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Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Kidnappings in Nigeria: A Clueless Government

 “By Allah I will sell them in the marketplace…I will marry off a woman at the age of 12. I will marry off a girl at the age of nine.” Some of the girls, it has been speculated, may already have been forced to marry their abductors for a bride-price equivalent to $12. The UN warned members of Boko Haram, which means “Western education is forbidden”.....


Why Al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia ‘Prefers ISIS’
Jamal Khashoggi

Therefore, it’s a Takfiri extremist organization. It’s a form of al-Qaeda that has transformed for the worst, and it’s different from the original al-Qaeda as the latter is less extremist. This is not a compliment and it doesn’t aim to underestimate its evil nature but it is a necessary explanation to distinguish between them so one day, we can eliminate them - as groups and ideologies - from the Arab and Muslim world……

Condemnation Won’t Hurt Boko Haram
Sabria S. Jawhar

  Boko Haram is an anti-Islamic group bent on murdering innocent civilians in a campaign to eliminate western education from the region. The paramount mystery for the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims is why these so-called Muslim groups are targeting education when the first word revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was “read.” Muslims are urged to seek knowledge from cradle to grave. Islam also encourages Muslims to treat women in a tender way. It’s not enough to express simple condemnation or lament that these boys have taken a wayward path. Groups like Boko Haram are the real enemies of Islam…..

Boko Haram’s Bin Laden Connection
Eli Lake

Some intelligence analysts believe that Osama bin Laden provided everything from seed money to strategic direction to the now-infamous Nigerian terror group. In 2002, Osama bin Laden dispatched an aide to Nigeria to hand out $3 million in local currency to a wide array of Salafist political organizations there that shared al Qaeda’s goal of imposing Islamic rule…..


Bring-Back-Our-Girls and Pakistan
Irfan Husain

But in Pakistan, we are so busy contemplating our collective navel that the event has barely registered. Apart from an eloquent op-ed comment from Mahir Ali, and a Dawn editorial demanding condemnation of this brutal act by the Muslim world, I have not found much else. Our private TV channels are too busy bashing each other, or discussing the crisis of the day, to bother their viewers with distant tragedies.......

Dialogue with the People of FATA
Andleeb Abbas

The militants have given them cause by creating this Jihadi narrative of fighting against the US’s war on terror. This narrative has substantial appeal as drones have been causing substantial civilian casualties in many families and creating bitter resentment and a retaliation environment....


Saudis Fear Syria Blowback after Discovering ISIS Cell
Abdulmajeed al-Buluwi

On May 6, the Saudi Interior Ministry announced the discovery of a jihadist group in Saudi Arabia linked to the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). The newly discovered group sought to restart armed action in Saudi Arabia, and it was linked to ISIS in Syria and had contacts with al-Qaeda in Yemen. The group was collecting donations, coordinating the smuggling of individuals and weapons, and preparing to resume assassinations and bombings in Saudi Arabia, according to the ministry statement……


Hamas: Do Not Believe Abbas; We Want Jihad
Khaled Abu Toameh

The "reconciliation" accord does not make any reference to the issue of terrorism or recognition of Israel's right to exist. Hamas signed the deal not because it has decided to abandon violence and accept Israel, but because it sees it as an opportunity to restore its relations with Egypt and other Arab countries, and benefit from the Western financial aid that is provided to the Palestinian Authority…..


Foot Soldiers Brainwashed To Perform Fasaad Fi Sabeel-Lillah in Pakistan
Murtaza Haider

While their arrest is being celebrated, the jubilations may be premature. Hardly any sectarian murderer has ever been convicted in Pakistan. Like the sectarian head honchos who have escaped justice over the decades, these foot soldiers brainwashed to perform Fasaad Fi Sabeel-Lillah are likely to be set free over time. While the sectarian warfare against Shias, Christians and Qadianis has intensified in Punjab, the leadership appears apathetic to the harrowing prospects faced by religious and other minorities....

Welcome to Jihad City, Syria
Jacob Siegel

ISIS, a brutal group disavowed even by al Qaeda, says it’s the ruler of the world’s only true Islamic state. And in Raqqa, it’s creating God’s kingdom on earth by crucifying ‘infidels.’ Three years of civil war has created a catastrophe in Syria with few parallels in the 21st century. A tragedy for average Syrians, for others the carnage has been an opportunity. Amid the wreckage, jihadist groups fighting the regime and each other have planted their flags in the rubble and tested the limits of their power…..


Terrorism Isn’t Pakistan’s Gravest Nuclear Danger
Mark Fitzpatrick

Holding out the prospect of a nuclear cooperation deal akin to the one accorded India, albeit with stronger non-proliferation conditions, is the most powerful tool Western nations can use to positively shape Pakistan’s nuclear posture.....


Dozens of Indonesian jihadists are taking up arms in the current Syrian war after entering the battlefield through Turkey and Morocco. Indonesian diplomats in Turkey have in particular expressed concern over the fact that the Indonesian jihadists include two youths who go to religious schools in Kayseri, an industrialized city in Central Anatolia…..


Support For Radical Islamism On The Rise In Turkey: Very Dangerous Trends
Emre Uslu

Young people now see little difference between Erdoğan's rhetoric and the discourse employed by a radical Islamist urging them to join a radical Islamist organization, and they tend to nurture increased sympathy for radical Islamism…..


Lull Prompts Question: What Are Taliban Up To?
Azam Ahmed

Some analysts speculate that the Taliban are biding their time until the runoff election in May or June, or are wary of a publicity backlash if they target civilians at all during the voting. Others wonder whether a leadership struggle and infighting have halted major operations. But there are more questions than answers on the issue, even for some commanders within the Taliban. ......


The Impact of the Syria Conflict on Salafis and Jihadis in Lebanon
Mona Alami

Salafism, a branch of Sunni Islam, was founded in Lebanon in the 1960s by Sheik Salem al-Shahhal, father of Sheik Dai al-Islam al-Shahhal, one of the current leaders of the religious movement. Salafism advocates a strict and literal application of the Qur’an and a return to the practice of al-Salaf, or “the predecessors,” referring to the Prophet Muhammad and his disciples. Salafism is based on three important principles: the belief in only one God; Da’wah, or missionary work; and jihad. Lebanese Salafi groups for the most part followed the quieter traditionalist branch of the movement and excluded the call for jihad from their practice until 2013.….


If you study empirical cases of insurgency and counterinsurgency, you’ll inevitably find that a combination of the insurgents’/terrorists’ ability to control their public image and the state’s lack of credibility as a trusted protector of its citizens tend to be present in every case where states can’t tame insurgencies for protracted periods — in fact, where they tend to end up on the losing side.....


Death in the Time of the Taliban
Anwar Iqbal

He sees people pushing, shouting, laughing and jostling. The muezzin calls for the evening prayers. A soothing shadow slips down the minarets. The sun is plucked from the sky. The night drops from the clouds. But the streets are not deserted. They are now filled with the faithful smell of summer evenings. People still move around, laughing and shouting....


A Hole in the Heart of Africa
Ban Ki-moon

Women and men shared harrowing tales of sexual violence, kidnapping and constant threats on their lives. Now they are virtual prisoners desperate only for escape. They told me how schools, hospitals, even cemeteries are off-limits. As one person lamented, “We can’t even help our dead.” Now is the time to help the living.....


His Red Mosque and madrassa complex, a stone’s throw from government buildings in Islamabad, was stormed by security forces on the orders of then-president, Pervez Musharraf. Dozens of people died during the siege. Mr Aziz was caught trying to escape dressed in a Burqa.....

Zahid Hussain, a commentator, says the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has lost its appetite for controlling illegal madrasa construction in Islamabad. He says there are now thousands of madrasa students in the city. No wonder Mr Aziz feels the tide of history is flowing in his direction. In 2007, we were on the defensive, he says. “Now things have turned 180 degrees and it is the secular forces who are hiding.”


Fighting the Fanatics: Pakistan Is a Country That Baffles Many
Mehr F Husain

The trends and developments that define other nations do not always apply here; instead, it is a country of contradictions and clashes that eventually pave the way forwards......


Prominent Western Muslims who are not Brothers are often very wary of the movement, but they tend to express this sentiment in private more than in public. Indeed some Muslim activists in the West seem frightened of the Brotherhood…..


The Ongoing Campaign of Terror in Nigeria: Boko Haram versus the State
Daniel Agbiboa

"We want to reiterate that we are warriors who are carrying out Jihad (religious war) in Nigeria and our struggle is based on the traditions of the holy prophet. We will never accept any system of government apart from the one stipulated by Islam because that is the only way that the Muslims can be liberated. We do not believe in any system of government, be it traditional or orthodox, except the Islamic system which is why we will keep on fighting against democracy, capitalism, socialism and whatever. ....


Islamists Make Their Move in Kurdish Problem
Özgür Korkmaz

The Prophet Muhammad’s Shura (council) - exercises that were a kind of collective decision making process in which the Prophet consulted with his companions before making important decisions - should be a model for the Democratic Islam Congress….


It’s quite understandable then that the Kingdom should have passed a new terrorism law recently, together with several related royal decrees. So which pressing, terrorism-related concern does the new law address first? Does it ban incitement to violent jihad from the pulpit or the dissemination of Jihadi propaganda online? Nope, the leading concern of Saudi Arabia’s new terrorism law is atheism. You read that right. The world’s number one exporter of poisonous Wahhabi doctrines and of the Jihadi rabble which is the inevitable result of such doctrines considers atheists its foremost terrorism concern.....

Al Qaeda in Sindh
Ali K Chishti

Al Qaeda in Sindh
Ali K Chishti

Al Qaeda has been shifting its base from North Waziristan to the urban areas of Pakistan, and especially to Karachi, to avoid US drone attacks. In Karachi, it is in a better position to disrupt NATO supplies to Afghanistan, and plans to exploit sectarian and ethnic conflicts in the city to create a trap for Pakistan Army in Karachi –Pakistan’s commercial capital and among the most dangerous cities in the world……

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