Kargil protest Karachi Shia mosque blast

Protestors listening to speakers during protest against Shia Mosque Blast in Karachi Pakistan. Credit: Sajjad Kaksar
Protestors listening to speakers during protest against Shia Mosque Blast in Karachi Pakistan. Credit: Sajjad Hussain Kaksar

Thousands of people gathered at Jamia Masjid Kargil to condemn the recent Shia target killing in Karachi.

At least 60 people were killed and dozens injured in the bomb attack on a Shia mosque and religious center when people were performing Friday prayers in the town of Shikarpur, around 470 kilometers (300 miles) north of the port city of Karachi.

The protestors chanted slogan against the arrogant powers and strongly condemned the terrorist attack on the Karachi Mosque.

Likewise Shia Muslims in Pakistan have started a three-day mourning period and staged sit-ins and strikes to commemorate the victims of a deadly bomb attack on a mosque in the southern province of Sindh.

Most of the victims were being buried on Saturday in Sindh, where the provincial government has declared a high security alert.

People shut down their shops in parts of the province as Shia Muslims called for three days of peaceful protests.

Shia Muslims in Pakistan say the government must prevent the killing of their community members.

Hours after the mosque bombing, large crowds of Pakistani people, including members of civil society and peace activists, poured onto the streets of Pakistan’s largest city of Karachi to voice their outrage over the massacre.

Similar rallies were held in other Pakistani cities, including the capital, Islamabad, Lahore, and Quetta.

The angry demonstrators chanted anti-government slogans and demanded the arrest of those behind the incident. The protesters also demanded that the Pakistani government take decisive action against the forces involved in the targeted killings, saying that Islamabad cannot provide security for the Shia Muslim community.

The demonstrators also accused some Arab monarchies across the Persian Gulf of supporting and funding militant groups operating in Pakistan.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but pro-Taliban militants usually take responsibility for similar attacks in the violence-wracked country.

This is also the latest deadly incident in a wave of violence against the Shia Muslim community in Pakistan.

Shias make up about a third of Pakistan’s population of over 180 million.

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Lake created out of Phuktal river poses threat in Kargil

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A grave situation has arisen in the Zanskar subdivision of Kargil due to creation of an artificial lake on the Phuktal river after a huge landslide blocked the river.

This lake was created after a landslide blocked the river which approximately created a 10-km long lake.

Due to the threat, the district administration has approached the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

“The lake has been created around 90 km from the Padam area of Zanskar and beyond 43 km no one can go by foot. After consulting all local engineers, including Army engineers, we were not able to do anything,” said Muhammad Sadiq Sheikh, Deputy Commissioner, Kargil.

“Though the river water is still frozen, once it starts melting it could become a threat to the entire area. The district administration has alerted people to move to safer places so that once water breaches the artificial lake, its level can raise, which can become threat to people,” he said.

“A few villages in and around the Padam area have been given direction to move to higher areas. We have alerted the administration, but we don’t have any control over the situation. The NDMA will have to deal with the situation,” the Deputy Commissioner added.

This area holds importance as it is en route the world famous Chadar trek, where tourists from all over the world come every year. The Nimo-Bazgo hydroelectric project also gets the water supply from Phuktal.

The district administration is keeping an eye on the situation by monitoring the area through aerial surveys.

Meanwhile, Executive Councillor for Tourism Power and Zanskar Affairs, LAHDC Kargil, Skalzang Wangyal has urged Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh for sending a team from the National Disaster Management Force for early solution of the blocked Phuktal, which is a cause of concern for entire Zanskar valley as well as for those living in low-lying areas of Leh and Kargil.

He also urged the Union Defence Minister, MoS Home, and Ladakh MP for early operation of MI-17 helicopter services for the stranded passengers of the valley.

NDMA to evolve plan 
Jammu: Following the directions of Governor NN Vohra, the NDMA has been told to constitute a multi-disciplinary expert group with representatives from the National Remote Sensing Centre, Central Water Commission, Survey of India, Geological Survey of India and Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology to evolve an action plan for dealing with the situation arising due to landslides and consequential blockage of the Phuktal river between Shaday Sumdo and MarShun in the Zanskar subdivision of Kargil district.

Israel a rogue State; ICC will surely brand it a war criminal: Jurists

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Economic and political blackmail by Israel and its backers in Washington has failed to prevent the one thing Israel has always feared: being branded a war criminal by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. And that is sure to happen now that the Palestinians have joined the ICC, despite threats of economic sanctions from pro-Zionist politicians in Washington and Tel Aviv.

One thing is certain in the minds of leading international jurists: Israel is already a war criminal and its crimes will fit into the legal framework established by the court to define what constitutes war crimes. In particular, Israel’s settlement policy will come under immediate scrutiny.

The international jurist, Professor Emeritus Eric David of Brussels University, believes Israel is a “real rogue state” and the ICC could go after its political leaders. He told the Jewish news and commentary website “Mondoweiss” that Israel does not comply with international law and has been “committing war crimes since 1967 or 1968.” Those crimes could be judged by the ICC, he added.

“All war crimes that have been committed by Israel in the Gaza Strip could be judged by the ICC,” he said. “Furthermore, the settlements in the West Bank, which are war crimes, could be judged by the ICC.”

Israel is not a member of the ICC, though it likes to portray itself as a democracy concerned with justice.

In 1998, when the ICC was set up under what was termed the Rome Statute, the United States and Israel were members. In 2002, however, they “unsigned” themselves from the ICC. At the time, the Bush-Cheney administration feared it might find itself in the crosshairs of the court. Bush described the court as “un-American” and threatened to use force against it if any U.S. citizens were brought before it.

To that end, he had congressional legislation drafted to protect all U.S. service personnel from prosecution. He also gave Congress authority to withdraw U.S. military backing for any country ratifying the ICC treaty.

Later, Israel followed suit, aware that its settlement policy alone was a war crime the court might address.

The Bush-Cheney opposition to the court is one that still holds true today even though the Obama White House has hypocritically called for the leaders of the Libyan and Syrian governments to be hauled before the ICC for war crimes. Such a position has exposed the glaring dishonesty of Washington’s position. In effect, the U.S. principle has always been that the ICC is a good weapon to be deployed against its enemies but should never be directed at the U.S. or at its allies, especially Israel. That is exactly why the State Department recently warned the Palestinians against joining the court and backed Israel’s claim that such a move would end any chance of a peaceful settlement.

While Israeli figures like its economy minister, Naftali Bennett, have arrogantly dismissed the court as “an empty gun that will never stop Israeli settlement building,” there is genuine dread within the Israeli leadership and body politic about what lies ahead.

Washington will not remain unscathed in any future ICC case because of Washington’s history of backing Israeli war crimes through support for settlement building and providing weapons to the Israeli military.

Since 1988, the U.S. has consistently wielded its veto power on the United Nations Security Council to block sanctions against Israel or to prevent Israel from being held accountable for engaging in genocide in the Palestinian territories.

“Hail anti-ISIS, Kurdish victory in Kobani; on to Palestine, Ferguson”: Amaresh Misra

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As forecasted by Medhaj News two months earlier, Kurdish YPG fighters have expelled militants of the Takfiri group, ISIL, from the Syrian border town of Kobani after more than four months of fighting.

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With the help of Abu Ibrahim Saif, its Middle-East correspondent, and an editorial policy of creating a special category called `Kobani and Rojava: 21st Century Revolution’, on the home page of its website www.medhajnews.com, Medhaj News followed the micro-details of the Kobani war on a day-to-day basis.

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that as of now, YPG, PKK,  other Marxist-Leninist forces including the Maoist faction in the Kurdish movement, and Peshmerga (Iraqi Kurds), were controlling the strategic town.

“The (Kurdish) People’s Protection Units have almost full control over Kobani after expelling Islamic State fighters,” the monitor group said.

This is a serious setback for ISIL, which had risen like lightning and was expected to take Kobani and extend its rule over most of Iraq and Syria.

Feeding on Sunni-Muslim-Arab grievances, ISIS, which was being helped by Zionists elements and money, threatened to impose an ultra-hardline, far more barbaric than Saudi Arabia, kind of false/pseudo-Islam, on the Middle-East.

Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas, Houthis, and Left forces in the Palestinian movement/Middle-East like PFLP—which form an arc of resistance against western Imperialism, Zionism and Takfirism—bolstered this development by their open support to Kurdish fighters.

It was this support that made Syria shed its old line—Russia felt confident to assert itself zealously and isolate NATO/Israel in the Middle-East to the point where NATO was forced to support Kurds even as Israel kept helping ISIS.

A few days back, Israel thought it fit to attack Hezbollah and an Iranian General who were fighting Takfiri terrorists; the same Israel however, never lifted a finger against ISIS. The latter too did not attack Israel. In the name of dislodging Assad and capturing Syrian oil, American right-wing also, openly supported ISIS.

Talking to this correspondent, Amaresh Misra, Editor-in-Chief, Medhaj News, the web news portal that also runs a mobile news application, said “defeat of ISIS, and victory of Kurdish Left-democratic forces, in Kobani, heralds a new era.  At an existential level, some of the most beautiful women of the world defeated one of the most barbaric forces in the hi’story of civilization”.

Elaborating further, Misra said that “ISIS is nothing but a post-modern, lumpen, reserve  army/criminal gang/death-cult of Imperialism and Zionism. Victimized by the US, many Sunni Arabs fell for ISIS’ false rhetoric against the West. But as soon as they realized ISIS’ true character, they distanced themselves from Takfiris; ISIS could not have been defeated had one section of Sunni Arabs not turned against it”.

When asked how he felt now about those pessimists who were saying ISIS will win in Kobani, Misra smiled and said “I always told them—you don’t know Kurds; you don’t know Abdullah Ocalan; you don’t know Marxist revolutionaries who have their dialectics right and who are non-academic, non-doctrinaire, political leaders. Kurds are led by Marxists who empowered women; for the first time in history, Marxists armed women as an Independent social class/democratic force. `Woman is the revolution’, Ocalan theorized, in the way Marx wrote in Grundrisse that though separate, at one, dialectical level ‘production is distribution’; in Kobani, women fought for their survival—for each inch of their land, their rights, their men, their elders, their kids, their identity, both as Kurds and as women—like peasants and workers of the former Soviet Union, who fought such a tough battle of attrition in Stalingrad, for their land and class, that a maniac like Hitler, who did not believe in rules of history, but only in imposing his will, and who realized that like good, evil too can be a force of `inspiration’ and maddening, demonic, `victorious’ ferocity, was defeated”.

Elaborating further, Misra added that “if you see, a new kind of popular front emerged in Kobani—it stretches from Russia to Iran, Hezbollah–anti-Imperialist, revolutionary Shia forces—to Hamas—a revolutionary, anti-Zionist force which has blended religion with fight for justice and aspirations of Palestinians, an oppressed nationality—to Sunni tribes and Baath socialists repelled by ISIS’ fanaticism–to one section of centre-right, conservative constitutionalists like Muslim Brotherhood, ditched recently by Saudi Arabia–to a faction in Turkey”.

On Turkey, Misra said that “Erdogan, once close to Muslim Brotherhood type politics, now charting an Independent course, trying hard to balance anti-West sentiments of his electorate with NATO and Saudi Arabia, played both ways; he was undermining Syria and Kurds, while seeming to be anti-ISIS; yet, Erdogan too could not openly support ISIS; in fact, as the contradiction that ISIS, while seeming to be a `Muslim’ force, does not utter a word against Israel, became too obvious, Erdogan could not contain his basic gut, anti-Zionist political feeling, and launched into an attack on Israel. Erdogan finally allowed help to Kurds in Kobani, despite a deep history of violent struggle against them”.

Talking about the new, anti-neo liberal, global united front, Misra explained that “from Middle-East onwards, this front embraces a large liberal-left-Green section of Europe to Blacks, Hispanics, white working class elements in the US; in fact, with America’s `Israelization’ and beginning of the turn towards an occupation-apartheid-racist Police State, and incidents like Ferguson, Blacks and minorities in the US are emerging as a new, persecuted political force in their on right; talking of US, one might add, that the United Front also encompasses liberal-realist elements within American Imperialism who despite stiff right-wing opposition, pressed for bombing ISIS in Kobani and helping Kurds to a limited extent; but the leadership on the ground is with left-democratic forces of progressive class-cultural-religious-identity-gender-eco politics—and that is the most important aspect”.

Misra went on to add that “today, revolutionary movements in any context, have to be both rooted and global, class and identity-gender conscious, in their outlook—victory of Syriza, Greek radical Leftists, in recent elections, owes a lot to the support extended by Leftist Podemas of Spain, and the newly emergent, radical leftists in Germany. It is interesting that the `anti-neo liberal model mood’ in Europe is also sympathetic, to a large degree, to the Palestinian cause. In UK, you have radical Left leaders like George Galloway and his Respect Party, and they will do well in 2015 elections. In fact, the Labour Party will find it hard to win British elections without the aid of Independent radical leftists.  The new radical Left of Europe is neither of the old Soviet Union variety, nor of the `Chinese-late 60s’ kind, and it is definitely not close to social democrats of the `Euro-communist’ era or the ruling, socialist parties of today which have degenerated into Blairism. There is a lot of anger in the west against NATO’s `fake war on terror’, the CIA torture reports, the NSA surveillance in the name of `national security’, the rampant Islamophobia, the attack on democratic-civil liberties and support for Israel and an evil cult like Zionism in the name of protecting `freedom of speech’, the shabby treatment meted out to whistleblowers like Snowden and Assange, and 9/11 or Charlie Hebdo type, false flag attacks.  Young population everywhere is emerging as an Independent political force. Contemporary radical Left has borrowed a lot from Chavez and Latin America—they are national and global, eco-friendly, class-gender-identity—even religiously—conscious—at one and the same time; they are challenging the status quo in a language understood by masses—but they are contextual, not tied to Chavezism, constantly evolving, learning through mistakes”.

Urging the Indian Left to re-examine its position and learn from world developments how revolutionary Marxists are integrating culture, environment, gender, religion, and yes Gramsci, and radical, post-modern thinkers, into political struggle, and evolving a new paradigm against the post-Leninist, post-Mao, Zionist era of International finance capital and Imperialism out to gobble the earth, Misra said that “battle against forces of darkness is incomplete without the liberation of Palestine from Israeli-Zionist yoke. While the fight against ISIS will continue, it is time to march on to Palestine”.

Anwar Ali Czarpa, Assistant Editor, Mehdaj News

Rabbani represents AKSUD at international conference

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All Kargil (Ladakh) Student Union Delhi (AKSUD’s) senior advisor Mr. Feroz Rabbani addressed an international conference in Iran on the topic of “Islamophobia and our responsibilities”.

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The conference was organised by Majma-e-Ruhaniyan in holy city of Qum in Iran.

After the conference Rabbani met with renowned Scholar from Kargil Grand Ayatollah Hassnain.

Ayatollah Hassnain appreciated AKSUD activities and wishes well in future for AKSUD.

YPG Fighters Expel ISIL Militants from Syria’s Kobani

As it was forecasted by Amaresh Misra two months later, Kurdish YPG fighters have expelled militants of the Takfiri group, ISIL, from the Syrian border town of Kobani after more than four months of fighting.

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Ladakh Express media partner Medhajnews with the help of its Middle East correspondent had covered the YPG resistance very closely, as we have a separate category particularly for the YPG resistance in Kobane and Rojava.

Our editor Amaresh Misra had forecasted the same triumph two months before as the category had created.

Now the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported the event on Monday, noting that the Peshmerga fighters were controlling the strategic town.

“The (Kurdish) People’s Protection Units have almost full control over Kobane after expelling Islamic State fighters,” the monitor group said.

The Kurdish forces have recently been solidifying their control over the city located near the border with Turkey in a serious setback for ISIL, which has been operating in Iraq and Syria.

Just last Monday the Kurdish People’s People Units (YPG) seized the highly strategic Mishtenur hilltop, reportedly killing 11 ISIL militants and capturing large amounts of weaponry and ammunition.

The Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said the advance was a key strategic victory for the YPG, putting ISIL resupply lines to Aleppo in the west and Raqqa in the east within their line of fire.

ISIL has been battling to capture Kobani since last September, and at one point seemed poised to overrun the Kurdish town. Now the tide has shifted in favor of the Kurds.

Leh celebrates Republic Day, Spalbar unfurls tri-colour

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Along with the rest part of the country, the 66th Republic Day was celebrated at Leh’s historic polo-ground with pomp, gaiety, patriotic fervour and cultural displays today.

CEC LAHDC Leh Rigzin Spalbar unfurled the national tri-colour amidst the gathering of thousands of people, and parade contingent of police, paramilitary, NCC and school children.

Before that CEC hoisted the National flag at Council secretariat in presence of all the Executive Councillors, Councillors, DC, Leh, President District Congress Committee, Leh and the staff of Council.

Addressing the gathering at polo ground, CEC Rigzin Spalbar said that Republic Day is an occasion to feel pride for the Army, Navy and Air Force of our mighty country who guard our borders and congratulated Ladakh Scouts and ITBP personnel’s for safeguarding the borders of Ladakh.

He stressed that this occasion is a day to take commitment to serve our motherland and contribute our part of duty and responsibility for the development and progress of the nation.

Addressing the gathering at polo ground, CEC Rigzin Spalbar said that Republic Day is an occasion to feel pride for the Army, Navy and Air Force of our mighty country who guard our borders and congratulated Ladakh Scouts and ITBP personnel’s for safeguarding the borders of Ladakh.

He stressed that this occasion is a day to take commitment to serve our motherland and contribute our part of duty and responsibility for the development and progress of the nation.

Underlining the achievements of present council, CEC made a mention about the achievements and initiatives of all the departments of the present Council under Ladakh Vision Document 2025 and Ladakh Prospective Plan to lead Leh towards sustainable development.

Talking about employment opportunities to the youths in Ladakh, CEC said that presence of army and tourism industry in Ladakh provides major employment opportunities to the youths but because of their unpredictable nature, he stressed on the sustainable employment which can only be achieved through land based economy.

Detailing about the valuable natural resources of Ladakh, CEC made a mention of Pashmina, Seabuckthorn and horticulture produces which has an immense potential of generating revenue.

Kargil celebrates Republic Day amid harsh climate

Republic Day was celebrated here today at Kargil with immense patriotic fervor and gaiety.

Chairman and Chief Executive Councilor Haji Asgar Ali Karbalai unfurled the national tricolor at Khree Sultan Chow Sports Stadium and took salute at an impressive march pass comprising of the contingents of Jammu and Kashmir Police, NCC, Army and civil band parties besides a number of contingents of government and private educational institutions.

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Thousands of men and women thronged the stadium to witness the celebrations despite severe cold.

Addressing a mammoth gathering of the general public after hoisting the national flag Haji Asgar Ali Karbalai while congratulating the citizens on the 66th Republic Day recalled the supreme sacrifices of the national heroes who laid down their lives for the freedom and well being of the countrymen.

He urged upon the people to work in unity so as to uphold the principles of sovereignty and integrity, and to free the country from the menace of terrorism.

While highlighting the current developmental activities in Kargil District Karbalai said that the plan funds for the current year have been released which will speed up the pace of progress on developmental works.

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Karbalai urged upon the youth of Kargil to make the best use of their potentialities for the progress of the district, and thereby bring laurel to the district and the state. He assured that the present Council shall make all possible efforts to ensure the peace, prosperity and well being of the common people in the district.

He also appreciated the role of the soldiers in safeguarding the frontiers of the country especially in difficult and inhospitable conditions. He also lauded the role of Mechanical Division Kargil in keeping Zojila track open for vehicular traffic till 20th January this year.

Karbalai said that the Hill Council Kargil has taken up the issue of the blockade of Phuktal River at Zanskar with the State Governor as well as the Central Government who have assured speedy remedial measures in this regard, and a committee has already been constituted to deal with the problem.

Colorful cultural programmes were also presented on the occasion by the artists of J&K Cultural Academy and the children of government and private schools which mesmerized the public gathering and won huge rounds of applause. Later the chief guest also gave away prizes to the contingents, artists and school children who participated in the parade and cultural programme.

Among others who were present on the occasion included Executive Councilor Haji Muhammad Shafi, Executive Councilor Advocate Ghulam Amir, Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Sadiq Sheikh, Additional Superintendent of Police Jameel Ahmad, Brigade Commander 121 Infantry Brigade VPS Kaushik, councilors, senior civil and army officers, representatives of religious, social and political organizations and a large number of general public.

Republic Day was also celebrated at Drass, Sankoo, Zanskar, Chikten and Shargole.SDM Zanskar Ramesh Kumar Basotra hoisted the national flag at Padum Taxi Stand, SDM Drass Tsering Mutoop at Higher Secondary School Drass, SDM Sankoo Ajit Singh at Mini Stadium Sankoo, SDM Chiktan Chand Kishore Sharma at Chiktan Shagaran and Tehsildar Shargole Muhammad Sharif at Shargole Sub Division respectively.

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Colorful cultural programmes were also presented on the occasion and prizes were also distributed among the participants. Thousands of local men and women folk in their colorful traditional attire witnessed the celebrations.

Iraq ‘sleeper cells’ fight Islamic State group

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Hakim al-Zamili, the head of Iraqi parliament’s security and defense committee, confirms former police and soldiers are providing intel on locations of extremist group.

“Sleeper cells” made up of former Iraqi police officers and soldiers are tipping off authorities to Islamic State group positions in the northern city of Mosul.

The comments by Hakim al-Zamili, the head of parliament’s security and defense committee, are the first high-level confirmation of the groups’ existence after weeks of rumors. 

Their work remains incredibly dangerous as the Islamic State group has shut down mobile phone networks and regularly kills suspected government collaborators. However, their intelligence could prove invaluable as the US-led coalition steps up airstrikes around Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, to disrupt Islamic State group supply lines ahead of an expected operation later this year to take back the city from militants. 

“Those patriotic groups, some operate from inside the city of Mosul and others from the areas surrounding it, are now giving us information about the military preparations being made by Islamic State group in order to face any attack by government forces to retake the city,” al-Zamili said. 

The Islamic State group captured Mosul in August during its blitz across northern Iraq. The militants now hold about a third of both Iraq and neighboring Syria in its self-declared caliphate.

Many soldiers and police officers dropped their weapons and fled during the extremists’ initial offensive. Now, however, some have begun spying on behalf of the Iraqi government, al-Zamili said. Resentment among Mosul residents over all has grown as prices of most food staples have more than doubled, kerosene is in short supply and militants have banned alcohol and cigarettes.

In late November, the Islamic State group blocked all mobile phone networks in Mosul, accusing informants in the city of tipping off coalition and Iraqi forces to their whereabouts. The move caused chaos across Mosul. 

Typically, informants leave Mosul and head to higher altitudes to get a network signal so they can make calls, al-Zamili said. Their information then gets passed to Iraqi security commanders in charge of airstrikes and military operation in Nineveh province, the lawmaker said. So far, the information has not been shared with U.S.-led forces, he said. 

“We receive a lot of useful information from Mosulis who are becoming fed-up with the militants and this is the reason why the IS group blocked all mobile phone networks in the city,” he said.

In recent days, coalition airstrikes pounded at least two dozen locations around Mosul, destroying dozens of vehicles, buildings, fighting positions and insurgent units. The airstrikes, said one senior military official, are the start of a new phase, and military leaders are watching to see how the militants respond. The official was not authorized to discuss the operations publicly so spoke on condition of anonymity. 

Any offensive to retake Mosul likely remains months away. However, al-Zamili said the intelligence helps. To encourage others, he said Iraq’s parliament is considering laws to reinstate soldiers and police officers who served under former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein but have taken the “honorable stance” in cooperating with Iraqi authorities battling the Islamic State group.

How to Defeat Zionist Apartheid?

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The West created Israel under the pretext of protecting the “Holocaust survivors” and “creating a national home for the Jewish people” in order to take control of the Middle East and its much needed energy resources.

The good news is the Zionist regime has not only failed to get recognition and accomplish its mission, but also has become a costly base for the West. Efforts by the United States and Britain to arrange Saudi-sponsored peace conferences such as the Camp David, Madrid and Annapolis, also tag along the same agenda.

The point is that the Zionist regime never plays by the rules. They only follow one rule: protection of Zionist interests. The Zionist envoys, backed by Western powers, have on several occasions demonstrated that they never respect the international law and/or peace treaties. Also, they are never concerned about the international lines raised as a consequence, for the reason that they always get the lavish support from the West.

For instance, in 1979, Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat and Menachem Begin signed the Camp David Accords and the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty. Israel withdrew from the Sinai Peninsula and agreed to enter negotiations over autonomy for Palestinians across the Green Line, but the plan was never implemented.

Now the Arab world should appreciate that participation in similar events, such as the new peace talks process, instead of having a united stance to break the siege of the Gaza Strip, will serve as another attempt to recognize Israel, simply because the goal is to set up the much needed communication channels between Tel Aviv and the Arab and Muslim world for normalization of ties.

Peace talks conferences, with or without any accord, will be a strategic victory for the West and the Zionist regime, with more failures and more harm to the Palestinian cause, and the Palestinian and Arab rights. The participants of such bogus gatherings can be pretty much sure that the occupying regime will be the sole beneficiary.

Moreover, the Zionist regime will never commit itself to the implementation of any international treaty/resolution which might face up to its very existence/interests or care for the Palestinian rights – just as the way they have acted thus far in response to the UN resolutions and/or the Madrid and the Camp David treaties.

The best way is the one that has now been taken by the resistance and the new Palestinian unity government: Seeking justice at the International Criminal Court in The Hague and signing up to dozens of other international organizations and treaties such as the United Nations. They are also doing the right of thing by arming themselves against possible Israeli aggressions.

Indeed, they must defend their people against Israel’s apartheid and relentless colonization and violence, and not to negotiate with Israeli guns to Palestinian heads. They must formulate a national strategy to regain Palestinian rights enshrined in UN resolutions, and organize Palestinians and allies everywhere to struggle for it.

Last but not least, Palestinians should seek to emulate the success of the African National Congress that freed South Africans from apartheid by confronting and defeating injustice head-on – not seeking to accommodate it.