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Libya’s jihadis reject violence against “Muslim regimes and innocent civiians

Posted in arrested terrorists, ideology with tags , , , , on September 4, 2009 by admin

Libyan Islamist fighters who once tried to assassinate Muammar Gadaffi are about to publicly spurn violence in a move that is intended to weaken al-Qaida by undermining the religious rationale for waging jihad against Muslim regimes and killing innocent civilians.

Behind bars in Tripoli’s Abusalim prison the top leaders of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group have written a 420-page book which Arab and western governments hope will strike a new blow in the ideological war against Osama bin Laden.

The move is doubly significant because Libyans have long played a key role in al-Qaida. The brother of one key bin Laden aide and Islamic scholar, Abu Yahya al-Libi, is one of the authors of the LIFG recantation document, entitled Corrective Studies in Understanding Jihad.

And what about non-Muslim regimes? Condemning violence against Muslim regimes can give comfort to Gadhaffi but certainly it does not on a global basis. It would also be convenient if they define “innocent civilians”: can non-Muslims be considered as such?


Al-Qaeda website promises Ramadan ‘present‘ from OBL

Posted in counterterrorism, ideology, society, terrorist attacks with tags , on September 4, 2009 by admin

A website often used by al Qaeda supporters said it would soon carry a “present” to Muslims from Osama bin Laden on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.

The Islamist website gave no further details, but messages by the al Qaeda leader have usually appeared within 48 hours of being announced on the Internet.

Saudi Daily: Al-Qaeda Planning To Strike Saudi Targets In Iran.
Saudi Al-Qaeda Defector: There Is Widespread Dissatisfaction Among Al-Qaeda Operatives in AfPak – Many Want to Desert. Is this present a way to encourage OBL’s supporters?

Islamic Terror’s roots

Posted in ideology with tags , , , on August 30, 2009 by admin

Pajamas Media » The Science of Islamic Terror

It is now increasingly realized that there are specific political objectives behind the religion-based terror war called jihad. Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden outlined a condition for terror attacks against America to cease: “I invite you to embrace Islam.” During the past sixty years most non-Muslim minorities in all Muslim-majority regions of South Asia were terrorized into leaving for nearby non-Muslim-majority lands. Those who stayed behind were subjected to state-sponsored discrimination and exclusion, so that they would either convert to Islam or leave the country. All of this points to conquering — even during contemporary times — land and people for Islam.

If conquest is the ulterior motive then terror should be just one of the — albeit important — means of achieving the objective. Indeed, in Muslim-minority nations such as India, Islamists are seen to gain access to power through their control of the Muslim vote block and then promote or advocate policies that advance their agenda. This may be called a non-violent form of jihad.

From where does the passion to conquer come?

A recent groundbreaking statistical examination of Islamic doctrines appears to overwhelmingly identify the roots of the motivation to conquer with the doctrines themselves. About sixty-one percent of the contents of the Koran are found to speak ill of unbelievers or call for their violent conquest; at best only 2.6 percent of the verses of the Koran are noted to show goodwill toward humanity. While there might be some subjectivity to this analysis, the overwhelming thrust of the inferences should be taken note of. This new analysis sheds light on not only understanding the roots of terror, but also on how to address Islamic radicalism.