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  • Top Isis commander calls Donald Trump a 'complete maniac'


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     A top Isis commander in Afghanistan has called the President-elect Donald Trump a “complete maniac” and said his “utter hate towards Muslims” will make it “much easier" to recruit thousands more supporters.

    Mr Trump was widely condemned for his call, shortly after the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015, to temporarily ban all Muslims from entering the country until he figured out "what the hell was going on".

    The Republican and his allies have consistently defended the ban, insisting the measure was about Americans’ "safety" and not about discriminating against religion.

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    Mr Trump has since toned down his call for the ban saying he would temporarily suspend immigration from countries that have "a history of exporting terrorism."

    But Taliban commanders and Islamic State supporters have said the rhetoric Mr Trump used during his campaign will help their recruitment efforts, especially among disaffected young people in the West.

    "This guy is a complete maniac. His utter hate towards Muslims will make our job much easier because we can recruit thousands," Abu Omar Khorasani, a top Isis commander in Afghanistan, told Reuters.

    "Our leaders were closely following the US election but it was unexpected that the Americans will dig their own graves and they did so," Khorasani continued, describing President Barack Obama as a moderate infidel with a little more intelligence than Mr Trump.



    A senior Taliban commander in Afghanistan said the group had kept track of Mr Trump's speeches and anti-Muslim comments: "If he does what he warned in his election campaign, I am sure it will provoke Muslim Ummah [community] across the world and jihadi organizations can exploit it." 

    Al Qaeda, which launched the 11 September attacks on New York and the Pentagon, has not yet commented on Mr Trump's win.

    However, Hisham al Hashemi an adviser to the Iraqi government on Sunni jihadist movements, told Reuters that "Al Qaeda is known for its recruitment strategy that heavily quotes speeches of the White House and other Western officials.”

    Iraq's powerful Shia Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said in a statement: "He [Donald Trump] does not differentiate between extremist and moderate Islamist trends and, at the same time, he overlooks [the fact] that his extremism will generate extremism in return.”

    Mr Trump’s office did not immediately respond to request for comment on the statements from militants.


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  • Qatar’s Aleppo fundraiser collects over $650 million in first six hours

    People hold placards reading "Save Syria", during a demonstration in support of the people of the Syrian city of Aleppo, on Piazza Castello on December 18, 2016 in Turin. PHOTO: AFP

     A charity drive for the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo in Qatar has raised over $650 million in its initial six hours.

    Leading charity organisations came together on December 16 in Darb El Saai area to garner support for the people of the besieged city. The event was broadcast live on Qatar TV as well as Al Rayyan.

    The campaign came in the wake of the Persian Gulf state’s decision to cancel national day celebrations in solidarity with the people of Aleppo.


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    “We will continue receiving donations as long as people donate. There is no specific time frame”, an official from the organising committee said.

    Organisations taking part in the drive include Qatar Charity, Eid Charity, Qatar Red Crescent Society, Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Services (RAF) and Afif Charity.

    Hundred boxes have been placed in Darb El Saai, with each participating organisation allocating 20 boxes for the purpose. Some of the boxes have started receiving donations, official added.

    On Monday, AFP reported that dozens of buses entered Aleppo to resume evacuations, but plans were called off at the last minute after gunmen attacked vehicles for a similar operation from two rebel-besieged villages.

     Aleppo has seen some of the worst violence of the near six-year Syrian civil war that has left over 310,000 people dead. 



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