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Radical Islamism and Jihad

The Issue of Defining and Preventing Terrorism
Basil Hijazi, New Age Islam

Science of prevention of terrorism is still new. To understand this topic, it is very important to know the places of the world where the terrorist activities are taking place. What is the history of terrorism? How is the term “terrorism” used? Why does it not have a consistent definition? And why does it need to have a consistent definition? If we look at the 2011 terror map, it seems that among the countries most affected by terrorist activities are Afghanistan, then Iraq, Pakistan, Nigeria and then Russia. The countries that have suffered least from terrorism are the Latin American Countries, China, Europe and America....

 

Pakistani Fatwa against Terrorism, What’s New?
Mashari Althaydi

Will a fatwa (or religious edict) forbidding suicide bombing in the name of jihad actually stop these satanic acts?

In other words, the real problem is not only in Pakistan, but in the minds that feed these people, and some mosques, schools and houses, which influence the minds of young men and women. This is the origin of the disease. Any effort to curb extremism is with no doubt appreciated and commended, but we should not exaggerate....

 

The 712-Page Google Doc That Proves Muslims Do Condemn Terrorism
Arwa Mahdawi

Muslims are constantly denouncing atrocities that have been committed in the name of Islam. Yet many people seem to think Muslims don’t condemn terrorism enough. So Hashmi decided to put the notion to the test. Using Google spreadsheets, she made a “712-page list of Muslims condemning things with sources”, which she tweeted. The list includes everything from acts of domestic violence to 9/11....

 

The Lingering Dream of an Islamic State
Azadeh Moaveni

Structural racism keeps Muslims disproportionately unemployed and incarcerated, and governments increasingly stigmatize outward signs of Muslim identity, banning the veil and pushing Muslim causes like Palestine and Syria charity work under the eye of counterterrorism surveillance. For many, this exclusion imbues an idealized future Muslim state with both spiritual and concrete appeal: a place where jobs and opportunity are accessible, where integration won’t require secularization....

 

A History of Support for Kurdish Extremists Comes Back To Haunt Tehran
Fazel Hawramy

For months prior to that fateful late summer evening in 2013, the hardscrabble mountain town in the heart of Iranian Kurdistan had been buzzing with rumors that local Kurds were sneaking into Turkey and heading to the Syrian battlefront. Several had left backbreaking jobs on the region’s farms and orchards to join US-backed leftist rebel groups, but many others were pledging allegiance to extremist outfits such as the Islamic State and al-Qaeda. The 30ish Fatehi was busy making a living and had little time for jihad or geopolitics....

 
Dearest Mannan Bhai: A Letter to Mannan Wani
Friends and Well-Wishers at AMU

We urge the state government to ensure the return of this budding scholar. We are hopeful that his safe passage home would be ensured without causing him any harassment. We also impress upon the state to introspect and revisit its policies that push our youth, with promising careers, to extremes. The talk of peace and prosperity is not in consonance with the policies that the state has adopted over decades. We also request civil society and different organisations to act as mediators in finding a lasting solution to this vexed problem....

Turkey Is Becoming New Hub for Salafist-Jihadi Exodus from Syria
Metin Gurcan

Beyond their physical presence, the networks' online presence in Turkish social media has been growing because Ankara still doesn’t have a comprehensive cyber security mindset. Indeed, social media has become the top recruiting platform for radical networks and other tech-savvy extremist groups....

 

What You Need To Know About the ‘Win’ Against ISIS in Raqqa
Sophia A. McClennen

Heineman notes that in Iraq and Afghanistan the strategy seemed to be “shoot first and ask questions later.” The problem is “We don’t think ahead. We don’t think about the next steps and that is how ISIS took hold. There was a vacuum in power. There was a lack of infrastructure. And people were suffering.” Ignoring the rebuilding effort is a recipe for more radicalization...

 

Is Islamic State Back In Kirkuk?
Mahmut Bozarslan

If IS adopts this guerrilla warfare style, everything could start over. IS does not want to give up Kirkuk and the Iraqi army and international forces do not want to ease up on IS. With guerrilla warfare tactics, this war could go on for years as both the societal and political environments are conducive to it....

 

A Cage Fighter with a Soft Touch for Hard-Core Jihadists
David D. Kirkpatrick

The American-led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq in the early 2000s furnished ample new material for jihadist preachers all over London, and Mr. Raja fell into a kind of voluntary social work. He mediated sectarian feuds, and befriended a small group of Kurdish immigrants who practiced what Mr. Raja called “gangsterised Islam,” justifying their street crimes by targeting non-Muslims. He tried to convince them that their faith required decency to all....

 

A Shrine as a Tribute to Someone Who Was Hanged For Murder
Asma Razaq

What a pity…. According to the official statistics, 60 million Pakistanis are living under the poverty line. Similarly, 2016 Global Hunger Index shows that 22 per cent of the total population of the country is undernourished having a serious hunger level while on the other hand, millions of rupees are being spent to construct a shrine made of cement and stones as a tribute to someone who was hanged for murder....

 

Unlike their German counterparts, the robotised cadres of Pakistan’s terrorist organisations are cold-blooded murderers and bomb schools, mosques and shrines without a qualm; their German counterparts confined their violence to breaking up their rivals’ rallies, bashing their skulls and occasionally eliminating political opponents. The fatality toll during the 14 Weimar years was less than 100. In Pakistan, the number of the dead since 2007 has stood between 50,000 and 70,000.....

 

In Retreat, ISIS Takes Advantage of Libya's Political Divide
Mat Nashed

“Community divisions have resulted in some tribes coordinating with IS [to settle scores with their rivals],” said Badi. “If civil society can improve social cohesion, then terrorist groups will have a harder time to exploit disadvantaged youth, or create further chaos.” While that may be true, weak governance and the absence of a national army remain the biggest hindrances to eradicating IS. According to Rafideh, too many militias have political ambitions, while others prefer profiteering from the chaos than combating terrorism.....

 

More Civilians Than ISIS Fighters Are Believed Killed In Mosul Battle
Jane Arraf

More than five months later, the civilian death toll is still being calculated. The Iraqi government won't talk about casualties. But figures obtained by NPR from the Mosul morgue put the number of civilians killed at over 5,000. That is likely more than the number of ISIS fighters believed to have been in Mosul and presumed dead....

 

Will Extremist Movement’s Death Certificate be signed in 2018?
Osama Al-Sharif

But, while the so-called caliphate no longer exists, the brand continues to linger. There are reports that hard-line fighters fleeing Iraq and Syria may be recuperating in Libya — a failing country with rival governments and many militias. Furthermore, Daesh remains active in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Nigeria and northern Sinai. Even in Syria, a small heavily armed faction, Jaysh Khaled Ibn Al-Walid, remains wedged...

 

In Maududi’s hidebound, conservative version of political Islam, there was no room for any western democratic and humanist traditions that are basic to a modern democratic state. There were to be no basic democratic freedoms of civil society (read all Muslim sects, and all religious minorities), and no space for an open and free educational system; such freedoms were subordinated to the Maududi’s Islamic indoctrination....

 

On Trip to Bangladesh, Subway Bomb Suspect Reached Out to Refugees
Jeffrey Gettleman

Bangladesh’s Islamist political parties, even if not in power at the moment, seem to be shaping the debate. Several intellectuals said they were scared to speak out about friends who had been killed. Islamists have succeeded in branding secularists as atheists; one of the most dangerous things to be called right now in Bangladesh is an atheist.....

 

 It took Europe over two centuries of turmoil and wars to resolve the issue of the separation of state from religion. European societies were plagued by this problem for centuries and popes and princes fought for the bodies and souls of their subjects. The governed had no role except to remain subservient to one or the other or both. It was Martin Luther (1483-1546) who successfully challenged the pope and his church, laying the foundation for the separation of state and religion. But it didn’t happen overnight or without turmoil and wars....

 

The Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition: Can It Meet Its Objectives?
Syed Ata Hasnain

The Saudi initiative itself seems strange since it is the ideology which emanates from within the Saudi land which has been largely responsible for the spread of violent extremism around the world. Wahhabi Islam has the more obscurantist ideology. It is centred on Saudi Arabia but various schools of Islamic ideology have morphed today into radical beliefs, which attempt to keep the faith pegged to the conditions believed to exist in the period of the Salaf or the first three generations after the Prophet.....

 

Islamic Jihad Comes Under Fire for Allegedly Undermining Reconciliation
Ahmad Abu Amer

Pessimism continues to prevail in the Palestinian street in light of the accusations over the reconciliation, which is gradually stalemating as the parties continue to postpone the implementation of what was agreed upon in Cairo Oct. 12. While Hamas accuses Fatah and the PA of delaying the implementation of the Cairo agreement, Fatah believes that Hamas has not totally empowered the government in Gaza.....

 

Winning Hearts and Minds: Smart Policies to End Extremism and Violent Ideology
Zakir Gul

Democratic values shall never be omitted in the name of fighting terrorism as the democracy and terrorism is mutually exclusive. One critical rule here is terrorist organizations always benefit from the violation of democracy and human rights, and recruit more. Stricter policies and applications may backfire and only worsen the case. Instead, “winning hearts and minds” should one of the policies....

 

Terrorists Betray Islam’s Peace
Rabbi Allen S. Maller

“Action against terrorism that targets civilians starts with a serious stand against every one of those who have issued and continue to issue Fatwas for targeting any civilians anywhere. From now on, they must be deemed accountable unless they retract their Fatwas; they must be off limits, their movements must be restricted, their media appearances prevented, the sale and circulation of their books banned, and any acts of support or financing for their charities — or even hosting them — criminalized....

 

Legitimising the Radical
Khayyam Mushir

If the examples of Mohammed Morsi and Rached Ghannouchi offer any counsel, it is that the leadership of a movement, radical or political, determine its objectives and play an influential role in charting its course towards the achievement of those objectives. From what we have seen, the leadership of the Barelvi movements is erratic, violent, confrontational and irresponsible. It will go to any lengths to clutch at power and may not be easily contained or remain a puppet in the hands of an apparently stronger patron....

 
Pakistan: Targeting the Future
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

Pakistan: Targeting the Future
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

Significantly, after the APS Peshawar attack, many loopholes in the security arrangements of educational institutions had come to light. Then media reports indicated that less than 10 per cent of schools in KP had adequate security arrangements to thwart APS-like attacks, while the rest were functioning without or with insufficient protection for the students. There are more than 3,200 private and public schools in Peshawar alone, but just over 200 were issued "no objection certificates" (NOCs) indicating that they had adopted adequate security measures....

 

In an audio recording released Nov. 11, al-Qaeda adherent Jund al-Islam declared war on much larger Wilayat Sinai, which is associated with IS, and claimed responsibility for the Oct. 11 attack on a Wilayat Sinai vehicle that killed the four passengers. Jund al-Islam is vowing to eradicate Wilayat Sinai members if they do not repent and abandon what it calls “Baghdadi law,” which it says violates Sharia in part because it targets civilians and fellow Muslims....

 
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