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On Rohingya crisis: Suu Kyi in
‘New York Attacker Was ‘Soldier’
by New Age Islam Edit Bureau
After ISIS’ fall in Syria-Iraq
& ‘lone wolf’ hits, bigger challenges loom
Nov 4, 2017
Trump has criticised the “politically correct” US immigration policies that had
enabled Saipov to enter the country.
Tuesday, as New Yorkers celebrated Halloween, a 29-year-old Uzbek, Sayfullo
Saipov, drove his truck through revellers in Lower Manhattan, killing eight
people — five Argentinians celebrating their graduation from technical college
20 years earlier, a Belgian woman and two Americans; and leaving a few dozen
his truck hit a school bus, Saipov came out shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is
great, in Arabic) before he was shot by a policeman. He is now being treated in
hospital. His truck had a note fixed to it saying: “Islamic supplication will
endure forever”. This was the worst terrorist attack in New York City since the
horror of 9/11 a decade and a half ago.
has confirmed that he acted on behalf of the Islamic State, and that he had
responded to the call of its “caliph” to all Muslims to revenge the killing of
their brethren during the US bombings on Mosul as the ISIS “capital” in Iraq
was under military assault from Iraqi forces.
President Donald Trump has criticised the “politically correct” US immigration
policies that had enabled Saipov to enter the country, and the feeble judicial
system that had failed to impose harsh deterrent punishments. According to Mr
Trump, Saipov was an “animal” who deserved the death penalty or being sent to
Guantanamo. New York governor Andrew Cuomo has said that Saipov was a “lone
wolf” who had been “radicalised domestically” after reaching America, affirming
that Saipov had not had any direct contact with a jihadi organisation.
investigations reveal that Saipov had been planning the attack for over a year,
but seriously started doing dry runs with a truck over the last two months. He
said he had deliberately chose Halloween for carrying out his attack as there
would be large crowds in Lower Manhattan.
radicalised by exposure to ISIS propaganda material available on the social
media. Investigators have found 90 ISIS videos in his possession, with 3,800
pictures of ISIS activities, including beheadings, killings of prisoners,
bomb-making instructions, and other slick material produced by the organisation
to attract recruits from diverse countries and backgrounds.
used the truck as his weapon of attack, following similar earlier attacks by
ISIS adherents in France, Britain, Germany, Sweden, Spain and Canada. Saipov is
said to have closely followed the manual from ISIS on the social media that
describes the type of vehicle to rent and the type and timing of the attack to
wreak maximum destruction.
November 2016 issue of its mouthpiece, Rumiyah, ISIS had said: “Though being an
essential part of modern life, very few actually comprehend the deadly and
destructive capability of the motor vehicle and its capacity of reaping large
numbers of casualties if used in a pre-meditated manner.” Such vehicle-ramming
attacks are particularly devastating since they are easy to carry out and it is
almost impossible to pre-empt them.
latest New York attack has revived the debate on the factors that radicalise
Muslims and lead them to perpetrate violence. Given the fact that lone-wolf
violence is a relatively recent phenomenon, both academics and
counter-terrorism experts have made little progress in addressing these issues.
Analysts have observed that the profiles of lone-wolf terrorists present a very
unclear picture, indicating variously — confused sexuality, confused religious
identity, possible mental illness, anger management issues and possibly a
dysfunctional family life.
several occasions, the perpetrators have indicated no clarity about jihadi
ideology being their motive force. This leads to the tentative conclusion that
the act of violence is just an opportunity for a socially ill-adjusted
individual with violent tendencies to seek some meaning in his miserable life
by associating himself with a dramatic act that would serve a larger historic
purpose, far beyond his tawdry existence.
security analyst Tom Mockaitis believes that lone-wolf attackers could have
dysfunctional backgrounds along with personal grievances which lead them to
“identify with an existing movement and act on its behalf”. ISIS is of course
particularly adept at alluring such misfits to carry out acts of violence in
this understanding is of little use for law enforcement officers to prevent
such lone-wolf attacks. As a European security officer said, a lone-wolf attack
can come “in any size, any shape, and any ethnicity, as well as representing
is similar uncertainty on the sources of radicalisation of lone-wolf
terrorists. Observers have noted that the social media, “through bits and bytes
of the digital age”, creates a community of “followers of a borderless
loyalty”. Here, Jen Easterly and Joshua Geltzer make the important point that,
whatever the influence of social media, the actual move from inspiration to
action is that of the lone-wolf himself; it is he who selects the targets, the
weapons, the timing and the mode of attack.
believe that ISIS messages on the social media are particularly effective for
people who are lonely: they are now made partners in a historic cause, an
enterprise far bigger than anything they could on their own have been
associated with. Thus, they note the social media in today’s digital media age
has made the term “homegrown” obsolete.
there is now a bigger challenge before us. ISIS expert Graeme Wood sees Saipov
as a “complete idiot” since he had a fake gun and could easily have been taken
down by a policeman. What he fears is that, with the fall of the ISIS in both
Iraq and Syria, some of the ISIS’ battle-hardened fighters could return home
and launch what he calls the “campaign of competent terror”, marked by careful
planning and lethal weaponry, on the lines of the Batacalan attacks in Paris in
November 2015, in which 90 people were killed, and the more recent (non-ISIS
related) attack by Stephan Paddock in Las Vegas, where 58 persons were killed
and over 600 others injured.
is the dreadful prospect before the international community after the “defeat”
of the Islamic State at US hands in Iraq and Syria.
04, 2017 00:02 Ist
three months after violence escalated against the Rohingya in Myanmar’s Rakhine
State, leading to the exodus of more than half a million to neighbouring
Bangladesh, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi finally visited the region. By
all accounts, Ms. Suu Kyi had little more than platitudes to offer and her
words showed no recognition that what transpired is a “textbook example of
ethnic cleansing”, as the UN Human Rights chief put it. This is extremely
disappointing. Ms. Suu Kyi endured years of house arrest and unremitting
hostility from the military junta before emerging victorious in a free and fair
election two years ago. But despite taking over a top post after the election,
her civilian government’s powers have been clipped as the military still holds
sway over defence, home affairs and border issues. Ms. Suu Kyi, a recipient of
the Nobel Peace Prize, has found it pragmatic not to challenge the official
rhetoric in Myanmar, which suggests the military’s actions were aimed at
tackling “terror” in Rakhine. This could be for two reasons. First, she does
not want to upset the fragile balance of power in the fledgling democracy after
years of rule by the junta. Second, there is a clear lack of empathy for the
Rohingya in a country that has seen the rise of Buddhist and Bamar
majoritarianism that has corresponded with an official “othering” of the
Rohingya, who are Muslims, as non-citizens. Despite the widespread
international condemnation of her government’s actions, Ms. Suu Kyi has sought
to pander to the domestic gallery by defending the military’s actions in
Rakhine. Her conduct during her visit to the region this week suggests that she
has no intention of effecting any real or meaningful change in her government’s
position on the Rohingya.
Rohingya, meanwhile, have been left to deal with themselves, unwanted and
stateless in their homeland and forced to migrate, mostly to Bangladesh, in
hazardous conditions. Dhaka has been trying to drum up support and relief for
the constant and unremitting stream of refugees making their way to Bangladeshi
soil. Against this background, it is unfortunate that New Delhi has turned its
back on the Rohingya refugees, leading to perceptions that it has failed to rise
to its status as a regional power and take the lead in dealing with the
humanitarian crisis. The Myanmar government has said that it will repatriate
returning Rohingya if they prove they were residents of Rakhine, but it is not
clear how the refugees would be able to do so having been denied citizenship
and having fled their villages under duress with barely anything in hand.
Myanmar’s evasiveness makes it all the more imperative that the international
community, including India, quickly provide succour for the hundreds of
thousands of Rohingya who are living on the edge.
‘New York Attacker Was
‘Soldier’ Of Isis’
By Daily Pioneer
04 November 2017 | AFP | Washington
attacker who killed eight people in a truck rampage in New York was a “soldier”
of the ISIS group, the jehadis said on Friday, according to a US-based
of the soldiers of the ISIS attacked a number of crusaders on a street in New
York City,” said an article in the latest issue of the group’s al-Naba weekly
newspaper, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.
Saipov, 29, an immigrant from Uzbekistan, is charged with terrorism offences
after allegedly driving a rented pickup truck down a mile-long stretch of bike
path in Manhattan. The charging document says he confessed to acting in the
name of ISIS and “felt good about what he
done,” even demanding to hang an ISIS flag in his hospital room.
said he appeared to have followed very closely “the instructions” that ISIS put
out to its followers on social media.
allegedly in possession of three knives, thousands of ISIS propaganda images
and dozens of videos that showed ISIS fighters killing prisoners.
picture of Saipov that has emerged is of a suspect who only radicalised after
moving to the United States in 2010.
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