The war against Islamic State continues non-stop in Syria and In Iraq. However as the map (end of article) shows Kurdish forces have freed the north of Iraq (a big part of) and the movement continues in Syria (in a slower bit).
Syrian Army Kills Over 30 Islamic State Militants in Northeastern Syria.
Syrian government troops killed more than 30 militants from the Islamic State (IS) extremist group in the city of Deir ez-Zor in northeastern Syria, SANA news agency reported Friday.
The Syrian Army has launched military operations in several districts of Deir ez-Zor and its suburbs preventing the rebels from capturing new territories. The fighting took place in six surrounding villages, according to the Arab newspaper Alahednews. Two IS boats were destroyed on the Euphrates river not far from the city.
Cartoons of Charlie Hebdo lampooning Greece, Near and Middle East.
Caricatures de Charlie Hebdo parlant de Grèce, du Proche et du Moyen Orient.
*Some cartoons might shock some beliefs* *certaines caricatures peuvent choquer quelques croyances*
The Arab League
The Arab League and Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam’s most prestigious educational institution, have condemned the massacre at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, in the first reactions from the Arab world to the attack that reportedly killed at least 12 people and injured 10 when two unidentified gunmen opened fire with Kalashnikov rifles in its Paris offices shouting “Allah Akbar,” or “Allah is great.”
Under the motto «Je Suis Charlie», residents of Athens were gathered this time at the French Institute , to protest against the murderous attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Zougla.gr publishes a cartoon talking about Greece’s austerity program showing a guy on a bike asking Angela Merkel if he’s riding in the right direction.
Huffingtonpost.gr publishes a historical front cover: “Chile , Greece : The army tortures ,the order reigns.”This front cover was released by Charlie Hebdo, on November 26, 1973 ,some days after the Polytechnic uprising in Greece .
More interesting reactions are coming from Turkey.
As Hurriyet Daily news reported, which is one of the few democratic media in Turkey, two Islamist newspapers in Turkey have drawn ire on social media with their headlines that “justified” the deadly attack on the satirical newspaper.
Hours after gunmen stormed the offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in Paris, chanting “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest), Yeni Akit newspaper chose the title, “Attack on the magazine that provoked Muslims.”
Several reader comments also appeared on Yeni Akit’s Facebook page, which hailed the bloodshed as “revenge” for the magazine’s decision to publish cartoons that criticized the Prophet Mohammad.
“I hope they will continue [to kill] infidels,” said one reader on the website, while another reader wrote “Thanks to those who did it.”
In the past they had published joint issues and Leman’s Managing Editor Zafer Aknar told euronews the French cartoonists has sought them out to demonstrate that Islamophobia is unacceptable.
Todays Zaman reported that Turkey’s Religious Affairs Director had said that Charlie Hebdo attack targets Muslims.
Cyprus media were shocked by the amplitude of the violence in “Charlie Hebdo” saying that France is on alert.
Israel & Palestine
In Israel about 50 attendees – some who knew some of the victims personally – held two minutes of silence for victims of shooting attack that left 12 murdered.
Haaretz, the Israeli journal wrote:
The stubbornness of the French weekly Charlie Hebdo to continue publishing provocative cartoons on its cover garnered many threats and violent reactions over the years. The worst came on Wednesday, when three masked and armed gunmen slaughtered attacked the magazine’s offices, killing 12, including two policemen.
Some media are under fire after publishing erroneous story reporting on conspiracy theorists who allege a link between Israeli intelligence and the Paris shootings.
“Lebanese leaders condemn Charlie Hebdo attack” says Dailystar.com.lb. Journal states expressions by all country’s political and religious important people. Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam telephoned his French counterpart, Manuel Valls, to extend his condolences. Salam expressed Lebanon’s solidarity with the French people during their ordeal, and reiterated his condemnation of the horrible crime, adding that Islam was innocent of the violent atrocities carried out in its name.
However, lorientlejour.com publishes an interview with the Salafist sheik in Lebanon declaring “The crime is unacceptable, the blasphemy as well”.
Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shokry and Dar Al-Ifta, the country’s institute which issues fatwas, or Islamic religious edicts, have also both separately condemned the massacre in which famous French cartoonists and caricaturists Jean Cabut, aka Cabu, and Stéphane Charbonnier, aka Charb, were among those killed.
“Egypt stands by France in confronting terrorism, an international phenomenon that targets the world’s security and stability and which requires coordinated international efforts,” Sameh Shokry said in a statement.
Dar Al-Ifta, which in 2005 issued a fatwa against Danish cartoons satirising Islam, also expressed its condemnation of the attack, “whether it is religiously-motivated or stemmed from reckless actions,” said Ibrahim Negm, a spokesman for the institute, in a statement, according to a report in The Cairo Post.
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