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Today the Saudis find themselves in an extremely uncomfortable position. Their air force has joined the US-led coalition in conducting numerous air strikes against IS positions in Syria, yet this is deeply unpopular with many Saudis. A prince who has flown sorties against IS in an F15 jet has reportedly received death threats More than 2,000 Saudi nationals are estimated to have joined the ranks of IS, bringing with them an extreme brand of "Takfiri" ideology that views large portions of the population with suspicion and intolerance…..


The incident of Al-Ahsa massacre did not happen accidentally, but it is a rude interpretation of a dangerous approach that is increasingly threatening the heart of Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia must admit that the problem, which the Kingdom has long been exporting, is now present inside its boundaries!....


Meanwhile, public display of dead and or broken bodies is not novel in our history. Since the counter insurgency operation against the movements to establish an Islamic state, the DI/TII (Darul Islam / Tentara Islam Indonesia) in the 1950s, this has been a common method of state terror against Indonesia’s own citizens accused of being enemies of the state.  The tactic was used extensively during the massacre of suspected communists in 1965. ….


Battleground North Waziristan, Epicentre of Terrorism
Zahid Hussain

As one officer lamented “It is painful to pick up every day the bodies of our fellow soldiers and young officers often blown into pieces by IEDs, but it is more agonising to hear some politicians sympathising with the killers.”….


Rampant Arrogance of Turkey’s Islamists
Abdullah Bozkurt

A lavish palace with 1,000 rooms, a private residence with 250 rooms, a luxury plane and a special edition, custom-made car, all new toys for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the expense of billions of dollars of taxpayer money, are the ultimate embodiment of the growing disconnect between Turks and the current band of the country's leaders -- most are political Islamists who are motivated by muscle and money at home and imperial arrogance and big brother mentality abroad…..

Who Are We?
Thomas L. Friedman

Who Are We?
Thomas L. Friedman

…ISIS, is home-grown; its aim is not to strike at enemies far away, but to spread and impose its vision of an Islamic society right here and right now; it’s attracting Muslim youths from all over, including the West; its ideology is a violent mutation of the puritanical, non-pluralistic, Wahhabi Islam, the dominant trend in Saudi Arabia,….


Fundamentalist Islam and the Roots of Terrorism
Janet Tavakoli

Fifteen of the nineteen 9/11 hijackers were Saudi Arabian, two more were from the United Arab Emirates, one was from Egypt, and one from Lebanon. They were all from Arabic-speaking countries, and presumably the terrorists read Islamic scripture in the original Arabic. Muslim scholars did not unite to protest this act of terrorism. Instead, many celebrated a victory, because the Quran includes passages that permit violence to expand Islam. Most so-called Muslims are peace-loving, because they do not follow the rules. They practice Islam à la carte, a new religion…..


World Media on Islamic State of Iraq and Syria

From Anders Behring Breivik's rampage on July 22, 2011, which killed 78 people in Oslo and Utoya, Norway, to the cheaply made hoax movie "Innocence of Muslims" of 2012, which caused world-wide protests and deaths, Islamophobic individuals and groups seek to defame the Muslim faith. These acts are then taken up by extremists to present the entire Western world as Islamophobic. An important corrective to this would be to acknowledge that ISIS and its likes make Muslims themselves victims of doctrinal distortion and extremism on the one hand, and Islamophobia and collective stereotyping on the other. Instead of blaming each other, Muslims and non-Muslims have a shared interest in breaking this vicious cycle……

The articles:

ISIS Is Creating Chaos, but They’re a Product of Organized Chaos

What If The Islamic State Wins?

ISIL’s Biggest Mistake: the Disastrous Aleppo Moment for Syrian Rebels Is Repeating Itself for ISIL, This Time in Kobani

Is Central Asia Afraid Of ISIS?

ISIS and Islamophobia


Continent of the Islamic State
Vijay Prashad

Al-Baghdadi took the opportunity to announce that his Islamic State (IS) has accepted the oath of loyalty (bay’ah) of the Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis of Egypt, of the al-Qaeda operation in Yemen and of the city of Derna in Libya. Al-Baghdadi’s was a terrifying sermon of triumph — “divide their gatherings, split their body, dismember them completely.” Out of northern Iraq and Syria, the IS spills over into the Arabian Peninsula and North Africa…..


A State Of Confusion, Cynicism and War
M.J. Akbar

Just in case you missed the news, one side will display the seven stalks of wheat mentioned in the Quran, while the other has a map of the world. Why the map? Because the Caliph wants to bring the world under his rule. How? Check out the silver dinar. It shows a sword and shield, symbols of his jihad. Separately, Al Qaeda has already declared war on a range of nations, including India and Burma, but this is a purely terrorist enterprise. The Caliph already has geography and for the immediate future has his eyes set on Saudi Arabia….


Do Not Count On another 11/11/11 Declaring the End Of IS Any Time Soon
Harlan Ullman

Not only has the three and a half centuries old Westphalian system of state-centric politics been challenged by the empowerment of individuals, groups and non-state actors, particularly IS, the artificial boundaries of the Middle East, codified by the secret Sykes-Picot Treaty of 1916, have been eliminated. And the future of Islam, wracked by the struggle among radicals, conservatives and modernists as well as between Sunnis and Shias (and Saudi Arabia and Iran), has been thrust into what Winston Churchill once called the “volcano of Iraq” as long ago as 1922. Unless or until the White House grasps these realities, do not count on another 11/11/11 declaring the end of IS any time soon......


Pakistan: Darkening Tangle
Ajit Kumar Singh

It has been reliably learnt that DAISH (al Dawlah al Islamiyah fi al Iraq wal Shām, ISIS) has offered some elements of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) and Ahl-e-Sunnat wal Jamat (ASWJ) to join hands in Pakistan. DAISH has also formed a ten-member Strategic Planning Wing and now seek to inflict casualties on Pakistan Army outfits who are taking part in operation Zarb-e-Azb…..


What Does The Isis Heartland Look Like From The Skies? I Buckled Up My Seat Belt to Find Out
Robert Fisk

No Syrian passenger aircraft any longer routes over Raqqa – Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s Syrian “capital”, where his lads occasionally do a little beheading and even crucifixion in the town square – but we flew directly over the city of Deir el-Zour, where government troops still hold part of the town; there was brown smoke eddying from the eastern sector, one bridge over the green Euphrates broken in half, Isis and Jabhat al-Nusra fighters still trying to wipe out the last garrison. Neither pilot believed Isis had ground-to-air missiles – not yet, at least – and they dismissed the reports that two captured old MiGs had been put back into the air by the Islamists. “….


The Message from Burdwan
Tufail Ahmad

Here is how the ISI hides its own role in jihad and insulates Pakistan’s army. After the Wagah attack, it got the Khorasani-led Taliban to say it was a revenge for Zarb-e-Azb operation. After each turbulence in India-Pakistan ties, Pakistani journalists parrot this line: the army chief does not want to get involved in it. To insulate Pakistan’s army from global criticism after the Wagah attack, the ISI got a Christian couple burnt alive, successfully diverting public opinion. In recent years, Pakistan was globally criticised for its role in the 26/11 attacks. The message from Burdwan: have Bangladeshi prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s assassination executed from Indian soil—fundamentally an ISI plan—so that India stops blaming Pakistan for the 26/11 attacks…..

Securing Kabul: Afghanistan Has Become For the TTP the Same Kind Of Safe Haven That the FATA and Quetta Used To Be For Al-Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban
Christophe Jaffrelot

Kabul will fight the Haqqanis but protect others, including Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Chief Mullah Fazlullah, who has probably been in the Afghan province of Kunar since 2010.  Ironically, Afghanistan has become for the TTP the same kind of safe haven that the FATA and Quetta used to be for al-Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban. One way out may be to follow the recommendations of Lt Gen (retd) Talat Masood of the Pakistan army: “If we are unable to convince the Haqqani leadership and Quetta Shura that they should work out a negotiated settlement with the Afghan government then what have we gained by hosting these groups apart from inviting the hostility of the Afghan government and the international community and much worse?....

The Last Hurrah?
Hasan Suroor

The Last Hurrah?
Hasan Suroor

“Bored with the Taliban and their AK-47s? Try Al Qaeda with its deadly bombs, and suicide bombers. Tired with Al Qaeda too? How about the all-new I.S. flush with armoured tanks, state-of-the-art missiles and its own caliphate to boot?” He went on to suggest that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, now Islamic State (I.S.), too, was a “passing fashion”, adding: “Watch this space for our spring collection!” Jokes apart, questions about the I.S.’ “shelf life” are being raised even in knowledgeable circles…..


Fighting Extremism Must Not Be Left To the Hesitant Saudi Arabia and the Likes
Abdulrahman al-Rashed

At this time, extremist teachings and discourse increased because the situation was left to get worse. The circle of believers in extremism thus expanded until it all became as if we were living among the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group. It’s as if extremism had settled everywhere, controlling the mentality of a huge minority and sparking fear among a majority.....

Reflections on the Psychology of ISIL
Mustafa Akyol

These people include young boys, who are educated by their fathers or tutors to devote themselves to ISIL and fight “the infidels and apostates.” Apparently these “infidels and apostates” include most us, as several members of ISIL explicitly point to “the Americans,” “Europeans,” “America’s allies,” “secular Arabs,” and even the “apostate Turkish government.” But why does ISIL hate the “infidels?”….


Islamists Ready for Mediterranean Battle
Robert Fisk

Turkmens are used in the battles because of their local knowledge, but the soldiers here have noticed that the “labels and brands” of the various Islamist groups are constantly changing. If Isis is here as an organised structure, they say, it is still very small. But they have noticed the rebels now using armour-piercing missiles for the first time as well as missiles with a range of five kilometres. Among Arabic accents on the radios are voices from Egypt, Libya, the Gulf, Tunisia and Morocco....


The Islamic State Movement and Pakistan
Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi

Being an ideological and brutal movement, the Islamic State has opened several fronts. Had it confined itself to fighting against the Iraqi and Syrian governments, it would have enjoyed the support of Saudi Arabia and other conservative Arab states. However, it has targeted the Kurdish areas in Iraq and Syria. It has also threatened the conservative Arab kingdoms, including Saudi Arabia. Above all, it openly challenged the United States and European countries. .....


Egypt's War on Terrorism: World's Double Standards
Khaled Abu Toameh

The Egyptians, of course, are entitled to wage a ruthless war on the various terror groups that have long been operating in Sinai. However, by tightening the blockade on the Gaza Strip, the Egyptians are also giving Hamas and Islamic Jihad an excuse to resume their attacks on Israel....


Politics and the Past in Bangladesh: Dialling Down

Both had opposed independence and assisted Pakistan’s army. Jamaat’s student wing supplied members to pro-army militias that committed atrocities, abducting and killing academics and journalists. The war-crimes court accused Mr Nizami of “Gestapo-like attacks”....


Standing Up To the Lethal Volcano of Fundamentalism
Octavia Nasr

In the Arab world, archaic dictatorships hang on to power at any price despite a clear dissatisfaction by a large number of their constituents and despite the loud demand for reform of systems and infrastructures. Meantime, criticism of Islamic fundamentalism is considered criticism of the entire religion of Islam and therefore treated as a red line that no one can fathom crossing. The result is literally a deadly silence where shouts and protests are needed.....


Does Pakistan Have a Plan for ISIS
Marvi Sirmed

Farfetched though it may seem, it is possible that some of the Rommels we have might be thinking of the IS as a new asset for achieving a balance of power heavily tilted in our favour? It might seem silly, but it tells a lot about the kind of distrust the state has generated among its own people. Interested to correct it? Fix the country by putting your action where your mouth is. End the drama. Finish off LeJ, JeM, LeT, ASWJ, Jundallah, and TTP. Let Pakistan move ahead…..


Death for Merchants of Death, Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer
S. Binodkumar Singh

The War Crimes Trials, and the cumulative verdicts against leaders of extremist parties and groups that have been at the core of destabilization in Bangladesh over the past decades, have been crucial in turning the country around after years of mounting chaos that had brought it to the very brink of failure. This process needs to be sustained, indeed, accelerated, despite the backlash of extremist entities, if the gains of the recent past are to be consolidated......

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