Special drive against militants from tomorrow

Police will launch seven-day clampdown on militants and criminals across the country in the wake of recent murders, which law enforcers think are works of militants. The decision came at a meeting at Police Headquarters in Dhaka.

STRAIGHT LINE / The fuss about ISIS and what we need to do

The murders of bloggers, intellectuals, priests, academicians, rights activists, and also persons of ordinary vocations committed by allegedly extremist groups...

Who are killing freethinkers in Bangladesh? / Some unresolved issues

Not only the ruling coalition and its main Opposition (which is outside the Parliament) contradict each other as to who have been killing writers, bloggers and freethinkers in the country, but some ministers of the coalition government also contradict each other in this regard.

STRATEGICALLY SPEAKING / It is collective security that we want

The undue preoccupation of the administration in trying to disprove the presence of IS in the country is noticeable. One feels that the home ministry is taking the word 'presence' too literally. We cannot overlook the fact that there are a number of Islamic militant groups in the country, and at least 12 of those have been outlawed by the government.

Philippines clash kills 18 soldiers

The Philippines military says 18 soldiers have been killed in fierce fighting with Islamist militants in the south of the country.

STRANGER THAN FICTION / Terror in the East and West: Beyond Ankara, Lahore, Paris, and Brussels

Although Islamist or separatist terror groups bomb and kill hundreds of people in Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Turkey, or Afghanistan on a regular basis...

19 dead in Somalia restaurant attack

Somalia's Islamist Shebab militants killed at least 19 people when five gunmen detonated a bomb before storming a popular seaside restaurant in the capital Mogadishu.

5 JMB men jailed for 2005 blasts

A court in Rangamati has convicted five members of the banned Islamist outfit JMB and sentenced them to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment each for their involvement in a bomb attack in 2005.

The War on Abstract Notions

Wars on abstract concepts (e.g. terror, freethinking) are dangerous because they can be aimed at virtually anyone and can be invoked to launch every missile and curtail every freedom.

November 2, 2015
November 2, 2015

ISIS in Bangladesh: Contradictory messages deepen anxiety

Siegfried O. Wolf, a professor of political science at the South Asia Institute of the University of Heidelberg, said that foreign intelligence agencies did withhold sensitive information from Bangladesh, fearing that it could be misused. The country is in the grip of extreme political polarization, he said, and there is factionalism and rivalry among security agencies.

October 24, 2015
October 24, 2015

22 Shia marchers killed in Pakistan suicide blast

A suicide bomber has killed at least 22 people taking part in a procession by Shia Muslims in southern Pakistan.

September 29, 2015
September 29, 2015

Doubts mount over Australia's tour

Australia's tour of Bangladesh appears increasingly in danger of being cancelled, with Cricket Australia's security team on their way home to brief players and the board following a series of meetings in Bangladesh over the past two days.

August 24, 2015
August 24, 2015

Funding extremism: 3 lawyers remanded again

A court in Chittagong placed three lawyers, who were arrested over funding an Islamist outfit, on a fresh remand in Chittagong on February 21.

June 26, 2015
June 26, 2015

One decapitated in France terror attack (video)

A suspected Islamist attacker pins a decapitated head covered with Arabic writing to the gates of a gas factory in eastern France on Friday before being arrested, police said.

April 7, 2015
April 7, 2015

A Massacre in Africa

WHY is it that schools and schoolchildren have become such high-profile targets for murderous Islamist militants?