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Israeli security forces gather around the body of a Palestinian after he was shot dead by Israeli troops at Qalandia checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah April 27, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

Israeli police say Palestinian woman and teen they killed had knives

By: Jeffrey Heller Source: Reuters via MuslimVillage JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli police shot dead a Palestinian woman and her teenage brother on Wednesday, saying they were armed with knives and tried to carry out an attack at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank. Police said the woman, holding a knife, and a man walked rapidly towards police and other Israeli security guards in a vehicles-only lane at the Qalandia checkpoint outside Jerusalem. “Police called on them several times to stop. When they kept advancing…the officers neutralized the terrorists,” a police statement said. Palestinian authorities identified the two dead as Maram Abu Ismail, 23, and her...

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The obligations and proprieties of Jumu’a (Friday)

By: Source: 1 . Every Muslim should make preparations for jumu’ah from Thursday. After the asr salaat of Thursday, he should make a lot of istighfaar. He should clean his clothes and keep them ready. If he does not have any perfume in his house, then if it is possible he should try and obtain some and keep it ready so that he will not get distracted with these things on jumu’ah. The pious people of the past have stated that the person to receive the most benefit on Friday will be that person who waits for it and who makes preparations for it from Thursday. The most unfortunate person will be he who does not even know as to when Friday will fall, so much so that...

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A U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper drone takes off from Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan March 9, 2016.   REUTERS/Josh Smith/File Photo

Afghanistan: Drone use data gives insight on US strategy

By: Josh Smith Source: Reuters via MuslimVillage KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Drones fired more weapons than conventional warplanes for the first time in Afghanistan last year and the ratio is rising, previously unreported U.S. Air Force data show, underlining how reliant the military has become on unmanned aircraft. The trend may give clues to the U.S. military’s strategy as it considers withdrawing more troops from the country, while at the same time shoring up local forces who have struggled to stem a worsening Taliban insurgency. U.S. President Barack Obama said in 2013 that the Afghan drawdown after 2014 and progress against al Qaeda would “reduce the need for...

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