Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
Africa and the Jihadist Threat
Olusegun Obasanjo,Tedros Adhanom, Wolfgang Isching
Obasanjo, Ghebreyesus and Ischinger
The unprecedented number of jihadist attacks in multiple countries in
recent months has demonstrated how vulnerable our societies have become and how
transnational the threat is. No group illustrates the nature of the challenge
more clearly than ISIS. From its origins as a terrorist group capitalizing on
state failure in Iraq and Syria, it has spread like a virus from Afghanistan to
Nigeria and carried out or inspired attacks as far abroad as the United States
and the Philippines....
Robert F Worth
The man glanced around uneasily, and finally approached a street sweeper
in a blue jumpsuit. “I want to cross to the other side,” he said. “What can I
do?” The street sweeper demanded 75 Turkish lira and pointed to a small hole in
the fence, not far from the main gate. The man paid him but hesitated. He had
come a long way, and was now barely 10 metres from his destination: the dusty
brown hills of northern Syria, where the Islamic State began. “What about the
guards?” he said. “No problem,” the street sweeper replied. “Just go.” The man
walked towards the hole in the gate. He bent down and squeezed through. On the
other side, he began to run. One of the Turkish guards saw him and shouted. He
did not stop.....
Armed conflict hurts not only combatants, but also civilians and in many
cases the most vulnerable among them. A significant and a very disturbing case
is that of child soldiers. It is unforgivable that in the 21st century children
are not protected from the evils of war and even worse are recruited to become
combatants, ending as both victims and perpetrators of war crimes.....
The “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan,” the official name of the Taliban,
announced the commencement of the 2016 spring offensive, and named it after
Mullah Omar, its founder and first leader whose death was disclosed in the
summer of 2015. A main goal of “Operation Omari” will be “clearing the
remaining areas from enemy control and presence,” according to the Taliban. The
Taliban announced the beginning of “Operation Omari” in a statement released
today on its official propaganda website, Voice of Jihad...
The relationship between the two women in many ways reflects broader
tensions in Muslim communities across Europe over interpretations of their religion,
degrees of loyalty to their countries and the insidious appeal of the Islamic
S.Mubashir Noor, New Age Islam
Every society gets the monsters it deserves, or so believes Bilal Benyaich, senior fellow at the Itinera Institute in Brussels. His pithy comment followed the triple suicide bombings in Belgium's capital on March 22. Benyaich argued his country had this coming by ghettoizing Muslim immigrants for decades and letting Brussels suburbs like Molenbeek and Schaerbeek turn into jihadist nurseries. He may well have been talking about Pakistan. Lahore bleeds, again.
Discussions about nuclear terrorism also tend to focus on the risk of
terrorists stealing weapons-grade material or making a dirty bomb. But they
often overlook the danger of terrorists attacking a nuclear plant in order to
set off a Chernobyl- or Fukushima-like disaster. That risk is real, however,
and has been known for a while. ....
Especially clobbered has been Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), one of many Sunni
groups spawned in southern Punjab in the 1980s, in part in reaction to the rise
of a Shia theocracy in Iran. Last June counter-terrorism police bumped off the
LeJ’s leader, Malik Ishaq, and many of his top lieutenants in a single night.
The police barely pretended that what they had done was anything other than
Hassan Al Mustafa
We should recognize that a human being is valuable, with rights and
respect regardless of race, religion or colour. Terrorism violates the human
values that manage relationships between societies....
Religious minorities are also facing the brunt of this extremist
violence. According to partial data collated by Institute for Conflict
Management (ICM), since 2013, six people belonging to religious minorities have
been confirmed killed, but this is likely a gross underestimate. Data on the
plight of minorities in Bangladesh is extremely deficient, with fitful
The horrible scenario in the Iraq-Syria battlefield first unfolded in
Pakistan. No one in the Middle East took note of it; no one analysed Pakistan.
Pakistan, sunk in denial, was not able to undertake self-analysis. Foreign
reporters were kicked out for predicting Pakistan’s endgame. Today, Pakistan is
surprising itself on a daily basis.....
It is clear that even as the ISIS is receiving powerful blows in its
home territories from the international coalition and has even lost some major
towns, it is making up for these setbacks by carrying out audacious attacks far
from home, taking advantage of cadres experienced in war, terror and subversion
in Syria and Iraq.....
It is a pity that terrorism is not universally opposed simply because it
is terror and because it is a crime against humanity. Not all terrorism is
treated equally. Some terrorist acts cause no great consternation because they
are viewed as functional by some.....
Muhammad Amir Rana
The Muslim countries cannot take this as ‘someone else’s problem’ as
their youth are engaged with IS, which can at any time trigger a wave of
violence in their native countries. Turkey, Tunisia and other North African
Muslim nations have already started to suffer at the hands of IS-inspired
militants. This should be taken as a serious warning by Muslim countries that
already have an active militant infrastructure....
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result
of a hundred battles”; If Sun Tzu was right, then we need to remind ourselves
that the Islamic State is a common enemy that can only be defeated by
understanding who they are and part of that is accepting that it does not
represent Muslims around the world....
The extremists will not go quietly. On the same day as the Lahore
bombing, ominous protests took place in Islamabad, the Pakistani capital. There
tens of thousands gathered to remember Mumtaz Qadri, a former police bodyguard
who in 2011 gunned down his charge, Salman Taseer.....
Religious extremists will never succeed in taking over Pakistan, even if
they maintain deadly effectiveness in spreading the virus of terrorism all over
the world. As with any epidemic, the weakest are always the ones to fall first.
Yet humanity is the one thing that inoculates us against its reach. As long as
we have our humanity, we will still remain united as Pakistanis, no matter who
we choose to call our God......
Injustice and racism have always had a place in history. Qutb — the
Egyptian thinker and the “Lenin” of the radical Islamic movement — cultivated
his radicalism while continuing his studies in the US. This puritan scholar
faced directly and was shocked by what he later defined as the “evil and
fanatical racial discrimination” of Americans.....
Libya, meanwhile, is a European mess more than it is an American mess.
France in particular is to be held responsible, thanks to former President
Nicolas Sarkozy, who sought to involve NATO in a military intervention there.
The guise was to stop Muammar Gaddafi from staging a bloodbath in Benghazi as
he vowed amid the muddled march of the Arab Spring. But what happened in the
end was the fulfilment of oil-related agendas, foiling the Libyan experience.
Libya is NATO’s “you break it, you own it”, and Europe could now reap what it
sowed in Libya....
Ajit Kumar Singh
The Jama'at-ul-Ahrar (JuA), a breakaway faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban
Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the suicide attack. JuA
'spokesperson' Ehsanullah Ehsan declared, "We had been waiting for this
occasion. We claim responsibility for the attack on Christians as they were
celebrating Easter. It was part of the annual martyrdom attacks we have started
this year." The operation was codenamed Saut-ul-Raad [Voice of Thunder].
JuA had declared its 'support' for Daesh (Islamic State, previously Islamic
State of Iraq and al Sham, ISIS) in March 2015. ....
Right now, jihad is really the only game in town — in the world. In the
media. On the net. In the global discourse. Jihad is to the Muslim world what
Donald Trump has become to the US: ubiquitous, cacophonous, impossible to
ignore. And you can bet there are some here willing to listen to what it has to
Karadzic has only one group of people-- the Muslims as enemy. But Abu
Bakr al-Baghdadi, ostensibly a Muslim, has his own brethren and coreligionist
Muslims and non-Muslims alike as enemies with obvious consequences for the
Karen J Greenberg
The atrocities are tragic and unacceptable. But the West should
understand that this is what winning may look like in the battle against the
Islamic State group. The attackers’ coordinated strikes could well stem more
from a sense of weakness, than strength. Islamic State has recently taken a
series of serious hits at its power and prowess.....
Scan the recent high-profile terrorist attacks, and these relationships
among the perpetrators recur. Between them there is not just the performed
intimacy of a guerrilla group, of brothers in arms, but the deep intimacy of
actual brothers, sisters, and lovers. Salah Abdeslam was joined in the Paris
attacks by his brother Ibrahim, who blew himself up outside a café. The
shooting at the Charlie Hebdo office, in January, 2015, was carried out by
another pair of brothers, Saïd and Chérif Kouachi.The mass shooting in San
Bernardino, last December, was the work of a married couple, Syed Farook and
Tashfeen Malik. ....
To downplay something is not to ignore it. The terrorists have specific
aims, deploying their atrocities for a political cause. There is no sensible
defence in a free society against atrocity. But there is a defence against its
purpose. It is to avoid hysteria, to show caution and a measure of courage, not
Cameron’s lapse into public fear. It is not to alter laws, not to infringe
liberties, not to persecute Muslims.....