(BEIRUT) Latest: After the controversial liberation of #Kirkuk on Tuesday its been announced by Brig. Gen. Talal Sillo that there are no longer clashes taking place in the city of #Raqqa adding the remaining militants are held up in the stadium used as a prison #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Oct.17: US calls for calm between two allies after Iraqi forces seize the coveted oil-rich city of Kirkuk from the Kurds: NOW With 3,250 killed in Raqqa battle, including 1,130 civilians: A commander with the U.S.-backed Syrian forces battling #ISIS says the city of #Raqqa has been liberated as SDF leaders stated soon after that 99% of #Raqqa was clean from #IS and the cleaning operations around the Hospital were now started liberated from #ISIS militants and that combing operations are underway to clear the city of land mines and extremist sleeper cells #AceNewsDesk reports

Brig. Gen. Talal Sillo told the Associated Press on Tuesday that there are no longer clashes going on in the city……….Sillo says a formal declaration will follow befitting “the fall of the capital of terrorism.”………..Dozens of militants who refused to surrender had made their last stand in the city’s stadium, which had become notorious as a prison and dungeons for the group………..It wasn’t immediately clear if the #ISIS militants are still holed up inside the stadium……….The city of Raqqa fell to the #ISIS group in 2014 and became the de facto capital of their self-styled caliphate #AceNewsDesk reports are provided by Sterling Publishing & Media News

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CANADA: ‘ CF-18 FIGHTER JETS DROP FIRST LASER GUIDED BOMBS ON ISLAMIC STATE POSITIONS ‘

#AceWorldNews – CANADA – November 03 – Canada’s CF-18 fighter jets have dropped their first laser guided bombs on Islamic State (IS, previously ISIS) targets since joining the US-led coalition against the extremist group, the country’s defence minister said on Sunday RT reported. 

' Canada's CF-18 fighter jets '

‘ Canada’s CF-18 fighter jets ‘

“Coordinated with our coalition partners, two CF-18s attacked ISIL targets with GBU12 500 lb laser-guided-bombs in the vicinity of Fallujah, Iraq,” Defence Minister Rob Nicholson said in a statement.

' Canada's CF-18 fighter jets  bomb Fallujah in two hourly strikes '

‘ Canada’s CF-18 fighter jets bomb Fallujah in two hourly strikes ‘

“The approximately four hour mission included air-to-air refuelling from Canada’s Polaris aircraft.

All aircraft returned safely to their base.” Canada’s Parliament approved a six-month mission against IS in October, with the mission mandate also approving.

Six CF-18 Hornet fighter jets, two CP-140 Aurora surveillance aircraft, and one C-150 refuelling aircraft have joined the US-led coalition and stationed in Kuwait City since October 30.

Around 600 Canadian soldiers have also been stationed at the base.

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TURKEY: ‘ Foreign Minister Says Ground Operation Against Islamic State Unrealistic On Our Own ‘

#AceNewsServices – TURKEY – October 09 – Turkey’s foreign minister says it cannot be expected to lead a ground operation against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria on its own.

Turkey has tanks deployed along its border within sight of the fighting inside Kobane

Turkey has tanks deployed along its border within sight of the fighting inside Kobane

Mevlut Cavusoglu also called for the creation of a no-fly zone over its border with Syria after talks in Ankara with new NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg.

Turkey is under intense pressure to do more to help Kurdish forces fighting IS in the strategic Syrian town of Kobane.

Reports say IS has been pushed back towards the outskirts of Kobane.

Earlier monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, quoting “reliable sources”, said IS controlled a third of the town and was advancing towards the centre from eastern districts.

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AUSTRALIA: ‘ Canberra Authorizes Boots on the Ground in Iraq Against Islamic State ‘

#AceWorldNews – AUSTRALIA (Canberra) – October 03 – Canberra has authorized deployment of special forces to Iraq to join operation against militants of the Islamic State. From now on, the Australian Air Force craft present in the region will also take part in combat missions against terrorists.

It has only ever been a matter of time that Australia’s 600 military personnel and aircraft deployed to a United Arab Emirates airbase in mid-September would be officially used in military operations against the forces of the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorist organization in Iraq.

Nearly two months after the US-led alliance of European and Persian Gulf nations started to inflict air-strikes on the IS target in Iraq and then Syria, Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced in a nationally televised news conference that the country is joining the military operation against the“murderous death cult,” as Abbot put it, in earnest.

“Today, cabinet has authorized Australian airstrikes in Iraq at the request of the Iraqi government and in support of the Iraqi government,” Abbott announced on Friday.

“Also, subject to final legal documentation, cabinet has authorized the deployment of Australian special forces into Iraq to advise and assist Iraqi forces,” he said.

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‘ British Police Arrest Two Men Over Islamist State Links ‘

#AceBreakingNews – BRITAIN – September 26 – British police arrested on Friday two men as part of an operation into Islamist-related militancy, Reuters said.

The two men were arrested on the M6 motorway in England by counter-terrorism officers, bringing the total number of people detained in the operation to 11 over two days.

Spain’s Interior Ministry said on Friday that Spanish and Moroccan police have arrested nine people suspected of belonging to a militant cell linked to the Islamic State (IS) group.

In Malaysia, police have detained three Muslim men suspected of wanting to go to Syria to join the IS.

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‘ UK Members Vote 524 – 43 to Support US-Led Coalition ‘

#AceBreakingNews – BRITAIN September 26 The UK Parliament has backed British participation in air strikes against Islamic State extremists in Iraq.

David Cameron it will take years ...... ?

David Cameron it will take years …… ?

After a seven-hour debate, MPs voted for military action by 524 votes to 43.

The Conservatives, Lib Dems and Labour leaderships all backed air strikes although some MPs expressed concerns about where it would lead and the prospect of future engagement in Syria.

The BBC’s political editor Nick Robinson said RAF planes could be called into action as early as Sunday.

Speaking after the vote, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said a long campaign lay ahead and there would not be a “series of immediate hits”.

‘Brutal organisation’

He told the BBC the priority would be to stop the “slaughter of civilians” in Iraq and the UK and its allies would continue to be guided by Iraqi and Kurdish intelligence in identifying targets.

Some 23 Labour MPs voted against air strikes, as did six Conservatives, one Liberal Democrat, two Plaid Cymru MPs and five Scottish National Party MPs.

They were joined in the no lobby by Green MP Caroline Lucas, three Social Democratic and Labour Party MPs and Respect MP George Galloway. Two MPs acted as no tellers during the vote, Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn and the SNP’s Pete Wishart.

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‘ Syrian Refugees Seeking Shelter Reaches 100,000 ‘

#AceBreakingNews – TURKEY – September 21 – The number of refugees seeking shelter in Turkey from the Islamic State group’s advance across northern Syria has hit 100,000 in less than a week, an official said Sunday.

The head of Turkey’s disaster management agency, Fuat Oktay, said the figure relates to Syrians escaping the area near the Syrian border town of Kobani, where fighting has raged between IS and Kurdish fighters since Thursday.

#ANS2014

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‘ Kurds Flee Islamic State Crossing Border To Turkey ‘

#AceNewsServices – SYRIA – September 21 – Some 60,000 Syrian Kurds have crossed into Turkey in the past 24 hours, fleeing Islamic State (IS) militants who are advancing on dozens of villages close to the border.

Turkish soldiers stand guard as Syrian Kurds cross the border fence into Turkey near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, September 19, 2014. (Reuters)

Turkish soldiers stand guard as Syrian Kurds cross the border fence into Turkey near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, September 19, 2014. (Reuters)

READ MORE: 46 Turkish hostages abducted by ISIS in Iraq released

Turkey opened a stretch of the border on Friday after Kurds fled their homes, fearing an attack on the border town of Ayn al-Arab, a Kurdish commander on the ground said.

Local Kurds also said they fear a massacre in Kobani, whose strategic location has been blocking the militants from gaining more power in northern Syria.

 

“Kobani is facing the fiercest and most barbaric attack in its history,” Mohammed Saleh Muslim, the head of Syria’s powerful Kurdish Democratic Union, told AP.

Syrian Kurds carry their belongnings near the Syrian border at the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, on September 20, 2014. (AFP Photo/Bulent Kilic)

Syrian Kurds carry their belongnings near the Syrian border at the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, on September 20, 2014. (AFP Photo/Bulent Kilic)

Lokman Isa, a 34-year-old farmer who escaped with his family, told Reuters: They [Islamic State] have destroyed every place they have gone to. We saw what they did in Iraq in Sinjar and we fled in fear.”

He added that Kurdish forces fighting against the radical group have only light weapons.

The Islamic State militants are  known to be using rockets, artillery, tanks, and armoured vehicles.

Syrian Kurds wait near Syria border at the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, on September 20, 2014 (AFP Photo/Bulent Kilic)

Syrian Kurds wait near Syria border at the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, on September 20, 2014 (AFP Photo/Bulent Kilic)

“I would have fought to my last drop of blood against Islamic State but I had to bring the women and children,”Mustafa Saleh, a 30 year-old water industry worker, said.
“The United States, Turkey, Russia, friendly countries must help us. They must bomb Islamic State. All they can do is cut off heads, they have nothing to do with Islam,” he added.

Meanwhile, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said that 60,000 people have crossed the 30-kilometre stretch of open border since Friday.

At least 100 villages have been evacuated since Tuesday, when the assault began. Since then, over 300 Kurdish fighters have come to Syria from Turkey to fight against the militants.

Eleven Kurdish civilians, including boys, were executed in the villages near Kobani, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

#ANS2014

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BRITAIN: ‘ Radicalisation of Youth and Islamic State ‘

#AceNewsServices (Opinion) – BRITAIN – September 18 

A MAJOR issue being debated in Britain today concerns the Muslims – men and women. It is what is termed the radicalisation of their youth.

The Young Muslims UK

The Young Muslims UK (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Concerns were sparked off by the Islamic State (formerly Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) when its militants beheaded James Foley, an American journalist covering the war in Syria, and circulated a video of the bestial act. Even before this incident grabbed the headlines, media reports had been suggesting that authorities in London believed that as many as 500 Muslim men with British nationality had left the UK to join the IS ‘jihad’.

The last straw came when Foley’s killer was identified from his speech and accent as British. Writing for The Sunday Times, the foreign secretary summed up the widely felt sentiments: “It is horrifying to think that the perpetrator of this heinous act could have been brought up in Britain.”

Since then the police have been empowered to seize the passports of people if need be. The move has come too late in the day and two more hostages have been murdered since and one more is under threat.

Many young Muslims draw inspiration from websites with extremist content.


One had hardly got over the shock when came another bombshell. A couple having Pakistani roots made public their dismay at their daughter’s decision to leave home to join IS jihadis. In a statement released to the Glasgow press, they described her as a “bedroom radical” and termed her action as a betrayal of her family, her community and the people of Scotland. It would be upsetting for them as many migrate from Pakistan to give their children a better future, so bleak has life become for the youth in our own country.

Against the backdrop of these horrifying events is the fact that a number of young Muslims are drawing inspiration from websites notorious for their extremist content. At the same time, there have been reports in Britain as also other Western countries of an increase in racism and hate crimes against Muslims in the wake of 9/11. Publications such as Maybe we are hated: The experience and impact of anti-Muslim hate on British Muslim women by the University of Birmingham are cited in support of the claim that Muslims are being victimised for their beliefs.

What can one say about this perversity that is creeping into a section of the Muslim youth? It can under no condition be condoned even if this is viewed as a reaction to the perceived injustice to Muslims. Two wrongs do not make a right.

No Pakistani I met in Scotland justifies it. How the immigrants explain this extremism would depend on who you are talking to. Many who complain of personal experiences of racial discrimination might be immigrants who remain on the fringe of local society. Living in ghettoised conditions, many Pakistani women do not even want to socialise with people not from their own community. They shop for groceries at South Asian stores and thus manage to avoid interaction on a regular basis with the majority.

There are others — mainly employed professionals — who interact with the indigenous population who may have a different story to tell.

The problem is that the absence of awareness and knowledge of ‘the other’ leads to fear, alienation and prejudice. When people from different communities living together are inclusive in their approach and accept one another’s way of life, chances are there will be more harmony among them.

Much of the alienation in children comes from the identity crisis that is created. In order to preserve their identity as ‘good Muslims’ (even of the moderate kind) children are often indoctrinated in such a way that the message is that theirs is a superior faith. By implication other religions are berated. Many of these children whose parents are migrants fail to adjust in the society they grow up in because of the dichotomy between their home environment and outside surroundings. This makes them vulnerable to the influence of extremists scouting for recruits.

But the fact is that  most Muslim youth do not end up as jihadis. The problem needs to be contextualised and rational analysis can help identify the factors that make some more vulnerable than others.

The key to promoting interfaith, inter-cultural harmony is how ‘the other’ is projected and interpreted, especially to young children. A social worker giving the leftist perspective pointed out that integration of communities is a mutual process that is hindered by the universal rise of racism in the West that puts immigrants on the defensive. The media is not helpful either given its penchant for sensationalism.

The real problem, she feels, is the crisis the youth face worldwide due to the vacuum created by societies. The vulnerable ones turn to violence. For Muslims it is ‘jihad’. Global conflict spurs them on.

Don’t we see that in Pakistan as well?

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Published in Dawn, September 17th, 2014

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WASHINGTON: ‘ Hagel – The United States is at War with Islamic State ‘

#AceBreakingNews – WASHINGTON – September 16 – General Martin Dempsey, the military’s top officer, told a Senate panel Tuesday he will recommend having U.S.advisers fight with Iraqi troops against the militant Islamic State group if the situation requires it.

“To be clear, if we reach the point where I believe our advisers should accompany Iraqi troops on attacks against specific ISIL targets, I will recommend that to the president,” said Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

U.S. advisers could be called on to get closer to the fight, Dempsey said, if Iraqi security forces undertake a complex operation such as retaking the city of Mosul.

The United States is at war the militant Islamic State group, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said, and the fight “will not be an easy or brief effort. It is complicated.”

“We are at war with ISIL, as we are with al-Qaeda,” Hagel said. “But destroying ISIL will require more than military efforts alone. It will require political progress in the region, and effective partners on the ground in Iraq and Syria.”

Dempsey and Hagel appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee to outline President Obama’s plan to fight the Islamic State, which is also referred to as ISIL or ISIS. Source: 

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AUSTRIA: ‘ Plans to Ban Terrorist-Related-Symbols Starting with IS ‘

#AceWorldNews – AUSTRIA – September 13 – Austria is planning to follow Germany’s example in banning terrorist-related symbols, starting with the flag of the IS (formerly ISIS) extremist movement, reports the newspaper Wiener Zeitung.

islamic_state_of_iraq

The authorities agreed on an amendment to the Abzeichengesetz (Badge Law), which bans the display of symbols, flags and uniforms of several organizations, primarily Nazis and extreme far-right race hate groups.

According to a spokesman for Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner, a final agreement is not yet confirmed, but will be ready next week, when the authorities agree on sentencing options for courts.

RT

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SYRIA: ‘ Unknown Militiamen Assassinated a Commander of al-Nursa Front – Reports ‘

#AceNewsServices – SYRIA (Hama Province) – September 12 – Unknown militiamen assassinated a commander in al Nusra Front by shooting him in Aqerabat area which is held by IS.

Al Nusra Front, Jundo al Aqsa and the rebels and Islamic battalions took control over Seher Hill checkpoint near the village of al Shir after violent clashes with the regime forces.

The violent clashes have continued between the same parties on the outskirts of the village of Sen Seher near Btish farmlands and in the village of Zor al Qse’eyyi located in the north of Arze village, information reported regime’s advancement in the area.

Violent clashes have erupted between al Nusra Front and the regime forces in the vicinity of Mharde city which is inhabited by Christians where al Nusra Front has tried to capture the city after bringing military enhancement and mobilizing 1500 fighters.

Translated from Arabic

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights 

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GERMANY: ‘ Bans Islamic State to Prevent Militants Recruiting Young Jihadists ‘

#AceWorldNews – GERMANY (Berlin) – September 12  – Germany has banned the Islamic State in order to prevent the militants from recruiting young jihadists in Germany or from using fighters returning to Europe to carry out attacks. 

The terrorist organization Islamic State is a threat to public safety in Germany as well,” Reuters quoted Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere as saying.

Over 400 Germans have reportedly joined IS in Iraq and Syria and about 40 have died, some in suicide attacks.

More than 100 jihadists are back in Germany including “some with combat experience who have learned to hate,” the minister said.

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IRAQ: ' Islamic State Militants Carried-Out Atrocities of 'Unimaginable Scale ' and Should be Constituted as War Crimes'

#AceNewsServices (Exclusive) – IRAQ (Baghdad) – September 02 – Twelve people have been killed and 41 others were injured after two cars exploded in Iraq’s capital Baghdad, local media reported. Though this is just the tip of the iceberg and as recent reports confirm the numbers killed, maimed and sexually abused or displaced are growing daily.

A militant Islamist fighter gestures as he takes part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province (Reuters)

A militant Islamist fighter gestures as he takes part in a military parade along the streets of Syria’s northern Raqqa province (Reuters)

The blasts took place five minutes apart in the south-western part of the city. Both vehicles used in the bombing were parked at the intersection of 20th and 30th streets in the al-Amil area.

The number of victims could rise, radio station Shafak FM cited a police spokesperson as saying. Iraq has been fighting off the attacks of Islamic State (IS), Sunni extremist group, since June.

The group has gained control over large parts of the country in the north, with a goal of taking over Baghdad. Earlier on Monday, the UN mission to the country said that at least 1,420 people have been killed and 1370 injured in violence in Iraq during August.

The figures did not include Anbar province.

Islamic State militants have carried out atrocities on “an unimaginable scale” over several months of fighting in Iraq, a UN official said in an emergency debate Monday. The UN agreed to send a commission to the country to investigate.

The UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Flavia Pansieri, who opened the debate in Geneva, said there is “strong evidence” that Islamic State (IS), formerly known as ISIS, groups have carried out numerous atrocities including killings, beheadings, torture, sexual abuse and conversions.

The reports we have received reveal acts of inhumanity on an unimaginable scale. Systematic and intentional attacks on civilians may constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity. Individuals, including commanders, are responsible for these acts,” she said.

Ethnic cleaning:

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, wait for aid at an abandoned building that they are using as their main residence, outside the city of Dohuk (Reuters / Youssef Boudlal)

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, wait for aid at an abandoned building that they are using as their main residence, outside the city of Dohuk (Reuters / Youssef Boudlal)

READ MORE: ISIS has 100,000 fighters, growing fast – Iraqi govt adviser

Pansieri added that she was particularly concerned with the persecution of Iraq’s religious minorities including the Shia, Yazidis, Christians and Turkmen.

These communities have lived side by side, on the same soil, for centuries and in some cases for millennia,” she said, adding that IS has carried out ethnic and religious cleaning.

The Yazidis have suffered extremely harshly under IS. Many men who refused to convert to Islam were reportedly executed and at least 2,250 Yazidi women and children are being held as hostage, while others are used as sex slaves.

She added that Iraqi police and government forces had also committed acts that amounted to war crimes.
Government allied militias opened fire on a mosque in Khanaquin district north east of Baghdad, killing 73 men and boys and Iraqi police executed a number of detainees in Tal Afar.

Iraqi forces have also shelled towns and carried out airstrikes near Kirkuk, Fallujah, and Salahuddin, which killed and injured dozens of civilians.

The one day UN session was called by Iraq with the support of its allies and agreed to a request by Baghdad to send a team of UN experts to investigate the crimes committed since IS swept through Iraq in June.

Mohammad Shia al-Sudani, Iraq’s Human Rights Minister, told the session that IS was “oozing with barbarity” and threatened the make-up of his country and the entire world, but did not respond to allegations of atrocities carried out by Iraqi troops.

An Islamic State militant uses a loud-hailer to announce to residents of Tabqa city that Tabqa air base has fallen to Islamic State militants, in nearby Raqqa (Reuters / Stringer)

An Islamic State militant uses a loud-hailer to announce to residents of Tabqa city that Tabqa air base has fallen to Islamic State militants, in nearby Raqqa (Reuters / Stringer)

The land of ancient Babylon is subjected to threats to its very independence, they are attempting to change its demographic and cultural composition,” he said.

ISIS is a "trans-national phenomenon that poses an imminent danger to all countries of the world, it defies all human rights principles and international law,” he added.

READ MORE: ‘Executions, amputations and lashings’: ISIS commits war crimes in Syria, UN says

The Sunni Muslim Gulf states as well as the West have all denounced IS, although they bear some of the responsibility for its rapid rise to dominance for indirectly helping to create a situation in Iraq and to a lesser degree Syria, where such an organization could thrive.

The organization has nothing to do with Islam, even if they carry the name,” said Jamal al-Ghunaim, Kuwait’s ambassador.

Source

Contributions: Ace News Services.

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