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AuT posts online tribute for the slain Indian IS jihadist, says report: Two days after reports of killing of Kalyan youth Arif Ejaz Majeed while fighting alongside the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, the Indian jihadist group Ansar ul-Tawhid (AuT) on August 28 has issued an online tribute to him, hailing his "martyrdom". In the Ansar al-Tawhid eulogy, addressed to "those who are searching for paradise", Arif is shown dressed in an Arab kaffiyeh, holding an assault rifle. The image, the first of Arif from the battlefield, was posted online on Twitter accounts and online fora linked to the Ansar ul-Tawhid. Financial Express, August 30, 2014.

Assam lost 157 lives in four decades in Assam-Nagaland border row, says Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain: A total of 157 people of Assam have died and 166 have been injured in incidents of violence in and around the areas of the State bordering Nagaland in the last 40 years. Only two Nagas have died during these incidents. The Golaghat District has borne the brunt of the violence, accounting for 131 deaths in nine clashes during 1977-2014. The Sivasagar District accounted for the maximum number of incidents of violence - 96 (from March 1972 to June 2014) resulting in 19 deaths. Assam Tribune, August 29, 2014.

77 civilians killed in violence in Assam in the first six months of current year, says Government report: The Centre has said that Assam has witnessed the maximum number of civilian casualties in violence in the past six months of current year. The State has witnessed the killing of as many as 77 civilians, which is the highest in the entire north-eastern region during the period. 43 extremists were also killed in violent incidents between January and June 2014. At least four security force personnel have also lost their lives during the period. Sentinel Assam, August 28, 2014.

HM spent INR 800 million in last 8 years on terror acts, says report: The Enforcement Directorate (ED, which has registered a case under provisions of the money laundering Act against Syed Salahuddin, chief of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), has found that HM spent INR 800 million in the last eight years for carrying out terror activities in the country. The case was earlier being investigated by the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) unit of the agency, has now been transferred to the ED headquarters in Delhi for further probe. Asian Age, August 28, 2014.

Several militant groups using NSCN-K facilities in Myanmar, says report: According to reports available to security agencies several militant groups, including the Independent faction of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA-I), are using the facilities of the Khaplang faction of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) in the Taga area of Myanmar.

Meanwhile, promising all possible support to India's fight against terrorism, Myanmar has said it will bust training camps of North East militant groups on its soil if India provides specific inputs about their existence. Asserting that his country will never allow any terror outfit to use its soil against India, Myanmar's Information Minister U Ye Htut said his government will cooperate "fully" with the new Indian government in cracking down on militant bases, if there was any. Sentinel Assam, August 29, 2014; Sangai Express, August 27, 2014

IS recruiting poor Muslims in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra and J&K, says report: Several central security agencies in India have indicated that that the Islamic State (IS) might be spreading its tentacles in India. Sources said that the terror outfit, which has already killed thousands in Iraq and Syria in a deadly pursuit to establish an Islamic Caliphate, is recruiting poor Muslims in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). Indian Republic, August 27, 2014.

India hands over list of 71 insurgent camps operating out of Bangladesh: India has handed over to Bangladesh a list of 71 camps of the Indian insurgent groups that still exists in the neighboring country. "We have handed over a list of 71 Indian insurgent camps which are still operating from the Bangladesh soil," said Director General of Border Security Force (BSF) DK Pathak after a four-day Border Coordination Conference with the Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) which concludes on August 24. Sentinel Assam, August 26, 2014.

IM and SIMI turning Chhattisgarh into terror hub, reveals NIA report: Investigation into the blasts at Narendra Modi's election rally in Patna (Bihar) on October 27, 2013, have revealed that Indian Mujahideen (IM) and Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) are trying to turn communally peaceful states such as Chhattisgarh into new hubs of terror activities. Chhattisgarh figures prominently in the charge sheet filed by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) in connection with the Patna bomb blasts. First Post, August 25, 2014.

First such prolonged standoff on IB after 1971 war, says Director General of BSF D. K. Pathak: The Border Security Force (BSF) on August 26 said that this was for the first time after 1971 Indo-Pak war that hostilities between the two countries along the International Border have entered such a prolonged spell and blamed Pakistan for not cooperating with them in defusing tension. "This is for the first time since 1971 war between the two neighbours that hostilities have prolonged to more than 45 days since first sniper shot was fired by Pakistan on the BSF post on July 16," said Director General of BSF, D. K. Pathak. Daily Excelsior, August 22, 2014.

Ansar ul-Tawhid fi Bilad al-Hind calls Indian Muslim to join global jihad, says report: Ansar-ut Tawhid fi Bilad al-Hind (AuT - Supporters of Monotheism in the Land of India) is calling Indian Muslims for global jihad and urging them to fight the democratically elected secular government. The terror group formed by Indians with an aim to 'highlight' the issue of government atrocities against Muslims in India and encourage Indian Muslims to join the ongoing Afghan or Syrian jihads and to carry out attacks inside India. Sahara Samay, August 22, 2014.

Government orders preparation of a new 'anti-Maoist doctrine' to wipe out Naxal menace: The Union Minister of Home Affairs Rajnath Singh ordered the preparation of a new 'anti-Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) doctrine' to codify government's policy for tackling the menace. The consent of all Maoist-affected States and the Union Cabinet will be sought on the same. Economic Times, August 22, 2014.

GoI urges Bangladesh to demolish North-East militant camps in Bangladesh: On August 20, Government of India (GoI) urged Bangladesh to demolish the camps operated by militant groups of the North-East. The request was made at the five-day meeting of Border Security Force and Border Guard Bangladesh Border Coordination Conference in New Delhi. Assam Tribune, August 22, 2014.

BSNL to set up 253 mobile towers in Maoist-affected regions of Odisha: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has decided to set up 253 mobile towers in Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist)-affected regions of Odisha. Sources said the Maoists blew up at least 60 towers in Odisha in the past five years. Times of India, August 22, 2014.

Ban on CPI-Maoist and seven of its bodies extended in Andhra Pradesh: Andhra Pradesh State Government under the State Public Security Act 1992 has extended ban on Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) and seven CPI-Maoist backed organisations for one more year. The organisations are: CPI-Maoist, Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF), Radical Youth League (RYL), Rythu Coolie Sangham (RCS), Radical Students Union (RSU), Singareni Karmika Samakhya (SIKASA), Viplava Karmika Samakhya (VIKASA) and All India Revolutionary Students Federation (AIRSF). The Hindu, August 22, 2014.

IM planned to send poisoned letters to kill targets, according to Delhi Police charge sheet: Suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives planned to send letters soaked with poison to kill its targets, Delhi Police claimed in a chargesheet filed on August 8, in a case relating to an illegal arms factory operated by the terror group in the National Capital. Police filed the charge sheet in a court in New Delhi against suspected IM operatives Tehsin Akhtar, Zia-ur-Rahman alias Waqas and three others, Mohammad Maroof, Waqar Azhar and Mohammad Saqib Ansari for allegedly setting up the illegal arms factory. Times of India, August 21, 2014.

Indians abducted by ISIS are "unharmed", says Ministry of External Affairs: Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on August 14 said that the Indians, including 39 construction workers, abducted by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants over two months ago in conflict-hit Mosul town of Iraq, are "unharmed". The MEA spokesperson said, "We have information from those who are in touch with the abducted Indians that they remain in custody and unharmed as of Tuesday (August 12) evening despite turmoil."Times of India, August 16, 2014.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi urges misguided youth to reject Naxalism: Prime Minister Narendra Modi while delivering the 68th Independence Day speech on August 15 invoked the example of Nepal to urge the misguided youth of India to renounce the path of violence. He appealed them to join the mainstream and opt for peace and brotherhood instead of Naxalism-[Left-Wing Extremism (LWE)]. Times of India, August 16, 2014.

Government of India advises Northeast States to solve border disputes: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju told Rajya Sabha (Upper house of Indian Parliament) that there are some issues relating to demarcation of boundaries between Assam-Nagaland, Assam-Arunachal Pradesh, Assam-Meghalaya and Assam-Mizoram. He stated that the Government of India has advised Assam, Meghalaya and Mizoram to settle the inter-State boundary disputes amicably. Assam Tribune, August 14, 2014.

1034 SF personnel killed in CPI-Maoist attack in last 5 years and seven months, informs Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju: 1,034 Security Force (SF) personnel were killed in Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) attacks in the last five years and seven months, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju informed Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Indian Parliament) on August 13. Out o these, 61 SFs were killed in CPI-Maoist attack in 2014 alone (till July 31). First Post, August 14, 2014.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemns Pakistan for proxy war against India: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 12 condemned Pakistan for its proxy war against India. Modi said Pakistan was incapable of fighting a conventional war and therefore has been resorting to terrorism. The PM said India is committed to strong and well-equipped army. Times of India, August 13, 2014.

'Government making all efforts on to arrest Dawood Ibrahim', asserts Union Minister of Home Affairs Rajnath Singh: Indian Government is making every effort to arrest fugitive Dawood Ibrahim, who is believed to be hiding in Pakistan, Union Minister of Home Affairs Rajnath Singh said on August 11. "We are trying to arrest him (Dawood). Wherever he is, we will arrest him. Any criminal evading justice should be brought to book. That was the effort of the previous government and it is the effort of our government too," he stated. Times Now, August 12, 2014.

United States puts HuM in its terror list, says report: The United States (US) put Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) and all its affiliates on a list of "foreign terrorist organisations" and "specially designated terrorists". In a statement issued in Washington, the US Treasury Department said that after international sanctions, HuM continued to work under various names. Dawn, August 8, 2014.

Over 130 civilians killed in Naxal violence so far in 2014, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju informs Rajya Sabha: Over 130 civilians and 61 Security Force (SF) personnel have been killed by the Naxals-[Left-Wing Extremists (LWEs)] between January and July 15, 2014, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju informed the Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Indian Parliament) on August 6. 38 LWEs were also killed during the same period, while a total of 630 Maoist-related violent incidents were reported across the affected states. A total of 809 Maoists were also arrested during the same period, the Minister added. Post Jagran, August 7, 2014.

North East violence on the wane states, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju informed the Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Indian Parliament) that violence in North East is on the wane. He told that the number of violent incidents has come down to 412 from 1489 in 2007 and killing of innocent civilians have come down to 102 from 498 during the same year. Assam Tribune, August 7, 2014.

49 Army personnel killed in counter insurgency operations in the last three years in J&K, says Union Defence Minister Arun Jaitley: Union Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on August 5 informed the Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Parliament) that 49 Army personnel were martyred in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) during counter insurgency operations in the last three years. Economic Times, August 6, 2014.

Women Maoist cadres sexually exploited, informs Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju: Instances of sexual exploitation of tribal women cadres by senior Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) leaders have been reported in various Naxal-[Left-Wing Extremism (LWE)]-affected states, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju informed the Lok Sabha (Lower House of Indian Parliament). He further said, "This has been widely reported in the media also from time to time. Such instances of sexual exploitation include rape, forced marriage and molestation by senior male CPI (Maoist) cadres. Times of India, August 6, 2014.

IM militants still conspiring terror acts in India, states NIA: National Investigation Agency (NIA) on August 1 told a special court that suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorists Tehsin Akhtar and Zia-ur-Rahman are "still conspiring" to carry out terror strikes at various prominent places in India especially the national capital Delhi. The conspiracy is being hatched with the aid of Pakistan-based handlers. New Indian Express, August 2, 2014.

ISIS flags appear twice in Kashmir Valley, says report: Masked Kashmiri youngsters were seen carrying Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) flags on at least two occasions in Srinagar: first outside the Jamia Masjid on July 11 and then on July 29, the day of Eid. The Jammu and Kashmir Police have so far been unable to arrest the masked men who held up the outfit's flags during the recent protests. Times of India, August 2, 2014.

[Source: SATP]

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Vol. 12 - No. 12


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