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Dr Kaukab Siddique | Editor-in-Chief Sh'aban 18,1429/ August 20, 2008, #45

See a powerful and insightful report on Dr. Aafia Siddiqui in the next issue published by al-Istiqamah.

Press Release on the International Baltimore Conference: From Imam Badi Ali, North Carolina:

It was an extremely successful conference considering Jamaat al-Muslimeen's resources and lack of media support. A new direction is now available to the Muslims of America. Coalitions are emerging which which will change, inshallah, the humiliating position in which Muslims of America had been placed. The conference showed that truth and integrity has survived among those who want genuine peace. Each person in the conference represented the aspirations of entire communities and groups. Once more it has been proven that numbers do not count: human quality, knowledge and understanding based on worship of the Creator are essential. Remember that few were with the messenger of Allah, peace be on him, in Makka. Later too, the forces of Islam were always heavily outnumbered. Once Umar ibn al-Khattab, r.a., sent two people to help his forces and said that these two are equal to two thousand. We thank all those who came as well as others who are showing support even though they have fear in them. Inshallah, Islam in America will win the hearts and souls of those who want a better America.

Glimpses of International Islamic Conference for Peace and Awareness Preliminary Report

Star Studded Conference Signals Historic Change in American Muslim Initiatives for Peace
Zionist Control and Manipulation of American Power Structure for War Exposed Analytically

Baltimore, Maryland: August 16, 2008: Who could have thought that major forces for peace would emerge under the banner of Islam in America.

The tone for the conference was set the day before by Imam Warith Deen Umar in a wide ranging Friday Khutba in which he combined knowledge of Qur'an and Hadith with scientific information to invite Muslims to choose a path which is that self-awareness, struggle and integrity. The almost hour long khutba should be distributed countrywide to awaken the Muslim ummah. It is hard hitting, informative and sunnah-oriented.

Following the khutba, Qari Ehsanullah, from Islamabad, Pakistan, taught faith, worship and inner harmony in touching words of piety and spirituality.

The apex of the conference was the speech of Ramsey Clark, leader of the anti-war movement in America who initiated a campaign to impeach President George Bush. Mr. Clark is known for his moral courage and legal acumen. His defense of Dr. Omar 'Abdel Rahman, President Saddam Hussain, the Ikhwan in Egypt, and many oppressed people in South America, has marked him out as a giant of the peace movement, standing for the Rule of Law. He spoke for more than an hour and responded to a range of questions. Very briefly he trashed the U.S. defense of the Georgian government, a regime which the U.S. helped install. About Afghanistan, he said NATO is violating international law. It has occupied an entire country on the excuse of finding half a dozen opponents

Two major presentations were made:

The first by Mark Weber, Director of the Institute of Historical Research [IHR] His paper, thoroughly documented and unanswerable in its argumentation was titled: "Consequences of the U.S. alliance with Israel for America and the world." He spoke to an attentive audience for over an hour. He noted that some of the best minds in America have seen serious harm in Israeli manipulation and control of this great nation. The Iraq war was basically an Israeli-Jewish program. [For more on Mr. Weber's work, see ]

The second major presentation was by Dr. Hesham Tillawi, Director Current Events TV, on the subject of "Islam and the Media after 9.11." Dr. Hesham mixed Palestinian style humor with his cutting edge criticism of the way war is presented to the American public on TV. His report included scathing analysis of the way many Muslims go crawling to the American-Zionist power structure. [For more of Dr. Hesham's amazing work see ]

In a conference featuring the unusual and the "out of the box" presentations, some the most resounding points were scored by two followers of Jesus [peace be on him]: Charles Carlson and Mark Glenn.
Carlson used power point to present a report titled: "unraveling Christian Zionism's Roots." His devastating criticism of Christian Zionism included illustrations of the Jewish commentary inserted into the Bible to justify the occupation of Palestine. He debunked the term "judeo-christian" as a contradiction in terms. Mr. Carlson and his friends travel far and wide to churches controlled by Christian Zionists and try to educate the people. He was the first Christian leader to discover that the "Slavery in Sudan" story was a fake. [See ]

Mark Glenn's topic was "Islamic 'extremism' may Save Western Civilization." Note that the word 'extremism' is within quotes. He said that America has abandoned the original teachings of Jesus [pbuh] and has espoused the most shameful sins of paganism. The stern Islamic resistance to the rampant corruption of America is a blessing for true Christians. Mr. Glenn thinks that very little of genuine Christianity has survived in America owing to the steady attack on Christian values by Zionist-Jewish media. Mr. Glenn is the father of many children and notices with horror the daily attack on family values and on the sacred teachings of Jesus. [For more on Mark Glenn's work, see .]

RACISM was a major topic in the conference. Dr. Abdulalim Shabazz led the way by dissecting the roots of war in the soil of racism. A Distinguished Professor of Mathematics with an Endowed Chair at Grambling University [Louisiana], Dr. Shabazz has influenced two generations of African-American intellectuals with his understanding of Race as a key factor in conflict. Racism leads to constant war against "inferior" people and is a major factor in the genocidal actions of U.S. troops in Iraq, he says. [For Dr. Shabazz' educational theories see: ]

Racism is connected with the "War in the Cities" of America. Ms. Murphy Browne, from Toronto, spoke of police brutality, drugs and crime in seemingly affluent Canada. She has taken numerous initiatives to mobilize her own community [of African descent from Guyana] as well as oppressed people in general living in Toronto. Ms. Browne's presence in the conference proved very inspiring for the participants. She is very sympathetic to Muslims and dresses like a Muslim.


Imam Jamil al-Amin's representative, Br. Masai Ehehasi, from Newark, New Jersey, brought a message of struggle and activism to the Islamic Conference. Imam Jamil's arrest and conviction on fake evidence has undermined peace and stability in America's Black and Muslim communities. The speaker himself was arrested when he was part of the Black Panther Party and imprisoned for 13 years during which he embraced Islam. Black opposition to the American power structure has received steady repression from the regime for decades which is usually ignored by the international community. The community of Imam Jamil is very strong and uncompromising in its struggle for the rights of oppressed people.

The Islamic Political Party of America [IPPA] had several representatives at the conference. IPPA's message was delivered by Dr. Suhir Ahmed, National Coordinator, in complete hijab. She spoke of the Federal Government's attempts to implement "terrorist" profiling, targeting Muslims, Arabs and other racial and ethnic groups. IPPA is calling for organizations and individuals to form a coalition that will open a forum to address government and congressional officials on profiling which damages constitutional and civil rights. [For more, see ]

Jamaat al-Muslimeen Activist Abu Talib from Brooklyn, New York set up a literature table at the conference to emphasize support for the cause of Karrim Ibraheem from Trinidad and the two Muslims from Guyana who are being tried in the fake JFK "terrorism" case which has sent shock waves through the Shi'a community of Trinidad and the Sunnis in Guyana. [Letters of support should be sent to: Karrim Ibraheem #6465705, Nassau County Correctional Center, 100 Carmen Ave., East Meadow, New York 11554.]

Sis. Nadia Auxila and supporters of Al-Mumtahinah organization which helps homeless women made their presence felt with a very active table. This organization is doing solid work to help women. Sis. Nadia's husband Br. Abdul Haqq is a grassroots activist. Sis. Nadia, herself homeless once, gives a strong Islamic message with her full hijab and niqab.


Masoud Khan was sentenced to 90 years in prison, life in prison, though he has never been an opponent of the U.S. He was punished because the U.S. has become an ally of India which occupies Kashmir. His mother, sis. Bilquis stood up in the historic August 16 conference to explain in detail the games the U.S. "justice" system played to put this innocent devout Muslim in prison. The mother was articulate and systematic in her presentation. Great sorrow permeated the gathering as she spoke wrapped in Pakistani style islamic clothing. All Muslims are urged by Jamaat al-Muslimeen to study Masoud's case and call for his unconditional release from prison. [When the family residence was raided by the FBI, the officer bursting in was wearing the Israeli flag on his lapel.] [For details of the case, see: ]

SPIRITUAL AURA of the Conference: Christians and Jews should know Muhammad, pbuh, and accept him.

The conference began with recitation of the Qu'ran, sura al-Balad [chapter 90 of the Qur'an] by Maulana Qari Muhammad Ehsanullah, followed by English translation read by a revert to Islam and commentary by Dr. Kaukab Siddique

In his Urdu language speech on Tawheed [oneness of Allah], Qari Ehsanullah said that the root of all true religion is the acceptance of the ONE God Allah. Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad [peace be on them] all taught the Oneness of Allah. Muslims accept Abraham, Moses and Jesus and see the completion and culmination of their teachings in the mission of Muhammad, pbuh. Maulana Ehsanullah said that Islam does not teach war against any religion. The conflict arises because many non-Muslims do not know Muhammad, pbuh, and do not accept him.
Maulana Ehsanullah said that Islam cannot be defeated by any power on earth because it brings the truth. A true Muslim, he said, would rather die than bow before the forces of corruption and worldly power. [The speech was translated into English]

Jamaat al-Muslimeen Awarded three Presenters with Symbolic Plaques

To Ramsey Clark

From Jamaat al-Muslimeen

For Unequalled Service to Justice & Humanity

and for Moral Courage beyond Measure


To Mark Glenn
From Jamaat al-Muslimeen
For Islamic-Christian Alliance
& for Speaking Truly against Zionism

To Charles Carlson
From Jamaat al-Muslimeen
For Scholarship & Courage
and for honest research
8.16. 2008

A little about Dr. Siddique's role in the Conference.
Almost the entire conference was presided over by Dr. Kaukab siddique. Segments were chaired by Imam Warith Deen Umar and ohers.
Dr. Siddique also made a presentation about Mass Culture and Muslim Youth. He said that unless Muslims understand how mass culture works, they'll continue to be surprised and shocked that their youths are going astray in spite of prayers and fasting.

In the mid point of the conference, Dr. Siddique was interviewed LIVE by Dr. Wilmer Leon of the "On with Leon" Show which is heard all over the country on XM Radio.

High praise for Dr. Siddique came from a Christian speaker in front of the entire audience. He had visited three mosques in the Detroit area where he met Muslims who told him that they know Dr. Siddique and that he cannot be "bought."

Jamaat al-Muslimeen Resolutions connected to the International Islamic Conference

1. Muslims of America should unite on the basis of the Quran and the authentic Hadith of Prophet Muhammad, pbuh. There is no other Islamic way to unity. The Unity of immigrants and indigenous, men and women, interracial groups and ethnicities, has to have an Islamic basis to be effective.

2. All Muslim political prisoners should be released. These victims of Zionist control of the Justice system have committed no crime and their trials were bogus. Imam Jamil al-Amin, Dr. Omar 'Abdel Rahman, Prof. Sami al-Arian, Dr. Ali Tamimi , Dr. Afia Siddiqui, Ahmed 'Abdel Sattar, Dr. Kifah al-Jayyousi, Masoud Khan, Momin Khawaja, Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan, Jose Padilla, Karrim Ibraheem of Trinidad along with all the innocents of Guantanamo Bay, Iraq, Palestine and Afghanistan who number in the tens of thousands should be released. Pharoah, let my people go!

3. The occupation of Palestine by Israel is the central cause of war around the world. We urge the people of Palestine to unite against the so-called "two-state solution." Weakened by their factionalism, the Palestinians are being targeted by the Israelis who are making inroads into Palestinian ranks, killing some directly, imprisoning others, and making the rest fight each other. Palestine is not a narrow national issue. It belongs to the entire world of Islam and to the freedom loving people of the world.

4. We hail the emerging unity between Syria and Lebanon as well as between the Salafis and Hizbullah within Lebanon. This should be a good example for the people of Iraq.

5. Georgia was created as another "Israel" on the border of Russia. The quick defeat of Georgia is related to its fake existence as a state based on support from the U.S. and Israel. Georgia became a gathering place for Jewish groups from the defunct USSR. USA and EU are deliberately provoking Russia by trying to include it in NATO. This is a kind of cold war all over again.

6. All occupation armies should be withdrawn to open the way to international peace. In particular American forces should be withdrawn from Iraq, NATO forces from Afghanistan, Ethiopian forces from Somalia, Indian forces from Kashmir and Russian forces from Chechnia. Self-determination of the Muslim populations of these nations based upon Islam can only become real once the occupation ends.

7. We condemn the new tragedy enacted by the Pakistani army in Bajaur where within the last 9 days more than 200,000 people have been forced to leave their homes and hundreds killed by armored columns and helicopter gunships of the U.S. armed and backed mercenary forces of the new Pakistani military commander.

8. We congratulate the Islamic movement in Pakistan on the resignation of General Musharraf. The constant activism and mobilization of Islamic groups cooped up CIA's agent and finally forced America to replace the General with new faces. In particular, we hail the efforts of Jamaate Islami Pakistan and the sacrifices of Lal Masjid-Jamia Hafsa and the Islamic resistance in the northern areas of Pakistan which made Musharraf a failure

9. We hail the renewed mass uprising of the Kashmiri people. We condemn the Indian police shootings of unarmed people and in particular the Indian murder of Sheikh Abdul Aziz

War News: With thanks to "Malangababa"

Mass Expulsion in Pakistan: In the Shadow of the Caucasus Crisis
by Knut Mellenthin
August 15, 2008
Russia's response to the Georgian aggression against South Ossetia has been the central theme of the media for a week, and it's scarcely noticed that the human tragedy in northwest Pakistan will probably be of no less great political significance. On Friday, the ninth day of a punitive military expedition against Bajaur Agency in the so-called tribal areas, over 100,000 people were seeking refuge. No one knows the exact number, which reflects the fact that there is no organized aid for refugees. An English-language Pakistani newspaper, The News, said on Friday that "several hundred thousands" were fleeing. News agencies reported that, according to the Governor of the North-West Frontier Province, into whose capital Peshawar tens of thousands fled, the number is about 219,000.

Many had to leave all their possessions behind, because the "security forces," in their campaign against suspected insurgents, repeatedly used heavy artillery, helicopters, and fighter planes against villages. In addition, there are systematic expulsions. Leaflets are dropped from helicopters, calling on people to immediately vacate certain areas. The leaflets contain detailed instructions about how to behave, any failure to comply with which carries the risk of lethal attacks by the "security forces": No vehicle movements after sunset. Cars may not be parked under trees, or in the shade. Upon seeing a helicopter, all refugees must come out of their vehicles with their hands up. Those who don't receive leaflets or cannot read -- a majority of the population in the area -- are in mortal danger. Air raids on refugee convoys are not uncommon. Many families are fleeing on foot. Those who were expelled or have simply fled are not supplied with food and medical care. Tens of thousands have to sleep outdoors.

Bajaur is one of many districts in which such punitive expeditions have taken place in recent months. The "security forces" had already similarly wreaked havoc in Swat and Hangu before, outside the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, in the North-West Frontier Province. As the Pakistani media reported on Friday, now thousands are fleeing from Mohmand Agency, on the southern border of Bajaur. which it is suspected the "security forces" will strike next.

These military actions cannot be called appropriate or effective even for the purpose of the US/NATO counter-insurgency campaign. Their function is essentially to demonstrate to Washington, which is more and more aggressively putting pressure on Islamabad, that things are under control and there is no reason for a US intervention in Pakistan.

The original article in German appears in junge Welt on 16 August 2008. Translation by Yoshie Furuhashi.

Montreal Perspectives
By Jalaluddin S. Hussain

Police Shooting in Montreal leads to Protests and Riots+ Algerian Abdelkader Belaouni, an Extraordinary Immigrant

Yet another defeat for "mighty and invincible" (really a myth!) Israel, in Georgia. The whole world knows that the Georgian army was heavily trained by the Zionists and the Americans. The Russian bear has badly mauled the Western-trained Georgian army!

Georgia took the initiative of provoking the Russians in South Ossetia. Now the Georgian President Saakashvili is licking his wounds. How ironical!, At one time a Georgian son, by the name of Joseph Stalin, once the all-powerful dictator of Soviet Union, was thinking of brinigning about an international communist revolution and today the Russian bear himself is dancing very near the capital Tiblisi and no Georgian army personnel dare to come even near him! I hope against hope that as the Zionists were defeated in Lebanon, Gaza Strip and Georgia, the Americans will also be humiliated in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The important question is, can a Black President Obama decide that enough is enough and call quits in both the theatres of war, in which thousands of innocent civilians have already been killed, on the altar of the only super-power's ego and strategic interests.

On Saturday August 9, 2008, Fredy Villaneuva age 18, was killed by police with three bullets, in the Montreal North. The family members of Fredy are still asking: Was it necessary? He was a young boy who did not even start his life. The shooting sparked a riot in which many properties and vehicles were set on fire. It is hoped that the details from a provincial police investigation, underway, will come up with the solutions, so that such racially-motivated shootings do not take place again, in future. It is a promising sign that as a result of this tragedy a community collective group by the name of Solidarity Montreal North, has been formed comprising of 22 local organizations, including youth groups, health and social service agences and local police officers. The mission of this collective group is to remind people of the existing social services available in Montreal and also to urge the residents of Montreal North, to rise above the neighbourhood's image which has been tarnished by reports of troubled youth, gangs and crime.

The Montreal tabloid, Journal de Montreal, has recently over-emphasised this image by calling the Montreal North as "Bronx of New York"! Perhaps, this tabloid has gone too far in comaprison. Why not this newspaper frankly admit that poverty, unemplyment and racial discrimination were also are some of the reasons for August 09, social chaos and riot?

The Algerian Abdelkader Belaouni, an enthusiastic community worker, but one who has not been granted a regular immigrant status so far, has been cloistered in St. Gabriel's Church, in the Point St. Charles region of Montreal, since January 2006. Kader's journey to this haven was a long and difficult one, which in fact began when he fled Algeria's brutal civil war almost twelve years ago. As a blind man suffering from diabetes, this young-at-heart 37- year-old has somehow managed to strike roots in this poverty-stricken run-down community of Point St. Charles. Although, he has applied for permanent resident status in Canada, he has been refused on the flimsy grounds that he is not married and has no job! The Canadian immigration authorities have not taken into consideration the fact that Kader has a strong network of friends and supporters and that he has been refused employment only because he was blind! More information about Kader can be had by going to .

On August 9 and 10, a support group for Kader, called "Artists for Kader", organized a mural project. More than 50 supporters of Kader got together on the grounds of this Church, to participate in in various workshops and mural paintings. The participants were entertained to live music while the tiny tots were kept busy in kids' activities.

The green 8-page brochure says it all. It starts with an impressive quotation: "I don't know much about States and borders . All I know is that world is round and that unlike trees which have roots, people have feet for walking". This quote clearly explains the "No One Is Illegal": philosophy of a local organization, which supports Kader, besides many other community,collective and actvists' organizations, of this city. A bilingual poem on page 2 of this brochure entitled, "I do not agree/je ne suis pas d'accord", authored by Kader himself, very well sums up his inner state of mind.

Under the heading, "Artists for Kader", the background for the Mural Project is explained as follows. The mural is being created to support Kader as someone whose story is representative of migration in the 21st. century, who has struggled against dehumanising bureaucracy to be treated with dignity and respect". Kader has inspired a broad network of support and resistance. He has refused to be crushed by two and a half years of imprisonment. It is remarkable that he has gone through deportation-defiance struggle as an artist himself. Besides being a sensitive and passionalte poet, Kader conducts a regular monthly program for the local FM radio-CKUT.

Kashmir: Mass Popular Uprising after Indian Atrocities
August 16. With thanks to Dawa report

SRINAGAR - Tens of thousands of Muslims marched in India's part of Kashmir on Saturday in honor of a prominent separatist leader killed in a recent wave of violence that has rocked the volatile Himalayan region.

The streets were a sea of black protest flags and Islamic green flags as demonstrators filled Srinagar, the region's main city, and headed south to the hometown of Sheikh Abdul Aziz. Aziz, the leader of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, was shot Monday by police firing into a crowd of protesters.

On Saturday, security forces kept their distance from the demonstrators to avoid provoking another deadly clash.

The protesters were heading to Aziz's hometown of Pampur, nine miles south of Srinagar.
The march comes a day after the India's Independence Day holiday, which Kashmir observed as a "black day" by burning Indian flags and effigies of Indian soldiers.

More than six weeks of unrest in Indian-administered Kashmir has pitted the region's Muslim majority against its Hindu minority and left at least 34 people dead, many of them protesters shot during violent clashes with police and soldiers.

Villages have been attacked, police stations torched and, in at least one town, security forces were ordered to shoot on sight any protesters violating the curfew.

The crisis began in June with a dispute over land near a Hindu shrine. The Hindu minority was angered when the state government reversed a decision to give 99 acres of land to a Hindu trust to build facilities for pilgrims near the shrine. Muslims had complained that the gift of land was actually a settlement plan meant to alter the religious balance in the region.

The spiraling unrest has unleashed pent-up tensions between Kashmir's Muslims and Hindus and threatened to snap the bonds between India and its only Muslim-majority state.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called Friday for an end to the protests and violence, saying "all issues can be resolved only through dialogue and peaceful means."

Singh's call was promptly dismissed by a key Kashmiri separatist leader, Mirwaiz Omer Farooq, who said the protests symbolize the "total rejection of India's rule in Kashmir."

There is a long history of separatist movements in Kashmir, which has been divided between India and Pakistan since 1948. Most were peaceful until 1989, when [the current freedom movement began].

The rebellion has so far killed an estimated 68,000 people. (More than a 100,000 Kashmiris have been killed by Indian troops according to the Kashmiris) India accuses Pakistan of aiding Kashmiri freedom fighters - a charge Pakistan denies.

India and Pakistan gained independence when the departing British colonizers split the subcontinent in 1947, sparking one of the most violent upheavals of the 20th century and creating a rivalry that has led to three wars, two of them over Kashmir.

General Musharraf trying to Save his Skin through Resignation: He Must not be Allowed to Flee, Says Jamaate Islami Leader

LAHORE, Aug 18: Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Qazi Hussain Ahmad has welcomed the resignation of president Gen Pervez Musharraf and demanded of the ruling coalition to immediately restore the independent judiciary as on Nov 2, 07 and dismiss PCO judges.

In a statement issued by JI Media Cell on Monday, Qazi Hussain Ahmad said instead of providing safe passage to Gen Musharraf, he should have been tried in court and punished for a long list of crimes he had committed during his reign.

Qazi demanded that national hero Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan should be immediately released, all the pro-American policies of Gen Musharraf should be rolled back, military operation in tribal areas and Balochistan should be stopped and the issues should be solved through dialogue.

JI secretary general Syed Munawar Hasan said Gen Musharraf's resignation is an effort to save his skin and escape from facing the trial of all the crimes he had committed. He demanded that Musharraf must be tried under Article 6 of the constitution for twice breaching the constitution, in order to set a precedent so that no military adventurer could dare repeat such an act in future. He demanded that Musharraf's name should be immediately placed in ECL to block his way of fleeing the country.

Munawar said NRO is one of the blackest of the deeds of Gen Musharraf and also a stigma on the face of Pakistanis which should also be done away with.

Munawar also demanded immediate release of Dr Qadeer Khan and restoration of judges through an executive order.

JI Deputy secretary general Dr Farid Paracha said the resignation of dictator should not be any cause of celebrations since the nation wants to see the criminal of thousands of deaths in military operations in Balochistan, Tribal Areas, Jamia Hafsa, Karachi, and destroyer of parliament, judiciary and constitution to be hanged publicly.

In a statement, Dr Paracha warned that providing safe passage to Gen Musharraf should be deemed as accomplices in all of his crimes. He said the helpless resignation of Gen Musharraf should serve as eye opener for those who deem themselves as absolutely powerful, indispensable and invincible.

Musharraf's resignation not sufficient, must be tried - Hafiz Saeed
19-Aug-2008, 16th Shabaan, 1429

Ameer, Jama't-ud-Da'wah Pakistan, Prof. Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, while addressing a press conference at the Karachi Press Club said, it does not suffice that Musharraf has resigned and he should be tried in accordance with the law. He said the ruling coalition must bring about change in Musharraf's policies after his ouster, and said Musharraf's policies were responsible for all the current acts of terrorism in the country. He urged the government to play its role in recovering missing persons, including repatriation of Dr. Afia Siddiqui from American custody. Jama't-ud-Da'wah's spokesman, Yahya Mujahid; Ameer, Jama't-ud-Da'wah Karachi, Engr. Naveed Qamar, and others were also present at the occasion.

Hafiz Saeed said Gen. (Retd.) Pervez Musharraf had done incalculable harm to the country during his reign by spawning problems at the national, as well as the international level. First the Afghan policy was turned around after 9/11, and later the Kashmir policy was altered too. He said Musharraf's policies have become a challenge for the current ruling coalition and they must be changed forthwith. He said Kashmiris have been forced to take up arms in their defense after severe oppression and massive excesses and injustices against them by India, and demanded that they be given their due rights in accordance with UN resolutions. He said those who talk of friendship with India should also listen to the voice of Kashmiri Muslims. He said Hindu extremist organizations are playing with the honor and property of Muslims in Jammu, Udhampur, and other areas of Occupied Kashmir. Whole villages and towns have been burned down to ashes, yet claimants of being the largest democracy in the world and champions of secularism, are sponsoring Hindu extremist organizations.

War News: From New Trend's Media Monitor
These reports in their factual aspects are from western Wire Services

Afghanistan: French troops Whipped by Taliban

August 17, 2008: France's elite paratroop forces came under a ferocious attack by Islamic fighters known as Taliban. At least 10 French troops were killed and 21 wounded. The entire force would have been wiped out but the French called in heavy air support and thus survived.

A martyrdom operator tried to blow up the American military base in Khost. At least 13 men working for the U.S. were killed and 22 wounded. The attacker did not reach the actual base.

August 18: U.S. troops cooped up in the Khost military base called in air strikes repeatedly to keep back martyrdom operators. At least three of the approaching attackers were killed.

August 16: AFP reports that 10 police officers working for Karzai were killed in the Shah Wali Kot area of Kandahar province..
Two Iranians were kidnapped in western Afghanistan

August 13 and 15: Reuters reports from the U.S. government that 2 U.S. troops were killed in one Taliban attack and 3 in another. These were marines operating in Helmand province [where the British are refusing to go out and fight].

August 11: In Kapisa province, U.S. air attacks killed 12 civilians and wounded 18. The U.S. says these were Taliban and were spotted changing into civilian clothes. [The claim seems to be untrue because Taliban do not have uniforms and dress like most other Afghans.]

More than 1,000 civilians have been killed in U.S. air attacks since January.

IRAQ: Fighting Raging in Mosul and Diyala regions and Ramadi

During August, till Aug.18, at least 17 U.S. troops were killed in Iraq fighting the Islamic resistance. Another 26 were wounded, 16 of them seriously. The U.S. media completely censored news of the fighting.

U.S. losses have dropped because the brunt of the fighting is being borne by Shi'ite troops armed and trained by the U.S. They as well as Sunnis collaborating with the U.S. have suffered heavily as they try to break into Islamic communities. They lost a total of 419 killed in July and have lost another 191 killed till August 18 this month. [source: icasualties]

Islamic losses are not published but are estimated to be heavy.

On August 18, in Ramadi, 5 police recruits were killed and 7 wounded by a martyrdom operator. [Reuters.]
In July, 3 female martyrdom operators carried out revenge attacks on Shi'ites in response to war in Sunni cities

2008-08-21 Thu 20:12:18 cdt