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Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

ISIS is not merely a terrorist group, Weiss and Hassan point out. Rather, ISIS is a “conventional military that mobilizes and deploys foot soldiers with a professional acumen that has impressed members of the U.S. military.” It is also a “mafia adept at exploiting decades-old transnational gray markets for oil and arms trafficking.” ISIS is an experienced “intelligence-gathering apparatus.” The extremist group is a polished and effective “propaganda machine.”.....

 

This Is Not the Way It Is Done, Abdullah
Sara Mattar

Every time I read about or watch a young man exploding himself killing a number of innocent people and leaving behind victims who have never expected to die in this tragic way, I ask if the reason for this brutal act was the wish of the suicide bomber to reach the Houris (nymphs) in paradise very quickly.....

 

To Deal With Daesh, Understand Its Strategy
Mohammad Akef Jamal

True, Daesh’s operations can affect many places in the world. However, their real habitat is the Arab world; the founders of this organisation and most of its affiliates are from Arab countries, to the extent that this stage in time represents a conflict within the Arab world with terrorist organisations……

 

The Egypt Bombing Wave: Why Did ISIS Now Pick Italy?
Dr. Theodore Karasik

In Egypt, the ISIS’s Sinai Province formerly (Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis) is a hub of ISIS activity. But it is important to note that the cult-like ability for ISIS to recruit sympathizers and lone wolves may be strong in Egypt. An Egyptian official told me that ISIS is attracting more and more disenchanted Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan) sympathizers…..

 

Why Talking To the Afghan Taleban Is a Good Idea
Fareed Zakaria

Governments are loath to talk to terrorists. This is understandable since they regard the groups as barbaric, worry about legitimising brutality, and remain convinced that military force can defeat or at least cripple them. But, Powell points out, most governments end up talking to terrorists. The British government saw the Mau Mau in Kenya as a "conspiracy based on the total perversion of the human spirit" - "subhumans" with "death as their only deliverance."....

 

The Creeping Evil of the Islamic State
Muhammad Ali Ehsan

The danger posed by the IS is not just limited to the regional context. Out here in our part of the world, Hafiz Saeed Khan, a former Taliban commander, has already sworn an oath of allegiance (January 2015) to the self-proclaimed caliph of the IS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. He now acts as the Wali (governor) of the province of Khorasan — an area supposedly comprising Pakistan, Afghanistan and parts of Central Asia and Iran.....

 
Ramadhan: A Call for Mercy in the Middle East
Mohamad Hery Saripudin and Dimas Muhamad

After all, did God and his messenger really teach us to observe fasting by killing innocents? Let’s not forget what the prophet once said, “Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink.”....

 

Can Indonesian Islamists Resist The Allure Of IS?
Ary Hermawan

The Islamic world is in turmoil, and the Islamic State (IS) group couldn’t be happier. The ultra-violent terrorist group, notorious for its medieval savagery and its aptitude for effectively using this violence as slick, Hollywood-style propaganda, has sown conflicts in Muslim-majority countries to spread its genocidal ideology…..

 

Dismantling ISIL's Propaganda Machine
James Denselow

ISIL's message is only bolstered by Western leaders’ statements describing how evil they are. The group are reinventing the rules of the game and are attempting their own version of "Year Zero" for Iraq and Syria in parallel to how the Khmer Rouge ruled Cambodia in the 1970s. As propagandists, ISIL are light years ahead of the Syrian regime ..... 

 

Islamic State and the Poor Man’s Nuclear Weapon
Bhaswati Mukherjee

With the IS encroaching deep into Syria and setting up governance mechanisms, the possibility of the IS using such chemical weapons in the future cannot be ruled out. Syria’s stockpiles have been destroyed under the OPCW/UN supervision. If there are no more Syrian stockpiles, the issue remains: Are there other stockpiles? Who is supplying these chemical weapons to rebel forces in Syria? Can these weapons fall into the hands of the IS? Does the IS already have access to such WMDs?....

 

The Feared ‘Catastrophic Success’ In Syria
Hisham Melhem

Listening to U.S. officials describing the effects of the potential ‘catastrophic success’ of the Islamists against the Assad regime, one would think that there is an unstoppable Juggernaut on its way to overwhelm Damascus and spell the end of the Assad dynasty, and accelerate the unravelling of Syria. There is no denying the tactical and significant military achievements of the Syrian opposition groups, mainly the Islamists....

 

Life for British Muslims since 7/7 – Abuse, Suspicion and Constant Apologies
Mehdi Hasan

Muslim communities don’t just “quietly condone” the ideology behind Isis, according to Cameron, but threaten our “common culture”. The London bombings, in fact, opened the floodgates to what has become a familiar litany of condemnation and demonization: honour killings, Sharia law, Halal slaughter, FGM, gender segregation, the face veil, child sex grooming. Wherever you turn, it seems, those dastardly Muslims pose a threat to you, your families and your way of life……

 

The Black Flag Worries the Taliban
S Mubashir Noor

All the actors in Afghanistan have, at one time or another, dismissed IS's chances in the country. Their logic was simple: a foreign cult could not drop anchor among the tight-knit Pashtuns....

 

Against Tyranny and ISIS, Call on Elvis
Rami G. Khouri

The one-year anniversary of the ISIS “Caliphate” reminds us that if an orderly political process does not lead to a legitimate governance system, darker forces of frustration and desperation will prevail. ISIS is the consequence of that desperate darkness that has hollowed out the hearts of millions of Arabs, and lured some of them with the false promises of instant redemption on earth and in paradise.....

 

Syria: A Confederation of Terror Organizations
Serkan Demirtas

“Look, Iraq has come to the edge of being divided into three parts. Syria’s disintegration would be worse; it could be divided into 33 parts if things continue like this. Syria has become a confederation of numerous terror organizations. There are so many terror organizations that we do not know their names; but, of course, the worst one is Daesh….

 

Preventing Bloody Fridays
Harun Yahya

Did these ghastly attacks, some linked to Daesh, change anything in terms of world public opinion or its leaders? Do you think the world will turn to a new strategy to resolve this terror? Let us try to understand the “strategy of preventing attacks” of the countries in question by summarizing what went on in those places after the attacks.....

 

Afghanistan: Darkening Shadows
Ajit Kumar Singh

The Taliban has also conceded that it has lost ground in Nangarhar, but attempts to downplay the influence of IS, even as it held the position that IS was not a rival. Taliban 'spokesman' Zabihullah Mujahid thus argued, "They are thieves and thugs ... We will soon clear those areas and free the villagers." Nevertheless, official confirmation about IS presence ....

 

Tracing Radicalism by Trial And Error
Farrukh Dhondy

This would indicate that they have collectively decided to abandon their lives in Britain and seek a life under the diktat of the IS, which will mean for the young men and perhaps the young women enlisting in IS’ fighting force, living under their version of Sharia law with active or passive subscription to executions, beheadings, crucifixions and to the restrictions it imposes on women, on belief, on speech and on rethinking their presence in the war-torn territories IS has occupied....

 
A Helpless World against a Group of Bigots
Brig Gen Shahedul Anam Khan ndc, psc (Retd)

A Helpless World against a Group of Bigots
Brig Gen Shahedul Anam Khan ndc, psc (Retd)

One wonders why the Jihadis tend to become more active during Ramadan. Only a few days ago, they had urged their followers 'to make Ramadan a month of calamities for the non-believers', but their targeting a Shia mosque in Kuwait suggest that it is not only the 'non-believers' that they are after and that they have extended the scope of the definition of 'non-believers' and have taken the war to the doors of those they consider as apostates.....

ISIS Caliphate’s First Birthday — It Now Inspires Lone Wolf Terrorism across Continents
Sreeram Sundar Chaulia

The ISIS caliphate’s so-called Quranic rule is more repressive than what Sunnis currently endure in authoritarian countries, but it offers a mythical release from daily problems by preaching that a ‘pure’ religious state is infallible since God is on its side. Its devilish birthday resolution will be to enjoy many happy returns by ensuring that the three crises of geopolitics, masculinity and governance are perpetuated......

 

The Diffusion of Militant Islamic Radicalism from the Middle East Is a Threat to Multicultural, Plural and Syncretic Societies like India
Rajendra Abhyankar

The blowback by entrenched interests in Syria and Egypt against popular Arab revolutions destroyed governance and societal cohesion, resulting in internecine bloodletting, rule by warlords and radical Islamic groups like the IS, al-Qaeda and its clones, the redrawing of borders and the breakdown of the region’s tolerant cultural ethos....

 

ISIS’ ‘Caliphate’ One Year Later: The End of Sykes-Picot
Joyce Karam

The ISIS caliphate that Baghdadi in his black turban and robe declared in Mosul last year is one by-product of the disintegration of the nation state in Iraq and Syria. The Iraq war in 2003 and the deeply flawed Debaathification policy that the U.S. executed in Baghdad thereafter was the kiss of death for the Iraqi state that we knew since 1958. In more than one way, dissolving the Iraqi army was a recipe for the rise of sectarian militias on all sides of the Iraqi spectrum: Shiite, Kurdish and Sunni....

 

Re-Designing Counter-Terrorism Strategy: The Role of Nations and Confederations
Robert D. Crane

The inevitably resulting desperation among large numbers of the younger generation, including some in America, has impelled them to join a utopian movement to destroy the existing world of the “One Percent” by creating what now has become known as the oxymoronic Islamic State or Da’esh.  .....

 

Baghdadi’s State More Dangerous than Bin Laden’s
Abdulrahman al-Rashed

It will be difficult to challenge ISIS without the participation of all countries in the region, including conflicting governments and the existing international coalition. It will be very difficult as long as Washington remains unable to manage Baghdad’s orientations or to stop Iran. Without the criminalization of sectarianism from both sides, the coalition will lack power. The clash between the Gulf and Iran over Syria and Yemen is complicating the situation....

 

Bangladesh’s Web of Jihadi Terror
Joyeeta Bhattacharjee

Islamists are targeting secular bloggers, in the real and virtual worlds; because they are alarmed by the latter’s growing popularity. Bloggers led the Shahbagh movement and have secured their position in the national mindscape.  Killings of and threats to secular bloggers, by religious extremists in Bangladesh, have once again proved the links between the virtual world and real-time terror....

 


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