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“WOULD God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!” wailed the stricken patriarch King David. A year ago yesterday, on Dec 16, 132 sets of parents in Peshawar had cause to repeat that lament, after the cooling bodies of their children were brought from the Army Public School Peshawar to their homes, to a cooling, home-cooked meal they would never taste.

 

Some say Daesh's narrative has nothing to do with Islam, but that's disingenuous. Obviously it has something to do with Islam. Its roots go back to the origin story cherished by Muslims, which tells of a small group of worshipful devouts who are targeted for extermination by an overwhelmingly powerful enemy; they fight back, and guided by God, the only God, they not only survive but end up ruling the world. And that story does have mythic power, if you feel affiliated with the original small group.

Islam Condemns Religious Extremism
Kamaldeen Ayodele Muili
Islam Condemns Religious Extremism
Kamaldeen Ayodele Muili

Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims should be seekers of peace at all times. Any violent behavior cannot be of Islam. Another supreme example of Muhammad's benevolence and tolerance was during his triumphant return from Medina to his homeland Mecca. In Mecca Muhammad was originally severely persecuted. On his return with all the powers there could be as a conqueror, he did not terrorize or kill his adversaries despite all the power he commanded, but instead forgave all that fought against him during the early period of Islam in Mecca.

 

It's believed that about 70% of the Islamic State militants in Libya are foreigners, with the bulk coming from Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Sudan and Tunisia. In recent months there have been consistent reports that Islamic State has been transferring "administrators" and "military commanders" to Libya to take direct control of its militants there. Moreover, Islamic State websites in Libya have been prominently featuring the slogan that "Sirte will be no less than Raqqa," suggesting that if Raqqa falls, Sirte may become the new capital of Islamic State.

 

For decades Saudi Arabia has heavily financed the spread of Wahhabism abroad. While the exact sum is not known, it is estimated that at least $100 billion has been spent exporting fanatical Wahhabism to various poor Muslim nations worldwide over the past three decades. When one considers the fact that the Soviets spent about $7 billion spreading communism worldwide in the 70 years from 1921 and 1991, this is an enormous figure. …

Married face of suicide terrorism

By Fawad Kaiser

The mirage of terrorism

By Dr Asad Zaman

Selective freedom of speech?

By Yasser Latif Hamdani

Is freedom more powerful than fear?

By Shahid Javed Burki

Blow hot, blow cold

By Kamal Siddiqi

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

Is Saudi Arabia’s anti-terrorist alliance real?

By Oliver Miles

The Saudi anti-terror coalition could be a game changer

By Dr. John C. Hulsman

ISIS is also a Saudi problem

By Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Pakistani war criminals of 1971 still free

By Brig R P Singh, VSM (retired)

Canada: A bright hope for liberalism

By Mustafa Akyol

What Can We Learn From the Trump and ISIS Eras?

By Rami G. Khouri

Muslim Americans in the shadow of ISIS

By Taha Hassane

‘Al-ISIL’ and ‘al-Russia’

By Akif Beki

This is a big moment for Saudi Arabia

By Michael Stephens

Libya: Reconciliation at last?

By OSAMA AL SHARIF

Breaking Bread In Kabul

By Kathy Kelly

Liberal Extremism Disguised As Defense Of Muslims

By Matt Peppe

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

Cynical in fighting terror?

By R. K. Raghavan

Call the IS bluff now

By Suhasini Haidar

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

Radicalisation of an American Muslim

By Syed Mansoor Hussain

Having a little FATE

By Mashal Imran

The known unknowns

By Amina Jilani

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

Saudi support for extremism must be halted

By Jonathan Power

A crisis in Russian-Turkish relations

By S P Seth

Beyond the usual to fight extremism

By Mohammad Ahmad

The refugee crisis in Pakistan

By Babar Mirza

Is there a viable solution to the Afghan problem?

By Rasul Bakhsh Rais

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

Terror in the name of religion

By Deepak Sinha

Intolerance fuels radicalisation

By Narayan Lakshman

The myth of Intolerant India

By ARVIND P. DATAR

Why Russian President Vladimir Putin makes a bad ally

By Paul R. Gregory

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

7/7 Survivor: Why we should not bomb Syria

By John Tulloch

So much for US-Iran détente

By AMIR TAHERI

US 'terror' arrests at highest level since 9/11

By Al Jazeera

Assad the barrel-bomber

By Saudi Gazatte

Russian-Israeli relations reach new heights

By Yossi Mekelberg

As Turkey confronts Russia, World War III looms ever closer

By Maria Dubovikova

Boredom at the ballot box in Egypt

By Abdallah Schleifer

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

An alternative strategy to warfare might be to wait for IS to wither by itself. But that is a forlorn hope. IS continues to exist because the Middle East is consumed by a titanic struggle between Sunni and Shia Islam. This is overlaid by the clash between regional powers and the rivalry of America and Russia. Whatever the opponents of military action say, the West is not what sustains this fight. Were Western countries to withdraw and focus on diplomacy alone, the violence would still go on, possibly for decades.

 

Like America’s Iraq war, the present Western offensive against ISIS in Syria may well be creating a religious divide, driving more Muslim youths into jihadi terrorism. Religious television in Arab countries influence minds more powerfully than Russian missiles can influence events. The question arises whether ISIS is in a win-win situation. But the more important question is whether those opposing it are in a lose-lose situation and if so, why.

 

In the aftermath of the fall of Saddam Hussein, al-Baghdadi appears to have helped establish one of the first entirely indigenous militant groups motivated by extremist Islam. This drew recruits from tribal networks and neighbours in his home town and surrounding villages. Al-Baghdadi, now aged thirty-two, was picked up apparently by chance in a US sweep and interned in Camp Bucca, a vast prison built outside the southern port city of Basra. …

Muslims were asked what kind of Muslims they were, and whether they were with them, or not. As a friend ruminated on her Facebook wall, “…It's as if we have to make clear where our alliances are- what kind of Muslim are we- here, proof we are this kind – and if our views are different, we fragment ourselves further (using words like true or real to distinguish or differentiate ourselves further).”

How prepared is the Narendra Modi government should India face a Paris-like attack? It might be prepared to tackle the immediate challenge, but it is yet to come out with a long-term strategy to promote Sufism and tackle the challenge of ultra-Wahabism.

No country for journalists

By Editorial

Afghan refugees & the perception problem

By Madiha Tallat

Towards a world war?

Ali Malik

Don’t blame the people

I.A. Rehman

Turkish adventurism

By Daily times Editorial

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau

Reports of discrimination against South Asians show true colours of IS

By Hindustan Times

Intimidation, imitation, economics: Why youth are taking to terror

By Abhijit Banerjee

Two Executions

By Syed Badrul Ahsan

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 
ISIS — A Growing Global Threat
Raulston Nembhard
ISIS — A Growing Global Threat
Raulston Nembhard

The war against ISIS does not justify killing perhaps hundreds of thousands of civilians to root out a terror group like ISIS. President Barack Obama would be very naïve to think that bombing ISIS would degrade them and finally rid the world of them. But now that the rest of the world is waking up to the reality that this group presents a global threat and can strike at any time in any part of the world, there will be greater coordination from these countries to fight this growing threat.

 
The Joy of ISIS
Ross Douthat
The Joy of ISIS
Ross Douthat

Where the brighter joy of Mormons is invisible, in other words, the dark joy of ISIS will be entirely incomprehensible. That lack of comprehension isn’t Islamic radicalism’s only weapon. But it’s a useful one for the caliphate to have ready to its hand.

 

This has helped America satiate its thirst for oil and use Wahhabi doctrine for short term goals like defeating USSR in Afghanistan. In the 1970s, the US used the Saudi alliance to counter Egyptian pan-Arab socialist Gamal Abdel Nasser and post-revolution Iran. In the process it often patronised the nihilistic forces that have now turned their guns on the West.

 
Why the IS Survives
Frederic Grare
Why the IS Survives
Frederic Grare

The IS is not an existential threat for Western societies and the rhetoric of war can only be counterproductive, as it confers on IS a significance and an aura that, like in the case of al-Qaeda, is disproportionate with its actual importance. But this is precisely where the main risk lies. One may hope and believe that the IS will regress and disappear and that sanity will prevail, but when this will happen is an open question, and the societal cost of the journey may ultimately prove fairly high.

 
Rise of the European jihadi
Praveen Swami
Rise of the European jihadi
Praveen Swami

In his book, jihadist ideologue Nasar wrote that “terrorism is like talent for poetry, music, painting and different aspects of the arts. The trainers and those supervising the foundation of Resistance cells must discover those talents and refine them with culture and training so that they find their place in leading terrorist operations in this type of blessed jihad”.

 
Taste of terror from inside
Jayprakash S. Naidu

The anti-terror experts from India like V. Balachandhran and D. Sivanandhan in Maharashtra had anticipated this possibility of 'self-indoctrination' years back and even spoke about it in seminars on anti-terror measures. Former ATS chief Rakesh Maria had even begun a de-radicalisation program and had some success. But, an absence of these efforts in other cities like Thane seems to have done the trick for the indoctrinators.

 
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