US Muslim organization seeks removal from UAE terror list

Updated 16 January 2015
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US Muslim organization seeks removal from UAE terror list

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: The Council on American-Islamic Relations said Friday it has sought to be removed from a United Arab Emirates’ list that designates it as a terrorist organization, along with dozens of other groups.
The move comes after the Emirati Cabinet said that designated groups can pursue an appeals process to seek removal from the terrorism list.
Washington-based CAIR describes itself as America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization.
The Emirates included CAIR on a list of 83 groups — including the Islamic State group, a number of Al-Qaeda-linked groups, as well as the Muslim Brotherhood and several Western-based Islamic organizations — it considers terrorist organizations. The list was made public Nov. 15 and also included another US-based group, the Muslim American Society.
Washington has said it was seeking more details from the UAE over its listing of the two American groups, which the US does not consider terrorist organizations.
CAIR civil rights litigation director Jenifer Wicks said Friday that details of a 2014 Emirati law the designation was based on were made available online this week. She said CAIR has not yet received details of the appeals process.
“Therefore, we asked that the submission sent this week be considered an appeal of the designation,” Wicks said in an e-mail.
She said CAIR was awaiting a response from the UAE Embassy in Washington or the Emirati Ministry of Justice, the first step in the appeals process. UAE has taken a tough stance against radical militants such as the IS group.


Iraqi forces launch anti-Daesh operation north of Baghdad

Updated 20 July 2019
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Iraqi forces launch anti-Daesh operation north of Baghdad

  • The mainly Shiite PMF have been an effective force against Daesh
  • This is the second phase of the operation dubbed “Will to Victory”

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s military said Saturday its troops in partnership with security agencies and paramilitary forces launched the second phase of an operation aimed at clearing remnants of the Daesh group from north of Baghdad and surrounding areas.
This is the second phase of the operation dubbed “Will to Victory,” which started two weeks earlier and targeted the area along the border with Syria. The military said the new target area is north of Baghdad and in the Diyala, Salahuddin and Anbar provinces.
Although Iraq declared victory against Daesh in July 2017, the extremists have turned into an insurgency and continue to carry out deadly attacks in the country.
The military said Iraqi troops, Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces, the federal police and others are taking part in the operation supported by the Iraqis and the U.S-led international coalition.
On Saturday, Iraq’s Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi visited the operation room alongside the deputy head of the PMF, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis.
Earlier this month, the Iraqi government moved to place the Iranian-backed militias under the command of the armed forces. The move was believed to be an attempt to curb the powerful militias, particularly amid rising tension between Iran and the US, the power brokers in Iraq.
The mainly Shiite PMF have been an effective force against Daesh and are a significant political force, with government ministers and 48 seats in the 329-member parliament.