Showing posts from July 22, 2018

LeT, Hizbul planning to strike Hindu holy pilgrimage Amarnath Yatra, intel reports suggest

Intelligence and security agencies have issued a fresh warning about a possible terror attack on the ongoing Amarnath Yatra. Intelligence and security agencies have issued a fresh warning about a possible terror attack on the ongoing Amarnath Yatra. Latest inputs suggest that terror outfits Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen are planning an attack targeting the pilgrims. An intel report said that on July 16 and 17, several senior terrorist commanders were doing a recce in the nearby areas along the Yatra route. According to sources, Lashkar commander Abu Hurraira was seen stopping by Gulab Bagh and Zakoora areas of Srinagar to keep an eye for their plans. Another Lashkar commander Saleem Parray was spotted in plantation areas of Khusarpora and Hajin which fall on the Yatra route, while LeT militant Mir Zargam was also seen in Hajin's Vijpara area, said sources. And while Muzaffar Bhat group belonging to Hizb-ul-Mujahideen was seen in Cheddar and Matal

Yezidi village school to become genocide museum

By  Nasr Ali   16/7/2018 DUHOK, Kurdistan Region – Yezidi activists have successfully lobbied the Iraqi government to convert a school in the village of Kocho near Sinjar – known to Kurds as Shingal – into a museum dedicated to the ISIS genocide. The Iraqi government gave the proposal the go-ahead and even dedicated a budget. Artists in Duhok and Erbil have been invited to design and build a statue portraying the genocide that befell the Yezidis to display in the school. In the 2014 attack launched by ISIS on Shingal and its surrounding areas, militants kidnapped more than 6,500 Yezidis, many of them from Kocho. ISIS gathered 1,202 Kocho residents in the village school. They separated the women and children from the men. The men were taken away to be murdered and the women sold into sexual slavery. Yezidi community leaders and supporters wrote to the Iraqi government last month requesting permission to create the museum. Now with the government’s approval, preparations are underwa

2 PKK terrorist suspects in poll observer murder killed

Two suspected PKK terrorists who allegedly murdered a poll observer in the aftermath of last month's Turkish election were killed in eastern Turkey, the provincial governor said Friday.   One terrorist suspect was also arrested during an operation in the easternmost Agri province for allegedly murdering Mevlut Bengi, a shopkeeper in a small village in the Dogubayazit district, on June 26 -- two days after the landmark elections -- said a statement by the Agri's Governor's Office.  In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU -- has been responsible for the death of some 40,000 people, including women and children. Source:

Wary of U.S. ally, Syrian Kurds look to Damascus for talks

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria’s Kurds are trying to forge ties with Damascus as they seek to protect gains made in seven years of war, wary of its unpredictable U.S. ally and more ready than ever to negotiate with President Bashar al-Assad.  FILE PHOTO: Kurdish fighters from the People's Protection Units (YPG) stand outside a house in Raqqa, Syria June 21, 2017. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/File Photo The main Kurdish groups have emerged among the few winners of the conflict in Syria, carving out autonomous rule over large parts of the north under the control of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militia.  They have mostly avoided conflict with Assad, at times even fighting common foes — including rebels his forces are gradually crushing with help from Russia and Iran.  Talks between the Syrian Kurds and Damascus have now begun on a return of state employees and repairs to one of Syria’s most important pieces of infrastructure: the Tabqa dam, the country’s largest,

PKK has 14,500 members in Germany: Report

Groups targeting Turkey have expanded their activities and increased their followers in  Germany , according to a new report released by a German spy agency on July 24. Members or adherents of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party ( PKK ) increased to 14,500 in 2017, up from 14,000 in the previous year, domestic intelligence agency BfV said in its annual report. “The  PKK  continues to be the largest extremist organization of foreigners in  Germany  in terms of members and efficiency,” the report said. The group raised more than 14 million euros in  Germany  and 25 million euros across Europe in various campaigns last year, the spy agency estimated. “Even though peaceful events remain the focal aim in Europe, violence continues to be an option of the  PKK  ideology,” the report said. The  PKK  has been banned in  Germany  since 1993, which is home to more than 3 million immigrants from Turkey. Leftist groups and FETÖ The BfV report revealed that far-left groups had

Houthis warn Saudi coalition not safe from Yemeni missiles

Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement - which has joined hands with the country's army against a Saudi-led alliance of adversaries - says capital c ities of the coalition will be “no longer safe" from missiles fired in retaliation for attacks on Yemen.  “The Yemeni army is not after bombarding (other countries), but cannot also sit back. From now on, the capitals of the Arab coalition members will be no longer safe,” Mohammed Abdelsalam, a senior spokesperson for the Houthis, told Qatar's pan-Arab broadcaster Al Jazeera on Thursday.   He added, “We will not kill; we will not bombard, but will not also sit idly”. The remarks came after the Yemeni army on Thursday evening launched an airstrike against Abu Dhabi International Airport, using a domestically-built long-endurance Sammad-3 (Invincible-3) unmanned aerial vehicle. PressTV-Yemeni drone pounds Abu Dhabi International Airport Yemeni forces target Abu Dhabi International Airport in the UAE using a domesticall

Yemen's Hudaydah goes through another day of airstrikes

The military coalition led by the Saudi regime has conducted heavy airstrikes on the Yemeni city of Hudaydah, which has become a flash point where cluster bombs earlier dropped by the coalition warplanes killed one person and injured three others. Residents said the airstrikes began in the early hours of Friday and targeted a police base in the city center and a plastics factory in the north of the city. The districts of Zubaid and Tahita, located in southern Hudaydah, were also bombarded. Yemen’s al-Masirah TV channel said in a posting on its Twitter account that the warplanes had also attacked a radio station and a fishing pier. "Coalition warplanes conducted two strikes on a fishing dock and market in Hudaydah, and the yard of the Hudaydah radio building, which was damaged by the shrapnel," one resident said. There was no immediate report of possible casualties and the extent of damage inflicted in the airstrikes, which are seen as an apparent resumption of a c

Jaish-e-Mohammed Building Giant New Terrorist Training Academy in Imran Khan's Pakistan

The expansion plans coincide with the rise in prospects of cricketer-turned-politician and now Prime Minister-designate Imran Khan, who emerged victorious in Wednesday’s general election. New Delhi:  Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed has been secretly building a 15-acre complex on the outskirts of the city of Bahawalpur in Punjab province to train thousands of young children to sacrifice them to the cause of Jihad,  Firstpost reported . Photographs of the complex show that it will be five times the size of the banned group’s existing headquarters in the city. Work at the site has been going on for the last three months. It is no coincidence that the expansion plans coincide with the rise in prospects of cricketer-turned-politician and now Prime Minister-designate Imran Khan, who emerged victorious in Wednesday’s general election, with the aide of the JeM, whose primary aim is to separate Kashmir from India and merge it into Pakistan. Now, it’s going to ask for the debt t

Demonetisation caused little disruption to Maoist economy in Bastar, extortion major source of funding

Editor's Note:   In April this year, Union Home Ministry removed 44 districts from the list of those affected by Left Wing Extremism (LWE), indicating a shrinking of the area of Maoist influence in the country. This is the result of a multi-pronged strategy that includes an offensive security and sustained development to wean away the locals from Maoist ideology. However, this is not the end of Maoist supremacy in the Red Corridor. The danger is very much lurking in the jungles, beaten, bruised and ready for retaliation. The bigger challenge for the administration is to enter the Maoist stronghold and carry out development right under the nose of the extremists. So, what exactly is the situation on the ground? Debobrat Ghose of Firstpost takes a trip through the Dandakaranya forests in the Maoist-hotbed of Bastar division of Chhattisgarh — one of the most badly affected regions by LWE and site of some of the deadliest attacks on the state by Maoists — to see the changes that have

Far Left, Far Right

B oth major political parties should know by this time that having members too far from the middle endangers their well-being. Radicalism doesn’t play well in America and both parties have lost members because of extremism in the ranks. There is a movement afoot to try to energize the national Democratic Party by promoting a more liberal stance. With a socialistic message, these far-out liberals are trying to remake the Democratic Party. Some are running for public offices with an anti-Trump banner. They believe President Donald Trump is misdirecting this country at home and in foreign policies. What they don’t understand is that a broad range of Americans still support President Trump. They don’t like some of his decisions and his bully-like personality. But on the other hand, they support him in some of his immigration positions, his verbal attacks on our allies, his toughness toward North Korea and his America first words. They don’t like his love affair with the Russian l

The Far Right’s Pedophilia Smear Campaign Is Working

How Mike Cernovich and his troll army are manufacturing outrage to take down Hollywood liberals. Christina Cauterucci   July 25, 2018 7:38 PM Mike Cernovich speaks during a rally outside of the White House in Washington on June 25, 2017. Carlos Barria/Reuters Right-wing activists are on a pedophile-hunting spree. Over the past several days, supporters of Donald Trump have targeted a series of left-leaning celebrities for tweets and jokes that make light of child rape.  Trump-hating  filmmaker James Gunn, who was set to direct the third  Guardians of the Galaxy  movie, was  fired by Disney  on Friday after Mike Cernovich, Jack Posobiec, and other far-right trolls resurfaced years-old tweets in which Gunn joked about sex acts and children, including one in which he wrote, “I like when little boys touch me in my silly place.” In the wake of Gunn’s ouster, Cernovich, Posobiec, et al. began circulating a 2009 video that showed  Rick and Morty  co-creator Dan Harmon pretendi