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Radical Islamism and Jihad

"We welcome the development and we pray they would continue fighting and fragmenting. However, what I want to tell you is that none of them is better; we are looking for all of them. "The only ones that we would spare are those who repent, and they were the ones that would be taken as prisoners of war by the Nigerian Army.”...


Win Hearts and Minds to Prevail Against Terror
Fareed Zakaria

The challenge in defeating Daesh is not really about vanquishing it on the battlefield. America has won battles like that for 15 years in Afghanistan and Iraq only to discover that once US forces leave, the Taleban or Daesh or some other radical group returns. The way to have these groups stay defeated is to help countries find some form of politics that addresses the basic aspirations of their people- all their people...

Terrorism is a multidimensional phenomenon, and until today the existence and latent threat of Islamist terrorism confronts global society with formidable challenges. As a global phenomenon, it is indeed easy to recognize the manifestation of terrorism, but it is rather difficult to clearly define it.....


Once a Qaeda Recruiter, Now a Voice against Jihad
Rukmini Callimachi

Although countries like Britain have for years been putting former extremists to work in think tanks to provide authentic voices against radical ideology, Mr. Morton is the first former jihadist to step into this public a role in the United States....


Daish (ISIS) is such an organization which has come into existence to weaken the Islamic forces, spread confusion and chaos in the lines of the Muslims, tarnishes the image of Islam in the eyes of the world and distracts the world from the humanity-loving divine ideology. This is surely a threat to humankind and leads to the decline of the Muslim Ummah.

Therefore, such organizations are terrorists and condemnable and to support and co-operate (with) them is not allowed by Shariah. It is the religious and moral duty of the conscious persons of the Muslim Ummah that they should inform the world of its threats and strive to prevent the Muslim youth, if any, from supporting Daish and those of its ilk, in any form.-----

How the Islamic State Recruits and Coerces Children
Mia Bloom

The school curriculum is little more than indoctrination, but it brings children closer to each other to create a band-of-brothers effect, and brings the children to the attention of IS personnel who talent-scout for children exhibiting early potential for “Cub” status in IS’ dedicated training camps. Through a socialization and selection process, IS implies that entry into the Cubs of the Caliphate is a rare commodity and something desirable for each child. ...


It is, of course, unlikely that al-Qaeda will voluntarily follow the example of the Islamist Group and Zawahiri's own organisation, al-Jihad, and revise its violent strategy. But it is clear radical Islam is confronting a rebellion within its ranks, one to which Zawahiri and the leaders of al-Qaeda are poorly equipped to respond. Radical Islam began as a spiritual call to the Muslim world to unify and strengthen itself through holy warfare....


Does ‘Islamic State’ Leader Al-Baghdadi Exist?
S. Mubashir Noor, New Age Islam

Though IS’s media wing al-Furqan has made public three audio recordings attributed to al-Baghdadi since May last year, they all sound like Mullah Mohammad Omar speaking from beyond the grave. I refer; of course, to last July when, amid landmark talks in Islamabad between the Taliban and Kabul, the Afghan spy agency NDS leaked news that Mullah Omar, despite his very recent pronouncements through the group’s media cell, had been dead for years. It turned out his (now deceased) deputy Mullah Akhtar Mansour was impersonating him to prevent the movement from splintering. Is al-Baghdadi now too a sock puppet for some new IS lynchpin?...

Saudis and Extremism: ‘Both the Arsonists and the Fire-fighters’
Scott Shane

..that Saudi Arabia’s export of the rigid, bigoted, patriarchal, fundamentalist strain of Islam known as Wahhabism has fuelled global extremism and contributed to terrorism. As the Islamic State projects its menacing calls for violence into the West, directing or inspiring terrorist attacks in country after country, an old debate over Saudi influence on Islam has taken on new relevance....

The Heretic: The Fascinating Story of How Al-Qaeda's Mastermind Dr Fadl Turned His Back on Terror - Part Two
Lawrence Wright

'People hate America, and the Islamist movements feel their hatred and their impotence. Ramming America has become the shortest road to fame and leadership among the Arabs and Muslims. But what good is it if you destroy one of your enemy's buildings, and he destroys one of your countries? What good is it if you kill one of his people, and he kills 1,000 of yours? That, in short, is my evaluation of 9/11.'...


The Heretic: The Fascinating Story of How Al-Qaeda's Mastermind Dr Fadl Turned His Back on Terror - Part One
Lawrence Wright

The roots of this ideological war within al-Qaeda go back 40 years, to 1968, when two precocious teenagers met at Cairo University's medical school. Zawahiri, a student there, was then 17, but he was already involved in clandestine Islamist activity. ... Now his (Zawahiri's) former emir (Dr. Fadl) refused to see him. 'I do not know anyone in the history of Islam prior to Ayman al-Zawahiri who engaged in such lying, cheating, forgery and betrayal of trust by transgressing against someone else's book,' the inflamed author told al-Hayat . Zawahiri and Fadl have not spoken since, but their war of words was only beginning.


Child’s Play: A Syrian Story
Omar Daqneesh

With a nation of children scarred by death and destruction, what hope can there be for a productive and prosperous Syrian nation? The children who could leave, have left, and the children who can’t leave are uneducated and resentful. However the future plays out, Omran Daqneesh was not the first and he certainly will not be the last....


Has Kerala, God’s Own Country, Become A Hub for Terror-Related Activities?
Viju Cherian

“What is very disturbing is that many well-off people are part of these silent modules and many times they themselves are not aware of it....Also, it is no longer limited to north Kerala, reports of such activities come in from all places in the state,”...


The rise of Islamic State poses a great threat to South Asia, but also provides the region with a rare opportunity. A collective threat by a non-State actor to the entire region may mean the countries will rise to meet the threat collectively....


Militant Islam and the Missing Boys of Bangladesh
Subir Bhaumik

“Bangladesh’s moderate Islam and its secular polity is a threat to these global Jihadis because it is a model that strikes at the heart of their Wahhabi-Salafist vision of radical Islam,”...


Boko Haram Breaks Up: Militants Divide Over the Murder of Muslims

But the murder of Muslims has always been a point of debate. Under the maniacal Abubakar Shekau, who last year declared allegiance to Islamic State (IS) and once professed to “enjoy killing anyone that God commands me to kill”, the group blew up mosques as well as churches—often using children to detonate suicide bombs. But with new leadership, tactics can change...


The Roots of Terrorism in Pakistan
I.A. Rehman

But it is time the state realised the impossibility of fighting terrorism without having the upper hand in the discourse on Islam, the legitimate ways of enforcing its injunctions in the private life of the faithful, and accepting the vital need to stop mixing politics with belief....

Islamist Violence is not Acceptable on Any Excuse
Dr. Mohammad Ghitreef, New Age Islam

Islamist Violence is not Acceptable on Any Excuse
Dr. Mohammad Ghitreef, New Age Islam

Another pertinent question that stirs the mind: did the prophet of Islam (PBUH), who is the sole eternal role model for the Ummah, implement the Shariah with any coercive method? Or his true successors the Rashidun Khulafa (right guided vicegerents of the prophet) had done it? Or the great four Imams of historical Islam advocated it? I want a clear-cut answer to these relevant and grim questions to be given from the religious leaders who sympathise with the criminals, who are giving only lip service to Islam and thus tarnishing its image.....

Pakistan: Justice in Terror
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

Pakistan: Justice in Terror
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

Indeed, irrespective of their sectarian background, it appears that lawyers are being singled out across Pakistan. According to partial data compiled by the South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP), at least 114 lawyers have been killed, and another 210 have been injured, in 28 incidents of attack on lawyers since 2007. Significantly, the current year has so far recorded the highest number of attacks on lawyers over the last decade, with eight such resulting in 114 fatalities and more than 50 injured....


Some of these were anti-India and Kashmir-centric, while others were virulently sectarian, taking aim at Pakistan’s sizeable Shia Muslim minority. The vast majority of the groups adhered to the Salafi/Wahhabi or Deobandi creeds.....

How to Win the War against ISIL
Remi Piet

Local imams refused to prepare the body of the terrorist for burial, stating this would "taint Islam", while the French Islamic authorities encouraged devout Muslims to go and pray in churches the following Sunday. The Pope himself refused to address the topic of religious violence, stressing that neither Islam nor any other religion advocates such acts. The permanence of those mature reactions is essential because the war against ISIL will not be won with bombs in Syria or by the intelligence services....


Who Drives Political Violence in Pakistan?
James M Dorsey

Hundreds of guests, including Pakistani ministers and religious leaders designated as terrorists by the United States attended the event at the expense of the Saudi embassy in the Pakistani capital.... The result is a country whose social fabric and tradition of tolerance is being fundamentally altered in ways that could take a generation to reverse....


Cut Off Ideological and Social Oxygen to Daesh
Fawaz A. Gerges

To understand how to defeat Daesh once and for all, we first need to comprehend its strategy. And make no mistake: even if the Daesh-associated international attacks seem random, the group's global crusade does have a strategic logic. Daesh is fighting for its survival....

It took years of imaginative planning, hard work, huge investment and resources in bringing about such a sea change in the psyche of Bangladeshi youth. Islamic outfits like the Jamaat-e-Islami, the Islamic bank, and Saudi-funded NGOs like Rabeta Al-Alam Al-Islam and Manarat, have successfully re-moulded the psyche of Bangladeshi youth on Jihadi line....


History and Society in the Shaping Of Terrorism Today
Ahrar Ahmad

Both the West, and we (including Bangladeshis, and the larger Muslim world), must realise that the awkward and perilous situation we face today came about because we have all contributed to creating the enabling conditions that made it possible and, perhaps in some ways, inevitable. Before we blame others we must subject ourselves to some self-interrogation that is open-minded, honest, and unflinching....

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