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Radical Islamism and Jihad

TLP, MML and ASWJ, Three Ultra Right Groups Are Participating In Pakistan Elections, And All Three Are Problematic
Raza Rumi

In the elections, the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), a motley group of religious parties is also contesting elections. The key players of this alliance — the Jamaat e Islami (JI) and Jamiat e Ulema Islam-Fazl — now appear to be moderate democrats compared to the dangerous rhetoric that the ultra right groups employ. For decades, the JI was seen as a villain by Pakistan’s liber-Left for the kind of politics it introduced and especially the role it played under Zia regime. We certainly have graduated by allowing more insidious players becoming mainstream.....

 

Abuse by Government Authorities, Real or Perceived, Lead to Frustrations That Terrorists, Jihadist and Extremists Take Advantage Of
Azad Essa

As per the script since 9/11, the rise of violent extremism in the Sahel has been linked to the rise of “Islamic fundamentalism”, or groups that have pledged support to a “global jihad”. While many of the groups are made up of Muslims the reasons have little to do with Islam or calls for “global jihad” or anything religious, for that matter....

 

Sufi West Africa Has Stayed Immune To The Terror That Has Gripped The Sahel But Can It Stay That Way?
Anna Pujol Mazzini

The attempt at online recruitment and Ali’s indignation highlight a sharpening tussle over the future of Islam and radicalism in parts of West Africa that have so far largely escaped the spectre of terrorism. Across Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Guinea, the Gambia and Mauritania, the spiritual practice of Sufism and Malakite Islam — a Sunni strain influenced by Sufism — have dominated for centuries, shielding these countries from the Salafist influences of Saudi Arabia and the Arabian Gulf.....

 

The Whole Idea of ISIS Jammu and Kashmir Is a Misnomer
Kabir Taneja

The differentiation between committing an act of terror in the name of ISIS and for ISIS is important to understand, as this definition stands at the cusp of knowing how to not fall into ISIS’s narrative trap. Even though Fazili’s act was broadcasted by ISIS’s official media outlet Amaq, technically legitimising the act, it is important to note that it was Fazili himself who alerted ISIS’s online apparatus to what he had done, asking them to stake claim and not the other way around. ...

 

Al-Qaeda, Islamic Jihad and ISIS Also Having Come out Of Brotherhood’s Stable, the Question Has To Be Asked: What Future Monsters Will It Spawn?
Tony Duheaume

Such was al-Banna’s hero worship of the Nazi leader, he had Hitler’s autobiography and political anthology, Mein Kampf (My Struggle), translated into Arabic, changing the title to My Jihad. Al-Banna was so obsessed with the Nazis; he also had copies of their anti-Semitic newspaper Der Sturmer, a tabloid published by the infamous Jew hating Julius Streicher, adapted to suit the Arab world, with its despicable anti-Semitic cartoons....

FATF’s Grey Listing of Pakistan: like China, Saudi Arabia Has Adopted Contradictory Attitudes towards Pakistani Militants
Dr. James M. Dorsey

China’s focus on India does not threaten Saudi interests but Saudi support of anti-Shiite militants in a region that is key to China’s US$50 billion Belt and Road-relative investment in Pakistan could put Balochistan’s already fragile security at risk. The question is whether Saudi and Chinese acquiescence in FATF’s grey listing of Pakistan signals that the two countries may have second thoughts about their ambiguous approaches to Pakistani militants. If so, that may be the key to untying Pakistan’s knots in its struggle with militancy....

 

Afghanistan Demands Peace:  Peace in My Country Has Remained a Dream, a Prayer on Our Lips
Ashraf Ghani

The Afghan people demand peace. During the cease-fire, I met with a group of peace activists from Helmand who had walked more than 400 miles to Kabul. I met them on a street with no other officials accompanying me, as they had requested. Among their demands was the extension of the cease-fire with the Taliban, establishing an address for peace negotiations that is representative of all Afghan ethnic groups and providing security guarantees for Taliban after reconciliation....

 

Creeping Radical Wahhabi-Salafi Culture Overtaking the Sufi Culture and Kashmiriyat
Lt Gen Prakash Katoch

The killing of Dawood Ahmad Salafi and another seven ISJK terrorists signifies the rise of Islamic State in J&K – a fact that was either being denied altogether or talked in hushed tones despite proliferation of ISIS flags. Considering the ISIS ideology, this should shame the politicians who profess “talk to boys with guns”. As for Musharraf, he is a fugitive in his own country, Pakistan, today. He should have been court-marshalled for the Kargil misadventure. And considering publicly said “Osama-bin-Laden, Ayman-al-Zawahiri, Haqqanis are our heroes ….

Deprive the Extremists of the Fuel They Need To Spread Their Hateful Ideologies
Antonio Guterres

Terrorism is a transnational threat that cannot be defeated by any single government or organisation. It needs a concerted multilateral response at global, regional and national levels. It is essential to strengthen counter-terrorism structures and institutions. But we must also address root causes by promoting education, tackling youth unemployment and addressing marginalisation....

 

Pakistan Was Hijacked By Islamists Whose Core Ideology Was To Promote and Propagate Jihad: The Islamic Theology of Counter Terrorism - Part 2
Noor Dahri

Many new Arab and non-Arab jihadist organisations were immediately formed and maintained offices all around Pakistan. School syllabi were changed and Jihadi verses and religious texts were added to them. This was the foundation of all subsequent generations of jihadists and extremists, as the country went through a transformation. Pakistan’s president and dictator, General Muhammad Ziaul Haq enforced strict Sharia laws in the country. TV programs were changed, modernisation was banned, clubs were shut, prayers were made compulsory for all governmental employees and Friday sermons started discussing topics like jihad....

A Conglomerate of Six Islamic Parties, MMA, Regaining Some Lost Political Space for the Religious Elements in Pakistan
Zahid Hussain

The Islamic parties successfully exploited the religious sentiments calling people to vote for the Holy Book. The symbol of the book allotted to the alliance candidate came in handy in mobilising religious support. The field was also left open for them because of the military government’s action against the PPP and PML-N....

 

Afghan Taliban’s Classic Guerrilla War Strategy at Work
Ahmad Faruqui

Even though a new leader has been appointed already, some are saying that the Pakistani Taliban are in retreat. But across the border, the opposite is true. We are witnessing the second coming of the (Afghan) Taliban. According to US sources, the Taliban now hold sway over a third of Afghanistan. Several provincial capitals remain in government hands only due to US air support. When US forces are visible, the Taliban disappear. When the US forces are not visible, the Taliban reappear. That is classic guerrilla war strategy at work....

 

Aurangzeb Was Killed Because He Did Not Believe In the Imaginary Ummah, Caliphate and Ghazwa-e-Hind
R.S.N. Singh

The killing of the journalist Shujaat Bukhari and Indian Army soldier Aurangzeb is actually a murder of freedom of expression and freedom of religion. The freedom of religion in the valley has been gasping for breath ever since the exodus of Hindus two and a half decades ago. Since that exodus, Kashmiri Muslims have turned against Kashmiri Muslims in the valley. Any Muslim, who does not subscribe to the Wahhabi brand of Islam or is not pro-Pakistan, is the enemy of the Jihadis....

Saudi Arabia Tries To Reform Wahhabism and Isolate the Muslim Brotherhood

In Saudi Arabia, protests broke out in the Qatif region. Repression set off a spiral of bloodshed, and armed clashes in Awamiyah, home to a radical preacher, Nimr al-Nimr, who was executed in 2016. The unrest has been quelled and the town centre bulldozed. Prince Muhammad now seeks to distinguish between Shias and Iran. But resentment runs deep....

 

The origin of ISIS or Daesh is murky along with its self-proclaimed leader Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi. Daesh emerged as Jamaat al-Tawhid wal-Jihad in 1999, which pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda and participated in the Iraqi insurgency following the 2003 invasion of Iraq by US-led forces. The group proclaimed itself a worldwide caliphate and began referring to itself as the Islamic State...

 

The lull in Bangladesh has been direly deceptive. The murder of the writer, blogger and publisher, Shahjahan Bachchu, in Munshiganj district lengthens the loop of such killings, almost invariably by Islamist fundamentalists. But whereas the manner of the serial killings in recent years ~ by machete-wielding fundamentalists ~ had pointed to the culpability of ISIS, this time no group has as yet claimed responsibility....

 

Fazlullah Meets His Nemesis: Pakistan Rejoices
Arifa Noor

The real war is won through the consistent dismantling of the network, their sanctuaries, their training grounds and recruitment centres, and their financial systems. All of this, however, is a piecemeal effort and doesn’t make for sensational headlines as does the death of a notorious individual.....

 

Murder of Shahjahan Bachchhu Raises the Spectre of Islamist Fanaticism in Bangladesh
Syed Badrul Ahsan

The murder of Shahjahan Bachchu in his village in Bangladesh’s Munshiganj district, last week, raises the spectre of Islamist fanaticism after several months. Close to 50 bloggers, writers and publishers in Bangladesh had been assassinated till late 2016. The latest act of criminality driven by religious hate has rekindled fears of terrorism, which the government has been trying to root out over the past two years...

 

Meteoric Rise of Islamism Reflects Dynamics That Lie At the Heart of Modernity
Rafael Castro

Ironically, many of the most important Islamist leaders in the Muslim World, such as Sayyid Qutb (the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt), Dr. Hassan Al-Turabi (the National Islamic Front in Sudan), Dr. Abbassi Madani (the Islamic Salvation Front in Algeria), and Dr. Mousa Abu Marzook (Hamas in the Palestinian territories) were trained in Western universities....

 

The fatwa actually extended beyond suicide bombings to violent acts, considering them an offense toward Islam. They also plead for peace between the Taliban and the Afghan government, which they have not done in the past. Unfortunately, as the meeting was dismissed and people were on their way out, a suicide bomber detonated himself near the entrance, killing up to 14 people...

 

There will always be individuals in the West who are vulnerable to the siren song of jihadist groups that leverage the intersection of personal vulnerabilities, a binary vision of the West vs. Islam and the heroic ideal of the “just and holy warrior.” Social-media platforms enabled these groups to reach their target audience...

The War on Terror Evolved Into a War of Ideas and Propaganda
Haris Ahmed

After the initial ‘success’ of Operation Enduring Freedom, the US quickly lost interest in Afghanistan, partly because its head had been turned by Iraq and its oil. As a result, Al-Qaeda, more or less, fell off its radar. Their back broken, the Al-Qaeda leadership in Afghanistan fled across the border and dispersed into the urban and tribal parts of Pakistan. The US was lulled into a false sense of victory....

 

Integration of Moderate Islam in the European Social Fabric Is an Urgent Necessity to End Violent Islamism
Dr. Mohamed Chtatou

The Islamic State found in these young people the ideal cannon fodder for its religious war in Europe against the New Crusaders (Salibiyun al-judud) and means to carry out its violent agenda outside of the Muslim world. In many cases contact was established through the Internet and even the ideological training was undertaken through the very Internet and then they sent to die and cause mayhem. Of course the true sponsors always remain in the dark and unknown....

 

Salafism Served Its Purpose, and Now It’s Time to Use Sufism
John Andrew Morrow

So, Salafism, in its radical, violent, form has indeed been curtailed, but not by the bleeding-heart liberals who, in reality, are brain-eating zombies. Takfirism is being taken down by right-wing pseudo-conservatives and neo-fascist capitalist globalists who are aligned with profoundly anti-Islamic political and Islamic interests. While one enemy fades, another one rises. Muslims must always be vigilant lest they be doomed.....

 

Extremist Ideology Spreading among Families: a new wave of Female and Child Jihadists Emerges in Indonesia
Siktus Harson

The ability to carry out a series of attacks in a shorter period of time — with better explosives and a higher number of casualties — indicates that terrorist groups in Indonesia are becoming ruthlessly efficient and potentially more dangerous. They have changed their strategy of attack and, what is more frightening still, have shown how the so-called Islamic State (IS) group is flourishing and wielding its influence to make Indonesia its hotbed....

 
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