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Al-Qaeda

Taliban's narrative

A BASIC, though major, error the government has made in the process of dialogue with the outlawed TTP so far is to entirely ignore the narrative war. As far as the government is concerned anything that reduces the level of violence in the short and medium term is an idea worth pursuing, regardless of other — less tangible, though no less important — consequences for state and society. Consider the ideological war that is being fought through propaganda and...

Democracy in action: Awami style

IT appears that BNP has been out-maneuvered by AL. Khaleda Zia looks somewhat forlorn and BNP stands isolated in national politics, largely because of her mindless obduracy on the question of poll time government.  The consequence of these maneuvers is a one-party parliament in multiparty clothes. The main interest of some of the ruling coalition's smaller members is not ideology but the extraction of benefits and privileges for personal gain from the government. Naturally, the ruling party may think it is...

Missing Malaysian jet

9/11-style terror allegations resurface

9/11-style terror allegations resurface

Evidence of a plot by Malaysian Islamists to hijack a passenger jet in a 9/11-style attack is being investigated in connection with the disappearance of Flight MH370, British newspaper The Telegraph reported. An al-Qaeda supergrass told a court last week that four to five Malaysian men had been planning to take control of a...

Qaidatul Jihad comes knocking at Bangladesh

AFTER a tumultuous year marked by massive protest rallies and violent confrontations between moderate secularists and Islamic radical forces, Bangladesh's tryst with religious and political turmoil seems enduring. The detoriating situation has led to fear of the revival of Islamic militancy. While outlawed but dormant militant extremist groups like Harakat ul-Jihad Islami Bangladesh (HUJI-B), Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and Hizbut Tahirir are now attempting to resurge and consolidate, many newly-founded groups like Ansarullah Bangla Team, linked with al- Qaeda, have...

Shibir world’s 3rd top armed group: Study

Shibir world’s 3rd top armed group: Study

Islami Chhatra Shibir, the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, has ranked among the top ten most active non-state armed groups across the world in 2013, according to a recent study. The study, conducted by IHS Inc and titled “IHS Jane’s 2013 Global Terrorism & Insurgency Attack Index”, ranked Shibir 3rd in the list, right after...

CROSS TALK

If al-Zawahiri means business in Bangladesh...

E.F. Hutton is the name of a brokerage firm in the United States that was best known for its commercial in the 1970s and 1980s. The commercial, based on the phrase, “When E.F. Hutton speaks, everyone listens,” usually involved a young professional at a dinner party. When he said that his broker was E.F. Hutton, everybody went silent and all ears turned to him. Last week that E.F. Hutton moment arrived in Bangladesh as al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri enjoyed...

STRANGER THAN FICTION

Zawahiri asks for an Intifada in Bangladesh?

AYMAN al Zawahiri's voice, tone and heavy Egyptian accent (he prefers to use Egyptian to classical Arabic of the Arabian Peninsula) makes one almost certain about the authenticity of the podcast, “Bangladesh: A Massacre behind a Wall of Silence,” which was released on January 14 and surfaced in the Bangladesh media on February 14. While some people think it is unauthentic, a young pro-Jamaati activist has already been arrested for his uploading of the audio in certain blogs. Ever since...

Bangladesh on al-Qaeda's cross hairs?

THE release of a taped message from al-Qaeda's ideologue and its current head, Dr. Ayman al Zawahiri, warning the government of Bangladesh of dire consequences unless it stops what he termed as “wanton killing of Islamic scholars” and other anti-Islamic acts, has created a flurry of excitement. Indeed, this is the first time that a warning message was aimed directly at Bangladesh. We are not sure if the message was indeed from Zawahiri, only a voice scanning machine can...

US said to warn airlines on possible shoe-bomb threat

US said to warn airlines on possible shoe-bomb threat

US airlines have been warned by the federal Department of Homeland Security about credible threats that shoe bombs may be used to attack commercial passenger jets, an agency official said. The department told airport screeners to check passengers’ shoes for traces of explosives, said the official, who wasn’t authorized to talk publicly about an...

al-Qaeda threat: Rasel on 10-day remand

al-Qaeda threat: Rasel on 10-day remand

A Tangail court today placed Rasel Bin Sattar Khan on a ten-day remand few hours after a case was filed against him for spreading” online the audiovisual message purportedly from al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri calling upon Muslims in Bangladesh to wage intifada (popular uprising). Kamal Hossain, a deputy assistant director of Rab-12, filed two cases -- one for sedition and another under Information and Communication Technology Act--Tuesday night for spreading the message. Rab arrested Rasel, 21, a seventh semester student of Tangail Textile Institute, at a student mess at Majhipara area in Tangail town early yesterday on allegation of spreading the message said to be from al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri. Additional Chief...

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'Modi sent emissaries to separatist leader'

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Gujarat model a myth

Gujarat model a myth

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BJP copied Congress manifesto: Rahul

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