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The Islamic State and the Indian Sub-Continent & its Neighbourhood

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Re: The Islamic State in the Indian Sub-Continent

Postby SSridhar » 03 Oct 2016 20:50

Gus wrote:interesting to see how IM was mostly in the north, while IS is mostly in south. Is it because of online radicalization which is more targeted towards south?

Gus, prominent IM leaders were from Bhatkal ! Al Umma & SIMI (the precursor to IM) were extremely active in TN, for example in the places I mentioned above.

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Postby Gus » 03 Oct 2016 21:22

yeah, but they were able to recruit more from north, if I am not mistaken..

When I think of typical IM recruit, I am thinking of poorly educated or illiterate, semi-skilled or blue collar, ghetto or slum, lower middle class, 5 times mosque going fellow.

The south recruits in IS is from a different strata - the educated, the IT company guy, the metro living, the 'loose morals?', the online social media guy etc.

I could be completely wrong, but these are my impressions.

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Postby Karthik S » 03 Oct 2016 21:37

Having nabbed them, what are we going to do? Counsel them ? Don't think India has declared IS as enemy state etc so far, therefore not sure what legal action we can take if any.

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Postby GShankar » 03 Oct 2016 22:21

Karthik S wrote:Having nabbed them, what are we going to do? Counsel them ? Don't think India has declared IS as enemy state etc so far, therefore not sure what legal action we can take if any.


I am hoping all those guys would also be associated with other banned organizations and there would be ways to retain and interrogate them for sustained periods.

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Re: The Islamic State in the Indian Sub-Continent

Postby SSridhar » 04 Oct 2016 09:16

Man suspected to be leading IS’s latest module linked to PFI - Neeraj Chauhan, ToI
A day after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) busted an Islamic State module in Kerala and Tamil Nadu which was allegedly planning to carry out major strikes in several parts of south India, the probe revealed that one of the senior members of the module — Majeeb alias Omar Al Hindi, a resident of Kannur — was associated with Kerala-based Popular Front of India (PFI).

Investigations revealed that the module members came in touch with each other on Facebook and later started interacting on Telegram channel as they were all inclined towards the ideology of the so-called caliphate led by Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi. "They forged an alliance and decided to operate from India instead of travelling to Iraq and Syria. However, we are questioning them on their links with online recruiters including Shafi Armar alias Yousuf Al Hindi," a source said.

The NIA is investigating the module's link with 21 missing Kerala persons, including children and women, who travelled to Afghanistan in May-June. Meanwhile, the agency has detained a person from Tamil Nadu in its probe into IS modules in south India.

Sources told TOI that Omar Al Hindi was an important cog in this IS module which was collecting explosives for its activities. He was working in Qatar and came to India recently.

When contacted, PFI's director of media and PR Mohammed Arif Ahmed said, "PFI has taken a strong stand against the Islamic State and has condemned its activities. As an organisation, PFI has no links with people involved in such activities."


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Postby SSridhar » 05 Oct 2016 08:04

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/In-Kerala-RSS-bosses-HC-judges-were-on-IS-hit-list/articleshow/54687038.cms

The IS is becoming a more serious matter with these planned attacks. So far, they were going abroad to fight and now, they have drawn up plans to fight locally. Recently, four Hindu-front leaders were killed in TamilNadu in the last three weeks. While, some Muslim terrorist organizations in TN have been doing this regularly and going scot-free, they should now be investigated in the backdrop of this IS threat.

In a stunning revelation, members of an Islamic State (IS) module arrested in Kerala two days ago have told their interrogators that they were planning to kill senior RSS functionaries and high court judges in the state for which they had even prepared a list of targets. According to sources, this is the first such admission by IS operatives arrested in the country.

Local police and intelligence agencies have beefed up security of the persons whose names were found on the hitlist of the IS module led by Majeed alias Omar Al Hindi, who recently came back from Qatar where he was in touch with some senior leaders of the so-called caliphate.

The IS members, sources said, had prepared a list of at least eight RSS office-bearers and Kerala HC judges. The NIA had arrested six members of the module from Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Apart from Omar Al Hindi, the others are Abu Basheer alias Rashid from Coimbatore, Swalih Mohammed T alias Yousuf from Thrissur, Safwan P from Mallapuram, Jasim N K and Ramshad Nageelan Kandiyil alias Aaamu from Kozhikode. Meanwhile, the agency detained another IS suspect who is not associated with the module but is said to be an important IS operative.

The officials, however, clarified that none of these IS operatives had any connection with the 21 missing persons from Kerala who joined the IS in Afghanistan earlier this year.

When asked about the motive to target RSS leaders in Kerala and HC judges, a source said, "We are still interrogating them but it appears that they wanted to show the presence of IS in south India by targeting political leaders and judges as such attacks would have increased their visibility."

Omar Al Hindi named the new outfit Ansar-ul Khilafah Kerala after owing allegiance to IS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi. The NIA suspects that more members of the module are absconding while some facilitators and financiers are based abroad.

As first reported by TOI, Omar Al Hindi was associated with Kerala-based organisation Popular Front of India, which has been earlier chargesheeted by the NIA in the professor T J Joseph palm chopping case. Intel agencies have arrested 60 IS Indian operatives till now from different states while many youths are under surveillance for promoting its ideolody.

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Postby SSridhar » 05 Oct 2016 19:01

IS-inspired Malayalam content easily available on social media - Mohammed Nazeer, The Hindu
Even as the law enforcement agencies busted an Islamic State-inspired module with a raid at Kanakamala, near Panur, here on October 2, there is no dearth of jihadist content in Malayalam being circulated online that says the Islamic State (IS) represents ‘authentic Islam’.

Social media platforms, being used by the IS-inspired module in the State, continue to propagate pro-IS ideological material, although they have been under surveillance for the past couple of months.

The module’s major propaganda tool that serves as a handbook of jihadi ideology is the ‘Muhajirun’ blog, which has resurfaced after it was pulled down by host Wordpress, apparently following reporting by the authorities.


Malayalam blog

The Malayalam blog that reappeared as ‘muhajirun2016’ is published by the ‘Ansarul Khaleefa Kerala’ that gives an elaborate account of topics ranging from jihad and terrorism to democracy and Syrian conflict.

Archives and articles

The Facebook page of ‘Sameer Ali’, apparently a fake name, is also linked with the module and has been under surveillance. Over 40 blog entries in the Muhajirun blog include archives of articles.

The entry titled ‘What is authentic Islam?’ says while the mainstream Muslim organisations are now in ‘partnership’ with ‘kuffars’ (unbelievers), the Islamic State is the only section that implements the religious prescription to remain hostile to unbelievers.

The title of another blog entry says the meaning of Islam is not ‘peace’ but ‘submission’, while that of another terms democracy as ‘shirk’ (polytheism).

Islam does not permit a Muslim to hold that there is a better system than Shari’a, says another entry.

Recently, the blog was under the scanner for posting a death threat to rationalist E.A. Jabbar, a retired teacher in Malappuram.

He lodged a complaint with the police following the threat.

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Postby ShauryaT » 06 Oct 2016 08:47

Southeast Asia—The Islamic State's New Front?

At the same time, ISIS leaders also have stepped up their campaigns to train, advise, and influence potential radicals in South and Southeast Asia, regions which are home to the largest number of Muslims in the world. As coalition forces advance on ISIS centers like Mosul in Iraq and, eventually, Raqqa in Syria, this campaign to win over South and Southeast Asians is likely to intensify.

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Postby SSridhar » 06 Oct 2016 09:18

Islamic State module busted by NIA cites Zakir Naik as 'source of inspiration' - Bharti Jain, ToI
Manseed alias Omar al-Hindi, the chief of terror group Islamic State's (IS) module busted by the NIA on Sunday, had worked for 12 years as part of the intelligence wing of Popular Front India (PFI), reporting on activities of RSS and its functionaries in Kerala.

The module headed by him was plotting Nice-like attacks on community events, particularly an all-religion gathering in Kochi, and had even been transferred Rs 38,000 from abroad through Western Union to buy a second-hand heavy vehicle to be driven into the crowd, killing and maiming a large number of people, sources said.

A link with controversial cleric Zakir Naik has also surfaced with all six members of the al-Hindi module speaking of the televangelist as a source of inspiration, saying they were motivated by his speeches and social media posts.


Al-Hindi's association with PFI ended after the organisation expelled him for marrying a woman from the Philippines, he revealed to his interrogators. {Must be a lie to extricate PFI which is as much a suspicious outfit. On the basis of this information, NIA must assume that PFI is associated with the IS and proceed accordingly.} The 30-year-old relocated from Kerala to Qatar around eight years ago and was working as a sales executive in Doha.

Around 12-18 months ago, he started following online jihadi activity and would surf the internet for pro-IS blogs and posts. While interacting with jihad-minded people on social media, he encountered his Afghanistan-based handler Abu Aysha, who helped him put together a Facebook group called 'Ansar-ul-Khilaaf' comprising IS-leaning youth from Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

The group communicated using telegram and Tutanota encryption and would keep changing names to avoid detection. Abu Aysha would regularly send material aga-inst RSS and motivate the group to target Sangh workers.

The module's plans included targetting three top RSS members of Kerala, two Kerala high court judges with "progressive views on Sharia law", rationalists and activists of the Muslim community and Jews based in Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu. The group also planned to procure arms and materials for explosives to execute their terror plans.

The accused revealed that four members of the module travelled to Kodaikanal on September 12 to conduct a recee for a possible attack on Jews there. But they met with an accident en route and aborted the plan and then scheduled the attack for the first week of October.

The NIA, while scanning electronic devices seized from the accused, found material, including details on procuring material for explosives, making explosives from fireworks powder and bomb-making manuals.

Abu Aysha, intelligence sources said, told al-Hindi that he had met some of the 21 Keralites who left India to join IS as they transited through Tehran in July. He claimed all 21 were now based in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. {Strange why they should end-up in Nangarhar which is in East Afghanistan and borders Pakistan, with Jalababad being its famous terror centre. IS of Khorasan does have a unit for Nangarhar. On April 18, 2015, the IS announced its presence close to the Pakistani border when it detonated four bombs in Jalalabad. The deadliest was a suicide bomb outside a bank. Government authorities said the bombs killed 35 people and injured 125. The event was considered so serious that within a month, Afghanistan and Pakistan entered into an intelligence sharing agreement between their NDS (National Directorate of Security) & ISI. On July 25, 2016, there was a huge suicide-bomber attack in Kabul on a demonstration by Hazara Shias who were protesting against power lines through their villages. The attack was claimed by the IS. By escalating their presence from Nangarhar to Kabul, the IS sent a clear message of their growing influence in Afghanistan. So, are these guys fighting with IS. Khorasan with the eventual idea of fighting kafir India when the time was appropriate? The information about Abu Aysha, the Afghan-based IS recruiter focussing on Indians is a pointer in that direction about the IS focus on us.}

The module led by al-Hindi was being tracked by intelligence agencies for almost four to five months. In fact, the accused came on the radar while the NIA was tracking some youths discussing travelling to Turkey for onward journey to Iraq-Syria. As their plan to leave India to join the IS became apparent, the agencies intervened and alerted their parents. Finally, the youths were dissuaded from travelling abroad.

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Re: The Islamic State in the Indian Sub-Continent

Postby ShauryaT » 07 Oct 2016 08:57

This is not India specific. But it does look like the IS will be militarily squeezed in the Levant. The question is where will they go next.

South and South east Asia is one possibility but I think their best chance is main streaming of their message, somewhere in West Asia, in Sunni lands. Where?

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Postby SSridhar » 07 Oct 2016 12:05

Terror suspect was shopping for explosives: NIA - The Hindu
A Tamil Nadu resident who was under the watch of security agencies for a year after he returned from Mosul, Iraq where he fought in the war zone for the Islamic State, has been arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for allegedly conspiring to collect chemical explosives from cracker manufacturers in Tamil Nadu and carry out terror activities in the country. {This is the real danger of the IS-returnees.}

The accused identified as Subahani Haja Moideen (31), a resident of Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu, was arrested by the NIA on Wednesday in connection with a case related to activities of the banned Islamic State in India.

Unlike Maharashtra resident Areeb Majeed, who fled from Syria after he was injured during an attack and was subsequently arrested during his return to India, security agencies did not immediately put Moideen under arrest and decided to keep him under watch instead.

The accused was radicalised and recruited in the IS through social media platforms.

He had left India for Istanbul from Chennai in April 2015 on the pretext of performing ‘Umrah’, the NIA said in a statement on Thursday.

After reaching Istanbul, he crossed over along with other people who hailed from Pakistan and Afghanistan to Iraqi territory under the control of the IS.

From there, he was taken to Mosul where he underwent detailed ‘religious training’ followed by combat training which included a course in automated weapons before being deputed to fight in the war for almost two weeks.

During the war, he told interrogators that he was paid $100 per month as an allowance by the IS, besides accommodation and food.

However, he told interrogators that he could not withstand the violence and war misery in Mosul and decided to leave {and has since decided to inflict such violence & misery on unsuspecting and innocent Indians at large. What a noble idea! This is what a stiff dose of Islam does, kill kafir.}, especially after he saw two of his friends getting charred during shelling.

When he conveyed his decision to quit the organisation, he was imprisoned by the IS at Mosul and was subjected to extreme torture. He, along with other similar deserting foreign fighters, was produced before a judge of the IS, following which he was again imprisoned at Raqqa in Syria. Later, for reasons yet to be ascertained, he was allowed to leave the IS-controlled territory and return to Turkey along with five other foreign nationals,” said an NIA spokesperson.

He arrived in Mumbai after a gap of six months in September 2015 on an emergency certificate and returned to his ancestral place.

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Postby SSridhar » 08 Oct 2016 09:00

Islamic State terrorist who had returned home planned lone wolf strikes in India - Neeraj Chauhan, ToI
If 31-year-old Subahani Haja Moideen+ , trained by IS's military wing for three months, had his way, he would have been the first "lone wolf" attacker in India.

Prior to Moideen's arrest, West Bengal-based Mohammad Masiuddin, alias Abu Musa+ , was the only would-be "lone wolf" arrested by Indian agencies. Musa had tried to carry out solo attacks in Srinagar and Kolkata but failed.

According to top sources in intelligence agencies, Moideen, arrested by the NIA on Wednesday from Tamil Nadu, had been a lone operator since his return to India last September and was in regular touch with his Islamic State handlers, discussing over the Internet what kind of attack he should carry out.

"He followed all ISIS activities around the world and would study the modus operandi of other lone wolf attackers. He remained unnoticed for a long time because he was operating alone. It's only a few months ago that his activities came on our radar. He could have proved very dangerous as he was trained in everything," said an official. It is only recently that Moideen decided to join hands with members of the newly formed Kerala module+ of the IS, sources said.

Officials said Moideen has a vast knowledge of computers and may have used the Internet extensively to give shape to his plans.

Meanwhile, counter-terrorism experts see Moideen's return from the ISIS war zone as a good sign as it is another attestation of the fact that it is not an easy life for those travelling to IS territory to fight for the so-called caliphate.

Moideen has told the NIA that "he couldn't stand so much violence" and wanted to leave the organisation. He claimed he had been jailed for 40 days despite a bad knee injury. Before him, another Indian fighter for the terror organisation, Areeb Majeed+ , found it difficult to stomach the feeling that they were being treated as second- and third-class fighters by the ISIS.

"Their bubble of living in an area ruled according to the Sharia bursts very quickly as there is nothing Islamic about the violent activities of Islamic State. Recruits are punished for even small mistakes, or if they try to defy IS," said a senior government official.

In the past, too, it has been seen that fighters from the UK, US and mainland Europe who left in 2013-14 have returned to their homes utterly dejected because of the manner in which the ISIS had treated them; they were forced to recite Quranic verses as proof of loyalty, were made to abuse women and made to kill co-fighters even for small infractions.

"And when they try to escape, they are killed by IS," said an official, adding that when they return home, the agencies are anyway waiting for them.

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Postby SSridhar » 09 Oct 2016 17:44

‘Objectionable content’ in textbooks lands Kochi school in trouble - Hiran Unnikrishnan, The Hindu
The police have found ‘highly objectionable content that could trigger communal disharmony’ in the textbooks of Peace International School in Kochi.

Based on a report filed by the District Education Office that the contents in many of the textbooks used by the school are not secular, the police have registered a First Information Report against the Principal, administrator, and the three managing committee members of the school under Section 153(A) for promoting enmity among different groups on the ground of religion. The police submitted the FIR before a magistrate on Saturday.

“The words in the textbooks have been so intelligently phrased that one gets an idea about the Islamic orthodoxy they preach only if one reads at least 50 to 60 of their books back-to-back. For instance, one of the textbooks meant for II Standard asks how many students would be ready to submit themselves for Islam,” Kerala Police told The Hindu .

Officials said the textbooks were not approved by bodies such as the State Council of Educational Research and Training, the Central Board of Secondary Education or the Kerala State Board. calls to the school office remained unanswered.

Link to missing youths

The NIA, which is probing the operation of an IS-inspired module, said they would examine the school’s involvement in the missing cases from Kasaragod, as at least six of the missing youths had worked with the school. One of the textbooks promises paradise to students who are ready to fight for the cause of Islam, while another speaks about the importance of extending dawa or an invitation to non-Muslims to join the religion.

The Trust that runs the school is funded by three prominent business houses based in central Kerala.

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Postby Lilo » 09 Oct 2016 18:25

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The Trust that runs the school(Peace International School) is funded by three prominent business houses based in central Kerala.
One is the Moopen group(Babu Moopen),other is the Asten group(Siraj Mather) the third entity is Kalliyath group(Noor Shah).
Moopen is one of the top business houses in Kerala per below graphic.

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Postby SSridhar » 12 Oct 2016 11:10

Salafism brought Kerala IS group together - Vijaita Singh, The Hindu
Six men, part of an Islamic State (IS)-inspired group, who were arrested from Kerala on October 2, have told their interrogators that though they closely followed controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik and another Kerala-based preacher, M.M Akbar, their speeches did not have much influence on them.

Investigators found several video clips on the mobile phones and laptops of the six accused containing speeches of Naik and Akbar, who have been accused of radicalising people. A senior National Investigation Agency (NIA) spokesperson said all six accused were Salafis (followers of the puritanical form of Islam) and this had brought them together.

“They were closely following the speeches of Naik and Akbar but told us that they were hardly influenced by them. They said the preachers spoke not only about Islam but other topics too and theirs was one of the many speeches they [the group] followed,” said a senior home ministry official.


There is no big ideological difference between Wahhabis & Salafis, especially when it comes to jihad, terror, Islamism etc. The NIA should not be misled by finer arguments etc.

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Postby MohdKav » 12 Oct 2016 11:50

So 10 of these schools came up in the last 8 years, while other schools found it hard to comply with RTE and get NOC's from the government, The congress government in kerala and in the center passed these mofo's through with ease, You have to understand these schools have come up because religious CBSE education is somehting a lot of conservative muslim parents want, and ofcourse you have many non muslims studying there and working there as well.

The School had a proper curriculum in English, which encouraged minors to be converted as well as die for islam

http://www.newindianexpress.com/thesund ... ml?pm=home
http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/ ... tml?pm=180

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Postby MohdKav » 12 Oct 2016 13:57

Lilo wrote:^
The Trust that runs the school(Peace International School) is funded by three prominent business houses based in central Kerala.
One is the Moopen group(Babu Moopen),other is the Asten group(Siraj Mather) the third entity is Kalliyath group(Noor Shah).
Moopen is one of the top business houses in Kerala per below graphic.



Lilo,

I have heard of Moopen being involved "only" in their cochin school, and he has contributed only a little amount of money.
For example, LeMer public School in Triprayar has contributions of 200 odd people, Yusuf Ali has donated Rs.2 lac also in it, but people talk about it as if he owns the school.
Are you sure about the involvement of Kalliyath Group ?
Regarding Mather, There are people in the family who drinks alcohol as well as there are people who are extremely religious.

Are these the three business group ? Or they donated handsomely and the trust is run by others ?

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Postby MohdKav » 12 Oct 2016 15:02

I just came to know another school has come up in the news on the issue - Aspire International School. Seems like they have management schools, but there are many non muslims on that school's board

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Re: The Islamic State in the Indian Sub-Continent

Postby Lilo » 12 Oct 2016 15:46

MohdKav wrote:Lilo,

I have heard of Moopen being involved "only" in their cochin school, and he has contributed only a little amount of money.
For example, LeMer public School in Triprayar has contributions of 200 odd people, Yusuf Ali has donated Rs.2 lac also in it, but people talk about it as if he owns the school.
Are you sure about the involvement of Kalliyath Group ?
Regarding Mather, There are people in the family who drinks alcohol as well as there are people who are extremely religious.

Are these the three business group ? Or they donated handsomely and the trust is run by others ?
When it comes to such "charitable" activities like education the actual "donated"(i.e invested) amounts wont reflect the books. Heck even the salaries in all these pvt colleges & schools are paid as a combination of black & white - so the sources of those funds will also be a combination of black & white.

Regarding the business groups - the PEF spokesman(in below quoted report) himself says that above three are their trust members. Noor Shah is from Kalliyath group.
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Sources said the Education Department has found that the teaching staff in certain classes have been promoting communal enmity. Although police have not mentioned the names of members of the trust, PEF spokesman Muhammed Amir said businessmen Noor Shah, Siraj Mather and Babu Moopen were the members. “We haven’t received any communication from the police regarding the case yet,” he stated.

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/ ... al-enmity/
The Kalliyath name has been respected for more than 87 years for its adherence to strong values and the group has always believed in returning wealth to the society it serves. Kalliyath is a Large group which have its own proven success tracks in Health & Medical, Education, Building Material & Infrastructure development. Etc.
Bharathi TMT, Kalliyath Hospitals, Kalliyath TMT, Kairali TMT, Everest TMT, VRC Hospital, Kalliyath Sanitation, Kalliyath Stiles, Homstead Projects, Benchmark International School, Malabar Dental College, Al Ameen Engineering College, Eranad Knowledge City, Peace Public School are the prominent organizations under Kalliyath Group which has established its operations in Kerala.

http://kalliyath.com/our-profile/
^The Kalliyath group's website itself lists Peace Public School as being under the Kalliyath group.

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Postby Lilo » 12 Oct 2016 15:54

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svenkat wrote:Peace School converted minors to Islam

Non-Muslim members of the management committee also allegedly radicalised; Cops monitoring the activities of the school; FIR filed for teaching objectionable content as textbooks exhort students to lay down their lives for Islam

KOCHI: The police team investigating the alleged links of Peace International School in Kochi with Islamic State (IS) handlers, has found that six students at the school were radicalised and converted to Islam. According to sources privy to investigation, the school authorities had even radicalised non-Muslim members of the management committee. At present, out of the 300 students, only two are non-Muslims.



A lesson from Class II textbook of Peace
International School
“The contents of the textbooks recovered from the school exhort the students to lay down their lives for Islam. A lesson in the textbook meant for Class II students asks a question- What Suzanne and Adam would do for religious conversion? Besides, the book contains many lessons, aimed at radicalising the students. One lesson asks ‘Why Islam wins the battles? The answer is Islam wins the fights because it is a sacrifice for Allah,” said an officer. However the police officers refused to disclose more details about the students and management committee members, who were converted.


A police team led by Kochi Range IG S Sreejith has launched a probe into the syllabus and activities of the school following information that the missing persons from Kerala, who reportedly joined the Islamic State, were linked to the institution.


Earlier, ‘Express’ had reported that the school never taught biology as it teaches about reproduction and sex. According to the officers, notice would be sent to the trustees of the school to appear before the investigation team.


There are 13 schools in the state under the Peace Education Foundation headed by M M Akbar, an Islamic preacher. The police authorities were closely watching the activities of the school as it was found that Abdul Rashid, a Kasargod native, who allegedly recruited the 21 missing persons from the state to IS, was an employee of the school.


Meanwhile, the retired defence personnel in Kerala have decided to launch an awareness programme among children and youngsters to keep them away from anti-nationals. The retired soldiers will form active groups in all districts in the state to conduct awareness programmes against terrorist outfits like LeT, IM, SIMI and IS. The programmes are aimed at sensitising the students on the means followed by these groups to attract them to their fold.


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Re: The Islamic State in the Indian Sub-Continent

Postby MohdKav » 12 Oct 2016 16:40

Lilo,

I know for a fact, that Kalliyath and mather havent converted to the Salafi ideology. Is M.M.Akbar a Salafi preacher? If not the issue gets even more serious and murkier; because it would be the first open case of Indianised muslims behaving similarly to the Salafis !

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Postby abhik » 12 Oct 2016 17:36

svenkat wrote:...
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Seems like a IIT-JEE level question to a simple kaffur like me :P .

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Postby SSridhar » 12 Oct 2016 18:21

MohdKav wrote:Regarding Mather, There are people in the family who drinks alcohol as well as there are people who are extremely religious.

I know nothing about the group you are referring to. But, since when has that bolded part above stopped from people to contributing to Islamist jihadi terror? If that is the case, the entire West Asian monarchy system (barring a few who could be counted by fingers of one hand) should be as clean as Lily White! Indulging in vices is personal but jihad & terror are something else.

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Postby SSridhar » 12 Oct 2016 18:26

The school textbooks remind me of the CIA-funded Afghan school textbook project implemented by the University of Nebraska in the 80s, in their form and content.

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Postby SSridhar » 14 Oct 2016 09:14

NIA takes custody of five accused in Burdwan case - The Hindu

NIA on Thursday took over the custody of five alleged members of the banned Jamiat-ul-Muajhideen Bangladesh (JMB) terror outfit in connection with 2014 Burdwan blast.

The Special Task Force of the Kolkata Police had arrested the six people from Assam in the last week of September for allegedly conspiring to carry out blasts in the country and also striking a deal with Bodo militants.

Of these, NIA took the custody of Moulana Yusuf, alleged to be the second-in-command of JMB’s West Bengal unit and one of the main accused in the Burdwan blast, Jahidul Sheikh alias Zafar alias Jabirul, Mohammad Rafique, Shahidul alias Shamim and Abdul Kalam alias Kalim.-PTI


I am posting this news here for the simple reason that JMB is just another name for IS. Many terrorists and recruits of Jama’at-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) have taken refuge in India due to porous borders. In Bangladessh, JMB operates practically as the franchise of ISIS. The July 1 Holey Artisan Cafe attack in Dhaka was carried out by JMB, with a Bangladeshi Canadian, Tamim Chowdhury, acting as the mastermind and also as the link between the two organizations, while the IS released the gruesome pictures. "Having a strong jihad base in Bengal will facilitate guerilla attacks inside India simultaneously from both sides," Tamim Chowdhury had stated in the 14th issue of IS' Dabiq magazine. The Intelligence Bureau (IB) feels that the ISIS inspires and funds the attacks to be carried out by the JMB. It is a worrisome situation as the network of the JMB is deeply entrenched in India, especially West Bengal and Assam. IB feels that JMB-ISIS nexus is planning to stake J&K as well.

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x-posted from Internal Security Thread...
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Thanks. Any ways, the media seems to have conveniently decided not to publicize the names of the business groups involved. The school web site (http://peaceschools.in/mission), also seems to be silent on the promoters of this venture. Yesterday the management of the school had also called for a press meet. In the meet; Peace School rejects terror charge. The English media report how ever ignores a few salient point which was reported in the local press.
1. The management admited that there was this controversial topic on "religious conversion" in their 2nd Std. text books. The management only said they instructed the teaching staff NOT to teach the chapter. But the contents are really out there.
2. The management says that it was aware of this chapter, did write to the publishers to pull out the chapter. They did not accept it, but the school continued to get the same text books.
3. The school is NOT officiated to the CBSE, and they only plan to do it when the first batch reaches Std. 9. The school also do NOT have any no objection certificates from the state government as well. They plan to get it only when they need to approach CBSE for accreditation. So this school is pretty much a privately managed Madrassah like establishment, with no formal affiliation with any educational board (state or central).

The report from New Indian Express is much more detailed
We haven't converted any student, says Peace School

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Postby MohdKav » 15 Oct 2016 15:52

Sachin,


Look at the rest of the pages? Do we have any idea which is the said book is all about ? Why isnt the national media taking this up ? Remember how barkha took up when some guy in UP came up with a Hindutva inspired , she went hammer tongs on about it

http://malayalam.naradanews.com/2016/10 ... -syllabus/

Malayalee's can read the link

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Postby SSridhar » 16 Oct 2016 08:16

‘Handler told IS group to behead RSS, BJP men’ - Vijaita Singh, The Hindu
The six men, part of an Islamic State-inspired group and arrested from Kerala earlier this month, had allegedly been asked by their Afghanistan-based handler to behead at least three persons, two belonging to the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) and one of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP).

They were also asked to record the act on video, said a senior official of the Union Home Ministry. One of the accused — Abu Basheer, 29, alias Rashid, a mechanic — had been asked to procure swords, the official said.

They had been under watch for four months and were arrested on October 2 as they assembled at a hilltop in Kannur of Kerala to plan an attack at a rally planned for November by the RSS in Tamil Nadu, the official said.

Officials of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had earlier told The Hindu that the module had been under surveillance for four months and they arrested the group on October 2 after one of the accused — Manseed alias Omar al Hindi, 30, a Kerala resident working in Qatar — made an unscheduled visit to India in the last week of September.


There have been recently five BJP, Hindu Munnani leaders killed in TN in the last 5 or 6 weeks. The GoTN must investigate these deaths from an IS angle. They are slow in their investigation so far.

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Postby SSridhar » 20 Oct 2016 08:51

IS man held was raising a sleeper cell? - Neeraj Chauhan, ToI
Islamic State "operative" Subahani Haja Moideen's account that he was allowed to leave IS-held territory due to a knee injury that ruled him out of active fighting is likely to be closely scrutinised by the National Investigation Agency that is looking at the possibility of his being tasked with setting up a "sleeper cell".

The NIA is considering the "sleeper cell" theory as Moideen had lain dormant for a year since his return and was detected only when he began to plan attacks on RSS members and some judges of the Kochi high court. While not outright rejecting the injury account, NIA investigators are looking to examine his links and plans thoroughly .

The 31-year-old Kerala native, who was in touch with an IS handler based in Sweden, was arrested by NIA earlier this month after he had formed a Kerala module. He told interrogators earlier that he received a knee injury in Mosul, after which he desired to return to India. He was allowed to do so but only after IS leaders held him for 40 days before he finally made his way back via Turkey, Moideen claimed.

Moideen is of considerable interest to the NIA as he is believed to have seen IS operations and some of its leaders up close as seems to be the case by his account of Mosul which is at the centre of fighting between the IS and Iraqi forces. NIA investigators are examining if the "battle hardened" recruit, trained for almost two-three months in combat and use of automated weapons like the AK-47 and grenade launchers, was "deliberately" sent back to lie low until "activated".

Modieen has been brought to Delhi for further interrogation. IS has planted "sleeper cells" in Europe, UK and other countries as its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi felt that the organisation is losing a large number of fighters at its home ground and it might be useful to send foreign fighters back to their native countries for acts of terror there.

Abdelhamid Abaaoud, mastermind of Paris attacks last year, is an example of how IS "activated" its sleeper to unleash its terror. The members of IS sleeper cells in Paris attacks went undetected for months in Brussels before they killed 130 people.

The NIA is trying to ascertain where he travelled in last one year within India and how was he arranging the funds for his plans.

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Postby SSridhar » 24 Oct 2016 08:25

Paris attacker was my leader: IS recruit from India - Neeraj Chauhan, ToI
Islamic State group's operative from Tamil Nadu Subahani Haja Moideen, who fought alongside IS fighters in Iraq, has disclosed that one of the attackers in the Paris strikes last year, which left around 130 people dead, was his "group leader".

Moideen, labelled the most "battle-hardened" IS recruit from India so far, had travelled from Chennai to Istanbul on April 8, 2015 and then to Syria with a batch of foreign jihadis from Pakistan, Afghanistan and other countries.

"Moideen said during the time he crossed over to Iraq from Turkey and his training, in which he was given religious lessons, taught use of AK-47, grenade launchers, bomb making and use of machetes, one of the Paris attackers/conspirators was the in charge of the group," an official in the security establishment said.


The 31-year-old, arrested by the NIA earlier this month, took the names of the mastermind of the Paris attack - Belgian national Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who was later killed by French police - and Abaaoud's childhood friend and co-accused in the attacks Salah Abdeslam and Omar Ismail Mostefei. Abdeslam was caught by French authorities in Molenbeek, Belgium, in March.

Sources refused to elaborate who among Abaaoud, Abdeslam and Mostefei was Moideen's "group leader". "He might be lying. That's why we want to question him at length and get more details," said an officer.

The NIA is learnt to have informed the French authorities and their embassy in New Delhi about the recent development. French investigators are likely to question Moideen.

Moideen returned to India on September 22, 2015 via Turkey after a knee injury in Mosul. He didn't come under the radar of Indian agencies till a few months ago. According to officials, Moideen said he followed the news of Paris attacks upon his return to India and was surprised to know that his "group leader" was also involved. However, he claimed that he had no inkling about the Paris attack plans.

The NIA suspects that Moideen could be part of a "sleeper cell". It does not believe his theory and thinks he came here to stay low till further orders. Recently, it emerged that he was planning to attack RSS leaders and Kerala HC judges.

In all, nine IS members, including Abaaoud, Mostefei, Chakib Akrouh, Brahim Abdeslam (Salah Abdeslam's elder brother), Samy Amimour, Foued Mohamed Aggad, Bilal Hadfi, Ahmed Al Mohammed and M Al Mahmod, were involved in coordinated attacks at Stade de France, Bataclan theatre and restaurants and pubs in Paris on November 13, 2015, killing 130 people.

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Postby SSridhar » 25 Oct 2016 04:55

Tamil Nadu IS jihadi’s best pal was Pakistani bombmaker - Neeraj Chauhan, ToI
Islamic State fighter from Tamil Nadu Subahani Haja Moideen's best friend during his five months stay in Iraq was 35-year-old Pakistani national Mohammad Ghani Usman, a bomb making expert of Lashkar-e-Taiba, who was arrested by Austrian authorities near Salzburg in December and later charged for Paris attacks conspiracy by French police.

Usman, who Indian investigators feel also needs to be investigated for the 26/11Mumbai attacks conspiracy, was caught along with another ISIS operative — an Algerian national — Adel Haddadi while they were trying to enter France for "second wave of attacks in Europe", as claimed by authorities there.

It had turned out that Usman and Haddadi had travelled on the same boat to Greek Island of Leros on October 3, on which two Paris suicide bombers - Ahmed Al-Mohammed and M al Mahmod, who blew themselves up at Stade De France on November 13, 2015, were also there. Initially Usman and Haddadi were detained by Greek authorities as they were in possession of fake Syria passports in the name of Faycal Alaifan and Fozi Brahi respectively and were taking shelter as "refugees".

About Usman, Moideen says, "It was very difficult to interact with other fighters due to language problem. So Usman and I became very close and we would talk a lot."

Moideen, top sources say, also came face to face with a Paris attacker - Omar Ismail Mostefei several times in Mosul last year. Mostefei, Moideen says, used to regularly come to their camp in Mosul to meet their "group leader" Abu Suleiman Al-Francisi. Investigators say that this Abu Suleiman Al Francisi could be either Paris attack mastermind - Abdelhamid Abaaoud (killed by French police) or Salah Abdeslam (arrested from Belgium months after the carnage that killed 130 people). "He identified Mostefei when we showed him the photographs but he is not sure whether Al-Francisi was Abaaoud himself. Only French authorities can verify this after proper investigation," said a senior officer.

Interestingly, Moideen also returned to India around the same time when Paris attackers/conspirators travelled to Europe.

According to Moideen, the foreign fighters had an easy life in Iraq where they could go gyming, use swimming pools, cyber cafes and roam around in the markets of Mosul.

After extensive training by the military wing of Islamic State from April to June, Moideen was put in a 150 member group of trained Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTF), who had crossed first level of training, from Arabian countries, Algeria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, South east Asian countries including Indonesia, Philippines, Tunisia, UK and European countries. His group was called - Umar Ibnu Khatab Khatiba and it was headed by a French national with IS given name - Abu Suleiman Al-Francisi.

They were kept in different houses in Mosul, were given directions that they have to follow the five times Namaaz schedule and that they would be called for fighting "when time comes".

Moideen, given his fighter IS name - Abu Jasim, told investigators that there were two other groups of foreign fighters - with 150 members each - and they were named Gurba Khaitba (with Europeans and Arabs in it), and Ibnu Jiyad Khatiba (with mostly English and Arabic fighters in it). Investigations are trying to figure out whether these members are part of elite Emni group, an intelligence wing of FTFs of IS.

During his stay from April to August 2015 there, before he was jailed for 40 days till September third week, Moideen says all group members were given US dollars as monthly expenses initially and then 100 dollars.

The group members were free to go around to the market at scheduled timings, go to identified gyms, use swimming pools dedicated for IS fighters. Moideen also used to frequently go to cyber cafes to use wifi facility and interact with people he knows, but denies talking to his family ever from Iraq.

Asked about restrictions by IS on the fighters, Moideen told an investigator, "We were not captive but we were not completely free and our movements had particular timings".

Interestingly, nobody dared to ask anything from IS seniors anything about IS Chief Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.

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Islamic State claims attack on Quetta police academy, 59 dead - Reuters
Militant group Islamic State on Tuesday said its fighters attacked a police training college in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, in a raid that officials said killed 59 people and wounded more than 100.

Hundreds of trainees were stationed at the facility when masked gunmen stormed the college on the outskirts of Quetta late on Monday. Some cadets were taken hostage during the raid, which lasted nearly five hours. Most of the dead were cadets.

"Militants came directly into our barrack. They just barged in and started firing point blank. We started screaming and running around in the barrack," one police cadet who survived told media.

Other cadets at the college spoke of jumping out of windows and cowering under beds as masked gunmen hunted them down.

Video footage from inside one of the barracks showed blackened walls and rows of charred beds.

Islamic State's Amaq news agency published the claim of responsibility, saying three IS fighters "used machine guns and grenades, then blew up their explosive vests in the crowd".

But Pakistani officials earlier said another Sunni extremist group, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, was probably behind the raid.

Pakistan has improved its security situation in recent years but Islamist groups continue to pose a threat and stage major attacks in the mainly Muslim nation of 190 million.

Islamic State has sought to make inroads over the past year, hoping to exploit the country's growing sectarian divisions.

Monday night's assault on the police college was the deadliest in Pakistan since a suicide bomber killed 70 people in an attack on mourners gathered at a hospital in Quetta in August.

The August attack was claimed by IS, but also by a Pakistani Taliban faction, Jamaat-ur-Ahrar.

The military had dismissed previous Islamic State claims of responsibility and last month said it had crushed the Middle East-based group's attempt to expand in Pakistan. It also dismissed previous IS claims of responsibility as 'propaganda'.

Analysts say Islamic State clearly has a presence in Pakistan and there is growing evidence that some local groups are working with IS.

"The problem with this government is that it seems to be in a complete state of denial," said Zahid Hussain, an Islamabad-based security analyst.

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Postby SSridhar » 29 Oct 2016 18:45

‘IS tapping into local groups in S. Asia’ - Suhasini Haidar, The Hindu
The Dhaka café siege earlier this year and the recent attack at a police academy in Quetta in Pakistan claimed by the Islamic State indicate that the terror group is trying to “tap into already established jihadist groups” for its operations in the subcontinent, says a terror expert well versed with the IS’s online presence.

“ISIS has been seeking to cultivate for attacks in South Asia or what it calls the Khorasan region,” Amarnath Amarasingam from the Programme on Extremism of George Washington University in the U.S. told The Hindu .

“They are trying to set up shop and grow (in the region), but it may be much harder for them to do so today. This is mostly why we are seeing ISIS tap into already established jihadi groups like LeJA (Lashkar-e-Jhangvi) in Pakistan and JMB (Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen) in Bangladesh,” he added.

Mr. Amarasingam said his analysis was based on online conversations with IS recruits in Syria/Iraq as well as the spokesperson for the LeJA offshoot that claimed responsibility for the Quetta massacre in which more than 60 cadets were killed.

Despite it’s large Muslim population, South Asian has seen proportionally less IS recruits travelling to Iraq and Syria than West Asia and South East Asia.

“With some losses in Syria and Iraq, I do think greater attention will be to foreign theatres, and they will seek to ally themselves with established groups, simply because it is operationally easy and they don’t have to spend years setting up trusted networks,” he said.

When asked about India’s concerns of attacks here and the recent violence in Kashmir being used as a propaganda tool by IS recruiters, however, he said that he had “not really” seen an increase in focus on India.

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Postby SSridhar » 30 Oct 2016 18:40

NIA may question Pakistani IS man held in Europe on 26/11 links - Neeraj Chauhan, ToI
Pakistani national Mohammad Ghani Usman, a veteran bombmaker of Lashkar-e-Taiba, who was arrested in Austria earlier this year and charged by France for November 2015 Paris attacks, may soon face Indian investigators.

Top officials said NIA wants to interrogate 35-year-old Usman, who later joined Islamic State, to find out if the "expert bomb-maker" of the LeT played any part in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. In his disclosures to agencies, Tamil Nadu-based Indian fighter of ISIS, Subahani Haja Moideen, has said that Usman was his best pal in Iraq and often told him that he was an "important person" in the LeT heirarchy while in Pakistan.


The agency will write to ministries of home and external affairs seeking permission to travel to France soon. It is already in touch with France on Moideen's fresh claims about Paris attacks and his training period with Paris attackers/conspirators including their group commander, a man they knew as Abu Suleiman Al-Francisi, who they suspect could be the mastermind of Paris carnage, Abdelhamid Abaaoud.

NIA, sources say, wants to extract from Usman information about his links with senior leadership of LeT including Hafiz Saeed and Zaki-Ur-Rehman Lakhvi, who perpetrated the November 2008 Mumbai serial attacks carried out by 10 fidayeens including Ajmal Kasab, who was caught alive and later given death sentence.

Apart from 26/11, NIA wants to understand LeT's link with ISIS and why a seasoned bomb-maker of the Pakistan outfit joined the latter. {Exactly. Very important to find that answer} Usman, as first reported by TOI, used to talk for hours with Moideen about India and Pakistan during their training period and stay in Afghanistan and Iraq between April and September 2015.

While Usman left for Europe posing as a migrant along with other jihadis including the Paris bombers, Moideen returned to India around the same time in September last year. Both were part of a 150 member group named, Umar Ibnu Khatab Khatiba, of trained foreign terrorist fighters (FTF) from Algeria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, south-east Asian countries including Indonesia, Philippines, Tunisia and European countries.

Meanwhile, Moideen's questioning has also revealed for the first time that the "online handlers/motivators" of Islamic State, who never met the recruits and are supposed to be based in a third country, actually met them on the ground. Moideen's online contact since his indoctrination in 2014 and early 2015, identified as one Abu Hafa Al Swedi, {a Swedish guy?} having an online alibi as 'Abu Computer', met him several times in Iraq, said sources.

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U.S. cautions its citizens on IS threat in India - The Hindu
Urging westerners and U.S. citizens to stay alert, the U.S. State Department on Tuesday issued a travel advisory for India citing growing threat from attacks by the Islamic State (IS).

“Recent Indian media reports suggest the IS’s desire to attack targets in India. The U.S. Embassy warns of an increased threat to places in India frequented by westerners, such as religious sites, markets, and festival venues. All U.S. citizens are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness as detailed in the State Department’s Worldwide Caution of September 9 2016,” a message from the State Department on the social media said.

A similar message on September 9 had talked about IS attacks in Bangladesh and in other parts of South Asia. However, this is the first time that a specific travel advisory has been issued citing heightened threat perception from the IS targeting India. Experts had warned that the IS is looking to cultivate local radical groups to target South Asia.

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Postby SSridhar » 02 Nov 2016 18:06

A matter of general observation

Lack of inclusion linked to the allure of jihadism - Puja MehraThe Hindu
Analysing a leaked cache of Islamic State’s personnel records that was recently made available to researchers, a new World Bank analysis has found the factors most strongly associated with foreign individuals’ joining the organisation have to do with lack of economic and social inclusion in their country of residence. The analysis finds that terrorism cannot be associated with poverty or low levels of education.

It found strong association between a country’s male unemployment rate and the propensity of that country to supply the IS recruits, but could not detect any robust correlation between the propensity to be a supplier of recruits and the measures of socio-economic diversity such as the Gini coefficient (measures income inequality) and measures of fractionalisation that capture ethnic, linguistic, or religious diversity. Wealthier countries (as measured by their per capita GDP) are more likely to supply foreign recruits. The researchers found similar patterns on using the Human Development Index as a proxy for economic development.

The dataset that covers the period from early 2013 to late 2014 has basic socio-economic information on 3,803 unique foreign recruits of the organisation including country of residence, citizenship, marital status, age, education, skills, self-reported knowledge of religious teachings, previous jihadist experience and knowledge of Sharia. The analysis published last month in a World Bank report was prepared by a team of economists led by its Chief Economist of the Middle East and North Africa Region, Shanta Devarajan.

“We find that Daesh (IS) did not recruit its foreign workforce among the poor and less educated, but rather the opposite,” the researchers wrote. “Policies that promote job creation, therefore, not only benefit young people seeking jobs, but may help thwart the spread of violent extremism....”

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Postby ramana » 03 Nov 2016 00:14

This is a humbug report. Unemployment in US surged during the Great Recession but it did not create ISIS recruits in US. The San Bernardino and Orlando Shooters were both driven by Islamist ideology and general feeling of entitlement or takleef nurtured in Islamist milieu.*

S please rebut this in your blog for it has the World Bank marquee behind it and will drive wrong policies the world over.

* Narender Luther, in his book "Hyderabad" documents how totally Westernized elite (London educated, clothing from Saville Row tailors and clipped British accent) in Nizam's domain suddenly adopted the Sherwani and Turkish fez as identity markers and started spouting Islamist dogma.

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Postby SSridhar » 05 Nov 2016 17:26

‘IS suspect was told to target ‘white people’ in Srinagar, Jews in Kodai’ - Vijaita Singh, The Hindu
Days after the United States of America and the United Kingdom issued travel advisories for its citizens visiting India, asking them to be cautious and alert in the wake of reports that they could be targeted by Islamic State terrorists, Indian security officials said ‘westerners’ have always been the target of the IS but India was definitely not on the priority list of the terrorist outfit.

An intelligence official said during the interrogations of an IS suspect from West Bengal and a group of six men affiliated to the terrorist outfit arrested from Kerala recently, it had come to light that they were told specifically to target “white people” in Srinagar and Jews in Kodaikanal respectively.

Recent media reports indicate the IS’s desire to attack targets in India
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Postby SSridhar » 14 Nov 2016 08:34

‘IS recruit mentions Indian woman in Mosul’ - The Hindu
The official said investigating agencies are trying to look into the records of missing people from Maharashtra to determine if the woman went from India or travelled via a third country, to escape detention.

Moideen had allegedly told interrogators there were hardly two to three Indians in the war zone and India was not the immediate target of IS leaders.

Returns from carnage

“He was a low ranking cadre but says that whatever information he gathered did not suggest that the IS leaders had any plans for India. They were more interested in targeting western countries,” said an NIA official. Moideen left India in April 2015 but came back in September 2015 after telling the Indian authorities in Turkey that he had lost his passport. Till he was arrested, the authorities here did not know that he fought for the IS in Mosul. He told interrogators that he decided to return as he could not withstand the violence and war misery in Mosul, after he saw two of his friends getting charred during shelling.

More than 60 Indians have been arrested in the past two years for IS links and 25 Indians have already travelled to Syria to fight alongside the IS.


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