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Saudi Arabia Creates Anti-Terrorist Coalition to Save Face in Mideast

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14:09 21.12.2015

Recently, Saudi Arabia announced it was creating a coalition of Muslim countries to fight terrorism. Such a plan was initiated by Riyadh’s intention to restore its position in the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia’s call to arms has gained supporters. As of now, 34 nations have expressed their interest in joining the anti-terrorist Muslim coalition Riyadh is forming.Among them are countries with a majority of Shiite or Sunni population, including Jordan, the UAE, Palestine, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Qatar, Yemen, Turkey, a number of African Muslim nations as well as Pakistan, Bangladesh and Malaysia. Another 10 nations said they would be ready to join the coalition in the future.

Saudi Arabia’s Defense Ministry Mohammad bin Salman did not elaborate on what measures would be taken against terrorists. He only said that a headquarters will be established in Riyadh to “coordinate military operations.”

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EuroParliament Prez: Christians ‘Not Safe In Our Continent’

In a high-level meeting on religious persecution in Brussels, the President of the European Parliament (EP) said that Europe cannot afford to continue ignoring the fate of Christians, who are “clearly the most persecuted group” in the world.

In Wednesday’s meeting, EP President Martin Schulz said that the persecution of Christians is “undervalued” and does not receive enough attention, which has also meant that it “hasn’t been properly addressed.”

Schulz’s concerns were echoed by EP Vice President Antonio Tajani, who warned that Europe sometimes “falls into the temptation of thinking we can ignore this task,” referring to the protection Christians throughout the world who suffer persecution.

Speakers cited the work of Open Doors, a human rights organization that monitors the persecution of Christians, noting that 150 million Christians worldwide suffer torture, rape and arbitrary imprisonment. Christians in Iraq, Somalia, Syria, Pakistan, North Korea and Nigeria are among those hardest hit.

The Open Doors report for 2015 found that “Islamic extremism is by far the most significant persecution engine” of Christians in the world today and that “40 of the 50 countries on the World Watch List are affected by this kind of persecution.”

 

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The epicenter of the earthquake was Koh-e-Suleman

PESHAWAR (Dunya News) – The earthquake of 5.2 magnitude on Richter scale on Monday jolted several districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including Peshawar and adjacent areas, Dunya News reported.

The earthquake jolts sparked panic among the locals who evacuated the buildings while reciting prayers. As per the Metrological center, today’s jolts were of 5.2 magnitude while the US Geological Survey recorded it at 4.9.

The epicenter of the earthquake was Koh-e-Suleman.


Read: PM Nawaz directs to ensure immediate delivery of relief goods, money to quake-hit areas

 

 

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5.2 earthquake jolts Peshawar, adjacent districts

5.2 earthquake jolts Peshawar, adjacent districts

Last Updated On 02 November,2015 About 1 hour ago The epicenter of the earthquake was Koh-e-Suleman PESHAWAR (Local TV) – The earthquake of 5.2 magnitude on Richter scale on Monday jolted several districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including Peshawar and adjacent areas, Local TV reported. The earthquake jolts sparked panic among the locals who evacuated the buildings while reciting prayers. As per the Metrological center, today’s jolts were of 5.2 magnitude while the US Geological Survey recorded it at 4.9. The epicenter of the earthquake was Koh-e-Suleman. Read: PM Nawaz directs to ensure immediate delivery of relief goods, money to quake-hit areas Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday reached the earthquake affected areas once again where he directed to ensure immediate delivery of relief goods and compensation money to the affectees. PM Nawaz said the planning to rehabilitate the affected areas and people has been completed and that the cheques will be distributed tomorrow (Tuesday). He thanked Pakistan Army and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on cooperation. Addressing the earthquake affectees in Bajaur, PM Nawaz said programmes are being started to rebuild houses that were destroyed in the earthquake. He said he desires the houses are rebuilt before the intense cold begins. He thanked General Raheel Sharif and KP government upon cooperation. PM Nawaz said the compensation money are not substitute of lost lives but the government is doing everything it can to share the grief of the affectees.

 

 

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Rain, snowfall add to woes of earthquake victims

Rain, snowfall add to woes of earthquake victims

Last Updated On 03 November,2015 10:40 am

 

With temperatures already plummeting as winter fast approaches, there is no time to delay.

 

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) – The victims of October 26 earthquake and its subsequent aftershocks, who have been living out in the open, are facing additional problems due to rain and snowfall in upper parts of Pakistan. According to Met Office, scattered rain-thunderstorm with snowfall over the hills is expected at Malakand, Hazara divisions, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir during the next 12 hours. Spokesman of Met-Office informed that a westerly wave has entered Pakistan on Sunday evening. Under the influence of this weather system rain/thunderstorm is expected at scattered places of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir and at isolated places of Zhob, Quetta, Rawalpindi, Sargodha divisions and Islamabad during Monday to Wednesday. Snowfall is also expected over the hills of Malakand, Hazara divisions, GB and Kashmir during the period. Expected minimum temperature range in Dir will be between 03 to 05°C, Lower Dir 08 to 10°C, Chitral 06 to 08°C, Gilgit 03 to 05°C and Hunza 02 to 04°C.

 

According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), at least 271 people have been killed and more than 35,000 houses damaged in Pakistan due to powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake on October 26. The quake was centred near Jurm in northeast Afghanistan, 250 kilometres (160 miles) from the capital Kabul and at a depth of 213.5 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said. A report released by the NDMA says 32 people were killed in Chitral, the Pakistani town closest to the quake s epicenter.

At least 50 people were killed in the nearby Shangla, the country’s worst affected area.

 

 

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Agony: A boy who was injured in the 7.5 magnitude earthquake receives medical treatment at a hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan

Agony: A boy who was injured in the 7.5 magnitude earthquake receives medical treatment at a hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan

The Taliban today called a truce to allow aid agencies to push ahead with emergency relief after a massive quake hit Pakistan and Afghanistan, killing more than 350 people.

The toll was expected to rise as search teams reach remote areas that were cut off by yesterday’s 7.5-magnitude quake, which triggered landslides and stampedes as it toppled buildings and severed communication lines.

Relief operations to assess the damage have been hindered by an unstable security situation that has left much of the affected areas unsafe for international aid workers and government troops.

But the Taliban, which have stepped up their Islamist insurgency against the Western-backed government in Kabul this year, indicated they would not stand in the way of aid efforts.

A man and his son clear rubble from their house after it was damaged by an earthquake in Behsud district of Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan

A man and his son clear rubble from their house after it was damaged by an earthquake in Behsud district of Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan

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Rescue work expands in quake-hit Pakistan, Afghanistan

Associated Press Tuesday, October 27, 2015

 

KABUL, Afghanistan — Authorities in Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan intensified rescue and relief operations Tuesday in rugged, earthquake-affected areas as the death toll rose to at least 270.

Monday’s 7.5-magnitude quake was centered deep beneath the Hindu Kush mountains in Afghanistan’s sparsely populated Badakhshan province, which borders Pakistan, Tajikistan and China, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Pakistani government official Amir Afaq said Tuesday that civil and military authorities had reached the remote, impoverished areas in the country’s northwest to help the quake victims. “We are transporting tents, medicines and other items to quake-hit areas,” he said. The quake damaged nearly 2,000 homes in the area, he said.

Troops and military doctors had reached the quake zone and were engaged in rescue work, Pakistani army spokesman Lt. Gen. Asil Saleem Bajwa said.

The quake shook buildings in the Afghan capital of Kabul early Monday afternoon for up to 45 seconds, creating cracks in walls and shutting down power. Frightened workers who had just returned from lunch break rushed out of swaying buildings in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad and the Indian capital of New Delhi.

 

 

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8 earthquakes in map area

  1. M 4.1 – 40km E of Farkhar, Afghanistan

    2015-10-26 23:35:20 UTC 207.3 km

  2. M 4.5 – 42km E of Farkhar, Afghanistan

    2015-10-26 16:47:21 UTC 199.7 km

  3. M 4.1 – 40km E of Farkhar, Afghanistan

    2015-10-26 15:47:27 UTC 207.9 km

  4. M 4.1 – 49km E of Farkhar, Afghanistan

    2015-10-26 15:39:10 UTC 208.1 km

  5. M 4.7 – 45km E of Farkhar, Afghanistan

    2015-10-26 11:16:16 UTC 199.0 km

  6. M 4.4 – 44km E of Farkhar, Afghanistan

    2015-10-26 11:14:42 UTC 216.3 km

  7. M 4.8 – 42km E of Farkhar, Afghanistan

    2015-10-26 09:49:38 UTC 198.2 km

  8. M 7.5 – 45km N of `Alaqahdari-ye Kiran wa Munjan, Afghanistan

    2015-10-26 09:09:32 UTC 212.5 km

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By Sean Breslin
Published Oct 13 2015 11:35 AM EDT
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At least 13 people were killed early Tuesday when a hillside gave way and buried several makeshift homes in a slum of southern Pakistan’s port city of Karachi, officials said.

The mass of mud and rocks came down the hill and hit a camp in the capital of the southern Sindh province, according to the Associated Press. It has not been determined if weather caused the collapse.

Seven children were among those killed by the disaster, officials told the BBC.

 

 

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‘Not bug splats’: Artists use poster-child in Pakistan drone protest

Published time: April 07, 2014 13:29

Image from notabugsplat.com

Image from notabugsplat.com

A poster of a young child has appeared in north-west Pakistan to raise awareness of the numerous drone attacks the region suffered. Artists who created the image hope military commanders will think twice about shooting after seeing the portrait.

More than 200 children are believed to have died in the heavily-bombed Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa according to the website notabugsplat.com. ‘Bug splat’ is the name given by the military to a person who has been killed by a drone. Viewing the body through a grainy computer image gives the impression that an insect has been crushed.

Now a giant portrait of a young child has been produced to try and raise awareness of civilian casualties in the region. The hope is now the drone operator will see a child’s face on his or her computer screen, rather than just a small white dot and may think twice before attacking indiscriminately.

The child featured in the poster is nameless, but according to the Foundation for Fundamental Rights, who helped to launch the project in collaboration with a number of artists, both parents were lost to a drone attack.

Drone raids in Pakistan started in 2004 under George W. Bush’s administration as part of the US War on Terror. The vast majority of strikes have focused on the Federally Administered Tribal Area’s and the Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa area due to their proximity to Afghanistan, which the country invaded following the September 11 terrorist attacks.

 

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Published on Feb 11, 2014

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Another U.S. citizen a potential drone target

By Tom Cohen and Tom Watkins, CNN
updated 6:21 PM EST, Tue February 11, 2014

(CNN) — U.S. counterterrorism officials are closely watching an al Qaeda fighter in Pakistan who could become the next American to be targeted for killing by a drone strike, CNN has learned.

The person has been the subject of debate among military commanders and intelligence officials for several weeks as they decide what to recommend. President Barack Obama would make a final decision.

CNN has also learned key members of Congress have been aware of the internal debate.

The officials spoke to CNN’s Barbara Starr on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

U.S. citizen may be target of drone

The current discussions involve both military commanders in the special forces community and intelligence officials.

A key point being discussed is whether it is better to maintain surveillance to see what added intelligence can be gained about any threats to the United States, and whether additional monitoring might lead to other operatives or al Qaeda elements to target.

Under the Obama administration’s policy for targeting Americans, a person would have to pose an imminent threat to the United States and there would be no reasonable prospect of capture.

A U.S. official said drone targeting inside Pakistan is very sensitive because of the fragile state of the Pakistani government, which is under pressure to ban such strikes.

As a potential strike is weighed, some officials contend that good relations with the Islamabad government is a priority so the United States can maintain some type of long-term surveillance operation of potential al Qaeda targets there.

If all U.S. troops leave neighboring Afghanistan at the end of 2014, the concern is it may be harder to maintain high priority efforts such as conducting further drone operations over Pakistan and to also monitor Pakistan’s nuclear programs.

As the United States considers a strike in Pakistan, there are also recent indications that al Qaeda in Pakistan and its affiliate in Somalia, Al-Shabaab, have stepped up their links, a second official told CNN.

Jehad Serwan Mostafa, an American citizen, is currently with Al-Shabaab. He is the highest-ranking American in the group, believed to be in a remote part of southern Somalia.

The Justice Department currently has a $5 million reward on his head.

CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruikshank said there are indications Mostafa has contacts with senior al Qaeda leadership in Pakistan.

The United States failed to kill Al Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane in a drone strike in southern Somalia just a few weeks ago.

And last October, Navy SEALs failed to capture a third key leader, a man named Ikrimah. They assaulted a compound he was said to be at in southern Somalia but withdrew under heavy fire.

Although Ikrimah and Godane were said to be involved in the deadly attack last year on a shopping mall in Kenya, U.S. officials have told CNN that one reason Ikrimah was targeted was there was critical intelligence he had been communicating with operatives of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

That Yemen based al Qaeda group is considered the most dangerous of its affiliates to U.S. security.

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Published on Oct 31, 2013

http://www.democracynow.org – A U.S. drone strike killed three people in northwest Pakistan earlier today, marking the first such attack since Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif publicly called for President Obama to end the strikes. Just last week, Amnesty International said the United States may be committing war crimes by killing innocent Pakistani civilians in drone strikes. Today we air extended clips from the new documentary, “Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars,” and speak to filmmaker Robert Greenwald. The film looks at the impact of U.S. drone strikes through more than 70 interviews with attack survivors in Pakistan, a former U.S. drone operator, military officials, and more. The film opens with the story of a 16-year-old Tariq Aziz who was killed by drone. just days after attending an anti-drone conference in Islamabad. We are also joined by human rights attorney Jennifer Gibson of Reprieve, co-author of the report, “Living Under Drones.”

Watch the discussion and more clips from the film in part 2 of this segment: http://youtu.be/ew3mXmqoQFg

Democracy Now!, is an independent global news hour that airs weekdays on 1,200+ TV and radio stations Monday through Friday. Watch it live 8-9am ET at http://www.democracynow.org.

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