Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
Terrorism is a
form of theatre. Terrorists are more interested in capturing attention and
putting their issue at the forefront of the agenda than in the number of deaths
they cause per se. The Islamic State (ISIS) pays careful attention to
stagecraft. The barbaric beheadings that are broadcast and disseminated through
social media are designed to shock and outrage – and thereby capture attention.
By exaggerating their effect and making every terrorist act a lead story, we
play into their hands....
bloody hand of a terrorist group through peace talks while the other hand is
drenched in the blood of Afghan civilians does not mean that Afghanistan should
turn a blind eye to their atrocities - even if pushed by the West or by other
Muslim countries to do so.....
Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi
Many scholars and other devout Muslims believe that only misled people and non-believers would carry out such bloody terrorist acts. The question, however, still remains: How can a man willingly blow himself up and kill others at the same time? What kind of brainwashing could lead anyone, young or old, to such depravity? If we are to blame depressing economic conditions, then history is full of those who suffered similar conditions without resorting to such acts. Thus, we need a psychological analysis of terrorism....
Dr. Theodore Karasik
Geneva 3 is an opportunity for ISIS to disrupt, degrade and destroy international resolve in finding a workable solution. From ISIS’s point of view, attacking Shiite targets is a notable step in its plans for 2016. This past weekend represents the group’s own next step as part of the Geneva 3 “anti-process”. ISIS is known for its anti-social and anti-civilization approach to its brand of global politics.....
Moreover it can
be argued that, in some senses, the military operations have strengthened the
region’s fractious jihadist organisations by forcing them to put aside their
differences and work together. For example the government’s commencement of the
Zarb-e-Azb Operation in North Waziristan district and supplementary operations
in other districts of the tribal areas, served to soften the TTP’s differences
over the leadership and to bind these groups together against a common enemy,
which is the Pakistani state....
Dr Ejaz Hussain
ideological and operational divide among militant organisations helped conceive
categories such as the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ Taliban, and later good and bad
jihadists. Factually, however, the good and bad categories are so superfluous
that in the aftermath of a terror attack, the state, as well as citizens, keep
wondering who the culprit was and on whose behalf they attacked.....
In the dark
days of the Taliban rule in Afghanistan, visiting soccer players from Pakistan,
wearing shorts, had disturbed the religious sensibilities of the authorities.
As punishment, the Taliban shaved off the hair of their Pakistani guests.....
Libya has been a hotbed of recruiting dating back to the 1990s, and one of its
former leaders, Abu Yahya al-Libi, was a Libyan citizen. The eastern Libyan
cities of Derna and Benghazi have historically served as solid bases of support
for al-Qaeda, and remain so today....
to be intransigent on a number of fundamental issues that could come up as
serious difficulties on the negotiating table. The most important issue is that
the Taliban, who refer to themselves as the “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan”,
continue to be unwilling to submit themselves to the Afghan Constitution and
accept the term “Islamic Republic of Afghanistan” written in its preamble.
Intent on creating an “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan”...
Terrorism is a
“mediated threat”. It requires an interpretation and definition from its
audience for it to become terrorism. Certainly, the physical threat of
terrorism needs no interpretation, but the fear toward it requires
But the latest
revelation about cultural vandalism raises broader questions about the way
historical and spiritual monuments are treated in war zones. To make a
convincing case against IS, Western governments need to demonstrate their own
respect for vulnerable heritage. Of
course, IS makes a point of flouting all the accepted laws of war; that is one
of its selling points in the eyes of its fanatical supporters.....
offers no evidence of Indian involvement in attacks on its territory, whereas
Indian officials have offered “actionable intelligence” linking JeM to the
air-base attack, and invited Pakistan to send its own investigators. Indeed, on
January 13th Pakistan announced that it had rounded up members of JeM, closed
some of its offices and shut down its websites....
“We have heard
the rhetoric of a ‘fight back’ at all costs. But do we have a guarantee of
eventual success?” Part of the answer lies in the Taliban’s continued
resilience even when divided and on the run — and, more broadly, in the
difficulties posed by guerrilla insurgencies throughout the region.....
Ulema (NU), also the world’s largest Islamic association, with some 50 million
members, released a video called “The Divine Grace of Islam Nusantara”. NU,
whose stated goal is “to spread messages about a tolerant Islam in their
respective countries to curb radicalism, extremism and terrorism”, was
established in1926 in response to the rise of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia.....
Almost one century later, this organization wants to show to the world that the
IS interpretations of the Koran and Hadith are not only dangerous but wrong,
and today we need a revolution of ideas......
groups such as Daesh, Boko Haram and others have brazenly kidnapped young
girls, systematically denied women's rights, destroyed cultural institutions,
warped the peaceful values of religions, and brutally murdered thousands of
innocents around the world......
countries across the globe are now divided into: areas under ISIS control,
those with large-scale presence and influence of the group and those with some
ISIS presence that is expected to go downhill. Terror attacks in the Middle
East, North Africa, Europe, Asia, America and Africa are either directed by or
linked to ISIS or are inspired by the group.....
A family of Canadian volunteers dedicated to alleviating poverty in Africa.
A group of intrepid German retirees on a tour of Turkey and the Middle East. An
Iraqi who had gone to Baghdad seeking refuge from the jihadist violence of his
hometown. A Canadian audiologist who had fallen in love with Indonesia. They
were among the scores of people slaughtered by Islamic extremists in four
to engage young, computer-savvy Indonesians to develop anti-ISIS messaging on
social media and online, where Mr. Naim and other radical groups are actively
spreading ISIS propaganda.....
staggering Afghan casualty figures have soared to new heights after the
international combat mission ended a year ago. The country has suffered almost
5,000 civilian casualties only during the first half of 2015; nearly 30,000
Afghan soldiers and policemen were killed from 2009 to mid-2015. December saw a
57 percent rise in civilian casualties.....
residents face an additional problem: keeping their sons from being sucked into
the fighting. I’ve seen firsthand that for Raqqa’s teenagers, the Islamic
State’s ideology has zero appeal. What they want is its money and its guns. Not
counting bonuses, a fighter starts out earning about $200 a month — more than a
family needs to live (a civilian like Saeed struggles to make $150). He gets
additional money for wives, children, slaves and provisions, raising his
potential monthly income to more than $500......
Iraqis have been sharing photos of loved ones lost, like a boy named Ali, who
is shown holding a soccer trophy. “He is my schoolmate,” a friend wrote. “He
went with his family for shopping to prepare for his brother’s wedding. They
were all killed. I won’t forget you, Ali.”....
'blogger' have come to occupy various, curious frames. Today, the very mention
of the words conjures notions of atheism, virulent anti-religious sentiments,
religious propaganda and hate speech. It evokes emotions ranging from
discomfort to anxiety to outrage. Yet, at least half our population does not
know what a blog is, what it represents and what it can do.....
This sleeves-up, ideological onslaught on Islamism is so sensible that other European countries want to emulate it. Yet it faces problems. Grandstanding by the government (blimpishly labelling as “British values” principles like tolerance that are in no sense autochthonous),...
After it was banned in 2002, JeM broke up into small cells many of them directly linked to Al Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban. Those splinters were responsible for a series of audacious terrorist attacks including two assassination attempts on former president Gen Pervez Musharraf. The footprints of JeM were also found in the Lal Masjid episode.
The number of those who responded to this call is staggering: the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is said to have 200,000 fighters, of whom a third are already battle-hardened. Most of them are from Iraq and Syria, but at least 30,000 are foreigners from 80 countries; about 7,000 are from Europe, including 2,500 women. ....