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Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Expansion of Islamic State
Dr Asim Yousafzai

Expansion of Islamic State
Dr Asim Yousafzai

There are certain unmistakable signs that suggest the emergence of a strong IS footprint in Sunni-majority Pakistan. With a population of 200 million, nine percent of Pakistanis support IS but more troublesome is the fact that 62 percent do not know the answer to this question, reports a PEW research survey.

 

After joining IS, Dhar posted a photo of himself cradling his baby and brandishing an AK-47. He followed Al Qaeda preacher Omar Bakri Mohammed's teachings, and was said to have mentored one of Lee Rigby's murderers, Michael Adebolajo. Last year he posted an essay online defending IS executions and claiming the likes of Jihadi John had the 'moral high ground' over the West.

 

Afghanistan: Instead Of Better It Got Worse: New Age Islam’s Selection From Pakistan Press, 5 January 2016

Afghanistan: Instead Of Better It Got Worse

By Musa Khan Jalalzai

Iran-Saudi Arabia conflict

By Express Tribune Editorial

Attack in Pathankot — another derailment of relations?

By Rustam Shah Mohmand

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

Driven By Neither Hawks Nor Doves: New Age Islam’s Selection From India Press, 6 January 2016

Driven By Neither Hawks Nor Doves

By Nirupama Rao

A dangerous escalation

By The Hindu

Learning lessons from Pathankot incident

By Ashok K Mehta

Pathankot attack puts Sharif in a spot and he must be seen to act now

By Hindustan Times

The Sharif to contend with in Pak

By Mohan Guruswamy

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

To Defeat Islamic Extremism, Empower Moderate Muslims
Majid Sadeghpour

The challenge is great, but so is the power of a concerted effort by world powers, combined with the will, manpower and knowledge of moderate regional actors. Among these important allies are Kurdish forces, the Free Syrian Army, many moderate tribes in Iraq, and other moderate militias....

 
Dealing With Boko Haram
Amino Abubakar & Aderogba Obisesan

Boko Haram has resorted to suicide bombers — many of them young children — to wage its war for an independent “Islamic” state in the country. The extremist group has also spread its bombing campaign to neighboring Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

 

Is Pakistan supporting Bangladeshi Islamists?
Shamil Shams

The Bangladeshi government has also intensified its crackdown on Islamist groups involved in killing secular bloggers, but Wolf thinks it is far from enough, saying: “Bangladesh has effectively been transformed into an Islamic state. As a result, Islamist parties have been able to assume a bigger role in the country’s politics. ...

 

ISIS’ War on Christmas
Kamel Daoud

Pointing out that Christmas is Jesus’ birthday and that Jesus is a recognized prophet in the genealogy of the Quran would have served no purpose. The Islamists’ mental cartography is binary: “Dar el-Islam, Dar el-Koffr” — Land of Islam versus Land of Impiety. They want to de-Westernize the Arab world.

 

After Taliban Attack In Kabul, A Music Teacher Keeps Playing
Rod Nordland

When a Taliban suicide bomber infiltrated a play being staged in a high school attached to the French cultural institute here, it was not clear at first who the target was. The audience was packed with diplomats and prominent Afghans, and the bomber made his way to the front row, where he blew himself up next to a German spectator, killing him.

 
Terrorism And Us
S Sadia Kazmi

Terrorism And Us
S Sadia Kazmi

When a society itself has no qualms about coming across as intolerant and extremist, then one really cannot blame outsiders for showing Pakistan in a negative light or dragging it in as a prime suspect in terrorist incident. Despite the invigoration of NAP, the will to override writ of the state is quite strong. ...

 

Living In A Troubled Neighbourhood, Pakistan
Hiranmay Karlekar

While the Indian Mujahideen remains to be crushed, the Islamic State, which has already declared its intention to strike in India, is making recruits. It will be unwise to think it will not grow here. Those who were dismissive of it when it first emerged in Syria and Iraq are now eating their words. It will be defeated but not before it has played havoc with the lives of millions and left a large territory in West Asia in ruins. We cannot take the slightest chance in India.

 

The Connection between Radicalism, Extremism And Terrorism

By Mustafa Aydin

The War of Islamic Tweets

By Ali Ibrahim

Pakistan paying a heavy price

BIKRAM VOHRA

Arab Spring, a need for re-awakening

Geoffrey Aronson

Christians In The Middle East: And Then There Were None

The Economist

All the donated sweaters in the world aren’t enough to solve the refugee crisis

Natasha Walter

Is Russia going soft on Assad?

Raed Omari

What makes Donald Trump and his supporters tick?

Fakhruddin Ahmed

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

Bangladesh Swings On A Pendulum
Tariq A. Al-Maeena

The politicization of our religion has become an everyday trend.  And it is not restricted to governments.  Terror groups such as Daesh (the self-proclaimed IS) or Al-Qaeda all chant verses from the Holy Qur’an while they go about their murderous missions.  The powers behind such mobs usually have the virtues of Islam as the last thing on their minds.

Islamic State's Dark Beginnings: New Age Islam’s Selection From World Press, 30 December 2015

Islamic State's Dark Beginnings

By Tobin Harshaw

An American Muslim's Response to President Obama's Call to "Work With Us"

By Sahar Taman

ISIS leader’s latest threats reveal plans for 2016

Dr. Theodore Karasik

Is the West Disintegrating?

By Patrick Buchanan

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

India Cannot Simply Wish Away The Threat Of The Islamic State: New Age Islam’s Selection From India Press, 29 December 2015

India cannot simply wish away the threat of the Islamic State

Hindustan Times Editorial

Combating Islamic State: Miss France lays down some basic truths

Rudroneel Ghosh

A Christmas course correction

Happymon Jacob

Finding a niche in the emerging world order

Sandhya Jain

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

Stop Asking Me To Condemn Terrorists Just Because I’m Muslim
Rana Elmir

A 2009 studyconducted by the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point concluded conservatively that al-Qaeda has killed eight times as many Muslims as non-Muslims.

 

Five Reasons Why We Must NOT Censor ISIS Propaganda
Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

In the circumstances, it is perhaps understandable that there have been calls on the mainstream media to curtail the coverage they give to ISIS. When terrorists carry out attacks like the ones in Paris last month, they court media attention more than anything. And on the face of it, at least, it would seem that the most immediate retort would be to deny them the publicity they crave. But I believe that would be the wrong response.

 

Pakistan Confronts Extremism: Job Half-Done

Pakistan is likely to proceed with caution against LeT. The outfit is widely thought of as South Asia’s most lethal terrorist group. And through Falah-e-Insaniat it runs a vast and popular nationwide welfare organisation. A year ago, for instance, it was their ambulances and volunteers that were most prominent at the many funerals held on a cold winter’s day in Peshawar.

 

Financial War Against The ISIS: New Age Islam’s Selection From Pakistan Press, 28 December 2015

Financial war against the ISIS

By Sabina Khan

Defeating ISIS

By Munir Akram

Pakistan needs a new constitution

By Yasser Latif Hamdani

Afghanistan: devastations of the ‘great game’

By Lal Khan

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

Pakistan: Countering Militants’ Ideology
I.A. Rehman

Perhaps the most significant finding is that military action alone cannot rid the country of the threat posed by the militants. Local observers and foreign analysts (who often have better sources of information than Pakistanis themselves) both agree on the urgency of challenging the militants’ ideology and blunting its appeal to the common Pakistani.... Unfortunately the government has failed to use its own institutions — from the Council of Islamic Ideology to the judicial academy and departments of Islamiat in colleges and universities — to counter the extremists’ version of religion. A full-blooded programme to rid Islamic thought of the stamp of a certain imperialism, to borrow a phrase from Iqbal, is the minimum requirement of a narrative that could dismantle the militants’ case and secure Pakistan against threats that are becoming more and more ominous.

 

Saudi Arabia's Phony War on Terror: New Age Islam’s Selection From World Press, 23 December 2015

Saudi Arabia's Phony War on Terror

By Brahma Chellaney

Why don't we care about anti-Muslim abuse?

By Rachel Shabi

Who will rule Spain?

By MAHIR ALI

The closer Syria is to peace, the more violent it will be

By Chris Doyle

Saudis draw up plan for 2020

By MOHAMMED FAHAD AL-HARTHI

We have a common dream: A happy Middle East

By Jamal Khashoggi

Torture in Assad's prisons: Back to square one

By Diana Moukalled

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

What Drives Religious Extremism?: New Age Islam’s Selection From Pakistan Press, 23 December 2015

What drives religious extremism?

By Jonathan Power

The mindset of the terrorist

By Rasul Bakhsh Rais

Saudi-led ‘Islamic military alliance: A flawed alliance

By Zahid Hussain

Coalition at a price

By Sikander Ahmed Shah

Forever girls

By Rafia Zakaria

Fear and hope in Kabul

By Imtiaz Gul

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

Fighting Terror In Pakistan: The Problem Next Door
Rod Nordland

The prevalence of that ideology has become a factor even in the news and entertainment industry. Take, for instance, the relatively mainstream commentator and television host Zaid Hamid, with almost 800,000 “likes” on his official Facebook page and a warm relationship with Pakistan’s de facto military rulers, who has long espoused views regarded elsewhere as extremist or at least on the fringe.

 

Funding Terror through Extortion in Pakistan
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

Extortion has become rampant across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) in particular, and, in fact, across Pakistan at large. The failure of the state to control this menace has contributed directly to the capacities of terrorist groups to sustain their operations, undermining the security of citizens and the state across the country.

 

Why Do Over 17 Million Pakistanis Hold A ‘Favourable’ View Of ISIS?
Noman Ansari

The government of Pakistan should be commended for the swift response to the hate speech. It is part of the National Action Plan initiative by the administration to nip these plants in the bud before they grow into poisonous bushes. It may seem like a tiny step, but in context of this nation’s history, it is a giant one.

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