A Predictable Failure: The Political Economy of the Decline of the Islamic State

    By Jacob N Shapiro  Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) Dated:September 22, 2016   The so-called Islam State’s (IS) failure as a state was economically preordained, says Jacob Shapiro. Trying to fight a three-front war for territory – against the Kurds to the North, the Assad regime to the West, and Iraq to the East – saw to that. So did the large area IS controlled in late 2014, which had only a modestly productive economy before the group arrived and governing institutions that were inimical to economic growth.  …

The Age of Selfie Jihad: How Evolving Media Technology is Changing Terrorism

  By Jason Burke Combating Terrorism Centre Dated: December 14, 2016   According to Jason Burke, rapid changes in media technology have enabled terrorists to reach large audiences quickly and directly without having to launch large-scale attacks that require significant physical infrastructure. Indeed, thanks in part to the digital revolution, jihadists can now increasingly rely on what the Syrian strategist Abu Musab al-Suri called “individual terrorism.”   Extremists have sought to exploit the latest media technology to instill fear in target populations and elicit support from sympathetic audiences. In order…

Where is bin Laden’s partner in crime, Ayman al-Zawahiri?

By Michael Smerconish, CNN Dated: September 08, 2018   Where the hell is Ayman al-Zawahiri and why don’t we talk about him any more? Seventeen years ago, in the wake of the devastating attacks of September 11, 2001, there were two names on the tips of American tongues: Osama bin Laden and Zawahiri. The former founded al Qaeda. Together, they oversaw the 9/11 attacks and the 1998 bombings of the US Embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya. Bin Laden was, of course, killed by SEAL Team Six in…

Prevent Radicalisation of Muslim Youth In India

By Kumar Verma South Asia Monitor Dated: August 21, 2015     Sometime back when the director general of National Security Guard (NSG) cautioned about the looming danger of terrorist activities in India by Islamic State (IS) and Al Qaeda, the policy planners took the warning lightly. However, if terrorist outfits including Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e- Mohammed, Harkat-Ul-Ansar, Indian Mujahideen join hands on behest of the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) or IS and plan terrorist attacks in India the situation will become precarious. These groups have several active and…

Communal harmony and peaceful co-existence

Communal harmony and peaceful co-existence Holy Quran and Prophet exhort Muslims for peaceful co-existence with followers of other religions and sacrifice for motherland besides shunning violence  Holy Quran has specifically prescribed the ways of living for Muslims living in non-Muslim areas besides elaborating on their behavior while dealing and interacting with non-Muslims in the society. Taking example of the life of Prophet Yusuf, as mentioned in Quran, the first moral obligation of Muslims living in a society which provides them security, trust, freedom and a favourable way of life, is…