Islam does not allow suicide attacks

Some 200 religious scholars have issued a decree against suicide attacks and termed them unlawful under Islamic law.

The decree issued at a conference of ulema here on Sunday said the philosophy behind the self-styled Islamic State (IS), banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram and other so-called jihadi outfits was misleading.

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Some real truth about ISIS

(By PATRICK COCKBURN) The map issued by the Pentagon to prove that Isis had lost territory shows how false optimism dominates the actions of the outside powers towards the Middle East.

A graphic illustration of Western wishful thinking about the decline of Islamic State (IS) is a well-publicised map issued by the Pentagon to prove . . . → Read More: Some real truth about ISIS

USA’s failed drone operations

The White House released a statement today acknowledging the deaths of three U.S. citizens and one Italian citizen in recent U.S. counterterrorism operations. The statement and accompanying remarks by President Barack Obama are consistent with prior administration policy of admitting to the deaths of (most) American citizens by drone strikes, while refusing to provide transparency . . . → Read More: USA’s failed drone operations

How USA managed to bring chaos to Middle East

(By Ray McGovern) Exclusive: After the Persian Gulf War in 1991, America’s neocons thought no country could stand up to the high-tech U.S. military, and they realized the Soviet Union was no longer around to limit U.S. actions. So, the “regime change” strategy was born – and many have died, writes ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.

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Pakistan is KSA’s historic ally

(By Ishaan Tharoor) Saudi Arabia’s campaign against Houthi rebel forces in Yemen, which began with waves of airstrikes overnight on Thursday, has laid down a new marker in the dangerously unstable Middle East.

As WorldViews discussed earlier, the Saudis coordinated their action with a coalition of Sunni majority countries, sharpening the perception that the offensive . . . → Read More: Pakistan is KSA’s historic ally

Curse of the Sauds in Yemen

(By Ekaterina Blinova) The US-backed House of Saud has long been playing different Yemeni governments, the Houthis, the Muslims Brotherhood, and al-Qaeda all against one another in a real life version of “Game of Thrones,” Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya noted.

While Yemen is currently being bombed into accepting the US-Saudi authoritarian order, one could hardly imagine . . . → Read More: Curse of the Sauds in Yemen

Bleeding with Karachi

Last September, the Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Nawaz Sharif paid a visit to Karachi to observe himself the actual situation of Karachi, the financial hub of Pakistan. In consultation with the law-enforcement agencies, he approved the urgently required strategy to curb violence. It was then decided to start a broad-spectrum operation against all those . . . → Read More: Bleeding with Karachi

Somebody educate John Bolton

(By Bill Van Auken) The New York Times Thursday published a prominent opinion piece entitled “To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran.”

The author was John R. Bolton, a former State Department official and, for a brief period, US ambassador to the United Nations, under the administration of George W. Bush. He became an influential figure . . . → Read More: Somebody educate John Bolton

ISIS and TTP – Pakistan a breeding or a battle ground?

With the Taliban dominant, ISIS will have trouble making space in Pakistan—though the group is becoming more popular

The brutal methods that the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) has become notorious for were already seen some years ago, first in Afghanistan and later in Pakistan, as the two branches of the . . . → Read More: ISIS and TTP – Pakistan a breeding or a battle ground?

The inevitable crisis in Bangladesh

(By Frederic Grare) Bangladesh has plunged once again into one of those recurrent crises that have punctuated the country’s political life since independence. Khaleda Zia, leader of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), the main opposition party, decided to commemorate the first anniversary of the 2014 parliamentary elections as the day of “the murder of democracy” . . . → Read More: The inevitable crisis in Bangladesh