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Islamic Militants

Fighting the fires they lit

ARMED with an overwhelming parliamentary endorsement, the British government has joined the United States-led coalition of countries that have been conducting aerial bombings of regions in Syria and Iraq under the control of the Islamic State (IS). The territorial expansion of the regime in Iraq appears to have been halted, at least for the present. Last August the very same Parliament had roundly rejected Prime Minister David Cameron's proposal that Britain intervene militarily in Syria in retaliation for Syrian...

STRATEGICALLY SPEAKING

Enlarging terrorist footprints in South Asia

ZAWAHIRI has got the alarm bells ringing in the region with his latest announcement expressing his intention to set up base in India of his terrorist organisation. And if reports regarding the IS' attempt seeking inroads into South Asia are true, then the South Asian countries, particularly Bangladesh, are looking at a very real threat to the region that has felt only the tremor and not the blast of full grown terrorism, the kind of which some parts of...

THE BEHEADING OF JAMES FOLEY

Are we not savages too?

WITHOUT question, the beheading of US journalist James Foley was an inexcusable and savage act of violence by the ISIS. The killing of non-combatants should always be condemned. But there is a clear discrepancy in the response of both the Western media and the general public with regard to the killing of Western civilians compared to Islamic civilians. The number of Western civilians killed by Islamic militants pales in comparison to the number of non-combatants that have died at...

Fear, sectarianism behind Iraq army collapse

Fear, sectarianism behind Iraq army collapse

The video, set to sweetly lilting religious hymns, is chilling. Islamic militants are shown knocking on the door of a Sunni police major in the dead of night in an Iraqi city. When he answers, they blindfold and cuff him. Then they carve off his head with a knife in his own bedroom. The...

STRAIGHT LINE

Beyond the militant threat

Beyond the militant threat

IN a well-orchestrated plan, an armed gang ambushed a prison van on February 23 and snatched away three convicted JMB militants -- of whom two were on death row. There have been comments after the incident that saw death of a policeman, that the claim of deactivation of the JMB network is not...

Change your words, change Bangladesh

AS we were recovering from the trauma of pre- election violence of last three months, seeing people getting killed and burned by crude bombs leaving behind more than a 100 dead, the nation witnessed sectarian attacks against the minority communities. Their houses, shops and even temples were not spared. Different newspaper reports confirmed that it was the propaganda and rumors spread by some vested quarter that was either interested in political power or would like to destabilise the nation. Globally...

Editorial

Combating terrorism

WE take a dim view of the fact that the anti-militancy campaign, particularly the awareness drive, has run aground, primarily because of lack of commitment on the part of the government. The matter was highlighted in front page news in this paper yesterday. No form of extremism can be combated only through force, much less extremism stemming from religious ideology. And while the country is still in the process of crafting a national counterterrorism strategy there is an accord of...

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