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Morocco condemns terrorist attacks against churches in Egypt

April 10, 2017 |

Rabat (IINA) – Morocco strongly condemned the abject terrorist attacks that targeted Sunday morning two churches in the Egyptian cities of Tanta and Alexandria, causing several victims.Morocco also denounced all attacks against places of worship and vi…

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UN condemns terror attacks in Egypt

April 10, 2017 |

New York (IINA) � UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the Security Council on Sunday condemned the bombings of two Coptic churches in the Egyptian cities of Tanta and Alexandria, which killed at least 41 people and injured more than 100 others.

The secretary general hoped the perpetrators of this horrific terrorist act will be swiftly identified and brought to justice, his spokesperson said in a statement.

In a separate press statement, the Security Council called the bombings heinous and cowardly, and reaffirmed that terrorism is one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.

The explosions were also strongly condemned by the High Representative for the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), pointing out that the attacks took place during Palm Sunday celebrations when both churches were packed with worshippers aimed at ruining the unity and diversity that characterize the Egyptian society.

The UN chief, the Security Council and the UNAOC conveyed their sincere condolences to the families of the victims and to the Egyptian government and wished a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured, according to separate statements.

The 15-member Council also stressed the need to bring everyone responsible for the attacks to justice and urged UN member states to cooperate with the government of Egypt and all other relevant authorities.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

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France expels Egyptian-born Swiss imam

April 10, 2017 |

Paris, (IINA) – An Egyptian-born Swiss Muslim cleric was recently expelled from France for past remarks and behavior that posed a serious threat to public order, the French Interior Ministry said in a statement.According to Reuters, Hani Ramadan was ar…

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US, Afghan Forces Attack IS Stronghold in Eastern Afghanistan

April 10, 2017 |

NANGARHAR AND WASHINGTON � U.S. and Afghan special forces in eastern Afghanistan have cleared Islamic State fighters from much of a key stronghold IS has occupied since 2015, provincial officials and local residents told VOA.

A reporter for VOA’s Afghan service traveled to the remote Achin region over the last several days with Afghan forces. He found that village after village suffered destruction at the hands of IS. In the wake of a 10-day-long continuing offensive in eastern Nangarhar province that officials said killed dozens of IS fighters, the terror group left buildings crumbled, services cut off and residents traumatized.

More than 200 houses have been destroyed, and hundreds of families fled their villages for secure places, locals told VOA.

“We left our homes for our lives,” said Mohammad Anwar, an Achin resident. “Our houses are fully destroyed and nothing has been left.”

Residents said they grew to believe that Afghan forces would never rid IS from the area.

“Schools, markets, everything has been destroyed, and we hope everything will be rebuilt so that people can return,” said Rahimullah, another local who, like most Afghans, uses a first name only. “But we are very happy that the government forces have arrived. We want peace in our country.”

Outside one village, the VOA reporter found a hole filled with what locals say are the bodies of IS fighters.

Provincial officials said more than 120 militants have been killed in the ongoing air and ground offensive, now in its second week.

“Afghan commando forces, as well as police and NATO forces, have launched the operation in the area,” Achin district governor Islamiel Shinwari told VOA.

Dozens of IS fighters have fled into the mountains in eastern Nangarhar province, which borders Pakistan.

“They [IS militants] were present in this area,” Anwar said. “Afghan forces have arrived and the militants fled our areas.”

The anti-IS operation in Achin is part of a joint U.S.-Afghan military effort to eliminate IS from Afghanistan.

FILE – An Afghan security force member stands at a checkpoint in the Achin district of eastern Nangarhar province, Sept. 28, 2015.

“Our goal in 2017 is to defeat ISIS-K in Afghanistan,” U.S. Navy Capt. Bill Salvin, spokesperson for Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, told VOA last month.

IS’s self-styled Khorasan Province branch (ISIS-K) has taken root in mountainous areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan, increasing its recruiting efforts and terror attacks nationwide. Its name refers to a centuries-old description of Afghanistan and surrounding areas of Central Asia and Persia.

NATO and the Afghan government say their security operations in recent months have reduced the extremists’ strength in Afghanistan from several thousand to now under 1,000 fighters, and their territorial control from more than 10 districts to fewer than five.

Source: Voice of America

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