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By Robin Simcox Afghanistan is back in the news. Wednesday, 2 U.S. servicemembers were killed in a suicide bombing attack. Already this year, U.S. airstrikes are at their highest level since 2012, and President Trump is considering sending up to 3,000 more troops to support the 8,400 Americans already serving there. Why does the AfPak region remain a hotbed of terrorist plotting and violence? General John W. Nicholson, commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, notes that of the 98 designated terrorist organizations around the globe, 20 of them operate in the region. It’s an exceptional concentration, and just one reason why the U.S. must remain engaged in Afghanistan.Yet for some years now, voices on both the right and left have urged American withdrawal. That would be a mistake. As America and its allies have drawn down troops in Afghanistan, Al Qaeda has been quietly strengthening its hand.The terrorist group...
Tahir Aziz, 38, Naweed Ali, 29, Mohibur Rahman, 33, and Khobaib Hussain, 25, convicted at Old Bailey of preparing acts of terrorism. by Vikram Dodd - The Guardian - Police and crime correspondent Four men have been jailed for life for plotting a “Lee Rigby-style” terrorist attack to murder members of the police or military using a pipe bomb and meat cleaver.Three of the men called themselves the “three musketeers” on a messaging app they used to plan the attack.The trial judge, Mr Justice Globe, sentenced Naweed Ali,29, Khobaib Hussain, 25, both from Birmingham, and Mohibur Rahman, 33, from Stoke-on-Trent, to serve a minimum term of 20 years in jail for their “significant role” in the planned attack.Tahir Aziz, 38, from Stoke will serve no less than 15 years, being judged to have played a lesser role. Ali, Hussain and Rahman did not attend the sentencing hearing, instead staying at...

The Islamization of History

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by Uzay Bulut - Gatestone Institute    Not only does no other religion in Turkey, other than Islam, have the power, influence or financing of the Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) -- whose budget even surpasses that of most ministries; other religions are either not officially recognized (as in the cases of Alevism and Yazidism), or are on the verge of complete governmental elimination -- as in the cases of Judaism, Greek Orthodoxy, Assyrian (Syriac) and Armenian Christianity.    "...[S]ince the creation of the world there is only one religion and it is the religion of Islam.... therefore, when Islam was not in that area before Mohammed came to it, it should have been there....So any place like this had to be freed, not to be conquered...And therefore, there is no Islamic occupation. If somebody occupies anything, it will always be somebody else, not the Muslims. So, there is no Islamic occupation. There is...

North Korea's ICBM launch leaves Asean envoys uneasy

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Business Mirror By Recto Mercene Top diplomats of Asean have expressed grave concern over the recent developments in the Korean Peninsula.“We continue to express grave concerns over the developments in the Korean Peninsula, including the most recent testing by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea [DPRK] of an intercontinental ballistic missile on July 4, on top of its previous nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches.” the foreign ministers said in a draft joint communique.“Noting that these developments threaten peace and stability in the entire region, we urged the DPRK to fully and immediately comply with its obligations under the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions.”The foreign ministers are in Manila for the 50th Asean Ministerial Meeting that will be conducted  from August 2 to 8  at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila.Foreign ministers and senior officials from 27 countries are expected to attend  the event. They are expected to issue...
Express BRITAIN will have stronger powers to impose sanctions on dangerous regimes and terrorist groups when it leaves the European Union, ministers have revealed. By David Maddox A new Sanctions Bill is to be unveiled today repatriating powers held by Brussels to freeze assets and block access to bank accounts of governments of rogue states and criminal organisations and individuals.It means the UK will no longer be held back by Brussels in the war on terror. The move is part of a double assault on terrorism by the government with Home Secretary Amber Rudd telling internet giants at a major conference in California that they have to stop allowing the web being a hiding place for extremists.The Government will introduce a Sanctions Bill to ensure it has the legal powers to bring forward restrictions on foreign countries after the UK's withdrawal from the EU. It will include additional powers to...