Following the complete collapse of the Islamic State s (IS) self styled Caliphate in Syria and the subsequent Sunday Easter bombings in Sri Lanka, the reclusive IS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi appeared in a rare eighteen minute video. Baghdadi reassured IS militants that he was alive, spirited and committed to jihadism notwithstanding recent setbacks. In the video, released by IS al Furqan media network, Baghdadi has copied the style of Al Qaeda s founder Osama Bin Laden: sitting cross legged with a dyed beard and an Ak 47 kept against the wall next to him. Baghdadi frames the defeat in Baghuz as a lost battle in a long war which is ongoing and urged his fighters to fight on. Baghdadi maintained that IS fighters fought valiantly in Baghuz and that the Caliphate has not been abandoned. As a proof, Baghdadi accepts the baya (oaths of allegiance) from militant groups in Burkina Faso and Mali, showing that IS is spreading and alerts his fighters of a long battle ahead. Tactically, the video is aimed at dispelling the impression of crippling military defeats in Syria. It has also quashed all rumors of Baghdadi s demise or critical injuries in recent fighting. In terms of its timing, the video has been released ahead of Ramadan, when IS appeals its cadres to step up their attacks. Strategically, the video is an attempt to create a new narrative around the Revenge Campaign for the lost Caliphate. This revenge campaign is not a reactionary strategy but an offensive move to stay relevant as the most feared terrorist groups in the world and the leader of the global jihadist movement. For instance, despite numerous setbacks, IS carried as many as 3,670 terrorist attacks in 2018, the most by any terrorist group in the world. Organizationally, IS is evolving from a quasi state to an insurgent and a terrorist group. IS has become weak at the center and strong at the periphery. According to noted terrorism scholar Bruce Hoffman, IS has redirected its focus from the center to branches enabling it to survive and expand. Likewise, the IS propaganda narrative has shifted from joining and protecting the Caliphate to taking revenge for its losses. In cyberspace, the IS online community has migrated from open end social media platforms to encrypted ones and the dark web. Baghdadi s video is simultaneously a bold and desperate move by IS. Since his self proclamation to Caliphate in Iraq s Al Nuri mosque in June 2014, this is the second time that Baghdadi has appeared in a video. In the interim, he had issued several audio statements but did not appear in a video. On the one hand, it is an aggressive move: signaling his opponents that he is alive and indicating to his supporters that he is still leading the organization with full command and authority. On the other hand, the video could compromise his security as it could give critical leads to the intelligence agencies about his whereabouts to track and hunt him down. After all, Baghdadi is the most wanted terrorist in the world with a head bounty of $25 million. Unlike various Al Qaeda videos, which were all talk and no action, Baghdadi came out with a video after one of the most devastating attacks in South Asia s violence prone history. An attack followed by a video will help IS in its drive for global expansion. It will inspire IS global network of supporters and sympathizers to stay loyal to the global jihadist group and carry out attacks in its name. There will be wide ranging implications of Baghdadi s video. In the immediate term, it will stall IS downward slide and allow it some breathing space to recuperate. It might also result in a spike in IS inspired and directed terrorist attacks. Additionally, the video will encourage the self radicalized jihadist networks such as the National Tawheed Jamaat (NTJ), mainly responsible for Sri Lanka bombings, to link with IS and launch attacks in their names. IS is quite skillful in exploiting the sectarian and communal fault lines to grow in ungoverned space of fragile states like Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Nigeria, Iraq and Syria. After recent setbacks, IS expectations would increase from its eight official affiliates in Asia and Africa and two dozen worldwide networks. IS Af Pak franchise, the Islamic State of Khorasan (ISK), is the deadliest and most potent of its eight affiliates. Since its emergence, ISK has carried out several high profile attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Most of ISK s cadres are former militants of the Tehrik e Taliban Pakistan (TTP). So, the terrorist attacks by IS in Afghanistan and Pakistan are likely to increase, particularly when the US is expected to withdraw from Afghanistan. The ISK will try to exploit the vacuum in a post US Afghanistan. In sum, IS is far from defeated and still poses the most formidable threat to global peace and security. Improved intelligence and coordinated counter terrorist operations would be needed to dismantle IS residual operational capabilities which allow it to link with various like minded Islamist networks to pull off sophisticated attacks. Clearly, the loss of territory has not dented IS capability to carry out violent attacks: the two are not coterminous with each other. Going forward, denting IS ideological narrative is as important as downgrading its operational and organizational prowess. Abdul Basit is an Associate Research Fellow (ARF) at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Singapore. He can be reached at email #160;protected . Image: Reuters View the discussion thread. copy; Copyright 2019 Center for the National Interest All Rights Reserved
Polio vaccination campaigns have faced stubborn resistance for years in Pakistan.In recent months Pakistani social media has been inundated with fake news reports and videos garnering thousands of views and shares in the last week alone claiming numerous children have been killed by the polio vaccine.
News notification hi, my dashboard profile setting logout SIGN IN SIGN UP Home india world sports weird FOR YOU #INDIAONAPLATE Wing Commander Abhinandan Is Back In Action, Video Shows Him Spending Time With Squadron 3.6K SHARES Home #ITCounts News india world sports weird Technology News Apps Science And Future Urban Mobility Current Electric Alternate Lifestyle self style who we are travel food Entertainment bollywood celebscoop hollywood Trending Human Interest WTF Social Relevance Jugaad Environment Health Healthy Living Recipes Inspire Tips amp; Tricks Buzz Sports Videos Photogallery #INDIAONAPLATE Home News india Wing Commander Abhinandan Is Back In Action, Video Shows Him Spending Time With Squadron Wing Commander Abhinandan Is Back In Action, Video Shows Him Spending Time With Squadron Bobins Abraham Updated: May 05, 2019, 11:18 IST 3.6K SHARES FACEBOOK TWITTER REDDIT SAVE Our hero is back with his squadron and the entire nation is happy to see him spending time with his group. A recent undated video has surfaced, showing Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, where he is seen being cheered by colleagues.The video is said to be from Srinagar when Wing Commander Abhinandan visited his colleagues after his heroic efforts in the air on February 27 his subsequent capture by Pakistan and later releases.
NEW DELHI: A video of Indian Air Force (IAF) Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman who spent two days in Pakistani custody after his MiG 21 was shot down in a dogfight with Pakistani Air Force jets in February posing for selfies with colleagues and others has gone viral on social media.The undated video shows Abhinandan with his colleagues in Jammu and Kashmir recently obligingly posing for selfies with all who wanted a picture with him.
In Gujarat, PM Modi invokes Balakot: US said India ready with 12 missiles Had Pakistan not returned Abhinandan it would have been #8216;qatal ki raat;: PM Modi IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman shifted out of Srinagar In the video, Abhinandan can be seen smiling and posing for selfies with IAF personnel, Garud special forces jawans and Defence Security Corps personnel (DSC). A video clip showing Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman in fine physical shape and getting photographs clicked with IAF personnel started doing the rounds on the internet today.This is the first video of the MIG 21 pilot to appear after his re joining active duty. Wing Commander Abhinandan 's aircraft had been shot down in a duel with a Pakistan Air Force F 16 on Feb 27 and the IAF has credited him with shooting down a Pakistani F 16 before going down himself.
Lok Sabha elections: Amethi all set for Rahul Gandhi Smriti Irani battle PM harping on Pulwama, Balakot to hide failures on economic front: Omar Jharkhand: In the land of Birsa Munda, tribals to boycott polls on May 6 The disagreement in the poll panel was on Shah s speech in Nagpur on April 9 when he likened Wayanad to Pakistan. The Election Commission (EC) Friday cleared Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah in four complaints of alleged violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC), of which at least one decision was not unanimous.The disagreement in the poll panel was on Shah s speech in Nagpur on April 9 when he likened Wayanad, the second seat from where Congress president Rahul Gandhi is contesting, to Pakistan. The Commission s decision favouring Shah, was taken by a 2 1 majority, The Indian Express has learnt.
According to diplomats based in New York and New Delhi, the US led from the front and gave China the first ultimatum of making a decision on lifting its technical hold on Azhar 's listing by April 23, failing which it would take the matter to the UN Security Council.Also Read thinsp;Pak govt issues order to implement sanctions against Jaish chief Masood Azhar
Minutes after India's ambassador to the UN Syed Akbaruddin tweeted that Pakistan based terrorist Masood Azhar has been listed as a global terrorist by the UN Security Council, France in a statement said it welcomes the move that was won after years of efforts by several nations.
China, which lifted its technical hold on listing Pakistan based terrorist Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN, on Wednesday said it took the decision after it found no objection to the proposal by the US, the UK and France.
New Delhi, May 1 (UNI) On a day Pakistan suffered a severe diplomatic jolt and as it stood isolated from the global community after China withdrew its objections for designating Masood Azhar a global terrorist, the government of India on Wednesday said that now Islamabad is trying to "salvage" something and also divert the entire narrative on the issue of sponsorship to terror.New Delhi, May 1 (UNI) While welcoming the designation of Jaish e Mohammed terrorist Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the United Nations, the Congress on Wednesday said that several precious lives lost in terror attacks like Pulwama could have been avoided had the Narendra Modi government acted at a greater speed in pursuing the declaration of Masood as a global terrorist.
The agreement between China and Pakistan was signed in Beijing over the weekend, according to a brief statement released by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) and quoted by the nationalistic tabloid, Global Times.It was signed during the visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan who was in Beijing for the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.
The Congress may even go the extent of creating a communal atmosphere to polarise votes and that is the reason it supported Pakistan and its terrorists by raising questions over the bravery of the country's security forces, Thakur said. He said these days Congress leaders were saying that Jinnah, who was responsible for the formation of Pakistan, was part of the Congress family.