…The killing occurred in such a netherworld of geopolitical intrigue and counterterrorism spycraft that Mr. al-Masri’s death had been rumored but never confirmed until now. For reasons that are still obscure, Al Qaeda has not announced the death of one of its top leaders, Iranian officials covered it up, and no country has publicly claimed responsibility for it…more:nytimes
A study released on Sunday tallies the chemical weapons attacks over the course of the Syrian civil war, which has left hundreds of thousands dead. At least 336 have occurred, according to authors Tobias Schneider and Theresa Lütkefend of the Berlin-based Global Public Policy Institute.
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has asserted that international drug dealers were behind the Easter Sunday attacks as he continued with his anti-drug drive. Addressing a programme in Nuwara eliya on Sunday, Sirisena said drug barons carried out the attack to discredit him and discourage his anti-narcotics drive. He said illegal drug trafficking is the simplest and the easiest way to destroy a country but added that he will not be deterred…more: ddnews
The US envoy on religious liberty has said he is “disappointed” at the response of governments in the Islamic world to China’s mass incarceration of Uighur Muslims, suggesting they had been threatened by Beijing.
Sam Brownback, ambassador at large for international religious freedom, said some majority-Muslim states did not want to draw attention to their own human rights record. He was hopeful that the more Muslim populations around the world heard about the imprisonment of an estimated more than 1 million Uighurs, the more they will put pressure on their governments to speak out….MORE: THE INDEPENDENT – taipeitimes
Holding placards that denounced terrorism, groups of Muslims from various fields converged in front of Methodist Church, St. Johns’ Cathedral and St. George Church in Abids. Noted Muslim scholar Shaik Yawar Baig addressed the gathering at St. George Church and spoke about the healthy relation between all the communities. “The terrorists with their evil designs are trying to divide us. We should not allow it to happen and stay united,” he said…more: telanganatoday – Muslim Expressed Solidarity With Christian – thecitizen
….Until this week, Sri Lanka didn’t have much history of Christian-Muslim violence. The two faiths are small minorities: The country is about 7 percent Christian, 10 percent Muslim, 13 percent Hindu and 70 percent Buddhist.
Religion was not a driving factor in Sri Lanka’s decades-long civil war, in which ethnic tensions between the majority Sinhalese and minority Tamils nearly tore the country apart….MORE NYTIMES
Islamic Society of Western Mass . 377 Amostown Rd. West Springfield, Mass . Statement , April 21, 2019 Members of the Islamic Society of Western Mass. Condemn in the strongest possible terms, the deadly bombing attacks on three churches and…
…when the gunman stormed into the mosque about 10 minutes into the sermon and started spraying bullets indiscriminately around the men’s section, little Mucad appeared to think it was a scene from the kind of video game his older brothers liked to play. He ran toward the gunman, Hassan said. Amid the chaos, his father and brother ran in different directions…MORE: WASHINGTON POST
…Professor Greg Barton, chair of global Islamic politics at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Globalisation & Citizenship, characterised Tarrant as having an “unhealthy narcissism” common among “terrorists”.
“I think he was drawn by this dark fantasy of going zero to hero, like an Anders Behring Breivik, like the Quebec City mosque shooting of January 2017,” said Barton.”…more: AlJazeerah:
WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) – Following news of the worst mass shooting in New Zealand history, locally, many will gather to hold a vigil to honor the lives lost. This interfaith gathering is being organized along with the local Muslim community. This is going to take place at the Islamic Society of Western Mass on Amostown Road. …more: westernmassnews.