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The Anti-ISIS Message Malala Couldn't Say In Canada
Frida Ghitis

Consider Malala's words at the U.N. last year: "We call upon all communities to be tolerant -- to reject prejudice based on cast, creed, sect, religion or gender to ensure freedom and equality for women so that they can flourish. We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back. We call upon our sisters around the world to be brave -- to embrace the strength within themselves and realize their full potential." Compare it to the ISIS appeal, "If you are not able to find an IED or a bullet, then single out the disbelieving American, Frenchman, or any of their allies. Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him."….

 

Islamic State and Religious Extremism
Syed Kamran Hashmi

The real battlefield did not have to be the desert mountains of Kandahar; rather, they should have been the schools, the universities, the madrasas (seminaries) and the mosques. The fight, likewise, needed to be more ideological than physically focused on raising the collective conscience of pupils above the sectarian and religious divide, teaching them to challenge their own intolerant tendencies, encouraging them to question the rigid rules of their so-called faith and even daring to take on the clerics preaching violent messages. We did nothing of that sort and now have to deal with the mindset that only worries about guns, bullets, tanks, bombs and the 72 virgins in paradise…..

Al Qaeda has been critical of the violent means targeting other sects of Muslims by jihadi groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Takfiri ideology of ISIS appears to be closer to many such groups in this region, including the sectarian organisations of Pakistan, many in the TTP and even the Taliban of Afghanistan. The odds of most of these organisations, breakaway groups and individuals being attracted to the more violent ISIS are very strong. The increasing statelessness in Pakistan and continued challenge of state building in Afghanistan are creating a welcoming space for ISIS. ISIS is the new face of violent Islamists, targeting state structures in the whole of the Middle East for control…..

 

An Open Letter To All Canadians – Canada Is Under Attack!
Raheel Raza

Today we have two clear options. We can either continue to believe in the handbook titled “Radicalization for Dummies” or act vague and politically correct on clear indications of where the problem originates from, or we can take immediate action as Canadians. Otherwise rest assured the rabid ideology behind acts of blatant terrorism will only grow. And when that happens, please don’t come looking for ‘moderate Muslims’ as we have been saying this since a decade and continue to stand on guard for Canada but is anyone listening?....

Ottawa Shooting Magnifies Extremism’s Lone-Wolf Threat
Joyce Karam

The lone-wolf style of terrorism, whereby one individual plans and carries out the attack, is not by any means nascent or exclusive to extremist groups such as al-Qaeda or ISIS. It is as old as Ted Kaczynski, the “unabomber,” who carried series of bombings in the United States between 1978 and 1995. It is also versatile in its roots in that it also encompasses anti-Islamist terrorists such as the Norwegian Anders Breivik who killed 69 teenagers in 2011, or the neo-Nazi Neil Lewington who is serving a life sentence in Britain……

 

Islamic State Recruits Loose In Toronto
Tarek Fatah

Lost in the horror of these murders that some are still referring to as a “possible” terrorist attack, was the news on Saturday that three Muslim girls of Somali heritage, who wanted to travel to the Mideast and join ISIS in Syria as wives of jihadis, were back home and free.....

Realignment of Militants
Muhammad Amir Rana

Realignment of Militants
Muhammad Amir Rana

As far as the security implications of the IS are concerned, it has created a major survival challenge for the main militant actors who could now act to prove their operational credentials. Specifically Al Qaeda and TTP led by Fazlullah are facing immense pressure. They can launch attacks to prove that they are still strong and relevant, and have the ability to lead entire militant movements in the region. At the same time, IS-inspired groups can launch movements in the IS style and try to capture towns and cities in the border regions of Afghanistan……

 

Without an infrastructure of political and social institutions, it will be impossible to counter the threat posed by modern terrorism. It is no use to fight a war against radicalism without first allowing enough room for non-radical action to take place. If we keep doing what we always did, we will keep getting what we always got…..

 

Banned religious-militant outfits are operating freely; they have established thousands of religious seminaries that inject ideological Jihadism into the minds of the children enrolled. Shockingly, there are no checks and balances on what they are teaching in these seminaries and who is funding them. According to official data on registered seminaries, out of 20,000 seminaries in Pakistan, 5,500 are operating in Sindh. However, senior local journalists and intellectuals think that the number of unregistered seminaries is around 30,000, run by Barelvi, Deobandi, Shia, Ahle Sunnat, Ahle Hadith and other sects. These religious schools and thousands of students being trained will produce Taliban-like jihadists….

 

What the ‘Two State Solution’ Has to Do with the Rise of Islamic Extremism: Zero
Khaled Abu Toameh

What Kerry perhaps does not know is that the Islamic State is not interested in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at all. Unlike Kerry, Sunni scholars fully understand that the Islamic State has more to do with Islam and terrorism than with any other conflict......

 

“The Quran is a miraculous book. In no sense you can touch it. In no sense can you touch any of its periods, any of its commas. Any intervention would damage the meaning, would destroy the meaning. It is very sensitive. In Arabic there are ‘hı’ and ‘ha’ letters. You can read a sentence which means ‘God created the world’ with ‘hı’ and a dot on top of it. When you omit the dot on the letter ‘hı’ the sentence would mean, ‘God destroyed the world….

 

The terror groups most of whom are members of the banned Jamaat-ul Mujahideen, a Bangladeshi outfit, have managed to infiltrate and start operations with the help of local support since October 2011, according to the report.  They recruited young men and women and set up several illegal madrasas in order to introduce their radical philosophy among the minority community.  The initial findings indicate that the investigating agency would require more time to unearth the real magnitude of the conspiracy hatched by terrorists in the rural belts of West Bengal…….

Burdwan Blast: Role of Jamaat-e-Islami Sympathisers in Ruling TMC Exposed

It can be said that a large network of sympathizers of Jamaat -e-Islami within the TMC kept Mamata Banerjee in the dark about the growing network of Bangladeshi militants in West Bengal who planned to punish Mamata Banerjee for her friendly ties with Sheikh Hasina who broke the backbone of terrorist outfits of her country after coming to power. The Jamaat sympathizers in West Bengal do not want good relations between India and Bangladesh while Hasina has a secular outlook and is pro-India while Jamaat-e-Islami of Bangladesh is anti-India and has a communal outlook. The West Bengal government ignored the intelligence reports and reports from Bangladesh government about the growing bonhomie between Jamaat of Bangladesh and some leaders of TMC hailing from the bordering districts of West Bengal. Therefore, it is not too late as the network has been exposed in the beginning. Both the centre and the state government should tackle the menace by taking appropriate steps to cleanse the state of the radical outfits of Bangladesh and West Bengal without victimizing and framing innocent people. The media too has to play a positive role while reporting such incidents. Only a sincere and unbiased approach can help fight the growing scourge of Islamist terrorism in the country....

Recurring Terrorist Nightmares
Harlan Ullman

Could terrorists launch simultaneous massive attacks against public places such as stadiums, malls, railway stations and airports? The answer is yes. Should the government be doing more to warn the nation about such contingencies? Or, without good intelligence and reliable evidence of specific plans for attacks, would such warnings do more harm than good? These are profoundly perplexing questions. Any answer has benefits and downsides, most unpredictable. But this is the shape of things to come…..

 

Why Australia Shouldn’t Ban Islamic Group Hizb - ut-Tahrir
Adrian Cherney

It must be kept in mind that banning Hizb ut-Tahrir would actually play into their hands, reinforcing the argument they mount that the “war on terror” is a war against Islam. Forcing them underground would make it far harder to argue that that is not the case. Sometimes in the field of counter-terrorism, pragmatism needs to prevail. In a strong democracy, arguments and positions the majority may find uncomfortable or objectionable need to be aired…..

 

Hamas, IS Share neither Goal nor Methods
Adnan Abu Amer

Hamas does not base its rules solely on Sharia, but mixes it with positive laws and is committed to the gradual implementation of Sharia, which is not the approach of the Islamic State. While Hamas accepts democracy as a system of governance, IS considers it blasphemous and considers anyone supporting a democratic system of governance an infidel……

 
Siege of Kobane
Vijay Prashad

Siege of Kobane
Vijay Prashad

September 2014 will be remembered by the people of the city of Kobane in northern Syria as the tensest period to date. For months on end, the heavily armed Islamic State (Daesh) armies have tried to capture this city and its surrounding villages. The fighters of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), a Syrian Kurdish guerrilla army, have held them off. In September, Daesh threw its heavy artillery at this strategic city and breached the lines, sending tens of thousands of Kurdish residents….

 
Turkey: Jihad-Lite
Burak Bekdil

Turkey: Jihad-Lite
Burak Bekdil

"Those who were silent in the face of the death of 300,000 people in the past 3.5 years, ignoring the use of chemical weapons, SCUD missiles and barrel bombs [in Syria], are suddenly putting an effort to create an international perception as if Turkey must immediately solve the problem in Kobane itself,"....

Tariq Ramadan: 'ISIL's Acts Are Un-Islamic'
Tariq Ramadan

“The main problems of Muslims are coming from the Muslims; from Muslim-majority countries," he says. "And then when we start to be critical and say we are going to speak out against all the dictators, then some of the scholars who responded to Daesh today and are speaking about the so-called Islamic State, saying this is wrong in Islam, they are the same scholars that are supporting dictators."…….

ISIS Is Here To Stay
K S Venkatachalam

Today, thousands of people from the UK, France and other European countries have joined the organisation. Over 1,500 girls, below the age of 14 years, have joined them. This goes to show that radical Islamisation, based on ideology similar to Wahhabism/Salafasim, has metastasised beyond the shores of Iraq and Syria. You can bomb towns and cities but you cannot bomb an ideology….

 

The Middle East Fragments: The Rule of the Gunman
The Economist

It is the internal form of states, rather than the external shape of their territories, that has provoked a backlash. All too often the region’s insecure, control-obsessed governments—sometimes dominated by minorities—have failed to integrate citizens within an inclusive sense of nationhood. The major political ideologies—Arab nationalism, political Islam and now perhaps violent Jihadism—transcend national borders.……

 

Terrorism 101: Bring back the doctrine of 1960s and 70s for dealing with terrorism
Gwynne Dyer

Terrorist movements always want you to over-react, SO DON’T DO IT. The terrorists usually lack the popular support to overpower their opponent by force, so they employ a kind of political jiu-jitsu: they try to use the adversary’s own strength against him. Most domestic terrorism, and almost all international terrorism, is aimed at provoking a big, stupid, self-defeating response from the target government…..

 

Iraq, Syria and Jihadism: The Will and the Way

In both Syria and Iraq, IS is scoring victories against the West and its Sunni Arab allies. The coalition’s strategy is beset by contradictions and self-imposed constraints, with two of the worst offenders being the two countries that could do the most to degrade IS: America and Turkey. The coalition must rise above these shortcomings, or IS will end up being validated in the eyes of could-be jihadists….

 

Jihadists Giving Headache to Greeks, Too
Ariana Ferentinou

Greece may deny that there are members of ISIL in Greece but graffiti and black flags have been sighted in Athens since the beginning of the Syria crisis, while recent media reports claimed that police are looking for about 100 suspected ISIL members of Arab origin who are in Greece facilitating the passage of Westerners who want to reach ISIL through Turkey. Are they legal residents?.....

 

Balkan Jihadists Part of a Global Menace
Hajrudin Somun

However, mobilized and well-paid by retrograde Islamist movements, often covered by humanitarian missions from the Arabian Peninsula, those preachers of the “only right path” to paradise did give enough reason to real adversaries of Islam to see in Bosnia, in particular, a Wahhabi/Salafi “safe haven” for spreading radical Islam and terrorism to wider region....

 
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