Islamic State and Pakistan Connections

Can Daish flourish in Pakistan?
Or does Pakistan just doesn’t offer the public sympathy it needs?

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also widely known as Daish, is finally in Pakistan. Can it strike roots here and undertake the type of activities it is conducting in Iraq and Syria? What has led a group of TTP commanders to renounce Fazlullah and declare allegiance to Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi? Read more of this post

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Al-Baghdadi, the caliph, and Pakistan

Who will bell the cat?

The ISIS, which broke all records of brutality set by previous militant organisations, has decided to call the areas under its control the “Islamic State”. It has also anointed its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as caliph for the entire Muslim world. Once the Islamic State has stabilised itself in the swathes of the Syrian and Iraqi territory, it will seek the allegiance of all Muslim states, organisations and leaders for the new caliph. In the primitive days the custom was to send a messenger carrying the Holy Koran in one hand and a sword in the other and the ruler was asked to choose one of the two. In the modern world the same message can be sent even more effectively. The ISIS has been aptly described as a social media powerhouse. Read more of this post

The fierce ambition of ISIL’s Baghdadi

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has risen from anonymity to become the feared leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

As its feared and fearsome leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi personifies the brutality, determination and ambition of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
Not since Osama bin Laden has a leader been held in such reverence among Sunni fighters, scored such stunning and shocking victories, and threatened so much of the established order. Read more of this post