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Nigeria's Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, or a man claiming to be him, has been killed at least three times so far, according to the military, yet each time he apparently returns in the group's numerous jihadist videos. Dead or alive, he appears to be fuelling violence which rights groups say is killing more people than at any time….

 
Terrorism as Pretext for Intervention
Nauman Sadiq, New Age Islam

Terrorism as Pretext for Intervention
Nauman Sadiq, New Age Islam

The mainspring of Islamic extremism and militancy isn’t the democratic political Islam, because why would people turn to violence when they can exercise their choice to vote their rulers in and also to vote them out? The mainspring of Islamic militancy is the despotic political Islam of the Gulf variety. The Western powers, omniscient as they are, are fully aware of this fact; then why do they choose to support the same forces, when their ostensible and professed goal is to eliminate extremism and militancy? It is because, since the time immemorial, it has been a firm policy-principle of the Western powers to promote ‘stability’ in the Middle East rather than democracy or representation. They are fully cognizant of the reality that the mainstream Muslim sentiment is firmly against the US intervention in the Middle Eastern affairs, especially after the end of Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, when the US after defeating a staunch rival turned its guns against the Muslim world in order to further exploit their energy resources......

 

War against the Islamic State: What a Difference A Few Weeks Can Make In West Asia
Talmiz Ahmad

There can be no stability in West Asia without a Saudi-Iranian engagement, since Iran has to work with the Shia regimes in Syria and Iraq to shape accommodative and inclusive governments, while the Kingdom has to wean ‘moderate’ Sunnis away from the IS coalition What a difference a few weeks can make in West Asia! Established foreign policy positions, touted as fundamental principles, have been overturned, nascent relationships are being reviewed and restructured, and new alliances put in place, all in an attempt to cope with this new menace in the neighbourhood — the Islamic State (IS)…..

 

IS Goes on the Back Foot
Linda S. Heard

“I don’t recommend using the term Islamic State because it blurs the lines between Islam, Muslims and Islamists. The Arabs call them ‘Daesh’ and I will be calling them ‘the Daesh cutthroats’,” he recently announced. Monsieur Laurent should surely be congratulated for his sensitivity and common sense approach and one can only hope that other nations will follow suit. Every civilized country should eschew those killers’ self-ascribed designation, which denigrates a faith and, in essence, is nothing short of blasphemy. Islam does not bless the decapitation of innocents or the burying of children alive or the slavery of women and girls....

Aqsa Mahmood, the ISIS Bride
Farhad Hassan Hashmi

Aqsa Mahmood, the ISIS Bride
Farhad Hassan Hashmi

So before anything else, her radicalisation puts a question mark on the British society. In the larger context, it also puts a question mark on the actions of several governments, for example the USA, Saudi Arabia, Britain itself among others. But more than anything else, it puts a question mark on Muslims and their interpretation of Islam. I know the popular argument; the one presented by people of all religions whenever they tend to disagree with interpretations of religion: this isn’t what our religion really is, this isn’t real Islam…..

 

Fighting Terrorism sans Fighting Its Ideology
Babar Ayaz

We continue to dangerously mix religion with politics and our security policy. The Pakistani establishment also started using Jihadi organisations to destabilise India and Afghanistan; a major mistake because it was bound to boomerang sooner rather than later. It is bound to influence the handlers of the Jihadi organisations first because they are in touch with them. It is no wonder that Islamism has penetrated the forces. As our officers and Jawans are trained with the narrative that they are defenders of a country that is a fortress of Islam and is destined to lead the Islamic world, they are more susceptible to Jihadi ideologies……

ISIS Intends To Radicalize Us All: And If We Let Them They Win
Dr. David Liepert

The peace of Islam—Salaam—was shared by everyone willing to share peace together, because just like Jesus, Moses, Abraham, Siddhartha and Arjuna before him, Muhammad fought for a just, multicultural society.  He fought for Pearson’s Canada.  He fought for Marshall’s America. So what should we do about ISIS?....

How Will The Anti-ISIL Fight Impact The Kurdish Peace Bid?
Serkan Demirtas

The government’s idleness against ISIL, due to its 49 hostages in the hands of jihadist militants, will likely make its position inside and outside Turkey more difficult, and will strain Ankara's ties with its Western and regional allies.….

 

Internees Must Be Prosecuted
Ahmer Bilal Soofi

It is imperative, therefore, that Pakistan does not allow its border areas along the Durand Line to descend into the same kind of anarchy that the onset of IS has left Iraq in. For this, both the provincial and federal governments need to sit together and develop a comprehensive strategy for the effective de-radicalisation and prosecution of internees….

 

The Bush Cover-Up Begins to Unravel 9/11: the Saudi Connection
James Ridgeway

.... how the Bush administration deleted 28 pages in the 2002 report of the Joint Congressional Inquiry on 911 probably because they describe in detail the Saudi connection to the Al Qaeda attack and Saudi financing of its operatives in the United States—people who knew two of the hijackers, and may well have been used as conduits for Saudi cash. Some of the money may have come from the royal family through a charity…..

 

Change Law to Foil Al-Qaeda
Tufail Ahmad

Al-Zawahiri clarified that the new anti-India branch would work to erase the borders demarcated by the British so that a larger Islamic state could be created. For close observers of Pakistan, this objective of al-Qaeda is essentially shared by the ISI, which imagines itself as the ideological guardian of the Islamic state of Pakistan, characterised by Pakistani thinkers as “Medina-e-Sani” or Second Medina, the first being the Islamic state set up by Prophet Muhammad……

 

Will Pakistan Ever Be Rid Of The Taliban Mindset?
Mehr F Husain

Is this a result of Zarb-e-Azb? Divide and rule may once have been a successful form of governing but when it comes to the Taliban, the military has been successful in dividing and disarming, especially when it comes to one of the more vicious groups of the TTP…..

 

There is a nagging problem with the notion, repeated by President Obama in his national address Wednesday night, that the barbarity flourishing in Syria and Iraq is not Islam. The conundrum is that all the terrorists are Islamic. In other words, the enemy is not Islam but our enemies there are decidedly Islamic…..

War against ISIS Headed For Failure
Tarek Fatah

Islamic State is being formed exactly the way Saudi Arabia was formed when thousands of bloodthirsty jihadis rose from the Sultanate of Nejd and invaded the Kingdom of Hejaz, slaughtering the country’s citizens into submission in 1925. Remember, Saudi Arabia is a kingdom where the king had his own daughters held hostage to force their mom, his runaway wife, to return……

I strongly condemn the brutal atrocities of the ISIS terrorist group. Their actions are a disgrace to the faith they proclaim and are crimes against humanity. Religion provides a foundation upon which to establish peace, human rights, freedoms and the rule of law. Any interpretations to the contrary, including the abuse of religion to fuel conflicts, are simply wrong and deceitful.....

Why Do They Join the IS From Turkey?
Dogu Ergil

…there is a category of people who are made to believe that being Muslim is enough to be good, just and moral. They do not care whether their behavior is legal, ethical or consonant with universal standards of proper behavior. When encouraged by informal religious education or acculturation to be a jihadist and perform the duties of religion -- foremost among them the fight against the West….

 

Bring back Osama
Razi Azmi

Defying their parents, families and imams, many young US Muslims are now joining hundreds of UK citizens, Canadians, Australians, Germans and Scandinavians, not to mention Arabs, Pakistanis, Chechens and others, to fight for the IS and its caliph. These young Muslim men (and some women) of impressionable age are full of rage. This rage has its roots in a litany of genuine grievances starting with the dispossession of Palestinians in 1948, the most recent destruction of Gaza and the terror unleashed against the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt by the military regime the US supports for Israel’s sake…..

 

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan: Hardening Lines
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

Some of our leaders have become prey to compromises and have agreed to conduct dialogue only to get the tribal areas liberated. It is very clear that Shariah can never be attained through talks. Even if the Government makes a concession, it will only be limited to the tribal areas. In the past, we used to participate in jihad [Holy war] from the platform of Tehrik-e-Taliban. But from now onwards, we will carry out attacks independently......

 

The Truth about Turkey and ISIL (1) and (II)
Mustafa Akyol

In other words, it is unfair to blame the Turkish government for supporting ISIL. But it is fair to criticize it for not foreseeing this danger, and unintentionally paving its way by giving a blank check to jihadists, thinking that they were fighting the good cause. To give a historical analogy, it reminds me of the CIA of the 1980s, which supported the Afghan mujahedeen for fighting the cause - against the Soviets - but did not foresee that some of those same Mujahedeen would evolve later into al-Qaeda……

 

Politics Must Play A Role in the Anti-ISIS War
Fareed Zakaria

Here we go again. The United States has declared war on another terrorist group. President Barack Obama’s speech Wednesday night outlined a tough, measured strategy to confront ISIS – which is a threat to the region and beyond. But let’s make sure in the execution of this strategy that we learn something from the 13 years since Sept. 11, 2001, and the war against Al-Qaeda. Here are a few lessons to think about……

 

What Does Zawahiri Really Want?
Jawed Naqvi

Now that Ayman al-Zawahiri, the current Al Qaeda chief, has expanded his focus to South Asia as the new theatre of his group’s evolving strategy, all concerned countries in the cross hairs need to perhaps sit up and ponder counter measures. South Asia’s capacity to cope with any major emergency has been shown as ordinary if not dismal. There are, of course, the all-knowing security pundits who would ignore or have already dismissed as far-fetched Zawahiri’s televised threat to India, Bangladesh and Burma, with Pakistan and Afghanistan already under his active gaze……

 

Erdoğan Regime Sends Wrong Signals about ISIL
Abdullah Bozkurt

The extent, if any, to which the political Islamist government in Turkey has aided and abetted the blossoming of radical groups as part of an overall strategy to shore up opposition against the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria or to weaken the now-defunct Nouri al-Maliki government in Iraq is not known. What we do know is that Turkey has clearly emerged as the front-line battle state against vicious al-Qaeda-type terror groups….

 
AKP and ISIL
İhsan Yilmaz

AKP and ISIL
Ihsan Yilmaz

When we criticize the Justice and Development Party (AKP) on its approach to radical and violent Islamist groups, it claims that we are betraying the country and are traitors. It argues that the West is trying to have Turkey be accused of helping these groups and that when we criticize the AKP leaders; we are simply supplying ammunition for their cause……

 

New Splinter Group Jamaat ul Ahrar
Khadim Hussain

The first pattern observed around the globe and in the region is that the splintering is precipitated by a strategic and tactical retreat by the parent militant network. When state security forces build pressure on the network, it splinters into several groups and melts away, resurrecting itself as soon as the pressure dissipates. Turf and kitty can be a bone of contention among militants…..

 
The ISIS Is Nothing to Do With Islam
Asif Merchant, New Age Islam

The ISIS Is Nothing to Do With Islam
Asif Merchant, New Age Islam

There are so many intelligent people who have been fooled by the Islamic terminology and the name Caliph assumed by the leader of this group. The Holy Prophet has been invoked to justify their methods. How much of this is genuine? A  random group claims that they are the army of Islam, and that their leader is the Caliph of Islam. Learned articles appear in Islamic journals explaining that all Muslims everywhere have a desire for unity, and this is a step in that direction. How sensible is such a viewpoint?

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