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Radical Islamism and Jihad

The Islamic State of Al-Qaeda
A.J. Caschetta

Only time will tell if the two most dangerous fronts of the global jihad will reunite into a common front. Unfortunately, it will not require an Islamic State of Al-Qaeda for thousands to continue dying in the Long War. In fact, if the current trajectory continues with ISIS mimicking Al-Qaeda, a merger may become irrelevant. Al-Qaeda and ISIS may become even more dangerous as near mirror-images of each other competing for new fighters and for the world's attention....

 

Bombs Will Not Defeat ISIS but Maybe the Internet Will
Abdalaziz Alhamza

We started inside Raqqa, plastering walls with anti-ISIS graffiti and posters. We even created a local magazine called Dabaq, a name similar to that of the ISIS magazine Dabeeq. We would go out at night and place copies of Dabaq at cafes, shops, and mosques. The cover of our magazine was the same as the Islamic State magazine, but inside we published information to discourage residents from joining the terrorist group....

 

Islamic State Nears Its End: Even Before the Battle Is Won, Hopes of a Fresh Dawn for Iraq Are Fading

In Mosul, the initial relief at liberation from IS’s reign of terror is already turning to grumbling. IS ran services and rubbish collection better, they say. They repaired the potholes in the road faster and kept electricity going. “Why did the Iraqi government abandon us to IS in 2014, only to destroy our city when they returned?”...

 

Is Indonesia’s ‘Pious Democracy’ Safe From Islamic Extremism?
Jeremy Menchik

Indonesia is the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, a democracy and the largest country in Southeast Asia. It faces many of the same problems as other developing countries, including weak infrastructure, low-quality education and high levels of corruption. Composed of over 17,000 islands, Indonesia is also one of the world’s most diverse countries, which means that protecting minority groups is an especially important concern.....

 

Stop Fretting Over Religious Sensitivities, We Must Push Hard Against Islamists
Sara Khan

Fully exploiting the uncontested space we provided them, extremists promoted their supremacist, hate-filled ideology to thousands of Muslims on satellite channels, through social media, on campuses and community events, day in, day out. In the battle of ideas, deconstructing their ideological world view was then and remains now one of our greatest failures. And fail we did – collectively, as Muslim institutions, human rights organisations, anti-racist groups and governments....

Jihad to Proliferate Despite Blow to ISIS
Talmiz Ahmad

Finally, even if Daesh withers away, other localised extremist groups may be expected to take its place. They may be without its centralised structure or its human, military and financial resources, but they will not lack in commitment or ferocity....

 

The Fall of Mosul is a Defeat for ISIS, but It Remains a Deadly Force
Patrick Cockburn

The systematic spreading of fear through terrorism is an integral part of the way Isis conducts warfare. It involves assassinations and suicide bombing to show strength and dominate the news agenda at home and abroad. There are strong signs of these tactics being already at work in 11 cities and towns in Iraq and five in Syria....

 

Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent Emphasizes Allegiance to Ayman Al Zawahiri, Taliban in New ‘Code Of Conduct’
Thomas Joscelyn

“Moreover,” AQIS “invites the Muslims of the subcontinent to pledge their allegiance to the Islamic Emirate and to support it.” The new code of conduct explains that AQIS’s men are integrated into the Taliban’s chain-of-command. “The Mujahideen associated with the Jama’ah [AQIS]…are present on the ground under the emirate’s flag, and are actively participating in battles against the enemies of Sharia,”....

As ISIL's 'Caliphate' Crumbles, Its Ideology Remains
Farah Najjar

"Once the Islamic State [ISIL] is defeated militarily, the vacuum will be filled by other similar groups, principally offshoots of al-Qaeda … which will once again be an attractive alternative to Iraq's Sunni Arabs who are being marginalised by the Shia-dominated government and growing Iranian influence,"...

 

Why US Designation of Hizb’s Salahuddin as Global Terrorist Will Put Pakistan in a Spot
Rezaul H Laskar

Salahuddin openly operates from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, Islamabad and Rawalpindi, the garrison city where the Hizbul Mujahideen has held recruitment drives and fund-raising rallies at a short distance from the Pakistani military’s General Headquarters.  He has also attended rallies and meetings organised jointly with the Jamaat-ud-Dawah and Defa-e-Pakistan Council....

 

Endgame for Daesh in the Middle East? Implications for Global Jihad
Talmiz Ahmad

The very nature of the forces ranged against Daesh should warn us about the problems that are likely to arise shortly after Daesh loses its territorial bases, since the fighters have very different — and, indeed, competing — agendas....

 

Terrorism in Iran: As Ye Reap ...
A.J. Caschetta

We should hope that the Iranian people are struck with a collective epiphany: the grief they are currently experiencing has been inflicted by their government and its proxies upon Americans, Westerners and Jews since 1979 when Ruhollah Khomeini declared himself "Supreme Leader."...

 

Islamic Parties Intimidate, Fear Atheists in Iraq
Ali Mamouri

“As an atheist, I was deprived of the most basic civil rights in Iraq. I feel that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights does not include me and my fellow atheists in Iraq," Bahadly told Al-Monitor. Iraq voted in favour of the declaration in 1948 at the United Nations General Assembly. Leaders of Islamic movements repeatedly say they've seen a rise in the number of atheists in Iraq. Their statements of concern fuel even more concern among the ruling Islamic parties, who fear a decline in their political power....

Trained to Kill: How Four Boy Soldiers Survived Boko Haram
Sarah A. Topol

The insurgents ordered them into waiting trucks. It was crowded inside. There was too much heat and not enough air. After the trucks started moving, there was no stopping and no water. The sun moved across the sky. Some boys died, lying atop other boys, a tangle of sinewy adolescent limbs that moaned, shuddered and then grew still. The boys who survived stopped feeling. Maybe the sun set, maybe another kind of darkness descended, maybe twilight settled in, but they had stopped noticing.....

 

Tell-Tale Signs of ISIS Presence in Balochistan
Shezad Baloch

It is a poorly kept secret that the banned LeJ and other terrorist groups collect money from mosques after Friday prayers, and especially after Eid prayers, urging the faithful to contribute to the funding of the Jihadist fight against Shia, infidels and Western countries engaged in Afghanistan. This happens not only in Quetta but also at a large scale in Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar. The LeJ and other extremists also collect animal skins to raise money in the name of Jihad....

The Myth of the Extremist
Mark Durie

We live in an era where myths abound, many of which are failing in the face of radical Islamic violence. The sooner we jettison our comforting cognitive short-circuit devices and get on with the rational task of taking Islamic theology seriously, the better....

 

Modelling the Mind of an Islamist Terrorist
Dr Aamir Khan

I also think the fiascos of Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya — countries that are smouldering, burning and imploding, with no end to their miseries in sight — are more, not less, likely to give a fillip to the wave of terrorism around the world. Worse, the victim countries will de-stabilize their neighbours. This will further widen the growing rift between the West and Islam....

 

The Global War on Terror Seems Paralysed
Syed Ata Hasnain

There are no solutions visible on the horizon, but the global crisis in terms of spreading terror can be better controlled if the Middle East is more stable and ISIS has less scope to exploit the meaningless differences between nations that should in any case be aligned on the same side....

 

ISIS attempted to plant the seeds of unrest in India in June 2014 by including India in a map of its planned caliphate. Six months later, ISIS named former Tehrik-e-Taliban commander Hafiz Saeed Khan as the Wali (governor) of the “Khorasan Province,” which includes India. Propaganda about Khorasan has not gained significant traction in India, however....

 

Musings on London Bridge: Combating the New Range Of Threats Posed By the IS Will Require Political Settlements in Syria and Iraq
Mohamad Bazzi

To combat this new and more complex range of threats posed by the IS and its sympathisers, governments in the West and throughout the world will need to do more than simply continue military strikes against targets in Iraq and Syria. Deterring new attacks against civilians will require working towards political settlements in Syria and Iraq. It will also mean greater vigilance in monitoring clandestine networks set up by IS operatives — and adjusting to a new enemy that knows no limits....

 

Finding Bravado, and Worry, at an Iranian Shrine Where ISIS Struck
Thomas Erdbrink

Many in Iran are trying to grasp the new reality, completely opposite the image of a strong and invincible country long presented to them by their leaders. The attack hit the Islamic republic in its political heart. Iran’s Parliament is home to 290 directly elected representatives. The Khomeini shrine is the resting place of the man who introduced political Islam to the world....

 

 From a strategic standpoint, the struggle against extremism and terrorism relies upon both soft power and hard power, the proverbial carrot or the stick. Soft power is non-coercive. It attempts to change and influence social and political opinion. It seeks diplomatic solutions. Its currency is culture, political values, and foreign policies. Hard power refers to modes of coercion, including economic sanctions and direct military confrontation. If hard power seeks to coerce, soft power seeks to co-opt.....

This was the month when the Holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammed (PBUH). It is astounding that the Jihadis have twisted the true meaning of this month and misquoted the Quran out of context to suit their needs of recruiting new activists and to breed hatred in order to carry out more attacks on innocents. This year, just before the beginning of Ramadan, ISIS beseeched its followers to cause collateral damage and “maximise the benefits” they can get in the hereafter....

The Muslim bloc ~ or Europe for that matter ~ is no stranger to outrages perpetrated by ISIS. Yet last week’s s bedlam and butchery in Shi'ite Iran has caused far greater consternation primarily because of its grave implications....

 

Toxic Masculinity Must Be Included In the Conversation If Mass Terrorism Is To Be Eradicated
Rafia Zakaria

“Hateful ideology is a vehicle for a toxic masculinity that seeks solace in extreme violence,” the women wrote, and the only solution to truly fight terror is to “include women in the debate who may be able to help counter how young men are raised or being indoctrinated to hate”....

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