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…