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The Rise and Demise of Mullah Omar
Dr Mohammad Taqi
The Rise and Demise of Mullah Omar
Dr Mohammad Taqi

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) owed allegiance to Mullah Omar, the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) ran terrorist training camps in Afghanistan during his reign and the al Qaeda leadership was the apple of his eye. These outfits shared ideology, manpower and logistics with Mullah Omar’s Taliban. They gained battlefield experience with the Taliban only to boomerang back to Pakistan, causing great death and destruction. The LeJ founder Riaz Basra was Mullah Omar’s guest in Afghanistan and dozens of his lieutenants, including the recently killed sectarian terrorist....

 

However, the Pakistani authorities should not forget that the FIA declared various other facilitators and operatives as fugitives in the case. ... Are we as a nation prepared to muster the courage to face uncomfortable truths and combat the demons of militancy that haunt our land? That is the question!

 

Although we are yet to see a statement by Mullah Omar confirming he is not alive, the news of the Taliban emir’s death has delayed a second round of talks between the militant group and the government in Kabul. A likely peace in Afghanistan will have serious consequences for journalists like this scribe as much as common people. With nothing serious to report about, reporters.....

 
ISIS Is a Common Threat
M. J. Akbar
ISIS Is a Common Threat
M. J. Akbar

When India reassumes its engagement with successor states of the Safavid, Ottoman and European empires to its west up to the Nile and the Sahel in north Africa, it will renew dialogue with a region that has not had a good night's sleep for at least two centuries. Analysis is not an advent of any blame game. The fault, as that crusty realist Shakespeare noted, may lie in ourselves, rather than our stars, but the destiny of men also has its profound cycles across the cartwheels of time. The past is littered with skeletons of nations which once ruled as much as the world as they could reach…..

 

While the idea of propagating moderate Islam or taking down radical sites or twitter handles may be a step in the right direction, the task is humongous and requires a much faster technological and ideological response from Indian society.....

 
Saving Tunisia from ISIS
Mustapha Tlili
Saving Tunisia from ISIS
Mustapha Tlili

Tunisia’s successful transition to democracy, the legitimacy of its government and the bravery of its armed forces are not enough to save it. Nor should anyone in Europe and the West comfort themselves with the idea that the jihadist movement will eventually self-destruct. From their new theatre of operations in Tunisia, the terrorists aim at extending their caliphate to Europe and beyond....

 
IS Has Managed To Repulse Most of the World
R. K. Raghavan
IS Has Managed To Repulse Most of the World
R. K. Raghavan

This document reflects IS’s wishes, not its capabilities. The IS has repeatedly made clear that its apocalyptic goals include provoking a series of sectarian wars leading up to the “Final Battle” and the “End times”. The outfit has made some headway in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In January of this year, it announced the establishment of a new “province” called the Islamic State of Khurasan, boasting in its magazine Dabiq that “numerous” groups in both Afghanistan and Pakistan had joined the new province. But so far, the groups that have joined the ISK appear to be small, or splinter groups from TTP and other groups. The announcement of Mullah Omar’s death, if true, will lead to additional defections to ISK. But that doesn’t mean that sparking a war in India is credible.....

 

Some Indian handlers have been identified by intelligence agencies, which have tracked and intercepted youth who had planned to leave for Turkey and then cross over to Syria to join ISIS. ISIS, the dreaded terror group that has massacred thousands across the globe, has headhunters in India and among Indians living abroad. They are recruiting young Indian Muslims attracted to the idea of establishing a Caliphate. Some Indian handlers have been identified by intelligence agencies, which have tracked and intercepted youth who had planned to leave for Turkey and then cross over to Syria to join ISIS.

 
The Good and Bad Taliban
Abbas Nasir
The Good and Bad Taliban
Abbas Nasir

Admittedly, it is too early to say if making Mullah Omar's death public at this stage, when it supposedly happened in April 2013, was aimed at making the militant movement more amenable to negotiations or to thwart the talks.....

 
The Terror of Fighting Terror
Rafia Zakaria
The Terror of Fighting Terror
Rafia Zakaria

The curse of terror then is not only the dead children, the dread of crowded places, the lingering fear of the belted bomber but also the taint it casts on those trying to fight it. The loss of moral power inherent in the abandonment of law, the secret persecution of possible suspects, the deaths of those that did deliver information or evidence, have birthed new criminals. Sometimes it seems the fight is not of good against evil but only between the varying flavours of depravity....

 
Beheading the Behemoth
Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
Beheading the Behemoth
Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

The extreme absolutists might condemn the ‘staged encounter’ and the extra-judicial killing. But those that have a sprinkling of realist topping to their principled rigidity, would accept the impossibility of mustering testimonies against Ishaq. Let’s not forget that this is a man who has been acquitted over 100 times after charges of terrorism and homicide......

 

An apparent Islamic State recruitment document found in Pakistan’s lawless tribal lands reveals that the extremist group has grand ambitions of building a new terrorist army in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and triggering a war in India to provoke an Armageddon-like “end of the world.” The 32-page Urdu-language document obtained by American Media Institute (AMI) and reviewed by USA TODAY details a plot to attack U.S. soldiers as they withdraw from Afghanistan and target American diplomats and Pakistani officials…..

Is there a key leader whose demise would deal a hammer blow? Does so-called "leadership decapitation" even work as a strategy? Or do Western counterterrorism agencies face an indefinite process of crossing names from a never-diminishing list? Are there just too many groups in too many places to combat as we witness the emergence of a new generation of terrorist leaders whose significance is yet to be grasped?.....

 

..... more than 300 hardcore commanders, militants and suicide bombers of Taliban from FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have joined ISIS because the Taliban are in a disarray, and because of the international charm and attraction of the Iraq and Syria based terrorist organization. “We have credible information that many militants belonging to Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan are considering announcing allegiance to ISIS.....

 
Rethinking the War on Daesh
Ramzy Baroud
Rethinking the War on Daesh
Ramzy Baroud

Another weapon in the Daesh arsenal that also proved effective is the fact that there is not one single united fight aimed at eliminating or, at least, slowing down the progress of Daesh armies in the Middle East. While military camps of the terror group are reportedly targeted in Syria, other regional conflicts, especially in Yemen, are facilitating the expansion of Daesh. ....

 

"Opposing 'Sharia courts' is not racism or 'Islamophobic'; it is a defence of the rights of all citizens, irrespective of their beliefs and background to be governed by democratic means under the principle of one law for all. What amounts to racism is the idea that minorities can be denied rights enjoyed by others through the endorsement of religious based 'justice' systems which operate according to divine law that is by its very nature immune from state scrutiny.".....

 

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.”.....

 

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
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
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…..

 

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 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.”....

 

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
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 ..... 

 


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