Patrick Cockburn a Middle East correspondent since 1979 has a couple of new articles:
and The Underrated Saudi Connection, Why Washington’s War on Terror Failed.
Vice has obtained "unprecedented access"
inside the Islamic State
in a 5-part documentary The Islamic State
. War photographer and corespondent Medyan Dairieh spent weeks alone among the Jihadists. Other films by Dairieh include Rebels of the Bridge
, and A City Left in Ruins: The Battle for Aleppo
World War I in Color
is a documentary designed to make the Great War come alive for a 21st-century audience. The events of 1914-18 are authoritatively narrated by Kenneth Branagh, who presents the military and political overview, while interviews with historians add different perspectives in six 48 minute installments annotated within. [more inside]
When the car exploded, the same two words occurred to him, and to the ticket taker, and to every other person who saw or heard the blast, which could be heard on the other side of Kano, Nigeria’s second largest city: Boko Haram. That neither they, nor practically anyone else in Nigeria, knew what Boko Haram was exactly or why it would want to bomb a bus station was beside the point.
Officially, according to the Nigerian government, Boko Haram is a terrorist group. It began life as a separatist movement led by a northern Nigerian Muslim preacher, Mohammed Yusuf, who decried the country’s misrule. “Boko Haram” is a combination of the Hausa language and Arabic, understood to mean that Western, or un-Islamic, learning is forbidden. In 2009, after Yusuf was killed [BBC, The Guardian]—executed, it’s all but certain, by Nigerian police—his followers vowed revenge. [more inside]
Jihad in the Sahara.
It is no suprrise that Mali is the latest Muslim country to experience western Intervention
. This has resulted in escalation
The north of Mali is as alien to the average soldier from southern Mali as the Alaskan tundra is to a citizen of Massachusetts or Manchester. This is the land where the local Tuareg or Arab in his souped-up turbo 4x4 is king
. A map
of the various conflicts. In October a der Spiegel journalist spent 2 weeks
in the north of the country and in November CS Monitor asked Will Mali be Africa's Afghanistan?
"Hundreds of Kashmiri militants who left home as young men two decades ago have begun to return, middle-aged and disillusioned. What happens to them now?
Last year, Wired
reported that 'The FBI is teaching
its counterterrorism agents that “main stream” [sic] American Muslims are likely to be terrorist sympathizers; that the Prophet Mohammed was a “cult leader”; and that the Islamic practice of giving charity is no more than a “funding mechanism for combat.”' (previously
The FBI pledged reform, but the materials appeared to be deeply embedded
. After the President ordered
a review, the FBI 'purged'
the documents from training materials.
Earlier this year Wired
reported that 'U.S. Military Taught Officers
: Use ‘Hiroshima’ Tactics for ‘Total War’ on Islam.' [more inside]
What might help defeat Muslim extremists in Pakistan for good? Bollywood!
Did you know that Al-Shabaab
, the Islamic militant group currently fighting for control of southern Somalia, has a Twitter account
? [more inside]
"Uniforms have been stolen in the past for this kind of thing."
An update on the investigation into the Mumbai terrorist attacks of November 2008. (Previously
President Gaddafi Calls for Jihad Against Switzerland SLYT
"Let us wage jihad against Switzerland, Zionism and foreign aggression. Any Muslim in any part of the world who works with Switzerland is an apostate, is against Muhammad, God and the Koran." Previously
Renouncing Islamism: To the brink and back again
— A generation of British Islamists have been trained in Afghanistan to fight a global jihad. But now some of those would-be extremists have had a change of heart. Johann Hari finds out what made them give up the fight.
Rusty Shackleford over at right-wing anti-Muslim jihad blog The Jawa Report
has posted that the Obama campaign, in an effort to portray Sarah Palin
a member of the secessionist Alaska Independence Party
, is engaged in a smear campaign
through the use of viral video and astroturf techniques on You Tube
. [more inside]
The Clarion Fund
has been placing DVD advertisements in newspapers. That, in itself is not terribly new
. What's new is that they are advertising fear
, and they're only targeting swing states
. [more inside]
Is Xinjiang Province The Islamic Jihad Battlefront in China?
China detains 82 'terrorists'
targeting Olympics and police have shot Uighurs dead
. Meanwhile people from the Uighur minority call on the international community
to boycott the Beijing Olympic games
. What side of the Jihad
is China on? Previously there was The Al Qaeda - China Tie
. The oil
and petrochemical sector account for 60% of Xinjiang's
NewsFilter: Sen. Joe Lieberman (ID - Conn.) strikes a decisive blow
against another Islamic terror front group: YouTube
Islamic terrorists are more likely to be engineers than members of any other profession--and not because engineers possess superior technological skills. That's the conclusion of a controversial Oxford University study
that has the engineering
's disturbing finding blames what it calls a universal engineering mindset, which it describes as one drawn to structure and rules plus clear, single solutions to complex problems. When coupled with the harsh realities of life in many Islamic countries, terrorism can be the result, the study says.
~ Via EETimes [more inside]
The Spy of the Heart
- The story of an American's exploration of Islamic spirituality within the turmoil of Afghanistan. Full book (PDF)
available free onsite.
The Master Plan.
For the new theorists of jihad, Al Qaeda is just the beginning.
Who are the jihadists? Marc Sageman on the global Salafi jihad
: its goals, its history, who the jihadists are, how they're drawn to the jihad, how the movement is organized. [more inside]
Stealing al-Qa`ida's Playbook (PDF) If you know the enemy and know yourself, your victory will not stand in doubt; if you know Heaven and know Earth, you may make your victory complete.
- Sun Tzu
In 2005 Harvard's Olin Institute for Strategic Studies
& West Point's Combating Terrorism Center
worked together to translate what appears to be one of the most important works defining al Qaeda's strategic goals & methods, Management of Savagery (PDF)
by al Qaeda strategist Abu Bakr Naji. Then they analyzed it along with three other al Qaeda works: Knights Under The Banner of The Prophet
by Ayman al-Zawahiri, Between Two Methods
by Abu Qatada and Observations Concerning the Jihadi Experience in Syria
by Abu Mus’ab al-Suri. The result is Stealing al-Qa`ida's Playbook (PDF)
(also Google cached HTML
). If you want to understand more of al Qaeda than the simplistic cant that "they're evil", these two books are the place to start.
Depictions of Mohammed Throughout History
This page is an archive of numerous depictions of Mohammed, to serve as a reminder that such imagery has been part of Western and Islamic culture since the Middle Ages -- and to serve as a resource for those interested in freedom of expression.
...With the end of the cold war and the emergence of global networks in which goods, ideas and people circulate outside the language of citizenship, the fundamentalist fight for ideological states has lost influence... Muslim radicalism, by contrast, has moved beyond the language of citizenship to assume a global countenance, joining movements as different as environmentalism and pacifism in its pursuit of justice on a worldwide scale. Such movements are ethical rather than political in nature: they can neither predict nor control the global consequences of their actions...Spectral brothers: al-Qaida’s world wide web Snapshots of Faisal Devji's Landscapes of the Jihad are to be seen within
Jihad, terrorism and asylum - in rhyme and iambic pentameter (small QT movie, some profanity)
A Middle-Eastern chef and a xenophobic Northern English cook argue about war, bombs and asylum seekers - in the kind of flowing verse one might expect from Shakespeare. It's from British indie director Sally Potter and quite apposite, representing the kind of debates which are going on following the London bombings.
An interview with a British Jihadist.
What he believes, how he came to his beliefs. An extended version of the interview from the latest issue of Prospect.
The next terrorist attack on America may be perpetrated by Europeans.
Radical Islam is spreading across Europe among descendants of Muslim immigrants. Disenfranchised and disillusioned by the failure of integration, some European Muslims have taken up jihad against the West. They are dangerous and committed -- and can enter the United States without a visa.
President Bush pledged in 2003 that "A free Iraq will not be a training ground for terrorists... A free Iraq will not destabilize the Middle East.
" This past January, the CIA's National Intelligence Council observed that Iraq had become "a training ground, a recruitment ground
" for jihadists. Now the senior Marine commander in Iraq, Lt. Gen. James Conway -- in a statement that has not yet been picked up by the media -- acknowledges that the war is furnishing a new "a training ground" for foreign fighters trained in urban warfare who will export terror all over the world, saying, "But there's not much we can do about it at this point in time.
...The presumption that there are 'good' Muslims readily available to be split off from 'bad' Muslims masks a failure to make a political analysis of our times. This book argues that political Islam emerged as the result of a modern encounter with Western power, and that the terrorist movement at the center of Islamist politics is an even more recent phenomenon, one that followed America’s embrace of proxy war after its defeat in Vietnam. Mamdani writes with great insight about the Reagan years, showing America’s embrace of the highly ideological politics of 'good' against 'evil.' Identifying militant nationalist governments as Soviet proxies in countries such as Nicaragua and Afghanistan, the Reagan administration readily backed terrorist movements, hailing them as the 'moral equivalents' of America’s Founding Fathers. The era of proxy wars has come to an end with the invasion of Iraq. And there, as in Vietnam, America will need to recognize that it is not fighting terrorism but nationalism...
Here is an excerpt of Chapter 1
of Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold War, and the Roots of Terror
, and with one review
, two review
, three reviews
hereafter. And here is author Mahmood Mandmani
interviewed by AsiaSource
I'm not much for the tin foil hat
types out there, but does anyone else find it odd that the leader of the Islamic Jihad was killed
[Reuters UK via Fark] and it's not being reported by anyone else
Could it have anything to do with the fact that it's nearing election time and the fact that it wasn't us who did it?
Militants in Europe Openly Call for Jihad and the Rule of Islam
The call to jihad is rising in the streets of Europe, and is being answered, counterterrorism officials say.
In this former industrial town north of London, a small group of young Britons whose parents emigrated from Pakistan after World War II have turned against their families' new home. They say they would like to see Prime Minister Tony Blair dead or deposed and an Islamic flag hanging outside No. 10 Downing Street.
The Jihadi Who Kept Asking Why
- An unlikely group of onetime religious jihadists have recently stepped into the midst of the debate on Saudi Arabia's future. They belong to a larger circle of liberals, intellectuals, professors, former Wahhabi scholars, judges and even women who are discussing subjects in the media that were taboo before 9/11 -- questions about terrorism, about Wahhabi discrimination toward Muslims of the Shiite and Sufi sects (whom they consider apostates), about alcohol, about AIDS, about the rights of women to drive and work. The ex-jihadists are fluent in Islam and, more important, in the lingo of the underground terrorists, and they've surfaced from the extremist subculture with a message for the Wahhabi official clerics, the royal family and even their complicit American allies: Wake up. It's you who created us. We are not an aberration.
From The Agonist
--where the editorial comment this is an absolutely excellent article and a must read
is quite indisputable. From entering Salafiyya
in Google comes the fascinating polemic The Salafi Cult. better known as the Khawarij
Laden writes today's comment in the Guardian.
Is the Comment & Analysis
section of a major national paper (and international website) the right
place to publish a call for jihad?
. Malvo case: defendant's trial exhibits
The Protean Enemy
by Jessica Stern
, Foreign Affairs, July/August 2003What accounts for al Qaeda's ongoing effectiveness in the face of an unprecedented onslaught? The answer lies in the organization's remarkably protean nature. Over its life span, al Qaeda has constantly evolved and shown a surprising willingness to adapt its mission. This capacity for change has consistently made the group more appealing to recruits, attracted surprising new allies, and -- most worrisome from a Western perspective -- made it harder to detect and destroy. Unless Washington and its allies show a similar adaptability, the war on terrorism won't be won anytime soon, and the death toll is likely to mount.
Other texts by Jessica Stern: How America Created a Terrorist Haven
, Pakistan's Jihad Culture
, Talking With Terrorists
. Classical Reference: Proteus
John Walker Lindh, Hip Hop MC?
Before John Walker Lindh became the American Taliban, he hid his whiteness, excoriating wack MCs
on Usenet hip-hop bulletin boards. Attracted to Islam after listening to hip hop influenced by the Five Percenter movement
, he later abandoned rap to denounce Nas
as a fake Muslim. An interesting, but previously unexamined side to the American jihadist.
Jihad in textbooks:
"God's boys on both sides of the Atlantic"
It began back in February
. Now, 6 letters, 350+ intellectuals
later, the great debate rages on, though apparently and regrettably now censored in Saudi Arabia
of the Egyptian Zawahiri's Islamic Jihad and the Saudi Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda in 2001, based on the foundation of Qutb's book "Milestones", provide outlet for those who have no other way of expressing their objections to the authoritarian regimes of the countries they live in, and the reach of American power in the Middle East.
"They went to Afghanistan to fight Americans, and they ended up fighting their fellow Muslims"
A backlash is rising against religious leaders in Pakistan who sent youths to their deaths with the fervor of jihad. As the Afghan Taliban supporters defect to the victorious rebels, Pakistani and other foreign Taliban fighters are left to die in the trenches in a war that is not theirs against an enemy different from the one they hate.
Hijack Suspects Looked for Hookers in Boston
.. For real or PsyOps? What would you do on your last night on earth. In Boston.
From the essay by Ziauddin Sardar:
Scroll 2/3 of the way down--it's from I.S.I.S. The Institute For Islamic Secularization
A Call for Caution and Prudence
* We need free inquiry of the religious premises of the growing conflagration.
* We need rational debate of the questionable premises of a "holy war" or jihad.
* We need a rational debate of the biblical call for retribution.
* We call upon the United States not to act unilaterally and to petition the United Nations to establish a peace-keeping force.
* All terrorists when apprehended should be brought to the World Court at the Hague and put on trial.
* The basic constitutional civil liberties of America should not be abrogated.
--Perhaps we're all best off with the godless making the rules?
This piece counters the arguements of the self-laceration folks who blame the attack upon America as the result of our foreign policy, as though there can be no other explanation for Jihad. An apt title, since we are now seeing the split between far Right, Middle and far Left.
Readers will, no doubt believe or argue with this relative to their perspective.
The Al-Qaeda manual
on "Military Studies in the Jihad Against the Tyrants," including especially instructions on how to infiltrate "godless areas" and not stand out. There's also an "assassinations" section with instructions on how to kill with a knife.
A four part tale(1993) of deception, covert operations and secret revelations, which covers :
How The Blind Sheikh Came To USA
CIA's Friends Against Soviet Union
Was Mossad Behind WTC 1993
How The CIA Won It's Jehad
Search These Terms
"Mossad World Trade Center",
Hekmatyar, Hekmatyar Heroine,
The Blind Shiekh,
The Village Voice,
Robert I. Friedman,
Blair just made an address the the British people where he pledged once again his full support for the US, and also emphasised how almost all muslim groups were shocked and outraged by this tragedy and offered their thoughts and prayers to the US people. I was astonished and saddened yesterday by the BBC, who chose to represent UK muslims by AM, an extremist fundamentalist faction whose representative made comments like this was a perfectly legitimate target under jihad, and all muslims who believe this a tragedy cannot call themselves muslim. Jihad does not allow murder of civilians on pain of death.. This is not the first time the BBC has asked this group to represent us, please call 08700 100 222 to complain to the BBC if you feel as saddened by this as I do..