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UAE prosecutor refers 41 to trial over ‘planned attacks’

UAE prosecutor refers 41 to trial over ‘planned attacks’

Islam Times - The top prosecutor of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has referred 41 people to trial after charging them with plotting to carry out terrorist attacks aimed at toppling the government.

The volunteers who found a piece of plane debris on July 29, search for more potential plane parts on the shore in Saint-Andre, Reunion Island, in the Indian Ocean, July 31, 2015.

Malaysia says wing part found in Indian Ocean belongs to Boeing 777

Islam Times - Malaysian officials have confirmed that a piece of debris found in the Indian Ocean belongs to a Boeing 777, a same type of aircraft as that of the missing flight MH370, which vanished more than 16 months ago with 239 passengers on board.

The Takfiri ISIL militants in an undisclosed location in Iraq

ISIL after influence in Caucasus, S Russia, C Asia: Ex-Soviet States

Islam Times - The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), an organization of former Soviet Republics, has warned that the Takfiri ISIL terrorist group is seeking to expand its acts of violence to the Caucasus, Southern Russia and Central Asia.

Armenian military scouts demonstrating skills during a performance

Baku says 1 Azeri, 5 Armenian soldiers killed in Karabakh clashes

Islam Times - At least six soldiers have been killed in fresh clashes between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh border region, Baku says.

The Britain-based rights group Amnesty International says Saudi Arabia has one of the highest execution rates in the world.

Saudi Arabia beheads three more nationals

Islam Times - Saudi Arabia has beheaded three more of its own nationals, bringing to 107 the number of such executions in the kingdom so far this year.

Vendors salvage goods from under the rubble of their shops following an airstrike by Saudi Arabia on the Yemeni capital, Sana

Riyadh declares five-day Yemen truce: SPA

Islam Times - Riyadh has announced a five-day lull in its deadly military aggression against Yemen, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

A US-made AGM-154 air-to-ground missile being brought to the flight deck of an aircraft carrier

US to sell Saudis 355 missiles amid war on Yemen

Islam Times - The US Defense Department has awarded major weapons maker Raytheon to provide the Persian Gulf Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with 355 air-to-ground missiles amid its persisting campaign of aerial strikes against civilian and economic targets in neighboring Yemen.

An image of the Saudi Foreign Ministry

Saudi embassy staffer expelled in Belgium over Takfiri project

Islam Times - A WikiLeaks cable says a staff member of the Saudi embassy in Belgium was expelled years ago over his active role in spreading Takfiri ideology in the European country.

A blast targets the outskirts of the Lebanese border town of Koussaya, July 29, 2015.

Israeli drone strike injures six in east Lebanon

Islam Times - At least six people have been injured after an Israeli drone attacked the base of a Palestinian group in east Lebanon.


Hezbollah to continue support for Syria, official says

Islam Times - A senior Hezbollah official says the Lebanese resistance movement will continue lending support to the Syrian government in its battle against Takfiri terrorists.

Talal al-Urduni, a senior member of the Palestinian Fatah movement, was gunned down in the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp in southern Lebanon, July 25, 2015.

Palestinian Fatah member killed in southern Lebanon

Islam Times - A senior member of the Palestinian Fatah movement has been gunned down in the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp in southern Lebanon.

Hezbollah proud of being targeted by US: Nasrallah

Hezbollah proud of being targeted by US: Nasrallah

Islam Times - Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary general of Hezbollah, says the Lebanese resistance movement is proud of being targeted by the US.

Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s (Majlis) Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy Alaeddin Boroujerdi (R) meets with Élisabeth Guigou, the head of the French National Assembly’s Foreign Affairs Committee, in Tehran on July 29, 2015.

France should enlist MKO as terror organization: Iran MP

Islam Times - A senior Iranian lawmaker has called on the French government to include the terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) on its blacklist of terror organizations.

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Hassan Firouzabadi

Turkey attacks on anti-ISIL Kurds strategic mistake: Iran cmdr.

Islam Times - A top Iranian general has slammed as a “strategic mistake” Turkey’s recent attacks against Kurdish forces, who are fighting against the ISIL Takfiri terror group.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Foreign Mohammad Javad Zarif

Zarif dismisses Kerry’s remarks at Senate hearing

Islam Times - Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has dismissed recent remarks made by his US counterpart John Kerry as “incomplete hints” about some issues raised at the latest nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries.

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano (L) and Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi after signing a roadmap regarding Iran’s nuclear program in Vienna, Austria, on July 14, 2014.

Parchin visit only within Iran-IAEA roadmap: Salehi

Islam Times - A senior Iranian nuclear official says any visit to the Parchin military site near the capital, Tehran, will be carried out only based on a roadmap agreed upon by Tehran and the UN nuclear body aimed at sorting out outstanding issues regarding the Islamic Republic’s ...

Members of the Kurdistan Workers

Barzani calls on PKK to 'move battlefield' from Iraqi Kurdistan region

Islam Times - The leader of Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has suggested that members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) should leave the country's northern semi-autonomous region amid ongoing Turkish airstrikes against positions of the militant group.

Iraqi civilians and emergency personnel inspect the damage after a warplane accidentally dropped a bomb on the al-Jadidah neighborhood of Baghdad, Iraq, on July 6, 2015

Aerial attack leaves 40 Iraqi civilians dead by mistake

Islam Times - At least 40 civilians have been killed when Iraqi military aircraft mistakenly struck an area in the country’s troubled western province of Anbar as part of mop-up operations against ISIL Takfiri militants.

Falah Mustafa Bakir, the head of the Kurdistan regional government’s department of foreign relations

Iraq’s Kurdistan urges end to Turkey’s anti-PKK airstrikes

Islam Times - Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region has called on Turkey to halt its airstrikes against the bases of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on its territory, urging a negotiated settlement to the decades-long Ankara-PKK conflict.

A group of children recruited by the Takfiri ISIL militants

ISIL abducts over 180 children in Iraq’s Mosul

Islam Times - The Takfiri ISIL terrorist group has abducted more than 180 children in the Iraqi city of Mosul over the past few days, an Iraqi Kurdish official says.

Members of the Kurdistan Workers

Turkey aerial warfare kills some 260 PKK members

Islam Times - Turkey’s state news agency has alleged that the country’s week-long aerial warfare against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has killed around 260 members of the outlawed group.

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) speaks with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu during a ceremony in the eastern city of Hakkari, May 26, 2015.

Pro-Kurdish party sues Turkey president, premier for 'misusing judiciary'

Islam Times - The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in Turkey has lodged a complaint against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu for what they call misusing their power to clamp down on its party officials.

Turkish special police forces run during clashes between rival Kurdish groups in central Diyarbakir on June 9, 2015.

Three killed in suspected Turkey PKK attacks

Islam Times - At least three people, including two policemen, have been killed and three others wounded in separate attacks carried out by suspected Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighters in Turkey.

Takfiri militants take part in a training session at a camp in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta region before being sent to the front lines, July 11, 2015.

Syria skeptical of Turkey's motives in campaign against ISIL

Islam Times - Syria has expressed doubt about Turkey’s motives in fighting the ISIL terrorist group in Syria, amid Ankara’s ongoing airstrikes purportedly targeting the Takfiri terrorists in the Arab country.

The bus that was attacked as it was carrying Muslim pilgrims in Karachi, southern Pakistan, is parked at a hospital after the assault by gunmen on May 13, 2015.

Shia activist gunned down in Pakistan’s Karachi

Islam Time - Unidentified gunmen have shot dead a Shia activist in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, security sources say.

Indian soldiers standing guard in Handwara, a town in Indian-administered Kashmir

Indian, Pakistani forces exchange fire in Kashmir

Islam Times - A series of fierce clashes has erupted between Indian and Pakistani soldiers along the de facto border dividing the disputed region of Kashmir.

A handout picture released by Inter-Services Public Relations, Pakistan’s military media, shows the Indian drone shot down by Pakistani forces on July 15, 2015.

Pakistan shoots down Indian spy drone

Islam Times - Pakistan says it has shot down an Indian spy drone over its side of the restive Himalayan region of Kashmir.


Pakistan seeks to resume work on Iran gas pipeline after nuclear talks

Islam Times - Officials in Pakistan say they will be able to resume the joint gas pipeline project with Iran now that the nuclear talks with the P5+1 have ended in a conclusion.

The leader of the Haqqani network, Jalaluddin Haqqani, on October 19, 2001.

Haqqani militant group backs new Taliban leader

Islam Times - The leader of the Haqqani network militant group has reportedly voiced support for Taliban’s recently-appointed leader, Mullah Akhtar Mansour.

Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, the new leader of Afghan Taliban

New Afghan Taliban leader urges unity, continued militancy

Islam Times - The new leader of Afghan Taliban has made his first public announcement, calling for unity among the members of the terrorist group, while vowing to continue its campaign across Afghanistan.

Former Taliban leader Mullah Omar

Leadership succession exposes rift in Taliban ranks

Islam Times - The announcement of the 2013 death of Taliban’s elusive leader Mullah Omar has reportedly exposed divisions within the senior ranks of the Afghan militant group over the new leadership.

The Taliban chief, Mulla Omar

Taliban leader Mullah Omar dead, Afghan intelligence says

Islam Times - The Afghan intelligence says leader of the Taliban militant group, Mullah Omar, is dead.

Yemeni men stand amid the ruins of buildings destroyed in an airstrike by Saudi Arabia on the capital, Sana

Saudi Arabia keeps pounding areas in Yemen

Islam Times - Saudi Arabia continues bombarding areas in Yemen as the army in the impoverished Arab country goes on carrying out rocket attacks in retaliation for the Saudi airstrikes.

Vendors salvage goods from under the rubble of their shops following a Saudi airstrike on the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, on July 20, 2015.

Death toll from Saudi airstrikes against Yemen’s Taiz rises to 120

Islam Times - Death toll from Saudi airstrikes against the southwestern Yemeni province of Taiz has climbed to 120 as Riyadh pushes ahead with its aerial military campaign against its conflict-ridden neighbor.

A Yemeni woman cries over the death of relatives in an airstrike by Saudi Arabia on the capital Sana

First UN aid ship in 4 months docks in Yemen's Aden: Governor

Islam Times - The first cargo ship chartered by the United Nations and carrying relief supplies has docked at a port in the southern Yemeni city of Aden since the onset of the Saudi aggression against its impoverished southern neighbor, the governor of the beleaguered city says.

Yemeni forces destroy army tower in Saudi Arabia

Yemeni forces destroy army tower in Saudi Arabia's southwest

Islam Times - Yemeni troops backed by popular committees have destroyed a Saudi army tower in a retaliatory attack on the kingdom’s southwest.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Top Russia, US, Saudi diplomats to meet in Qatar

Islam Times - The Russian foreign minister has announced a plan to hold a joint meeting with his American and Saudi counterparts in the Qatari capital, Doha.

A picture taken on November 16, 2014 shows workers at a construction site in Doha.

FIFA slammed over migrant workers abuse in Qatar

Islam Times - A prominent campaigning group has criticized soccer's international governing body FIFA for its inaction over the plight of migrant construction workers in Qatar who are busy preparing venues for the 2022 World Cup in the Persian Gulf state.

US Security Guard Hurt in Qatar Embassy Attack

US Security Guard Hurt in Qatar Embassy Attack

Islam Times - The American embassy in the Gulf state of Qatar has confirmed in a statement on its website that a member of its security staff was injured in an assault.

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.

Jordanian border guards (L) stand behind a table where various devices for first detection of possible chemical or biological weapons materials are displayed for visitors at their headquarters near the city of Zarqa on June 8, 2015.

Jordan unveils border surveillance system

Islam Times - Jordan has unveiled a partially US-funded border surveillance system to secure its borders from any infiltration by terrorists from Iraq and Syria.

Jordanian Interior Minister Hussein al-Majali

Jordanian interior minister resigns over police crackdown

Islam Times - Jordanian Interior Minister Hussein al-Majali has resigned following criticism of a fierce police crackdown in the southern tribal city of Maan, the scene of regular turmoil.

A member of the special operations forces takes part in the 2014

Jordan hosts war games for troops from 18 countries

Islam Times - Thousands of soldiers from 18 countries took part Tuesday in military drills in Jordan jointly overseen by the US army, officials said.

Tensions brew in Jordan over Muslim Brotherhood rift

Tensions brew in Jordan over Muslim Brotherhood rift

Islam Times - Jordan's authorization of a breakaway wing of the Muslim Brotherhood has sent tensions soaring between the decades-old organization and the government, accused of exploiting the rift to weaken the kingdom's main opposition force.

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga

China has drilling rigs near disputed islands: Japan

Islam Times - Tokyo says China has stationed 16 drilling rigs near its de facto maritime border with Japan in the South China Sea amid the escalation of a territorial dispute between the two East Asian countries.

A satellite image of vessels purportedly dredging sand at Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands in the disputed South China Sea, March 16, 2015.

China slams US over South China Sea surveillance flight

Islam Times - China has censured the United States for a surveillance flight over the disputed waters of the South China Sea, urging Washington to avoid taking sides over the territorial row in the region.

(L-R) Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov, Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Sharshenovich Atambayev, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, and Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in September 2013.

ISIL threat in Afghanistan to top upcoming SCO summit agenda

Islam Times - The ISIL terrorist threat in Afghanistan will top the agenda of the upcoming leader’s summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Russia later this week, a senior Chinese Foreign Ministry official says.

A Chinese flotilla with a naval vessel firing an anti-submarine missile during a drill at Peter the Great Bay in Russia

China launches military exercises in Yellow Sea

Islam Times - China’s army has kicked off “unprecedented” air and sea drills in the Yellow Sea, between the Korean Peninsula and China, a report says.

Police and gendarmes carry a piece of debris from an unidentified aircraft found in the coastal area of Saint-Andre de la Reunion, in the east of the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, on July 29, 2015.

Plane wreckage can’t solve MH370 mystery: Australia

Islam Times - Australia says the recent discovery of plane debris on an island in the Indian Ocean, even if it belongs to the crashed Malaysia Airlines flight, MH370, will not solve the perplexing mystery of why the aircraft went down.

Abdullah Elmir, an ISIL recruiter in Bankstown, a suburb of the Australian city of Sydney

ISIL recruiting vulnerable Australian teenagers

Islam Times - ISIL recruiters have stepped up attempts to entice vulnerable youths in Australia to join the ranks of the Takfiri terror group mainly operating in Iraq and Syria, a British daily reports.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop

Aussie FM tells Jakarta to fix borders in row over migrants

Islam Times - Australia has called on Indonesia to better manage its borders, in a harsh rebuke to Jakarta’s demand for answers to allegations that Canberra paid off the crew of a migrant smuggling boat to return the vessel to Indonesian shores.

ISIL attempting to develop chemical weapons: Australia

ISIL attempting to develop chemical weapons: Australia

Islam Times - Australia has warned that the Takfiri ISIL terrorist group is recruiting highly-trained technicians in an attempt to develop chemical weapons.

Israeli security forces block a road leading to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound on August 2, 2015 as Palestinians take part in a protest against the death of the 18-month-old child who was burned alive in an arson attack carried out by Israeli settlers in the West Bank.

Israeli forces storm al-Aqsa Mosque, clash with Palestinians

Islam Times - Israeli forces have once again stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in east al-Quds (Jerusalem) and clashed ...

Palestinian shot in baby killing protest dies

Palestinian shot in baby killing protest dies

Islam Times - A Palestinian teenager who had been shot during a protest against the death of a toddler in an arson attack ...

Relatives carry the body of 18-month-old Palestinian toddler Ali Saad Dawabsha, who died after his house was set on fire by Israeli settlers, during his funeral in the West Bank village of Duma on July 31, 2015.

Israeli baby killing terrorist act: UN chief

Islam Times - United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has described the recent Israeli arson attack that killed a Palestinian ...

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

Mahmoud Abbas orders filing of ICC lawsuit over Israeli killing of infant

Islam Times - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has ordered Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki to file a lawsuit with the ...

The body of an Egyptian anti-government protester, reportedly crushed to death by an armored police vehicle, is carried for burial in the Nile Delta province of Dakahliya.

Anti-regime demonstrator dies in Egypt prison

Islam Times - A third anti-government protester has died in police custody in Egypt due to what opposition and groups have ...

A member of the Egyptian security forces stands guard next to a damaged bus following a roadside bomb blast on the outskirts of el-Arish in Sinai, July 9, 2015.

Egyptian forces kill senior militant commander in Sinai

Islam Times - A top ISIL-affiliated militant commander has been killed during an encounter with Egyptian army troops in ...

A Muslim Brotherhood supporter shows the picture of Egypt’s ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, during a demo in Cairo, January 24, 2015.

Egypt arrests 79 Brotherhood members in 24 hours

Islam Times - Egyptian security forces have arrested 79 members and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood movement cross ...

A handout picture released by the Egyptian Presidency on July 25, 2015 shows Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (R) meeting with French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in the capital, Cairo.

France in talks with Egypt to sell two more corvette warships

Islam Times - France has stepped up its weapons sales to Egypt by initiating negotiations on two more corvette warships.

Adolphe Nshimirimana (seen), a top Burundian general and close aide to the president, Pierre Nkurunziza, was assassinated in the capital, Bujumbura, on August 2, 2015.

Close aide to Burundian president killed in Bujumbura

Islam Times - A top Burundian general and close aide to President Pierre Nkurunziza has been assassinated in the capital, Bujumbura, amid an ongoing political upheaval in the country.

Benin’s President Thomas Boni Yayi

Benin to contribute 800 troops to anti-Boko Haram force

Islam Times - Benin says it will dispatch 800 troops to join a multinational task force set up to combat Nigeria-based Takfiri Boko Haram militants, who are posing security threats to West African nations.

Burundi’s incumbent President Pierre Nkurunziza (2nd R) lines up prior to casting his ballot at a polling station in his native village of Buye in Ngozi Province, July 21, 2015.

Burundi’s President Nkurunziza declared winner of election

Islam Times - Official election results in Burundi show that incumbent President Pierre Nkurunziza has won a third consecutive term in office.

Ex-National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki (C) talking to former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan

Home of Nigeria's ex-security chief raided over treason charges

Islam Times - Nigerian agents have found evidence at the home of a former national security adviser, proving his alleged scheme to topple the government.

Libyan delegates sign a UN-brokered peace deal in Skhirat, near the Moroccan capital, Rabat, July 11, 2015.

Libya parties sign power-sharing agreement

Islam Times - Several political parties from Libya have agreed on a framework for a power-sharing deal, which, however, has not been backed by one of the major warring parties in the North African country.

Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, Bernardino Leon, gives a press conference on June 9, 2015, in the Morrocan city of Skhirat.

UN envoy optimistic about Libya unity government deal

Islam Times - The head of the UN Support Mission in Libya has expressed optimism that the North African country's two rival parliaments would endorse his plan for a unity government later this week.

Libya ‘militant’ rejects US claim of killing Mokhtr Belmokhtar

Libya ‘militant’ rejects US claim of killing Mokhtr Belmokhtar

Islam Times - A purported militant source in Libya has denied US claims that its military airstrikes have killed a major al-Qaeda-linked Algerian terrorist, Mokhtar Belmokhtar, claiming that he was not at the site targeted by in the American strikes.

The undated AFP photo shows senior al-Qaeda commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar.

Airstrike kills senior Qaeda commander in eastern Libya

Islam Times - A senior commander of the al-Qaeda terrorist group has been killed in an attack in Libya.

The office of Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi (seen) had ordered a state of emergency on July 4, 2014.

Tunisia extends state of emergency for 2 months

Islam Times - Tunisia has extended by two months a state of emergency it imposed following a terror attack on foreign tourists in the Mediterranean resort of Port El Kantaoui last month.

The Tunisian Foreign Ministry building in Tunis

Tunisia restores diplomatic ties with Syria

Islam Times - Tunisia has recommenced diplomatic relations with Syria at a consular level after a three-year hiatus in Tunis-Damascus ties, a report says.

Mourad Gharsalli, said to be a member of a group linked to al-Qaeda in Tunisia

Tunisia says it kills senior leader of group linked to al-Qaeda

Islam Times - Tunisian authorities say a senior leader of a group said to be affiliated to al-Qaeda militant group in the North African country was among a group of people killed earlier during an operation by security forces.

A masked Tunisian soldier stands guard on the beach at the Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Port El Kantaoui on June 29, 2015.

About 5,500 Tunisians in ISIL ranks, UN experts say

Islam Times - UN experts have said that almost 5,500 Tunisians have joined the ranks of the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group in recent years.

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