Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
Generations of the young and lovelorn of Mosul have gazed at the Tomb of the Girl in Ras al-Jada, reputed to honour a beautiful girl who died of a broken heart. Historians believe the tomb in fact belonged to the great historian of medieval Islam, Ali ’Izz al-Din Ibn al-Athir al-Jazari, who died in 1260. In his masterwork, the al-Kamil fil’Tarikh, the History of the World, al-Jazari chronicled the epic wars of his times, from the Crusades to the Mongol invasions. Now, the Tomb of the Girl is a gaping hole, bulldozed by Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS) insurgents who captured Mosul less than a fortnight ago. The statue of the poet Mullah Uthman Ali Mussili, a nineteenth century Mosul poet whose lyrics still run through modern Arab music, has been removed from the al-Mahata area. The statue to iconic poet Abu Tammam in the Bab al-Tourb area, residents say, is gone......
Two other reports by Praveen Swami from the war zone:
Mosul Refugees Live In Fear, Uncertainty
Iraq Launches Ramadan Counter-Offensive
Dr. Nafeez Ahmed
I wrote critically about the rise of ISIS, a phenomenon which I anticipated in Zero Point. The story in my novel fasts-forward to a future in which Maliki’s Iraq is collapsing under the weight of its own lack of legitimacy, along with the rise of an al-Qaeda affiliated insurgency; post-NATO Libya has collapsed into full-scale civil war; U.S.-backed military expeditions to shore-up the falling dominoes of favored regional regimes ramp up to maintain a semblance of stability; and the threat of terrorism in Britain and elsewhere in the west….
Abdel Latif el-Menawy
Five years ago and particularly in June of 2009, American forces released Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi - the future leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria- from Camp Bucca, south of Iraq. The reasons he was released remain unknown until this very day, but while leaving prison, Baghdadi turned to the American general accompanying him to the exit door and to the American soldiers standing close together and said: "I'll see you in New York."….
Günay Hilal Aygün
“Certainly Turkey is not facing a threat of permanent occupation as in Syria and Iraq, but it is not a far-fetched possibility for Turkey to become a target of assaults that will cause headaches.” He recalled that Turkey has been targeted by similar organizations before, noting that the November 2003 attacks by l-Qaeda in İstanbul are the bloodiest and most shocking acts of terror the country….
Extremism and Its Remedies
Dr Mohd Farid Mohd Shahran
In relation to man, extremism can be seen from a number of manifestations such as bigotry and intolerance, continuous commitment to excessiveness and applying pressure on others to do likewise, harshness in the treatment of others, occupation with side issues and excessive extension of prohibition. At the most extreme level, it will lead to aggression and terror. Yet, what is in man that causes him to be extreme.....
Let me end on a philosophic note, literally. The word "philosopher" is derived from two Greek words: Philo, which means Love, and Sophia, which means wisdom. The Prophet Mohammed was a philosopher, not a fanatic. He would have been ashamed of the Taliban and others like them, who are committing the worst crimes against humanity in his name.….
Since the insurgents arrived, even if their forces of occupation are largely local Baathist remnants, they have posted rules for the implementation of their strict Sharia. These demand that women should be covered and only go outside “if necessary”. Drugs, alcohol and cigarettes are banned, and all shrines, monuments and graveyards - seen as idolatrous in Salafi forms of Sunni Islam - will be destroyed......
There are two kinds of Taliban in this country. One who say that they are Taliban; the other who says any operation against them is wrong. I am eligible to be killed by the first. The second stays silent at the thought of speaking against military operation. We are combating the first one in North Waziristan today. The second one resides in our mind, in our history books, gradually imparting ideological hegemony of their beliefs on me…..
S Iftikhar Murshed
This is the connotation of the term Zarb-e-Azb which has appropriately been adopted as the code name for the military operation in North Waziristan. The battle of Badr transformed the early Muslims into a dynamic force determined to take on the formidable challenges that threatened the survival of their small community. This is the spirit that is sadly missing in Pakistan despite the launch of operation Zarb-e-Azb.......
The Iraqi army and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) are battling for control of Iraq’s largest refinery outside Baiji north of Baghdad, with each side holding part of the complex. But in the town of Baiji itself, a few miles away, which is completely under the control of ISIS, residents say they are most frightened by ISIS militants going door to door asking about the numbers of married and unmarried women in the house….......
Since its inception several factors contributed to the organization's rapid growth. The defection of many Sunni officers from Saddam's army to the ranks of the Jama'at at-Tawheed wal-Jihad gave the organization a degree of professionalism. The security vacuum in Iraq was another factor. The alienation of Sunnis by Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki strengthened the ranks. When the Syrian crisis broke out, it provided the organization with the potential to further strengthen itself...
Ajit Kumar Singh
This is revenge for the killing of civilians, migrant women and their children. This is revenge for the violence of the corrupt Pakistani Government.” The statement signed by Usman Gazij, IMU emir, concludes, “The jihad already in place in Afghanistan should be extended to Pakistan’s territory as well. Jihad in Pakistan should be fought by the entire Muslim Ummah and not just a few people or groups.”....
After many rumours and false starts, and after years of requests from US officials, Pakistan has finally launched a major military offensive in North Waziristan, ground zero for militancy in that country. Extremist organisations use North Waziristan as a base for attacks on US forces in Afghanistan and to mount assaults on targets in Pakistan…..
When a woman tries to sneak from Saudi Arabia to Yemen along with her kids in order to go to Syria and work with the Jihadists, then such an act represents ISIS’ capability to mobilize support. It also means that ISIS has agents that recruit members for it. When the number of Western Muslims who joined the fighting in Syria reaches the hundreds, then we are practically talking about the success of ISIS, the global organization and not just a group enthusiastic to the Syrian cause…….
A bomb in northern Nigeria killed at least 21 people as they watched the Brazil-Mexico match on television on Tuesday night. Another 48 people were killed in Kenya on Sunday night as gunmen attacked a crowd watching a World Cup broadcast. Similar bombings have killed dozens of Nigerians watching soccer matches before the World Cup began this year, and some districts have banned World Cup screenings for fear of further attacks…..
David D. Kirkpatrick
Today, those politicians are in frantic retreat from Riyadh to Rabat, stymied by their political opponents, stalked by generals and plotted against by oil-rich monarchs. Instead, it is the jihadists who are on the march, roving unchecked across broad sections of North Africa and the Middle East. Now they have seized control of territory straddling the borders of Iraq and Syria where they hope to establish an Islamic caliphate.....
Over the course of the United States’ long entanglement in Iraq, many reporters from The New York Times have cycled through the bureau in Baghdad. As the country once again teeters toward sectarian warfare, we asked these reporters — now on other beats, in other parts of the world — which stories from their time in Iraq have been resurfacing in their minds. Several recalled ominous hints of what was to come, while others described the moment that pushed them to see just how deep-seated Iraq’s problems are......
And $25 billion later, the last vestige of American Iraq, the security forces that, in the end, Washington built up to massive proportions, seem to be in a state of dissolution. Just over a week ago, faced with the advance of a reported 800-1,300 militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the opposition of tribal militias and local populations, close to 50,000 army officers and troops abandoned their American weaponry to Sunni insurgents and foreign jihadis, shed their uniforms by various roadsides, and fled. As a result, significant parts of Iraq, including Mosul, its second largest city, fell into the hands of Sunni insurgents, some of Saddamist coloration, and a small army of jihadis evidently funded by Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, both U.S. allies……
And so the question is inevitably raised – why defend one type of "extremism" while chucking the other under the bus? It has already been noted that Jewish schools do not attract the same attention when they drift into the extremes……
Named cleverly as Zarb-e-Azb (the sharp strike literally) after the name of the sword carried by Holy Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) during the battles of Badar and Uhud, the operation busts down the jihadist Takfeeri narrative of the militants at the outset.....
Consequently, I have chosen to combat Salafism by exposing it and by providing an alternative, peaceful and theologically rigorous interpretation of the Koran. My reformist approach naturally challenges well-established Salafi tenets, and leads Muslims who follow Salafi Islam to reject me. Why? I have not altered the Koran itself. My system is simply one of inline commentary, in which dangerous passages are flagged and reinterpreted to be nonviolent. I have added these inline interpretations to key Koranic passages and examples of the commentary are freely and easily available. For over 15 years I have tried to preach my views in mosques in the Middle East, as well as to my local community in the West, but have faced the unwavering hostility of most Salafi Muslims in both regions. Muslims who live in the West - who insist to outsiders that Islam is a "religion of peace" and who enjoy freedom of expression, which they demand from their Western hosts - have threatened me with murder and arson. I have had to choose between accepting violent Salafi views and being rejected by the overwhelming majority of my fellow Muslims.
The relationship between the murderous zealots of ISIS and the rest of the Muslim world is too complicated to sum up concisely. It goes without saying that hatred between Sunnis and Shias lies at its heart. They adhere to profoundly different versions of Islam: where radical Sunnis are disgusted by cultic practices or religious art that distract from the teachings of Mohammed, Shias embrace a messianic cult of martyrdom and ritual self-mortification – and claim a line of descent from the Prophet that Sunnis regard as heresy……
Other related articles:
Turkey: ISIS Magnifies Iraq's Sunni Crisis
The rise of ISIL
The slaughters we read about in Syria, Kenya, Iraq, Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan have common factors. They’re the same ones that feature in the so-called honour killings and female genital mutilation of girls in the UK, Canada, America and Europe, as well as in much of the Arab world and Africa. Those factors are Islamism and Sharia. The sooner we Muslims acknowledge this truth, the better equipped we will be to join the rest of humanity as partners in peace for our common good…..
They had, they said, experienced pressure from some Muslim parents and governors to adopt a more conservative approach — from introducing segregated changing areas for physical education to the end of mixed-gender swimming. But they said that these pressures did not constitute extremism. “I don’t think extremism wants a good Islamic education within the maintained sector,”….
Witnesses told how about 30 gunmen - believed to be members of Somali terror group al-Shabaab - arrived in the town in minibuses at 8pm yesterday before bursting into residents homes, shooting dead any man they thought was not Muslim. 'They came to our house at around 8pm and asked us in Swahili whether we were Muslims,' said Anne Gathigi. 'My husband told them we were Christians and they shot him in the head and chest.'.....