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Terrorism

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Trinamool-Jamaat nexus: A puzzle and a worry

EVERY action, apart from initiating an equal and opposite reaction also demands a loss and benefit estimation. One may argue that Jamaat might gain by funding Trinamool Congress (TMC), as was reportedly done before 2011 assembly and 2014 Lok Sabha polls. But one is still at a loss to figure out what exactly the TMC and its leader Mamata Banerjee wanted to gain out of the Jamaat's destructive politics in Bangladesh funded by TMC, which it has allegedly done....

Kerry rallies support for US 'war' on IS

Kerry rallies support for US 'war' on IS

US Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday Egypt was on the frontline against "terrorism" after meeting its leadership to garner support to fight jihadists in Iraq and Syria. Egypt's formidable army is unlikely to take part in a military coalition against the Islamic State jihadists, but it has closely cooperated with the United...

The new war against terrorism and the so called Islamic State

PRESIDENT Obama's declaration to degrade and destroy the emerging threat posed by the group that calls itself the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) could not have come sooner. Since the beginning of the civil war in Syria and later spawning of the Islamic militants in the war torn region his critics on both sides of the spectrum have either accused him either of inaction and indecisiveness, or warned him against involving the US in another war in...

Australia raises terrorism threat level

Australia raises terrorism threat level

Australia has raised its terrorism threat level from medium to high, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced. The move comes in response to growing concern over the domestic impact of militant conflicts in Iraq and Syria. Security officials were concerned by the growing number of Australians "working with, connected to or inspired by" Islamist groups,...

The missing component in defeating terrorism

THE new phenomenon evolving in the West of elements who are joining extremist groups, and their raison d'etre, must be taken and dealt with seriously. In his recent speech to the Australian Institute of International Affairs titled “Evolution of terrorism – and what it means for Australia”, Mr David Irvine, the Director-General of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), said ASIO's Act of 1979 definition of terrorism is “…acts or threats of violence or unlawful harm that are intended or...

4 Indians held while entering Bangladesh 'to meet ISIS recruiter'

4 Indians held while entering Bangladesh 'to meet ISIS recruiter'

A day after it came to light that intelligence agencies in Kolkata had prevented four Hyderabad youths from crossing over to Bangladesh to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Indian police yesterday said more youngsters from the city could be in touch with recruiters from the terror outfit, an Indian...

Australia puts counter-terrorism units in airports

Australia puts counter-terrorism units in airports

New counter-terrorism units have been set up at two Australian airports, PM Tony Abbott says, amid concern over Australians fighting in Iraq and Syria. Abbott told parliament units in Sydney and Melbourne began operating last week. They had already intercepted at least one person of interest, he said. Meanwhile Australia's top spy says that 15 Australians...

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Extremism worry

NINE years have passed since the country witnessed the most serious terrorist action. Although there were not many casualties in the nearly 500 near simultaneous explosions, and that was perhaps not the intention of the perpetrators, it was the first exposure of the existence of well organised extremist group with technical know-how. And after several years of being in a denial mood the government of the day was still dithering to acknowledge that Bangladesh was indeed facing a phenomenon...

13 attackers killed in Xinjiang assault

Chinese police shot dead 13 people in Xinjiang after they drove into a police building and set off an explosion yesterday, regional authorities said, in the latest attack to hit the restive region. The vast area in China's far west, home to the mainly Muslim Uighur ethnic minority, has faced a series of violent attacks in recent years. Beijing has vowed a year-long crackdown on terrorism in recent weeks following several high-profile attacks blamed on Xinjiang militants, which since late last...

The line between good and evil

WE as a society have seen countless acts of violence, torture, terrorism and killing since our inception. Most of these atrocities have been carried out by political entities, law enforcement agencies and, in recent times, in the form of brutal mob killings -- by the ordinary citizen. It is traditionally believed by psychologists that an individual must bring certain internal factors such as personality traits, genetics, moral character and pathological tendencies into situations of violence in order to explain...

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