AUSTRALIA: ‘ Islamic State has gained Potential to Build Chemical Weapons – Reports ‘

#AceNewsServices – Featured Report:AUSTRALIA:June.06: Australia’s foreign minister, Julie Bishop, has voiced concerns over an alleged possibility of the Islamic State group to build chemical weapons.

There have been several reports of ISIS using toxic chlorine gas in homemade bombs in Iraq and Syria.

“The use of chlorine by Daesh [an Arabic term for ISIS], and its recruitment of highly technically trained professionals, including from the west, have revealed far more serious efforts in chemical weapons development,” Bishop said late on Friday in Perth.

“Daesh is likely to have amongst its tens of thousands of recruits the technical expertise necessary to further refine precursor materials and build chemical weapons,” she said.

Chlorine gas is a strong oxidizer, which may react with flammable materials. The toxic gas, which was first used as a weapon during WWI by Germany, is on the banned list of chemicals under the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention.

Kurdish officials said its peshmerga fighters, busy reinforcing their positions on a highway between Mosul and the Syrian border, came under attack from an IS suicide bomber driving a truck filled with toxic chlorine gas late January. Authorities say their forces destroyed the truck with a rocket before it had a chance to detonate near soldiers.

Shortly after the attack, the Kurdish fighters began to complain of “nausea, vomiting, dizziness and weakness” – all common symptoms of chlorine poisoning. Soon they found “20 empty canisters” in the back of the attacker’s vehicle.

The Kurds, who have been battling against Islamic State militants since last year, sent the remains of the suicide bomber to a laboratory, which said “the samples contained levels of chlorine that suggested the substance was used in weaponized form.”

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the chemical weapons watchdog, conducted a fact-finding mission in neighboring Syria last year, where ISIS has been fighting against the Bashar Assad government.

According to the OPCW probe, chlorine was used “systematically and repeatedly” in Syria in 2014.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the chemical weapons watchdog, conducted a fact-finding mission in neighboring Syria last year, where ISIS has been fighting against the Bashar Assad government. According to the OPCW probe, chlorine was used “systematically and repeatedly” in Syria in 2014.

The report stated that chlorine was used in attacks on the villages of Talmanes, Al Tamanah and Kafr Zeta, all located in northern Syria.OPCW said that “the descriptions, physical properties, behaviour of the gas, and signs and symptoms resulting from exposure, as well as the response of patients to the treatment leads” lead it conclude with a high degree of confidence that “chlorine, either pure or in mixture, is the toxic chemical in question.”

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TURKEY: ‘ Turkish War-Planes Bomb Kurdistan Workers Party Targets Near Iraq Border ‘

AceWorldNews – TURKEY – October 14 – Turkish war-planes have bombed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) targets near the country’s border with Iraq.

Turkey bombs Kurdish PKK rebel positions

Turkey bombs Kurdish PKK rebel positions

The strikes highlight rising tensions in Turkey over Ankara’s perceived unwillingness to aid besieged Kurdish fighters in the Syrian town of Kobani.

The Turkish General Staff dispatched F-16 and F-4 jets to the southeastern village of Daglica in Hakkari province on Monday, the Turkish daily Hurriyet reports.

The daily says the airstrikes caused “heavy damage” to the PKK.

The PKK’s military wing, however, said in a statement on its website that its forces had not suffered casualties during the strikes, Reuters reports.

Turkey says the bombings came in response to three days of attacks on the Daglıca military guard post with rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns.

PKK insurgents for their part blamed the Turkish military of violating the ceasefire.

Monday’s strikes were the first to be conducted since the Kurdish rebel group declared a ceasefire with Turkey in March 2013.

The incident underlines simmering anger among Kurds in south-eastern Turkey over Ankara’s failure to intervene against so-called Islamic State (IS) militants, who launched a massive offensive on the predominately Kurdish town of Kobani – not far from Syria’s border with Turkey – on September 16.

At least 35 people were killed throughout Turkey’s Kurdish majority south-eastern provinces last week after protests against Ankara’s inaction descended into violent street clashes.

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KOBANI: ‘ Islamic Forces Control Forty Percent of Syrian Town’

#AceWorldNews – KOBANI – October 10 – Islamic State forces have made new gains in Kobani, now controlling about 40 percent of the Syrian town of Kobani on the Turkish border and might well capture it, Deputy US National Security Adviser Tony Blinken has said.

Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Kobani, as seen from the southeastern town of Suruc in the Sanliurfa province near the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border October 10, 2014. (Reuters/Umit Bektas)

Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Kobani, as seen from the south-eastern town of Suruc in the Sanliurfa province near the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border October 10, 2014. (Reuters/Umit Bektas)

“I don’t know what’s going to happen because again in the absence of any ground force there, it is going to be difficult just through air power to prevent ISIL (IS) from potentially taking over the town,”Blinken told reporters at a briefing in London on Friday.

This information is also confirmed by the the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

“They have taken at least 40 percent (of the town),” the head of the monitoring group, Rami Abdulrahman, said by telephone as reported by Reuters.

Islamic State fighters were now in almost complete control of the “security quarter,” which is home to the administrative buildings used by the local government, he said.

The IS militants have seized control over some of the eastern areas of the town and smaller areas in the south of Kobani, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

They have seized the Kurd headquarters also, a monitoring group said.

“They are trying to advance on the crossing from the east … but the YPG [fighters] are resisting them,”Ocalan Iso, the deputy head of the Kurdish forces defending Kobani, told Reuters.

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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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GERMANY: ‘ Peaceful Protests Against Islamic State End with Clashes With Jihadist Muslims ‘

#AceNewsServices – GERMANY (Hamburg) – October 08 – Peaceful protests against IS in Syria and Iraq organized by Kurdish nationals in several German cities ended with serious clashes with pro-jihadist Muslims in Hamburg and Celle.

Police had to request reinforcements to restore order.

Police in Hamburg, a port city of 1.8 million people, used water cannons, batons and pepper spray late Tuesday to disperse crowds of warring Kurds and pro-jihadist Muslims, armed with knives and brass-knuckles, following a protest against Islamic State militants who are attacking the Kurdish town of Kobani in Syria near the Turkish border.

At first, on Tuesday afternoon about 80 Kurdish protesters occupied Hamburg’s central train station for an hour, NDR.de reported. The Kurdish protesters left the railways voluntarily after 6pm, a police spokesman said.

A bigger group of about 500 Kurdish demonstrators marched through down-town Hamburg. On their way, they damaged several cars and Turkish snack bars, breaking panes of glass and throwing around plastic chairs. Police detained 14 rioters.

Still from RT video

Later, several hundred Kurdish protesters gathered near the Al Nour Mosque on Steindamm Street near the city’s train station. At about 11:30pm local time (21:30 GMT), the Kurds were attacked by a group of approximately 40 armed supporters of the Islamic State (IS), RT’s Ruptly video news agency reported.

The violent clashes that followed the attack resulted in four people being hospitalized with stab wounds.

Anti-IS demonstrations of Kurds in northern Germany began Monday and were supported by hundreds of protesters in the cities of Bremen, Celle, Göttingen, Hannover, Kiel and Oldenburg.

In most of the cities, protests went off peacefully and were virtually trouble-free, but in Celle police failed to prevent clashes.

The first brawl between about 100 Kurds and Muslims on each side took place Monday, but police in Celle, a town of 71,000, with the help of colleagues from Hannover, Oldenburg and Wolfsburg, prevented serious clashes between the two groups.

On Tuesday, however, the two sides, armed with stones and bottles, attempted to break through police lines to attack each other.

Police in full anti-riot gear used pepper spray and batons to repel the attackers and prevent violence. Though the situation calmed down and no officers were injured, a large police force remains in the city to prevent a possible escalation.

Some of the Muslims taking part in the clashes in Celle were “Chechen nationals” who came there from all over Germany, Cellesche Zeitung reported.

A wave of anti-IS protests organized by Kurdish activists has rocked many European capitals, including London, Brussels, The Hague and in Sweden’s Gothenburg.

The Kurdish diaspora in Europe is protesting that the Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria are attacking Kurdish communities with impunity, without meeting any serious opposition on the ground apart from Kurdish peshmerga militias.

The assault of jihadists on the Kurdish settlement of Kabani in Syria, near the Turkish border has already claimed over 400 lives, while airstrikes by the US and its allies against IS fighters in Syria are not focused on protecting Kobani.

Kristofer Lundberg, an activist with the Socialist Justice Party in Sweden’s Gothenburg who organized and spoke at a 1,000-strong rally in support of Kurdish people in Kobani on Tuesday, told RT: “We demand that Turkey open its border and let the refugees there flee ISIS terror, and also to let the fighters who are waiting at the border go to Kobani to defend the city. Thousands of Kurds are ready to defend Kobani.”

Meanwhile, there have also been protests in London against the UK launching airstrikes on the Islamic State’s positions in Iraq. 

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‘ Abu Sayyaf Group Threatens to Kill Hostages ‘

#AceNewsServices (SEA) MANILA – September 27 – A threat by Philippine militants to kill a German hostage in a show of solidarity with Islamic State is the latest sign that the Middle East group’s brand of radicalism is winning recruits in Asia and posing a growing security risk in the region.

' Abu Sayyaf Group Threatens to Kill German Hostages '

‘ Abu Sayyaf Group Threatens to Kill German Hostages ‘

Over 100 people from South-East Asia’s Muslim majority countries of Indonesia and Malaysia and the southern Philippine region are believed by security officials and analysts to have gone to join Islamic State’s fight in Iraq and Syria.

Malaysian and Indonesian militants have discussed forming a 100-strong Malay-speaking unit within Islamic State in Syria, according to a report from a well-known security group released this week.

Admiral Samuel Locklear, who heads the US Armed Forces’ Pacific Command, said on Thursday around 1,000 recruits from India to the Pacific may have joined Islamic State to fight in Syria or Iraq. He did not specify the countries or give a time-frame.

That number could get larger as we go forward,” Locklear told reporters at the Pentagon. In addition to India, the Hawaii-based Pacific Command’s area of responsibility covers 36 countries, including Australia, China and other Pacific Ocean states.

The command does not cover Pakistan.

In the region, thousands have sworn oaths of loyalty to Islamic State as local militant groups capitalize on a brand that has been fuelled by violent online videos and calls to jihad through social media, security analysts say. Security officials say this has disturbing implications for the region, especially when battle-hardened fighters return home from the Middle East.

The Philippines’ Abu Sayyaf group, which has earlier claimed links with al Qaeda and is led by a one-armed septuagenarian, has threatened to kill one of the two Germans it holds hostage by Oct. 10, according to messages distributed on Twitter.

As well as US$5.6 million in ransom, the group demanded that Germany halt its support for the US-led bombing campaign launched against Islamic State this week.

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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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‘ Threat to Attack European Commission by Belgium Terrorists Thwarted ‘

#AceNewsServices – BRUSSELS – September 22 – The European Commission headquarters in Brussels was going to be the target of an alleged terrorist plot, according to media reports it was reported by EUobserver today.

' Shariah4Belgium'

‘ Shariah4Belgium’

Flemish newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws on Monday (22 September) say police found a cache of weapons and explosives in an apartment in Brussels.

One of the two suspects, both Dutch nationals of Turkish origin, is said to have links to Shariah4Belgium, a Belgian radical Salafist organisation.

The couple, said to be residents in The Hague, were detained early August at the Brussels airport after returning from Syria via Turkey.

A European Commission spokesperson said they are aware of the plot but had received no warnings or threats, reports the Guardian.

Authorities, for their part, are increasingly stepping up efforts to contain possible threats from returning nationals who have fought alongside Islamist militia groups in Syria and Iraq.

Governments are concerned some of the more radical may be seeking to stage attacks on their home turf.

In Belgium, around a quarter of the 400 nationals who have left to fight have since returned. Most are entering the warzone in Syria through by crossing over the Turkish border.

Belgian paper L’Echo says police are actively tracking around 90 of the returned fighters.

“Our starting point is that among them, one out of nine aim to carry out an attack,” an unnamed source told the paper.

That is a conservative estimate, if you also take into account the people who help them,” added the source.

Some are said to have joined the Islamic State (Isis), the extremist group behind recent be-headings of reporters and aid workers.

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NIGERIA: ‘ Two Hundred Boko Haram Militants and its Feared Commander Amir Killed – Reports ‘

#AceWorldNews – NIGERIA(Maiduguri) September 14 – Two Hundred fighters of the Islamic extremist Boko Haram group, including a feared commander known only as Amir,have been killed in a Friday battle near the city of Maiduguri, north-eastern Nigeria, according to an officer and witnesses,who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Unknown and Most Feared General of Boko Haram - Amir

Unknown and Most Feared General of Boko Haram – Amir

The insurgents were reportedly advancing on the town of Konduga when they were confronted by Nigerian troops and members of civilian self-defence groups fighting alongside the soldiers.

Boko Haram in recent weeks has taken several towns in Nigeria’s north-east, as the group, inspired by the Islamic States(IS)group’s advance in Syria and Iraq, has pledged to create an Islamic caliphate.

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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.

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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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