Taliban gunmen, disguised in burqas, have opened fire on the campus of the Agriculture University of Peshawar, Pakistan. At least nine people were killed and dozens injured, medics say.
Gunfire and blasts can be heard from inside the university, local Geo TV reported.
One student told Geo TV that he saw two people injured in the attack. “We took them out with us and admitted them to the hospital,” Ariful Haq said.
Pakistani security forces were exchanging fire with the attackers in the building, Tahir Khan, Peshawar police chief said, as cited by Reuters. “Police and army commandos have cordoned off the campus. A blast was also just heard from the campus,” he said.
Police and army troops later killed all of the attackers who stormed the campus, the military’s press service said, as cited by Reuters. rt.com
Belgian soldiers “neutralized” a person reportedly wearing an explosive belt at Brussels Central Station on Tuesday evening.
“We do not know whether the man, whose identity we have yet to confirm, is alive or dead. However, this was a terrorist attack,” Eric Van der Sijpt, spokesperson for the Belgian Federal prosecutor told reporters at a press conference.
Van der Sijpt later confirmed that the suspect had died and that there were no other casualties in the attack.
Crisis Center Belgium have advised that a controlled explosion may have be carried out on the scene by bomb disposal experts.
Two combat US Navy ships have reportedly sailed into Doha for joint drills with the Qatari navy. It comes amid a widening rift between Qatar and a number of Gulf states, and US President Donald Trump accusing Doha of sponsoring terrorism.
The deployment follows a set of sharp remarks by Trump, in which he accused Qatar of channeling support to extremists, stating that the Gulf Kingdom has “historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level.”
The US leader took up a harsh tone against Doha after several Middle Eastern countries, including the US major ally in the region, Saudi Arabia, as well as Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Egypt severed diplomatic relations with Qatar earlier this month, accusing it of supporting terrorism and cozying up to Iran.
Praising the move on Twitter, Trump appeared to take credit for the political and economic blockade of Qatar, led by the oil-rich Gulf monarchies, implying that it was a direct consequence of his first foreign trip across Middle East, which he boasted “was already paying off.”
“I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology. Leaders pointed to Qatar-look!” he wrote, adding that “perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism.”
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However, not everyone in the US administration appeared to share Trump’s stance on the issue, with US State Department attempted to distance itself from the president’s remarks by calling on all parties to engage in “a calm and thoughtful dialog with clear expectations.”
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged parties embroiled in the dispute to ease the blockade, as it hampering the US military action in the region and, in particular, the US-led effort to defeat Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL).
The Pentagon went even further, voicing support for Qatar, which hosts the US Central Command contingent, serving as a command and logistical hub for missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. rt.com
Iran’s foreign minister has branded condolences sent by the White House over recent Tehran attacks as “repugnant.” The US administration sent sympathies to Iran, but lectured that “states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote.”
“Repugnant White House statement … as Iranians counter terrorism backed by US clients. Iranian people reject such US claims of friendship,” Javad Zarif tweeted.
At least 13 people died and dozens were injured in gun and bomb attacks at the Iranian parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini’s shrine in Tehran on Wednesday. The attacks were claimed by Islamic state (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), said Amaq news agency, which is affiliated with the terrorists.
The five attackers were Iranian citizens who had joined IS before returning to Iran in summer 2016, the Iranian Intelligence Ministry confirmed on Thursday.
“The five known terrorists… after joining the IS terrorist group, left the country and participated in crimes carried out by this terrorist group in Mosul and Raqqa,” the ministry said.
On Wednesday evening, the White House sent condolences to Iran, including the controversial cautionary note.
“We grieve and pray for the innocent victims of the terrorist attacks in Iran, and for the Iranian people, who are going through such challenging times,” the White House said in a statement. “We underscore that states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote.”
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards [IRGC] accused Saudi Arabia of masterminding the attacks, saying that the assaults “happened only a week after the meeting between the US president [Donald Trump] and the [Saudi] backward leaders who support terrorists.”
Brigadier General Hossein Salami, IRGC deputy commander, vowed to “take revenge” for the attacks.
“Let there be no doubt that we will take revenge for today’s attacks in Tehran, on terrorists, their affiliates and their supporters,” he said, Mehr news agency reported.
Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, Adel Al-Jubeir, rejected Tehran’s accusations.
“We condemn terrorist attacks anywhere they occur and we condemn the killing of the innocent anywhere it occurs,” Jubeir said.
According to the director of the Crisis Research Institute, Mark Almond, it is highly possible IS was, as it claims, behind the attacks in Iran as the group is interested in stirring up a Sunni-Shiite conflict. However, other groups and regional player involvement can’t be ruled out, he added. rt.com
The bloody rampage that left seven people dead and dozens injured on a busy Saturday night in London Bridge is the latest atrocity to be tied to Anjem Choudary’s network of extremists, it has emerged.
Khuram Butt, who wore an Arsenal shirt and hoax suicide vest to carry out the slaughter, had been reported to authorities repeatedly over alarming comments and behaviour.
Experts warn that his transformation from apparently non-violent extremist to terrorist could be echoed by countless British Islamists brought to a “tipping point” by the ideology espoused by hate preachers. independent.co.uk
US President Donald Trump should discuss how to avoid “the likes of” the 9/11 terrorist attacks with his Saudi Arabian partners during his first official visit abroad, Iran’s foreign minister said in an opinion piece.
Tehran and Riyadh have recently engaged in a war of words, accusing each other of undermining security across the Middle East, sponsoring fundamentalist organizations, and seeking regional dominance.
Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister and an outspoken diplomat, advised Donald Trump, who is on a tour of the Middle East, to tackle the issue of fueling Islamist extremism with his interlocutors in Saudi Arabia.
According to the minister, Trump “must enter into dialogue with them about ways to prevent terrorists and takfiris [Sunni extremists] from continuing to fuel the fire in the region and repeating the likes of the September 11 incident by their sponsors in Western countries,” Zarif wrote for the London-based al-Araby al-Jadeed media outlet.
There are widespread allegations that Saudi Arabia played a role in the 2001 attacks.
In March, a lawsuit filed on behalf of the families of 850 victims alleged that nine Saudi Arabian charities, which served as proxies for Riyadh, ran terrorist training camps in Afghanistan and worked with Osama bin Laden, the former of Al-Qaeda leader believed to be the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks.
Saudi Arabia denies any complicity in the attack and dismisses allegations of supporting the 19 hijackers, most of whom were Saudi citizens. rt.com
After Russia’s FSB accused Ukraine of attempting to create a series of terrorist attacks in Crimea, the question is – how will Moscow respond to this alleged provocation? Russian observers believe that the “attacks” were supposed to have a long-term effect, but the main issue is not Crimea – it is the Donbass.
The already frigid relations between Russia and Ukraine have now been further complicated by a strange incident involving Crimea: On Wednesday, Aug. 10 Moscow accused Kiev of preparing terrorist attacks on the disputed peninsula.
According to Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), the “Ukrainian saboteurs” were active members of Ukraine’s special forces. They divided themselves into two groups and tried to cross into Crimea carrying home-made explosive devices, as well as ammunition, grenades, mines and weapons. The FSB says that after detaining the saboteurs, it learned that an entire network of agents was functioning in Crimea. Two Russian officers allegedly died in the clash
Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised that Moscow “will not close its eyes to these things,” saying that the alleged actions of the Ukrainian government are “terrorist practices” and “a very dangerous game.”
He added that he no longer sees any meaning in holding the next scheduled meeting of the “Normandy Four,” referring to the periodical negotiations between the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France on regulating the Donbass conflict in southeastern Ukraine. The meeting had been planned for September in China. rbth.com
I have some rather radical suggestions for ISIS, start targeting the corrupt politicians who lie the public into needless wars, & bankers who think “The time to buy is when there is blood in the streets”. It is certainly preferable to running down babies, & cutting the throats of old men. Do they really think the politicians, & bankers care if civilians get killed? Are they really going to effect policy with such actions? Politicians will welcome attacks, as an opertunity to give themselves more power, & enact policies that would of been met with more resistance under calmer times. I guess because the American led coalition kills civilians, ISIS has an uncontrolable zeal to become more like the Americans they claim to despise.
One effect of terrorist attacks, as seen after the 9/11 attacks, is that all politicians needed to do is say 9/11, & the public are prepared to bomb even Agrabah, the city from fictional animatedmovie Aladdin. Now all the currpt politicians have to do is say “ISIS” & the public may well jump into any needless war that is suggested to them.
Ideally humanity should not need to resolve problems with violence. What sort of message are our governments sending to the public? (Libya: Rebels and Nato dismiss Gaddafi ceasefire offer, US’s Syria Rebels Resist Pressure to Talk Peace) Violence comes before diplomacy? How do you think that will effect society? We should concentrate on defense of the homeland in the homeland, should a terrorist attack happen, to do that would be significantly harder, because said policy would be seen as kowtowing to terrorist demands.
A limited hangout or partial hangout is, according to former special assistant to the Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Victor Marchetti, “spy jargon for a favorite and frequently used gimmick of the clandestine professionals. When their veil of secrecy is shredded and they can no longer rely on a phony cover story to misinform the public, they resort to admitting—sometimes even volunteering—some of the truth while still managing to withhold the key and damaging facts in the case. The public, however, is usually so intrigued by the new information that it never thinks to pursue the matter further.”
While MI6 is admitting to rendition, they are diverting attention away from their part in the arming & support of al-Qaeda & Muslim Brotherhood militias in Libya (particularly prior to 9/11), which continues to this day via the UN imposed government.
Instead of the focus being put on the war crimes of al-Qaeda militias supported by western intelligence, the focus is redirected to supposed Gaddafi era torture. Some say Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi treated Belhaj too good, LFIG (Libyan al-Qaeda branch) members agreed to denounce al-Qaeda, & renounce violence, in return Saif supported their release.
A year later Belhaj who most likely faked a moderate image to get released from prison, was Western intelligence’s number one asset in Libya, leading a mix of al-Qaead & the Muslim brotherhood death squads. Belhaj founder of Dawn militia who denounced violence was leading the slaughter against the 35,000 citizens living in the city of Tawergha, because the town was pro Gaddafi. False accusations of rape were used as a justification for the genocide.
It is claimed that Gaddafi did a deal with BP to get MI6 aid in the rendition of Belhaj. It appears as though now MI6 have made dubious deals with al-Qaeda & the Muslim Brotherhood to sell oil to uk companies, in exchange for military aid against ISIS to get them in the door, leading to aid in conflict against Haftar/HoR the elected government.
The conclusion is that both Belhaj & UK officials/MI6 members involved in aid to terrorist groups should face charges, for the part they have played in the war crimes committed in Libya.
Three months ago, Hamas was viewed as a terrorist organization in the eyes of Egyptian authorities. Now, it is not.
The Urgent Matters Appeals Court in Cairo on Saturday threw out a lower court’s February ruling that labeled the group as ‘terrorist’ — saying the previous court had no jurisdiction to make such a declaration.
“We consider this a correction to the previous mistake,” Hamas said on its official Twitter profile. “This decision confirms Egypt’s steadfast towards its ethnic role towards Palestine and without doubt will have its positive effect on bilateral relations.”
The issue of labeling the group could have a significant impact — particularly given the country’s political climate over the last two years.
In July 2013, the military ousted Muslim Brotherhood leader and Hamas-supported president Mohammed Morsi. Further, Hamas controls the Palestinian territory of Gaza — where it engaged in a 50-day war with Israel last year. upi.com