Islamic jihadis have “declared war on Canada and its allies,” posing a grave threat and justifying sweeping new surveillance of terrorist suspects, Minister of Public Safety Steven Blaney said Wednesday as he headed to a summit hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama on countering violent extremism.
Mr. Obama has sought to avoid stigmatizing Islam and drawn fire from critics for his refusal to finger any religion. But Mr. Blaney was blunt and direct in accusing radical Islam as the fundamental threat.
“Canadians are being targeted by jihadi terrorists simply because these terrorists hate our society and the values it represents,” Mr. Blaney said, using the Arab word for struggle found in the Koran which – in modern political Islam – has become inextricably associated with groups like Islamic State.
In Washington, the focus of the three-day conclave was on measures to avoid disaffected youth from being lured into extremism and new outreach efforts to engage religious and community leaders in an effort to address the alienation of those susceptible to violent extremism.
In his keynote speech Wednesday, Mr. Obama stressed the importance of taking the long view and winning the battle for hearts and minds, not just seeking military victory on the battlefield.
He appealed directly to prominent Muslims to do more to distance themselves from brutal ideologies and to foster relationships with young Muslims who are particularly susceptible to extremist propaganda.
“Muslim leaders need to do more to discredit the notion that our nations are determined to suppress Islam,” Mr. Obama said, referring to the narrative from Islamist militants that Western nations are in a war against Islam.
Youth workers, lawmakers and police chiefs from dozens of countries gathered in Washington for the summit, as well as senior intelligence and security-service officials. The aim was to swap ideas as part of an international outreach effort to counter the now-proven ability of extremist groups to use social media to find, indoctrinate and radicalize individuals.
“There will be a military component to this,” said Mr. Obama, who has launched an air war against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq and turned to drones armed with Hellfire missiles to target al-Qaeda and other extremist leaders in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. “There are savage cruelties going on out there that have to be stopped,” he added, referring to the beheading and immolation of hostages that have revulsed the world in recent months.
But Mr. Obama spent most of his White House speech to focus on a need that he said was greater than military force. “We are not at war with Islam,” he said to applause. “We are at war with people who have perverted Islam.
He said “no religion is responsible for terrorism,” and told the gathering that the international community needs to “address the grievances that the terrorists exploit” including widespread feeling of injustice and oppression in much of the Muslim world.
And Mr. Obama warned “it will take time, this is a generational challenge.”
Parallel to the summit on Countering Violent Extremism, the United States is also hosting a ministerial-level meeting intended to improve information sharing to identify, monitor and track radical suspects, especially as they move to and return from combat zones.
Canada along with Albania, Algeria, Australia, Belgium, Britain, Bulgaria, Denmark, the European Union, France, Germany, Indonesia, INTERPOL, Italy, Jordan, Kosovo, Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Nations are represented.
Mr. Blaney said new measures proposed by the Conservative government in Ottawa will give “security agencies and front-line police the tools they need to protect Canadians against the ever evolving threat of terrorism,” adding they will help “prevent violent extremists and their supporters from radicalizing, recruiting, or inspiring individuals or groups to commit acts of terrorism.”
Mr. Obama’s view that the struggle against radical extremism will be a long one and his effort to enlist the Muslim community has drawn fire from some hawks who want a much tougher crackdown at home and more military action abroad.
Representative Michael McCaul, a Texas Republican and chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, said that instead of Mr. Obama simply making speeches, he wanted “the President to overhaul his strategy and to develop a bold, actionable plan to confront violent Islamist extremism worldwide and to immediately staunch the flow of fighters.”
The President has taken a far more inclusive stance. With “al-Qaeda and ISIL [another name for the Islamic State group] peddling the lie that the United States is at war with Islam, all of us have a role to play by upholding the pluralistic values that define us as Americans,” he said in an op-ed published on Wednesday. “This week, we’ll be joined by people of many faiths, including Muslim Americans who make extraordinary contributions to our country every day. It’s a reminder that America is successful because we welcome people of all faiths and backgrounds.”
With a report from Reuters
Somali Police Chief Meets British Ambassador To Somalia.
Somali Police Force Commander, Major General Abdi Hassan Hijar has held talks with the new UK Ambassador to Somalia Kate Foster.
The two sides discussed a number of issues, including strengthening British support for the force and ensuring security for the elections.
Gen. Hassan is the police commissioner and tasked with the provision of security in the horn of African nation.
”Commander of the Somali Police Force Gen. Abdi Hassan Hijaar met with the British Ambassador to Somalia Kate Forter,” SPF said in a tweet.
”The meeting focused on the security of the Federal Elections and the UK’s support for the Police Force,”
During the meeting, which took place at the UK Embassy in Mogadishu, the two officials exchanged briefings, with the Ambassador praising the hard work of the Somali Police Force.
The Chief of Police thanked the UK Government for its support to Somalia in general and the Police Force in particular.
The UK government is one of the main supporters of Somalia’s state-building process, including security forces and the police.
Southwest State Leader Arrives An Mogadishu For Polls Talks.
Southwest State president, Abdiaziz Hassan Laftagareen has today arrived in Mogadishu ahead of talks between the Federal government and its member states.
Laftagareen arrived in Mogadishu for the sixth round of electoral talks with the federal government and other regional state leaders.
The delegation led by the Southwest leader was welcomed at the airport by officials from the federal government.
A Fortnite ago, Jubaland President Ahmed Madobe and his closest ally, the president of Puntland, Sai Abdullahi Deni landed in Mogadishu.
The sixth round of electoral talks between leaders of FGS and FMS are set to take place at the Airforce Hangar within Aden Adde Airport in Mogadishu on Monday.
With Puntland and Jubbaland leaders insisting the September 17 Agreement re-opened to include the Council of Presidential Candidates (CPC) which comprises 15 presidential candidates, talks may once again fail to yield a concrete agreement.
The two leaders also demanded the talks be expanded to include demands by the opposition which include the exit of Famraajo from office and removal of senior security chiefs whom the opposition accused of working at the behest of Famraajo.
Somalia And Turkey Discuss Cooperation.
Minister of Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation of Somalia Mukhtar Hussein Afrah met with the Turkish ambassador to Somalia Mehmet Yilmaz.
The two sides discussed bilateral relations and strengthening cooperation between our two countries in the capital.
”Pleased to meet H.E. Mukhtar Hussein Afrah, Minister of Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation of Somalia,” the Turkish embassy said in a tweet.
”Discussed bilateral relations and strengthening cooperation between our two countries.”
Turkey’s Yilmaz, on his part, promised more support for Somalia as his country has provided in the Horn of Africa country since 2011.
Since 2011, Turkey has taken part in many projects in Somalia that include humanitarian, infrastructure and developmental aid.
Somali Police Chief Meets British Ambassador To Somalia.
Shirkii Baarlamaanka Maanta Oo Fowdo ku Soo Dhamaaday.
Madaxda Maamul Goboleedyada Oo Shir Gaar Ah Goor Dhow U Furmay Muqdisho.
Tallaalka Covid19 Oo Kabilaawaday Maamulka Puntland.
Dowladda Ingiriiska Oo Ka Digtay Doorasho Hal Dhinac Iyo Muddo Kororsi
AMISOM Oo Ka Guuray Degmada Afgooye Ee Gobalka Shabeelada Hoose(SAWIRRO)
Wasiirkii Amniga Jubaland oo lagu soo Dhaweeyay Degmada Beled-Xaawo.
Beesha Caalamka Oo Shaacisay In Aysan Taageeri Doonin Doorasho Hal Dhinac Ah.
Khasaaro Ka Dhashay Qarax Lala Eegtay Gaari Ay Saarnaayen Dad Shacab Ah
Qodobada ay Ku Heshiiyeen Cabdirashiid Janan & Dowladda Soomaaliya oo la Doo Bandhigay
Wafdi Wasiiro Ah Oo Ka Socda Dowladda Federaalka Oo Gaaray Doolow.
Taliyaha Ciidamada Nabad Sugidda Soomaaliyeed oo ku sii jeeda Gedo
Cabdirashiid Janan Oo Xaqiijiyay in uu la Heshiiyay Dowladda Soomaaliya.
Weerar Askar lagu Dilay oo ka Dhacay Magaalada Muqdisho
Midowga Yurub Oo Farriin u Diray Hoggaamiyeyaasha Siyaasada Soomaalida.
Maraykanka Oo Ku Baaqay in Shirka Doorashooyinka si Buuxda looga Qeybgalo.
Wafdi Ka Socda Dowladda Talyaaniga Oo Soo Gaaray Magaalada Muqdisho.
Madaxda Dawlada iyo Kuwa Dawlada Gobaleedyada oo Warbixin ka Dhageystay Guddiga farsamada Doorashooyinka.
Wasiirda Arimaha Dibada Soomaaliya iyo Masar Ayaa Kulan Yeeshay.
Shir Horudhac ah oo ka furmay Xerada Afisiyooni Ee Magaalada Muqdisho.
Ciidamada NISA Ayaa Howgal Kawada Magaalada Beled-Xaawo.
Waxaa Walii Socda Qaban Qaabada Shirka Muqdisho.
Wasiirka Warfaafinta oo Ka Jawaabay Hadalkii Saciid Deni.
Hey’addaha Ammaanka oo soo bandhigay Taleefan Nambar oo shacabka ka soo wici karaan
Saldhig cusub oo boolis oo maanta laga furay Garoonka Aadan Cadde (Daawo Sawirada)
Kulan ay isgu yimaadeen Golaha Odayaasha dhaqanka Qowmiyadda Beelaha Banaadiriga iyo Golaha Isbadal doon ka siyaasada banaadiriga ayaa waxa ay kasoosaareen war saxaafadeed
Yuusuf Maxamed Siyaad (Indha Cadde) oo ka hadlay sababaha keenay in al-shabaab puntland gaaraan
Maxkamadda Ciidamada Qalabka Sida oo 3 Ruux xukun ku riday
Baarlamaanka Somaliya, ayaa weli ku guda jira la xisaabtanka Xukuumadda Ra’iisul Wasaare Cumar C/rashiid Cali Sharmaake
Amp: Somaliya u fadhida Pakistan ayaa kulan la qaadatay wasiirada wax barashada iyo caafimaadka ee dalka Pakistan.
Maxamed Cabdi Afey ayaa sheegay in dadaal u geli doonaan sidii Maxkamadda caalamiga xafiis uga furan laheyd Soomaaliya
Golaha Aqalka Sare ee Dalaka Ayaa Canbaareeyey Falkii Ka Dhacay Guriga Cabdi qaybdiid
C/raxmaan C/shakuur “Waa in baaritaan madax banaan lagu sameeyo hantida laga dhacay Bankiga Dhexe”
Wasaaradda Owqaafta iyo Arrimaha Diinta ayaa Soo Saartay War Saxaafadeed ku wajahan Maamullada Masaajidda iyo Xarumaha Diinta
Somali President comfirms 180 Kenyan troops killed in el-Ade attack
Ra’iisul Wasaare Khayre oo kormeer ku tagey qaar kamid ah Xarumaha Wasaaradaha
United Nations, AMISOM, IGAD, EU and UK congratulate Ahmed Madobe on Presidential elections
Madaxweyne Xasan Sheekh oo Muqdisho ku soo laabtay
The African Union Commission rejects allegations of human rights violations by Amisom troops
Clarification on misquoting the President of Somalia on the casualties of El Adde attack
Zimbabwe’s new president Mnangagwa vows to ‘re-engage’ with world
Zimbabwe’s ruling party sacks Robert Mugabe as leader
Madaxweynayaasha Turkiga iyo Suudaan oo kala saxiixday Heshiisyo iskaashi
Madaxweyne Erdogan; “Israel waa Dal Argagaxiso ahna Dilaaga Carruurta.”
Dagaal yahanada Xuutiyiinta Yemen ayaa Gandaal ku Riday Caasimada Sacuudiga ee Riyadh
U.S. airstrike kills 4 al-Shabaab fighters
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