Jamaat-ud Daawa: Into the Mainstream

  By Animesh Roul  Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) Dated: May 19,2015       How did Pakistan’s Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD) transform itself from a terrorist organization into a legitimate political actor? Animesh Roul cites two major reasons – the organization’s support for the government and armed forces, and its efforts to improve its reputation through humanitarian activities.   Pakistan’s Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD) is often compared with Lebanon’s Hezbollah thanks to its efforts at blending charitable works and Islamic proselytization with overt political activism. The JuD is consciously attempting to improve…

Fourteen Years and Counting: The Evolving Terrorist Threat

  By Michael Morell Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) Dated:September 21, 2015   It has been fourteen years since the United States and its allies launched the ‘war on terror’, specifically against al-Qa’ida. Today, Michael Morrell highlights the victories that both sides have achieved in this conflict, and how the West should respond to the current threats posed by the so-called Islamic State and other groups.   Fourteen years ago this month, the United States suffered the single worst attack in its history. In just over an hour, 19 terrorists took…

Deciphering Competition between al-Qa`ida and the Islamic State

  By Clint Watts  Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) Dated:  August 08, 2016     The rivalries between jihadist groups such as al-Qa`ida and the so-called Islamic State have oscillated between periods of destructive and escalating competition. Today, Clint Watts differentiates between these two types of struggle and argues that counterterrorism coalitions should attempt to mire the jihadist groups in destructive forms of competition. After all, that’s where the internal schisms and antipathies abound.   Fractures between jihadist groups like al-Qa`ida and the Islamic State have ushered in periods of both…

Islam, the Quran and the Prophet, all stood for Pluralism

Narrative for countering radicalisation Islam, the Quran and the Prophet, all stood for Pluralism  Islam has consistently and universally promoted human rights and freedom as fundamental for peace, prosperity and development of the people world over. “O mankind! We have created you from a single (pair) of male and female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other. Verily the most honored of you in the sight of God is the most pious of you. And God has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all…