There has been further confirmation of how forced religious conversions are linked to terrorism. The Kerala police have arrested two persons Fayaz and Siyad on charges of helping a Muslim man convert a woman and attempting to take her Syria and sold off to the Islamic State.
In a revenge attack the Islamic State killed at least 116 people in Syria. The killings were undertaken as these persons were suspected of collaborating with the Syrian regime in Al-Qaryatain. “IS has over a period of 20 days executed at least 116 civilians in reprisal killings, accusing them of collaboration with regime forces,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor.
The Islamic State declared that Abu Yusuf al-Hindi alias Shafi Armar a resident of Bhatkal was killed in Syria’s Raqqa area. While Indian Intelligence agencies are yet to confirm the news of his death, a similar incident has been reported a few months back.
terFor India, Armar, the brother of Sultan Armar who was also killed in Syria is a prized catch. He is the recruiter-in-chief for the ISIS in India. He was recently declared a global terrorist by the United States of America.
The Intelligence Bureau has found that five from Kerala had been killed while fighting for the Islamic State in Kerala. The five hailed from the Malabar region and were killed four months back, an Intelligence Bureau report said. The first news came out when the relatives of Sibi from Kanjikkode in Palakkad were told about his death. The family were under the impression that he was working in Bahrain. Later on the IB found that he was linked to Yahya alias Esa who had joined the ISIS in July 2016.
There is more proof that has come in which suggests that the Islamic State is trying to set up shop in Kashmir. Investigators who have been checking into chat details have found that some youth had been chatting with handlers in Syria and Iraq. The problem is not immense as of now. It has been found that youth in small pockets are in touch with handlers of the ISIS. Investigations found that the problem was higher in South Kashmir, Sopore in North Kashmir, Prang and Lar in Central Kashmir as well as Reasi, Kishtawar and Doda areas of Jammu region
Indian agencies have received confirmation about two more persons from Kerala being killed in Afghanistan and Syria. The two persons had left Kerala last year to join the Islamic State in Nangarhar, Afghanistan and Syria. The two have been identified as Yahiya alias Bestin and Abu Tahrir.
In a shocking revelation, international investigators have for the first time said that they suspect President Bashar al-Assad and his brother are responsible for the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict.
Reuters quoting a document says that a list has been produced of individuals whom the investigators have linked to a series of chlorine bomb attacks in 2014-15 including Assad and his younger brother Maher.