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Indonesian counterterrorism agents to investigate Marawi siege suspects

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Ismira Lutfia Tisnadibrata
Thu, 2017-11-09 03:00
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JAKARTA: Indonesia has sent five special counterterrorism agents to the Philippines on Tuesday to investigate the two Indonesians arrested last week in connection with the siege of Marawi by the Daesh-backed Maute group.
Indonesian National Police spokesman Inspector General Setyo Wasisto said the five-member delegation from Densus 88, the counterterrorism squad, will coordinate with its Philippine counterparts to seek access to Muhammad Ilham Syahputra, the Indonesian militant who fought alongside the Maute group in Marawi and was arrested on Nov. 1, and Minhati Madrais, the wife of slain Maute group leader Omarkhayam Maute who was arrested on Sunday in Iligan city, northern Mindanao.
“We want to gain more information from them regarding their roles, especially Ilham Syahputra. He was reported dead in May but now, apparently, he is still alive,” Wasisto told Arab News.
Lalu Muhammad Iqbal, the director for protection of Indonesian nationals abroad, said representatives from the Indonesian Embassy in Manila had been granted access to Syahputra and were verifying his nationality using a biometric facial recognition system.
“It’s going to take a while to verify. We can’t identify him using his fingerprints as the skin on his fingertips is damaged,” Iqbal told Arab News.
He said that Jakarta received information from Manila earlier this year that a passport bearing Syahputra’s identity was found next to a militant’s body which led to the belief that he was dead.
“According to the Philippines authority, he entered the Philippines in January but never left. So it is unlikely that he would have a new identity or a new passport, otherwise he would have been recorded to have applied for a new one in our embassy,” Iqbal said.
He added that embassy officials had also been granted access to Madrais and were checking if she had applied for Philippines citizenship since her Indonesian passport expired in January.
The siege of Marawi ended when leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omarkhayam Maute were shot dead as troops launched an assault to rescue hostages.
Wasisto said the police, Indonesia’s National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) and the immigration office were continuing to monitor the possible returns of Indonesians who fought alongside Daesh in Iraq and Syria, and with the Maute group in the Philippines.
He said the authorities maintained a watchlist of individuals who went to Syria or the Philippines and were suspected to have fought as foreign militants there.
“The problem is that we can’t prosecute them with our counterterrorism law, since it lacks the provisions to criminalize those who act and support terrorism acitivities abroad. Maybe, though, we can still prosecute them under other laws,” Wasisto said.
Lawmakers are in the process of amending the law and a proposed provision has been debated which would strip those who commit terror acts abroad of their Indonesian citizenship.
Irfan Idris, a senior official in charge of the deradicalization program at BNPT, told Arab News that those returnees would be ”enrolled in a socialization program.”
In September, the BNPT released a 12-minute video featuring testimonies of eight Indonesians, out of 18, who returned from Syria after escaping Daesh in June. In the video, the returnees recount their horror and disappointment during their stay in Raqqa for two years, which they said was a stark contrast to the promises they had been made.
“We continue to receive information from various channels about the movement of Indonesian nationals in Syria,” Iqbal said. “We have not had new returnees from Turkey for some time and we haven’t received information of an outflux of Indonesians from Raqqa lately.”

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Mattis heads to NATO for key talks on ME, Afghan crisis

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Wed, 2017-11-08 06:01
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BRUSSELS: With Daesh crumbling in Iraq and Syria, Afghanistan mired in crisis and Russia looming large, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has plenty of pressing issues to tackle with NATO allies this week.
The Pentagon chief arrived at the alliance’s Brussels headquarters Wednesday for two days of talks with fellow NATO defense ministers and a separate meeting with partners from the coalition fighting Daesh in the Middle East, where the militants continue to lose territory.
The North Korean nuclear crisis and efforts to revamp NATO to help it better combat the rising threat from Russia will also be high on the agenda.
As he flew to Europe, Mattis told reporters that coalition partners are looking to the US for a clear plan about what follows the physical defeat of Daesh.
“Maybe three-quarters of the questions I am getting asked now is (about) going forward. It’s not about are we going to be able to stop ISIS (Daesh), are we going to be able to overcome ISIS. They are now saying: ‘What’s next? How is it looking?’” Mattis said.
Following back-to-back losses, including of their Syrian and Iraqi strongholds of Raqqa and Mosul, Daesh are down to defending their last holdouts along the Euphrates River valley.
America’s military involvement in Syria has until now been focused solely on fighting Daesh, but with the militants on the ropes, Washington must articulate its longer-term interests and what role, if any, US forces will play in Syria.
Mattis supports a UN-backed effort in Geneva, which has run in parallel to a Russian and Iranian-led process, to reach a diplomatic solution.
America has armed and trained Kurdish and Syrian Arab fighters who are battling Daesh on the ground, but the weapons provided to the Kurdish YPG are a source of huge angst for NATO ally Turkey, which views the group as terrorists.
Mattis declined to say whether the US would be asking for those weapons back, though Washington has previously said it keeps tabs on the equipment. Mattis will meet his Turkish counterpart at NATO to discuss ongoing concerns.
NATO has been in Afghanistan since the US-led invasion in late 2001 to dislodge the Taliban in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Despite a 16-year war and hundreds of billions of dollars in investment in Afghan institutions and security forces, the country remains beset by corruption and an ongoing security crisis that is killing thousands of local soldiers and civilians each year.
NATO will boost its training mission to the local troops from around 13,000 troops to around 16,000, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday.
According to diplomatic sources, the US would contribute around 2,800 troops, while other NATO allies and partner countries would supply around 700 more.
On North Korea, Mattis said he has received calls from EU leaders concerned about the recent escalation in tensions, following Pyongyang’s sixth nuclear test — and its most powerful to date.
He arrives in Brussels from Helsinki, where he attended a forum called the Northern Group, a little-known meeting of northern European nations focusing on the continent’s military and security challenges, particularly from Russia.
Moscow frequently sends warplanes into the skies around the Baltics and Europe remains anxious about Russia’s military intentions, especially after the 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.
Mattis’s initial visits to Europe and NATO were overshadowed by doubts among allies, nervous about President Donald Trump’s campaign statements that he thought NATO was “obsolete.”

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Gunmen kill 11 traders in central Nigeria

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AFP
Wed, 2017-11-08 15:08
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JOS, Nigeria: Gunmen have killed at least 11 traders in central Nigeria, police said Wednesday, in the latest violence in the region, which has been hit by decades of ethnic and sectarian strife.
The traders were returning from a rural market in the Riyom district of Plateau state when they were ambushed by “unknown assailants” on Tuesday, said police spokesman Tyopev Terna.
“Eleven people who were returning from a weekly village market in Makera village were shot dead at about 7:30 p.m. (1830 GMT) yesterday,” he told AFP.
Four other traders were injured in the attack, which happened some 30 km south of the state capital, Jos, he added.
An investigation has been launched to establish the motive for the attack and to identify the victims, who are believed to be from the Fulani ethnic group.
Plateau state lies in Nigeria’s so-called Middle Belt that separates the predominantly Muslim north from the largely Christian south.
It has long been a hotbed of ethnic, sectarian and religious tensions between indigenous Christian farming communities and the Muslim settler Hausa/Fulani cattle herders.
Tensions typically boil over into tit-for-tat violence over access to land and resources, and the struggle for political control.
Nura Abdullahi, head of cattle herders union in Plateau, said: “We don’t have an idea who the victims were and whether the attack was ethnically motivated or the work of bandits who abound in the area. “It is too early to draw any conclusion.”
Riyom district has been hit by waves of violence between farmers and herders.
Last month, two people were killed in Jol village in the area after a young herder’s body was found nearby. The cattle drivers were blamed.
At least 29 were killed in an attack targeting people sheltered in a rural primary school in nearby Bassa district.
The attack was apparently in revenge for the death of six Fulani herders who were killed by unidentified assailants in the area.

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A little more hedging on the corporate rate cut

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House speaker Ryan comments
There is more hedging on the corporate rate cut
US House Speaker Ryan is on the newswires saying:
The problem with the tax reform is the threat of larger deficits before the potential growth from such measures. Plus it is no…

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Shell To Hand Over Majnoon Stake To Iraq’s Basra Oil By 2018

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After months of negotiations, Shell has agreed to hand over its stake in Iraq’s large Majnoon oil field to state-held Basra Oil Company by the end of the first half next year, two officials close to the talks told Reuters on Wednesday. At the Majnoon oilfield near Basra in southern Iraq, Shell is currently the operator and holder of a 45 percent stake, with Malaysia’s Petronas owning 30 percent, and Iraq’s Missan Oil Company holding the remaining 25 percent. The oilfield started production in 2014 and now produces an average of…

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Forex technical analysis: USDJPY tries to push the downside.

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Can the sellers keep the pressure on the USDJPY
Over the last 13 trading days, the USDJPY has traded mostly between 113.51-58 on the downside and 114.39-44 on the topside. Yes, there has been breaks. On the downside (see red area), there have been 3 br…The post Forex technical analysis: USDJPY tries to push the downside. appeared first on Forex news forex trade.The post Forex technical analysis: USDJPY tries to push the downside. appeared first on forex-4you.com, الفوركس بالنسبة لك.
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Elliott waves for Forex correlation analysis – We’re short

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EURUSD – Up Wave Analysis: Euro continues to drop in price perfectly as previously forecasted and could drop even further. As long as the price remains below 1.1672, we expect a possible extension of the impulsive wave (C) to the lower side but should …The post Elliott waves for Forex correlation analysis – We’re short appeared first on Forex news – Binary options.
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EURUSD trades to session lows at London fixing

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Looking to break below he 1.1573-80 area
Into the 4 PM London fixing, the EURUSD has moved to new session lows.  The range is now up to 32 pips for the day (up from 28). Moreover the pair is looking to test the swing lows from October 27 and Novem…

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Elliott waves for Forex correlation analysis – We’re short

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EURUSD – Up Wave Analysis: Euro continues to drop in price perfectly as previously forecasted and could drop even further. As long as the price remains below 1.1672, we expect a possible extension of the impulsive wave (C) to the lower side but should …The post Elliott waves for Forex correlation analysis – We’re short appeared first on Forex news – Binary options.
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Trump urged Mike Pompeo to discuss alternative DNC breach theory with Russian hack skeptic

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President Trump urged CIA Director Mike Pompeo to meet with a retired National Security Agency analyst who co-wrote a disputed report challenging the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment regarding Russia’s role in last year&amp…The post Trump urged Mike Pompeo to discuss alternative DNC breach theory with Russian hack skeptic appeared first on bitcoinmining.shop.The post Trump urged Mike Pompeo to discuss alternative DNC breach theory with Russian hack skeptic appeared first on aroundworld24.com.
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