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    ISIS and India updates

    First Islamic State ‘module’ busted, 5 held in MP: Police The cell is the Islamic State’s first known affiliate inside the country, sparking fears more could be forming elsewhere. - Five Madhya Pradesh men arrested from the town of Ratlam last month were part of an Islamic State-linked jihad cell planning strikes in India - Imran Khan Muhammad Sharif, the leader of the five men held in Ratlam on April 15, is alleged to have been recruited online by an Indian jihadist he knew as “Yusuf†— code, investigators say, for Karnataka-born Muhammad Shafi Armar, a fugitive Indian Mujahideen operative now leading group of Indians fighting with the Islamic State. - Muhammad Shafi Armar’s brother, Muhammad Sultan Armar, was killed in combat near the Syrian town of Kobane in March, fighting with Islamic State forces attempting to take the city from Kurdish control. - Khan, police sources in Ratlam said, was initially held for possession of chemicals that could be used to fabricate explosives, to which separate terrorism-related charges have since been added. - In voice-over-internet and chat conversations recovered by investigators, police allege, Khan sought help from Armar on how to build explosive devices, procure weapons, and select targets for attack. - He was advised, police say, to record each operation — in line with standard Islamic State online propaganda tactics. Fuller details on the conversations, sources close to the investigation said, are expected to become available after the Central Forensic Science Laboratory completes analysis of Khan’s computer. - The son of a clerk in the Madhya Pradesh government’s rural education department, Khan dropped out of an undergraduate business course at Ratlam’s Royal College in 2001, having completed just four semesters. - Khan’s passport shows he made five subsequent visits to Dubai, and one to Saudi Arabia, after terminating his studies in search, his family says, of work. However, none of the visits seem to have yielded offers of durable employment. - In testimony to police — which, under law, will not be admissible for the purposes of his trial — Khan said he had joined Ahl al-Suffah, an Islamic proselytising and charity group, in 2012. Led by local resident Amjad Khan, Ahl al-Suffah became active after the pre-election communal riots in Muzaffarnagar, working to distribute relief among Muslim victims of the violence. - The term Ahl al-Suffah, or “men of the platformâ€, refers to a group of believers who took residence in the Masjid al-Nawbai during the Prophet Muhammad’s years of exile in Medina. Faced with a trade boycott and military threats by Mecca’s Qurayshi, the group was forced to spend its days foraging for firewood and dates but did not give up Islam despite the hardship. - Following his encounters with victims of communal violence, a source inside Ahl al-Suffah told Imran Khan became increasingly dissatisfied with what he saw as the organisation’s quietism arguing, instead, for the group to take a more militant stand. Imran Khan’s increasing radicalism, the source said, led to his expulsion by the mainstream leadership of Amjad Khan.:two_thumbs_up: - Islamic State, Indian Islamic State group, Indian Islamic State module, Indian Islamic State volunteers, Islamic State jihadist, india news, nation news The cell is the Islamic State’s first known affiliate inside the country, sparking fears more could be forming elsewhere. Written by Praveen Swami , Milind Ghatwai | New Delhi/bhopal | Published on:May 6, 2015 5:00 am Five Madhya Pradesh men arrested from the town of Ratlam last month were part of an Islamic State-linked jihad cell planning strikes in India, highly placed police and intelligence sources have told The Indian Express. Although growing numbers of Indians have been fighting with the jihadist group in Iraq and Syria, the cell is the Islamic State’s first known affiliate inside the country, sparking fears more could be forming elsewhere. Imran Khan Muhammad Sharif, the leader of the five men held in Ratlam on April 15, is alleged to have been recruited online by an Indian jihadist he knew as “Yusuf†— code, investigators say, for Karnataka-born Muhammad Shafi Armar, a fugitive Indian Mujahideen operative now leading group of Indians fighting with the Islamic State. Related Military institute student to son of ex-judge, Islamic State taps Dhaka gen-next Indian IS recruit ‘killed’ in Syria was from Bhatkal Come to motherland of jihad: Call to arms from first Indian group in AfPak Muhammad Shafi Armar’s brother, Muhammad Sultan Armar, was killed in combat near the Syrian town of Kobane in March, fighting with Islamic State forces attempting to take the city from Kurdish control. Khan, police sources in Ratlam said, was initially held for possession of chemicals that could be used to fabricate explosives, to which separate terrorism-related charges have since been added. In voice-over-internet and chat conversations recovered by investigators, police allege, Khan sought help from Armar on how to build explosive devices, procure weapons, and select targets for attack. He was advised, police say, to record each operation — in line with standard Islamic State online propaganda tactics. Fuller details on the conversations, sources close to the investigation said, are expected to become available after the Central Forensic Science Laboratory completes analysis of Khan’s computer. The son of a clerk in the Madhya Pradesh government’s rural education department, Khan dropped out of an undergraduate business course at Ratlam’s Royal College in 2001, having completed just four semesters. Khan’s passport shows he made five subsequent visits to Dubai, and one to Saudi Arabia, after terminating his studies in search, his family says, of work. However, none of the visits seem to have yielded offers of durable employment. In testimony to police — which, under law, will not be admissible for the purposes of his trial — Khan said he had joined Ahl al-Suffah, an Islamic proselytising and charity group, in 2012. Led by local resident Amjad Khan, Ahl al-Suffah became active after the pre-election communal riots in Muzaffarnagar, working to distribute relief among Muslim victims of the violence. Khan’s interest in religion, a source familiar with the investigation said, developed in the years of economic frustration that began after he failed to get a job. The term Ahl al-Suffah, or “men of the platformâ€, refers to a group of believers who took residence in the Masjid al-Nawbai during the Prophet Muhammad’s years of exile in Medina. Faced with a trade boycott and military threats by Mecca’s Qurayshi, the group was forced to spend its days foraging for firewood and dates but did not give up Islam despite the hardship. Following his encounters with victims of communal violence, a source inside Ahl al-Suffah told The Indian Express, Imran Khan became increasingly dissatisfied with what he saw as the organisation’s quietism arguing, instead, for the group to take a more militant stand. Imran Khan’s increasing radicalism, the source said, led to his expulsion by the mainstream leadership of Amjad Khan. However, investigators claim Imran Khan managed to persuade four other members of Ahl al-Suffah to join him: Wasim Khan, Mohammad Rizwan, Anwar and Mazhar. Imran Khan, police allege, made his first contact with “Yusufâ€, while trawling pro-Islamic State Facebook pages run by Islamic State supporters in India, as well as Islamist discussions forums. - In August, Sultan Armar had appeared online in a video released by the breakaway Indian Mujahideen faction, Tawhid-ul-Ansar, calling on Muslims to join it at training camps in the Pakistan-Afghanistan borderlands. Later, Indian jihadists in Tawhid al-Ansar made their way to Syria, where they formed a group called Ansar-ul-Tawhid fil’Bilad al-Sham. Late last year, several Rajasthan men were arrested for planning acts of terror, allegedly after being recruited online by the slain Armar. - Interestingly, the latest arrests come against a backdrop of escalating communal warfare between Hindutva and Islamist extremists in Ratlam. The city was placed under curfew in September after the killing of a Bajrang Dal activist involved in the cow-protection campaign. Earlier, an attempt on attempt on the life of Yasmin Sherani, a local Congress politician, sparked off riots. http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/first-islamic-state-module-busted-5-held-in-mp-police/
  2. Sachin Tendulkar screwed over Indian cricket, great player but disgusting person off field.
  3. For reference sake quoting the relevant post from the SA series. We dropped 11 there (all in the 1st 2 tests) and in the only test we won it was mainly because we dropped none and they dropped 5 !!!! Coming to this tour make your predictions, remember this is a 5 test series. Here are mine: We'll drop 18 catches in total. Kohli will top the charts with 6 drops. Most affected bowler will be Umesh.
  4. We dropped 15 catches in this series, 2 less than England who were equally atrocious. Rahane biggest culprit with 4 drops . Dhawan dropped 3 in Edgbaston, missed Lord's and was mercifully kept out of slips in the final 3 tests. KLR was the standout catcher from both teams. Most unlucky bowlers were Shami and Ishant...both had 5 catches (each) dropped off their bowling.
  5. Gollum

    Tennis: US Open 2018

    Nole is da King what a stirring comeback !!!!
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    Tennis: US Open 2018

    Surprised to see no thread. Timings are hard for those based in India, out of all the majors USO is the one I have followed the least over the years. Let's keep track of the event. WTA no 1 Halep knocked out, Stan beat Dimitrov in R1 and British no 1 Edmund too made an early exit. Nadal has an easy draw, Fed-Nole potential QF. Heart wants Federer and Ostapenko to win. Mind says Nadal and Sloane Stephens.
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    ENGvIND The dropped catches tracking thread

    Series over, we dropped 15 and England 17.
  8. What say folks? Shall we use this thread for keeping track of dropped regulation chances, culprits, affected bowlers, lucky batsmen, number of runs cost etc? We can also keep track of the difficult ones/half chances missed because generally what is half chance for our maharathis is routine for the best catching outfits like England, Australia, SA and NZ. Catching has been a big issue for us and with 5 tests we will drop quite a few rest assured. Why not keep track of all of them in this one thread and later after the series arrive at the final figures and analysis, shortcomings, observations, personnel going forward, methods to improve etc? Cricbuzz commentary attached along with runs cost by the individual batsman who got reprieve. Video also attached, special thanks to @sscomp32 who put in the effort to get the footage in the most user friendly format. Test 1, Edgbaston England 1st innings: 1. Jennings dropped off Ishant by Rahane, runs cost = 33 2. Curran dropped off Shami by Karthik (WK), runs cost = nil England 2nd innings: 1. Malan dropped off (not gathered cleanly) Ishant by Dhawan, runs cost = 3 2. Curran dropped off Shami by Dhawan, runs cost = 50 3. Rashid dropped off Umesh by Dhawan, runs cost = 3 Test 2, Lord's No catch dropped Test 3, Trent Bridge England 1st innings 1. Rahane didn't attempt a catch of Jennings, Bumrah the bowler, runs cost = 19 2. Cook dropped off Ishant by Pujara, runs cost = 0 England 2nd innings 1. Butler dropped off Bumrah by Pant, runs cost = 105 2. Rashid dropped off Shami by Kohli, runs cost = 11* Test 4, The Rose Bowl England 1st innings: 1. Butler dropped off Shami by Pant, runs cost = 10 England 2nd innings: No catch dropped Test 5, Kennington Oval England 1st innings: 1. Cook dropped off Ishant by Rahane, runs cost = 34 2. Ali dropped off Bumrah by Kohli, runs cost = 48 England 2nd innings: 1. Ali dropped off Ishant by Rahul, runs cost = 6 2. Root dropped off Jadeja by Rahane, runs cost = 46 till next drop (92-46) 3. Root dropped off Shami by Pujara, runs cost = 33 (125-92) Is it an ok idea and can admins/mods pin this thread if needed? @Trichromatic @G_B_ @Cricketics @sourab10forever @velu @asterix @beetle
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    ICF leaving/taking break thread

    I will be gone for some time, won't be back next series.....some miracle has to happen to get me actively involved in the forum. Last time I was off the forum it was for 18 odd months. Busy with my personal life/work and have to cut down on internet time drastically. Still hanging around to update the dropped catches thread and special thanks to @sscomp32 who will provide the videos, you will get a comprehensive picture of our catching this series after this test if over. Don't want to leave that thread incomplete, it may be of some use for interested parties to carry the analysis and discussion forward. Will miss many posters here (not naming them lest I forget somebody), more than the cricket or players, it was always the members who ensured I had such a gala time here. Hopefully my schedule eases and our maharathis surprise us for a change sooner rather than later/never.
  10. These cocksuckers are beneath my contempt man. Similar sensation as during 0-8 days, now I am older and wiser..won't fall into the illusive oasis of achhe din of Indian cricket again, humongous amount of time can be better spent on more worthwhile endeavors.
  11. Not that active for the past few days man.
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    ENGvIND The dropped catches tracking thread

    Just our drop catches will do man, there aren't many English fans on this forum who would participate in a discussion about their catching post this series. I intend to take a long break from ICF. But I will edit the OP of this thread after this match, don't want to leave the job half complete.
  13. Pakistanis being Pakistanis, such an asset to humanity. Terrorism has become a way of life there. LINK
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    Asian Games 2018

    Surprised there was no thread. Today's shot put event compelled me to open one. Did you guys watch Tejinder Pal Singh's awesome gold medal winning feat? Maza aa gaya. Now the real fun starts with athletics and finishing stages of badminton, hockey, boxing etc. Personally looking forward to athletics, badminton and hockey. Put this thread in 'chit-chat' section because 'other sports' section remains by and large untouched. So you guys following the Games? Your standout performance and biggest disappointment? Any potential medal contenders for Tokyo 2020? Any trends you folks picking up? Today's winning moment:
  15. Officially more depressed than 0-8. Lost all interest in cricket and probably will never even make an attempt to rekindle interest. Nice journey with ICF, enjoyed my stay but time to move on. Cheers and Adios.
  16. No rule that we need an offie in the squad. Ashwin should be benched for 6 months at least, let Jadeja and Kuldeep play against WI and Aus. We can take a call after next year's WC. Right now no outstanding offie I can think of, Jayant Yadav is an inferior version of Ashwin but he can be the 3rd option for home tests, others aren't suited for test cricket.
  17. Ashwin can still keep his place in SC tests, wouldn't relegate him yet. Moreover he isn't good enough in T20 to play TNPL.
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    Is this true?

    India is a large and diverse country, there is no singe culture. Google Kambala or Jallikattu and you can add 2 more pictures, do some more research and then maybe 100 more.
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    Peta preaches Hindus

    PETA never ceases to amaze me.
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    How was that not a no-ball??

    May be Joel Wilson doesn't like to over rule on-field decisions, conclusive reason to overturn and all that ****.
  21. Kohli survives courtesy a howler.
  22. Kohli extremely lucky this series, Sachin never had this luck. On the contrary all howlers were directed at him and catchers would take the impossible chances.
  23. Modern ODI cricket is a joke, T20 isn't even cricket. When there was balance between bat and ball in ODIs, chasing was almost always tougher. Check the ODI record of all teams till 2002-03...all had a better record when setting a target. There was a period of almost 10 years where we didn't win a single match against ATG Australia chasing...even the moderate totals, Murali Karthik broke that streak in Mumbai 2007 IIRC. 1975-1992, all WC finals were won by 1st batting side, that is why Arjuna's boys earned so much respect for that WC win...came against McWarne while chasing in a WC F, and then people forget about Aravinda when singing paeans about Sachin-Lara.
  24. In form/main bowlers bowl long spells, no over restrictions. Wear and tear on wicket, some keep low and some take off, roughs, craters.... More catching positions. Test balls stays new for longer. Relaxed wide, bouncer rules...bowler has more tools to work with. More media/public backlash if batsman gets out being adventurous....pressure to go about it in a certain traditional way.

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