It is Terrorism by Daish, Not Jihad by Islamic State

  By Reshmi Kazi, IDSA Dated: December 05, 2016   The November 2016 announcement by the Union Government to henceforth change the nomenclature of the “Islamic State” (IS) to “Daish” in all its official communications concerning the global terrorist organisation is an appropriate move. Banned in 2015 under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, the terror outfit has until now been referred to in official records by its various existing nomenclatures including Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Caliphate and Daish. Reportedly, the Union Home…

The Radicalization Milieu: Pathways and trajectories in Violent Extremism

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  By Marcello Tomasina  International Counter Terrorism Youth Network   Introduction A terrorist does not arise in a vacuum, rather he is the outcome of non-linear interactions within a radicalized environment. As attacks and foiled plots continue to jeopardize national security, radicalizations pathways have fluidly adapted to different scenarios, providing human capital to contemporary terrorism and political violence. In order to thwart this threat, scholars and policy analysts have increasingly invested in the field of preventing violent extremism (hereinafter PVE), chiefly trying to unfold the homegrown terrorism dilemma. The controversy in…

Al Qaeda and the Islamic State’s Break: Strategic Strife or Lackluster Leadership?

By Tricia Bacon and Elizabeth Grimm Journal on Studies in Conflict and Terrorism Dated: August 2017 Abstract How effective was Osama bin Laden’s leadership of Al Qaeda? Many would claim that this is a straightforward question. He was effective enough to lead a group that successfully targeted the United States on land, in the air, and at sea. He was effective enough to evade capture by the United States and its allies for more than a decade. He was effective enough to build a highly centralized and bureaucratic group before…

Thin line between Muslims and Islamists (extremists)

By WordForPeace.com There is a very thin blue line between Islamists and Muslims. Islamists are those whose ideology does not come from the holy book of Koran. Even if it apparently appears to be endorsed by the Koran do not buy this ideology, because this interpretation comes from terrorist organisations, it is not true interpretation, it is a result of gross manipulation… Are all Muslims Extremists? Our world is in a very distressed condition. A majority of human beings have lost morality, ethical values and mutual love has become absent in our societies.…

Salafi-Jihad in Kashmir: New Cat among the Pigeons

  By Dr. Adil Rasheed, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses Dated: May 15, 2017      For a long time Indian strategists have sought to devise a credible strategic communications programme against the devious indoctrination of the vulnerable sections in Kashmir society by Pakistan and Pakistan-controlled terror groups, which has increasingly taken on a religious colour, but is mainly directed at weaning the state of Jammu and Kashmir away from India. However, in the absence of any effective public relations or ideological counter-narratives campaign, it is ironic that the act…

ISIS Is Poised to Make a Comeback in Syria

 By Hassan, The Atlantic  Dated: September 18, 2018     On the surface, the Syrian civil war appears to be nearing its final stage. Bashar al-Assad’s regime and its Russian and Iranian backers won the battle that mattered the most for them in July, when they drove the moderate rebels out of their last bastion in the southern Syrian city of Deraa. With that military victory, any hopes of a moderate takeover must be laid to rest. But while the rebels have been defeated, their grievances remain. Hundreds of thousands…

Foreign Terrorist Organizations

Bureau of Couterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism Country Reports on Terrorism 2017, US Department of State     Designations of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs) expose and isolate the designated terrorist organizations, deny them access to the U.S. financial system, and create significant criminal and immigration consequences for their members and supporters. Moreover, designations can assist or complement the law enforcement actions of other U.S. agencies and other governments. In 2017, the Department of State designated Hizbul Mujahedeen as a FTO. The Department of State also amended the FTO designations of…

Terrorist violence decreases worldwide in 2017, but remains historically high

  By Jessica Stark Rivinius National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) University of Maryland Dated: August 1, 2018   With 10,900 terrorist attacks killing more than 26,400 people in 2017, the numbers of terrorist attacks and deaths worldwide have declined for the third consecutive year, according to new data released today by the University of Maryland’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START). A background report provides an overview of the new 2017 data in START’s Global Terrorism Database,…

Are we witnessing the last gasp of terrorism in Kashmir?

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By Col Vivek Chadha (Retd) Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA)  Dated:July 11, 2017   The increase in violence levels on the streets of Kashmir and participation of the local population became a cause for worry in 2016. The peace dividend achieved at great ost only a couple of years earlier seemed to be losing out to the mindlessness of violent mobs. This was accompanied by enhanced local recruitment, especially within the ranks of the Hizb-ul Mujahideen (HM). A larger proportion of the new recruits came from South Kashmir, unlike…

Belying police claims, IS shadow lengthens over Valley

       By Vijaita Singh and Peerzada Ashiq       The Hindu, Dated: September 16, 2018     Asif Nazir Dar, an engineering dropout, is remembered by locals and friends in Pulwama’s Panzgam area as a “polite and religious person who never participated in street protests”. Dar was found dead on September 8 outside Srinagar’s Kashmir University campus. Social media tussle Soon messages on social media platforms affiliated to the Islamic State said he had been killed on the orders of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Riyaz Naikoo. However, a…