Interestingly, looking at the bigger picture, something seems to be on the move, quickly, especially within the terrorist constellation, quite striking, when the Caliphate is engaged on different fronts. The Thursday US special forces (Delta force) and Kurdish militias hostages rescue operation in Hawija, showed a clear change (although officially denied) in the US counter-terrorism policy in ME (when Russia seems to getting the regional upper hand, with a diplomatic rhetoric much more focused on jointly fight terrorism), then Aleppo, Raqqa and Ramadi, this time, may all be part of a much more pragmatic action, now that there are troops, Quds (Iran), Russians, Iraqis and Hezbollah (Lebanon), at least, on the ground. Continue reading
Pakistani women and jihad: a new dangerous trend by Maria Alvanou – The recent suicide attack and bombing against the return of Benazir Bhutto have brought Pakistan in the spotlight. Unfortunately this tragic incident highlights the radicalization process taking place in the country. What is quite surprisingly is that the jihadi socialization mechanisms have started to include women too. Radicalized women in Pakistan are increasingly being used by jihadist groups to promote their extremist cause. This year, women from the Jamia Hafsa seminary wearing burqas protested in front of the Lal Masjid (the “Red Mosque”, known for training and funding the holy warriors of the Afghan jihad), seem to be the off start of an alarming and dangerous trend.