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ISIS

STRANGER THAN FICTION

Should Bangladesh take al-Zawahri's threats seriously?

THE answer to the question planted in the title of this article is a definitive “NO”. There is absolutely no reason to take Ayman al-Zawahiri seriously or consider his threats “ominous”. If al Qaeda could, it would have attacked Bangladesh by now. Between February and September this year, Zawahiri has circulated two video speeches, the first one primarily focused Bangladesh and the second one mainly focused India. The fugitive head of al Qaeda, which is fast losing ground to...

ISIS an hour away from Baghdad

US air strikes are failing to drive back ISIS in Iraq where its forces are still within an hour's drive of Baghdad. Three and a half months since the Iraqi army was spectacularly routed in northern Iraq by a far inferior force of ISIS fighters, it is still seeing bases overrun because it fails to supply them with ammunition, food and water. The selection of a new Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, to replace Nouri al-Maliki last month was supposed to introduce...

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The intellectual battle against ISIS

The intellectual battle against ISIS

THE global financial crisis taught the world how profoundly interdependent our economies have become. In today's crisis of extremism, we must recognise that we are just as interdependent for our security, as is clear in the current struggle to defeat ISIS. If we are to prevent ISIS from teaching us this lesson the hard...

Is South Asia becoming a breeding ground for IS?

IT seemed that after the death of Osama bin Laden, militant Islamist/Wahaabist groups had shrunk in size. The arrival of the IS (also known as ISIL or ISIS) in this context and its unprecedented rise is hence a cause for concern from many angles. The IS differs largely in its modus operandi from what had previously been known of such jihadist groups; members of the group operate in a military manner where they occupy and gain control over territories and...

Syria-linked jihadist held

Syria-linked jihadist held

Detectives have arrested a UK citizen of Bangladeshi origin for recruiting jihadists for the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, acting on information from two of his recruits detained four days back, say police. Samiun Rahman alias Ibn Hamdan was picked up from Kamalapur Railway Station around 11:30pm on Sunday. On September 24 night, detectives arrested two youths -- Asif Adnan and Fazle Elahi Tanzil -- who allegedly planned to go to Syria through Turkey with Samiun's help. Samiun entered Bangladesh to recruit jihadists to fight in the war in Syria, Monirul Islam, joint commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, said at a press briefing yesterday.   “The UK national also had a mission...

Air Strikes Continue in Syria

ISIS reconciles with pro-Qaeda group

As the US-led forces continue air strikes on ISIS positions in northern and eastern Syria, the terror group moves towards a new alliance with al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra. Jabhat al-Nusra, known as al-Nusra Front, which has been at odds with ISIS for much of the past year, vowed retaliation for the US-led strikes, the first wave of which a week ago killed scores of its members. Many al-Nusra units in northern Syria appeared to have reconciled with the group, with which...

Netanyahu says Iran greater threat than Islamic State

Netanyahu says Iran greater threat than Islamic State

Israel's prime minister describes Iran, ISIL and Hamas as part of a single team, and compares them to Germany's Nazis. Israel's prime minister has warned the United Nations that a nuclear-armed Iran would pose a far greater threat than the armed group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which he compared to...

The US' unauthorised air strikes in Syria: Against or favouring Wahhabism?

The US' unauthorised air strikes in Syria: Against or favouring Wahhabism?

SINCE the night of September 22/23, US fighter planes have been carrying out strikes with missiles and drones against targets in and around Raqqah, the city in the Northern part of Syria where the headquarters of ISIS's self-proclaimed 'Islamic state' are located. Four of the US's Middle Eastern allies are known to be...

UK citizen remanded in Dhaka for link with Syrian militants

UK citizen remanded in Dhaka for link with Syrian militants

A Bangladesh origin British citizen, who fought against the Assad government in Syria, was today placed on a three-day police remand for his alleged link with Syrian militants. A Dhaka court passed the order after detectives produced Samiun Rahman alias Ibn Hamdan, who flew in to recruit jihadists for Syrian militant groups six months...

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ISIS recruitment mission thwarted

THAT the international extremist groups would cast their net in Bangladesh is not surprising or unexpected, and arrests of two young persons intending to join the so-called IS Jihad in Syria and Iraq indicate the active presence in Bangladesh of their recruiters. We commend our security forces for their quick action. It is significant that latest arrests including some of the leading members of JMB and HUJI have been made after the message of Zawahiri speaking of establishing an al-Qaeda...

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