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The intellectual battle against ISIS

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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...

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...

Isis 'just one mile from Baghdad' as al-Qaeda joins militants' fight against West

Isis 'just one mile from Baghdad' as al-Qaeda joins militants' fight against West

Isis fighters are reportedly just one mile away from Baghdad as reports emerge of al-Qaeda militants bolstering their ranks in Syria. According to the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East, Isis was approaching the Iraqi capital on Monday morning, report The Independent. "The Islamic State are now less than 2km away from...

ISLAMIC STATE CRISIS

Al-Nusra threats over Syria air strikes

Al-Nusra threats over Syria air strikes

Syrian militant group al-Nusra Front has denounced US-led air strikes as "a war against Islam". In an online statement, the al-Qaeda-linked group called on jihadists around the world to target Western and Arab countries involved. It comes as the US and other nations widened air strikes against Islamic State (IS) fighters in Iraq and Syria. The...

STRAIGHT LINE

The looming threat

The looming threat

THE ominous warning in recent times of al-Qaeda chief to open its deadly cells in the sub-continent including Bangladesh cannot be shrugged off as a publicity stunt by a supposedly weakened terror outfit. Objective conditions for facilitating and expediting terrorist activities both regionally and beyond do exist. Therefore, the vigil against de-stabilising forces...

PLEASURE IS ALL MINE

Jihadi threats: A coping strategy

WORLDWIDE shock and consternation have followed ISIS' beheading of three journalists, two American and one British, as six French tourist guides were lately done to death in a similar fashion. A hundred American Islamic scholars have voiced their strong condemnation of the executions terming those as a complete anathema to Islam. True Muslims are enjoined upon to adopt peaceful means including discourse and debate for conflict resolution, and not resort to ruthless forms of retribution. Most significant was the scholars'...

US-led strikes kill 14 militants in Syria: Monitor

US-led strikes kill 14 militants in Syria: Monitor

At least 14 Islamic State fighters were killed in air strikes by US-led forces overnight in northeast Syria, a group monitoring the war said on Thursday. The strikes also killed at least five civilians, said Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. US-led forces started air strikes on Syria on...

Why Pakistan's militants can still strike at will

Why Pakistan's militants can still strike at will

In recent months the fortunes and allegiances of Pakistan's militants have proved mercurial. Formerly united fronts fractured while the army drove others out of their strongholds. Then al-Qaeda said it would take the initiative in South Asia proving, as the BBC's M Ilyas Khan reports, that the insurgents are still a potent force. The...

70 Islamic State fighters killed in Syria strikes: Monitor

70 Islamic State fighters killed in Syria strikes: Monitor

At least 70 Islamic State fighters killed in US-led air strikes in Syria says monitoring group. Ealier, a group monitoring the the war said on Tuesday, air strikes by US-led coalition forces in Syria killed 30 fighters from al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front and eight civilians including children. The strikes targeted a residential building in Aleppo province...

Challenges for the Military Forces

Challenges for the Military Forces

DHAKA recently witnessed a gathering of senior officers from the armies around the Asia Pacific region discussing the possible challenges that the armies face in view of the changing threat scenario. Jointly organised by the Bangladesh Army and the US Army Pacific (USARPAC), the 38th Pacific Army Management Seminar (PAMS) held on 14-17...

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