ON SEPTEMBER 3RD Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda’s chief, released a video message in which he promised to “raise the flag of jihad” across South Asia. Many analysts responded with little more than a shrug. The extremist group looks increasingly desperate. Since Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011, al-Qaeda’s impact has been limited. It is overshadowed . . . → Read More: Are Indian Muslims different
At least five people were severely injured on Monday in reported firing by Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) personnel along the working boundary in Sialkot.
The firing in Charwa and Chaparral sectors of Sialkot came as the 26th violation of the ceasefire agreement with the attack retaliated by Chenab Rangers.
The latest firing began last . . . → Read More: Cross border firing continues, leaves 5 Pakistani civilians injured
Gaza Strip — It is the saltwater coming out of the hotel tap that reminds you where you are, as you wake up in Gaza. And then you imagine your room besieged by honeybees. It is the constant whine of the drones that parade up and down Gaza, selecting targets.
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The Dutch head of a team sent to identify the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 praised the Ukrainian recovery workers who collected hundreds of bodies from a giant swathe of land in a war zone for doing a “hell of a job”.
Peter van Vliet, leader of a 3-man team of Dutch body identification . . . → Read More: Dutch expert says Ukraine did an amazing job of body recovery from crash site
The United Nations Security Council finally adopted a resolution authorizing UN agencies and their implementing partners to deliver aid across the Syrian border without requiring the government’s consent. The government had completely ignored a February resolution calling for it to let aid reach all parts of Syria, including areas controlled by armed groups.
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Thousands of Palestinians are fleeing northern parts of Gaza after Israel warned it was targeting the area in its campaign to stop the continuing rocket attacks from Gaza militants.
The UN says 17,000 people have sought refuge in its facilities.
On Sunday, Israeli forces raided a suspected rocket launch site in Gaza in their first . . . → Read More: Thousand forced to flee after Israel issues warning
It sounded like the beginning of a bad joke: a CIA agent and a U.S. Special Operations commando walked into a barbershop in Sana…
That’s the capital of Yemen in case you didn’t remember and not the sort of place where armed Americans usually wander out alone just to get a haircut. Here’s what we . . . → Read More: America’s double standards for justice and terrorism
In a major development, Pakistan army on Sunday formally announced to have launched a full scale operation ‘Zarb-e-Azb’ against ‘local and foreign terrorists’ in North Waziristan Agency ‘on the directions of the government’.
Director General, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a press release said: “On the directions of the Government, Armed forces of . . . → Read More: Operation Zarb-e-Azb launched in North Waziristan
An Israeli source confirms a rumor that has circulated in Israeli media circles, that one of the Israelis murdered at the Jewish museum in Brussels worked for the Mossad. Emanuel and Miriam Riva were both accountants. He worked for an Israeli government agency called Nativ. It works among Jews from the eastern bloc and encourages . . . → Read More: Isareli Mossad agent killed, Natanyahu reacts foolishly
Gun violence is erupting in America’s schools and colleges at a rate of more than three incidents a month, with 13 school shootings recorded in the first six weeks of 2014 alone, a new study on the impact of gun violence since the Newtown tragedy shows.
The analysis by groups campaigning for tighter gun controls in the US . . . → Read More: US should worry about their own issues rather than pointing fingers at others