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Radical Islamism and Jihad

Now, for a group which claims to be Sunni Muslims to openly deprecate education that comes from the West in this manner, it only smacks of hypocrisy or ignorance of Sunnis’ world-view. For instance, countries such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, Syria and in fact about 90 percent of Muslims in the world are Sunnis, many of whom have embraced Western civilization. Recent surveys of Muslims’ demographics show that out of the 1.8 billion Muslims, 1.6 billions are Sunnis. ....

 

How Masculinity, Not Ideology, Drives Violent Extremism
Dina Temple-Raston

I sat down with a young Minnesota teenager last year who had sold what little he owned — his sneakers, his iPhone and prized pieces of clothing — to buy an airplane ticket to Turkey. He wasn’t going for tourism. He’d decided to slip into Syria to join the Islamic State. The reason he was drawn to the group had almost nothing to do with its ideology, he told me. “In the summer of 2014 all ISIS was talking about was fighting the Assad regime,” he said. “I thought I was fighting on the side of an oppressed people.”...

 

Countering Extremism: Jihadist Ideology Reigns Supreme
James M. Dorsey

The difference between then and now is that then there were all kinds of worldviews on offer: anti-authoritarianism, anarchism, socialism, communism, concepts of extra-parliamentary opposition, and in the Middle East and North Africa, Arab nationalism and Arab socialism. Today, the only thing on offer is militant interpretations of Islam and Jihadism....

 

The report also revealed how the extremist exploited women, al-Qaeda's founder in Saudi Arabia and one of its theoreticians (killed in a security confrontation in 2003) Yusef al-Ayeri, and Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, one of the most prominent extremist ideologues, considered women “to be a scornful fun tool with no worth compared to the women in after life”....

 

Traditional revolutionaries and liberationists eschewed terror tactics against the non-combatants they hoped to lead. But today’s religious warriors observe no such niceties. They are uninterested in cultivating democratic support or catalysing popular uprisings. Their methodology is to terrorise local populations into submission, in order to enjoy the power gained from running their proto-states...

 

Countering Radicalisation through Media
Fizza Mumtaz

Therefore, with such wide access and influence, the media is uniquely placed to promote tolerance, acceptance and an all-inclusive approach for peaceful societies. Also, there is an urgent need to abolish the superfluous divide between gender, caste and creed and most importantly between the government and the nation....

 

Subsequently, Imran joined a Tablighee Markaz at Madina Masjid located in Aysha Manzil. At Madina Masjid, Imran met an activist of an outfit named Ansar-ul-Ummah, who identified himself as Haji Noor Khan. In 2015, he got inspired by Jihadi literature and joined Jaish-e-Muhammad. He told his interrogators that he was introduced to Jaish’s message through wall chalking done by its activists on the main entrance of Masjid Batha at Sakhi Hassan Chowrangi. He said he used to visit the mosque regularly to attend sermons delivered by a Jaish activist....

 

The Morphing Of Religious Cultures into Extremism
Mansour Alnogaidan

In 1991, Issam Al Barqawi — aka Abu Mohammed Al Maqdisi, the eventual spiritual mentor of Al-Qaeda Iraq chief Abu Mus’ab al-Zarqawi — visited Al Qasim. The Jordanian national entered Saudi Arabia under a forged Kuwaiti passport. He found and read a book called The Clear-cut Reasoning for the Illegitimacy of the Saudi State. By September 11, 2001, a thin thread had woven all these disparate elements together....

 

Jihad Selfie: The Evolving Strategy of Home-grown Radical Recruitment
Dr. Matthew Crosston

In February, an eye-opening new report was released by the Program on Extremism at The George Washington University. This 116-page report, The Travellers: American Jihadists in Iraq and Syria is a powerful mix of the best of political science and sociology. It exposes the reader to both the definitions and statistics around American- and European-based jihadist travellers....

 

New Ideological Tactics of al-Qaeda to Revive Its Power
Uran Botobekov

However, al-Qaeda, via its groups in Central Asia and Caucasus, which are fighting within Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, has developed and actively used new tactics of recruitment and distribution of the radical ideology of Jihadism. Since March 2018, two terrorist groups from Central Asia, Katibat Imamal Bukhari and Katibat al Tawhid wal Jihad have started to actively distribute photocopies of leaflets via social media supporting the jihadist line of al-Qaeda....

 

On Deradicalisation: Marc Sageman And The Psychology Of Jihadists (Part 3)
Tewfick Aclimandos

Are terrorists criminals who looked for a religious legitimation of their lust and hatred? Many European terrorists were petty criminal before their conversion to Salafist ideology. Nevertheless, this ideology brought solace and meant redemption. They were, in a way, “born again." True, they still perpetrated crimes, but the goal was no longer the same. Instead they tried to fund jihad....

 

An Unprecedented Peace Offer to the Taliban
Hekmat Khalil Karzai

This parallel fight against transnational terrorism to complement the peace process would not be possible without the continued support of the United States, NATO and our partners in the region. In addition to their military assistance, we look forward to their robust diplomatic support to help ensure the success of the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process....

 

On Deradicalisation: Marc Sageman And The Psychology Of Jihadists (Part 2)
Tewfick Aclimandos

Abdallah Azzam, a Palestinian religious scholar and founding member of Al-Qaeda, did not like the idea of rebellion against Muslim leaders. The many Egyptians who went to Afghanistan unsuccessfully tried to convince him to change his mind and interpretation. These foreign fighters converted his principal aide, Osama Bin Laden, to their views, and finally killed Azzam. For them, Jihad, according to Qutb’s teachings, should be offensive and directed against rulers of the Muslim world who were not "real" believers, but rather apostates….

 

Will Afghan Peace Talks Commence?
Harsha Kakar

Pressure on the Taliban must continue from multiple directions to compel it to reduce its acts of violence and adopt steps for peace. Pakistan has a direct influence on the Taliban hence it should continue to be pushed to the wall, to enhance pressure for talks....

 

On De-Radicalisation: A Prologue
Tewfick Aclimandos

He added: almost all theologians — Salafists or otherwise — say defensive jihad is legitimate. In addition, it is quite easy to prove many Muslim peoples are under attack, in Palestine or Iraq, for instance. So eventually, you will have at least a minority of quietist Salafists that will opt for violence. This subtle paper fascinated me. Jihadists and peaceful Salafists, who just try to construe a different sub-society, have a lot in common, so it is easy to switch from one position to the other and vice versa....

 
Taliban Peace Overture
Akbar Jan Marwat

Taliban Peace Overture
Akbar Jan Marwat

The dialogue offer by the Afghan Taliban, which came about a month after the bloody attack on Kabul, killing hundreds of innocent civilians, is unique in another sense also. It is for the first time, that the Taliban, have offered a negotiated solution to the US instead of the Ghani Government. The Taliban have in fact made it clear, that they consider the Ghani regime only a puppet of the Americans...

 

Myopic Approach of Al-Qaeda and Daesh
Sultan M Hali

It has been clarified by the Paigham-i-Pakistan that Jihad with weapons, is justified for Muslims “only in cases of extreme necessity when attacked by their enemies and that all peaceful means have failed.” Even in this case, the council added that the proclamation of jihad falls within the exclusive purview of the great Imam to whom Islam has given the right to proclaim, to call and organize it. Therefore, “Islam does not allow any individual or group to declare jihad on its own,” added the fatwa....

 

He Turned on Al Qaeda and Aided the U.S. Now He’s on Food Stamps and Needs a Job
Adam Goldman

He travelled to Lahore, Pakistan, in 2007 and eventually linked up with militants who provided training and took him to Afghanistan. Six months later, Mr. Vinas was living at a safe house in Waziristan, a tribal area in northwest Pakistan, with Qaeda recruits from Egypt, Kuwait, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.....

Religious Extremists Hurt the Very Religion They Claim To Represent: PM Modi, Welcoming King Abdullah II of Jordan in a Conference on Radicalisation of Youth

“We will be celebrating Holi tomorrow. There will be a celebration of Buddha Jayanti that will be followed by the month of holy Ramzan - a symbol of the country's unity and diversity”. He further said, “Indian democracy is a celebration of our age-old plurality. This is the strength which enables the Indians to respect the country’s past, trust its present and future. Our heritage, that is, our identity of unity and diversity is essential to fight and curb violence and terrorism. On the basis of our cultural heritage, inter-faith relations, religions and their principles, we can defeat terrorism and violence.” The PM Modi said, “Religious extremists don't realize that their actions hurt the very religion they claim to represent.”...

The Taliban’s Threat to Peace in Afghanistan
Vinay Kaura

These tough words are not difficult to understand. Ever since President Trump’s August 2017 announcement of a new Afghan strategy, which ascribed India a key role in the stabilization efforts, the administration has put greater military pressure on the Taliban in order to bring it to the negotiating table with the Kabul government,...

 

Tribal Laws Determine Fate Of IS Families in Iraq
Adnan Abu Zeed

In the end, tribes will have the final say, more so than the law and the rehabilitation procedures, since the liberated areas are of a tribal nature, governed by strict laws that are more effective there than the law of the state....

 

The Pakistani Army Has Got Serious About Defeating Domestic Terrorism

Among those now holed up in Kurram is the Haqqani network, an ally of the Afghan Taliban that America accuses the Pakistani army of shielding. In his first tweet of 2018, Donald Trump accused Pakistan of “lies and deceit”, and suspended $2bn in military aid...

 

Most militant Islamist organizations in South Asia—and particularly in Pakistan—adhere to either the Deobandi-Sunni or Ahl-e-Hadith (Salafist) schools of Islam. Prominent among these are Deobandi organizations like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Harkat ul Jihad-e-Islami, Harkat ul Mujahedeen, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Lashkar-e-Omar and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. Meanwhile, al-Qaeda, Islamic State, Waliyat-e-Khurasan, Hizb-ut Tahrir and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) adhere to the Salafist tradition....

 

Gilgit Baltistan: Where Islamabad Sees 'Terrorists'
Ajit Kumar Singh

The photograph, showing a woman protester sitting on a platform meant for prayer leaders in a mosque, had become a symbol of defiance of ordinary Iranians against the clerical regime in Iran. Soon after, fundamentalists started opposing the post calling it derogatory. Two FIRs (First Information Report) were filed on January 8, 2018, accusing Ali of “blasphemy” and also so making “fun of principal tenets of Islam”....

 

'Mass Psychosis' In Eastern Ghouta?
Halim Shebaya

In Orwell's 1984, we also read how "the heresy of heresies [for the Party] was common sense”. The question remains: Is it still possible to appeal to "common sense" amidst the madness we are witnessing that has made us numb to human tragedies? Or are we all victims of mass psychosis where "two and two make five"?....

 
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