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Why we cannot abandon Afghanistan

THE recent spate of suicide bombings across Afghanistan remind us that the Taliban-al-Qaeda forces are alive and well, and are becoming increasingly active as the time for the Nato withdrawal nears. The suicide car bomb attacks on July 15 in a market place and a mosque in Paktika province claimed 89 lives, mostly women and children. The attacks are aimed at creating panic and despondency among the Afghans who had, despite Taliban threat, held the third presidential election on...

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Defeat Talibanisation

I find it strange that New Delhi is not seriously considering the pros and cons of what happens once the American and Nato forces reduce their presence in Afghanistan only by a few thousand troops. US Secretary of State Kerry has visited Kabul to devise the policy after the withdrawal. But New Delhi is not in the picture. No doubt, the Afghans have the best goodwill towards India because it has helped them to set up hospitals, schools and build...

A new Caliphate?

THE recent declaration of a caliphate by the militant group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is an unprecedented event in modern times. Regardless of how it turns out, one thing is clear: violent jihadism is now an entrenched feature of the Arab political landscape. Not since the Turkish Republic abolished the Ottoman caliphate in 1924 has any Muslim group in control of territory made such a bid. Even al-Qaeda and the Taliban have limited their demands to...

Tighter security for flights to US

Tighter security for flights to US

Security is being tightened at airports with direct flights into the US - including some in the UK - in response to US warnings of a "credible threat". The UK transport department confirmed airport security was being stepped up. Neither UK nor US authorities specified what new measures would be involved but the UK said...

Fears over rise of extremism in Muslim nations

Fears over rise of extremism in Muslim nations

A strong majority of people in Bangladesh are concerned about Islamic extremism, while they have negative opinions of extremist groups like al-Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah and the Pakistani Taliban, according to a Pew Research Centre survey. Such fear is on the rise in nations with large Muslim populations in the Middle East and South Asia,...

Occupied Areas in Iraq, Syria

Jihadists declare 'Islamic state'

Jihadists declare 'Islamic state'

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) has reportedly declared the areas it occupies in Iraq and Syria as a new Islamic state, removing Iraq and the Levant from its name and ushering in “a new era of international jihad”. The announcement will see Isis now simply refer to itself as The...

Iraq goes to polls amid violence

Iraq goes to polls amid violence

Iraqis are voting in the country's first parliamentary elections since the withdrawal of US troops three years ago. Polling began at 07:00 local time (04:00 GMT) and closes at 19:00. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is hoping to win a third term in office amid a growing insurgency in the west of the country. Iraq is experiencing...

Iraq suicide bomb at rally kills 30

Iraq suicide bomb at rally kills 30

A suicide bombing at a rally in north-eastern Iraq has killed 30 people, security officials say. The attack took place at a political gathering in the town of Khanaqin, which has a large Kurdish population. It was the deadliest bombing among a wave of attacks to hit Iraq on Monday. Iraqis are voting in the country's...

It is not the language of Islam

AHMED Shafi has come up with a new sermon on atheists. “Atheists, you have become infidels (Murtad) and it is Wazib for us to kill (Qatal) you,” said the theocrat. He has also threatened atheists to leave the 'country of Allah' (In a recent video message, al-Qaeda Chief Zawahiri, sympathising with Shafi-led Hefajat-e-Islam (HI), termed this country a huge prison!). Can anyone in an open congregation call for killing other people for their beliefs or opinions? Is it not...

Air strikes in Yemen kill 40 al-Qaeda militants in 2 days

Air strikes in Yemen kill 40 al-Qaeda militants in 2 days

Air strikes in southern Yemen killed about 30 suspected al-Qaeda members on Sunday, local tribal sources said, in the second day of strikes against militant targets in the country. On Saturday an air strike killed 10 al-Qaeda militants and three civilians in central Yemen, a country that neighbours top oil exporter Saudi Arabia and...

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