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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….

İhsan Yilmaz

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?

An Obvious First Step – Close the Jihadis' Highway
Patrick Cockburn

Dubious counter-terrorism specialists, the exact nature of their expertise frequently elusive, speak of the effectiveness of new controls in thwarting actual or potential jihadis. Much of what is said is irrelevant to the real circumstances in which Muslims leave Britain or other foreign countries to fight in Syria and Iraq. The discussion, driven by politicians responding to media hysteria, produces a sort of intellectual fog….


Strife in Libya Could Presage Long Civil War
David D. Kirkpatrick

Their opponents, including the militias stocked with former Qaddafi soldiers that controlled the airport, say Mr. Badi was merely the spearhead of a hard-line Islamist onslaught resembling the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and supported by the Islamist-friendly governments of Turkey and Qatar......


In The Muslim World, Silence Falls
Raheel Raza

Indeed, today’s global events seem surreal and fictional in their evilness. The Yazidis of Iraq are facing genocide. Boko Haram and the Taliban continue their reign of terror: Horrifying, brutal, cruel and inhuman terror from beheadings to rape. Where is the outrage in the Muslim world over these atrocities?.....

The Regrouping Of Extremists in Bangladesh
Muhammad Nurul Huda

The importance of countering extremist strategy has once again been emphasised and so also the imperative of comprehensive action plan to foil the efforts of motivating and recruiting new members for extremist action. It has also been highlighted that actions to counter-motivate the detained extremists have not been taken up. There are complaints that the government's flagging socio-political campaign against militancy and slackness in monitoring extremist activity since 2012 has given the outfits space to regroup.....


Get That SOB Al-Baghdadi Now - An Appeal to Obama and Hannity
Mike Ghouse

Our attitude towards Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi and his thugs should be, "You SOB, you are the murderer and not your religion, don’t give me the crap about your religion, your religion does not teach you to kill a single soul, don’t you slap your evilness onto your religion, we are not dumb to buy it. You are going to pay a price for it, either back off and repent, surrender or face the drones". .....


Come To Motherland of Jihad: Call to Arms from First Indian Group in AfPak
Praveen Swami

The first jihadist group based abroad formed by Indians, the Ansar ul-Tawhid believes terrorism will not achieve anything. Their imagination fired by the Islamic State’s success against better-equipped and trained forces in Syria, its leaders sees themselves as the kernel of a full-blown insurgency in India......


Islamic State militants have released a graphic video allegedly depicting the beheading of American photojournalist James Wright Foley, who has been missing since 2012 after being kidnapped in Syria. Foley went missing almost two years ago while covering the conflict in Syria as a freelance photographer. The 39-year-old reporter was working for Agence France-Presse when he disappeared, and his whereabouts were essentially unknown until this recording surfaced. His November 22nd disappearance was classified as a kidnapping by the FBI, which stated he “was taken by an organized gang after departing from an internet café in Binesh, Syria.” The Islamist group also threatened to kill another American journalist, Steven Joel Sotloff of World Affairs and Time, stating his fate is in the hands of President Barack Obama.

From anti-Islamist letter to jihad camp in Syria, a Srinagar youth’s journey
Praveen Swami

“I disagree,” wrote Adel Fayyaz Waida in an angry letter to a Srinagar newspaper in the summer of 2010, in the midst of a communally charged mass movement spearheaded by Islamist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani. “I am so fed up of this thing,” he continued, “do I have an option to confront him, so I can ask him, what are we going to get with these useless strikes?” The letter ended, “Nobody cares, nobody listens, it starts in Kashmir and ends up there, no where in the world cares.”


Hamas and the Islamic State
Neville Teller

Fiction has given way to fact. Charges against Israel of crimes against humanity, nay of deliberate genocide of the Palestinian people, cunningly manipulated and loudly trumpeted by Hamas, were taken up with enthusiasm by the world’s media. Now they have been displaced by genuine and horrific reality in the northern mountains of Iraq. And apart from what might be termed “the usual suspects”, most world leaders appear to have recognized the real thing when they see it……

Muttahida Jihad Council, Pakistan: Perilous Outreach
Sanchita Bhattacharya

MJC comprises of 16 terrorist groups, operating in India from bases in PoK. It was formed in November 1990 to bring all the outfits involved in terrorist violence in J&K onto a single platform, and is headquartered at Muzaffarabad in PoK. At the time of its inception, all the terrorist outfits operating in J&K were required to register with the MJC. The Council aims at joining forces and resources to augment operations in J&K, and acts as the primary public voice of the terrorist outfits....


But there are certainly many Muslims who claim to uphold the Five Pillars of Islam and who feel that they, and not the radical Muslims, are following in Muhammad's footsteps. And they would explain that while it is true that their prophet engaged in violent acts of war and that the Quran calls for harsh treatment of the enemies of the faith, this is no different than the book of Joshua in the Old Testament – something that happened in the past but is not to be repeated today……

Why Muslims Hate Terrorism More
Dean Obeidallah

Despite this avalanche of condemnations, it’s clearly not reaching—or not persuading—many of my fellow Americans. In fact, a Zogby poll released just last month found alarmingly that the favorability ratings for Muslims in the United States had fallen from 36 percent in 2010 to 27 percent. This is distressing but understandable. When people see only negative images of Muslims in the media, they will naturally believe the worst……

Middle East Crisis: We Know All Too Much About the Cruelty of ISIS – But All Too Little About Who They Are
Robert Fisk

For journalists, yesterday was a fearful day. Thirty years ago, Arabs would acknowledge our special role as neutral observers. As the years have gone by – and as journalists have been killed by American military forces and Israeli soldiers and Iraqi rebels (and Arab militias), so our vulnerability has grown infinitely greater. When our chum, the Egyptian Field Marshal Abdol Fottah al-Sissi, locks up journalists for months, precious little do Western governments care about them…..


Terrorists Must Be Crushed, Not Ignored
Linda S. Heard

A photograph seen on social media of fighters from the misnamed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) could have come straight out of an historical documentary on the Middle Ages. If some seer had told me five years ago that 10 – 15,000 deranged killers could have established a caliphate over 30 per cent of Syria and 35 per cent of Iraq, he wouldn’t have had his palm touched with my gold. But at a time when crazed killers, who slaughter thousands without blinking are mushrooming, the fact that ISIL exists is less astonishing than the fact those murderers have been permitted a virtual free hand to behead, crucify and threaten Iraqi minorities with ‘death by the sword’ if they refuse to convert to their twisted brand of religion that has nothing to do with Islam…..


Extremists Battling the Pakistani State Have Provided Us with a Model of the Kind Of Tribal Society, Inspired By Their Version of the Early Islamic Period
Irfan Husain

Similarly, the extremists battling the Pakistani state have provided us with a model of the kind of tribal society they want to impose, inspired by their version of the early Islamic period. Again, one may reject this aspiration, but at least there is no ambiguity about what the Taliban and their offshoots want.....


Anyone to Stop the Islamic State’s Terror?
Murat Yetkin

The West, especially the U.S., which has responsibility for the current situation in Iraq, has to see the humanitarian crisis ongoing in Iraq and Syria and has to do something to stop the IS’ terror…..

There are real questions to be asked. Why do the media and the administration ignore such atrocities? Why is Israel reprimanded and Hamas supported for their actions, when Hamas instigates a confrontation and Israel protects itself? Why do we continue giving Islamists a pass when such a high percentage of global terrorism is directly attributed to them?....


Egypt and Libya: It’s Crunch Time as Jihadists Threaten Both Countries
Abdallah Schleifer

The devastating struggle underway in Gaza seems to have overshadowed, in media coverage, the battles being fought in Libya in both Tripoli and Benghazi – battles which already have had ramifications for Egypt measured in blood. A little more than a week ago, 22 Egyptian soldiers were killed when gunmen from the Libyan side of the border with Egypt drove across the border and attacked an Egyptian Army…..


The Moral Base of Conflict
Afiya Shehrbano

As the Israeli war machine targets and systematically mows down Palestinian children, global observers attempt to spin the conflict in moral rather than political terms. The problem is that most often, morality is an equal driver, along with all the other profane and pragmatic causes of conflict.  Pakistan has often been likened to Israel as the only other nation-state borne exclusively out of a religious imaginary.....

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