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India seals $25bn Russia deal for 127 war planes

Islam Times - India has reportedly sealed a $25 billion arms deal with Russia for the development and purchase of 127 fifth-generation stealth fighter aircraft (FGFA).

This file photo shows a view of New Zealand Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB).

New Zealand snooping on tiny South Pacific neighbors

Islam Times - Latest documents leaked by US whistleblower Edward Snowden have revealed that New Zealand is conducting mass electronic surveillance on its South Pacific neighbors, and then passing the information on to a US-led intelligence alliance.

The file photos of Malaysian nationals Muhamad Wanndy (L) and Mohd Faris, who have been identified in an ISIL video

Malaysia identifies two ISIL terrorists in beheading video

Islam Times - Malaysia’s counter-terrorism police say they have identified two Malaysian nationals in a gruesome ISIL decapitation video.

New Leaks Reveal UAE Involvement in Egyptian Military Coup against Mursi

New Leaks Reveal UAE Involvement in Egyptian Military Coup against Mursi

Islam Times - Audio recordings of senior Egyptian officials that were leaked Sunday by suggested that the United Arab Emirates gave the Egyptian Defense Ministry money for a protest campaign against former President Mohammad Mursi.

 
An Amnesty International activist holds a picture of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi during a protest against his flogging punishment in front of Saudi Arabia

Saudi blogger tells of flogging ordeal in letter from prison

Islam Times - Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, who has been sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison for insulting Wahhabism, says his ordeal was merely because of an expression of opinion.

Saudi King Says to Continue Aggression in Yemen as More Civilians Killed

Saudi King Says to Continue Aggression in Yemen as More Civilians Killed

Islam Times - An Arab summit began in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh on Saturday with Saudi Arabia's King Salman vowing that the military aggression his country is leading against Yemen will continue until it brings "security".

Saudi Arabia Recalls Ambassador after Sweden Cuts Military Ties

Saudi Arabia Recalls Ambassador after Sweden Cuts Military Ties

Islam Times - Saudi Arabia has recalled its Stockholm ambassador, the Swedish foreign ministry said Wednesday as the rift between the two countries deepened in the wake of Sweden cutting military ties.

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstroem

Saudis stop Swedish FM’s speech at Arab League

Islam Times - Saudi Arabia has blocked the speech of the Swedish foreign minister at an Arab League meeting due to the criticism she has leveled at Riyadh over its human rights violations.

 
Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam

Lebanon PM stresses respect for Yemen's sovereignty, territorial integrity

Islam Times - Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam has voiced his country’s support for Yemen’s “sovereignty and territorial integrity,” stressing the need for a political solution to the developments in the southern Arabian Peninsula state.

S. Nasrallah to Saudi Invaders: Yemeni People will Triumph, You’ll be Defeated

S. Nasrallah to Saudi Invaders: Yemeni People will Triumph, You’ll be Defeated

Islam Times - Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah lashed out at Saudi Arabia over its war on Yemen, stressing that the failure of Riyadh’s foreign policy is the real reason behind the Kingdom’s attack against its neighbor.

Lebanon lawmakers fail to pick president for 20th time

Lebanon lawmakers fail to pick president for 20th time

Islam Times - Lebanon's parliament failed for the 20th time Wednesday to elect a president, after more than nine months with no head of state because of tensions linked to war-torn neighbor Syria.

Lebanese Army Targets Terrorists in Arsal Barrens

Lebanese Army Targets Terrorists in Arsal Barrens

Islam Times - The Lebanese army units managed Monday to target a terrorist site in the Aqaba area Arsal barrens in response to militant shootings, according to Al-Manar reporter.

 
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (L) gestures towards Mohammad Javad Zarif (2nd L) and Abbas Araghchi (3rd L) as they take their seats at the opening of a bilateral meeting on nuclear talks on March 28, 2015 in Lausanne.

French could try to stall Iran deal: Former US congressional staffer

Islam Times - The French who are being influenced by Israel could try to stall nuclear talks underway between the P5+1 and Iran in Switzerland, an activist and radio host in California says.

Zarif to Erdogan: Everybody Should Push for Stability in the Region

Zarif to Erdogan: Everybody Should Push for Stability in the Region

Islam Times - Iran’s foreign minister said on Friday that the Saudi-led air strikes against Yemen had to stop and all parties with influence in the country should push for a political solution.

Nuclear Talks: Zarif Says ’More Work’ Needed as Negotiating Sides Reach Details

Nuclear Talks: Zarif Says ’More Work’ Needed as Negotiating Sides Reach Details

Islam Times - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamamd Javad Zarif said that Iran and the United States have reached “very fine details,” but stressed that “more work” is needed during the nuclear talks under way this week in the Swiss city of Lausanne.

Iran Says No Change Expected in Israel Policy

Iran Says No Change Expected in Israel Policy

Islam Times - Iran said on Wednesday it expected no change in the Zionist entity’s policy following the general elections.

 
A member of the Iraqi security forces gathers around a military vehicle outside the western entrance of the city of Tikrit on March 28, 2015 during a military operation to retake the northern Iraqi city from ISIL terrorists.

Iraq Army kills dozens of ISIL terrorists

Islam Times - The Iraqi Army has killed as many as 67 ISIL Takfiri terrorists in the north-central and eastern provinces of Salahuddin and Anbar.

ISIS builds “Caliphate Wall” around Mosul

ISIS builds “Caliphate Wall” around Mosul

Islam Times - An informed source in Nineveh province stated Wednesday, that elements of the ISIS group have dug a number of trenches around the city of Mosul, named the “Caliphate Wall,” to counter any sudden attacks by the Iraqi Army forces and the Volunteer Fighters (al-Hashd al-...

Iraqi Commander: Tapped Communications Confirms US Aids to ISIL

Iraqi Commander: Tapped Communications Confirms US Aids to ISIL

Islam Times - A commander of Iraq's popular forces disclosed that wiretapping of ISIL's communications has confirmed the reports that the US planes have been airdropping food and arms supplies for the Takfiri terrorists.

Palestinian refugees who had found refuge in Iraq since 1948 now sit in a tented refugee camp at Al-Tanf on the Iraqi border.

Iraq to improve legal status of Palestinian refugees

Islam Times - The Iraqi Higher Judicial Council has issued a resolution stating that Palestinian refugees living in Iraq are to be treated equally to Iraqis in all official documentation, with the exception of the right to obtain full Iraqi nationality, it was reported Monday.

 
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu

Turkey keen on helping Iraq retake Mosul: Turkish PM

Islam Times - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says Ankara is willing to support a possible operation to take back the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Takfiri ISIL terror group.

Turkey’s Military Aid Reaches Iraq

Turkey’s Military Aid Reaches Iraq

Islam Times - Two planes carrying military aid land in Baghdad and have delivered much needed supplies and was handed over by Ambassador Kaymakci to Iraq Defense Officials.

Fighting ISIL Not Priority for Turkey: US Spy Chief

Fighting ISIL Not Priority for Turkey: US Spy Chief

Islam Times - Turkey does not place a high priority on fighting ISIL and as a result foreign fighters are able to travel through the country into Syria, US intelligence chief James Clapper said on Thursday.

Turkey to Launch ’Train-and-Equip Program’ for Syrian Opposition Forces

Turkey to Launch ’Train-and-Equip Program’ for Syrian Opposition Forces

Islam Times - The train-and-equip program for Syrian opposition militants will start on March 1 in Turkey, the Turkish Foreign Ministry confirmed on Friday.

 
Travelers queue up at the check-out counter at Sana’a International Airport as hundreds of foreigners were evacuated from the Yemeni capital due to security reasons on March 28, 2015.

Pakistan to fly citizens out of Yemen amid Saudi raids

Islam Times - Pakistan says it is set to evacuate its citizens from Yemen amid growing violence in the Arabian Peninsula country due to a Saudi-led campaign of airstrikes there.

Ralliers rap

Ralliers rap 'sluggish' inquiry into Pakistan massacre

Islam Times - Hundreds of Pakistani people have staged a rally in the northwestern city of Peshawar, calling on the government to expedite an investigation into a militant attack on an army-run school in the city.

Pakistan Arrests Local ISIL Commander

Pakistan Arrests Local ISIL Commander

Islam Times - Pakistani security forces have arrested a man they believe is the commander of the so-called 'Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant' (ISIL) terrorist group operating in the country as well as two accomplices involved in recruiting and sending fighters to Syria, intelligence ...

Ikramul Haq alias Lahori

Pakistan hangs militant involved in Iran diplomat assassination

Islam Times - A Pakistani militant involved in the assassination of the Iranian cultural attaché in Islamabad in 1990 has been hanged in a jail in the Pakistani city of Lahore.

 
Afghan Army Kills Commander of ISIL Affiliate

Afghan Army Kills Commander of ISIL Affiliate

Islam Times - The Afghan army killed a militant commander who had claimed allegiance to the ISIL extremist group, the ministry of defense said on Monday.

Gunmen Abduct 30 Shia Muslims in Afghanistan

Gunmen Abduct 30 Shia Muslims in Afghanistan

Islam Times - Masked gunmen have abducted 30 Shia Muslims who were travelling by bus through southern Afghanistan, officials said on Tuesday.

An Afghan soldier keeps watch at a checkpoint in the western province of Herat.

Afghan army launches major offensive against Taliban militants

Islam Times - Afghan military forces have launched a major offensive against Taliban militants in the southern province of Helmand, which is considered the militants’ stronghold.

Drone Kills Senior Afghan Militant, Four Pakistanis

Drone Kills Senior Afghan Militant, Four Pakistanis

Islam Times - A missile-firing drone killed at least six in Afghanistan on Monday including a veteran militant believed to have defected to ISIL from the Taliban, Afghan officials said.

 
Saudi-led invasion of Yemen in 4th day

Saudi-led invasion of Yemen in 4th day

Islam Times - Saudi-led warplanes continue carrying out airstrikes against Yemen as the war on the impoverished country enters its fourth day.

US-Saudi Blitz in Yemen: Naked Aggression, Absolute Desperation

US-Saudi Blitz in Yemen: Naked Aggression, Absolute Desperation

Islam Times - The "proxy war" model the US has been employing throughout the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and even in parts of Asia appears to have failed yet again, this time in the Persian Gulf state of Yemen.

Yemen’s Former President Calls for Yemen Ceasefire

Yemen’s Former President Calls for Yemen Ceasefire

Islam Times - Former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh called Friday for a ceasefire and the resumption of U.N.-brokered dialogue between warring parties.

Ansarullah Has Evidence to US Role in Terrorist Operations in Yemen

Ansarullah Has Evidence to US Role in Terrorist Operations in Yemen

Islam Times - A senior member of the popular Ansarullah movement disclosed that the revolutionary group has information and evidence at hand to corroborate the US has played the main role in ongoing unrests and terrorist attacks in Yemen.

 
A man whips up a crowd which included migrant workers from Africa and Asia who said they were paid to be there, at the Qatar Open of international beach volleyball at the Al Gharafa Sports Club in Doha, Qatar, on November 8, 2014.

Qatar pays migrant workers to make sport arenas look full

Islam Times - Qatar has been accused of paying migrant workers to attend sport events in the country in an attempt to make empty arenas look full.

Syria militants trained on Qatari soil

Syria militants trained on Qatari soil

Islam Times - According to a new report, militants fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria are being covertly trained on the Qatari soil with the help of the United States.

 
Muslim Brotherhood of Jordan Appoints Leader

Muslim Brotherhood of Jordan Appoints Leader

Islam Times - Expelled members of Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood on Friday announced the appointment of Abdel-Maguid Zunaibat as the group's new general guide following the legalization of the group's status.

Jordan sentences Brotherhood leader to jail time for Facebook post

Jordan sentences Brotherhood leader to jail time for Facebook post

Islam Times - A Jordanian court Sunday sentenced a senior leader of the Muslim Brotherhood to 18 months in prison for criticizing a decision by the United Arab Emirates to blacklist his organization.

Jordan conducts 56 raids on ISIL positions in Syria

Jordan conducts 56 raids on ISIL positions in Syria

Islam Times - The Jordanian army's jet fighters have carried out 56 retaliatory airstrikes in three consecutive days against the strongholds of Takfiri ISIL militants in northern Syria, after the immolation of a Jordanian pilot held hostage by the terrorist group.

Jordanians carry an effigy of ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during a march in Amman on February 6, 2015

Thousands of Jordanians demand revenge for pilot's death

Islam Times - Thousands of protesters have urged the Amman government to step up its retaliatory airstrikes against ISIL positions after the ruthless killing of a Jordanian pilot at the hands of the Takfiri terrorist group.

 
China’s defense spending to grow 10 percent in 2015: Official

China’s defense spending to grow 10 percent in 2015: Official

Islam Times - China’s defense budget will grow to around USD 145 billion in 2015, registering a rise of about 10 percent in comparison with 2014.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying

China fires back at Obama over anti-terror law remarks

Islam Times - China has slammed the Unites States after Washington criticized a Chinese anti-terror law that would force tech firms to surrender key information to Communist authorities.

Indian PM Narendra Modi gestures a greeting to crowds in Arunachal Pradesh on Feb. 20, 2015.

China protests Indian PM visit to disputed border region

Islam Times - China has lodged a protest against a controversial visit by Indian Premier Narendra Modi to a border region claimed by the both neighbors.

US views China as a threat: Ex-Pentagon official

US views China as a threat: Ex-Pentagon official

Islam Times - The United States is really concerned about Asia and views China as a threat, says Karen Kwiatkowski, a former Pentagon official.

 
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (L) and his New Zealand counterpart John Key speak in Auckland on February 27, 2015.

Australia, New Zealand poised for joint mission in Iraq

Islam Times - Australia is weighing a plan to join New Zealand in a training mission in Iraq to help fight against the ISIL Takfiri militants in the war-torn country, Prime Minister Tony Abbott says.

Australian PM Outlines Crackdown on Terrorism

Australian PM Outlines Crackdown on Terrorism

Islam Times - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Monday that his government would seek to revoke the citizenship or curb the rights of Australians involved in terrorism and tighten immigration, visa and hate speech laws in a crackdown on terrorism.

Australians Mourn Hostages Killed in Siege

Australians Mourn Hostages Killed in Siege

Islam Times - Sydneysiders laid flowers Tuesday at the scene of a deadly siege, in an outpouring of grief and shock that this could happen in their city.

 
 
US exerts new pressure against Israel over Palestinian state

US exerts new pressure against Israel over Palestinian state

Islam Times - The Obama administration is putting further pressure against Israel by showing that it is ready for a UN Security ...

Residents of the Palestinian village of Susya

Israel seeking to demolish ancient Palestinian village

Islam Times - Israel is seeking to demolish the ancient Palestinian village of Susya in the southern part of the occupied ...

Israel’s Soreq nuclear plant is seen in this July 5, 2004 photo.

US blows lid off Israel’s nuclear weapons, hydrogen bombs program

Islam Times - The US government blows the lid off Israel’s nuclear weapons program by declassifying a top secret document,...

Abbas at Egypt summit: Relationship with Israel must change

Abbas at Egypt summit: Relationship with Israel must change

Islam Times - President Mahmoud Abbas said at an Egyptian-hosted Arab summit on Saturday that the Palestinian relationship ...

Egypt Orders Death Penalty for Muslim Brotherhood Leader

Egypt Orders Death Penalty for Muslim Brotherhood Leader

Islam Times - An Egyptian court seeks the death penalty for the Muslim Brotherhood's top leader Mohammad Badie and 13 other ...

Egypt: Suicide Attacks Targets Police Base in Sinai

Egypt: Suicide Attacks Targets Police Base in Sinai

Islam Times - A suicide bomber rammed a vehicle packed with explosives into a police base in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on ...

Russia Provides Egypt with Antey-2500 Missile Systems

Russia Provides Egypt with Antey-2500 Missile Systems

Islam Times - Russia has begun delivering Antey-2500 air defense missile systems to Egypt under a contract signed earlier,...

A session at Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court to determine if the parliamentary election law is constitutional, Cairo, February 25, 2015

Egypt court rejects election law as unconstitutional

Islam Times - An Egyptian court has ruled that parts of the country’s election law violate the constitution.

 
 
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Niger police says over 500 Boko Haram terrorists killed since Feb.

Islam Times - Niger says it has killed more than 500 members of the Boko Haram terrorist group since February 2015.

Nigeria’s Boko Haram Echoes ISIL, Releases Beheading Video

Nigeria’s Boko Haram Echoes ISIL, Releases Beheading Video

Islam Times - The Nigerian Takfiri group Boko Haram has released a video that purportedly shows militants beheading two men, its first online posting using the advanced graphics and editing techniques associated with its counterpart in Syria and Iraq, ISIL.

'Ex-Israeli agents' threatened cyber attack on S Africa

Islam Times - A group claiming to be former agents of Israel's Mossad threatened to unleash a devastating cyber attack on South Africa unless its government cracked down on the growing campaign to boycott Israel, according to intelligence documents leaked to Al Jazeera's Investigative ...

Boko Haram invades Nigerian city of Gombe

Boko Haram invades Nigerian city of Gombe

Islam Times - Hundreds of armed Boko Haram Takfiris have invaded the volatile northeastern Nigerian city of Gombe, calling for a boycott of the upcoming general elections.

 
United Nations Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, Bernardino Leon

Libya parties urge halt to military operations

Islam Times - A UN-brokered meeting among representatives of six Libyan parties has yielded a declaration calling for the cessation of military operations in the violence-wrecked country.

UN puts on hold Libyan request for arms delivery: Diplomats

UN puts on hold Libyan request for arms delivery: Diplomats

Islam Times - The United Nations has delayed the approval of a Libyan request for the purchase of weapons to fight ISIL Takfiri militants, diplomats say.

Libyan Ambassador to the UN Ibrahim Dabbashi

Libya repeats plea at UNSC over arms embargo

Islam Times - Libya has once again urged the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to grant an exemption in an arms embargo on the North African country and allow military purchases needed to fight Takfiri ISIL militants.

Obama: Libya a security threat to the US

Obama: Libya a security threat to the US

Islam Times - President Barack Obama sent a formal letter to Congress on Monday extending a national emergency for Libya for a year because of the conflict over power and access to the country's resources.

 
Members of Tunisian special forces stand guard outside Tunis-Carthage International airport in Tunis on March 21, 2015.

Security forces kill nine militants in Tunisia

Islam Times - Tunisia says its military forces have killed at least militants during an operation in the west-central part of the country.

Islamic State fighters have made late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi

More than 7,000 Tunisians said to have joined ISIS

Islam Times - A growing number of Tunisians who’ve joined the ranks of the Islamic State, including 4,000 believed fighting in Libya and another 3,000 fighting with the group in Syria and Iraq, pose a threat to their home country and as many as 15 nations in sub-Saharan and North ...

17 Tourists Dead in Tunis Museum Attack: PM

17 Tourists Dead in Tunis Museum Attack: PM

Islam Times - Seventeen tourists from Poland, Italy, Germany and Spain were killed as gunmen attacked a museum in the Tunisian capital on Wednesday, Prime Minister Habib Essid said.

The Tunisian tennis player, Malek Jaziri

Tunisia tennis player shuns Israeli opponent

Islam Times - A Tunisian tennis player has pulled out of a French tournament in order not to compete against an Israeli opponent.

 
 
 
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