News: 01-Jul-16

  1. The unlikely godfather of the Islamic State
    (CNN)ISIS, perhaps the most feared terrorist group in the world, traces its short history to a man who was a prison gang leader, a high school dropout and an alleged teenage pimp.
  2. CIA chief Brennan looks at Turkish attack and sees a warning for Americans
    Four hours after three suicide bombers killed at least 41 people and wounded hundreds more at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, CIA Director John Brennan said the attacks bore the grim hallmarks of ISIS and warned that the fanatically violent Islamic terrorist group wants to conduct similar large-scale attacks in the United States.
  3. UN: Suspend Saudi Arabia from Human Rights Council
    (New York) – The United Nations General Assembly should immediately suspend Saudi Arabia’s membership rights on the UN Human Rights Council, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today. A two-thirds majority of the General Assembly may suspend the membership rights of any Human Rights Council member engaged in “gross and systematic violations of human rights.”
  4. Fallujah’s Importance to Islamic State Helped Iraqi Forces Retake It
    FALLUJAH, Iraq—For Islamic State, this city was unlike any other: the birthplace of its movement and the first urban center it seized in a blitz that began the occupation of a third of Iraq.
  5. After battlefield defeats, IS revives insurgency
    Indigenous IS fighters in northern Diyala province are using insurgent tactics to threaten areas that have ostensibly been reclaimed by government-backed forces.
  6. Lebanese Christian village hit with eight suicide attacks in one day
    AL-QAA, Lebanon — A wave of suicide bombings targeted the Lebanese Christian town of al-Qaa, which borders Syria, on June 27.
  7. Erdogan gloats over Brexit
    Its long-term implications aside, Britain’s vote to leave the EU will have little immediate impact on Turkish-EU ties, which were on a downward spiral anyway before this referendum.
  8. Saddam Hussein masterminded one of the world’s worst environmental disasters on the site of the Garden of Eden – and the area never recovered
    Propelled by outboard engines, our long sleek aluminium canoes bounce across a sheet of choppy water so broad that we can see no land. We are drenched by the spray, but what worries me more is that we’re heading directly towards Iraq’s unmarked border with Iran and I have no wish to be arrested as a British spy.
  9. Pakistan cracks down on militants in Balochistan
    Pakistani forces have killed three suspected members of a banned militant group as part of a crackdown following attacks on security personnel.
  10. For iftaar, heads join under skull caps, turbans
    Lucknow: As “Allah pakam pak hai” reverberated in the interiors of the historical Gurdwara Yahyaganj on Thursday evening, hundreds of men and women, Hindu, Muslims and Sikhs sat together for a roza iftaar.

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