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Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Religiously motivated terrorism threatens Pakistan’s existence. We have entered a state of permanent conflict where victory may not be possible even in 100 years. Drones or F-16s are not a solution. They may help in tribal areas but not in city environments where the enemy is thickest....

To fight the Islamic State, the need of hour is to uproot this outfit through military measures and ideologically. However, both these steps will require a copious amount of effort from the international community and from the Muslim society that is facing the brunt in the name of religion....

Africa and the Jihadist Threat
Obasanjo, Ghebreyesus and Ischinger
Africa and the Jihadist Threat
Olusegun Obasanjo,Tedros Adhanom, Wolfgang Isching

The unprecedented number of jihadist attacks in multiple countries in recent months has demonstrated how vulnerable our societies have become and how transnational the threat is. No group illustrates the nature of the challenge more clearly than ISIS. From its origins as a terrorist group capitalizing on state failure in Iraq and Syria, it has spread like a virus from Afghanistan to Nigeria and carried out or inspired attacks as far abroad as the United States and the Philippines....

 

The man glanced around uneasily, and finally approached a street sweeper in a blue jumpsuit. “I want to cross to the other side,” he said. “What can I do?” The street sweeper demanded 75 Turkish lira and pointed to a small hole in the fence, not far from the main gate. The man paid him but hesitated. He had come a long way, and was now barely 10 metres from his destination: the dusty brown hills of northern Syria, where the Islamic State began. “What about the guards?” he said. “No problem,” the street sweeper replied. “Just go.” The man walked towards the hole in the gate. He bent down and squeezed through. On the other side, he began to run. One of the Turkish guards saw him and shouted. He did not stop.....

 
Children Should Carry School Bags, Not AK47s
Yossi Mekelberg
Children Should Carry School Bags, Not AK47s
Yossi Mekelberg

Armed conflict hurts not only combatants, but also civilians and in many cases the most vulnerable among them. A significant and a very disturbing case is that of child soldiers. It is unforgivable that in the 21st century children are not protected from the evils of war and even worse are recruited to become combatants, ending as both victims and perpetrators of war crimes.....

 

The “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan,” the official name of the Taliban, announced the commencement of the 2016 spring offensive, and named it after Mullah Omar, its founder and first leader whose death was disclosed in the summer of 2015. A main goal of “Operation Omari” will be “clearing the remaining areas from enemy control and presence,” according to the Taliban. The Taliban announced the beginning of “Operation Omari” in a statement released today on its official propaganda website, Voice of Jihad...

 

The relationship between the two women in many ways reflects broader tensions in Muslim communities across Europe over interpretations of their religion, degrees of loyalty to their countries and the insidious appeal of the Islamic State.....

 
The Lahore Blast Dulls Pakistan’s Counter-Terror Claims
S.Mubashir Noor, New Age Islam
The Lahore Blast Dulls Pakistan’s Counter-Terror Claims
S.Mubashir Noor, New Age Islam

Every society gets the monsters it deserves, or so believes Bilal Benyaich, senior fellow at the Itinera Institute in Brussels. His pithy comment followed the triple suicide bombings in Belgium's capital on March 22. Benyaich argued his country had this coming by ghettoizing Muslim immigrants for decades and letting Brussels suburbs like Molenbeek and Schaerbeek turn into jihadist nurseries. He may well have been talking about Pakistan. Lahore bleeds, again.

 
Could There Be a Terrorist Fukushima?
Graham Allison and William H. Tobey

Discussions about nuclear terrorism also tend to focus on the risk of terrorists stealing weapons-grade material or making a dirty bomb. But they often overlook the danger of terrorists attacking a nuclear plant in order to set off a Chernobyl- or Fukushima-like disaster. That risk is real, however, and has been known for a while. ....

 

Especially clobbered has been Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), one of many Sunni groups spawned in southern Punjab in the 1980s, in part in reaction to the rise of a Shia theocracy in Iran. Last June counter-terrorism police bumped off the LeJ’s leader, Malik Ishaq, and many of his top lieutenants in a single night. The police barely pretended that what they had done was anything other than extrajudicial murder......

 
Our Selfishness Regarding Terrorism
Hassan Al Mustafa
Our Selfishness Regarding Terrorism
Hassan Al Mustafa

We should recognize that a human being is valuable, with rights and respect regardless of race, religion or colour. Terrorism violates the human values that manage relationships between societies....

 
Bangladesh: Reassertion of Reason
Sanchita Bhattacharya
Bangladesh: Reassertion of Reason
Sanchita Bhattacharya

Religious minorities are also facing the brunt of this extremist violence. According to partial data collated by Institute for Conflict Management (ICM), since 2013, six people belonging to religious minorities have been confirmed killed, but this is likely a gross underestimate. Data on the plight of minorities in Bangladesh is extremely deficient, with fitful reportage. ....

 

The horrible scenario in the Iraq-Syria battlefield first unfolded in Pakistan. No one in the Middle East took note of it; no one analysed Pakistan. Pakistan, sunk in denial, was not able to undertake self-analysis. Foreign reporters were kicked out for predicting Pakistan’s endgame. Today, Pakistan is surprising itself on a daily basis.....

 

It is clear that even as the ISIS is receiving powerful blows in its home territories from the international coalition and has even lost some major towns, it is making up for these setbacks by carrying out audacious attacks far from home, taking advantage of cadres experienced in war, terror and subversion in Syria and Iraq.....

 

It is a pity that terrorism is not universally opposed simply because it is terror and because it is a crime against humanity. Not all terrorism is treated equally. Some terrorist acts cause no great consternation because they are viewed as functional by some.....

 
ISIS Threat Is Not Going Away but Taking a New Turn
Muhammad Amir Rana
ISIS Threat Is Not Going Away but Taking a New Turn
Muhammad Amir Rana

The Muslim countries cannot take this as ‘someone else’s problem’ as their youth are engaged with IS, which can at any time trigger a wave of violence in their native countries. Turkey, Tunisia and other North African Muslim nations have already started to suffer at the hands of IS-inspired militants. This should be taken as a serious warning by Muslim countries that already have an active militant infrastructure....

 

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles”; If Sun Tzu was right, then we need to remind ourselves that the Islamic State is a common enemy that can only be defeated by understanding who they are and part of that is accepting that it does not represent Muslims around the world....

 

The extremists will not go quietly. On the same day as the Lahore bombing, ominous protests took place in Islamabad, the Pakistani capital. There tens of thousands gathered to remember Mumtaz Qadri, a former police bodyguard who in 2011 gunned down his charge, Salman Taseer.....

 

Religious extremists will never succeed in taking over Pakistan, even if they maintain deadly effectiveness in spreading the virus of terrorism all over the world. As with any epidemic, the weakest are always the ones to fall first. Yet humanity is the one thing that inoculates us against its reach. As long as we have our humanity, we will still remain united as Pakistanis, no matter who we choose to call our God......

 
Terrorism, Racism and Preventable Loss
Eric Hiariej
Terrorism, Racism and Preventable Loss
Eric Hiariej

Injustice and racism have always had a place in history. Qutb — the Egyptian thinker and the “Lenin” of the radical Islamic movement — cultivated his radicalism while continuing his studies in the US. This puritan scholar faced directly and was shocked by what he later defined as the “evil and fanatical racial discrimination” of Americans.....

Libya, meanwhile, is a European mess more than it is an American mess. France in particular is to be held responsible, thanks to former President Nicolas Sarkozy, who sought to involve NATO in a military intervention there. The guise was to stop Muammar Gaddafi from staging a bloodbath in Benghazi as he vowed amid the muddled march of the Arab Spring. But what happened in the end was the fulfilment of oil-related agendas, foiling the Libyan experience. Libya is NATO’s “you break it, you own it”, and Europe could now reap what it sowed in Libya....

 
Pakistan: No Place for Other Faiths
Ajit Kumar Singh
Pakistan: No Place for Other Faiths
Ajit Kumar Singh

The Jama'at-ul-Ahrar (JuA), a breakaway faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the suicide attack. JuA 'spokesperson' Ehsanullah Ehsan declared, "We had been waiting for this occasion. We claim responsibility for the attack on Christians as they were celebrating Easter. It was part of the annual martyrdom attacks we have started this year." The operation was codenamed Saut-ul-Raad [Voice of Thunder]. JuA had declared its 'support' for Daesh (Islamic State, previously Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham, ISIS) in March 2015. ....

 

Right now, jihad is really the only game in town — in the world. In the media. On the net. In the global discourse. Jihad is to the Muslim world what Donald Trump has become to the US: ubiquitous, cacophonous, impossible to ignore. And you can bet there are some here willing to listen to what it has to say.....

 
Justice Delayed is Justice Denied
Rashid Samnakay, New Age Islam

Karadzic has only one group of people-- the Muslims as enemy. But Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ostensibly a Muslim, has his own brethren and coreligionist Muslims and non-Muslims alike as enemies with obvious consequences for the world!....

Islamic State’s Bombings Are a Sign of Panic
Karen J Greenberg
Islamic State’s Bombings Are a Sign of Panic
Karen J Greenberg

The atrocities are tragic and unacceptable. But the West should understand that this is what winning may look like in the battle against the Islamic State group. The attackers’ coordinated strikes could well stem more from a sense of weakness, than strength. Islamic State has recently taken a series of serious hits at its power and prowess.....

 
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