Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleged on Wednesday that Mamata Banerjee was killing democracy in Bengal after realising that her politics of oppression and corruption over the people had ended. People of Bengal know Mamataji s politics of oppression and corruption has come to an end. Nobody can save her now. So, she is making desperate attempts to kill democracy in the state, Modi said in an interview aired on ABP Ananda on Wednesday evening.
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
;The Long Night,; the much anticipated ;Game of Thrones; episode where the living and the dead meet in a desperate, epic battle, wasn;t entirely embraced by the show;s fans. Instead, many have complained about the episode;s (literal) darkness, while others were disappointed by the apparent disappearance of the show;s old ruthlessness.But your hosts at the Original Content podcast (joined this week by our original co host Darrell Etherington) were pretty happy with the episode, as revealed in an appropriately super sized discussion.
For some time now, Game of Thrones fans have been desperate to see Jon Snow 's (Kit Harington) direwolf, Ghost. However, as he raced into the battle of Winterfell, fans are now terrified that the great beast has fallen prey to the dead army.SPOILER ALERT: This article discusses Episode 3 (titled ”The Long Night ”) of HBO 's Game of Thrones. Please proceed with caution if you have not yet viewed this episode and wish to avoid spoilers.
There are no signs of a financial or humanitarian crisis in North Korea. But some observers say the sanctions, toughened over the past several years, are gradually drying up Kim;s foreign currency reserves and he is desperate to find ways to bring in hard currency. His propaganda service is already saying that North Koreans can survive with only ;water and air.;Russia, along with China, has called for the easing of the sanctions, though both are members of the U.N. Security Council, which has approved a total of 11 rounds of sanctions on North Korea since 2006. Some experts say Kim may ask Russian President Vladimir Putin in a meeting set to take place in Vladivostok on Thursday to voice strong opposition to the sanctions, enforce them less stringently and send humanitarian food aid to North Korea.
The goalkeeper claims he did not know what a Nazi salute was after being pictured with his right arm in the air and left hand above his mouth
Wales international Hennessey was charged by the Football Association (FA) after a photograph showing him with his right arm raised and left hand placed over his mouth was posted to Instagram by Palace team mate Max Meyer, who is German, in January. Hennessey denied knowingly giving the Nazi salute and an FA hearing earlier in April found the charges against him were not proven.
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson understands Wayne Hennessey is "desperate" to be educated about Adolf Hitler and fascism after his apparent "lamentable" ignorance saw him cleared of wrongdoing after making an alleged Nazi salute.Wales international Hennessey was charged by the Football Association (FA) after a photograph showing him with his right arm raised and left hand placed over his mouth was posted to Instagram by Palace team mate Max Meyer, who is German, in January.
A 80 year old man who drove the wrong way down the motorway and killed three people including himself was confused due to his brain cancer, an inquest heard today.Dashcam footage shared on social media showed motorists desperately trying to avoid John Norton s Subaru and trailer in the moments before the crash.
Felicity Huffman has pleaded guilty in the college admissions scam case.The former Desperate Housewives actress is among 13 other people 12 parents and a coach who admitted to paying bribes to get their children into schools or help with their exams.
The TV star, 56, was among 14 people out of 50 charged who entered guilty pleas over mail fraud
The excitement around a Dark Mode coming to WhatsApp continues to grow with fans of the messaging service desperately waiting for news on the update.
The anonymous woman raged against her Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), convinced the condition she suffered from was the only thing stopping their dreams of a family from coming true. Utterly desperate, she spent three years trying fertility treatments.
As per the reports in the Times of India, the ghastly murder took place earlier on Valentine's Day this year but was discovered last week when the landlord came visiting and got suspicious about a patched up portion next to the accused room in Amrit Vihar. The accused was identified as 38 year old Sunita who desperately wanted to end her marriage that had gone sour. Reportedly, the accused was married to 50 year old Rajesh in 2006, while she was 25 year old. The couple had a son the next year, and problem between them started when the family shifted to the new house last year and Rajesh got suspicious of Sunita's friendship with a young man in the neighbourhood.
AUSTIN (KXAN) mdash; The Austin Animal Center is sending out a desperate call for adopters after reporting they have reached critical capacity at their facility Friday.
Wayne Rooney admits he desperately does not want to see Liverpool win the Premier League title and would love Manchester City to land the trophy once again.City are the reigning champions and have the upper hand slightly on Liverpool at the moment as they trail by two points with a game in hand.
The brothers have been filming UFOs since October and have been desperate to prove their existence
Tottenham fans are split when it comes to the latest transfer rumours doing the rounds.Without a single signing in either of the last two transfer windows, Tottenham fans are desperate to see some new players come through the door to grace the 850million new stadium next season.
Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, asked then chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne to be even more active and vocal in his concerns about European data protection legislation, and to really help shape the proposals , during a lobbying campaign to influence EU policy. As part of attempts to woo Osborne, Sandberg invited one of his children to visit a Facebook office after the chancellor told her they were desperate to have a Facebook account, internal company documents seen by Computer Weekly and The Observer reveal.
Andhadhun, the latest from thriller master Sriram Raghavan, won rave reviews and box office success upon its release last year in September. The film revolves around Tabu 's Simi, a desperate small time actor turned trophy wife who is caught disposing of her husband 's body in front of a presumably blind pianist Akash (Ayushmann Khurrana). The story follows Simi, Akash, and Akash 's suspicious girlfriend (played by Radhika Apte) in a wicked story of ambition, romance and organ harvesting. ”We have discussed honoring Tabu for a long time, and this year felt like the right time, ” said Christina Marouda, IFFLA 's Executive Director.