Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
greatest effects are thus achieved indirectly, through the reaction it
inspires, rather than the actual destruction of life and property. This is why,
in that moment when, having read of an attack or the threat of an attack, you
experience a sudden pang of fear, you become a victim yourself. The fact that
the number of people to have been killed in Britain in terrorist attacks by
Islamic militants – 53 (52 during the 7/7 attacks, plus Lee Rigby) – is
statistically negligible is irrelevant. To be afraid of terrorism is normal; to
be concerned is natural. But it is better to be so in measure and in reason,
not in panicked ignorance, and thus win one immediate and important victory....
Ajit Kumar Singh
The rise in the
numbers of women and children killed and maimed from conflict-related violence
is particularly disturbing. This year, UNAMA recorded the highest number of
children and women casualties compared to the same period in previous years.
All parties to the conflict must undertake stronger measures to protect
civilians from harm. When the conflict kills or maims a mother, child, sister
or brother, the repercussions for families and communities are devastating and
after assuming the post of Home Minister of the Province on October 13, 2014,
Khanzada had reportedly been involved in major operations against domestically
oriented terrorists in Punjab, though there was little evidence of any relative
improvement of the security environment as a result.....
The death of
Mullah Omar has minimised the challenge posed to the IS by the Afghan Taliban.
Many factions’ of jihadists in the Afghan-Pakistan region have already
announced their loyalty to the IS. Al Qaeda is also facing a severe financial
as well as manpower crisis. The launch of the Al Qaeda in the Indian
Sub-continent with much fanfare has turned out to be a damp squib.....
If we have
forgotten it, the almost ritualistic murder of another blogger has reminded us
of it yet again. While the act of killing resonates with the nihilistic terror
that religious extremism is inflicting upon in various parts the world (and no
doubt it derives inspiration from those practices), it has a very specific
local history. It lies in the nature of encounter that the Shahbag movement had
with its opposition.....
S. Binodkumar Singh
are, in some measure, a reaction to the assertiveness demonstrated by the
Government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajid, as a result of which the
threat from Islamist terrorism in Bangladesh has been minimized. Significantly,
various Islamist terrorist and extremist formations had been operating
menacingly across the country before Wajid coming to power in 2009. The
Government's sustained efforts, since, have led to widespread anxiety among the
extremists, who now find their very existence under threat....
fact that up to 1000 British citizens have travelled to join Isis’ medieval
theocratic nightmare, and in some cases entire families have up and left, it is
true that only a tiny minority of Muslims worldwide support ISIS. But I fear
that too many Muslims disagree with Isis’ caliphate, not because it is a caliphate,
but because it is not their caliphate….
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Is it that
ISIL’s jihadists are Salafist jihadists and the moderates are just jihadists?
What do the moderates think of the infidels, of Muslims drinking alcohol, of
the other Muslims, like Shias? Or of gay people? Do the moderates respect other
faiths and religious practices, including those Muslims who take the liberty to
Dr Mohammad Taqi
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) owed allegiance to Mullah Omar, the
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) ran terrorist training camps in Afghanistan during his
reign and the al Qaeda leadership was the apple of his eye. These outfits
shared ideology, manpower and logistics with Mullah Omar’s Taliban. They gained
battlefield experience with the Taliban only to boomerang back to Pakistan,
causing great death and destruction. The LeJ founder Riaz Basra was Mullah
Omar’s guest in Afghanistan and dozens of his lieutenants, including the
recently killed sectarian terrorist....
However, the Pakistani authorities
should not forget that the FIA declared various other facilitators and
operatives as fugitives in the case. ... Are we as a nation prepared to muster
the courage to face uncomfortable truths and combat the demons of militancy
that haunt our land? That is the question!
Although we are
yet to see a statement by Mullah Omar confirming he is not alive, the news of
the Taliban emir’s death has delayed a second round of talks between the
militant group and the government in Kabul. A likely peace in Afghanistan will
have serious consequences for journalists like this scribe as much as common
people. With nothing serious to report about, reporters.....
M. J. Akbar
reassumes its engagement with successor states of the Safavid, Ottoman and
European empires to its west up to the Nile and the Sahel in north Africa, it
will renew dialogue with a region that has not had a good night's sleep for at
least two centuries. Analysis is not an advent of any blame game. The fault, as
that crusty realist Shakespeare noted, may lie in ourselves, rather than our
stars, but the destiny of men also has its profound cycles across the
cartwheels of time. The past is littered with skeletons of nations which once
ruled as much as the world as they could reach…..
While the idea
of propagating moderate Islam or taking down radical sites or twitter handles
may be a step in the right direction, the task is humongous and requires a much
faster technological and ideological response from Indian society.....
successful transition to democracy, the legitimacy of its government and the
bravery of its armed forces are not enough to save it. Nor should anyone in
Europe and the West comfort themselves with the idea that the jihadist movement
will eventually self-destruct. From their new theatre of operations in Tunisia,
the terrorists aim at extending their caliphate to Europe and beyond....
R. K. Raghavan
reflects IS’s wishes, not its capabilities. The IS has repeatedly made clear
that its apocalyptic goals include provoking a series of sectarian wars leading
up to the “Final Battle” and the “End times”. The outfit has made some headway
in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In January of this year, it announced the
establishment of a new “province” called the Islamic State of Khurasan,
boasting in its magazine Dabiq that “numerous” groups in both Afghanistan and
Pakistan had joined the new province. But so far, the groups that have joined
the ISK appear to be small, or splinter groups from TTP and other groups. The
announcement of Mullah Omar’s death, if true, will lead to additional
defections to ISK. But that doesn’t mean that sparking a war in India is
Some Indian handlers have been
identified by intelligence agencies, which have tracked and intercepted youth
who had planned to leave for Turkey and then cross over to Syria to join ISIS. ISIS,
the dreaded terror group that has massacred thousands across the globe, has
headhunters in India and among Indians living abroad. They are recruiting young
Indian Muslims attracted to the idea of establishing a Caliphate. Some Indian
handlers have been identified by intelligence agencies, which have tracked and
intercepted youth who had planned to leave for Turkey and then cross over to
Syria to join ISIS.
is too early to say if making Mullah Omar's death public at this stage, when it
supposedly happened in April 2013, was aimed at making the militant movement
more amenable to negotiations or to thwart the talks.....
The curse of
terror then is not only the dead children, the dread of crowded places, the
lingering fear of the belted bomber but also the taint it casts on those trying
to fight it. The loss of moral power inherent in the abandonment of law, the
secret persecution of possible suspects, the deaths of those that did deliver
information or evidence, have birthed new criminals. Sometimes it seems the
fight is not of good against evil but only between the varying flavours of
Beheading the Behemoth
Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
absolutists might condemn the ‘staged encounter’ and the extra-judicial
killing. But those that have a sprinkling of realist topping to their
principled rigidity, would accept the impossibility of mustering testimonies
against Ishaq. Let’s not forget that this is a man who has been acquitted over
100 times after charges of terrorism and homicide......
Sara A. Carter
Islamic State recruitment document found in Pakistan’s lawless tribal lands
reveals that the extremist group has grand ambitions of building a new
terrorist army in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and triggering a war in India to
provoke an Armageddon-like “end of the world.” The 32-page Urdu-language
document obtained by American Media Institute (AMI) and reviewed by USA TODAY
details a plot to attack U.S. soldiers as they withdraw from Afghanistan and
target American diplomats and Pakistani officials…..
Is there a key
leader whose demise would deal a hammer blow? Does so-called "leadership
decapitation" even work as a strategy? Or do Western counterterrorism
agencies face an indefinite process of crossing names from a never-diminishing
list? Are there just too many groups in too many places to combat as we witness
the emergence of a new generation of terrorist leaders whose significance is
yet to be grasped?.....
..... more than
300 hardcore commanders, militants and suicide bombers of Taliban from FATA and
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have joined ISIS because the Taliban are in a disarray, and
because of the international charm and attraction of the Iraq and Syria based
terrorist organization. “We have credible information that many militants
belonging to Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan are considering announcing allegiance
Another weapon in the Daesh arsenal that also proved effective is the fact that there is not one single united fight aimed at eliminating or, at least, slowing down the progress of Daesh armies in the Middle East. While military camps of the terror group are reportedly targeted in Syria, other regional conflicts, especially in Yemen, are facilitating the expansion of Daesh. ....