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for five years by a group linked to the taliban have been freed they were rescued with their three children by the pakistani army near the border with afghanistan must lead or says she's in talks with bangladesh about returning some ranger refugees but gave no further details on the repatriation process and made the comments during a rare televised address on the range of crisis palestinians in gaza and the occupied west bank have been out on the streets celebrating a reconciliation deal between fatah and hamas agreement ends of rival factions decade long rift and places gaza and the west bank under the one government for the first time since two thousand and seven the u.s. and israel are pulling out of us go the united nations cultural agency they've accused the organization of having an anti israel bias and needing financial reform the trump administration is scrapping subsidies to health insurance companies in the latest aggressive move against obamacare comes after the us president took another step to undo his predecessor signature health care law from signed an
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executive order that lets no businesses band together to buy cheaper health plans giving fewer benefits to their employees well those were the headlines the news continues here on al-jazeera after people in power station thanks so much about that up. al jazeera it's sweat and. in may this year a suicide bomber targeted a pop concert in the u.k.'s manchester arena killing twenty two people and injuring scores of others many of them teenagers with children the attack race difficult
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questions in the off the mouth about how diverse communities in britain should deal with extremism in their midst but this reporter amos mcdonnell found out it also prompted the city to come together in the face of great stress. that's life in the purchase fifty. two thousand and five is us. also. the attack on manchester left twenty two people dead one hundred sixteen people injured. they've been attending
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a concert by the american pop star ariana grande day at the manchester arena. it became the single deadliest act of terrorism in the u.k. since the july seventh bombings of two thousand and five he sees innocent explanation. the suicide bomber is salman a baby a twenty two year old born in manchester libyan parents they'd fled the gadhafi regime the city gave them a home after our darkest of nights manchester is today waking up to the most difficult of dawns. it is hard to believe what has happened here in the last few hours the young the hopeful the innocent attacked on a night out. it provoked an outpouring of national grief and for some that grief soon turned to anger. the spotlight here turned almost immediately to manchester's
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muslim population and in particular the libyans these terrorist attacks are designed deliberately to drive a wedge through communities to pit everyone else against the muslims and they often work creating fear and hatred so that's why i've come here to find out if that's actually what's happening in manchester to find out how the muslims themselves are dealing with that. it's so important time to get outside. but this is a divided britain a troubled britain used by elections and brings it in battle after a run of terrorist attacks. there isn't a lot to celebrate right now but there is a desire it seems to come together. everyone's probably stuck together you know like you had a law you know
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a in the face of it really you know no one's really being cowed by terror everyone standing about together which is such a close community saying that this is so much diversity here together and there's just no hate. that's not quite how everyone sees it far right groups like the english defense league have been holding rallies this one turned violent. in the month after the attack two hundred twenty four instances of anti muslim high crimes were forty that's an increase of five hundred and five percent on the same period last year. and it's not just on the fringes there is to be frank far too much tolerance of extremism in our country. things needs to change that will require some difficult and often embarrassing conversations. it's clear britain is having something of
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a moment for terrorist attacks in just three months has left many questioning just how tolerant and old this society should be first the westminster bridge attack then manchester the london bridge attack and then a far right extremist drove a truck into crowds praying at finsbury park mosque. just andy burnham once had ambitions to lead britain's labor party he recently left national politics to become the first directly elected mayor of manchester and he took up the job just weeks before this attack you know it's raising my head in politics aside i talked about it i mean you have a tougher conversation something papering next year maybe there is a conversation we do need to have a difficult conversations about what more we can all do to tackle extremism extremism of any kind of radicalization what more can communities to respond to talk over and be honest about. manchester is a small city just half
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a million people so this is one of those places where everybody knows somebody who was there that night. hundreds of people who are caught up in this attack including fifteen year old samantha she'd waited months to see her arrival ariana grande. i was waiting by to come as i knew she was on top and then i back my brother by me from thinking. this is the finish we had like a loud bang found. on. every news meaning i saw someone covered in blood samantha geimer a stupor assessing the impact of that not very very grave for. me and i'm obviously . when you start to see the faces of the people who died in really humanizes and that's when it starts to dawn on you that you know this is this is a really kind of severe thing that we would manage to escape the scene as this
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terrorist attack happened the conversation almost immediately turned to to muslims and to young people being radicalized how did you interpret that conversation obviously i fit the description in a muslim male in my twenty's for a man just so there for a few similarities. and unfortunately that obviously makes other people maybe suspicious of people who fit my description and these people they would look at me like like like oh you know muslim leaders be like how it's done something like you know i was a victim of the it's happened. so is that kind of suspicion exactly what the extremists want other muslims to feel i think that's their aim is to make us feel unwelcome to make us think some to divide us and make muslims look at muslims in a certain way so that they may obviously use this propaganda and say you know look
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at the way they look you this is in your home you may have been brought here and brought up here but this is this is where you belong come join us and those sorts of things or the moment you're a victim of them and that extra you know suspect you know about that threat so you just need to be strong and make sure you don't want to succumb to the. muslims make up five percent and britain's population in manchester they make up sixteen percent and right now it's the muslim holy month of ramadan. tonight i've been invited to break the front just with a bit galba a well known family of libyans here in manchester. hashim i miss pleased to meet you nice to me thank you so much for having me. this one in our. house which is just rice makes
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me not. like the family of the bomber so many of the bengal dons came here fleeing the regime of moammar gaddafi when we came we were running away for our life from a brutal regime that kills its opponents the hundred people in the streets and there's all sorts of things but she said after two for nothing in return you just enjoy and be a good citizen and your man you fans of course of course. it's very clear from talking to you that you've had a huge huge emotional reaction to what's happened here in manchester the first thing that came to mind this is this is our city being terrorized by one of our own. would you start to see this feeling of shame
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so it is time that we do something in return we do something to counter that. to prevent it from ever happening again image do you think there's been a sort of naivety or even a willful ignorance about the realities of what's going on in the community i think so i mean i would have to say that has been an a.b.c. i mean if anybody has a monster in his own home he needs to be a little over him a little bit him. report him straighten him what it will take. i'm interested to know if this is just an elder statesman of the local debian community with his nephew abdul from a younger generation thinks the senate i remember there's been a mosque which is around the corner from here in the early ninety's at the end of the. the first afghan war there was out of nowhere
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a lot of you know of jihadi fighters. ended up in manchester very quickly they tried to take the mosque over try to impose their ideas and if you didn't pray a certain way if you didn't look a certain way if you didn't you know so because it's knowing you were a muslim maybe looking back then you think you know naivety we. have too much if you like you know giving too much of the benefit of the doubt you have to own up to what happened that was a libyan who did it end. i think possibly other society is right in telling the libyans you know you have to all. stand the bone be counted you are an own up to this and so if there is a conversation that needs to be had what is it you cannot afford to be a pacifist or take a back seat and leave the initiative to others initiative is taken by the radical
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muslims who are committing crimes in your name in your religion like it or not it will turn around and you will pay the price. something i do said over dinner sparked my interest the didsbury mosque had been infiltrated by jihad spac in the ninety's. somewhat of a news to worship his father was them always and who performed the call to prayer rulers of unchecked radical elements in this mosque and rumbled around for years but elders deny the saying they report any extremist views including those on the base to the authorities. but it turns out back in one thousand nine hundred nine after the soviets left afghanistan at least fifty jihad is fighters did appear in didsbury mosque many were libyan their influence is being felt here ever since and now that's being repeated all over again during the arab spring in libya in twenty eleven drives of young british libyan men went off to fight and overthrow gadhafi
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britain led the nato intervention with air strikes but it needed ground forces to do the real work men like akram who went from manchester to fight. why the british authorities so relaxed about people going off to fight him and i know they're going for a good cause. that's i think the tiriel this a lot easier the time that. we couldn't get rid of gadhafi ourselves through libya over the libyan have to rise up first. we now have some became radicalized qualifying islamist militias so was it a mistake to let them go and then let them come back because in the second instance sake they made one people come back they didn't get their brains examined and checked out i mean everybody has been to a war zone and it's some type of cycle to find out if he's one of the vanguard or not not everyone who goes off to fight wants to bring the violence back home to
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britain but counterterrorism forces can't always tell the difference and that carries enormous risks for countries like the u.k. . cycle guys felt isolated. between their home and the u.k. and also didn't appear to have a little excerpt about home but on the whole of what libya was on the phone we had to call them that it's just a list of items of what it was. the lack of social cohesion with the understanding will spawn well with helped a lot of these reporters are going to. britain the semi five is identified twenty three thousand suspects of interest posing a terrorist threat but security experts say that is just the tip of the iceberg. victories against isis on the ground in the middle east have led to a heightened state of alert in the west and when attacks do happen security services play catch up that means acting fast to arrest and detain suspects.
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i mean and i come from the past. and i've lived in the u.k. law. told his it's it's our call how ya can rage in the way you know and it's just repeating itself completely in my head hike. and not being able to sleep two pm constantly and you're like but it's like my brain is just on yeah the man is terrifying she has never told the story of this right until now it isn't oh my favorite here and i was kind of semi awake and just out of nowhere all of a sudden i test hand and massive bang. it was so loud you couldn't even tell where it was coming from. downstairs and i can
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see people just storming into the house it's sunday twenty i could my six days after the suicide bomb went off at the arena. across manchester and the region security services are conducting counterterrorism raids desperate to understand if so many baby was acting alone. as part of a network. and. it just the way they looked in my bag must find. him out at home alone his street is cordoned off she had gone to the same colleges selman a baby but she says she had no contact and no relationship with one of them came in . under arrest suspected terrorist. i was just looking. like. what are you saying like.
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how how am i spect to terrorist. i didn't know what to say i don't know what to do. of the twenty two arrested in these raids across manchester not a single person was charged. you could have just knocked on the door who would have opened you would have asked as many questions as you want to had i would have been . that's. the british government wants greater powers to conduct raids in detain terrorism suspects it also wants muslim communities to play a bigger role in monitoring extremism does your experience make you less likely to do that. no i wouldn't actually become. i mean if especially with someone he was for four to five times so we
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did kind of raise awareness this person has these extreme views so in a way we are great and we are kind of you know speaking out central to solving this problem of radicalization in the west is the need for security services to build confidence and trust with the muslim communities getting that right is tricky because it's exactly those relationships that come under pressure every time there's an attack it also means looking at root causes like the ideology that underpins groups like isis when they preach and recruit and that means talking about saudi arabia. since the one nine hundred sixty s. the saudis are said to sponsor a multi-million dollar effort to export wahhabi islam across the islamic world including to muslim communities in the west wahhabism is a strict and a virtually conservative interpretation of the faith and in the u.k.
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that saudi money has built mosques and islamic schools which in turn have played host to extremist preachers and the distribution of extremist literature. there are none of these would be a surprise to the british government downing street has been sitting on its own report for more than six months which details the foreign funding of terrorism and extremism its publication is deemed too sensitive for a government relying on the sale of billions of dollars worth of arms to its saudi ally. so what does this mean in reality if you've not the time to start claiming victim hood this is the time to be reflective and say we need to take them on a ship and actually collectively as a society we need to stand up and address this problem i mean alone is a politician on the local council she runs a think tank and she's a muslim. she's prepared to say want few others will the conservative cultural practices with the interface could be connected to terrorism there is
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a rise of fundamentalism across the globe and actually if you want to say that these people are misrepresenting our faith then we've got to show that our faith isn't what these people claim to be which is a very black and white very politicized islam today i mean it is taking us to one of the local mosques. i would just come up and be sufficient so what are you going to find out now with women are allowed in the i just i don't see them space for women and i'm kind of what they do and you know kind of see how they interact with us right on cue the local imaam turns up to greet. them off to go on to see if they have an effective job of president moshe because you like to do before i'm going to watch nobody but you know that both of. you peaches and. you know you know. if you don't know anybody. we are invited in but without the camera we're told women are welcome here but in
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truth there is no designated prince place for women yeah it was for nothing because i'm boiling that. he's very friendly very open and you know i mean he they are they want to be inclusive and they want people to know about it and you can see that if you want to make me for presenting the mosque or the faith but again didn't shake my hand didn't make much i contact with me someone is that matter why is that important because there are some who would say. the faith is practiced because you know you know what matters because actually that may be how the faith is practiced here but then people use that to bash islam with in terms of you press your women that you don't believe in gender equality how does that make you feel about your faith you always feel that you are second class citizen you know we wouldn't tolerate separate entrances for blacks so much. you know and yet somehow we kind of turn a blind eye. it's really just. i just want to go to. the
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question of who owns it defines islam has always been a difficult one for a faith with no central authority but for muslims living in the west the vince a few seem able to confront that anyway. you need to be doing something we need to act on these issues and not be seen to kind of take them for granted that they just happen and we don't do anything to help. them know is a mother of two and a community psychologist together she and her friends are writing letters and poems to the people of manchester you have to place that brings out the healing you saw in you a lot here from boston and. we wanted to come together and do a project called love letters to manchester so we're writing messages from all of us we plan on going into the city center and basically giving out the scrolls that we've created here and i think the biggest problem in terms of these issues has
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always been you know that on my radicalization and how easy it is for young people to call and access incredibly dangerous people so would you prefer that sort of extremist online is just one goal together from the internet yeah i mean i don't see why it should be an online spaces if it's extremist and it's helpful of hatred it shouldn't be on my pretty hard for any parent explaining uninterpreted terrorist attacks to children is a challenge and for the muslim brothers there's an added dimension my eldest came to me i think she must have been reading some comments on the various news paper channels on the line and she said to me i can understand why they hate us now and i was like you know that really. sorry. i just don't know how to kind of deal with from you know given how that reassurance that you know that this is nothing to do with us this isn't about us you know this this is about an individual who's psycho you know nobody could do this unless they were completely unhinged but i
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think there's a lot of work for us to do around young people's identities in this country especially when they're made to sometimes feel that they don't actually belong here but actually they do and that's what we need to be doing in. our doing a project called love letters to manchester and we're just giving out people from manchester a scroll with some letters that were written by libyan women from manchester and girls with some candles or just some sweets for. us. i came here to find out what happens after the terrorists and what we found is a government demanding difficult and embarrassing conversation eighty one remaining silent when the influence of saudi money and the fundamentalists are going to explode you know all about him.
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we know culture we know the problems that affect this part of the world very very well and that is something that we're trying to take to the rest of the world we have gone to places and we pointed out a story that it might take an international network for months to be able to do in united nations these these are the anti-riot know. we are challenging the forces with challenging companies who are going to places where nobody else is going. the sum and age old part of spanish culture no one i can stop thinking about the bullies in my life others are explored and assemble a central government by the time we shouldn't carry on something that goes against the morals of got along beside you as a from the catalan nationalist perspective the believe the present banished culture
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