areas in Vienna

    Self-styled Sharia patrols have reportedly been visiting bars in Vienna

    They go around making sure Chechen women are dressed appropriately

    One man tried to stop patrol from hassling his Chechen wife and daughter

    But after stepping in they attacked him and he had to be taken to hospital

  23. France’s Prime Minister Says He Understands Jews’ Fear (abcnews, Mar 7, 2016)

    “France’s Socialist Prime Minister Manual Valls says he understands French Jews’ fear amid heightened religious tension in the country after attacks by Islamic extremists in Paris last year.

    Valls expressed his “solidarity” toward French Jews and strongly condemned anti-Semitism whether it comes from the “far-left” or the “far-right” at an event Monday organized by the country’s main Jewish organization.

    “Yes, Jews of France are afraid to wear the kippa (the traditional skull cap), to go to the synagogue, to do shopping in a kosher market, to send their children to public school. That’s a reality, and a reality we do not accept,” Valls said at the annual dinner of the CRIF Jewish Council.

    Many high ranking French politicians as well as Catholic and Muslim religious leaders attended the event.”

  24. Australian Navy Says It Seized Weapons Headed for Somalia (abcnews, Mar 7, 2016)

    “The Australian navy says one of its warships has seized a large weapons cache from a fishing boat headed for Somalia.

    A Defense Department statement issued Monday said the guided missile frigate HMAS Darwin was carrying out counterterrorism operations in the Middle East when it intercepted a fishing boat 313 kilometers (194 miles) from Oman to conduct a flag verification boarding.

    After determiningthe boat to be stateless, the boarding team found 1,989 AK-47 assault rifles, 100 rocket-propelled grenade launchers, 49 PKM general purpose machine guns, 39 PKM spare barrels and 20 60mm mortar tubes.

    The statement did not say where the weapons and fishing boat crew were from or when the interception occurred. The department did not immediately respond to questions.”

  25. Tunisia: At least 53 dead after militants attack town of Ben Gardane

    At least 53 people were killed after militants launched an attack on Tunisian forces in the town of Ben Gardane, close to the Libyan border on Monday.

    Footage released shows police officers and soldiers deployed in the city and crouched on rooftops while gunshots echo in the background and with dead militants lying in the streets.

    According to the Tunisian interior ministry, at least 36 militants, 10 soldiers and seven civilians, including a 12-year-old girl were killed in the attack, which began at 5:00 local time (4:00 GMT).

    Following the attack, Tunisian authorities imposed a curfew restricting pedestrians and vehicles between 19:00 and 05:00 (18:00 and 04:00 GMT). The town lies just 65km (40 miles) northeast of the island resort of Djerba.

  26. India: Kashmiri separatist commander Dawood Sheikh killed in security forces op

    Thousands of people gathered in Kashmir’s Srinagar, Monday, for the funeral of one of the leading commanders of the Kashmiri separatist group Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, Dawood Sheikh, who was killed overnight in an operation conducted by Indian security forces in the village of Buchroo in Kulgam district.
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    Hollande: EU aid to Turkey may be increased if needed for migrants after 2018

    French President Francois Hollande on Monday said 3 billion euros of EU funds earmarked for Turkey could be increased “if necessary” due to the ongoing migration crisis.

    “If the question of refugees continues and Turkey must make additional efforts for their re-admission … then, it’s true, a new grant could be foreseen at the end of 2018,” Hollande said following an emergency summit of EU leaders with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Brussels.

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