Ghazwa-tul-Hind Promoted by Fanatics, Refuted by Islamic Experts from India and Pakistan

Several WhatsApp groups across the country received an unexpected video in which Syed Salahuddin, the leader of the Hizbul Mujahideen who is based across the Line of Control, made a surprising statement that Ghazwa-e-Hind has been launched in the Kashmir Valley. It is surprising because so far Salahuddin had not made an utterance on the apocyplyptic notion of Ghazwa-tul-Hind, or the so-called Islamic battle against India. He had rather reportedly said this earlier: “The so-called Islamic State (ISIS) spilled blood of Muslims in Syria, Palestine, Iraq, Libya, Turkey and Afghanistan.…

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…

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,…

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…

A Perfect Storm in the Making for 17 Years: A Reflection and Call to Action

By Deepa Iyer September 10, 2018     The attacks on September 11, 2001 and the ensuing backlash against Muslim, Sikh, South Asian, and Arab communities represented a turning point in the lives of many people, including mine. As we mark the 17th anniversary of 9/11 this week, I’m sharing resources and reflections each day . Today, September 10th, I am sharing an essay I wrote. Please feel free to share your own reflections, resources, and questions in the comments. As Americans mark the 17th anniversary of the September 11th…

Combating Terrorism Online: Possible Actors and Their Roles

  Lawfare, By Zan Isacson Dated: September 2, 2018   Editor’s Note: Fighting terrorism online is one of those ideas that everyone agrees with in principle but disagrees on in practice. What should be regulated and who should do so are among the many areas of disagreement. Zann Isacson of Georgetown examines the different actors that might play a role, including Congress, technology companies and of course the executive branch, and assesses what each might bring to the table.                        …

From Global to Micro Jihad: Three Trends of Grassroots Terrorism

By Kumar Ramkrishna RSIS, Singapore Dated : May 07,2013 Three strategic trends- operational, ideological and technological-underlie the continued metastasis of the extremist ideology of Al Qaedaism. It will evolve further away from the original emphasis on centralised global jihad to a more decentralised micro jihad, which will take the form of grassroots-level small cell and lone wolf terrorism. Commentary METASTASIS, in the medical world, is the process by which a cancerous tumor spreads through the bloodstream to distant parts of the body from the original site of occurrence. In similar…

Is Islam a concocting crucible of terrorism?

By Ruhail Khan, Rising Kashmir Dated: April 24,2018 It’s a sad and disturbing fact of life nowadays that Islam, arguably the world’s largest religion [as per practicing adherents and not just people born in the stream – CIA world fact book] and definitely the fastest growing one is continuously being viewed through prisms of phobias and paranoia’s leading to nothing but misinterpretations, hatred, intolerance, and racism in its worst form and in some cases punitive retribution involving innocents and stereotyping of entire communities globally. The most recent Kabul suicide car…