The Weekly words of truth, as printed in Al Jafar, by the grace of the Prophet(may he live forever) and the Caliph.
Ambassador Akhmed Kwarhaezm, at the European Parliament
Allahu Akhbar, Citizens of Alikhstan! Glorious news in this, the year 1476, as our ambassador reaches the Global Organization which laughably calls itself the European Parliament, and which regularly seeks to legislate all our lives with sweeping and zionist reforms, designed to impose their political and capitalist agendas on all good god-fearing muslims and caliph-loving alikhi!
Ambassador Akhmed has delivered a crucial blow to the so-called Bill of Rights on this fine day, mere hours from the celebration of the Christian's Mithraic Pagan Holiday, crippling their morale, and deadlocking a Legislation designed to curtail the Laws of our Faith, and introduce deeply immoral and anti-ethical "freedoms" into our otherwise ordered and faithful society.
Although support from some Imams for this Bill has been publicly known, the Caliph assures citizens that the majority of our spiritual leaders retain their devotion to the Quoran and the words of the Prophet, and will reject this Zionist Law entirely.
In other News, Proposals to allow the Zionists to purchase our Oil at cheaper prices have been firmly rejected by a Committee set up by the Caliph, who have determined that the Infidel have gotten away with cheap fuels for far too long. Plans for a Blockade have been discussed, but as yet no moves have been made to cut the Zionists off from their precious Black Gold.
The Weekly words of truth, as printed in Al Jafar, by the grace of the Prophet(may he live forever) and the Caliph.
New Ambassador, Aydin Berkant
Immortals on parade for glory of Caliph
Allahu Akbar, Citizens of Alikhstan!
As the last hours of the year 1476 trickle away, we find Eurasia in great discontent, as the Communist Empire mobilizes a vast army to shake the very pillars of heaven, and the European Nations seek to find reassurance in explanations for this vast millitary mobilization.
But we fear, readers, that the anwser is all too clear. The Communists have grown weary of maintaining the facade of peace, and now seek once again to expand their vast red tentacles west, east and southwards, to cover yet more land under their crimson banner.
Our Caliph has issued a formal decleration of watchful neutrality, one made in order to allow the Soviets and the Capitalists to destroy each other unopposed or aided, if they so desire, and one that will leave our nation seperate and strong, in order to resist the depleted victor, as and when they turn their greedy eyes to our splendour and riches. Fear not, for we are all Alikhi, and all bound as brothers and sisters by the Caliph and our devotion to the Prophet, peace be upon him.
The Council of Imams have also added their voice in support to the Caliph, asking the loyal Gazis and Mujihadeen to stay their righteous wrath, and bide their time and strength. It is to be hoped that this vast mobilization does not mean War is inevitable, but our preperations will not see us caught short-handed should this event prove unavoidable.
In other News, a New Ambassador has been appointed in the place of Ambassador Akhmed, in order to better represent our interests abroad at this critical time. He is said to be a rising star in the Court of the Caliph, and a favourite of Vizier Ishamel Rajjid himself. Controversy over the influence the Vizier wields has been prevalent since his appointment seven years ago, and as the time for renewal of the appointment draws near, the Vizier seems determined to ensure his legacy to the furtherance of Alkihi foreign policy is not undermined by recent events.
Rumours that the fortunes of the Alikhi Representatives will be tied with those of the Conservative EP-ED international Party have gained some weight after messages from the Ambassador of the Reich were leaked to the press, asking the Vizier to consider membership. Wether our state will indeed tie its colours to the EP-ED Bannerpole is not yet clear, but it is sure that if such were to occur, criticism would be renewed against Ishmael Rajjid.
The Weekly words of truth, as printed in Al Jafar, by the grace of the Prophet(may he live forever) and the Caliph.
SICK TAINTED TRUTH ABOUT SORDID SOVIET AFFAIRS!
Soviet Premier Irina Nevskaya, revealed to be a Homosexual today
Allahu Akbhar, Citizens!
As we embrace the promise of prosperity and great change that comes with the dawn of the year 1477, we find ourselves repelled and apalled by the public revelation that the Soviet Premier fornicates with other women.
That a woman should have been allowed to rule their nation for so long and at such a young age is bad enough, but that she should so blatantly conduct herself in so disgusting a manner is a clear and inviolable sign of the corruption of the godless Soviet Union.
The Council of Imams have pronounced Fatwa on the Soviet Premier Irina Nevskaya, and she is forbidden on pain of death to enter the sacred nation of Alikhstan. This move has been met with much approbation by the general populace, however, the Vizier Ishmael Rajjid has issued a statement outlining his discontent at such a contra-political move, and warns of the consequences of alienating the Soviet Union at this critical time, particularly given "the reliance of the Alikhi Millitary on...soviet manufactured arms, parts and equipment."
This contentious statement has yet to provoke a counter-statement by the Council of Imams, but given the impending Appointment of a New Vizier, it is perhaps either a particularly foolish or dangerously clever move on the part of Rajjid in his bid to retain power for one more term.
Chosen in 2000, Ishmael Rajjid has shown a particular wiliness when it comes to foreign policy, and has been instrumental in forging closer ties with the European Union, aswell as securing membership. However, this foreign policy was challenged last year, and the appointment of Ambassador Akhmed Kwarezhem was seen as a controversial counter-balance to the growing pro-Euro tendencies in the Court of the Caliph.
The recent assignment of Ambassador Aydin Berkant has seen a much warmer and more measured approach to European Politics, and although there is a growing concern regarding the trend towards anti-sovereignty policies in the European Union, the increasing disgust with the ammoral and atheistic Soviet Union has forced the Court of the Caliph to consider dramatic shifts in policy.
Further to the previous Story, we can reveal in an exclusive leaked draft of the Caliph's Plan for 2007 that dramatic and radical changes are planned to the administrative, judicial and millitary structures of the Institutions of Alikhstan.
This Plan, it has been leaked, is a drastic response to the criticisms of the 2002 Armin Sharyhah Commission, which condemned the current structure of Alikhi Government as "dangerously backwards" and "astonishingly feudal".
Condemned by the Council of Imams initially, the Sharyhah Commission has since gained popularity and support, and it is almost certain that some or all of its reccomendations will be implemented in future Alikhi Reforms.
VIZIER ELECTION CAMPAIGN RAGES ON
Sezer al-Suhraward? on tour in al Jafar
Mahm?d Pakal?n prays for victory
Allahu Akhbar, Citizens!
Election fever has swept the nation, as every man of good character between the ages of 21 and 80 is clamouring to register and cast their vote at this decisive and critical election!
Decades of stagnant rule and corrupt Viziership has finally been dealt a crushing blow by this move towards democracy by our wise Caliph. Truly he has lost none of his razor-sharp intellect and devotion to his people with this move, and all those who have been swept up in election euphoria give thanks to the benevolent ruler who has made all this possible.
In an astonishing and unexpected turn of events, it appears that Liberal demagogue Sezer al-Suhrawardi is sweeping towards victory, outcompeting the other, more entrenched factions such as the Islamists and the Nationalists.
Both aforementioned factions have, however, made it clear that the campaign is not over yet, and that all true followers of Alikh and Allah will cast their votes appropriately. That a Liberal, pro-western politician should be gaining support has irked the suspicion of some, who have begun investigating the possibility of illicit fundraising abroad, and wether Sezer may be collaborating with western investors in order to forcibly cajole loyal Alikh citizens into falsely voting for this would-be Vizier.
Despite, or perhaps because of, a very public endorsement by the Aleutian Confederacy, current Vizier Ishmael Rajjid is currently trailing behind, and it is unlikely he will be allowed to secure a second turn by the Caliph.
It is unclear at this time what role Ishmael Rajjid will adopt in the Court of the Caliph after the election campaigns, but it is certain that whomever does secure the Viziership, will do so at a crucial turning point in Alikhi History. The road chosen by the Alikhi people this year will determine the course the whole nation will take in the next seven years. Let us hope that the people have more wisdom than the corrupt advisors who have misguided the Caliph for so very long.
New Vizier, Sezer al-Suhrawardi
Allahu Akhbar, Citizens!
Against all the odds, it appears that Liberal Nominee al-Suhrawardi has won the Vizier Elections, with a massive 2 to one majority, outclassing the nearest competitors, the Nationalists and Islamists, by a considerable factor.
Uproar has spread through the Court of the Caliph, as factional strife spills out into the public eye. We can confirm that Sezer has put forward a Draft of his seven-year manifesto of Grand Reforms, which the Caliph has publicly endorsed. Former Vizier Ishmael Rajjid is due to hand over power on Monday, but Nationalist and Islamist Supporters have taken to the streets in protest, demanding an official recount, publicly decrying the results as the result of International Interference by Capitalists and Communists alike.
Sezer delivered this controversial speech live on radio on the official announcement of his success, stating that: "I wish to thank all my loyal supporters in the People, and above all I would like to thank his honourable majesty, the Caliph am-Sahin, without whom none of this would have been possible. I promise that the Reforms this nation needs will be coming soon, and the stagnation and decay of our society will finally be reversed.
Our creed for the next seven years is Prosperity, Peace and Political Union with our allies in Europa!" He went on to outline roughly what he intended to do to achieve this lofty goals, and made a public appeal for the Islamists and Nationalists to put aside their differences and work towards a Greater Unity with each other and every other faction in Alikhstan. Mahmud Pakalin, leader of the Islamist Faction and a representative of the Council of Imams, has promised that "there will be a reckoning."
In other News, Trade Concessions with the Aleutian Confederacy, the Soviet Union and the Holy Roman Empire have officially been endorsed by the new Court of the Caliph, and the Consortium of Traders has resolved to work closely with the new Vizier in order to maximize the potential of Alikhi Industry, and to pool the profits made from these new Trade agreements to contribute to the reform of many areas of Alikhi society and administration.
This historic and unprecedented display of Philanthropy has been welcomed with euphoric cheer by many workers, and rumours abound that a Lifting of the Ban on Trade Unions will be among the first of the Reforms to be carried out, leading to the standarization of Working practices and a minimum wage.
Truly these are historic times, citizens, and we hope that the stormclouds of war which rumble in distant Europa do not darken our drive towards the light.
CONTROVERSIAL LIBERAL VIZIER CHALLENGES COURT OF CALIPH!
Court of Caliph pose for photo
Civil unrest grips Al Jafar
Vizier al-Suhrawardi has announced today his much anticipated Manifesto for Sweeping Reform of the Alikhi Governmental system, which he has repeatedly denounced as "corrupt, inefficient, incompetent." Today he put his money where his mouth is and has proposed a long list of truly radical and unnerving reforms to the entirety of Alikhi governance, reforming, renaming and reorganizing the whole Court and Powers Structure into something resembling a despised Parliamentary Democracy.
"A New age of change is at last coming to Alikhstan! For too long we have lingered in shadow, instead of racing towards the Light." was the dramatic call to duty by the Vizier today.
"The Court will become a Congress, with the approval of our Beloved Caliph, who has dreamed for many decades of reforming our system to match if not surpass the West in efficency. I can confirm i have his full backing for these changes, and I hope the Council of Imams will join me in this march towards the Future."
These comments have sparked uproar in our nations capital, and the Council of Imams have called an emergency conference with the Nationalists, in order to form and present a united front for those who have little wish to become a corrupt puppet state of the European Union. Spokes Imam Mahmud Pakalin in particular has issued a general alert to all Mujahideen to "stand ready for what comes".
This ominous warning has recieved a counter-warning from the Vizier, who urges calm and clear-thinking in such momentous times.
In other News, the announcement of the Free Trade Organization has attracted a vocal outcry from the AKT, who are dedicated to the Creed of Protectionism, and preserving Alikhi trade interests. In response to this and other critical developments in such crucial markets as Fossil Fuels and Natural Gas, the AKT has put forward a proposal to form an International Oil Prices Economic Consortium, or IOPEC for short. This body would regulate the sale of fossil fuels and ensure that it is not used as a political weapon, or exploited by unscrupulous oil-rich nations.
This plan has as yet to be officially endorsed by the Vizier's Office or the Court/Congress, but it will almost certainly be put forward once the bulk of the Reforms have been implemented, and the current atmosphere has returned to normal.
We wish you all good luck for the coming Hajj, and may the Prophet guide your steps if you are making the pilgrimage to Mekka.
DARK DAY OF INFAMY!
Scene of the Crime
People rally outside Council Chambers
Salaam, Citizens. Yesterday was a Dark Day for us all, as revered Vizier Sezer al-Suhrawardi was brutally kidnapped by unknown insurgents, with crude blood-daubed slogans and taunts suggesting the involvement of some obscene Nationalist Group.
Tens of thousands jammed the streets of Al Jafar Today as they marched on the Council Chambers, in grief, in anger, and demanding an explanation. The Nationalist Islamist Coalition has denied vehemently allegations of involvement, and supports the decision that the Vice-Minister Hakim Sharif be appointed as Vizier Regent, untill the fare of Suhrawardi is known, and elections can occur again reasonably.
Hakim Sharif voice his commitment and dedication to the Liberal policies pursued by Suhrawardi, and insists that he will do his best to carry out the Reforms proposed by his mentor and superior, Sezer al-Suhrawardi.
He further went on to verbally attack the Nationalist Islamist Coalition, and to condemn all nationalist and Islamic Fundamentalist groups, affirming that there will be no let up untill all the perpetrators of this horrific crime have been detained.
"We shall not sleep, we shall not falter, we shall not give up. Sezer Suhrawardi was chosen by the people to lead them, and those criminals who have sought to take him from us will be found and dealt with with the most extreme severity, should they fail to return him immediately."
In other News,
Foreign Policies have been continued in absentia, with both the Caliph's personal envoy Selim Osmanli and official Ambassador Aydin Berkant working to further Suhrawardi's cause, courting western relations and seeking to mediate treaties, now that they are needed more than ever.
Violence has broken out in rural districts, as taunting and mob violence against deeply controversial pro-fundamentalist Madrassas have forced the Police to intervene, both to protect the Madrassas and also to prevent any nationalist or islamic retaliation.
Despite the grim news, television hosts, theatre actors and radio presenters have valiantly maintained their schedules, fighting tears and feelings of grief, in order to continue on as Sezer would have wanted. Popular issues programme, The Daler Mendhi Show, has compiled a moving plea and petition from hundreds of supportive media stars, producers and technical staff to the kidnappers, asking that they give themselves up and return the much beloved Vizier, before its too late.
TERROR BROTHERHOOD BLASTS CITY BLOCKS
Terror sweeps the nation as radical Islamist Terror Group "The Brotherhood" detonates explosives in Al Jafar, Tarsus and Smyrna, devestating three city blocks, injuring over a hundred and killing twenty-three people. These horrific attacks have provoked enormous outcry, and Acting Vizier Sharif has called for calm, authorizing a nation-wide curfew in order to restrain the growing violence. Millita openly patrol the streets, and the Alikhi Police Force are unable to maintain order in the face of increasingly organized and numerous opposition, as Islamists, Nationalists, Conservatives, Democrats, and even Socialists take to the streets, leading to enormous clashes.
Caliph am-Sahin himself spoke publicly in a rare and serious conference with representatives from across the entire media industry, denouncing the bloody mob clashes and the recent unprovoked terror attacks by the Brotherhood, who claim to believe in creating a New Islamic World Order.
"These violent and terrifying acts of destruction are clear signs of the dangers in our midsts. However, we must not now nor ever give in to Fear or Ignorance. The Future is coming, and change with it, but it is not one that can be born in Blood. Only through working together, and achieving greater harmony and Unity, can we truly live as the Koran has instructed, and only then can we achieve the Serenity that it is ALL mankind's right."
In other News, the European Treaty Organization faces a premature abortion, as the USSR brings Europe into the latest and most cold of phases in this seemingly endless Cold War. We have little sympathy for godless atheists or for materialistic agnostics, but our hopes and prayers are with those muslims trapped in these countries, who almost certainly look poised for a devestating War. Wether it is Triera or the Soviets who strike first, one thing is certain: It is the innocents who will suffer first.
MUJAHIDEEN A "THREAT" SAYS SHARIF
Acting Vizier Sharif imposes Martial Law
Mujahideen to be disbanded
In the wake of the atrocities committed by the Brotherhood across Europe, Acting Vizier Hassim Sharif has slammed the encouragement of terrorism and extremist islamism in Alikhstan, and has promised to restore order, and remove potential threats.
"The Mujahideen have for too long....been a recruiting pool for international terrorists, encouraging violent and antisocial behaviour amongst our youth. The uproar caused since the kidnapping of Vizier Suhrawardi has exposed the evil of extremism prevalent in our nation. The Mujahideen are a Threat, and must be disbanded before it is too late."
This announcement has been met with uproar from within the Court of the Caliph and from the Council of Imams, both of whom decry this move as removing one of the pillars that keep this nation stable and secure.
"It is absolutely outrageous that this man thinks he can remove those who safeguard our faith, and enforce Sharia Law!" said Imam Mahmoud Pakalin, spokesman for the council and the NIC.
"I defy this edict, and encourage all Mujahideen to do the same."
Concerned about potentially violent defiance of this new edict, Acting Vizier Sharif has authorized the deployment of Motor Rifle Brigades to the streets, in order to break up Mujahideen units and force them to comply and disarm.
Several prominent Mujahideen leaders have, as of this report, holed themselves up in historic mosques across Alikhstan, encouraging loyal followers to aid them in the defence of Islam.
The Caliph has issued an official statement, making known his support for the actions of Sharif, and encouraging the Council of Imams to co-operate.
Whilst the search for our Vizier continues, it becomes ever more apparent that it is almost certainly the work of the untill-recently hidden Viper, the Brotherhood of Cain. This insidious organization has been growing steadily and secretly for decades, and it is clear that it means to use completely unacceptable methods to achieve their own brand of "Islam"'s domination over the Globe. We here at Alikhyah condemnd these false muslims and violent criminals, and wish the Westerners luck in their battle against them.
TERROR LEADERS TO BE ARRESTED, NATIONAL UPROAR
Mujahideen declare Fatwa against the Vizier
Tanks besiege NIC Headquarters
In response to demands made by the Western Governments, notably Triera and Nazione Italiana, who are concerned by the recent spate of Brotherhood Terrorist Attacks in their lands, Acting Vizier Sharif has ordered the arrest of the leaders of the Nationalist-Islamist Coalition, whom he claims to believe are in contact with the notorious and illegal Brotherhood of Cain.
"Mahmud Pakalin and the Leaders of the Nationalist Faction have become isolated in their fortified party headquarters, when tanks from the 3rd Alikhi Armour Division surrounded the building. Gunshots and RPG-rounds have been exchanged from some parts of the building with crack Immortals from the Caliph's own guard, who have been deployed to crucial areas to restore Order.
In response to this strongarming by the so-called Liberal Government, many units of the Mujahideen have rebelled against disarmament, and are calling for the removal of the anti-Islamic government, claiming that Hakim Sharif ordered the kidnapping and execution of Sezer Suhrawardi, still missing after several weeks, with no ransom note, video or explanation for his dissappearance.
Whilst it is unknown to what extent the "Brotherhood" may or may not operate in Alikhstan, it is clear that Sharif's efforts to appease the decadent west have alienated his countrymen at a time when he needs their support the most.
We advocate that all citizens try to think rationally in these times of Chaos, and do what they feel is best for themselves, their family and their country.
BROTHERHOOD BLASTS BLACK GOLD IN BATTLE AGAINST WEST
Tarsus Refinery burns brightly throughout the day
South Anatolian Fields set alight
Salaam Alakaoum, Citizens. As the Army and Police of the Sharif Administration continue to battle the Nationalists and Islamist Mujahideen Rebels who continue to resist the lawful edicts to disarm, The Brotherhood has struck again, blasting the crucial Tarsus Refinery in the South of Alikhstan, which refines and processes almost a third of Alikhstan's crude oil for export tot he West.
The explosions began at four am this morning, and have continued unabated late into the afternoon, despite concerntrated efforts made by fire brigades from miles around. Helicopters carrying huge loads of sand have been summoned to try and contain the fire, but authorities have little hope of salvaging the refinery or its current load of oil.
"This is a serious blow, both to Alikhstan's economy, but to the global oil prices, and to the shareprices of many western oil conglermerates." said one commentator. "It is a miracle no workers or nearby civillians were harmed by the raging fires."
Oil Wells in the Southeastern South Anatolia Fields have been also set alight, creating blazing beacons visible in neighbouring Mongolia. Helicopters have been dispatched, but there is little hope of doing more than containing the already massive underground fires. This will be a severe blow to the oil production ability of Alikhstan, and is a clear message by the Brotherhood of its intent to hurt the West where it will feel it- in its pockets.
"Clearly the casualties we have inflicted on the West mean nothing to these heartless, godless heathens. So we now attack something that will make the west take notice of the Brotherhood's divine cause!" said one masked ranter, who stood outside the Alikhyah Press HQ and delivered his beliefs to all passers-by.
Vizier Sharif has expressed his frustration and rage with these terrorists, and has stepped up his assaults on Mujahideen Bases, Fundamentalist Madrassas and Party Headquarters for the Nationalist-Islamist Coalition.
"We will not stand by and let these terrorist madmen tear our nation apart! I have asked the Caliph to grant permission for requesting aid from our allies in European Union. I have requested intercession from the ETO, and a limited force of peacekeepers will soon be dispatched, to observe and aid us in clearing out the foul rebel scum, so that we can focus entirely on containing and settling our own civil disputes."
CIVIL WAR BEGINS AS NATIONALIST-ISLAMIST FORCES ATTACK BASES THROUGHOUT ALIKHSTAN
Al Jafar at dawn this morning
Alikhi Army Batallions under attack by Mujahideen
Belarum Jets circle around bombed camp
In a shocking series of events, Belarum Jets launched from their Carrier in the Straits between Alikhstan and the Holy Roman Empire have bombed key targets that untill recently were believed to be hotbeds of Islamic Fundamentalist operations, including several prominent Madrassas and Mujahideen Staging Posts. These attacks have been the fuel for the fire so long waited for by the Nationalist Islamist Coalition, whose forces have begun attacking Alikhi Army posts throughout the country. The Siege on the NIC HQ was broken several hours later and only a few hours ago, when Technicals loaded with Mujahideen armed with RPGs fired on the encamped Alikhi Armour Batallions. Fighting around the Headquarters have spilled out into neighbouring streets, and it is believed that the violence is likely only to escalate further.
Prominent Imams have come out of hiding to rail against Hakim Sharif's incompetence and corruption, and have called for Jihad against the westophile oppressors ruling from the Palace District in Al Jafar. "Our cause is Just! The time for Revolution is here! Death to the West!" said Mahmud Pakalin in a smuggled videotape.
We here at Al Alikyah urge all citizens to remain at home for the duration of the hostilities.
CIVIL WAR RAGES IN THE ANKARAN-TUZ PROVINCES
Villages across the Ankaran and Tuz Provinces are being evacuated as a storm of attacks have been unleashed by "Mujahideen" loyal to the Nationalist Islamist Coalition and the Brotherhood. Horrific "slash and burn" tactics have been employed against isolated targets that have refused to swear total loyalty to the Council of Imams and the Brotherhood, and Alikhi Army Units have been surrounded and either slaughtered or have deserted their units and joined the insidious fundamentalist cause.
Vizier Hakim Sharif, however, delivers a message of strength and hope, despite the seeming wave of unstoppable violence and desertions encouraged by the advancing Jihadis. "Alikhstan remains whole and strong! Though the fanatics seek to tear our country in half, and have conducted horrific acts of random violence and terror, we remain strong and more dedicated to a strong, united, progressive Alikhstan. The arms embargo by the Soviets should deprive these rabble of the opportunity to accquire more powerful hardware, and the continuing aid and support of the Belarian-Trieran Peacekeepers will ensure that Alikhstan will be swiftly rid of these violent thugs and criminals, who use the name of the Prophet, peace be upon him, to justify their wanton cruelty and pillaging."
Recruitment Campaigns continue amongst refugees and in the more secure western urban areas, as Alikhi Army Units, augmented by squads of Immortals and Peacekeepers, continue to expand the "Safe Zones" and reconnect the lines of supply with our eastern provinces and garrisons. The Mujahideen have as yet to form any form of stable battlefront, continuing to recklessly rampage across the Highlands of Anatolia and in the Valleys of the Tuz Province, striking small, undefended targets with unrelenting barbarity, and avoiding direct confrontation with our armoured patrols.
If this is the best Cain has to offer, citizens, then this War will be brought to a swift conclusion. Clearly what little "millitary hardware" these Jihadis posessed has been either destroyed by the superior intelligence and firepower of our ETO Allies, or has been left to rust in the desert, useless without the regular supplies and maintenance of the Soviet Black Market.
ALLIED TASKFORCE ADVANCEs INTO SIVRIHISAR PROVINCE
After 2 months of horrific fighting across the Ankaran-Tuz Provinces, we can confirm that Sivrihisar has finally fallen, against a massed air-armour assault by Allied Forces from the European Union. This is a stunning blow to the cruel and ill-discplined NIC Millita operating in the area, and we are confident that the true will of Allah and the Caliph will triumph over these foolish and misguided fundamentalists.
"The Fanatics have put up an unexpectedly stiff resistance, but Sivirihisar has been utterly wiped out! We are saddened by the greivous losses incurred upon the European Taskforce, but we are confident that these losses will spur our allies to even greater efforts, and match our dedication to the destruction of these rebels."
said Vizier Sharif in a rousing speech to the people of Al Jafar. "I am confident now that our own Army can expand the Safezones into the westernmost Highlands, and allow some limited return of the Refugees to their homes and farms."
However, despite this maganimous offer, al Alikhyah can report that, despite the apalling conditions of the Refugee Camps, thousands are refusing to leave, still uncertain of the safety of the Highlands and Mountains, particularly fearful of facing Bandits.
"Sure, the Mujahideen have been pushed back to Poleti, but there are many scavengers and Bandits who will not hesitate to prey on us if we leave." said one old farmer, who preferred to remain anonmyous.
Aid from the West, however, has been substantial, and many people have greeted the sight of their distinctive white helicopters and food and medical packages with joy. Concern has been raised, however, about the lack of shelter for many refugees, who, whilst fine in the current Summer, will not last long should the conflict drag into the harsh bitter winter that comes early to the Highlands.
**AL ALIKHYAH **
TIMETABLE FOR WITHDRAWAL TO BE SET?
It is nearly 2 years since the Trierans headed a Coalition Force to assist the legitimate government of Alikhstan in overcoming the NIC insurgency and avert a full-blown Civil War. Despite their strength and numbers, however, it has become rapidly clear to us all that the Alyk Highlands remain highly contested, as former Muhjahideen and those loyal to the Brotherhood continue to conduct geurilla raids on Coalition Forces, and continue to sponsor the terrorist attacks that seem to shatter our streets almost every week.
Yet a Light seems to, at last, be shining on the Horizon, as Vizier Hakim Sharif has issued a personal statement indicating that Talks with the Coalition may finally be able to set a Timetable for their withdrawal.
"Alikh's Army has been rebuilt from the ground-up. We are becoming confident now that the radical reforms applied to the Armed Forces as a whole will leave our nation able to maintain its peace if threatened. Whats more, we are confident that the Brotherhood has become fractured, and it will be easier, now that the former bodies of the NIC and Muhjahideen have been officially banned and disbanded, to contain the problem, and restore order to our streets."
Such bold and candid language has not been heard from the Vizier since before the War began, and many are nervous that his statements have come too soon. However, to those who live in perpetual fear of when the next bomb attack will come, those who still struggle to eke a living in the devestated Highlands, and to those who have already suffered directly, these words could not come soon enough.
In other News, the Caliph has appointed one of his Younger sons as a "Regional Envoy", to represent Alikhstan in the ongoing global economic crisis, and to observe how other, more modern nations handle their own economies. This comes but a few short weeks after the "Magrabah" Scandal, in which photographs, allegedly of his Highness Prince Rashid al-Alikh, depicted him visiting a known and notorious Seraglio. The tabloid that published these was quickly and rightly censored, and those responsible for the heinous slander have already been brought to court. However, it is clear that the Caliph wishes to dispel any lingering notions of a stain on the character of his 2nd Son, and has ordered him to act in this manner, to not only serve the nation and his father constructively, but also to provide purpose and focus.
Refugee Camps have begun to "fast-track" their most desperate refugees for emmigration. up to 30,000 people and their families expected to be "repatriated" to European Nations.
Are the Seas Safe? Rumours of the Brotherhood surviving on as a Corsair Organization raiding the shipping Lanes. Talks to be held regarding upgrading Alikhi Navy.
Who is the Caliph? expose of the man who has led us for well over 50 years. _