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Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Scan the recent high-profile terrorist attacks, and these relationships among the perpetrators recur. Between them there is not just the performed intimacy of a guerrilla group, of brothers in arms, but the deep intimacy of actual brothers, sisters, and lovers. Salah Abdeslam was joined in the Paris attacks by his brother Ibrahim, who blew himself up outside a café. The shooting at the Charlie Hebdo office, in January, 2015, was carried out by another pair of brothers, Saïd and Chérif Kouachi.The mass shooting in San Bernardino, last December, was the work of a married couple, Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik. ....

 

To downplay something is not to ignore it. The terrorists have specific aims, deploying their atrocities for a political cause. There is no sensible defence in a free society against atrocity. But there is a defence against its purpose. It is to avoid hysteria, to show caution and a measure of courage, not Cameron’s lapse into public fear. It is not to alter laws, not to infringe liberties, not to persecute Muslims.....

 

After London people said ‘What can we learn from France’.  After Paris they said ‘What can we learn from the Swedish model.’  Nobody cites Sweden anymore.  In fact nobody looks to anyone else’s model anymore.  Because all of the ‘models’ failed.  So here we are – stuck with a problem our politicians have given us and to which they have no answers.  Perhaps all this pointless chatter is just what people do to distract themselves before they have to face up to that fact.....

 
Be Prepared For the Long War!
Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain
Be Prepared For the Long War!
Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain

Intellectual examination of Islamic ideology and philosophy has been ongoing in outstanding think-tanks in the US, the UK and other Western countries, but it is at the implementation stage that things get unstuck. There is no doubt that evil organizations like Daesh and its associates in the Middle East need to be physically eliminated, but more important it is the narrative of confrontation which has to be removed from the minds of the followers of Radical Islam.....

 
The Slaughter of the Innocent in Brussels
Hamid Dabashi
The Slaughter of the Innocent in Brussels
Hamid Dabashi

As we mourn the victims of any act of vicious violence in Brussels or in Beirut, in Paris or in Aleppo, in San Bernardino or in Istanbul, we must remain steadfast not to fall victim to the dim-witted conceptual trap this vicious cycle of violence has devised to perpetuate itself between ("Terror" and "War on Terror"). "Terror" and "War on Terror" are the mirror images of each other. We have nothing to do with either of those two vicious ideologies. We - Muslims, Christians, Jews, gentiles, Europeans, Arabs, US citizens or otherwise - are victims of it......

 
Is This A Triumph For The Islamic Peacemakers?
Dr Tahir ul-Qadri
Is This A Triumph For The Islamic Peacemakers?
Allegra Mostyn-Owen

"Every Salafi and Deobandi is not a terrorist but I have no hesitation in saying that everyone is a well-wisher of terrorists and this has not been appreciated by the Western governments," he said.

Dr ul-Qadri, who has the authority of a Sheikh–ul-Islam, a title given to those who have superior knowledge of the principles of the faith, is coming out with his statement now because the Wahhabis and Deobandis have been silent in condemning the killings in Pakistan and abroad.

They dominate much of the apparatus of state in Pakistan — as well as most of the mosques in London — which is why in the West we receive mixed messages: the military launches vast offensives while the religious and education ministries say nothing. As a result, many in the West believe that the church in Pakistan is not doing enough to counter the violence.---

Genocide is a momentous term in international law. According to a 1948 convention, it describes killing and other heinous acts, committed “with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group”. The American government can argue that the new designation does not imply any new policy, given that it is fighting IS already....

 
Pakistan’s Ransom Market
Khaled Ahmed
Pakistan’s Ransom Market
Khaled Ahmed

It probably became disenchanted in 2010 when it saw two old ISI officers, Colonel Sultan Amir Tarar alias Colonel Imam and Squadron Leader Khalid Khwaja, being kidnapped by the Taliban on a video before their murder at the hands of the Taliban commander Hakimullah Mehsud....

 

For it was many of their Arab Sunni neighbours who welcomed Isis in. It was the same people they said good morning to every day who stood by as Isis dragged Yazidi women off into sexual slavery and decapitated their children. The mother of the family, still in the same dress she escaped in, drew her finger over her throat.....

 
Al Qaeda’s Branch In Africa Makes A Lethal Comeback
Dionne Searcey, Eric Schmitt And Rukmini Callimach

One American military counterterrorism official said that Boko Haram, the extremist group that has terrorized northern Nigeria for years, might be trying to increase its body count to uphold the bloody standard of the Islamic State, to which it has pledged allegiance. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, in turn, seems to be trying to keep up with the bloodshed.

 

I have recently come across Deobandi preachers with green turbans in the small cities of India, preaching against Sufism as a heretical school. A study reported that about Rs 1700 Crore has been poured into India to facilitate the takeover of the management of mosques by Wahhabi ideologues, which is certainly an alarming development. However, I would say that still the positives outweigh the negatives, and it can be seen in the fact that to date hardly 25 to 30 Indians have joined ISIS according to intelligence agencies. Those who return are also disillusioned because of their low position in the ISIS pecking order....

The growing political democratic stability of Western African countries which face terrorist threats on a daily basis is also a lesson for populations in industrialised countries in Europe and the United States. While the latter have decided to cower into debates on national identity and to turn more and more towards populistic leaders...

 
FATA: Uncertainty Persists
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
FATA: Uncertainty Persists
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

FATA continues to remain highly insecure and has has already recorded 230 fatalities, including 190 terrorists, 21 civilians and 19 SFs, in 2016 [till March 11]. The worst attacks in FATA in 2016 include the January 19 strike, where 12 persons, including a journalist, were killed while 39 others sustained injuries when a suicide bomber targeted the tribal Khassadar force in the Karkhano Market of Khyber Agency;...

 

...In another letter seized from Abbottabad that was written in December 2010 by Atiyah to Hakemullah Mehsud, who at the time was the emir of the TTP, the al Qaeda leader asserted the group’s authority over the TTP. The letter referred to other exchanges between the TTP and al Qaeda, and while it was contentious, it highlights al Qaeda’s primacy over the TTP.

 
Denying Terrorists Territory Will Defeat Them
Howard Lafranchi
Denying Terrorists Territory Will Defeat Them
Howard Lafranchi

Holding territory is key to the longevity and expansion of extremist groups like Boko Haram because it provides a steady stream of food and other sources of financial support. For example, the Daesh financial model has changed as cross-border oil sales have become less secure, Gartenstein-Ross notes, now focusing on taxation of local populations.

 

Once again, it seems that efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table and end the dispute between them and the Western-backed government in Kabul will come to nothing. We may think that this is regrettable, but from their point of view, this is the most reasonable course of action.

 
Taliban: Peace Spoilers In Afghanistan
Mohammad Jamil
Taliban: Peace Spoilers In Afghanistan
Mohammad Jamil

...It is hoped that both the Afghan government and the Taliban would start the dialogue without forcing their conditions, and the matter could be resolved through give-and-take. It has to be remembered that in the past all rulers in Afghanistan were Pashtuns, except once for a brief period in 1929 when Habibullah alias Bacha-e-Saqa, a Tajik, and second time from 1992 to 1996, Burhanuddin Rabbani, again a Tajik ruled Afghanistan.

 
Afghanistan: Reeling Under Foreign-Backed Terror
Ajit Kumar Singh
Afghanistan: Reeling Under Foreign-Backed Terror
Ajit Kumar Singh

Unless the Taliban is defeated militarily, and the spread of IS is contained, no stability can be brought into Afghanistan. At a time when the Taliban is rampaging across the country, the talks process can only confer legitimacy on the extremists and cede undue leverage to the external forces that have long been guilty of aiding and abetting terrorism. It is now critical time to bring to account the powers - both state and non-state - that have been responsible for the enduring suffering of the people of Afghanistan.

 

Bearing in mind the establishment of caliphate as the ultimate objective, the Islamic State has begun to shrewdly exploit the political tensions rampant in Afghanistan in its own stride. The public beheadings of security personnel as well as local residents along with the swelling contingent of foreign militants enticed by the extremist interpretation of Sharia laws by ISIS ....

 

Or the shocking notion that the false Islamic State regardless of how murderous is ‘still an Islamic State’.  The self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is not something that Muslims would ever want to live in. In conversation with British Muslims few will discount the idea of an Islamic State though. Many will point to the fact that this is necessity.....

 

One consequence of this and of the fact that Islam does not focus on ethnicity is that ethnic Russian Muslims become part of the Umma as a whole rather than forming “any separate Russian diaspora inside it,” but because they lack an Islamic tradition, they are an easy catch for “radical ideological” groups....

 

A crucial component ISIS uses to control its roadside bombs is made in America, a new report reveals. The 'microcontrollers' are manufactured by an innocent Arizona firm but their normal use is subverted by the terror group's armourers and they are turned into deadly improvised explosive devices. The hi-tech components are among hundreds of items produced around the world which are sourced by ISIS and trafficked into their terror heartland in Iraq and Syria. These include hair bleach and even Nokia mobile phones.....

 
The War against ISIS Needs To Speed Up, and Iran Holds the Key
Dr. Mehrdad Khonsari
The War against ISIS Needs To Speed Up, and Iran Holds the Key
Dr. Mehrdad Khonsari

Removing Daesh from its strategic strongholds, in addition to depriving it of its various sources of income (e.g. sale of oil and antiquities, 'taxation', extortion) as well as recruitment of foreign fighters is an urgent mission that can be completed in 2016....

 
Islam Will Prevail
Anees Lokhande

As a matter of fact, Islam is a peaceful religion, and never ever allows its followers to carry out destruction on earth.  The concept of holy war in Islam arises only in self-defence, which is everyone’s right. Throughout the Muslim history, and during the time of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), Muslims fought when attacked by the opponents of Islam.

 
Dealing With Boko Haram in Nigeria
Hiranmay Karlekar
Dealing With Boko Haram in Nigeria
Hiranmay Karlekar

Boko Haram, which has killed 20,000, and displaced 2.5 million, people since 2009, continues to suffer reverses at the hands of troops from Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Chad and Benin acting in concert....

 
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