Centre bans affiliates of al-Qaeda, Islamic State

    The Hindu, Dated: June 21, 2018   The Home Ministry has banned the Al Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and the Islamic State in Khorasan Province (ISKP) under the anti-terror law, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (UAPA). The Ministry issued a notification that the AQIS, an affiliate of the Al Qaeda and ISKP, the Afghanistan wing of the Islamic State are “terrorist organisations.” AQ and IS are already banned under the UAPA.   “The AQIS is a terrorist organisation, which has committed acts of terrorism in the neighbouring…

Why India needs to worry about the ISIS? Reproducing an early chronicle as reminder

WordForPeace.com The scorching pace with which the jihadists of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria have overrun Iraq, the arc of instability from the Middle East is slowly stretching all the way to India’s borders. In many ways, the situation is symptomatic of the larger Shia-Sunni conflict that underpins all Muslim politics of the Middle East with Iran and Saudi Arabia as the two rival patrons. The rapid breaking down of Iraq as a country shows the “contained” phase of this rivalry may be over. The ISIS, which grew…

India is Dar-ul-Aman: ISIS Narratives of Darul Islam, Darul Kufr and Darul Harb are untenable

WordForPeace.com Edit Desk Question: Explain the meanings and difference between the concepts thrown around by ISIS propagandists: Darul Tawheed, Darul Aman, Darul Ahad, Darul Kufr and Darul Harb. What laws pertain to Muslims living in each state?  Answer: The terms Dar-ul-Islam, Dar-ul-Kufr etc. have not been defined in any Qur’anic verse (aayah) or hadith of Rasulullah (Prophet PBUH). There isn’t a single Aayah or Hadith saying expressedly that the definition of Dar-ul-Islam is . . . and the definition of Dar-ul-Kufr is . . . These terms were derived by the Islamic jurists (fuqahaa) in the light of certain Aayaat and Ahaadith to tackle with the situations in their…

Why Has the Islamic State Failed to Grow in Kashmir?

By Mohammed Sinan Siyech RSIS  Counter Terrorist  Trends and Analyses Volume 10, Issue 5 | May 2018 Global jihadist groups like Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (IS) have failed to exploit the Kashmir conflict, unlike conflicts in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, given that it is framed as a territorial issue and political dispute as opposed to an Islamist conflict. This article maps out the nature and magnitude of the IS footprint in the Indian Administered Jammu & Kashmir (IAJK) by examining the local dynamics of the insurgency. In doing so,…

Evolution of the Islamic State after its Territorial Defeat

By Jennifer Dhanaraj RSIS Counter Terrorist Trends and Analyses Volume 10, Issue 5 | May 2018 The Islamic State (IS) lost its most prized battlefield victories in Mosul and Raqqa by November 2017, effectively ending the physical Islamic “caliphate three years after it was proclaimed. This, as widely acknowledged, does not mean that IS has been decisively defeated. While their networks and financial sources have been disrupted and some of their top leaders were killed, IS continues to pose a security threat. But IS’ mastery of modern technologies such as…

Kin, neighbours spur youth to join militancy

The Hindu Dated: June 02, 2018 By Suhasini Haider Reports point to crucial role of friends and social media rather than IS or religious ideology When Hizbul Mujahideen militant Rauf Khanday, 21, from a village in Anantnag was killed in March 2018, thousands attended his funeral, and the footage was streamed across social media in Kashmir. Amongst those watching was Zubair Ahmad Wani, who lived just a kilometre away from Khanday’s home, and had known him well. Wani, an M.Phil student in political science at a university in Madhya Pradesh,…

The core Isis manual that twisted Islam to legitimise barbarity

The Guardian By Mark Townsend Dated:May 13, 2018 The jihadist manual behind the brutality that underpinned Islamic State has been revealed for the first time in new analysis of a 579-page text, written by the Isis ideologue Abu Abdullah al-Muhajir. The text attempts to legitimise the barbarous acts of the jihadist group, including the mutilation of corpses, the trade in human organs, beheading, the killing of children along with “scorched earth operations” and global terrorist attacks. After two years examining and transcribing the document, experts at the counter-extremist group Quilliam…