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Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

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.....

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….


European Parliament Identifies Wahabi and Salafi Roots of Global Terrorism
Murtaza Haider

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.....

Terror Connection
Khaled Ahmed

Terror Connection
Khaled Ahmed

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….


We Palestinians Wake Up Every Morning To Teach The Rest Of The World Life, Sir!
Farooq Sulehria

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’……

Gaza, Israel and the World Media
New Age Islam Edit Desk

Gaza, Israel and the World Media

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……


Gaza Crisis: Sympathy Notwithstanding, India Must Stand By Israel

By R Jagannathan 

Gaza's Biggest Problem: Political Islamists

By Emre Uslu

Israel's Policy, Policy on Israel

By Beril Dedeoğlu

Why Criticize Erdoğan On Israel?

By İhsan Yilmaz

Turkey-Israel ties can be worsened further

By Serkan Demirtaş

Gaza 2014

By Gwynne Dyer

Patching Up Torture Victims in an Open-Air Prison

By Robert Fisk


Afghanistan: Deepening Crisis
Ajit Kumar Singh

While the rest of the world has focused its attention towards bloodbath in the Arab World, where the Islamic State of Syria and al Sham (ISIS), now rechristened as Islamic State, has created havoc, Afghanistan is plunging deeper into chaos. The political upheaval arising out of the power struggle following the disputed presidential elections has added to the people's misery, as the security scenario deteriorates rapidly....

World Media on Iraq and the ISIS
New Age Islam Edit Bureau

World Media on Iraq and the ISIS

The al-Maliki government cannot fight an insurgency with a fragmented army. Failure to install a broad-based government in Baghdad with the confidence of major sects and stakeholders will only promote the insurgency. The southern region has a religious affinity with Iran. The Kurdish region in the north enjoys relative peace and prosperity, and friendly relations with Turkey. The central region is volatile and ISIS’s presence has further exacerbated the situation. The stakeholders and their external allies are more prepared than before to support a proxy war in Iraq. This will lead to disintegration and ultimately the ‘Lebanonisation’ of Iraq, which is not desirable for the people of Iraq or the region. .....



Silent drama in Mosul

By Abdulhamit Bilici

‘Lebanonisation’ of Iraq

By Abdur Rahman Chowdhury

Information gathered on the Al Qaeda’s India plans point to a mobilisation of its resources for jihad. The ideological goal of the group, as detailed in the report, is chilling: Ghazwa- e- Hind, or the final battle in India. Ghazwa- e- Hind refers to an indoctrinated view of a final apocalyptic war in which India will be conquered by a Jihadi army. All soldiers of this army are guaranteed a place in heaven. This term is freely used in Jihadi circles and on the web, but is considered bizarre by others….


How Pakistanis Are Being Brainwashed Into Engaging In War against India: Virulent Anti-Islam Propaganda in Pakistan In The Name Of So-Called Ghazwa-e-Hind

‘Azan: A Call to Jihad - On the Road to Khilafah’: A Comprehensive and Conclusive Refutation by an authoritative Quranic exegete"

 Summing Up: Refutation of Sheikh Yousuf Al-Abeeri's Fatwa Supporting Wanton Killing of Innocent Civilians under Special Circumstances and Thus Justifying the 9/11 Attacks – Part 8

Pakistani Jihadis' War Cry of Ghazwa-e-Hind Is Entirely Based On Concocted Ahadith: No Religious Sanctity attached to Terrorist Designs on India

Defeat Talibanisation
Kuldip Nayar

I find it strange that New Delhi is not seriously considering the pros and cons of what happens once the American and NATO forces reduce their presence in Afghanistan only by a few thousand troops. US Secretary of State Kerry has visited Kabul to devise the policy after the withdrawal. But New Delhi is not in the picture……


Unfinished Jihad in Indonesia
Zacky Khairul Umam

Our unfinished jihad in this nationhood context is therefore to eliminate ignorance. We have to reform our religious studies in public schools, universities, Islamic boarding schools and other informal institutes. We need to reform the mindset promoted in the Takfiri movement, which considers people with different opinions apostate. It is necessary to educate people about the diverse opinions that Islam has upheld since its origin in the late antique period. Instead of accusing other people of being kafir….

With financial support from both the US and Saudi Arabia, religious desperados of all hues were recruited to come to Pakistan from all over the world to take part in the Afghan jihad. The Arab and Islamic fighters brought their Wahabi and Takfiri ideologies with them, which are haunting Pakistan to this day. Many militant and sectarian organisations like the Sipah-e-Sahaba and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi were created with the active support of our government and military intelligence agencies. All these measures led to the religious radicalisation of Pakistani society……


Syed Salahuddin, chairman of the United Jihad Council, a Pakistan-based amalgam of over a dozen terror groups. The Kashmir problem has been given a deadly new twist by Syed Salahuddin, chairman of the United Jihad Council, a Pakistan-based amalgam of over a dozen terror groups. Attempting to link the separatist violence in the Indian state with pan-Islamic jihad in Syria and Iraq, Salahuddin has declared that help from al-Qaeda, Taliban or any other like-minded group or country would be welcome. The United Jihad Council (UJC) includes outfits like Harkat-ul-Ansar, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, Jamiat-ul- Mujahideen, Al-Jihad, Al-Barq, Al-Badr, Ikhwan-ul-Mussalmin, and Tehrik-ul-Mujahideen. 


Caliphate Opposed To Shia Apostasy, and To Sunni Monarchies
Saeed Naqvi

It is worth noting that while mounting the brutal air and naval attacks against the Palestinians in Gaza, the Israelis are citing the "Caliphate", as the menace they fear Palestinians will eventually gang up with. There is no mention of Hezbollah and Iran……

JuD: The Dependable Terrorist
Sanchita Bhattacharya

JuD: The Dependable Terrorist
Sanchita Bhattacharya

With manifestly unqualified state support in Pakistan, the LeT-JuD appears to have little to fear. Indeed, in one prominent example of this theatre of the absurd, when the US declared a bounty of USD 10 million in April 2012, for "information leading to the arrest and conviction" of Hafiz Saeed, Saeed openly mocked the Americans in mass public rallies and open Press Conferences, declaring, "I am here, I am visible... I will be in Lahore tomorrow. America can contact me whenever it wants to."…..

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