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In a provocative attack, Burmese Army troops reportedly fired several artillery rounds on KIA positions from a monastery compound in Mansi, southern Kachin State, on Sunday. A local source said Burmese Army troops stationed at Man Hpa and Kadaw Kawng also fired several artillery rounds on KIA positions in support of their combat ground troops currently fighting with KIA’s 1st Battalion troops.
Local residents said they are worried as Burmese Army troops brought more artilleries in residential area. One Mansi resident said 5 artillery guns have been brought inside Government’s administrative compound and positioned to fire from there. Public schools in Mansi and Ywa Thit Kone were closed because of fierce fighting in the area, said the resident.
KIA frontline sources said Burmese Army troops attacked KIA 1st Battalion’s Lungja Post on Sept 26 at 9 am and Ning Tawn Kawng Post on Sept 27 at 5 pm. The two sides have engaged in a series of battles at Pa Daw, Chya Hkang Ning Tawng Kawng in Mansi Township.
A combined force of KIA’s 12th and 27th Battalion troops fought Burmese Army’s 601st Light Infantry Regiment troops at Laika village in Mansi Township on Sept 28 at 7:25 am.
In northern Shan State, KIA’s 9th Battalion troops battled Burmese Army troops from 88th and 99th Light Infantry Divisions at Mang Hang and Nam Lim Bum on Sept 24.
TNLA source said a battle took place between TNLA’s 434th Battalion troops and Burmese Army troops under 77th LID at Pang Jarop village in Namsan Township on Sept 25 at 8:40 am. Three government soldiers died in this battle, reported TNLA’s Information Department.
Another battle took place between TNLA’s 527th Battalion troops and Burmese Army troops under 77th LID at Pyaung Pyan Kyay village in Momeik Township on Sept 25 at 9:30 am.
by Sumon Corraya
Caesar Tavella was a veterinarian. He was in the Asian country to work with a Dutch NGO that deals with poverty and hunger in the world. Attacked by three men leaving work. Dynamics of murder unclear. Police suspect other culprits. The country is not safe for Christians.
Dhaka (AsiaNews) - Islamic State (IS) militants have claimed responsibility for last night's murder of Caesar Tavella, a 50 year-old Italian volunteer working in Bangladesh with a Dutch NGO. The man was killed by three armed men after work, while jogging in Gulshan, the diplomatic area of the capital, near the Egyptian embassy.
The assailants fired three shots, one of which wounded him in the hand and the other two to the abdomen. Although IS extremists have claimed the crime because the man was a "crusader", the police suspect that the responsibility could be attributed to other groups.
The website Site Intelligence Group, which monitors the online activities of extremist organization, has published the jihadists statement announcing the man was killed as a vindication of Western presence in Asia. Cesare Tavella was a native of Ravenna. The Italian veterinarian worked in the Asian country as the project manager for Profitable Opportunities for Food Security (Proofs), an initiative of the Dutch ICCO Cooperation, working worldwide to reduce poverty and ensure access to food.
The dynamics of the shooting is still unclear and the police believe that this is a planned attack. Some witnesses reported hearing three gunshots. Billal, a rickshaw driver, said he "heard the shots and then he saw a man on the ground. Immediately after he was transported to the United Hospital in Dhaka. " Mokhlesur Rahman, inspector general of police, told reporters that there is no evidence of a possible robbery, since personal items had not been stolen.
Following the murder, the governments of the United States, Britain, Canada and Australia have raised the alert level for their diplomatic missions in Bangladesh and the countries of South Asia. The American International School in the capital will remain closed today for fear of possible attacks. There are fears of further initiatives by the jihadists and some believe that the country is not safe for foreigners, especially for Christians from Europe and the United States. In 2012 another foreigner, employed in the Saudi embassy, was shot dead in front of his home.
(Laris Karklis / The Washington Post)
Depending on whom you ask, the Republic of Liberland either exists or it doesn't. Czech politician Vit Jedlicka declared it a sovereign state on April 13, claiming approximately three square miles of land along the Danube River. The land, sandwiched between Croatia and Serbia, has been disputed for years. No member of the United Nations recognizes Liberland as a sovereign state. After initial bemusement, Croatian authorities have blocked access to the land and detained Jedlicka on multiple occasions.
Despite the country's ambiguous status, Jedlicka says that around 378,000 people have registered to show their interest in citizenship of Liberland so far. And while the reality of Liberland may be still just a dream, for people in desperate situations it appears to be an appealing dream -- 9,647 people from war-torn Syria have registered so far, Jedlicka tells WorldViews.
That's higher than the number of registrations from comfortable countries such as United States (9,357) or Canada (1,935), Jedlicka notes. A further 1,922 people have also registered from Libya, Jedlicka adds, suggesting that the proclaimed country is especially attractive to those from troubled nations.
When it was announced earlier this year, Liberland was pitched to the world as a libertarian paradise, with optional taxes and severely limited government power. Jedlicka, who is 31, is a Euroskeptic libertarian, and he hoped to create a country for like-minded people. "We accept people who are religiously tolerant, don't have Communist or neo-Nazi background, share our national belief in freedom and also want to create a state with minimal taxes and regulations," he explains.
(Laris Karlis / The Washington Post) (Laris Karlis / The Washington Post)
Of course, when Liberland was first announced, Europe's refugee crisis was far from the levels it's at now. Just a few months later, however, countries such as Serbia and Croatia are very much at the forefront of a continent-wide debate on how to deal with a historical surge in the number of refugees and migrants reaching Europe. If Liberland wants to be a real country, this is a debate it needs to be a part of.
There is no plan to enable people to claim asylum or refugee status in the country, he says. "Conditions for getting citizenship are the same for all applicants, and we do not plan to change it." These conditions are fairly tough. Jedlicka notes that in addition to the background requirements, applicants need to collect "10,000 Liberlandian merits" to become a citizen. "Merits can be either obtained by providing services to government like working at our future embassies or simply by donating money to Liberland in exchange rate one to one with American dollar," he notes.
On the forum on Liberland's Web site, some hopeful Liberland citizens discussed whether the country should open its borders to Syrians and others fleeing persecution. "The answer is no, because Liberland is for Libertarians. Not some random ass migrants," one user wrote. "Don't mistake libertarian with anarchy," wrote another. "Anarchy currently is in Syria."
Some disagreed. "As long as the people coming are intending to work for their own future, I don't see any reason why should they be banned from entering," one user countered, while another suggested building a mosque in the center of Liberland to help "those in need."
Whether all those Syrians registering on the site actually hope to become citizens of Liberland is unclear. Jedlicka said that only 618 have been found to be eligible so far, and it was unclear if they had the funds to earn citizenship. He estimates that, for most countries, around one in five people who register is actually serious about helping Liberland get started and "probably one out of 20 plan to live there."
That's probably a good thing right now, given that Croatian authorities aren't actually allowing anyone into Liberland. For the time being, Jedlicka says that people are currently settling in the area around the disputed country. "We are planning to open up educational center close to Liberland as well as putting our boats to Liberlandian waters for permanent settlement," Jedlicka says. Things do seem to be moving along, with "10 relevant offers for recognition from less developed parts of the world" and an architecture competition supervised by Zaha Hadid company director Patrick Schumacher. But for now, those 9,647 Syrians are going to have to find somewhere else to go.
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Australian government has issued an advisory to its citizens to avoid popular hawker street Jalan Alor due to "a possible terrorism threat" there.
"Due to a possible terrorism threat, Australians are advised to avoid Kuala Lumpur's Jalan Alor (Alor Street) and the immediate surrounding areas on Thursday 24 September. This is based on a US Government threat warning issued on 24 September," the Australian government said on its Smart Traveller website.
Police sources have told Channel NewsAsia they are investigating the matter and have increased patrols in Jalan Alor and surrounding areas.
The United States had on Thursday issued a security message to avoid the area, prompting Australia to do likewise.
The US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur said: "Based on credible threat information regarding a potential terrorist act, the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur advises US citizens to avoid Kuala Lumpur’s Jalan Alor (Alor Street) and the immediate surrounding areas, on Thursday, September 24, 2015.
"For all other locations, the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur reminds US citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security. In the past, terrorist organizations have on occasion planned their attacks to coincide with significant dates on the calendar."
The army of Bashar al-Assad has reportedly started crushing Islamic State militants that had previously seized the cities of Palmyra and Homs. Western experts and journalists believe that the Syrian troops receive substantial military assistance from Russian military men at the base in Latakia.
In addition, Russia has deployed modern weapons, including air defense, missile systems and aviation, having turned the area of the Russian base into a strong fortress. To crown it all, Russia still ships weapons to the government of Bashar Assad under previously concluded contracts.
Russia's TV channel "Zvezda" ("Star") reports that the Syrian army forced ISIS militants to retreat from Palmyra, although they hide in residential areas and use ancient monuments as a cover.
"The militants, who had been keeping the city under control and destroying priceless ancient monuments for months, are being killed in the air raids of the Syrian Air Force. During the most recent attack, 40 terrorists were destroyed in the province of Homs," Zvezda reporters say. It was also said that many militants of the Islamic State lay down their arms and surrender.
"On September 20, in the village of Kanaker (province of Damascus) more than 500 fighters of the Islamic State and so-called moderate opposition laid down their arms," Syrian agency SANA reports, adding that there is a video of ISIS militants yelling to government troops. The militants were said to be mercenaries from Iran, Turkey and Sudan. They received weapons from Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Lebanon. There are also many US-made weapons and heavy equipment, reporters say.
The US does nothing to destroy ISIS in Syria. Why?
Representatives of the central command of US armed forces said that there were 70 fighters sent to Syria to fight against Assad and the Islamic State together with selected opposition groups. Previously, it was reported that the United States was providing military assistance to the Syrian opposition and ISIS militants to overthrow the Assad regime, similarly to how the US was supporting al-Qaeda during Soviet times to suppress Soviet troops in Afghanistan.
Many experts and journalists say that ISIS is a "product of the USA." Many recall the notorious reply that President Obama gave to the question of "Who are we bombing in the Middle East?" "That's not quite right, but that's OK," Obama said. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also wonders why the USA does not destroy ISIS, even though the US knows everything about the whereabouts of ISIS bases.
"The Russian military have deployed a layered defense system and continue fulfilling contracts for the delivery of modern weapons to Syria. That's all I can say officially. I have no right to either deny and confirm whether the Russian aviation is involved in the military actions," a high-ranking source in the General Staff of the Russian Federation told Politonline.ru. He added that Russian troops have already repulsed terrorists' attacks before, quite successfully.
Russia has already deployed multi-purpose Su-30CM fighter aircraft, Pantsir-S1 mobile missile complexes, Mi-24 attack helicopters, multi-purpose Mi-17 helicopters, as well as Sukhoi Su-24M bombers to Syria.
Also read: Third World War to be launched in Latakia?
Over the past few weeks, a large number of military advisers have arrived in Syria. Syria has received six MiG-31 jets - these are the best interceptor aircraft in the world. For the first time, the Russian army has provided satellite intelligence data to Syria. Previously, Jihadists managed to avoid attacks from government forces because NATO was providing them with satellite information on time. Now, it appears that NATO no longer shares the intelligence data with the Islamic State, although the alliance still continues providing this information to Frente al Nosra, Russian publications said.
Russia and Iran have achieved agreements on joint activities in Syria. Should Iran officially start a military operation in Syria for the destruction of the Islamic State, many predict complete destruction of the terrorists and mass destruction of Syrian opposition fighters.
Israel has already held high-level talks with Russia to exclude possible collisions between Russian and Israeli troops. To crown it all, US officials declared readiness for immediate negotiations with Russia on Syria, although they previously excluded such a possibility.
Kaung Mrat Naing (Maungdaw)
Yangon, 20 September:
Recently found some objects with ancient inscription while digging a jetty at Kyauk Taw town of Rakhine should be useful in carrying out further studies of Arakanese literature & culture, said Thu Mrat (Maha Aung Myae), an Arakanese history researcher.
The inscription, found on 13 August 2015, is in the square shape. The height of those items is four feet, where only one side of those inscriptions is seen inscribed. Some faces of those items also got damaged and become invisible.
According to Maha Aung Myae the inscription should be belonged to Mrauk Oo age. The contents of the inscription include Buddha images, slaves, buffaloes and other animals. Such ancient inscriptions are often found in different parts of Arakan.
Maha Aung Myae believes that these items would be helpful in propagating the Arakanese literature and culture. He of course expressed displeasure that some of those items had been traded in black market as there is no systematic preservation of ancient ruins in Arakan.
Speaking to Narinjara News, the Arakanese author argued that these inscriptions prove that Arakanese people had enjoyed a long time and uninterrupted affinity towards the Theravada Buddhism. Finally, Maha Aung Myae emphasized on scientific preservation of all ancient ruins of Arakan for the benefit of the future generation.