Islamic Terrorism

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  • Implications of the ISIS ‘province’ in Kashmir

    If Baghdadi has possibly moved toward the east, then the proclamation of an Indian branch flashes a note of caution for the security and intelligence agencies.

    May 17, 2019

    ISIS eyeing India in comeback plan

    The Sri Lanka Easter bombings has allowed ISIS chief Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi to launch a public relations offensive and enunciate a dangerous new strategy.

    May 06, 2019

    Sri Lanka: Securitising Minority Alienation

    The Easter bomb blasts is a grim reminder of how the undercurrent of ethno-religious violence remains a dominant factor in Sri Lanka’s chequered history.

    April 29, 2019

    Saiprasad Dhoot asked: How is India’s collaboration at the international level to tackle threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Daesh?

    Adil Rasheed replies: India has been part of the global war against the ISIS menace since its emergence as an Islamist proto-state in Iraq and Syria. India has taken part in various United States (US) - led summits against the ISIS threat both during the presidential terms of Barack Obama and Donald Trump.

    With the US, India has worked on modalities to exchange terror watch lists and the two countries have also engaged in few counter-ISIS operations.

    Muslim Traditionalism and Violence in the Middle East

    In recent years, especially after the 9/11 attacks on America, Western academics and policy-makers have increasingly viewed Islam as an inherently violent religion and Muslims as terrorists.

    November 2017

    Barcelona Attacks: India has Cause for Disquiet

    It is perhaps time to regulate incendiary sermons which radicalise vulnerable sections of society.

    September 12, 2017

    Are we witnessing the last gasp of terrorism in Kashmir?

    The distancing of every segment of Kashmiri politics, population and even separatists from the Amarnath pilgrim attack is a clear indication of anger and frustration building up against senseless acts of terrorism.

    July 11, 2017

    Salafi-Jihad in Kashmir: New Cat among the Pigeons

    The growing vilification of the Kashmiri movement by Salafi-Jihadi terror groups is a part of their overt radicalization attempts aimed at hijacking the sub-nationalist insurgency.

    May 15, 2017

    Economic Sanctions as an Option to Fight Pakistan Sponsored Terrorism

    Nuclearisation of the Indian subcontinent limits conventional military options available to India for punishing Pakistan’s employment of terrorism as a tool of state policy. While India has rightly balanced the use of diplomatic and limited military means over a period of time, even as these remain relevant, the option of economic sanctions deserves deeper analysis for its efficacy and impact. Economic measures can be undertaken both in the form of direct and indirect actions against a target country, individual or an organisation with varied degrees of impact.

    April 2017

    Use of Chemical and Biological Weapons by Daesh / ISIS

    Chemical and Biological weapons remain a subversive threat to civilizational stability. Biological weapons in particular are a tremendous cause for concern given the difficulty in predicting/preparing for an attack and the complexities of post-attack rehabilitation. Furthermore, the problems of attrition and lack of culpability make it an even more tempting form of warfare for Non State Actors and Extremists. It is important therefore, to examine the current climate of extremism and the potential threat posed by the usage of Chemical and Biological weapons. Having gained access to Iraqi chemical weapon stockpiles, the Islamic State has already engaged in Chemical warfare. This paper attempts to conjecture the possibility of their move towards Biological warfare and the aids/deterrents that could facilitate or block such a transition.

    July-December 2016

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