Reader’s links for September 8 – 2016

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  1. Turkey suspends 11,500 teachers for ‘supporting Pkk’ (hurriyetdailynews, Sep 8, 2016)

    ” Turkey’s Education Ministry has suspended 11,500 teachers accused of supporting the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the state agency Anadolu reported on Thursday.

    After first targeting people with links to the exiled Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Turkey blames for the failed coup attempt in July, authorities have now widened the crackdown to other suspected opponents of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan…”

  2. Treviso deputy imam deported in terror clampdown (ansa, Sep 8, 2016)

    “A 33-year-old Moroccan national and Islamic leader in the Treviso area was deported on Wednesday as part of a series of ejections to avert the threat of terrorism, Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said on Thursday. Alfano said the man was the secretary of the Treviso Provincial Islamic Community and used to take over as imam at a mosque when its top imam was absent. He added that the person was deported as part of a focus on religious figures who are “hostile to our traditions”. The imam, who was not named, was said to have refused to swear allegiance to Italy during a citizenship ceremony. “The foreigner had conduct not compliant with Italian law and its dictates,” said Treviso police chief Tommaso Cacciapaglia. Alfano said 12 imams had now been deported since the beginning of 2015. “Overall,” he said, “there have been 115 forced repatriations, of which 49 have been carried out in the current year”.”

  3. Iraq, Syria might not ‘be put back together again’: CIA head (ahram, Sep 8, 2016),-Syria-might-not-be-put-back-together-again-C.aspx

    “Iraq and Syria have been so thoroughly damaged by warfare, sectarian conflict and killing that it is unclear they “can be put back together again,” CIA Director John Brennan said.
    In an interview this week with the CTC Sentinel, a publication from the West Point military academy’s Combating Terrorism Center, the head of the Central Intelligence Agency said the current system of governance in the two countries might change altogether.

    “I don’t know whether or not Syria and Iraq can be put back together again. There’s been so much bloodletting, so much destruction, so many continued, seething tensions and sectarian divisions,” Brennan said.

    “I question whether we will see, in my lifetime, the creation of a central government in both of those countries that’s going to have the ability to govern fairly.”

    He added that he could envision some type of a federal structure governing autonomous regions.

    In northern Iraq and parts of Syria, for instance, Kurdish populations already have established de-facto states.

    Brennan also described how the Islamic State group (IS) is now collaborating in Yemen with rivals Al-Qaeda to fight common enemies, such as the Houthi rebels and Arab coalition-backed government forces.

    “The farther away you get from that (IS) heartland of Syria and Iraq, the more likely you’re going to see collaboration between Al-Qaeda elements, (IS) elements, and others,” he said.

    “We see it right now in Yemen…. There are indications that, in fact, they’re working together.””

  4. India is financing terrorism in Pakistan: Foreign Office (tribune, Sep 8, 2016)

    “India is financing terrorism in Pakistan and “open evidences” are available on its involvement in subversive activities in the country, the Foreign Office said on Thursday.

    In response to Narendra Modi’s recent criticism at G20 Summit in which the Indian premier said Pakistan was “one single nation” which was involved in fomenting terror in South Asia, FO spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said “India was in fact that single nation”.

    “The confessional statement made by India’s premier intelligence agency Research & Analysis Wing’s officer Kulbhushan Yadav had made it clear which country was in fact spreading terrorism,” the spokesperson said at a weekly press briefing in Islamabad…”

  5. US officials: IS losses on battlefield won’t end threat

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite the Islamic State group’s loss of territory, the Islamic extremists will continue to pose serious national security problems for the United States and Europe in coming years, the directors of the FBI and CIA said Thursday.

    “The threat that I think will dominate the next five years for the FBI will be the impact of the crushing of the caliphate, which will happen,” FBI Director James Comey told a national security conference in Washington. “Through the fingers of that crush are going to come hundreds of hardened killers, who are not going to die on the battlefield. They are going to flow out.”

    He predicted that many will head into western Europe and will try to duplicate recent attacks in Paris and Brussels to maintain IS’ credibility in the militant world. Others will try to bring the fight to the United States, making it imperative for the U.S. to help its European allies share intelligence better among themselves and with the United States, Comey said.

    Comey also said, however, that as IS loses territory, it also will lose its ability to produce slick propaganda “used to motivate screwed up people to engage in acts of violence.”

    CIA Director John Brennan also said that many fighters who don’t die on the battlefield will try to return to their native countries, where they could launch IS-inspired attacks. He said al-Qaida in Iraq had been reduced to several hundred fighters, yet was able to re-emerge.

    “You have a lot of these foreign fighters who have come into the theater that will either stay and fight and die trying or they will try to return to their home countries,” Brennan said. “Now some of them may be rehabilitated and some of them may see that they were on the wrong path, but I think a number of them are going to remain a challenge for the United States and other governments for a number of years to come.”

    IS has been losing territory on the battlefield. Late last month, Iraqi forces retook a town 45 miles south of Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq. A string of towns south and southeast of Mosul have also been recaptured as part of an operation aimed at eventually unseating IS from Mosul itself.

    Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said at the conference that the battle to retake Mosul will be arduous.

    “Urban warfighting is not easy,” Stewart said. “This is a large city that has had at least two years to prepare to defend its position.”

    “If an adversary is willing to stand and fight in an urban environment, and you are least limited in the amount of casualties you can impose, it is going to be a long and difficult battle as it unfolds.”

    Stewart, who predicted the battle to retake Mosul would occur sometime in the next two or three months, also warned that there is a danger in succeeding too quickly on the battleground before governance and humanitarian resources are in place.

    Air Force Col. John Dorrian, a military spokesman in Baghdad, told Pentagon reporters on Thursday that the timing of the battle is up to the Iraqis. He said the key is ensuring that they have the right forces and training to both liberate Mosul and then continue to hold it and prevent militants from coming back. He said the assessment in Baghdad is that the fight to retake Mosul could begin earlier — within the next month or so.

    Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend first outlined that prediction to The Wall Street Journal.

    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi “has come out and said that he would like to get this done within the year,” Dorrian said. “If the desire is to try to get it done around the end of the year, we’re going to have to start soon.”

    He said there are an estimated 3,000 to 4,500 IS militants in Mosul. The number of U.S. troops in Iraq has been increasing in recent weeks, and now total about 4,460. The cap authorized by President Barack Obama is 4,647.

  6. United flight is forced to make emergency landing after ‘drunk college student named Mohammed broke down the bathroom door, threw up and started speaking in Arabic’

    Mohammed Nasser Aldoseri was arrested on United Express flight 3550
    Plane from Cincinnati bound for Houston had to stop in Nashville
    Pilot decided to divert after Aldoseri caused concern among passengers
    He was unsteady on his feet and slurring his words in middle of flight
    Later admitted to cops that he had downed eight Lemon Drop shooters
    Aldoseri was arrested, while the flight carried onto the final destination

    […]Mohammed Nasser Aldoseri was arrested after his behavior meant United Express flight 3550 from Cincinnati to Houston had to divert to Nashville on Monday night.

    Plane diverts to Nashville after man allegedly shouts in Arabic, breaks door

    Aldoseri told police he had already gotten sick after drinking eight lemon drop shooters in Cincinnati before he got on the plane.

    Aldoseri was charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

  7. France: Three women arrested under ‘terrorism’ laws in France

    French police have arrested three women at Jean Moulin Avenue in Boussy-Saint-Antoine in the Essonne region, Thursday night, as part of an investigation into militant groups.

    The arrests took place following the investigation of a car loaded with gas canisters that was discovered on Sunday morning near the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The ages of the three women were 19, 23 and 39, with the 19-year-old reportedly being the daughter of the owner of the car.

    The 19-year-old women was shot and wounded while being detained by the special Research, Assistance, Intervention, Deterrence (RAID) forces after allegedly attempting to attack the police with a knife.

  8. Gang of youths insult women in shorts before beating up their husbands and friend (express, Sep 8, 2016)

    “A GANG of 10 youths unleashed a volley of offensive insults at two French women because they were roller skating wearing a pair of ‘revealing’ shorts – then beat up their husbands and their friend.

    The two women were enjoying an afternoon stroll and roller skating with their husbands, children, and a friend, when they were violently attacked by the gang as they neared the Oeillets council estate – a drug-trafficking hotspot – in the eastern suburbs of Toulon.

    The most seriously wounded of the three men suffered fractures to his face and was signed off from work for 30 days.

    Local prosecutor Bernard Marchal confirmed that the women’s outfits had “triggered the attack”.

    “It was just an excuse to insult and attack them,” he said.

    The youths are said to have started yelling “hooker!” and “why don’t you just go on and get naked!” at the two women.

    Their husbands and a male friend asked the boys to show the women some respect and leave them alone, but were ‘silenced’ and beaten up by the gang.

    The children present at the scene witnessed the brutal beating, during which the two women were knocked down but not seriously injured.

    A spokesperson for the mayor of Toulon branded the attack “heinous” and said that thanks to CCTV camera, they had been able to identify and arrest two of the attacker in “under 24 hours”.

    The two suspected attackers, aged 17 and 19, already have a criminal record and were arrested on Tuesday. A police investigation has been launched to help identify and locate the remaining gang members.

    In June, and in the same town, a young girl was attacked by a mob of five youths for wearing ‘offensive’ denim hotpants while travelling by bus.

    A few days later, locals organised a ‘short protest”, and hundreds of people converged in order to denounce the girl’s attack.”

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