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Donald Trump mounts pressure: Task force to check on Pakistan terror-funding tap
Wed, Jan 03, 2018

Donald Trump said the United States had “foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit.”

This Op-Ed Is Dead
Mon, Jan 01, 2018

In its place is a new dogma that allows everyone to weigh in on everything.

War on Indian cities key to victory in Kashmir: Al-Qaeda
Wed, Dec 27, 2017

The organisation’s subcontinent second-in-command Usama Mehmood says in the video. “If it is attacked in Kolkata, Bangalore and New Delhi, it will come to its senses and release its grip on Kashmir.”

From jail near Patiala, a trail to Thai border, Rohingya arms route
Sat, Dec 23, 2017

Thailand’s intelligence services had begun noticing the use of Rohingya refugees by jihadists as early as 2007, claiming they were being used as mercenaries by Islamist insurgents operating in the country’s conflict-torn southern provinces.

Progress and limits in Saudi Arabia’s halting gender reform
Fri, Dec 15, 2017

King Salman ibn Abdulaziz al-Saud made a dramatic decision this September to allow Saudi women to drive, unescorted by a male guardian.

Lashkar-e-Taiba’s charity wing reaches out to Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine
Mon, Dec 11, 2017

Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation volunteers, the organisation has said, “distributed millions in cash money and blankets among more than 300 besieged Rohingya Muslims”.

On Babri anniversary, message from al-Qaeda in Kashmir calls on Indians to join jihad
Thu, Dec 07, 2017

The call was released on online jihadist feeds on Wednesday, by the new al-Qaeda affiliate formed earlier this year by breakaway cadre of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Karachi family mourns drug-addict son’s journey to Kashmir jihad
Tue, Dec 05, 2017

In 2013, 257 people were killed in a fire in a Baldia factory, allegedly set on fire by Muttahida Qaumi Movement-linked gangsters after the owners refused to pay protection money.

Year after note ban, black money reborn as cyber-cash
Mon, Nov 27, 2017

The surge is so powerful that the Niti Aayog has been been asked to study the possibility of following countries like Russia to issue its own, government-backed and regulated cryptocurrency

Understanding Bitcoin: fraud, or the future of money?
Mon, Nov 27, 2017

Is the digital currency a liberating innovation that helps consumers free themselves from punishing government regulations globally? Or, flipping the Bitcoin, is the online currency a grand delusion — even a move that benefits the world of crime?

India, Pakistan NSAs talked last month, Delhi confronts Islamabad on Pathankot
Sun, Nov 26, 2017

Doval shared intelligence, pressed Janjua for arrest of suspects, but Pakistan NSA’s hands seem tied by Army, ISI

AQIS goes vernacular with Tamil, Hindi, Bengali texts online
Fri, Nov 17, 2017

The translations, obtained by The Indian Express, range from excerpts from magazines like al-Risalah and Inspire, to ideological tracts by the jihadist leadership.

Donald Trump’s quack remedies for Asia
Thu, Nov 16, 2017

It would be unwise to rely on the US to counter China. India must build tools to protect its own interests.

How significant is Jaish-e-Muhammad in Kashmir today?
Fri, Nov 10, 2017

The killing of Masood Azhar’s nephew Talha Rashid notwithstanding, broader data show the Jaish-e-Muhammad is behind both the Lashkar and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen in the Kashmir jihad.

Masood Azhar’s nephew killed in Pulwama; US-made M4 rifle found at hideout was online propaganda weapon
Tue, Nov 07, 2017

Talha Rashid, the sources said, had been targeted as part of an ongoing police operation against a group of an estimated Jaish-e-Muhammad terrorists sent across the Line of Control to carry out high-profile fidayeen attacks.

In fact: Deep cracks in the Saudi kingdom
Tue, Nov 07, 2017

The weekend crackdown on potential palace rivals is in keeping with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad ibn Salman’s no-holds-barred approach. It could, however, have severe consequences for the country and the world.

Iranian spies held top Indian Al Qaeda man, set him free
Fri, Nov 03, 2017

The revelations on Asif’s mysterious release from prison come even as the CIA released papers purportedly showing that al-Qaeda and Tehran cut a deal to allow the jihadist group to route personnel through its territory.

Xi Jinping rises to conquer
Thu, Nov 02, 2017

Behind the ascent of the powerful leader in China run deep insecurities in party and state.

Thane family receives call: Son in Islamic State killed in Raqqa battle
Thu, Oct 26, 2017

Fahad Sheikh had left for Iraq in May 2014, as part of a pilgrimage group, travelling with Majeed, Tanki and Tandel.

Is Rex Tillerson’s visit a new dawn for South Asia?
Tue, Oct 24, 2017

US plan to end the Afghanistan war is, without dispute, the most ambitious diplomatic initiative by the country the region has seen in years.

The vicious circle
Sun, Sep 24, 2017

The humanitarian crisis in Rohingya refugee camps, fuelled by global failure to compel Myanmar to end the killings in Rakhine, is hardening fault lines in the region. Indian Express reports from the heart of the conflict.

Rohingya refugee tide is India’s challenge too: Bangladesh
Sat, Sep 23, 2017

“In our view, countries like India have to step up now, because they will suffer the consequences of failure, not only us.”

Myanmar tapped into communal divide, fear, paved way for violence in Rakhine
Fri, Sep 22, 2017

Rohingya militants believe Hindus collaborated with country’s rulers

In the shadow of brutal crackdown, signs of rising anger, Rakhine jihad
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

Illyas has a worm’s eye view of what is emerging as a security nightmare for Bangladesh, India and the wider region: the emergence of an Islamist insurgency in Myanmar’s jungles that could turn the country’s Rakhine region into a magnet for the global jihadist movement.

Militant faultlines deepen as Amarnath attack suspect Abu Ismail killed in Srinagar
Fri, Sep 15, 2017

'Abu Ismail' had taken charge of the south Kashmir Lashkar after deposing his predecessor ‘Abu Dujana’ who, in turn, was killed last month soon after he joined former Hizb-ul-Mujahideen operative Zakir Rashid Bhat’s newly-formed al-Qaeda affiliate, the Ansar Ghazwa’tul Hind.

Jaish-e-Muhammad chief Masood Azhar calls for action in Myanmar
Tue, Sep 12, 2017

The article is the first substantial call to action by any leader of a South Asian jihadist group, though rallies and protests have been held in Pakistan by Islamist groups linked to terrorism, notably the Ahl-e-Sunnat wal'Jamaat.

It’s not madness
Wed, Sep 06, 2017

Getting a bomb is insurance, it is North Korea’s strategy. The world will have to live with it

Towards a global nuclear nightmare: N.Korea’s nuclear weapons are both instruments of self-defence and tools for blackmail
Mon, Sep 04, 2017

Nuclear weapons are, thus, both instruments of self-defence and tools for blackmail: they guarantee regime survival against all currently conceivable crisis. Kim, once he has nuclear weapons, is a creature all actors have an interest in ensuring remains stable.

Doklam faceoff between India, China over but Bhutan’s talks run into a wall
Wed, Aug 30, 2017

In a statement released Tuesday, its first in weeks, Bhutan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it welcomed “the disengagement by the two sides at the face-off site in the Doklam area”. “We hope this contributes to the maintenance of peace and tranquility and the status quo along the borders of Bhutan, China and India in keeping with the existing agreements between the respective countries,” it said.

Doklam disengagement: Sigh of relief in Bhutan but for its troops, fears remain, fingers crossed
Tue, Aug 29, 2017

Even though Monday’s disengagement deal has raised sighs of relief in Bhutan’s government, sources say it continues to fear that the end of the crisis might prove to be punctuation, until China and India resolve their wider strategic disputes.

Trump’s Pakistan test
Tue, Aug 29, 2017

US president’s new South Asia doctrine threatening Pakistan with dire consequences if it fails to check jihadists could lead Rawalpindi to revive the policy of strategic defiance.

New Trump Afghan policy expected to ramp up pressure on Pak
Tue, Aug 22, 2017

President Trump will outline the policy in a televised speech - only the second of his time in office - from Fort Myers Base in Virginia to an audience of soldiers and their families.

Two months into Doklam standoff, assessing China’s strength
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

China’s great strength is part steel and part illusion. The dragon may indeed breathe fire — but it has enough teeth and claws missing to not want to fight.

Life of militant who died twice tells tale of Kashmir jihad’s changing colour
Mon, Aug 14, 2017

The patriarch of Kashmir’ jihadists was shot dead in Shopian on Sunday in an operation built around intelligence generated by the Jammu and Kashmir Police. His story helps in understanding the journey the Kashmir jihad has taken over the last 10 years

Lashkar commander killed: In rise and fall of Abu Dujana, a tale of falsehood and ambition
Wed, Aug 02, 2017

The real significance of Abu Dujana's story, though, is in what it tells us about the rapidly changing character of the jihad in Kashmir, and its possible globalisation.

Doklam is not about a road
Sat, Jul 29, 2017

Doklam, like other recent stand-offs in Depsang or Demchok, is not about a road: It is is a message about China’s ire at India building alliances with its adversaries in Asia, and with the US. Beijing seeks, through the threat of force, to instruct India on how countries ought to conduct themselves.