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International peace delegation to Syria 24-30 Nov. 2015

By Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate, Media Service Our delegation has just spent five days with the people of Syria visiting the cities of Damascus, Homs, Tartus, Qara and Ma’alula. We have been deeply moved by the kindness and warmth of the Syrian people whom we have had the privilege and joy of meeting. Although they have suffered unimaginable violence, ... Read More »

Clashes leave scores dead in northern Yemen

UN voices alarm at ceasefire violations as fighting between Houthis and government troops claims lives on both sides. At least 75 people have been killed in fighting between troops and Houth fighters in northern Yemen, military and tribal sources say, amid concern over the ceasefire violations. The casualties included 28 troops, according to military sources, while tribal officials added that ... Read More »

China accuses US of B-52 ‘provocation’ over Spratly Islands

China has accused the US of “serious provocation” after it flew B-52 bombers near one of the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Chinese military personnel were put on “high alert” during the incident on 10 December, and issued warnings to leave. The Pentagon said it was looking into the complaint. China claims large swathes of the South ... Read More »

Who Putin called out at his year-end press conference

By Alec Luhn President Vladimir Putin’s annual December press conference is a unique chance for some thousand-plus international and local journalists to ask the Russian leader a question. It’s also a chance for Putin to get things off his chest. The president typically goes on for several minutes in each response, praising his successes, lashing out at his enemies, and ... Read More »

Counterterrorism 101: Don’t ignore lessons of 9/11

Laura Pitter “Nothing like this has ever happened to me before,” said Sarker Haque, his face still black and blue from the beating. “I’ve lived here all these years and never, in this community? Never have I ever experienced anything like this.” Haque, originally from Bangladesh, has owned the Fatima grocery store in Astoria, Queens, one of the most diverse ... Read More »

China angry at $1.83 b US arms sale to Taiwan

CNN – Despite strong opposition from China, the Obama administration authorized a $1.83 billion weapons sale to Taiwan Wednesday, marking the first U.S. arms shipment to the island in four years. Consisting almost exclusively of defensive weapons, the military package includes two U.S. Navy guided Oliver Hazard Perry class missile frigates, Read More »

Russian warship fires warning shots near Turkish vessel

Unresponsive ship came within 600 metres of Russian destroyer before it opened fire with small arms: defence ministry. Russia’s defence ministry says one of its warships fired warning shots at a Turkish vessel in Aegean Sea on Sunday to avoid a collision. A ministry statement says the destroyer Smetlivy was unable to establish radio contact with the approaching Turkish ship, ... Read More »

Ulema instigating militancy will be punished: Asad

Dhaka – Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Sunday said action will be taken against those Ulema who are instigating militancy through their speeches in different places in waz mahfils (gatherings of religious sermon). “We’ve information that militancy is being provoked through waz mahfils. We’ll ask Alem-Ulema to show those the right path who are involved in militant activities. Our ... Read More »

Yemen’s Governor od Aden Killed in blast

The governor of Yemen’s southern port city of Aden has been killed in a large explosion, officials say. Jaafar Mohammed Saad and several aides died when their convoy was hit. Some sources say the blast was caused by a rocket propelled grenade. Islamic State militants later claimed the attack. The group has a presence in Yemen, amid an ongoing civil ... Read More »

‘Deadliest terror in the world’: West’s latest gift to Africa

By Dan Glazebrook Nigeria’s Boko Haram are now officially the deadliest terror group in the world. That they have reached this position is a direct consequence of Cameron and co’s war on Libya’ and one that was perhaps not entirely unintended. According to a report just released by Global Terrorism Index, Boko Haram were responsible for 6,644 deaths in 2014, ... Read More »

Firebomb kills 16 at Cairo nightclub

Molotov cocktail hurled at a Cairo nightclub kills 16 people, Egyptian interior ministry says. At least 16 people were killed in a firebomb attack on a nightclub near Cairo after an argument broke out between employees and revellers seeking to enter. Read More »

Eight injured in Cox’s Bazar BCL-Shibir clash

At least eight people were injured in a clash between the activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) in the district town on Thursday night The clash took place after Shibir activists allegedly slashed the tendon and a portion of the nose of a local BCL leader. The injured BCL leader was identified as Rajibul Islam Mustak, ... Read More »

UK launches airstrikes against IS in Syria

RAF Tornado jets have carried out their first air strikes against so-called Islamic State in Syria, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed. Four Tornados took off from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus shortly after MPs voted to approve bombing. The strikes focused on six targets in an oil field under IS control in eastern Syria, the BBC understands. On Wednesday, MPs ... Read More »

Did the Islamic State go shopping for weapons in Ukraine?

By Jack Losh It began with a feverish report in November from a little-known media outlet in the Persian Gulf. “Security forces have busted and dismantled a multi-national cell for the so-called Islamic State,” trumpeted the Kuwait News Agency. “The vigilance of security agencies,” it said, had dealt “a major blow to terrorist elements” amid a “crackdown on extremists in ... Read More »

From Pol Pot to ISIS: The blood never dried

By John Pilger In transmitting President Richard Nixon’s orders for a “massive” bombing of Cambodia in 1969, Henry Kissinger said, “Anything that flies on everything that moves”. As Barack Obama wages his seventh war against the Muslim world since he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and Francois Hollande promises a “merciless” attack on the rubble of Syria, the orchestrated ... Read More »

Turkey requests meeting with Russia

As scary as the shooting down of a Russian warplane was — especially by Turkey, a NATO member — signs emerged Friday that some leaders involved are working to ease tensions between the two countries. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, often characterized as the friendly face of his government, published a conciliatory essay in the Times of London. Read More »

So are we all at war against Islamic State, and is that legal?

By Katie Engelhart Twelve days after the attacks, and Paris can breathe again. Signs of the French capital’s transformation into a war zone — the bodies draped in white sheets, the blood-soaked streets, the night raids, the curfews, the suburban caches of AK-47s, the evacuations of world-famous landmarks, and the earnest appeals of Parisian taxi drivers to “Have courage!” — ... Read More »

Russia raiding Turkish firms and sending exports back

Moscow also preventing Turkish tourists from entering Russia, businessmen say, in apparent response to downing of plane. Russian police have been raiding Turkish companies in different regions of Russia and, in some cases, have suspended their operations, two Turkish businessmen with investments in the country have told Al Jazeera. Read More »

Why the hell did Turkey down Russian fighter jet?

By Ryan Faith On Tuesday, a Turkish Air Force F-16 shot down a Russian Su-24 that had intruded into Turkish airspace. If Turkish reports are to be believed, two Russian jets were warned over emergency frequencies as they approached the border. One broke off and headed south. The other did not respond to the 10 warnings issued over five minutes, ... Read More »

Brussels lockdown: Belgian police arrest 16 in anti-terror raids

Belgian police have made 16 arrests in anti-terror raids, but suspected Paris attacks gunman Salah Abdeslam remains at large, the authorities have said. Some 22 raids were carried out Sunday across Brussels and Charleroi, the federal prosecutor’s spokesman said. Brussels remains on the highest level of terror alert. Universities, schools and the metro system will stay closed on Monday. More ... Read More »

IS claims to have found a leader in Bangladesh

The Islamic State claims it now has a ‘regional leader’ in Bengal, meaning Bangladesh.But it does not name the leader nor does it provide any clue to who it could be.A post in its online magazine ‘Dabiq’ says that the soldiers of the Khilafah (Caliphate) have pledged allegiance to the Khalifah Ibrahim – Al Baghdadi who now controls parts of ... Read More »

Stopping ISIS: Follow the money

By Peter Van Buren Wars are expensive. The recruitment and sustainment of fighters in the field, the ongoing purchases of weapons and munitions, as well as the myriad other costs of struggle, add up. So why isn’™t the United States going after Islamic State’™s funding sources as a way of lessening or eliminating their strength at making war? Follow the ... Read More »

France bombs Islamic State compounds in Syria, hunts attacker

France bomb IS headquarters in Syria

France launched “massive” air strikes on the Islamic State group’s de-facto capital in Syria Sunday night, destroying a jihadi training camp and a munitions dump in the city of Raqqa, where Iraqi intelligence officials say the attacks on Paris were planned. Twelve aircraft including 10 fighter jets dropped a total of 20 bombs in the biggest air strikes since France ... Read More »

Military Police-Injured in attack with sharp weapon

A military police (MP) was injured by a miscreant who attack him with sharp weapon while he was on-duty near Katchukhet crossing of Dhaka Cantonment area in the city on Tuesday morning. Contacted, Assistant Commissioner (Pallabi Zone) of Dhaka Metropolitan poice Zakir Hossain said a man, wearing lungi, suddenly attacked the on-duty MP with ‘Ram Da’ (Sharp weapon) at around ... Read More »

11 JMB militant suspects arrested, sent on remand

A Dhaka court on Tuesday granted a two-day remand for 11 members of banned militant outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujaheedin (JMB). Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Alamgir Kabir granted the remand at about 3 pm on Tuesday. Earlier at noon, Detective Branch (DB) Police Inspector and also the Investigation Officer of the case, Abdur Razzak sought a ten-day remand to quiz the suspects, produced ... Read More »

Shaheed Noor Hossain remembered

Shaheed Noor Hossain Day, commemorating the martyrdom of the pro-democracy activist 28 years ago on this day during the anti-Ershad movement in 1987, was observed on Tuesday. A political worker of the Awami League, Noor Hossain had joined AL’s party rally and demonstration in the Bangabandhu Avenue area when the three alliances of AL-led eight parties, Bnp-led seven parties and ... Read More »