HRW denounces attacks on Sufi shrines in Libya Dec 08, 2017 0 70 12345 AFPTripoliHuman Rights Watch on Thursday denounced a series of attacks against shrines of the mystical Sufi branch of Sunni Islam in Libya by"extremist" militias."Sufi religious sites are under assault in Libya," the New York-based rights watchdog said after two attacks in the capital Tripoli over the past two months.It said unidentified assailants torched the Zawiyat Sheikha Radiya, a historic Sufi mosque in Tripoli, heavily damaging it on November 28, on the eve of a feast marking the birthday of Prophet Mohammed.Another attack on October 20 destroyed the Sidi Abu Gharara mosque, also in Tripoli, said HRW.The report comes after suspected Islamic State group jihadists killed more than 300 people at a Sufi mosque in Egypt's restive North Sinai late last month.In much of the Muslim world, Sufism has for centuries been accepted and practised by mainstream Muslims and Sunni Islam's most important theologians.But Salafists, or hardline Islamists, view Sufis as heretics.HRW said Sufi shrines have come under attack in Libya since the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed dictator Moamer Qadhafi.After the revolt the country descended into chaos with rival militias and administrations vying for power."Successive interim authorities since the 2011 uprising and across Libya have failed to protect Libya's Sufi religious sites from attacks and destruction by extremist militias," HRW's Eric Goldstein said."The unpunished attacks on Sufi mosques are endangering one of Libya's historic minority communities," added Goldstein, a deputy Middle East and North African director.HRW said armed groups in Libya"motivated by religious ideology, have attacked and destroyed dozens of Sufi religious sites" since 2011, and kidnapped and killed Sufi followers"with impunity". Pages 12 POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Yemen govt retakes Red Sea town from Houthi rebels Dec 08, 2017 0 37 Syrian govt to rejoin talks in Geneva on Sunday Dec 08, 2017 0 39 Mission accomplished, Islamic State defeated in Syria: Russian military Dec 08, 2017 0 36 France's Macron sees Iraq's total 'liberation' from IS this month AFP Doha France's President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that Iraq would announce its total"liberation" from the grip of the Islamic State jihadist group by the end of December. He made the prediction in Doha. .. Libyan mayors meet to shore up their role in restoring peace and unifying people REUTERS TUNIS More than 90 mayors from across Libya's political divides are meeting for the first time in an effort to shore up their role in tackling conflict-linked crises and promote themselves as a unifying .. UN to assess if either side trying to 'sabotage' Syria talks "We shall assess the behaviour of both sides, government and opposition, in Geneva. And based on that we will then decide how this... can be a building up or not, or a sabotage of Geneva." (Reuters) Pro-Kurdish opposition leader's trial opens in Turkey REUTERS ANKARA The jailed leader of Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition was remanded in prison for at least two more months on Thursday at the opening of his trial on terrorism-related charges. Selahattin Demirtas, ..