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Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

From Hip-Hop to Jihad, How the Islamic State Became a Magnet for Converts
Souad Mekhennet

She has told her parents that she is now the bride of a Dutch Moroccan national fighting for the Islamic State and that she spends most of her time learning Arabic and studying the Quran. Her parents now live for her texts, which come once a week at best, apparently during rare times when she has an Internet connection. She has relocated from place to place, her parents said, because of bombing campaigns. A photo that she recently sent them shows her in a flowing blue Niqab, in a room with a Middle Eastern-style wood-burning oven....

 

What Makes A Terrorist Or A Target Killer Tick: Can the Reason Be Found In Complex Socio-Political Analysis?
Nadeem F. Paracha

The largely perceived and indoctrinated memory of one’s parents being (willingly) taken for a ride by insincere politicians, infuriated many Mohajir youth who began to do what they thought their parents should’ve done. To some this also meant picking up a gun.....

 

Taliban Regrouping: Closer To Al Qaeda than To the Afghan Taliban, the TTP Is a Formidable Challenge for Islamabad and the Region
Manish Rai

The TTP is also now trying hard to initiate good relations with its previous affiliates like Harkatul Jihad Al Islami, the Qari Saifullah Akhtar Group, Tehreek-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi, Tehreek-e-Taliban Punjab, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and some Chechen groups. Now the TTP’s core organisation is not a big group with its cadre at most at 5-7,000, which was about 25-30,000 when it was united under the strong leadership of Baitullah and Hakeemullah Mehsud.....

 

Islamic Jihad Is Reinventing Itself
Hani Albasoos

Eight years of Palestinian political division led by Fatah and Hamas had created a political vacuum. After many failed attempts by Arab states to mediate disputes, the PIJ emerged as a seemingly unlikely Palestinian interlocutor able to bring compromise and end the division. Since then, PIJ leaders have been holding continued talks with both Fatah and Hamas and convened seminars and workshops to stress the consequences of Palestinian discord…..

 
The Anatomy of a Terrorist
Dr. Maleeha Aslam

A link between “displaced aggression” and terrorism has also been postulated. Individuals joining the Taliban, Al Qaeda and Islamic State are assumed to be the ones testing out possibilities for personal mobility and avenues for exerting power. This however may be true for the young recruits but not necessarily the masterminds of these networks. Youth may use opportunities provided by terrorist networks as side-door entries into politics....

 

Open Societies, the Antidote to Middle Eastern Violence
David Ignatius

Young Jihadis are motivated by core “life questions” about meaning and belonging, by unresolved aggression toward authority figures, by attention-seeking and exhibitionism, more than by ideology, argues a UAE-based analyst who has been analyzing radicalization for more than a decade....

 

Taliban Fears over Young Recruits Attracted To Isis in Afghanistan
Emma Graham-Harrison

And while to outsiders they might seem united by an ultra-conservative interpretation of Islam, in fact they have serious religious differences. Most Taliban follow the Hanafi school; to the Salafi purists of Isis their beliefs are flawed....

 

Countering Violent Extremism in Pakistan
Abdul Basit

The growth of extremism has marginalised moderate and sane voices in Pakistan. This is evident from the killing of former Governor Punjab Salmaan Taseer, the Taliban assault on female education activist Malala Yousafzai and targeted assassinations of moderate Islamic scholars like Maulana Hassan Jan and Mufti Sarfraz Naeemi. Extremism has been further sustained by broken governance, widespread social injustices and the intellectually stagnant Madrasa (seminary) and public education system....

 

 

The kidnapping of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls by the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram sparked outrage worldwide and the "Bring Back Our Girls" campaign. Many of the girls were sold into slavery, prostitution, and forced marriages....

 

ISIS obviously drapes itself in a harsh brand of Islamic fundamentalism. But while the organization does have, among its founders and higher-ups, members with in-depth knowledge of the Muslim faith — albeit an interpretation of that faith that most Muslims find horrific — Atran said that the ins and outs of religious practice weren't a major motivating factor for the ISIS members he spoke with....

 

The Name-Changing Jihadi Terror Groups
Gwynne Dyer

Baghdadi declared himself caliph and, therefore, commander of all the world's Muslims. This was an extremely bold step, since those Muslims who hear the call of “Caliph Ibrahim” and do not submit to his authority — even fighters in other Jihadi organisations like the Al Nusra Front and Al Qaeda — are technically “apostates” and liable to death in the eyes of those who do accept his claim....

 
A Storm Awaits IS
Mshari Al-Zaydi

A Storm Awaits IS
Mshari Al-Zaydi

Saudi security forces were able, within a very short period of time, to bring the killers of two Saudi policemen to justice, and foil terrorist plots hatched by the Islamic State (IS) targeting the Kingdom’s security and stability. These events revealed that the IS has been active in Saudi Arabia recently....

 
Malaysia's ISIS dilemma
Joseph Chinyong Liow

The recent emergence of an ISIS recruitment video featuring young Malay-speaking (and possibly also Indonesian) boys attending religious classes and engaging in weapons training in ISIS-held territory has caused a furore in Malaysia. Estimates of the number of Malaysian fighters in ISIS - the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria militant group - vary from 60 to almost 150....

 

Jihad’s African Frontier
Talmiz Ahmad

Boko Haram is the new Jihadi outfit in northern Nigeria. From 2009, it has been headed by Abu Bakr Shekau who has led the movement in a campaign of violence and intimidation, including massacres, beheadings, bombings and suicide attacks, culminating in the kidnapping of over 200 schoolgirls last year. Boko Haram now controls over 20,000 sq km of Nigerian territory in the north, and is well-financed through bank robberies, ransom payments, smuggling and theft of weapons across the region....

 
Malaysia Ramps up Fight against ISIS
Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani

Malaysia's Islamic Development Department (Jakim) has set up a committee that will fight the spread of terrorist ideology by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group in schools, universities and the Internet....

 

Terror Raids and the Lure of IS For Young Men
Anne Aly

In the teenager's mind, their violence is no less brutal than the atrocities he believes are carried out against Muslims. In his mind, there are no innocent victims. This is Islamic State on the internet....

 

'Calling an Act of Terror 'Jihad' Is the Gravest Form of Terrorism in the 21st Century,' Say Ulema at National Anti-Terrorism Conference in Delhi

An “Anti-Terrorism Conference” of Ulema held in Delhi on 19 April strongly denounced every form of terrorism, injustice and corruption. It proclaimed its standpoint that “peaceful coexistence” is the only way of life that can ensure peace and security for all religious communities in India......

The Sufist Izzat Al-Douri and the Extremist ISIS
Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Yemen has all the potential of developing into a regional conflict. Iran and Saudi Arabia spearhead the two dividing poles within the Middle Eastern countries. One is headed by Saudi Arabia with its partners Bahrain and UAE. The other led by Iran with its partners Hezbollah and Syrian government....

 

84 on Hitlist, 8 Killed: Dhaka’s Politics Drives Cycle of Death
Praveen Swami

Fighters from Bangladesh, intelligence officials believe, have responded to the call, though no one is certain how many. In one video, ‘A Glimpse of a Base of Al-Qaeda in Khurasan’, a Bengali-speaking fighter identifying himself as ‘Suleiman’ said: “Here, I feel there is the kind of environment that helps one learn how to deal with his family and what one’s role should be as a son, a Mujahid and a Muslim....

 

Military Institute Student to Son of Ex-Judge, Islamic State Taps Dhaka Gen-Next
Praveen Swami

Islam was referring to the ruthless — and successful — battle waged by Sheikh Hasina’s government less than a decade ago against Jihadist networks such as the Harkat-ul-Jihad-e-Islami Bangladesh (HuJI-B) and the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB)....

 

The Dilemma of Terrorism Scholarship
Abdul Basit

The current terrorism scholarship is faced with more or less the same situation with the rise of Middle Eastern terrorist group the Islamic State (IS) in June 2014. Terrorism experts failed to prognosticate the meteoric rise of the IS....

 

A Savage New World of Terrorism
M. K. Narayanan

In the battle for the Jihadi mind-space, the IS clearly has gained the upper hand at the moment. Using social media and other Internet-linked methodologies, it has been able to lure recruits in sizeable numbers from across the world. Thousands of educated Muslims, including women, have thus been inveigled into joining the IS....

 
Iraq’s Cycles of Revenge
The New York Times

In a disturbing number of instances, it seems clear that Shiite militias, which to varying degrees are backed by Iran, are taking revenge on Sunnis in areas they have helped clear of ISIS fighters, who are Sunni....

 

Terrorism in Malaysia: Lurch to illiberalism
Datuk Seri Najib Razak,PM of Malaysia

Mr Najib had promised to roll back the Sedition Act, just as he promised to junk the ISA. Yet while pushing through the new anti-terror rules, his government took the opportunity to table changes to the act which would greatly toughen sentences and forbid speech that denigrates religion....

 
Pakistan: Persistent Mischief
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

Pakistan: Persistent Mischief
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

Meanwhile, in response to Hangings and Executions of terrorists in Pakistan, domestically oriented terrorist groups, primarily the TTP and its splinters, such as Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, have intensified their operations....

 


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