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Egypt Attack toll has reahced 305. The number of victims of terrorist attacks perpetrated on Friday in the mosque in the north of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, went upto 305 people. This data was released on Saturday the country’s prosecutor general’s office.

According to report, among the dead were 27 children, while 128 other people were injured. As reported, 25 to 30 people were involved in thes attacks who arrived at the site  in five SUVs. Some of them were wearing masks. They shouted “Allahu Akbar”, and were waiving the banners of the terrorist organization “Islamic State”

Egypt Attack: Analysis

On Friday during the noon prayer was a terrorist attack at a Sufi mosque Al-Rawda, 30 km from the frontier with the Gaza Strip town of El Arish. Militants staged a first explosion inside a place of worship, then fired indiscriminately at people who tried in panic to leave the scene.

None of the current extremist groups in Egypt have not yet claimed responsibility for the incident. However, with the greatest probability, the explosion are militants group “Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis” (“Supporters of Jerusalem”), loyal to the ISIS, and then replaced the name to “Vilayet Sina” (“Sinai Province”). It is this underground network, according to the security services, is behind most of the terrorist attacks in the country in the past years.

Extremists believe Sufi adherents of esoteric movements in Islam, heretics and have repeatedly kidnapped and killed Sufi leaders.

President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi Promises Revenge for Egypt Attacks

After the dreadful Egypt attack on the al-Rawda mosque in the town of Bir al-Abed, the president of Egypt Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has vowed to respond with “the utmost force”.

The  Egyptian military has said it has conducted air strikes on “terrorist” targets in response and fleeing worshippers were then gunned down. Dozens of gunmen waiting outside the mosque opened fire on those trying to escape after bombs were set off. No group has yet claimed the attack, the deadliest in recent memory.

The updated reports suggest that at least thirty children are among the dead and more than 100 people have been wounded. The assailants reportedly set parked vehicles on fire in the vicinity to block off access to the building and fired on ambulances trying to help victims.

“What is happening is an attempt to stop us from our efforts in the fight against terrorism,” Mr. Sisi said in a televised address hours after the attack.
“The armed forces and the police will avenge our martyrs and restore security and stability with the utmost force.”

The fight against the Islamist insurgency has been carried on by the Egyptian security forces for years in the Sinai Peninsula. The militants affiliated with so-called Islamic State (IS) have been behind scores of deadly attacks in the desert region.

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According to the Locals, the al-Rawda mosque is used by the local Sawarka tribe, which is known to cooperate with the security services against militants. It is also known to be popular with worshippers of Sufism, a mystical branch of Sunni Islam that is condemned by some jihadist groups.

The head of IS’s “religious police” in Sinai said last December that Sufis who did not “repent” would be killed after the group beheaded two elderly men reported to be Sufi clerics. The number of victims is unprecedented for an attack of this type, says our media associates. Further, she adds that this is the first time that worshippers inside a mosque have been targeted by militants in North Sinai.

Egypt Attack: Response?

An army spokesman said “terrorist spots”, where weapons and ammunition were reportedly stocked, had been bombed by air force jets on Friday in response. The official also said that several vehicles used in the attack had been located and destroyed. Three days of national mourning have been declared.

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NSA Ajit Doval Behind Chinese Army Withdrawal & Diffusing India-China Border Tensions

Ajit Doval, India’s fifth National Security Advisor, is popular amongst Indians and is often referred to as the Indian James Bond. Besides India-China tensions, Doval played a key role during Doklam 2017, India-Pakistan crisis of 2019 and containing militancy in the north-east.

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Ajit Doval – The Indian National Security Advisor’s intense negotiations with the Chinese camp has somewhat diffused the India-China border tensions. The Chinese Army moved back a few kilometres in the now infamous Galwan Valley after talks led by Ajit Doval.

FACT CHECK: 100 Chinese Soldiers Killed In India-China Border Clash At Galwan Valley?

According to a report published by HT, Indian NSA Ajit Doval spoke with Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi via video call on Sunday, as a result of which tensions between India and China seem to have simmered down.

NSA Ajit Doval (and not the Indian Foreign Minister) and the Chinese foreign minister Wang’s conversation is learnt to have focused on “full and enduring restoration of peace and tranquillity” along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The two sides also spoke about working together to avoid such incidents in future, a top government official said.

In a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs, Doval and minister Wang – two Special Representatives on the boundary issue – had “a frank and in-depth exchange of views on the recent developments in the Western Sector of the India-China border areas.’’

jit Doval and Wang Yi agreed that both sides should take guidance from the consensus of the leaders and that upholding peace and tranquillity is essential for the further development of India-China ties.

India and China also agreed to respect the LAC and not take any unilateral action to try and change the status quo of the region.  The talks did have a positive impact, much of which was seen today morning.

As EurAsian Times reported earlier today, PLA troops moved back tents, vehicles, soldiers by 1-2 kilometres from where disengagement was agreed upon by at Corps Commander level talks.

Doval, India’s fifth National Security Advisor, is popular amongst Indians and is often referred to as the Indian James Bond. Doval played a key role during Doklam 2017, India-Pakistan crisis of 2019 and containing militancy in the north-east.


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On Dalai Lama’s 85th Birthday, Is It Time For India To Reset ‘One China’ Policy?

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As the Tibetan leader Dalai Lama celebrates his 85th birthday, there is a debate amongst experts whether India should reset its ‘One China’ policy. The discussions began after a host of Indian politicians sent wishes to His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama in the midst of the feud with China. 

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The ‘One China’ policy is the diplomatic acknowledgement of China’s position that there is only one Chinese government. Under the policy, countries recognise and have formal ties with China rather Taiwan and consider disputed territories such as Tibet, Xinjiang and Hong Kong an inseparable part of China.

For years, India has maintained a low profile when it comes to Tibetan politics and gone at lengths to ensure that the ‘One China’ policy is not violated. In 2018, the Government of India ordered its officials to stay away from a rally marking 60 years of Dalai Lama in India.

Tibet has been a bone of contention between New Delhi and Beijing since 1959 when Dalai Lama escaped to Assam after a failed revolt against the Chinese. After India gave him refuge and allowed an exiled Tibetan government to operate from Dharamsala, China has viewed India with suspicion and blamed New Delhi for supporting anti-China activities.

According to experts at EurAsian Times, the fact that Indian politicians today extended wishes to Dalai Lama mark a major departure from India’s policy from two years ago.

Birthday greetings were sent by Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Pema Khandu, chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh, RK Mathur, the lieutenant governor of Ladakh.

India should make Tibet a Key Issue

Speaking to Economic Times, Lobsang Sangay, President of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) said that India should make Tibet one of the key issues in Sino-India policies. Similar views are shared by Indian experts who believe it is time India re-assessed its ‘one China’ policy.

The 51-year old spoke about the strategic significance of Tibet — historically, geopolitically, culturally and ecologically as Tibet is the water tower of Asia and stressed on the importance of Tibet in being part of Indian policies with regards to China.

India is home to the largest Tibetan population in exile and has always found support from the community whenever New Delhi has clashed with Beijing.

Recently, Indian-Americans, Tibetan-Americans and Taiwanese-Americans took to the streets in New York to protest against increased Chinese aggression in the midst of a global pandemic. The group held placards of “Boycott China” and “Stop Chinese Abuse” as they shouted slogans against the country.

India is not the only country at the receiving end of Chinese aggression. Beijing has also clashed with Bhutan, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Japan, Taiwan and the United States.

The Sino-Indian dispute in Ladakh seems to have cooled down after both countries retreated and established a 4-kilometre no-man zone earlier today. The dispute with China in Ladakh has been going on since the first week of June and so far has resulted in the death of 20 Indian soldiers and unconfirmed numbers on the Chinese side.

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India-China Border Update: Chinese PLA Troops Moves Back Few Km In Galwan Valley – Reports

India-China Border News: Twenty Indian soldiers were killed violent face-off in Galwan valley on June 15-16 after an attempt by the Chinese troops to unilaterally change the status quo during the de-escalation.

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The latest news coming from India-China Border is that the Chinese PLA troops have moved back tents, vehicles and soldiers by 1-2 kilometres from locations where disengagement was agreed upon at Corps Commander-level talks, ANI quoted Indian Army sources.

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Chinese heavy armoured vehicles are still present in the depth areas in the Galwan river area.  The Indian Army is monitoring the situation with caution, Army sources informed.

The third round of Corps Commander-level meeting between armies of India and China went on for 12 hours, said Army sources on July 1. The first two rounds had taken place in Moldo on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

In the second round of Corps Commander-level talks held on June 22, both sides reached a mutual consensus to disengage in the Eastern Ladakh sector, Army sources said. The military commanders from both countries had met initially on June 6 and agreed to disengage at multiple locations. India had asked the Chinese side to return to pre-May 4 military positions along the LAC.

Twenty Indian soldiers were killed violent face-off in Galwan valley on June 15-16 after an attempt by the Chinese troops to unilaterally change the status quo during the de-escalation. Indian intercepts revealed that the Chinese side suffered 43 casualties including dead and seriously injured in the face-off.

Earlier, Chinese state media stated that India wants to compete with China militarily and economically to reinforce its reputation as a global leader. The article claimed that anti-China posture has become one of the main means for certain individuals to forge social consensus and once pluralistic secular Indian society is being turned into one dominated by Hinduism.

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