The Islamic State, the Indian Sub-Continent & its Neighbourhood

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Re: The Islamic State, the Indian Sub-Continent & its Neighbourhood

Postby SSridhar » 10 May 2018 20:35

RD ji, sorry for the delayed response. Yes, that's accurate.

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Re: The Islamic State, the Indian Sub-Continent & its Neighbourhood

Postby SSridhar » 13 May 2018 20:58

13 killed as Islamic State-inspired family of six attacks three Indonesian churches - Reuters
A family of six launched suicide attacks on Christians attending Sunday services at three churches in Indonesia's second-largest city of Surabaya, killing at least 13 people and wounding 40, officials said.

Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-majority country, has seen a recent resurgence in homegrown militancy and police said the family who carried out the May 13 attacks were among 500 Islamic State sympathisers who had returned from Syria.

“The husband drove the car, an Avanza, that contained explosives and rammed it into the gate in front of that church,” East Java Police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera told reporters at the regional police headquarters in Surabaya.

The wife and two daughters were involved in an attack on a second church and at the third church “two other children rode the motorbike and had the bomb across their laps”, Mr. Mangera said.

The two daughters were aged 12 and nine while the other two, thought to be the man’s sons, were 18 and 16, police said.

They blamed the bombings on the Islamic State-inspired group Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD).

JAD is an umbrella organisation on a U.S. State Department terrorist list that is estimated to have drawn hundreds of Islamic State sympathisers in Indonesia.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, in a message carried on its Amaq news agency.

“This act is barbaric and beyond the limits of humanity, causing victims among members of society, the police and even innocent children,” President Joko Widodo said during a visit to the scene of the attacks.

Streets around the bombed churches were blocked by checkpoints and heavily armed police stood guard as forensic and bomb squad officers combined the area for clues.

Television footage showed one church where the yard in front appeared engulfed in fire, with thick, black smoke billowing up. A large blast was heard hours after the attacks, which Mr. Mangera said was a bomb disposal squad dealing with a device.

The attacks come days after militant Islamist prisoners killed five members of an elite counter-terrorism force during a 36-hour standoff at a high security jail on the outskirts of the capital, Jakarta.

The church attacks were likely linked to the prison hostage standoff, said Wawan Purwanto, communication director at Indonesia’s intelligence agency.

“The main target is still security authorities, but we can say that there are alternative (targets) if the main targets are blocked,” he said.

At St Mary’s catholic church, the first place of worship to be attacked, the bombing happened after an earlier mass was over and when the church was getting ready to hold another service.

A witness interviewed by CNN Indonesia said shortly before the explosion he saw a person on a motorbike drive in carrying a cardboard box.

Separately, an internal police report reviewed by Reuters said a suspected bomb exploded in a car in the parking lot of a Pentacostal church, setting alight dozens of motorbikes.

In the third location, the Indonesian Christian Church, veiled women entered the church’s yard where they were stopped by a security guard before an explosion occurred at the same spot, according to the police report.

Television images showed toppled and burnt motorcycles and debris scattered around the entrance of one church and police cordoning off areas as crowds gathered.

A spokesman for Indonesia’s church association (PGI) called on the government for more help on security at churches. “PGI is concerned because this had happened many times and often taken place around the time of Sunday services,” said Jeirry Sumampow, a spokesman for the Indonesia’s Communion of Churches.

Pope Francis offered his prayer to the victims during his Sunday prayer in Rome.

“I am particularly close to the dear people of Indonesia, especially to the communities of Christians of the city of Surabaya, which were hit hard by the serious attack on places of worship,” he said.

“Together we invoke the God of peace (asking him) to cease these violent actions and (to make sure) that in the heart of all there could be a space not feelings of hatred and violence, but of reconciliation and fraternity.”

Nearly 90% of Indonesians are Muslim, but the country is also home to sizeable communities of Hindus, Christians, Buddhists, and people who adhere to traditional beliefs.

Indonesia has had some major successes tackling militancy inspired by al Qaeda’s attacks on the United States in 2001. But there has been a resurgence of Islamist activity in recent years, some of it linked to the rise of Islamic State.

The most serious incident was in January 2016 when four suicide bombers and gunmen attacked a shopping area in central Jakarta.

Churches have also been targeted previously, including near-simultaneous attacks on churches there at Christmas in 2000 that killed about 20 people.

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Re: The Islamic State, the Indian Sub-Continent & its Neighbourhood

Postby SSridhar » 27 May 2018 19:14

19 IS militants killed in Afghan airstrikes - The Hindu
At least 19 militants of the Islamic State (IS) terror group were killed in airstrikes targeting their hideouts in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, the Defence Ministry said on Sunday.

“The strikes were conducted in Haska Mina district on Saturday, killing 19 militants,” Xinhua news agency cited the ministry as saying in a statement.

Among the killed were two IS divisional commanders named Qari Esrar and Mullah Hasghar, the statement said.

Who launched the strikes?

However, it is uncertain whether the strikes were launched by the Afghan Air Force, NATO or the US-led coalition forces.

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Re: The Islamic State, the Indian Sub-Continent & its Neighbourhood

Postby SSridhar » 21 Jun 2018 21:58

Centre bans offshoots of al-Qaeda, Islamic State under anti-terror law - PTI
The Central government has banned new offshoots of the al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (IS) under the anti-terror Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), according to an official order.

Both Al-Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham-Khorasan (ISIS-K) (an Afghanistan-based affiliate of IS), have been declared unlawful by the Union Home Ministry as they were found to be radicalising Indian youths for “global jihad” and encouraging terror acts on Indian interests, it said.

The ISIS-K is also known as Islamic State in Khorasan Province (ISKP)/ISIS Wilayat Khorasan, the order said.

The AQIS is a terrorist organisation that has committed acts of terrorism in the neighbouring countries and had been promoting and encouraging terror acts on Indian interests in the Indian subcontinent, the order said. It has been attempting radicalisation and recruitment of youths from India, the order said.

The ISKP/ISIS Wilayat Khorasan was also promoting and encouraging terrorism in the Indian subcontinent, according to the order. It had been committing terrorist acts to consolidate its position by recruiting youths for ‘global jihad’ and to achieve the objective of establishing its own ‘caliphate’ by overthrowing democratically elected governments, the order said.

The UAPA has strict penal provisions to deal with banned organisations and their members.

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Re: The Islamic State, the Indian Sub-Continent & its Neighbourhood

Postby SSridhar » 22 Jun 2018 13:50

Four militants with alleged IS links killed in encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district - New Indian Express
Four militants, including the head of the Islamic State Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK), were killed during a gunfight with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district today, police said.

A policeman and a civilian were also killed in the exchange of fire between militants and security forces in a village in Srigufwara
, a senior police official said.

Police identified one of the militants killed as Dawood, who was heading the ISJK, an affiliate of ISIS, he said.

Three civilians are reported to be critical.

"Four militants have been killed in the encounter at Srigufwara and their bodies have been recovered," Director General of Police (DGP) S P Vaid added.

He said a policeman was also killed during the encounter, which was now over.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Khiram in Srigufwara area of the south Kashmir district this morning after receiving specific intelligence inputs about the presence of militants in the area, a police official said.

He said the search operation turned into a gunfight after the militants fired at the forces, who retaliated.

Clashes broke out near the encounter site when a group of youth started pelting stones on the forces, a police official said.

Security forces used force on the protestors and several civilians were injured, he added.

Authorities have suspended mobile internet services in three districts, Srinagar, Anantnag and Pulwama
of the valley as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order.

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Re: The Islamic State, the Indian Sub-Continent & its Neighbourhood

Postby Sachin » 27 Jun 2018 14:07

In a step leading to more "secularism" in Kerala and India..
Is IS draft still on? 11 missing from two Kerala families...
The missing have been named as Nasira, 25, of Mundankulam in Chemmanad, her husband Sabad, 32, their children Musab, 5, Marjana, 3, and Muqabil, 1, and Sabad's second wife Raihanath, 23. Ansar from Ankanoor and his wife and three children have also gone missing.
Missing person from Kasargod sends message from Yemen......
Kasargod: The voice clip of Kasargod native Savad, who had gone missing after leaving for Dubai from Kasargod, was rendered to his relatives. The audio clip states that Savad and his relatives had reached Yemen for educational purpose.

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Re: The Islamic State, the Indian Sub-Continent & its Neighbourhood

Postby SSridhar » 01 Jul 2018 17:50

Three Afghans beheaded, school torched in suspected Islamic State attack - reuters
Unidentified gunmen beheaded three men and torched a boys' school in Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan late on Saturday, in an attack officials blamed on Islamic State militants.

“They brutally beheaded three attendants and set fire to the school building,” Mohammad Asif Shinwari, spokesman for the education department said, adding that the administrative offices and the school library were completely burnt.

So far no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which came after warnings from Islamic State last month of attacks on schools in Nangarhar, on the border with Pakistan, where the militants have established their main stronghold.

In a statement, the provincial governor blamed the incident on Islamic State, which has conducted a series of brutal attacks in the province and other areas, regularly beheading victims they accuse of cooperating with the government.

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Re: The Islamic State, the Indian Sub-Continent & its Neighbourhood

Postby SSridhar » 02 Jul 2018 20:05

'We cannot live here': Afghanistan's Sikhs weigh future after suicide bombing - Reuters
Many among Afghanistan's dwindling Sikh minority are considering leaving for neighbouring India, after a suicide bombing in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Sunday killed at least 13 members of the community .

The victims of the attack claimed by terrorist group Islamic State included Avtar Singh Khalsa, the only Sikh candidate in parliamentary elections this October, and Rawail Singh, a prominent community activist.

"I am clear that we cannot live here anymore," said Tejvir Singh
, 35, whose uncle was killed in the blast.

"Our religious practices will not be tolerated by the Islamic terrorists. We are Afghans. The government recognises us, but terrorists target us because we are not Muslims," added Singh, the secretary of a national panel of Hindus and Sikhs.

The Sikh community now numbers fewer than 300 families + in Afghanistan, which has only two gurdwaras, or places of worship, one each in Jalalabad and Kabul, the capital, Singh added.

Although almost entirely a Muslim country, Afghanistan was home to as many as 250,000 Sikhs and Hindus before a devastating civil war in the 1990s.

Even a decade ago, the US State Department said in a report, about 3,000 Sikhs and Hindus still lived there.

Despite official political representation and freedom of worship, many face prejudice and harassment as well as violence from terrorist Islamist groups, prompting thousands to move to India, their spiritual homeland.

Following the Jalalabad attack, some Sikhs have sought shelter at the city's Indian consulate.

"We are left with two choices: to leave for India or to convert to Islam," said Baldev Singh, who owns a book- and textile shop in Jalalabad.

India has issued long-term visas to members of Afghanistan's Sikh and Hindu communities.

"They can all live in India without any limitation," said Vinay Kumar, India's ambassador to Afghanistan. "The final call has to be taken by them. We are here to assist them."

Kumar, who was in the Indian capital, New Delhi, to discuss the security situation, said the government was helping organise the last rites of Sikhs killed in the blast.

'We are not leaving'

But other Sikhs, with land or businesses and no ties to India, say they do not plan to leave, as Afghanistan remains their country. India has offered to take the dead bodies, but at least nine were cremated according to Sikh rites in Jalalabad.

"We are not cowards," said Sandeep Singh, a Sikh shopkeeper in Kabul. "Afghanistan is our country and we are not leaving anywhere."

The attack targeted "Afghanistan's multicultural fabric", + Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday. He is expected to hold a meeting to discuss the security threats to Indian and religious minorities.

India, a longstanding ally of Afghanistan, has invested in several large development projects, but heightened security risks have prompted its companies to cut back operations.

The two countries' officials have not been able to free seven Indian engineers kidnapped in May in the northern province of Baghlan.

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Re: The Islamic State, the Indian Sub-Continent & its Neighbourhood

Postby SSridhar » 06 Jul 2018 20:41

The Islamic State may be waning, but global threats of terrorism continue to spread - Eric Schmitt, NY Times
In Germany and France, authorities thwarted terrorists’ plots to attack with the deadly poison ricin. In eastern Syria, the Islamic State group continued its retreat under stepped-up assaults by Kurdish militia and Iraqi pilots. And extremists in Yemen, Somalia and Libya were targeted by US airstrikes.

That spate of action, over the past few weeks alone, illustrates the shifting and enduring threat from Islamic extremism around the world that will last long after the Islamic State is defeated on the battlefield.

From the scheming of lone extremists with no apparent connections to terrorist groups, like the ricin plots, to fighters aligned with the Islamic State or al-Qaida in more than two dozen countries, terrorist threats are as complex and diverse as ever, US and other Western intelligence officials said in interviews.

The Islamic State, in particular, is adapting to setbacks and increasingly using the tools of globalization — including bitcoin and encrypted communications — to take their fight underground and rally adherents around the world.

“If you look across the globe, the cohesive nature of the enterprise for ISIS has been maintained,” Russell Travers, acting head of the National Counterterrorism Center, said
in an interview, using another name for the Islamic State.

“There’s not been any breaking up, at least not as yet,” Travers said. “The message continues to resonate with way too many people.”

The Pentagon’s latest defense strategy elevates Russia and China above terrorism in the hierarchy of national threats. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met late last month with the four-star commanders of US Special Operations forces and troops in Africa to discuss options for halving the number of counterterrorism forces on the continent over the next three years, and assigning them new missions.

Yet many counterterrorism specialists voiced concern that refocusing resources and political capital could go too far and give violent extremists time and space to regroup and rebound — much as the Islamic State did in 2013, emerging from the ashes of al-Qaida in Iraq.

“Terrorist networks have spread,” said Christopher P. Costa, a former senior director for counterterrorism to President Donald Trump’s National Security Council.

“I fear that without continuing counterterrorism pressure, where there are ungoverned spaces used as sanctuaries, there will be resurgent threats,” said Costa, now executive director of the International Spy Museum in Washington.

US allies are echoing similar fears. “Europe faces an intense, unrelenting and multidimensional international terrorist threat,” Andrew Parker, the head of Britain’s domestic spy service, MI5, said in a rare address in Berlin in May.

The ledger on the Islamic State is a mix of glaring weaknesses and stubborn offsetting strengths.

The Islamic State has lost nearly all of the territory it seized in 2014 in Iraq and Syria, but it still controls about 1,000 square miles, or roughly twice the size of Los Angeles
, according to US officials. “There’s still hard fighting ahead,” Mattis told reporters last week.

Many of the group’s senior leaders have been killed. But US intelligence and military officials warn that the Islamic State still holds sway with a potent appeal on social media for adherents, from Europe to the Philippines, to carry out attacks wherever they are.

Thousands of the roughly 40,000 fighters from more than 120 countries who joined the Islamic State in battle since 2014 died in Syria and Iraq, US and other Western officials said.

But many thousands more probably slipped away to conflicts in Libya, Yemen or the Philippines, or went into hiding in countries like Turkey, the officials said.

“I worry about very seasoned fighters who will pop up periodically,” said Travers, who noted that the continuing turmoil in Syria makes it harder for spy agencies to monitor terrorists on the run. “Some are being tracked, some aren’t.”

Even Islamic State fighters who have been caught pose a dilemma.

The US military is spending about $1 million to help detain thousands of Islamic State fighters and their family members in makeshift camps run by Kurdish militias in northern Syria, drawing the Pentagon deeper into the war-zone detention operations that it has sought to avoid.
Critics fear the facilities could become breeding grounds for extremists and repeat a key security miscue of the Iraq War.

The recently resumed offensive in the Middle Euphrates River Valley, called Operation Roundup, has swelled the number of people held in converted schools and office buildings to about 600 Islamic State fighters from more than 40 countries, military officials said.

Only one country has agreed to repatriate its citizen-fighters, and US officials have refused to identify it, fearing the publicity would dissuade any other takers.

New evidence of Islamic extremism has spread to countries that have not dealt with it before, like Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

In the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado, a group that alternates between the names al-Sunnah wa Jama’ah, Swahili Sunna or al-Shabab, has unleashed a series of attacks
on an impoverished region bordering Tanzania. Local officials said the group has no formal links with the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab in Somalia, but has copied many of their tactics.

Since they appeared last October, the Mozambican Shabab have attacked police stations, government buildings and local villages. Last month alone, nearly 40 people died in the brutal attacks and more than 1,000 were displaced as the militants burned homes, stores and other buildings.

The group’s motivations for the attacks remain unknown. It has made no public statements, nor has it claimed credit for the attacks. But military and intelligence officials said it was most likely formed in reaction to the extreme poverty in Mozambique’s only predominantly Muslim region.

“We are at an inflection point in the broader campaign against terrorism,” said Laith Alkhouri, a senior director at Flashpoint, a business risk intelligence company in New York, assessing the global terrorist threat.

Over the past month alone, and armed with new authorities from Trump, US Special Operations forces continue to hunt Islamic State and Qaida operatives. In June, Trump nominated a former member of the Navy SEALs, Vice Adm. Joseph Maguire, to be the next director of the National Counterterrorism Center.

On June 6, a US Reaper drone killed four Islamic State fighters near Bani Walid, Libya, about 110 miles southeast of Tripoli, Libya’s capital. A week later, another Reaper killed a Qaida operative 50 miles southeast of Bani Walid. Ten days later, in central Yemen, US airstrikes attacked Qaida fighters in the contested central Hadramout region.

The risks of these missions was laid bare on June 8, when a US Special Operations soldier was killed and four others were wounded in an attack in southwestern Somalia against al-Shabab fighters.

Even away from the battlefield, extremists on social media and the internet are proving to be potent. French authorities foiled a ricin plot by an Egyptian-born student in May after intercepting messages on the secure social media platform Telegram.

And in Cologne, Germany, authorities acting on information from US intelligence agencies last month arrested a Tunisian man who tried to buy 1,000 castor bean seeds and a coffee grinder online. The shell of the castor bean is highly poisonous and can be used to make ricin.

Plots involving ricin are not new. In 2011, for instance, US counterterrorism officials voiced increasing concern that al-Qaida’s most dangerous regional affiliate — its branch in Yemen — was trying to produce ricin, to be packed around small explosives for attacks against the United States. The threat never materialized.

Now, officials worry that the know-how from these specialized battlefield plots and operations is seeping into everyday social media conduits, where they are available for aspiring terrorists and even lone actors in their own lethal plans.

Travers declined to elaborate on the German plot. But, “it does appear that the possibility of this kind of use is growing,” he said, speaking broadly of extremists’ use of chemical weapons and other poisons. “And that is a concern to all of us.”

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Re: The Islamic State, the Indian Sub-Continent & its Neighbourhood

Postby SSridhar » 15 Jul 2018 09:06

A blow to the last vestiges of pluralism - Ruchi Kumar, The Hindu
For many within Afghanistan’s once-thriving Sikh and Hindu communities, the attack in Jalalabad city on July 1, claimed by the Islamic State (IS), came as a final blow to the plurality of the Afghan society. Fourteen of their compatriots were killed; among them was Avtar Singh Khalsa, the only Sikh nominee for the upcoming parliamentary elections.

A sense of gloom and hopelessness has fallen over the community since and the tragedy has left them rethinking on their place in the country. “Seeing this incident has broken all of our hearts and spirits. We do not know how to move forward,” said Shyam Singh, an Afghan Sikh from Kabul, at a mass funeral at a local gurdwara in Kabul.
Mr. Singh, a tailor, is among the many who have decided to leave Afghanistan. “I cannot afford to leave, most of us can’t afford it, but if we don’t leave, this is how we will end,” he said.

Reduced to 150 families

A refusal on the part of the Taliban to negotiate peace, alongside a steadily strengthening Islamic State (IS) insurgency, has resulted in an increasing number of civilian casualties over the last two years. However, for the minorities, the threat to civilian life isn’t the only concern. The Sikh and Hindu communities have seen a steady decline in numbers owing to religious persecution, especially during the years of civil war and Taliban rule.

And despite the fall of the Taliban and the efforts of the following governments to introduce reforms, the two communities remain marginalised, which has forced them to leave Afghanistan in several thousands. “There used to be several hundred thousands of us at the start of the war, but now there are no more than 150 families left, roughly about 1,300-1,400 Sikhs and Hindus,” said Nirmal Singh, a Sikh merchant from Jalalabad, who was in Kabul to help relatives of the deceased people.

Sikhs and Hindus here have faced a number of issues like land-grab; the absence of an inclusive justice system; and an absence of spaces to practise their faith. “Our children are not in school, because they get harassed and abused,” said Shyam Singh. “We can’t even cremate our dead without the help of the Afghan government and security forces,” added Omprakash Sachdeva, an Afghan Hindu from Khost, who came to the mass funeral to pay respects to Avtar Singh. There have been reports in past of incidents of stone-pelting on Hindu and Sikh funeral processions by locals. “This land belonged to our ancestors for over 300 years, but today we have no claim over it,” he added.

However, many refused to place the blame on their fellow Afghans, instead accusing Pakistan. “Pakistan is our enemy, the enemy of all Afghans. It doesn’t matter if the Afghan government works to improve our lives, Pakistan will not let us thrive,” said Mr. Sachdeva, indicating that Pakistan’s intelligence agency might have had a role in the attack.

The Afghan Sikhs and Hindus who spoke to this writer appealed to the Indian government to intervene and support the community. “At least, help our children get education in India,” requested Shyam Singh. Others like Nirmal Singh and Mr. Sachdeva wanted India’s help in migration, though they were not too hopeful that help would arrive in time. “We will end up in India eventually,” Mr. Sachdeva said. “If not now as the living, then surely after we die; our ashes will be taken to Haridwar,” he said. The others nodded in resigned agreement. “But it would be helpful if we can leave while we are still alive,” said Mr. Singh.

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Re: The Islamic State, the Indian Sub-Continent & its Neighbourhood

Postby SSridhar » 15 Jul 2018 09:07

The IS is indulging in genocide of the Hindus & Sikhs. These 150 Sikh & Hindu families in Jalalabad should be immediately repatriated to India and granted Indian citizenship under the new Citizenship laws

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Re: The Islamic State, the Indian Sub-Continent & its Neighbourhood

Postby SSridhar » 18 Jul 2018 09:42

20 killed in north Afghanistan - AP
An Islamic State suicide bomber killed 20 people in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, including a Taliban commander, while in southern Helmand province a government commando unit freed 54 people from a Taliban jail, according to officials.

The stepped up activity in Afghanistan comes as Washington considers a Taliban demand for direct talks in hopes of jump-starting a negotiated end to what is now the longest military engagement by U.S. forces.

A Taliban official in the Gulf State of Qatar where the Islamic insurgency maintains an unofficial office told The Associated Press they wanted direct talks. He added that the Taliban was ready to put troop withdrawal as well as any outstanding concerns the U.S. might have on the table, but so far no official request to open negotiations has come from Washington. Speaking on the condition he not be identified, he said de-listing Taliban leaders from the U.S and UN watch lists and recognising their office in Doha, the Qatar capital, would aid progress in talks should they begin.

Meanwhile, in northern Afghanistan’s Sar-i-Pul province, Abdul Qayuom Baqizoi, provincial police chief, said Tuesday’s attack by IS took place as village elders met with Taliban officials.

He said 15 of the 20 killed were local elders and five were Taliban, including a Taliban commander.

The Taliban and the IS have been waging bitter battles in recent days in northern Afghanistan.

As many as 100 insurgents from both the groups have perished in recent battles, said Mr. Baqizoi.

Provincial council chief Mohammed Noor Rahman, however, said the explosion occurred in a mosque as a funeral was taking place.

The area is remote and it was impossible to reconcile the differing accounts.

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Re: The Islamic State, the Indian Sub-Continent & its Neighbourhood

Postby yensoy » 18 Jul 2018 10:06

SSridhar wrote:The IS is indulging in genocide of the Hindus & Sikhs. These 150 Sikh & Hindu families in Jalalabad should be immediately repatriated to India and granted Indian citizenship under the new Citizenship laws

The problem with this solution is that they no longer have any claims to their ancestral homeland.

I think it's time we began to total up the wealth and land which was forcibly taken away from Hindus, Sikhs and other minorities in Afghanistan who were eventually resettled in India, and add it up to a tab for future claims. Also with Pakistan for all migration post 1965, even for muslims returning to India.

The US still has accounts with the Iranians and Cubans despite being on much flimsier ground.

This money must be paid back by the Pakis (who are no doubt the proxies causing the situation in Afghanistan) and equivalent land wrested from them, inshallah one day not so far into the future.

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Re: The Islamic State, the Indian Sub-Continent & its Neighbourhood

Postby Manish_P » 18 Jul 2018 12:38

SSridhar wrote:A blow to the last vestiges of pluralism - Ruchi Kumar, The Hindu
For many within Afghanistan’s once-thriving Sikh and Hindu communities, the attack in Jalalabad city on July 1, claimed by the Islamic State (IS), came as a final blow to the plurality of the Afghan society.

Huh, what ?

When exactly were the Sikh and Hindu communities thriving in Afghanistan :?:

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Re: The Islamic State, the Indian Sub-Continent & its Neighbourhood

Postby SSridhar » 14 Aug 2018 15:11

UN report on IS in Afghanistan - PTI
The 22nd report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team was submitted to the UN Security Council al-Qaida Sanctions Committee here [United Nations].

The report said that between 20,000 and 30,000 Islamic State fighters remain in Iraq and Syria and among these there is still a significant component of the many thousands of active foreign terrorist fighters.

One Member State reports that some recent plots detected and prevented in Europe had originated from ISIL in Afghanistan.
In addition to establishing a presence across Afghanistan, ISIL also attempts to have an impact on other countries in the region.

"According to one Member State, ISIL in Afghanistan is responsible for at least one attack in the Kashmir region, the report said. However, no details about the attack in Kashmir were given in the report.

The sanctions monitoring team submits independent reports every six months to the Security Council on the Islamic State, al-Qaida and associated individuals, groups, undertakings and entities.

The report added that in Afghanistan, ISIL persistently tried to expand its presence, despite pressure from the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces, the international coalition and the Taliban.

ISIL currently has its main presence in the eastern provinces of Kunar, Nangarhar and Nuristan, and is also active in Jowzjan, Faryab, Sari Pul and Badakhshan provinces in the north. The group has the intention to expand into Ghazni, Kunduz, Laghman, Logar and Uruzgan provinces.

In Kabul, Herat and Jalalabad, ISIL already has sleeper cells and has committed disruptive, high-profile attacks, including against both Government and Taliban targets during the Eid al-Fitr ceasefire, it added.

The report noted that that ISIL has between 3,500 and 4,000 members in Afghanistan, including between 600 and 1,000 in northern Afghanistan (with both numbers on the increase). It is led by Abu Sayed Bajauri who is not listed and the majority of its members and leaders were formerly members of Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan and it may represent an emerging threat to Central Asian States.

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Re: The Islamic State, the Indian Sub-Continent & its Neighbourhood

Postby SSridhar » 19 Aug 2018 15:43

Kashmiri engineer suspected to be ISIS sympathiser deported from UAE - PTI
A Kashmiri man, suspected to be a sympathiser of the banned ISIS terror group, was recently deported to India from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), officials said here [Srinagar] on Sunday.

Thirty-six-year-old Irfan Ahmad Zargar, a resident of Chattatabal area on the outskirts of Srinagar, was deported from the Gulf country on August 14 and subjected to questioning by various security agencies, including the National Investigation Agency, they said.

He was then handed over to the Jammu and Kashmir police who were carrying out detailed investigations. However, there was no case pending against him in the state.

Zargar, an engineer, is alleged to have been "quite active" on social media and had been expressing his liking for the activities of ISIS in Syria, they said.

The NIA, the central probe agency tasked with investigating terror cases, questioned him for over two days before handing him over to the state police.

Zargar was picked up by the authorities in Dubai on April 28 this year when he was entering into the Gulf country from Oman, they said.

He was subjected to intensive questioning by Dubai sleuths about his activities on social networking sites, especially his appreciation of ISIS activities in Syria and Iraq.

Working with a telecom company in Dubai, Zargar maintained that he had travelled to Oman for setting up a business of handcrafts.

The Dubai officials had carried out thorough search of his apartments in Sharjah and later whisked him away to an undisclosed location. He was deported to India on August 14.

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj had been approached by one of his kin on her Twitter handle asking for help. The minister had assured them help and the Indian Consulate General in Dubai had initiated a hunt for the man.

However, the Dubai authorities had refused to entertain any plea until they had not completed their own investigation in the case.

Zargar is the third Kashmiri to have been deported for allegedly being sympathisers of the terror group.

Srinagar-resident Afshan Parvaiz was deported from Turkish capital of Ankara on May 25.
Parvaiz had left home after an argument with his father, who wanted him to join a college while he was interested in religious studies.

He booked himself a seat on a flight to Teheran on March 23 and was later deported after he crossed into Turkey.

Another youth from Ganderbal, Azhar ul Islam, was deported from the UAE last year for being an alleged ISIS sympathiser.

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Postby SSridhar » 20 Aug 2018 07:06

Mother alerted police to missing son, an IS suspect - Vijaita Singh, The Hindu
Mohammed Abdullah Basith (24), one of the two suspects held by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Hyderabad last week for allegedly “conspiring to further the activities of the Islamic State (IS) in India”, was missing for 10 days before his arrest.

It was Basith’s mother who informed the Telangana police that her son had gone incommunicado.

Basith has been on the radar of the intelligence agencies since 2014 as he had twice attempted to travel to Syria to join the IS. On both occasions, he was caught, counselled and let off.

“When he went missing this time, his mother immediately went to the police and informed them. He, however, came back on his own, but was arrested by the NIA a few days later,” said a family member of Basith who did not wish to be identified.

Visited Delhi

A senior NIA official confirmed that Basith was away from home for a few days. The official said that during the period he went missing, he had travelled to Delhi and other places and had been planning to revive his group for activities in India but had no plans to leave the country. Basith was looking after the family business and had got married in May.

“He has been under constant watch since 2014. When he returned to his Hyderabad house, we called him for questioning and arrested him subsequently. The interrogation is still on, and we cannot reveal the exact conspiracy right now,” the official said.

In May 2017, a news channel, Republic TV, aired a sting operation featuring Basith in which he pledged allegiance to the IS. The Telangana police registered a case, but closed the investigations as the channel failed to provide them with the unedited footage.

Basith first came on the radar of the agencies when he was caught by the Telangana police on August 29, 2014 along with his associates in Malda in West Bengal. Basith planned to go to Dhaka and from there to Afghanistan to participate in a war to help Islam. He was brought back and counselled by the police.

He was caught again at the Nagpur airport in December 2015 when he was about to board a flight to Srinagar with two of his cousins. Basith planned to cross over to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and travel to Syria to fight alongside the IS.

On January 28, 2016, the NIA registered a case against Sheikh Azhar ul Islam, Mohammed Farhan Shaikh and Adnan Hassan on the charge that the trio and their other unknown associates were members of the IS and were involved in a conspiracy to identify, motivate, radicalise, recruit and train Indian Muslim youth on behalf of the proscribed outfit to carry out terror activities.

The three accused were arrested after they were deported from the UAE on India’s request. It was revealed during investigation that Basith was in touch with one of the accused, Adnan Hassan, who reportedly arranged the money for him to travel to Afghanistan via Bangladesh in 2014.

A chargesheet filed by the NIA in the case said Abu Zakariya, a Syria operative of the IS, was guiding and helping Basith.

“He [Zakariya] used to have group discussions and propagate ideology of the IS and had created Jihadi matrimony to arrange marriage of the IS operatives and guide them to travel to Syria,” a chargesheet filed by the NIA in 2016 said.

On August 12, the NIA arrested Basith and Mohammed Abdul Qhadeer (19), after questioning for almost a week. The accused are in NIA custody till August 24.

This guy would not change by simple counselling etc. He is totally brainwashed.

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Re: The Islamic State, the Indian Sub-Continent & its Neighbourhood

Postby SSridhar » 23 Aug 2018 18:41

‘New audio’ of Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi released - PTI
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the elusive chief of the Islamic State terror group, in his first purported speech in nearly a year, has asked his followers to “patiently persevere” despite the losses they suffered in Iraq and Syria.

The 55-minute recording, which was released by the official ISIS media wing al-Furqan on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, came after reports that he was probably killed in a Russian air strike in May last year on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Raqqa, the group’s primary stronghold.

Baghdadi, whose real name is Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim al-Badri, has not been seen in public since he proclaimed the creation of a “caliphate” from the pulpit of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in July 2014.

His last audio message was released in September 2017.

In his latest message, the man on the recording admits that ISIS groups are losing and that it is a test from Allah, saying they need to stick together.

The man then says his followers are being tested with “fear and hunger” but says “glad tidings” will be given to those who “patiently persevere.”

CNN, which carried the report said it cannot independently confirm the voice on the recording is that of Baghdadi.

The BBC also reported that the recording’s authenticity could not be verified, but experts said the voice resembled that heard in other messages.

Admits losses by ISIS

The man in the recording references massive losses by ISIS.

“For the believer Mujahideen, the scale of victory or defeat is not counting on a city or town being stolen or subject to those who have aerial superiority, or intercontinental missiles or smart bombs, and not how many followers they have,” he says.

“The scale depends on how much faith the worshipper has,” he adds.

The speaker makes reference to recent events, including tensions between the United States and Turkey. He refers to the sanctions the United States imposed on Turkey on August 1, “just to release the pastor,” referring to US pastor Andrew Brunson, who is detained in Turkey.

The man also says Russia and Iran are seeking to revolt against sanctions and avoid a similar situation to North Korea. The voice says America is using “the gang policy” and it is a “sign of weakness.”

The man also mentions the Syrian city of Idlib, saying Russian and Syrian military are about to storm it “with the help of traitors,” a reference to some Syrian rebels.

The speaker calls on Sunni Muslims to topple the government of Jordan, which is an ally of the United States and the United Kingdom.

Doubts over the 'audio'

Commenting on the new video, US Central Command spokesperson Capt. William Urban said, “I am not going to comment on our assessment of the recording.

“We do not know where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is at this time, but he continues to be someone that we are interested in removing from the battlefield,” CNN quoted Urban as saying.

“I do not believe that any official US government source has ever claimed that he is dead.”

When asked whether that meant US officials believe the ISIS leader is alive, Urban said, “Yes.”

ISIS has since released various audio messages that it claims are from Baghdadi, said to be in his late 40s. In September last year, the outfit released a video that appeared to make reference to news events that happened after Russia claimed he was dead.

Analysts warned at the time that reports of Baghdadi’s death should be treated with skepticism, given the high number of previous false reports.

A UN report published last week said it was still estimated to have between 20,000 and 30,000 ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria, including thousands of foreign nationals.

The group still controls small pockets of territory in the eastern Syrian province of Deir al-Zour, where it has been able to extract and sell some oil, and to mount attacks, including across the border with Iraq.

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Re: The Islamic State, the Indian Sub-Continent & its Neighbourhood

Postby UlanBatori » 25 Aug 2018 23:42

India withdraws security clearance of Al Jazeera

WTH is "security clearance" to phoren terrorists papparazzi anyway?

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Re: The Islamic State, the Indian Sub-Continent & its Neighbourhood

Postby SSridhar » 26 Aug 2018 20:44

Head of Islamic State in Afghanistan killed, says government - Reuters

The head of Islamic State in Afghanistan, Abu Saad Erhabi, was killed in a strike on the group's hideouts in Nangarhar province on Saturday night, authorities said on Sunday.

Ten other members of the militant group were also killed in a joint ground and air operation by Afghan and foreign forces, the National Directorate of Security in Kabul said in a statement.

A large amount of heavy and light weapons and ammunition were destroyed during raids on two Islamic State hideouts.

The jihadist group's Amaq's news agency carried no comment on the issue, and there was no immediate reaction from the NATO-led Resolute Support mission that trains and advises Afghan forces.

The provincial governor of Nangarhar said Erhabi was the fourth Islamic State leader in Afghanistan to be killed since July 2017.

The group has developed a stronghold in Nangarhar, on Afghanistan's porous eastern border with Pakistan, and become one of the countrys most dangerous militant groups.

The local affiliate of Islamic State, sometimes known as Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K) after an old name for the region that includes Afghanistan, has been active since 2015, fighting the Taliban as well as Afghan and U.S. forces.

Former ISIS-K leader Abu Sayed was killed in a strike in the eastern province of Nangarhar and Sayed's predecessors were killed joint U.S. and Afghan operations.

The exact number of Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan is difficult to calculate because they frequently switch allegiances, but the U.S. military estimates that there are about 2,000.

More than 150 Islamic State fighters surrendered to Afghan security forces this month in the northwestern province of Jawzjan, where the group is fighting for control of smuggling routes into neighbouring Turkmenistan.

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Postby Muns » 27 Aug 2018 09:55

Thanks, SSridhar, moved to TSP thread.
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Reason: Muns, you have posted in the wrong thread. Take it to the TSP thread.

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Re: The Islamic State, the Indian Sub-Continent & its Neighbourhood

Postby SSridhar » 03 Sep 2018 19:58

Pakistan arrests 3 ISIS terrorists ahead of Defence Day - PTI
Police in Pakistan claimed to have thwarted a terrorist attack planned on the upcoming Defence Day and said on Monday they have arrested three Islamic State terrorists in Punjab province.

Muhammad Iqbal, Usman Zia and Hasnain Muavia had plans to target an event on the Defence Day in Multan on Thursday, the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab police said.

On the Defence Day, Pakistan marks the anniversary of the 1965 war with India by holding nationwide ceremonies and special prayers.

A CTD official said that the three terrorists were arrested during a raid near Basti Shorkot in Multan, some 350 kms from here.

"The CTD personnel acting on intelligence information raided a house on the outskirts of Multan city and arrested the three suspects.

"Four hand grenades, explosive material and other weapons have also been recovered from their possesision," he said.

The arrested terrorists belong to the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) terror group.

A case under terrorism charges has been registered and the suspects have been shifted to an undisclosed place for interrogation.

Last month, the security agencies had arrested two ISIS terrorists from Multan. They had plans to bomb the buildings that house offices of Inter-Services Intelligence and Intelligence Bureau in Multan.

The Pakistani government often claims that there is no presence of ISIS in the country but at times the security agencies arrest suspects belonging to the dreaded terror group.

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Postby SSridhar » 03 Sep 2018 20:27

Five held in Coimbatore for plotting to murder Hindu Makkal Katchi leader Arjun Sampath - Prabhakar T, New Indian Express
COIMBATORE: The city police, based on a tip-off from Central intelligence agencies, arrested five Muslim youth for allegedly hatching a plot to murder Hindu Makkal Katchi (HMK) leader Arjun Sampath and his son Omkar Balaji, on Saturday night. Four of them were already on the radar of the Central intelligence agencies when they showed up at Coimbatore Railway Junction; the fifth person had gone to the station to receive the other four.

A social media page was the only link between the four Chennai youth -- Jafar Safiq Ali (29) of Vysarpadi, Ismail (25) of Tindivanam, Samsudeen (20) of Pallavaram and Shalavuddin (25) of Pallavaram, and one Coimbatore boy -- Ashik (25) of Variety Hall Road. And the alleged plan to murder HMK leader Arjun Sampath and son Omkar Balaji.

Sources privy to the investigation told Express that the five had discussed ways to kill Arjun and had spread hatred against on social media, they had plans ready for Omkar as he was an easier target, given that the former had police protection. One of the five members was said to be a sympathiser of the Islamic State of Jammu and Kashmir and a member of the banned terrorist organisation; two others from Chennai were members of political parties. Ashik was facing several cases, including kidnapping school girls {the police should investigate whether it was like 'grooming for sex' in the UK}, in the city. He had been under the radar of the city intelligence for his notorious activities but his radical activities had not come to light till now, sources added.

“Though these youth did not have any previous enmity with the leader, they were inspired by the IS module and other radical religious outfits and hatched a plot,” a senior official said.

Meanwhile, there were claims that the four youth had come to Coimbatore to attend a wedding. However, police confirmed that they were not even invited to a wedding but had come to meet in person and find ways to kill the leader before the upcoming Vinayagar Chathurthi.

‘Threats to Omkar came a couple months ago’

After Coimbatore City Police arrested five youth -- one from the city and four from Chennai -- for reportedly plotting to kill Hindu Makkal Katchi (HMK) leader Arjun Sampath and son Omkar Balaji, sources in the city intelligence confirmed that Omkar had indeed received death threats two months ago.

After top officials in the city police were alerted in early July, people who were considered a threat to him were closely watched.

According to an intelligence personnel, in the aftermath of the murder of Hindu Munnani functionary C Sasikumar, Balaji had reportedly taken to social media and called for people to act against a particular community. It was from then that he had received threats on social media.

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Re: The Islamic State, the Indian Sub-Continent & its Neighbourhood

Postby SSridhar » 02 Oct 2018 06:45

Folks, this is far more serious because it has now come too close to comfort.

But, it is not surprising in Tamilnadu because Dravidian politics has been allowing this particular evil force to develop through winks, nudges and open support.

The trajectory is such in Tamilnadu that pseudo-seculars would blame the victims for this phenomenon.

Cuddalore prison faces IS threat - S.Prasad, The Hindu
Security has been beefed up at the Cuddalore Central Prison following intelligence inputs that the Islamic State (IS) is planning to launch an attack and free an inmate arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

According to the police, Ansar Meeran was arrested by NIA sleuths in February this year on charges of mobilising funds and facilitating the travel of a few persons to Syria and Iraq.

Meeran, who was lodged in the Puzhal Central Prison, was shifted to the Cuddalore Central Prison in July following a clash between two groups of prisoners at Puzhal.

The police said the NIA had received inputs that the IS was planning to launch an attack on the Cuddalore Central Prison and free Meeran.
This prompted the NIA to alert the Tamil Nadu Intelligence wing, which in turn alerted senior officials of the Prisons Department.

Following this, a team led by Shanmugasundaram, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Prisons), Tiruchi, strengthened vigil inside the prison to prevent any untoward incident.

A huge posse of police personnel was deployed inside the prison, while armed police personnel, led by Deputy Superintendent of Police Taj Lamech, were posted outside the premises.

The police have also intensified the frisking of visitors and vehicle checks in the district.

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Re: The Islamic State, the Indian Sub-Continent & its Neighbourhood

Postby SSridhar » 04 Nov 2018 17:53

Uproar over J&K student’s ‘audio clip’ - peerzada Ashiq, The Hindu
Parents of Ehtesham Bilal, 19, who went missing on October 28 but reappeared on Friday in an online post, wielding weapons under the Islamic State banner, asked their son to return home and appealed to Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind chief Zakir Musa to help them.

Distraught and refusing to take meals, Bilal’s mother appealed to her son to shun the militant outfit. “Whatever group you have joined, please return. I appeal to Zakir Musa and will pray for his long life, help me in returning my son,” she said in a video.

Bilal, who was a student at Sharda University in Noida, was reported missing on October 28 by his parents. His father, who owns a hardware shop in Srinagar, expressed shock over his son’s “audio message” pledging allegiance to the IS-motivated Jundul Khilafah and to IS’s Iraq-based leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.

On Friday, a six-minute audio, attributed to Bilal, and pictures, where he was wielding a gun and weapons strapped with an IS flag in the backdrop, were uploaded on social media.

He was apparently referring to a clash that took place between locals and Afghan students at Sharda University on October 4.

A senior counter-insurgency police officer told The Hindu that Bilal has joined militant ranks and his movement was traced to Srinagar and Pulwama. “We are investigating the matter,” the officer said.

National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah described the development as “a worrying trend”.

“Sometimes, seemingly small actions {Obviously, he had already been brain-washed enough and the incident was like the last straw} have huge consequences. If what happened to him at Sharda University has led him to choose such a destructive path, it’s even more tragic,” Mr. Abdullah tweeted.

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