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Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

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."…..

Pakistan IEDs: The Price of Deceit
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

Augmenting specific counter-IED capacities and capabilities may help contain the rate of escalation in terrorist trends, but will inevitably be neutralized by improving terrorist resources as well. The Pakistani state has created vast spaces for the operation of armed terrorist formations on and from its soil. .....


Exclusive Photos: Syria’s Oldest Synagogue, Destroyed by Assad
Josh Rogin

Activists estimate that at least 33 churches and hundreds of mosques have been destroyed by the Assad regime since the start of the Syrian civil war. Six UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Syria have been destroyed in Syria since the fighting began…..

The ‘al-Qaeda’ interpretation fails to provide an understanding of Boko Haram, its behavior, its sources of support, and its reasons for carrying out atrocities like that committed in Chibok in ways which fall in line with Nigeria’s often-violent history and extremely complex political culture…..


The Nigerian Kidnappers’ Ideology: It Is the Ideology, Not Just the Acts of Extremism That Must Be Confronted
Tony Blair

That ideology is based on a warped and false view of religion. It is taught in formal and informal school settings worldwide. Of course, the hideous and crazed words of the leader of Boko Haram, the group that kidnapped the girls, are representative only of the most extreme fringe of this ideology. But, until we clean the soil in which this poisonous plant takes root, it will continue to blight the life chances of millions of young people around the world – and jeopardize our own security……

Balochistan: Taliban's Southern March
Ambreen Agha

This new threat further compounds the already poor educational access and high dropout rate in the Province. A November 20, 2013, media report, for instance, noted that more than 2.3 million children had no access to education in Balochistan. The report quoted the Provincial Secretary for Education, Ghulam Ali Baloch, noting that only 1.3 million out of a total of 3.6 million children were going to schools in the Province.....


The current Afghan conflict is an insurgency-counter insurgency conflict, but it is ultimately to be fought as a war of information supported by military action; it is a battle for hearts and minds. If this is true, then it is in this battle that the Taliban have a clear edge over their more sophisticated enemy , because they are able to tap into Afghan cultural references in a way that the foreign forces and even the Karzai government has been unable to do. .....

Coups Won’t Help In Fight against Radicals
Harun Yahya

I just want the best for my country. That is what people who carry out coups with weapons in their hands in front of government buildings always say. They claim to be acting for the best, yet point their guns at democracy. A coup d’état is a proof that guns cannot help achieve “good.” Such coups are always followed by deaths, executions, unease and conflict….

Militant Islam is the enemy, plain and simple. An Islamist may claim to be a Muslim, wear Islamic clothing, and engage in Islamic rituals, but he is as inferior to a Muslim as an ape is to a human. Islamists are to Islam what Nazis were to Germany; practitioners of a despicable and subhuman behavioral choice that is as much a menace to decent Muslims as Nazism was to decent Germans. Most victims of senseless Islamist violence are, despite spectacular examples like 9/11 to the contrary, Muslims……

Pakistan's Boko Haram
Malik Siraj Akbar

Pakistan's Boko Haram
Malik Siraj Akbar

...mosque-goers were almost always sure that what they learned from the mullah in the mosque should always stay within the mosque. The other two occasions when the society agreed to give the mullah the leadership role were funerals and wedding ceremonies which would also last for less than one hour.....


Somali Refugees: Victims of Both the Terror of War and the War on Terror
Hamse Warfa

I have seen the issue of religion drawn into the war on terror both in Kenya and across the globe. On quite a number of online forums, I have seen the close association that people have been drawing between Islam as a religion and terrorism. With this close association, a terrorist attack gets interpreted as an attack from the religion of Islam, and a hunt for the attackers quickly getting interpreted as a hunt down for Muslims……


The Beginning or End of the State of Pakistan?

The religious tag is going to trump ethnic, social and regional identities. A failed experiment to find common ground will favour only those who hold rigid notions. The state will then cease to perform its foremost role of providing protection to the lives of the citizens, in particular those who will not follow the distinct and rigid thought process that will be patronised. More so, diversity will be difficult to maintain and the idea of a pluralistic society that believes in coexistence will remain in extreme jeopardy…..


Who's Afraid of the Islamists? From Ataturk to al-Sisi, from John Dewey to Fox News
Khaled Abou El Fadl

The accomplished scholar gleefully told me the news of a military coup in Algeria that overthrew the government after the Islamists won the provincial elections. In a most sympathetic tone, my friend lamented the unfortunate fact that military coups are still a reality in the Arab world. "But," he commented in a deeply sagacious voice, "it was necessary for the military to intervene, otherwise, the Islamists would have come to power, and then Algeria would be in real trouble!"….

“When we say we must obey Allah, the world must certainly change,” Mr. Shekau ranted, by turns leering and grinning in the video. “You are even saying I have departed from moral values. Do you have moral values?” he thundered in Hausa, the dominant language of Nigeria’s north. Definitive pronouncements about the group are hazardous, since its communications with the outside world are fragmentary and its tactics and motivations remain murky. Even the group’s leadership is a mystery…..

ISI: The Devil's Own
Sanchita Bhattacharya

ISI: The Devil's Own
Sanchita Bhattacharya

Indeed, the ISI has long been linked to terrorism across the South Asian region, with its support to Sikh terror groups dating back to 1984. On September 1, 2012, following the arrest of a BKI terrorist, Kulwant Singh alias Guddu, from Mohali District of Punjab, an NIA official observed, "ISI is also reportedly keen on forging coordination between Khalistani terrorists, terrorists operating in J&K and some fundamentalist groups and in this process Jagtar Singh Tara who escaped from Burail Jail in 2004 is favoured by the ISI to revive the Khalistan movement.".....


It is vital to remember that Boko Haram has run a campaign of murder and intimidation across northern Nigeria that has claimed 12,000 lives and left 8,000 people injured or maimed since 2009. This must stop and Jonathan has to take a lead in making the world a safer place…..


The Battle for Fallujah: Fighting Returns to Iraqi City as Al-Qa’ida-Linked Rebels Gain Stronghold
Patrick Cockburn

Fallujah has come increasingly under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), formerly al-Qa’ida in Iraq, since it took over the city in alliance with Sunni tribal fighters in early January. Since then ISIS has grown in strength as it expands its power in a swathe of territory in western Iraq and eastern Syria. It has even held a military parade in Abu Ghraib on the western outskirts of Baghdad, forcing the hasty evacuation of the famous prison…..


Terrorists Walk Free in Pakistan
Mehr F Husain

Looking at the way the past year has gone, the future seems uncertain but uncertainty is a defining characteristic of Pakistani politics. Is it not time to change that by ensuring uncertainty is eradicated? The tragedy is that despite the continuous loss of lives, there is still a lack of institutional support in preventing it……


Gamburo: The Town Boko Haram Destroyed
John Simpson

Boko Haram attacked it with a fury that is fortunately rare. It was as though they wanted to wipe it off the face of the earth. They arrived in extraordinary force - there were 400 of them, according to one man who watched the attack from hiding - and set about killing people and destroying cars and buildings coldly and methodically.....

Yet another message that I derived from the occasion is that it is the sublime architecture and art and high quality of literature that define and edify the character of a country, nation and civilization. Indeed, the achievements in these creative fields define their legacy, something they can build on for a successful future……


Boko Haram and the Crippling Of Islam in Africa
Abdelwahab El-Affendi

Like its counterpart in Afghanistan (the Taliban), this movement seeks to opt out of modernity and herd Muslims back to metaphorical (and sometimes actual) caves, where they were supposed to bury their heads in the sand and pretend that modernity has never happened.....

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…..

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