John Kerry Calls For New Measures To Counter Changing ISIS Fight

John Kerry Calls For New Measures To Counter Changing ISIS Fight

John Kerry said the US-led coalition was making progress in fighting ISIS. (File Photo)

WASHINGTON:  US Secretary of State John Kerry today urged members of a US-led coalition to increase information-sharing and get more creative in the fight against ISIS as the group seeks to boost recruitment by adopting new languages and moving into new areas.

Kerry said the US-led coalition was making progress in fighting ISIS, and the number of the group’s fighters were estimated to be down by about one-third. A victory in liberating the northern city of Mosul from ISIS would mark “a critical turning point” in the fight, he said.

But further efforts were needed, Kerry told about 30 defense and foreign ministers in Washington to discuss the effort. For instance, he said, it was critical to break down structural barriers to allow more sharing of information about threats.

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Will never stop fight against ‘hateful and divisive agenda’ of the RSS: Rahul Gandhi on Twitter

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday took to Twitter to emphasise that he will never give up on his fight against the “hateful and divisive agenda” of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. He shared a video of his election campaign in Bhiwandi city in Maharashtra’s Thane district, where he said the RSS was behind Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination, and added, “I stand by every single word I said.”

This comes a day after he seemingly backtracked on his earlier comments – made during his national campaign before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections – and said he did not mean to accuse the right-wing organisation as a whole of assassinating the freedom fighter. An RSS worker filed a defamation case against him for his statements, after which the Supreme Court told him that he “cannot make collective denunciations”.

Senior lawyer and Congress leader Kapil Sibal told the apex court on Wednesday that Gandhi “never accused the RSS as [an] institution for the crime” and that the petitioner had misinterpreted his statement. Sibal is representing the Congress vice president in the defamation case.

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Turkey amps up fight against Islamic State group, sends more tanks and warplanes into Syria

Turkey on Thursday sent more tanks and warplanes across the border into Syria as part of its Operation Euphrates Shield, which aims to defeat the Islamic State group in its stronghold of Jarablus and restrict the spread of Kurdish YPG militia in Northern Syria. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said, “We are determined to clear Daesh [the Islamic State] from the border,” according to Reuters.

Turkey, along with the United States-led International Coalition Air Forces, launched a joint operation on Wednesday, after a bomb attackkilled more than 50 people of a wedding party in Gaziantep on Saturday. Turkey holds the extremist group responsible for the carnage.

The government has asked the Kurdish militia to retreat to the east of the Euphrates river within a week, as the group had moved west of the river during a US-backed mission that succeeded in capturing the city of Manbij from the Islamic State group. Turkey’s hostility towards the militia, which is a vital component of the Syrian Democratic Forces, has put the West Asian country in an uncomfortable situation with the US as it considers the Kurdish group an ally in the region. The Syrian Democratic Forces is a US-backed alliance.

Turkish Defence Minister Fikri Isik said, “The Islamic State should be completely cleansed, this is an absolute must. But it’s not enough for us…The PYD and the YPG militia should not replace Islamic State there,” referring to the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, which is a Syrian affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, and the People’s Protection Units group.

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Taking Steps to Fight Cybercrime, Says Government

Taking Steps to Fight Cybercrime, Says Government

The Centre on Tuesday admitted that rate of conviction of those accused of committing a cybercrime is low, but said it is taking steps to fight the threat posed by such offences to national security.

“We cannot make a claim that the system what we have now to check cybercrime is foolproof. We are working in this direction,” Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh told the Lok Sabha during question hour.

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said the threat from cyber crime is a “reality” that needs to be tackled by sensitising the police and taking other steps.

To a supplementary question from Trinamool Congress (TMC) floor leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay, Rijiju said: “It is true that the rate of conviction of those arrested in connection with cybercrime is low.”

But, he said, the government is taking “massive steps” to embolden the strategies for actions against cybercrime.

The entire canvas of cybercrime is “complicated” and at times even cases are not reported, Rijiju said.

Bandyopadhyay said the rate of conviction of those charged with committing a cybercrime is very low. In 2013 and 2014 the conviction rate was very low; in 2015, out of 844 people arrested only 224 persons have been convicted, he said.

“What major steps is the government taking on this,” the TMC leader wanted to know.

Rajnath Singh said the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government had set up an expert group to deal with a cybercrime within 6-7 months of coming to power.

“The report is now available with us. Now we are working in that direction to fight the cybercrime menace,” Rajnath Singh said.

The steps being taken include improved training of cyber professionals and adequate research on technology front, Rajnath Singh said.

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