Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
For it was many of their Arab Sunni neighbours who welcomed Isis in. It
was the same people they said good morning to every day who stood by as Isis
dragged Yazidi women off into sexual slavery and decapitated their children.
The mother of the family, still in the same dress she escaped in, drew her
finger over her throat.....
Al Qaeda’s Branch In Africa Makes A Lethal Comeback
Dionne Searcey, Eric Schmitt And Rukmini Callimach
One American military counterterrorism official said that Boko Haram, the extremist group that has terrorized northern Nigeria for years, might be trying to increase its body count to uphold the bloody standard of the Islamic State, to which it has pledged allegiance. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, in turn, seems to be trying to keep up with the bloodshed.
I have recently come across Deobandi preachers with green turbans in the small cities of India, preaching against Sufism as a heretical school. A study reported that about Rs 1700 Crore has been poured into India to facilitate the takeover of the management of mosques by Wahhabi ideologues, which is certainly an alarming development. However, I would say that still the positives outweigh the negatives, and it can be seen in the fact that to date hardly 25 to 30 Indians have joined ISIS according to intelligence agencies. Those who return are also disillusioned because of their low position in the ISIS pecking order....
The growing political democratic stability of Western African countries which face terrorist threats on a daily basis is also a lesson for populations in industrialised countries in Europe and the United States. While the latter have decided to cower into debates on national identity and to turn more and more towards populistic leaders...
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
FATA continues to remain highly insecure and has has already recorded 230 fatalities, including 190 terrorists, 21 civilians and 19 SFs, in 2016 [till March 11]. The worst attacks in FATA in 2016 include the January 19 strike, where 12 persons, including a journalist, were killed while 39 others sustained injuries when a suicide bomber targeted the tribal Khassadar force in the Karkhano Market of Khyber Agency;...
...In another letter seized from Abbottabad that was written in December 2010 by Atiyah to Hakemullah Mehsud, who at the time was the emir of the TTP, the al Qaeda leader asserted the group’s authority over the TTP. The letter referred to other exchanges between the TTP and al Qaeda, and while it was contentious, it highlights al Qaeda’s primacy over the TTP.
Holding territory is key to the longevity and expansion of extremist groups like Boko Haram because it provides a steady stream of food and other sources of financial support. For example, the Daesh financial model has changed as cross-border oil sales have become less secure, Gartenstein-Ross notes, now focusing on taxation of local populations.
Dr. Azeem Ibrahim
Once again, it seems that efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table and end the dispute between them and the Western-backed government in Kabul will come to nothing. We may think that this is regrettable, but from their point of view, this is the most reasonable course of action.
...It is hoped that both the Afghan government and the Taliban would start the dialogue without forcing their conditions, and the matter could be resolved through give-and-take. It has to be remembered that in the past all rulers in Afghanistan were Pashtuns, except once for a brief period in 1929 when Habibullah alias Bacha-e-Saqa, a Tajik, and second time from 1992 to 1996, Burhanuddin Rabbani, again a Tajik ruled Afghanistan.
Ajit Kumar Singh
Unless the Taliban is defeated militarily, and the spread of IS is contained, no stability can be brought into Afghanistan. At a time when the Taliban is rampaging across the country, the talks process can only confer legitimacy on the extremists and cede undue leverage to the external forces that have long been guilty of aiding and abetting terrorism. It is now critical time to bring to account the powers - both state and non-state - that have been responsible for the enduring suffering of the people of Afghanistan.
Bearing in mind
the establishment of caliphate as the ultimate objective, the Islamic State has
begun to shrewdly exploit the political tensions rampant in Afghanistan in its
own stride. The public beheadings of security personnel as well as local
residents along with the swelling contingent of foreign militants enticed by
the extremist interpretation of Sharia laws by ISIS ....
Or the shocking
notion that the false Islamic State regardless of how murderous is ‘still an
Islamic State’. The self-proclaimed
Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is not something that Muslims would ever want
to live in. In conversation with British Muslims few will discount the idea of
an Islamic State though. Many will point to the fact that this is
of this and of the fact that Islam does not focus on ethnicity is that ethnic
Russian Muslims become part of the Umma as a whole rather than forming “any
separate Russian diaspora inside it,” but because they lack an Islamic
tradition, they are an easy catch for “radical ideological” groups....
component ISIS uses to control its roadside bombs is made in America, a new
report reveals. The 'microcontrollers' are manufactured by an innocent Arizona
firm but their normal use is subverted by the terror group's armourers and they
are turned into deadly improvised explosive devices. The hi-tech components are
among hundreds of items produced around the world which are sourced by ISIS and
trafficked into their terror heartland in Iraq and Syria. These include hair
bleach and even Nokia mobile phones.....
Dr. Mehrdad Khonsari
from its strategic strongholds, in addition to depriving it of its various
sources of income (e.g. sale of oil and antiquities, 'taxation', extortion) as
well as recruitment of foreign fighters is an urgent mission that can be
completed in 2016....
As a matter of
fact, Islam is a peaceful religion, and never ever allows its followers to
carry out destruction on earth. The
concept of holy war in Islam arises only in self-defence, which is everyone’s
right. Throughout the Muslim history, and during the time of Prophet Muhammad
(peace be upon him), Muslims fought when attacked by the opponents of Islam.
which has killed 20,000, and displaced 2.5 million, people since 2009,
continues to suffer reverses at the hands of troops from Nigeria, Niger,
Cameroon, Chad and Benin acting in concert....
In order to
tackle the menace of terrorism, the culture of extremist ideologies and
intolerance must be defeated. This can be achieved through teaching our
students critical thinking, flexibility and respect for human difference. We
must learn to become more open, flexible and tolerant to diverse ideas and
terminology winds up affecting the millions of Muslim citizens who are just as
horrified by these terrorists as anyone. “Terms like ‘Islamic terrorism,’
‘Islamist terrorism,’ ‘Jihadism’ and ‘Islamofascism’ succeed only in conflating
terrorism with mainstream Islam, thereby casting all Muslims as terrorists or
Today Rafi is a
voice against the Taliban, against conspiracy theories and against blind
anti-Americanism, in part because the United States did not take Donald Trump’s
advice to ban Muslims. Extremist American voices like Trump’s, Rafi says,
empower extremist voices throughout the Islamic world. “It’s people like Donald
Trump who are put forward by the extremists back home,” Rafi told me. “It pours
cold water on us.”.....
fact that the majority of Syrian Kurds do not support the PKK, the terrorist
organization focused its forces in the north of Syria between 2013 and 2015,
setting up a de facto, forced structure there and thus surrounding Turkey from
the south. .....
follows the Wahhabi understanding of “Tawhid” meaning “the oneness of God or
monotheism”. The larger rhetoric of the group says that a secular polity, which
is based on western precepts, preaches idolatry i.e. state worship and it is
punishable by death....
that the Sufis always presented themselves as the loyal heirs of the Prophet
Mohammad, it’s even harder to understand why Muslims should despise them. And
yet over the past century, wave after wave of Muslim reform and renewal
movements have rejected almost every aspect of Sufi Islam. The Islamic State of
Iraq and Syria (ISIS) – whose franchises have sentenced Sufis to death in Syria
and bulldozed their shrines in Libya – is only the latest of these anti-Sufis.
Issandr El Amrani
are left to check the Islamic State’s progress in Libya? Since the prospect of
large-scale intervention has always been fanciful, the remaining options
include covert operations of the kind that have taken place in Libya since
2011, and coordinating a military operation with militias closest to IS’s
stronghold in Sirte. ....
Sabria S. Jawhar
can be just as mystified as any other country why some of its bright young
citizens stray so far from the path of Islam to commit murder. But why put the
onus only on Muslim countries? Home-grown terrorists, often second-generation
French, British and American citizens, have engaged in terrorist acts. So it
must be asked whether those countries are doing enough to combat the disease
and not just its symptoms. Religious extremism is a global problem, often born
and nurtured in non-Muslim countries.....