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Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

The Salafist movement in the West Bank was founded in the 1950s. According to current estimates, it has a few thousand supporters, most of them in the Hebron region, who view the establishment of an Islamic caliphate as a supreme value. Despite the movement’s name, the Freedom Party never was a political movement, if only because it did not recognize the Palestinian Authority as a governmental body with which it could cooperate. ….


Worry About Militant Islamists in Syria
Rami G. Khouri

But perhaps the most troubling threat is the continued expansion of the hard-line groups of Salafist-Takfiri Islamists, such as the Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria….


Trend towards 'Individual Jihad'
Guido Steinberg

And German Jihadists have played a major role in international networks and attacks, among them 9/11. They've also been very important in new strategies that al-Qaeda developed as of 2010, namely the Europlot, when it sent back European recruits to build new structures...


Salafist Crimes in Syria
Franklin Lamb religious advisor to Daash opined to this observer that marriage to ten-year-old girls should be allowed in order to prevent girls from deviating from the correct path, while another prohibited girls from going to schools, even those located close to their homes and another Fatwa states that a marriage is annulled if the husband and wife make love with no clothes on. Some Daash Fatwas also sanction the use of women and children as human shields in violent demonstrations and protests, as these are by them as jihads to empower Islam…..


The Syrian Jihad Is a Distraction: Pakistan's Diehards Are the Real Threat
Rob Crilly

The truth is that Pakistan remains at the centre of terror nexus. This is where groups like al-Qaeda, the Taliban and the Haqqani Network run training camps swapping bomb-making skills and Jihadi rhetoric. Life is tough. Death circles in the sky 24/7. The weather is brutal in winter. And there's not much on TV. It's no surprise then that I'm told Britons at training camps in Pakistan's tribal areas number "in the tens" – far, far fewer than the hundreds who have joined the Club Med jihad……


How a Creationist Fatwa Proved a Shocking Example of Wahhabi Islam's Influence
Andrew Brown

A visiting Saudi cleric issued a fatwa, from the Green Lane mosque in Birmingham, that supported his enemies in the congregation: not only did it explain that anyone who denied creationism was an apostate, who could (and should, in an ideal state) be killed, but that his support for women going bareheaded if they wished, and for a secular form of government, were also sufficient grounds for a death sentence. Since these judgments were circulated in Jihadi circles……

Latent Radicals
Nadeem F. Paracha

Latent Radicals
Nadeem F. Paracha

JI’s links with the US during the Cold War have never been a secret. But till the 1980s when young JI activists were known to actually attack anti-US rallies held by leftist groups, today the children of these activists are perhaps the most enthusiastic anti-US radicals and the most likely to set fire to a US flag. What is even more interesting is the fact that a large number of young men who were JI activists before the end of the Cold War in 1991, settled in the US.....


A Terrible Tragedy That Is Unfolding
Robert Fisk

The Lebanese military are beginning to suspect that within the various Al Qaeda groups that exist in the country, foreign intelligence agencies are at work — just as they were within Salafist Al Qaeda operations in Algeria, where the Algerian military and intelligence services are now known to have been deeply implicated in fundamentalist atrocities of the 1990s civil war.  Was this why the Iranian ambassador blamed the "Zionist regime" for last week's massacre in Lebanon?.....


Salafist Crimes against Islam in Syria: Escalation as Sunnis Join Shia in Repudiation
Franklin Lamb

The Salafi methodology or Salafist movement, historically respected among scholars of Islam, is a school of Islamic thought among Sunni Muslims named after the “Salaf” or “predecessors” among the earliest Muslims, who are widely considered examples of Islamic practice worthy of emulation. The Salafist movement is often described as related to, or even synonymous with Saudi Wahhabism or at least a hybrid.  ……

Notorious for his barbaric rule in Swat for more than two years, Mullah Fazlullah was mainly responsible for the collapse of the peace agreement in Swat in 2008. A few days after the signing of the peace deal, the militant group led by Fazlullah cut the throats of two army officers in Swat and backed out of its promise to lay down arms. Later, Mullah Fazlullah continued his activities from Afghanistan and emerged as the most deadly threat to our security forces….


The Jamaat-e-Islami is a reactionary political force predisposed to violence on at least the following counts. It turns religious minorities — Hindus, Buddhists, Christians and Muslim Ahmadiyas — into scapegoats so as to divert the attention of the common people away from the sources of their poverty. Secondly, the Jamaat systematically employs the weapon of intimidation so as to scare civilians…..


Inside The Mind of a Self-Styled Jihadi: Global Salafi Jihad and Abu Zubaydah's Diaries
Jason Leopold

There is one clear reason those tasked with protecting the United States from attacks of the type that claimed almost 3,000 lives on 9/11 were so interested in Zain Abidin Mohammed Husain Abu Zubaydah’s diaries: They wanted to find the mental weaknesses of a high-value captive they believed held vital information on future plots. The CIA’s own July 2002 draft psychological assessment, which acknowledges a heavy debt to the diaries, is focused principally on what they show about how to break down an operative the CIA believed at the time might have written Al-Qaeda’s manual on resistance to interrogation……


Serial Blasts: Many Muslims in Patna Are Not Willing to Accept Possible Muslim Culpability
Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam

In the Patna serial bomb blast case, we notice again that all the culprits belonged to Ahle Hadees, considered the purest Wahhabi sect. What is so distinct about Ahle Hadees? First and foremost, it gives very high stature to Kutub al-Sittah i.e., the six “authentic” books of Hadiths. In these 6 “authentic” books, two of them stand out and they are Sahih (authentic, emphasis added) Bukhari and Sahih (authentic, emphasis added) Muslim. Secondly their interpretation of Islam is puritanical and literal, and according to their interpretation of Islam, anyone who differs from their way of religious life is ‘Wajib-ul-Qatl’ (worthy of being killed). Thirdly since they give equal stature to the Hadees as compared to the Quran, they believe they are ‘Naqi Muslims’ or pure Muslims and the rest of the word, including Muslims are ‘Najas’ i.e., impure. Since they believe that the rest of the non-Wahhabi world is ‘Najas’ then it is morally obligatory for them to change them or if changing them is not possible, then it is better to eradicate them.


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While initially the JUI was the ideological mentor of the TTP, people have failed to realise that the ever increasing influence of al Qaeda on this outfit and the Taliban’s close association with the Saudis, Uzbeks and Chechens has meant that the ideological basis has shifted towards the Salafi school of thought. This has meant that the utility of JUI representing the Deobandi School is fading day by day. The JI, with its strong Salafi credentials, has taken the lead role.....


Indiscriminate Suicide Bombings Of Civilians Cannot Be Done By Muslims: Sympathisers Of Terrorists In Pakistan Media Have Kept The Ignorant and The Young In Denial For Long
Gul Bukhari

However, in their efforts to shield the enemy, the deceptions deployed by the extremist lobby within mainstream society in Pakistan imply a most heinous dishonour to some of the most revered religious personalities for Muslims. Still, they do not desist from such antics in their aims, which are anything but innocent. These are the front men and women of the extremists within us – hoping to deliver Pakistan into the hands of the Taliban and Al Qaeda through the use of their golden tongues.....


Living In the Land of the Dead: Death has come to mean more than life in Pakistan
Kamila Hyat

 It is the deprivation of people that the Taliban exploit and rather than talking to them, given their own reluctance to even consider peace, it may be far more logical to address the root causes as to why they have been able to gain a stronghold in various parts of our country and also gain sympathy in other places. We need to do more to tell the truth about who these people really are and prepare ourselves to defeat them……


True Success for Al-Qaeda and Taliban in Pakistan: Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Muhammad, Sipah-e-Sahaba, Lashkar-e-Jhangawi, all terror outfits enjoy support of leaders and Ulema
Mujahid Hussain, New Age Islam

One should not wonder at the recent statement of Maulana Munawar Hassan if he has a vivid memory of the past. Nearly all Pakistani terrorist organizations, be it Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Muhammad, Sipah-e-Sahaba, Lashkar-e-Jhangawi, Harkat ul Jihad al-Islami ,Harkat ul Mujahideen or any other terror outfit practically engaged in Pakistan with new names, enjoy open or tacit support of thousands of leaders and Ulema. They have been standing by these organisations for almost three decades and are now exerting every possible effort to back them up to boost terrorism and terrorists in Pakistan. …..


Extrajudicial Jihad on Steroids in Syria: These Extrajudicial Killings Will No Doubt Continue and Even Spread as the Jihadists Take Over Town after Town
Hayat Alvi

Al Qaeda in Iraq fighters made women wear the veil, cut off the fingers of Iraqis who were caught smoking, and even forced produce sellers to separate cucumbers and tomatoes, as placing the two vegetables next to each other was deemed to represent the mixing of the sexes….


The Islamic Extremists 'On Again Off Forever' Love Affair with Beheading
Jennifer James

To get “un-technical”, it sounds like one of the worst ways to die…ever. Through recent use of the charming death experience as a radical killing method which screams “I have a bigger agenda here than this person's head”, beheading has become synonymous with extremism, specifically in the Middle Eastern regions….


What Makes a Martyr in Islam?
Huma Yusuf

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, one-upped Hassan, adding that any creature killed by the Americans should be considered a martyr, even dogs. Anti-American sentiment can really warp logic and rhetoric in Pakistan. Hassan also argued that the army troops killed while fighting with the United States against the Taliban should not be considered martyrs because their contributions were anti-Islam.....


The Appointment of Mullah Fazlullah as TTP Chief Will See an Escalation in Violence in Pakistan
Khaled Ahmed

He was confirmed in office by the Afghan Taliban chief, Mullah Umar, who is considered “Amir ul Momineen” (caliph) by the TTP rank and file. This took no time, because Fazlullah is the chosen one of al-Qaeda, which was not too pleased by initiatives among some of the TTP factions to engage in peace talks with Islamabad…..


Drone Attacks, A Convenient Explanation
D. Suba Chandran

…the failure of governance have already given birth to extremist groups (of the sectarian and Jihadi kind) — of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM), Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) and Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (LJ) varieties — the abuse of these actors by the military and the ISI created an ugly internal situation for Pakistan from the 1990s. Extremism and radicalism were well entrenched at the national and provincial levels well before drone attacks and even 9/11…..

If, God forbid, Munawwar Hasan is killed in a bomb blast, what would the JI call him: a martyr or just killed? The TTP terrorists killed Namazis while offering Juma prayers in the Parade Lane mosque, and many other mosques and Imambargahs. Were those innocent Muslims not Shaheed?” In fact, the JI and Maulana Fazl ur Rehman’s statements have tried to damage the national cause and create confusion among the people, particularly the soldiers of our armed forces who are ever ready to sacrifice their lives as and when the nation calls for it.....

Fazlullah had polio as a child, is against any modern vaccine for the disease, ordered the hit on Malala Yusufzai that made her famous and him infamous and is said to enjoy long horse rides in the mountains. Fazlullah also had a man and son shot for not wearing their Shalwars higher than their ankles. This is the latest head of the organization that we – and Imran Khan and Chaudhry Nisar – think wants peace.....


This threat stems not only from the fact they would have received military training in Syria, but also because they may have been influenced by the ideology of these al-Qaeda-linked groups and could want upon their return to carry out attacks on their fellow countrymen….

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