Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
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….
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......
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?.....
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.....
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". .....
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.
“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.”
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……
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……
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……
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…..
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…..
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.....
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?....
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…..
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.....
But then Abu Musa and his two men—one of whom, like Lawand, was only 14—said they had been called to Iraq on a suicide mission: “We are sorry if we did any harm to you. We are on our way to heaven now.”....
After the 2011 Arab uprisings, the Jordanian government initially relaxed certain restrictions on public space. Protests and public criticism of the country’s leaders, nearly unheard of in previous years, became common. Major violations, such as the arrest of journalists, decreased. But instability in neighbouring states has caused the government to tread back – by issuing new and more extreme anti-terrorism laws, banning of books or media outlets that do not comply with restrictive laws, and pressuring opposition groups….
The nexus between Arab charities promoting Wahabi and Salafi traditions and the extremist Islamic movements has emerged as one of the major threats to people and governments across the globe. From Syria, Mali, Afghanistan and Pakistan to Indonesia in the East, a network of charities is funding militancy and mayhem to coerce Muslims of diverse traditions to conform to the Salafi and Wahabi traditions.....
Al-Qaeda papers found in Jalalabad after 2001 refer to him. Later letters sent by al-Qaeda to Abu Qatada, the radical cleric in the United Kingdom, speak well of Zarqawi as a leader in charge of the camps in Herat. Then Zarqawi returned to the battlefield in Kandahar, where he was wounded, and was treated in Karachi — by two Pakistani al-Qaeda doctors who later fled to North Waziristan. After this he decided to fight the Americans in Iraq and made his way to Kurdistan in northern Iraq through the tribal areas of Pakistan….
Ironically, this is exactly what the religious right does. Point out any puritan barbarity and in response they will cite two imperial/infidel outrages. The way politicised Islam refuses to be a ‘religion of peace’ beyond Nile-to-Kashgar, the liberalism of many Pakistan liberals also begins to wane when the victims at the receiving end of imperial or Zionist barbarisms happen to be ‘uncouth Arabs’……
A sound and balanced West Asia policy needs sensible market-based pricing of oil back home. If we do this, we will have more room for manoeuvre in our policies to the Arab world and our friends in Israel. We could actually become better friends with Israel. An Israel without friends will be more brutal than one with some friends……
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