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“Islam appears to me like a perfect work of architecture. All its parts are harmoniously conceived to complement and support each other; nothing is superfluous and nothing lacking; and the result is a structure of absolute balance and solid composure.” – Muhammad Asad (1900-1992)
A security source told the National Iraqi News Agency that an armed group calling itself The Gang of the Blue Robe kidnapped 43 people, including women and children in the area of Al-Bakhado affiliated to al-Dour, southeast of Tikrit.
Two women were killed and a third was wounded on Sunday by bombing in the area west of Mosul. A source said that the two women were killed and a third one was wounded by bombing the areas west of Mosul.
A security source announced on Monday the killing of 80 terrorists and injuring dozens others, an air strike in Baiji in Salahuddin province. The source said in a press statement that “the air force carried out the strike near Baiji power office.”
Further fighting broke out Monday night along the Lebanese-Syrian border following fierce battles which flared over the weekend between Syrian rebels and Hezbollah as the group seeks to root out the last opposition fighters from the region. At least seven Hezbollah fighters and over 30 Syrian rebels were killed in the clashes, which erupted Saturday night in the border area between Baalbek, Arsal and the Syrian village of Nahleh, sources told The Daily Star.
As many as 15 people have been killed and 70 wounded at Tripoli Airport as missiles have rained down hitting its control tower and two planes, sources on the ground have claimed. Reports have come in of several fires at the airport as its air traffic control tower burned after being hit by one rocket. The attack on Zintani forces on the premises has been said to be coming from forces in Qasr Ben Ghashir and Wadi Rabia. Zintanis have also returned fire at the residential areas.
The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has evacuated its last remaining staff from the country citing security concerns and the closure of Tripoli Airport as its reasons for withdrawing.
A number of UN diplomatic vehicles carrying personnel and their families crossed the Libyan border into Tunisia late yesterday evening.
Seven people were killed and 35 injured in clashes at Benghazi’s Jalaa Hospital this morning as Operation Dignity forces unsuccessfully attempted to remove Ansar Al-Sharia from the premises. Spokesman for Operation Dignity Mohammed Al-Hejazi told the Libya Herald that the attack mounted by Saiqa Special Forces under the direction of Operation Dignity began early this morning. He said, however, that the assault had been pushed back by Ansar forces which had responded by firing anti-aircraft guns and mortars randomly into the surrounding residential area. He claimed the Islamist brigade had taken up positions in a nearby school and placed snipers on a number of roofs in the Salmani district where the hospital is situated.
Tens of thousands of displaced people are in need of urgent humanitarian aid after fleeing fighting between Houthi rebels and an alliance of tribesmen and military units, according to government and local sources. The numbers of internally displaced people (IDPs) have swelled since the Houthi takeover of Amran City on July 8. There are conflicting reports of the numbers of displaced people, with local authorities in Amran citing 35,000 and relief organizations saying that the actual figure could be twice as high.
One security officer and seven others were killed in two successive explosions around security areas in Egypt’s Sinai region, near the border with Israel, the Interior Ministry and security officials said. Egypt has been hit by an Islamist insurgency led by Sinai-based militants, who have mainly targeted security forces since last year’s army ouster of elected Islamist President Mohamed Mursi. Hundreds of soldiers and police officers have been killed in those attacks. The Interior Ministry said seven people were killed and around 25 others were injured in an explosion. Security sources said the rocket was targeting North Sinai’s main security compound but instead fell in front of a nearby crowded supermarket in Sinai’s northern city of Al-Arish. A few minutes later, two rockets hit a security unit in the same city killing an officer and injuring seven others, medical sources said.
A suicide bomber blew up a car packed with explosives near a busy market and a mosque in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing 89 people and wounding more than 40 in one of the deadliest attacks since the 2001 US-led invasion. The attack in the town of Urgun in Paktika province brutally underscored the country’s instability as foreign troops prepare to leave by the end of the year and feuding politicians in Kabul work to form a new government after a disputed presidential election. Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi, the Defense Ministry spokesman, said the bomber detonated his explosives-laden vehicle as he drove by the crowded market in the remote town in Urgun district, close to the border with Pakistan.
A court in Pakistan has passed a death sentence on a man convicted under controversial blasphemy laws of insulting the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), lawyers said on Tuesday. Pakistan has strict laws against insulting Islam, which can sometimes carry the death penalty, but rights activists say they are often misused to settle personal disputes. Zulfiqar Ali, aged in his 50s, was arrested in April 2008 in the eastern city of Lahore and accused of writing blasphemous slogans on walls.
A group of knife and baton-wielding have assailants attacked shops run by Syrian refugees in the southern Adana province on July 14, after tension peaked over the Syrians’ trade activities in the district of Seyhan. Around 10 people attacked shops owned by Syrians, breaking windows and threatening the shopkeepers. The group escaped before police arrived at the scene. According to witnesses, Syrians have rented many shops in the area and were threatened to immediately leave the district a day before the attack. However, locals also accused the Syrians of trying to send them away from their neighborhoods, claiming that they are not safe and asking for protection. The incident prompted the police to launch an investigation. . . Similar attacks on refugees have also taken place in Ankara and Istanbul, where the number of Syrians has soared in recent months.
Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa on Thursday (July 10th) threatened tough measures against salafist party Hizb ut-Tahrir, which he accused of undermining the republic. He gave the salafist party a 30-day deadline to fix violations. Jomaa said Hizb ut-Tahrir, which obtained a license about two years ago, had called for disobeying the constitution, rejecting democracy and other violations of laws governing political parties.
A bomb killed seven members of Algeria’s security forces, the defence ministry said on Sunday, the second deadly attack in the country in four months. Militants attacked a military convoy in Sidi Bel Abbes province in western Algeria late on Saturday, the ministry said in a statement. Three soldiers and four municipal guards were killed. The statement said “terrorists” carried out the attack, a term used by the authorities to refer to militants. The municipal guards, whose members were among those killed in Saturday’s attack, is part of a security body set up by the interior ministry in the 1990s to help fight militancy. The defence ministry denounced the latest attack, saying that “such criminal acts only serve to bolster the (army’s) determination to crush terrorist groups.”
Hundreds of Kurdish fighters have entered northern Syria to help battle jihadists besieging the Kurdish city of Ain al-Arab, a monitor says. “At least 800 Kurdish fighters crossed the Turkish-Syrian border to help their comrades in Ain al-Arab (Kobane in Kurdish), which is under total siege by Islamic State jihadists,” Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman said on Tuesday. A Kurdish Syrian activist said the flow of fighters came as the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), blacklisted in Turkey as a terrorist organisation, gave orders for Kurdish fighters to move to protect Kobane. “Fighters started going into Kobane from Turkey some four or five days ago,” said Havidar, who goes by only one name. “But the latest entry, last night, came after orders from the higher leadership of the PKK. Last night, there were celebrations in Kobane – fighters were firing into the air as they arrived in the town,” he said.
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