JNN 30 Dec 2014 ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s political leadership in the presence of the Army Chief and ISI Chief agreed on Wednesday, 25th Dec to establish Specialized Courts Headed By Military Officer for suspects accused of terrorism or extremist views, upending the constitution in a bid to aggressively crack down on terrorism after last week’s Peshawar school massacre in Peshawar. Continue reading
JNN 26 Dec 2014 Kiev : Through his meeting with the Secretary-General of Imam Hussain Holy Shrine, al-Shaikh Shin Shin, head of Ukrainian delegation, said “We have come to Karbala to participate in the Arbaeen Pilgrimage of Imam Hussain, which is considered one of the largest pilgrimages in the world,” noting that there are thousands of Shia Muslims in Ukraine ready to attend and take part in this pilgrimage.
JNN 26 Dec 2014 Baghdad : “Iran was the first country that backed up Iraq against the terrorists’ invasion at a time when we needed possibilities to fight the terrorists,” President Massoum said in a meeting with Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani in Baghdad on Wednesday. Continue reading
JNN 26 Dec 2014 Jerusalam – Zionist regime authorities in the city of Beersheba, in a symbolic gesture, have recently converted an historic mosque into a museum, despite the fact that 10,000 local Muslims still have no place to pray. Continue reading
JNN 26 Dec 2014 Sanaa : Yemen’s Shia Houthi movement says its Ansarullah fighters have managed to retake the Arhab district near the capital Sana’a from al-Qaeda-linked militants.
JNN 26 Dec 2014 Manama – Bahrain’s prominent human rights activist Nabeel Rajab said the UK is following the same strategy in Bahrain that it used for the creation of Israel. Continue reading
JNN 26 Dec 2014 Riyadh : Saudi Regime forces in Saudi Arabia killed at least four people in the country’s volatile Eastern Province as Riyadh steps up its crackdown on dissent. Continue reading
JNN 24 Dec 2014 LAHORE: The leader of a banned sectarian Terrorist Group, Malik Ishaq is set to walk free from jail, officials said Tuesday, even as the government considers “radical changes” to tackle militancy & Terrorism after a Taliban school massacre. Continue reading
JNN 23 Dec 2014 The terrorist organization of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has turned its hand to human organ trafficking to fund its terror activities across the Middle East, Daily Mail newspaper said. Continue reading
JNN 23 Dec 2014 Tehran : The Extension of the nuclear talks between Iran and the world powers (P5+1) has been consensually viewed as a clear reflection of all the parties’ intentions to pursue the peaceful track of the negotiations in preparation for finalizing and announcing the agreement in the coming period. Continue reading
JNN 23 Dec 2014 Islamabad : Some 500 terror-related convicts are due to be executed in the coming weeks, according to Pakistan’s officials. There are an estimated 3,000 convicted terrorists in the country, and all could put to death after the recent attack at a Peshawar school. Continue reading
JNN 18 Dec 2014 Sydney : Heavily armed Australian police stormed a Sydney cafe early on Tuesday morning and freed a number of hostages being held there at gunpoint, in a dramatic end to a 16-hour siege in which three people including the attacker were killed. Continue reading
JNN 17 Dec 2014 Peshawar : Terrorists of the Tehrik e Taliban Pakistan have attacked an Army-run school in Peshawar, killing 141 people, 132 of them School children, the military say. Continue reading
JNN 14 Dec 2014 Damascus : Thousands of Muslims marked on Saturday Arbaeen at Sayyeda Zainab Shrine in Damascus countryside, amid strict security measures. Continue reading
JNN 14 Dec 2014 Damascus : The Syria army on Wednesday continued tightening its grip on terrorists across the country through launching large-scale military operations in several provinces. Continue reading
JNN 14 Dec 2014 Baghdad : Millions of Shiite Muslim pilgrims thronged the Iraqi shrine city of Karbala for the climax of annual Arbaeen mourning rituals on Saturday. Continue reading
JNN 10 Dec 2014 Sanaa : Witnesses say the Shia fighters of Houthi tribe entered the Military academy on Friday with no resistance from the guards and stationed their patrols inside. Continue reading
JNN 10 Dec 2014 ISLAMABAD: In a Major Development in the Capital of Pakistan , the Students of Jamia Hafsa Seminary , Associated with the Notorious Lal Masjid has expressed their support for the Islamic State Being led by the Terrorist Abu Bakar Al Baghdadi . Continue reading
JNN 07 Dec 2014 Manama : Britain is returning to its naval base in Bahrain, a former British protectorate, after more than 40 years. The base will serve as the main British hub for operations in the Persian Gulf. Continue reading
“The prime minister revealed the existence of 50,000 fictitious names,” Abadi’s spokesman Rafid Jaboori said on Sunday, adding, “Over the past few weeks, the premier has been cracking down to expose the ghost soldiers and get to the root of the problem.”
The Iraqi prime minister discovered the existence of the soldiers after conducting an official head-count of the army during the payment phase.
“Haidar al-Abadi is setting integrity, efficiency, and courage as the criteria to appoint a new military leadership. This weeding out process will extend beyond the military to all state institutions,” the spokesman added.
The “ghost soldiers”, aka “fadhaiyin,” are fictitious soldiers formulated to be a source of extra income for officers.
“There are two kinds of fadhaiyin,” AFP quoted an officer in the security forces as saying. “The first kind: each officer is allowed, for example, five guards. He’ll keep two, send three home, and pocket their salary or an agreed percentage.
“Then the second and bigger group is at the brigade level. A brigade commander usually has 30, 40, or more soldiers who stay at home or don’t exist. The problem is that he, too, to keep his job as a brigade commander, has to bribe his own hierarchical superiors with huge amounts of money.”
Up to 30 percent of the Iraqi army could be imaginary, Mohammed Othman al-Khalidi, a former member of the Iraqi Parliament said recently.
“It could be more than triple this number,” said Hamid al-Mutlaq, a member of the parliamentary defense and security committee, adding, “The people who are responsible for this should be punished. Iraq’s safe has been emptied.”
The Iraqi premier has vowed to identify the elements behind the corruption in the army and bring them to justice.
On November 12, al-Abadi dismissed 26 military commanders and retired 10 more in an anti-corruption drive.
“The military leadership should have competence, and this is an important thing, as it is not possible for someone who is not efficient to do his work properly,” Abadi said via state television.
The prime minister’s military shakeup has been deemed an apparent effort to improve the Iraqi army’s performance against the ISIL Takfiri terrorists.
On October 7, Iraq’s top Shia cleric, Ayatollah Ali Sistani, linked corruption in the armed forces to ISIL’s capture of large regions in the country.
Corruption in the military is one of the reasons morale in the Iraqi army was so low. There was also nepotism, in the government of former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who is working now as the Deputy Prime Minister.
Abadi took office in September after weeks of post-election power struggle. Among his first moves was the sacking several military commanders in an attempt to mobilize the armed forces to fight the IS.
The US-led coalition conducting airstrikes against the IS is considering retaking the territories by sending boots on the ground the job to assist the Iraqi army. So far the most vigorous force opposing the IS’ expansion is the Kurdish militia, both in Iraq and in Syria.
The ISIL militants have been committing terrible atrocities in Iraq and Syria, including mass executions and beheading of local residents as well as foreign nationals.
Iraqi army soldiers have been fighting the ISIL terrorists for nearly six months now. The troops have pledged to make more gains in their battle against the extremist group.
JNN 07 Dec 2014 Srinagar : At least eight army troops including a lieutenant colonel and a junior commanding officer, three policemen were killed after a group of six militants carried out a fidayeen attack on 31-Field Regiment in Mohura area in Uri of Baramulla district in north Kashmir at about 3.30 am.
JNN 06 Dec 2014 Washington : On Tuesday, an official in the US Department of Defense revealed that, the list of countries that bombed the sites of the terrorist organization ISIS in Iraq is not limited to the classical allies of the United States, but apparently there is a new partner in the airspace; which is Iran. He indicated that the bombing does not require an immediate response from US unless it threatens the US Air Force. Continue reading
JNN 04 Dec 2014 Baghdad : El-Najaf International Airport announced the granting of free entry visas for all nationalities to facilitate the entry of the pilgrims prior to the Arba’een Pilgrimage.
JNN 03 Dec 2014 Yangoon : Myanmar’s government is forcing the minority Rohingya Muslims to leave the country, says a rights activist. Continue reading
JNN 01 Dec 2014 Vienna : Some 900 police officers swooped in on mosques, prayer rooms and homes across Austria early Friday in an operation against suspected jihadi recruiters and alleged financiers of the ISIS terror group, local media reported.
JNN 01 Dec 2014 WASHINGTON — Researchers from the Project Coranica at the University Library in Tübingen, Germany have discovered a copy of the Quran that may be the oldest in the world, dating to within 20-40 years of the death of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. Continue reading