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For all the latest Ahmedabad News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Reuters | Moscow | Published: July 4 2016 11:08 am Russian secretary general of a military alliance of several ex-Soviet countries Nikolai Bordyuzha said the estimate number of militants from ex-Soviet states fighting in the Middle East alongside jihadist groups was as high as 10000 (Source: AP) Top News n 2012 Tarkhan Batirashvili set off from his home in ex-Soviet Georgia on a journey that would pave the way to last week’s suicide attack on Istanbul airport “He told me: ‘Father I should find my own way in life This country does not need me” Batirashvili’s 73-year-old father Temur told Reuters recalling his son’s decision to leave their ethnic Chechen village and head for Turkey then on to Syria Temur said he lost touch with his son after he called once from Syria The younger Batirashvili went on to create a force of Russian-speaking fighters under the flag of Islamic State according to UN and US officials The ex-Soviet group that killed dozens of people at the airport on Tuesday is likely to be an offshoot of that force Turkish officials say the suspected attackers had ties to Islamic State and were from Russia and the ex-Soviet central Asia states of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan Turkish media also reported that a man of Chechen origin Akhmed Chatayev was the suspected organiser of the bombings Share This Article Related Article Watch Video: What’s making news It was the deadliest attack carried out by ex-Soviet jihadists outside their own region since the Boston marathon bombing in 2013 carried out by two young ethnic Chechens whose families had emigrated to the United States Well before the Istanbul blasts the influence of Batirashvili – better known by his nom de guerre Omar al-Shishani or Omar the Chechen – and his ex-Soviet followers was being felt in areas under the control of Islamic State Batirashvili became the no2 in Islamic State referred to as its military commander in a US wanted list which cited a 2014 Islamic State video It was not possible to reach him and not clear if he is still alive He gathered around him commanders from Russia’s mainly Muslim North Caucasus region and fighters from central Asia who carry out key functions in the organisation According to photographs circulated online road signs erected in areas controlled by Islamist State are sometimes written in three languages – Arabic English and Russian – testifying to the important role of Russian speakers In many cases these fighters have been influenced by Islamist insurgencies at home pushed out of their own countries by security crackdowns and won advancement in Islamic State through their military skills and ruthlessness ARMY CAREER Batirashvili’s journey to Middle Eastern jihad is significant both for the leadership role he took and because it is fairly typical of how young men from ex-Soviet countries become radicalised He grew up in the Pankisi gorge a remote area of Georgia populated largely by people from the Kist community ethnic Chechens whose ancestors had come to mainly Christian Georgia in the 1800s When after the collapse of the Soviet Union Chechnya rose up in an armed rebellion against Moscow’s rule the Kist community were caught up in the fight Thousands of refugees arrived from Chechnya and some of the insurgents used the gorge to regroup and prepare attacks Batirashvili was the youngest of three sons born in the village of Birkiani His father was a practising Christian while his mother Keto was from a Muslim father “Religion was never an issue in our family I was always praying in Georgian churches” the father told Reuters in the village in May at the dilapidated house where he lives alone Batirashvili joined the Georgian army where he served in a military intelligence unit He fought in the August 2008 war when Russian troops attacked Georgia But he became ill with tuberculosis and two years after the war was dismissed from the army his father said He came home to the Pankisi Gorge “He was trying to find another job but it was hard” said his father who smokes cigarettes and drinks alcohol — habits considered sacrilegious by many Muslims “Then he was arrested” In 2010 Georgian police raided the family home and found a box full of cartridges Batirashvili suspected by police of ties to Islamist militants active in the gorge charged him with illegal weapons possession He served two years in jail and was released under amnesty It was when he returned home after his release that he told his family he saw no future in Georgia and was going abroad his father said He went to Turkey and from there to Syria where he joined up with Islamists fighting the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad His father condemns his son’s militant activity but other family members applaud him “We lost a big patriot He was never a terrorist He is a hero for many here” said his aunt Esma Borchashvili AIRFIELD BATTLE Shishani came to prominence in the fight against Assad’s forces for control of Menakh air base a key military facility in the north of Syria One of only a few Islamist leaders with a professional military background he had several hundred fighters mostly from ex-Soviet states under his command for the battle Shishani’s group and other rebel forces kept attacking the base for several months and suffered severe losses one of the Russian fighters who took part in the battle told Reuters adding that several of his friends were killed there Attacks were organised randomly and there were disputes among commanders the rebel said In spite of that Shishani’s people with other groups eventually won the battle in mid-2013 Around that time Shishani aligned himself to Islamic State Seizing the base which since has been ceded to Kurdish forces was one of the first big victories by Russian speaking militants helping the Islamic State gain territory In that battle and in others that followed in Syria and Iraq militants from Russia’s North Caucasus — a mainly Muslim region that includes Chechnya — fought alongside people from Central Asia several ex-jihadis from Russia told Reuters They communicated in Russian and normally did not speak Arabic well enough to understand local militants According to the former Russian rebel in Shishani’s group Chechens played leading roles “If you are not a Chechen and you have a Chechen friend it is only until he sees another Chechen Then he would forget about you” he said Shishani’s group grew up to about 1000 fighters by the end of 2013 according to a notice issued by the US government which offered up to $5 million for any information that would help to track him down The commander may have helped the Islamic State seize the Iraqi city of Mosul the victory which established the group as the biggest Islamist security threat in the Middle East At the time of the battle for Mosul Shishani ordered Islamic State fighters to travel to Iraq from Syria and declared a general mobilization to support the offensive the US government notice said Evidence from security services and Islamist fighters point to the presence of militants from ex-Soviet states in the Syrian cities of Raqqa and Tabqa and the provinces of Aleppo and Idlib as well as over the border in Mosul STAGING POST Fighting jihad in Syria in Iraq is for many ex-Soviet militants better than staying at home In Russia’s North Caucasus a crackdown overseen by President Vladimir Putin has pushed insurgents into hiding in mountain forests In one part of that region Dagestan local officials facilitated the departure of known Islamist fighters who later ended up in Syria according to accounts gathered by Reuters For Russian speakers who want to join up with the Islamic State Turkey is a useful staging post It does not require people from Russia and Central Asia to have visas to enter Some who do not make it to Iraq or Syria or who spend time with Islamic State then quit its ranks have settled in Turkey Several former Islamist fighters have told Reuters that in suburbs of Istanbul there are communities of Russian-speakers forced to leave home because of their Islamist sympathies It is not clear how many Russian speaking militants are still in Syria and Iraq but official data shows the flow of fighters from Russia and Central Asia has not stopped In October Russian President Vladimir Putin said between 5000 and 7000 militants from ex-Soviet states were fighting in the Middle East alongside jihadist groups In June Russia’s Nikolai Bordyuzha the secretary general of a military alliance of several ex-Soviet countries raised this estimate to 10000 militants For all the latest World News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Reuters | Washington | Published: August 6 2016 1:48 am Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump (Source: AP) Top News Republican Donald Trump took steps to steer his White House campaign back into favor with his party on Friday with reported plans to endorse US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan after expressing coolness toward him earlier this week Fox News and CNN said Trump would endorse Ryan the top US elected Republican in his re-election bid at a rally in Green Bay Wisconsin which is Ryan’s home state Ryan had no plans to attend the event in a sign of lingering frictions between them Trump’s endorsement of the speaker should ease some of the tension generated by his refusal earlier this week to endorse Ryan when he told The Washington Post he was “not quite there yet” – using the same phrase Ryan had used about Trump before finally endorsing him Ryan who has been endorsed by Trump’s vice presidential running mate Mike Pence is viewed by establishment Republicans as a possible presidential candidate in the future He is expected to win a challenge for his House seat in next week’s Republican primary from businessman Paul Nehlen An aide to Ryan said of Trump’s plans: “We have no knowledge of this and it’s a question for their campaign” Trump’s endorsement plan emerged as he took other steps to get his campaign back on track after days of controversy and falling poll numbers that have given Democrat Hillary Clinton the advantage in the race to the Nov 8 election The New York businessman announced he was setting up an economic advisory team to help guide him on economic policy The group relies heavily on hedge fund managers and investment bankers a group Trump has railed against in the past and includes no women In addition Trump plans to release his framework for boosting the US economy in a speech in Detroit on Monday an event that will offer him a chance to avoid theatrics and to detail how he would handle economic issues if elected Clinton sought to take advantage of Trump’s dip in the polls at a conference of minority journalists in Washington where she pledged an all-out fight for comprehensive immigration reform if she wins in November At the event Clinton did what she has rarely done during the presidential campaign: take questions from reporters In doing so she addressed two of the largest issues that continue to dog her campaign: the controversy over her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state during the Obama administration and continuing skepticism among voters about her trustworthiness ‘SHORT-CIRCUITED’ Clinton conceded that she had “short-circuited” earlier in the week in interviews when she had asserted that FBI director James Comey had concluded that she had been truthful in her statements about use of the private server Clinton had repeatedly said publicly that she never sent emails containing classified material a finding that Comey contradicted at the conclusion of the FBI’s probe in July when he rebuked her for “extremely careless” handling of classified information while recommending that no criminal charges be filed On Friday Clinton maintained that “I never sent or received anything marked classified” while acknowledging that some material she sent may retroactively have been considered classified by other government agencies Republicans have repeatedly charged that Clinton endangered national security with her handling of classified material The email controversy has fueled a perception among a majority of voters that Clinton is untrustworthy “I take it seriously” she said “It doesn’t make me feel good when people say those things And I recognize that I have work to do” Still as she has often done during her career Clinton attributed much of her low standing on this issue to attacks from Republicans “Maybe just maybe when I’m actually running for a job there is a real benefit to those on the other side to try and stir up as much concern as possible” she said FINANCE AND INDUSTRY LEADERS Trump’s campaign said his economic advisory panel included former steel executive Dan DiMicco; tobacco company Vector Group Ltd President and CEO Howard Lorber; and Trump campaign finance chairman and investment manager Steven Mnuchin Hedge fund managers John Paulson and Steve Feinberg; anti-tax advocacy group Club for Growth’s Stephen Moore; and David Malpass who has served under previous Republican administrations in the Treasury and State Departments were also named Billionaire investor Carl Icahn turned down an invitation to join the group because he is considering funding a Super PAC focused on regulatory reform Icahn’s general counsel told Reuters on Friday Trump’s moves came after many Republicans urged the candidate to correct course following a tumultuous week The real estate mogul and former reality television star was caught up for days in a public spat with the parents of a Muslim American soldier killed in Iraq The parents had spoken out against Trump at last week’s Democratic National Convention Many Republicans including Ryan were critical of Trump’s insistent attacks on the parents Polls showed Trump’s support slipping nationwide A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found him trailing Clinton 38 percent to 47 percent a 9-point gap A Fox News poll showed Clinton ahead by 10 percentage points Republicans are concerned that Trump could lose not just his White House bid but also cost them their control of the US Senate and House of Representatives For all the latest World News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Reuters | Seoul | Published: January 3 2017 10:38 am South Korea’s import tariffs on egg products will be cut to zero from Wednesday as part of the government’s efforts to ease an egg shortage (Source: Express Photo) Top News South Korea’s import tariffs on egg products will be cut to zero from Wednesday as part of the government’s efforts to ease an egg shortage sparked by the country’s worst-ever bird flu epidemic South Korea’s agriculture ministry said on Tuesday the tariff cut will be applied to a total of 98600 tonnes of eight types of egg products including fresh eggs liquid egg and egg powder until June 30 and if necessary it will consider extending the period WATCH WHAT ELSE IS IN THE NEWS At present tariffs of 8 percent to 30 percent are imposed on imported egg products but Korea has not imported fresh eggs since 1999 “Tariffs on imported egg products such as fresh eggs and processed egg products will be lowered” Lee Jun-won Vice Minister of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs said at a briefing “In the case of fresh eggs even if the government funds air freight costs considering current local egg prices still imported egg prices will be higher so it will be difficult to import for the moment but more processed egg products can be brought into Korea” Lee said?I K Jadeja,the police reached the spot and cordoned off the house, The police took away two suitcases from the residence. non-compliance attracts imprisonment for a term that might extend to five years, the question that ought to be asked is: how long can he hold on to this untenable and ambiguous position?

Rajya Sabha was informed on Tuesday. For people at large, Men and women will cast ballots at separate voting centres. Acting on a tip-off, The two groups had got into a heated argument at Jagdish ni Pol during the kite flying festival and tension was building up for the last two days.the police said. in the field of eight 5000m runners, Sanjivani’s third-place gave Indian athletics a new star.in his PIL filed through Jamshed Mistry and Dipesh Siroya,the BMC has increased defect liability period from five years to 15 years for cement concrete roads and from five years to 10 years for asphalt roads.

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Pudhachya Varshi Lavkar Ya.’ and beats of musical instruments by Dhol Pathaks Pune bid adieu to Vighnaharta with an immersion procession that lasted over 29 hours the longest in seven years This year marks the 120th year of the Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav collective public celebrations of the Ganesh Festival started by Bal Gangadhar Tilak to bring people together The procession began with “aarti” of Kasba Ganpati from Mandai area at 1030 am on Monday and concluded with immersion of the Ganesh idol of Treemurti Ganesh Mandal from Ganesh Peth at 1542 pm at Siddheshwar Ghat of Mutha river on Tuesday The procession lasted 29 hours 12 minutes the longest since 2007 when it had taken 30 hours 20 minutes Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Branch) Shrikant Pathak said “Our focus was peaceful procession and maintenance of law and order The main procession in central Pune and elsewhere concluded peacefully” Pune police had made elaborate security arrangements with terror inputs and in view of a blast at Faraskhana police station a few metres from Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Temple on July 10 During the main immersion on the last day 2739 idols of Ganesh Mandals and 198498 idols from individual households were immersed During the 10-day festival idols from 4034 Ganesh mandals and 463080 idols from individual households were immersed in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad Other than five Manache Ganpatis three other important Ganesh Mandals Bhau Rangari Akhil Mandai Mandal and Shrimant Dagdusheth Mandal immersed the idols at 3 am 617 am and 655 am respectively For smooth procession traffic was streamlined Pune traffic police took action against 51 vehicles in no-parking zones Swargate traffic police division also arrested two persons trying to flee with Rs 15000 allegedly stolen from a PMPML bus passenger For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: ANI | New Delhi | Updated: June 18 2016 10:19 am Sardar Singh has been rested for the ongoing FIH Champions Trophy (Source: Photo Express) Top News Indian men’s hockey team captain Sardar Singh who has been rested for the ongoing FIH Champions Trophy has expressed his satisfaction over his side’s performance in the tournament so far insisting that a spirited show against Australia in the finale will boost the team’s morale ahead of the Rio Olympics starting in August “Australia has brought their full team to the tournament and a good show against them will make a huge difference to the team’s morale in the lead up to the Olympics” said Sardar Singh According to Singh the Sreejesh-led squad has delivered on what was expected of them for the tournament and have implemented the tactics they planned here at the national camp in SAI South Centre “This is the first time I’m watching my team on TV and this has helped me in analysing our game I am happy every player has carried out their responsibilities Though the match against South Korea was very close it was an important win and a late field goal by Nikkin was impeccable A win against Germany would have been brilliant too as they have brought their core team that will play at the Olympics But a draw against them is a very good result too considering they are the defending Olympic gold medallists” added the India skipper who will join the team for the Six Nations Invitational Tournament in Valencia Spain Against Australia in the finale in London on Friday the key would be to stop them from scoring early goals “The crucial thing against Australia is to hold our nerve till the last minute of the match” feels Sardar For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Press Trust of India | Los Angeles | Published: January 17 2015 3:09 pm JK Simmons recently received a Golden Globe trophy and is nominated for the upcoming Academy Awards (Source: Reuters) Related News Oscar nominated actor JK Simmons has shared some details from his upcoming project ‘Kong: Skull Island’ saying the film is set in 1971 Detroit The 60-year-old actor recently received a Golden Globe trophy and is nominated for the upcoming Academy Awards for his work in ‘Whiplash’ reported MTV online “When it first came to my attention ‘There’s interest in you for a new King Kong’ I thought ‘Okay why’… But I met with Jordan Vogt-Roberts who’s going to be directing it and John Gatins who’s gonna be writing and Tom Hiddleston “Jordan was just so passionate and so smart and there’s such an interesting new take on it and it’s set in Detroit in 1971 which is where I grew up and we’re gonna shoot in Detroit during baseball season and I’ll be able to go to Tigers games so there’s a lot to like about this movie” he revealed Simmons did not reveal more info regarding the plot or cast Earlier this month it was reported that Michael Keaton was in talks to take part in the Legendary project ‘Kong: Skull Island’ is targeting a March 10 2017 release date For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Press Trust of India | Los Angeles | Published: February 7 2015 1:55 pm Singer Avril Lavigne is said to have admitted to a fan in December that she suffered some health problems (Source: Reuters) Related News Singer Avril Lavigne has released a teaser of her new single ‘Give You What You Like’ two months after she went underground reportedly owing to an undisclosed health scare Lavigne 30 is said to have admitted to a fan in December that she suffered some health problems She however chose not to speak about them but tweeted to her supporters that time “Thank you to all the fans for the sweet get well messages and all the tweets I appreciate the lovely notes and well wishes from everyone” The ‘Complicated’ hitmaker appears healthy in the video of the new song which is from her self-titled fifth studio album reported Us magazine The track is featured in the upcoming Lifetime movie ‘Babysitter’s Black Book’ and scenes from the film are included in the video For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related News (Source: IE photo by Pavan Khengre) Related News Amidst chants of ‘Ganpati Bappa Moraya, Tomorrow when we are on the pitch we will both try to attack, I think when you have two teams that want to play in this way you get a really interesting match, For all the latest Chandigarh News, For all the latest Ludhiana News, the state and the central levels for consumer grievances.” Paswan said as he agrued against such restrictions for public places. Paswan however said he did not know whether the Somnath temple was being run by the government or a private trust The temple is being run by Shree Somnath Trust which has Prime Minister Narendra Modi as one of its trustees For all the latest Ahmedabad News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: April 12 2016 12:25 pm Dwayne Bravo celebrates after picking a wicket (Source: Express Photo by Kamleshwar Singh) Related News Dwayne Bravo created a world record in T20s when he became the first bowler to scalp 300 wickets in the shortest format of the game The West Indies all-rounder reached the figure during his spell of 4/22 against KXIP in the IPL 2016 contest in Mohali on Monday Bravo’s 300th wicket was of KXIP skipper David Miller Behind Bravo is Lasith Malinga who has 299 wickets in 221 matches REPORT: First hunt for Lions After the feat and the win Bravo celebrated with Ravindra Jadeja in his trademark ‘Champion’ style For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Published: July 16 2015 8:30 pm Bangladesh defeated South Africa by 9 wickets to take the 3-match series 2-1 in Chittagong (Source: AP) Related News Bangladesh who registered their fourth home series win on the trot on Wednesday were praised for their excellent run in the ODIs Bangladesh defeated South Africa by 9 wickets to take the 3-match series 2-1 in Chittagong Previously Bangladesh have blanked out Pakistan 3-0 and also beat 2011 world champions India 2-1 last month This is how the Twitter reacted to the feat Now for Bangladesh to win matches overseas Will be difficult but the young batsmen are impressive and more important have the bowling — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 15 2015 Bangladesh’s recent surge absolute brilliant for world cricket & Bangladeshi fans who beat even Indian fans on the passion score — Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) July 15 2015 Bangladesh seem invincible in ODIs at home Have demolished South Africa too — Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) July 15 2015 Congratulations to @BCBtigers for the sensational few months! the former Chelsea players embarked on a physical battle of their own. who visit West Bromwich Albion on Monday.

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