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The Development Of A Jihadist's Mind: What Occupies The Mind Of A Jihad-Driven Muslim? How Does It Reach A Point Of No Return? A First Person Account
Tawfik Hamid

Consequently, I have chosen to combat Salafism by exposing it and by providing an alternative, peaceful and theologically rigorous interpretation of the Koran. My reformist approach naturally challenges well-established Salafi tenets, and leads Muslims who follow Salafi Islam to reject me. Why? I have not altered the Koran itself. My system is simply one of inline commentary, in which dangerous passages are flagged and reinterpreted to be nonviolent. I have added these inline interpretations to key Koranic passages and examples of the commentary are freely and easily available. For over 15 years I have tried to preach my views in mosques in the Middle East, as well as to my local community in the West, but have faced the unwavering hostility of most Salafi Muslims in both regions. Muslims who live in the West - who insist to outsiders that Islam is a "religion of peace" and who enjoy freedom of expression, which they demand from their Western hosts - have threatened me with murder and arson. I have had to choose between accepting violent Salafi views and being rejected by the overwhelming majority of my fellow Muslims. 

ISIS Invades Iraq: This Is a War of Religion
Damian Thompson

The relationship between the murderous zealots of ISIS and the rest of the Muslim world is too complicated to sum up concisely. It goes without saying that hatred between Sunnis and Shias lies at its heart. They adhere to profoundly different versions of Islam: where radical Sunnis are disgusted by cultic practices or religious art that distract from the teachings of Mohammed, Shias embrace a messianic cult of martyrdom and ritual self-mortification – and claim a line of descent from the Prophet that Sunnis regard as heresy……

 

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World Ablaze In an Orgy of Jihad
Tarek Fatah

The slaughters we read about in Syria, Kenya, Iraq, Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan have common factors. They’re the same ones that feature in the so-called honour killings and female genital mutilation of girls in the UK, Canada, America and Europe, as well as in much of the Arab world and Africa. Those factors are Islamism and Sharia. The sooner we Muslims acknowledge this truth, the better equipped we will be to join the rest of humanity as partners in peace for our common good…..

They had, they said, experienced pressure from some Muslim parents and governors to adopt a more conservative approach — from introducing segregated changing areas for physical education to the end of mixed-gender swimming. But they said that these pressures did not constitute extremism. “I don’t think extremism wants a good Islamic education within the maintained sector,”….

 

Witnesses told how about 30 gunmen - believed to be members of Somali terror group al-Shabaab - arrived in the town in minibuses at 8pm yesterday before bursting into residents homes, shooting dead any man they thought was not Muslim. 'They came to our house at around 8pm and asked us in Swahili whether we were Muslims,' said Anne Gathigi. 'My husband told them we were Christians and they shot him in the head and chest.'.....

 

Waziristan: Terror Haven for a new terrorist formation, the Ansar Al-Tawheed fi Bilad Al-Hind (ATBH, Supporters of Monotheism in the Land of India)
Sanchita Bhattacharya

Waziristan, Pakistan's lawless tribal region, which has for long served as a safe haven for terrorist groups operating in India, Afghanistan, and other countries, is, according to the latest reports, now hosting a new terrorist formation, the Ansar Al-Tawheed fi Bilad Al-Hind (ATBH, Supporters of Monotheism in the Land of India). According to a May 22, 2014 news report, "the cadres of Ansar Al-Tawheed can be seen training at al Qaeda training camps in Pakistan's North Waziristan.".....

 

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as Isis), used to be part of the international terror network, but was cast out in February this year in light of its violent behaviour towards rival jihadist groups.

It is famed - and feared - for spreading hard-line Islamic law to the areas it subdues. Transgressors are sentenced to death and swiftly executed in public, their bodies left to decay in the streets……

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Pakistan’s Taliban Clean up: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Mansoor Jafar

The military operation is code named Zarb-e-Azb [Sharp strike hit]. Azb also refers to the name of the sword of Prophet Mohammad - the last Prophet of Islam – a sword which he used in the Battle of Badr and the Battle of Uhud. A military spokesman announced on Sunday that a coordinated military offensive - involving air-force, artillery, tanks and thousands of ground troops - had already started, and it would be continued until the area is cleared of all militants, especially the foreigners taking shelter in the area.…..

 

The looming fall of Iraq, with Afghanistan posed to follow, is forcing a re-think of the misnamed War on Terror, what is more properly thought of as our defence against the War of Jihad?  Unless there is another catastrophe like or worse than 9/11/01, nobody thinks the American people have the will to fight a ground war anywhere in the Islamic world, the base of the War of Jihad…..

 

Taliban Flush with Cash, U.N. Warns
Praveen Swami

United Nations report has warned the Taliban insurgency is flush with funds, and added that the “past year has been a bumper year for Taliban revenues, boosted by booming narcotics income, revenue from corruption and extortion, and increasingly drawing on revenue from the illegal exploitation of natural resources”……

 

Considering itself a state rather than an armed faction, Isis imposes its version of Islamic law and its own Sharia courts in areas it conquers. Isis regards its rule as God’s rule and opponents are punished severely. Raqqa serves as a model of Isis’s occupation. Shops are made to close at prayer times, male civilians are required to grow beards and attend prayers, and women to cover completely, including their faces. At least one Syrian teenager has been shot dead for making a joke involving the prophet Muhammad. Child soldiers are recruited for front line units. Kidnappings, hostage holding and executions by firing squads or beheadings have been commonplace. People have been crucified and bodies left on roadsides for days as messages to residents to submit to Isis rule. The dead have been dumped into mass graves rather than buried in accordance with Muslim rituals. In Raqqa, the country’s only provincial capital under insurgent control, Isis initially attacked and burned churches. Later the movement demanded that Christians pay a tax consisting of half an ounce (14g) of gold and accept limitations on the exercise of their faith in exchange for “protection”. Christians were presented with three options: conversion to Islam; acceptance of Isis requirements; or death. Some Christians accepted conditions; but most departed.....

Turkey Wakes Up To ‘Jihadist’ Terror
Mustafa Akyol

However, it is also a fact that the armed opposition against this regime, which initially emerged as a demand for a more democratic system, was soon joined by Islamist extremists. These people called themselves “jihadists,” and some of them began committing atrocities that in fact violated even the medieval rules of jihad…

 

State Response to Terrorism
Najam Sethi

The audacious terrorist attack on Karachi airport by Central Asian terrorists has finally brought home one naked truth. The terrorists have cunningly utilised the space for “talks” and “ceasefire” to entrench their fierce resistance to the state. The application of force only can now degrade and disrupt their plans. Accordingly, the military has announced its decision to go after terrorist hideouts in the tribal areas and solicited the help of American drones to take out targets. Does this signify a resolve by the Pakistani state to uproot the scourge of terrorism by all means possible?.....

 

Terror’s New Headquarters

Two and a half years ago, as the last American troops left, President Barack Obama described Iraq as “sovereign, stable and self-reliant”. Today jihadists are tearing the country apart….

 

The United States will avoid sending significant forces back into Iraq, but Washington will ramp up its efforts to contain the ISIL threat by delivering vital equipment such as helicopter gunships, Hellfire missiles, communications equipment, large volumes of small arms and ammunition. This assistance, coupled with a common regional interest to contain the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, will likely contain the threat to northern and western Iraq. Though Iraq's southern energy corridor will probably be spared, the Sunni belt in central Iraq and the territories disputed between the central government and the Kurdistan Regional Government will face rising sectarian stress, in line with ISIL's designs for the region……

 

Uzbeks in Waziristan
Imtiaz Gul

But despite the limits that the new geo-military situation put on the IMU’s area of influence, it has indeed morphed into a lethal non-Arab Al Qaeda entity. From the late 1990s, when the Uzbeks opened their first training camp near Mazar-e-Sharif in northern Afghanistan, to their escape to South Waziristan….

 

Ex-Islamic Jihad Leader Launches New Armed Group in Gaza
Rasha Abou Jalal

It was shown that the leadership of Islamic Jihad, despite its political closeness to Hezbollah and Iran, cannot withstand the promotion of sectarian Shiite thought in the Gaza Strip and wants to maintain the movement as Sunni, to be in line with the Sunni religious thought followed by Palestinian society……

 

Assault on Pakistan Airport Signals Taliban’s Reach and Resilience
Declan Walsh

And the discovery that Uzbek jihadis were among the attackers underscores how, even in splinters, the Taliban can draw on an international militant network to conduct sophisticated attacks — which means trouble not just for Pakistan’s government and military, but also for American interests in Afghanistan. The determined attack seems to bear out earlier warnings by counterterrorism experts that the Taliban split two weeks ago is unlikely to erode the group’s capacity for mayhem…..

Karachi Airport Attack: ‎We Learn From History, That We NEVER Learn From History
Afia Salam

Television audience was just trying to catch its breath over the horror unfolding in Taftan, on the Pak-Iran border where over 23 Shia Zaireen lost their lives to a suicide attack, in a manner that has such a familiar, horrible ring to it. As if that breaking news was not heartbreaking enough, news about the security breach at the Karachi airport wherein Airport Security Force (ASF) check post was attacked splashed across the screens....

 

It should be pointed out that the Iraqi army is not alone in standing against ISIS in Iraq. There is also the Ansar al-Islam organization, noting that this organization now has a branch in Syria, in particular in the Aleppo countryside. And there is information that Ansar al-Islam and Jabhat al-Nusra are cooperating against ISIS……

 

The late Sunday assault destroyed prospects for peace talks between the Taliban and the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and triggered speculation that the army might opt for an all-out offensive against militant strongholds. On Tuesday, a group of gunmen on motorbikes opened fire on an academy run by the Airports Security Force (ASF) and fled after security forces retaliated. No one was hurt, officials said. "We accept responsibility for another successful attack against the government," Pakistani Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid told Reuters. "We are successfully achieving all our targets and we will go on carrying on many more such attacks."

 

Pakistan: Where Have All The Pious Nationalists Gone? Why Don't They Condemn The Terror Outfits Even When They Kill Pak Army Soldiers? Should The State Still Continue To Befriend Enemies Of State?
Mujahid Hussain, New Age Islam

Pakistan must trace out the obnoxious elements that are fomenting the ideology of hatred and mass killing based on their religious doctrines. In such a situation, should the officials of our government build relations with such dangerous radical terror outfits that have now established their state within the state of Pakistan? We have many more questions like this that go unanswered whenever put up. Regrettably, we have left our country in the hands of murderous people who have more power than the state itself and whose exclusivistic view of the world has taken Pakistan far from the universal brotherhood....

Self-inflicted Wounds: Pakistan Can Only Continue Its Accelerating Hurtle Into Chaos
Ajit Kumar Singh

In an attack symbolic of the deteriorating security environment across Pakistan, more than 10 terrorists, equipped with suicide vests, grenades and rocket launchers, infiltrated the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, at mid-night on June 8-9, 2014, engaging in an extended firelight against Security Forces (SFs), that had resulted in 24 deaths till the time of writing. The dead included the 10 attackers, and at least another 14 people, including 10 members of the Airport Security Forces and a flight engineer with Pakistan International Airlines.....

…. the various nationalities currently fighting in Syria—Lebanese, Jordanians, Iraqis, Palestinians, Kuwaitis, Tunisians, Libyans, Saudis, Yemenis, Afghans and Pakistanis—are divided among many factions and schools of thought. Three among them espouse the most hard-line Takfiri - al-Qaeda’s Abdullah Azzam Brigades, the Doura Fighting Group, and the Jabhat al-Nusra li-Bilad al-Sham. The Bilad Al Sham Media group, which appears to have been set up for the purpose of publicising the activities of Maldivian ‘jihadis’, has confirmed that the Maldivians are with Jabhat al-Nusra, the deadliest of the three……

 

Doors Open for Muslim Brotherhood?
Tarek Fatah

Goddard found the organizers using the event not so much to showcase the architecture of the institution, as to offer free literature proselytizing about Islam, prohibited by the policies of Doors Open. One book called on Muslims to wage armed jihad....In the book, Maududi exhorts Muslims to launch jihad against Islam's oppressors, meaning armed struggle against non-Muslims. The book states: "... this word (jihad) is used particularly for a war that is waged solely in the name of Allah ... This supreme sacrifice of life devolves on all Muslims." Maududi labels Muslims who refuse the call to engage in armed jihad apostates: "Jihad is as much a primary duty of the Muslims concerned as are daily prayers or fasting. One who shirks it is a sinner. His very claim to being a Muslim is doubtful."…..

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