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…

“Where Do I Belong?” – Identity Crises and Islamic Radicalism

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  By Francesco Bergoglio Errico   European Eye on Radicalisation Dated: September 12, 2018   The West is home to many young Muslims balancing between traditional Islamic culture and the secularized multicultural societies they live in. They are effectively “hybrids”, shaped by two often contrasting forces which structure their identity. The balancing act can be difficult for some of these young people. They are often not understood by school teachers, by older adults with Western roots in wider society, by local imams, and even by their “old-fashioned” families. They feel they can…

Decades after 9/11, the American right is behind a terrorism surge

  By Luiz Romero, Quartz Dated: September 11, 2018   Donald Trump marked the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks today in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, near the crash site of the downed United Airlines Flight 93.   In a speech, the US president remembered the passengers who fought to regain control of the plane and to divert it from its target in Washington, DC. “America’s future is not written by our enemies,” Trump said. “America’s future is written by our heroes.”   On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001,…

Instances of communal harmony and peaceful co-existence

Instances of communal harmony and peaceful co-existence Indians, have profound faith in shared heritage, cultural assimilation and mutual tolerance, irrespective of their religious beliefs, which is proved from following instances: 1. Christian Priest’s thanks giving speech at a Kerala Mosque In a rare gesture of communal harmony, Father Sanu Puthussery of St. Antony’s Church, Achinakom, Kottayam, attended Juma prayer (Vechoor Juma Masjid, August 31, 2018) and delivered a thanks giving for selfless service of Muslims/Imam, Juma Masjid, who had provided food and shelter to 580 Christians rendered homeless/ devastated due…

The Insurgent Sanctuary in Pakistan

  By Steth G Jones Centre for Strategic & International Studies Dated: September 11, 2018   The Issue Despite tough talk from Washington, Taliban leaders continue to enjoy a sanctuary in Pakistan and support from Pakistan security agencies. A review of insurgencies since World War II suggests that groups like the Taliban, which retain a sanctuary in neighboring states, either win insurgencies or successfully drag them out. If Washington is serious about ending the war in Afghanistan—including through a peace settlement—it needs to put significant pressure on the Taliban and…

US stops publicising Taliban, IS body counts

By Anwar Iqbal, The Dawn Dated: September 25, 2018       The United States has stopped publicising body counts of Taliban and IS fighters, a decision indicative of major change in policy of forcing the Taliban to participate in the US-backed peace process. Diplomatic sources in Washington point out that decision to discontinue highlighting enemy deaths in Afghanistan coincides with renewed efforts to encourage direct talks between US and Taliban officials. In July, US diplomats held face-to-face talks with Taliban officials in Qatar, the first in many years. The…

From Caliphate to Caves: The Islamic State’s Asymmetric War in Northern Iraq

  By Derek Henry Flood Combating Terrorism Centre Volume 11, Issue 08 September 2018   Abstract Cave and tunnel complexes, which the Islamic State started constructing in the Hamrin mountain region well before the collapse of the caliphate, have become key to the group’s insurgent campaign in northern Iraq. With a new government yet to form following parliamentary elections in May 2018, there is a risk that focus in Baghdad will ebb on clearing out these mountain safe havens straddling Kirkuk, Salah ad-Din, and Diyala governorates. Cave and tunnel complexes…