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War on Terror

The Afghan stalemate will only be broken when the various factions that make up the Taliban realize two things. First, that they are not strong enough to capture the major population centres of Afghanistan as they did in the late ‘90s; and second, that they are losing ground to a far more dangerous enemy in the form of ISIS than they face in the Afghan government. Until the Afghan security forces stop losing ground, the Taliban will continue to hope the government will crack....

 

Afghanistan’s Lies, Myths and Legends – Concluding Part
Andre Vltchek

A son of the super elite Afghan ‘exiles’ living in London, once ‘shouted’ at me, via WhatsApp, after I dared to criticize one of the officially-recognized gurus of the Western anti-communist left, who happened to be his religiously admired deity: “I’m completely amazed that you’d do such a thing. Then again, you’re Russian… And Russians held a strange superiority complex about dominating the whole Asian & African continents – even when nobody invited or asked them to. Historical examples are plenty… Don’t go to a country to report about what’s actually going on when you can’t even speak the language!” This was his tough verdict on Russia and on my work; a verdict of ‘Afghan man in London’,...

 

Afghanistan’s Lies, Myths and Legends – Part One
Andre Vltchek

Many foreigners and even Afghans are now convinced that the “true” Afghanistan is only what is being shown on the television screens, depicted in magazines, or what is buried deep in the archives and libraries somewhere in London, New York or Paris.....

Now Is the Time for a New Partnership to Fight Terrorism
Najib Tun Razak

We must ensure that the barbarism we see in Syria and Iraq is rooted out. We must show that we stand ready to confront terror swiftly and decisively wherever and whenever it manifests itself. We must never surrender. It is up to all of us at the summit to forge this partnership and prove, once and for all, that there is no clash of civilizations between the Muslim world and the West.....

 

Despite the chaos, wars and revolutions, the interest of Europeans, Americans and the Chinese remains high in what may be the largest untapped oil reserves on the continent, "the El Dorado of the Sahel", which extends from Mauritania to Algeria across north Mali.''''

 

New and Unimproved ‘War on Terror’
Rafia Zakaria

The world should not be surprised if the next episode of the interminable ‘war on terror’ is not a scaling back but a renewed and ruthless turn to occupation, one that would dominate and, in the minds of those orchestrating it, annihilate terrorism. If we know anything about the new American president, it is his penchant for projecting strength and authority, and as he grows into his power as president, it is unlikely that America will be enough to exercise it....

 

How to Lose the War on Terror

The terrorism threat from Syrian refugees is low for three reasons, according to Dan Byman, a staff member of the 9/11 Commission, which in 2011 conducted the official inquiry into the Al Qaeda attacks. “First, very few among the refugees support the terrorists,” Byman, now a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, told me. “Second, the vetting for the refugees is extensive. Third, the American Muslim community has consistently shown itself to be hostile to terrorism and reports most of the few suspects in their ranks.”....

 

The Word ‘Muslim’ Belongs To the ‘War on Terror’; It Has Little to Do with Me
Yassir Morsi

No, the terrorists are not to blame for Australia’s racism. If someone cannot tell the difference between Susan Carland and Osama bin Laden then they are not ignorant. They are willingly ignorant. But that’s the logic of racism, to dispossess the racist even of their own humanity and their sense of it, and above all to dispossess Muslim from their own lived Islam, from its own contested cultural debates, from its own expansive and endlessly deep heritage, from its own linguistic lineage...

The Myth of the ‘War on Terrorism’: Debunked at Last
Justin Raimondo

And if this be “isolationism,” then let the War Party make the most of it. Because the American people are done with global crusading. Enough is enough: let them kill each other if that’s what they’re intent on doing. Let’s just make sure that they aren’t killing us....

 

More ‘War on Terror’ Means More Terrorist Attacks
Phyllis Bennis

If we‘re serious about ending terror attacks, there are a host of non-military approaches that hold far more promise than bomb-drone-kill. Diplomacy, humanitarian support, arms embargos, economic assistance, more diplomacy — we need to use them all instead of military action, not alongside it. Step one means acknowledging that the current strategy is failing....

One of the Prophet Muhammad’s most important goals in revealing the Quran was to end the kind of bloodshed that Islamic terrorists commit today, as that bloodshed was rampant all throughout pre­-Islamic Arabia. Essentially, Muhammad brought peace to the previously war­-torn Arabian Peninsula single-handedly, and he did so through a campaign of nonviolence and the creation of a peaceful coalition of tribes. While many verses of the Quran deal with war, the only​wars permitted by the Quran are ones of self­-defence. The Quran considers war to be evil, but sometimes necessary to prevent persecution or maintain decent values.....

 

In Turkey’s War on Terror, Everyone Is a Loser

Involvement by the PKK or any of its offshoots in the Ankara bombing would mark a critical turn in a war that has already gripped the country for more than three decades. It would also signal a dangerous shift in the PKK’s strategy. In recent years, the group has shied away from attacks on civilian targets. Its decision to abandon that policy would do major damage to both the legitimate Kurdish struggle for new rights and autonomy....

 

Falling into the Terrorists’ Trap: Let the Actions of Thugs Play Out In an Empty Theatre
Joseph S. Nye

Terrorism is a serious issue, and it deserves to be a top priority of our intelligence, police, military and diplomatic agencies. It is an important component of foreign policy. And it is crucial to keep weapons of mass destruction out of terrorists’ hands. But we should not fall into the terrorists’ trap. Let the actions of thugs play out in an empty theatre....

 

America’s Unending War On Terrorism Will Destroy Humanity And Planet Earth
Mahboob A Khawaja

….. Obama’s global ‘war of terror’ has expanded to roughly 100 countries around the world, winding down the large-scale military invasions and occupations such as those in Afghanistan and Iraq, and increasing the “small-scale” warfare operations of Special Forces, beyond the rule of law, outside Congressional and public oversight, conducting “snatch and grab” operations, training domestic repressive military forces in nations largely run by dictatorships to undertake their own operations on behalf of the ‘Global Godfather.’…

 

Serving justice is the core of the faith of a devout Muslim.  “O who you believe, be persistently standing firm in justice, witnesses for God, even if it be against yourselves or parents and relatives. Whether one is rich or poor, Allah is more worthy of both. So follow not personal inclination, lest you not be just. And if you distort [your testimony] or refuse [to give it], then indeed Allah is ever, with what you do, Acquainted.” (The Qur’an Chapter 4, verse 135.)

How do Muslims respond to terrorist attacks?: New Age Islam’s Selection From Pakistan Press, 4 December 2015

How do Muslims respond to terrorist attacks?

By Syed Kamran Hashmi

War on terror: more of the same — II

By Dr Saulat Nagi

Syrian crisis takes a turn for the worse

By Abdur Rahman Chowdhury

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

The Worlds Failed War on Terrorism
Nervana Mahmoud

Unlike what many Muslims and the liberal western elite emphasize, contemporary terrorism undoubtedly has a religious element to it. It is frankly disingenuous to deny this reality. It is also futile, however, to judge Islam. Islam is not an entity, a specific institution, or a state.

All 25 websites, barring a few exceptions, are affiliated to the IS and being used to propagate the terror group’s ideology. “While some of the sites contain videos of preachers appealing to the youth to join the terror group’s fold, others contain plain literature aimed at enticing young men towards the Jihadi ideology,” a source said, adding that most of the sites were interactive to keep the recruitment channel open.

 

ISIS Wants a Clash of Civilizations: Let's Not Give In
Juan Cole

A “war” on terror that characterizes, for example, all Syrian refugees as potential combatants thus plays right into the hands of recruiters like Abaaoud, who aim to “sharpen the contradictions” between Muslims and those of Christian heritage. We should rather be observing that some Syrians have joined a criminal cartel that has taken over some desert towns at gunpoint, but that most Syrians have not done so.

How Paris Has Changed The War On Terror Forever: New Age Islam’s Selection From Indian Press, 19 November 2015

How Paris has changed the war on terror forever

Jayanth Jacob

After Paris: United with Putin against war on terror?

Nina L Khrushcheva

Defining terror, evolving responses

Rakesh Sood

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

Rise of ISIS: Should India Fear
Shakti Sinha

What then is the way forward for India? One, engage more rigorously with the Gulf countries. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to UAE, the first such visit since 1981, was long overdue. ... Intelligence cooperation, including in tracking cyberspace, is necessary to disrupt recruiting networks, fund flows and other lifelines that sustain extreme jihadism.

Two, try and change the emerging Wahhabi/Salafi narrative in Muslim communities by strengthening traditional behaviour patterns and practices. As noted scholar and reformist Sultan Shahin complains, the Indian establishment only engages with bearded mullahs even if they are obscurantists. Recognition of diversity from Muslims and the engagement with forward looking individuals and institutions would be a good start. The youth are keen to grasp the opportunities provided by an emerging India, and they are best placed to replace the narrative of victimhood and discrimination with one of participation and hope.

Three, this should be matched by keeping an open eye on potential ‘emigrants’, and families given the confidence that the state would work with them to de-radicalise these misguided youth with no stigma attached. Four, many occupations like weavers and other artisans, where Muslims predominate, are faced with obsolescence. ...

Five, faced with an avalanche of terrorist violence resulting in many civilian causalities, police under pressure have occasionally charge-sheeted innocents who have been locked up for years before being released by courts for lack of evidence. Our legal and police system discriminates against the poor who lack resources and connections. Where police have acted with bona fides, mistakes must be accepted but where there is clear mala fide and injustice, restorative justice demands should not be ignored. The characteristic of a strong state is not random violence or arbitrary action but its ability to separate genuine mistakes from mischief. And for ensuring the rule of law where the powerful do not get away because of the culture of impunity......

Thoughts on Countering Terrorism
By Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

Thoughts on Countering Terrorism

It is true that present Muslim extremism is the result of the glamourization of the self-styled concept of global Khilafat or caliphate. Its real solution lies in de-glamourizing this false ideology developed by extremists through a misinterpretation of Islamic sources. Moreover, de-glamourization of the Khilafat can be achieved by de-Islamizing this concept of the Khilafat based on false interpretation.

ISIS Retaliation, Turkey, Egypt, New Taliban Leadership, Iran’s Diplomacy of ‘Openness,’ etc: New Age Islam’s Selection from World Press, 10 August 2015

Hopes, Fears under New Taliban Leadership

By Muhammad Waqas

Gulf States and Iran’s Diplomacy of ‘Openness’

By Raghida Dergham

The Risk of ISIL Retaliation

By Ömer Taspinar

Turkey’s Fatal Voyage

By Nuray Mert

Whatever Is The Matter With Egypt?

By Hisham Melhem

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

The battle of Kobani and Tel Abyad are vivid examples -- meta-histories -- embedded in the contradictions and dilemmas of a global war on terror and the nationalist demands of regional and local forces who also stress that they too are fighting terrorism.....

 

Is Kenya at War with Al-Shabab?
Patrick Gathara

Kenya is at war. This mantra is repeated over and over ad infinitum by government officials and pro-establishment types. At a time of military conflict, we are told, peacetime rules and conventions do not apply and we should be prepared to give up some of the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the constitution....

 
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