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This Week in Jihad for January 13, 2011

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Time for another installment of This Week in Jihad.

Please note that these weekly installments are only a sampler of Jihad-related news from around the world, and that I skim a lot more stories than I post here. One reason is that, from Africa to Indonesia, regular Jihad-related violence is depressingly frequent. So I don’t report every suicide bombing or honor killing that goes on. There’s just too much to keep up with.

However, given Jared Lee Loughner’s shooting spree in Tucson, I thought I would change that for this week’s roundup, to provide glimpses of places in which political and religious violence are the rule rather than the exception. So here’s a list of all the deadly incidents related to Islam I could find mention of from this past week:

  1. Suicide bomb kills 18 at a police station in Pakistan.
  2. Suicide bomber kills two on bus in Afghanistan.
  3. Two killed, six wounded in Taliban attack.
  4. Off-duty policeman shoots a 71-year old Christian man dead on a bus in Egypt.
  5. Jihadis open fire in a bar, killing seven in Nigeria.
  6. That follows hot on the heels of 11 people being killed in Jos, Nigeria.
  7. Jihadist suicide bomber kills 17 at bathhouse in Afghanistan.
  8. Couple axed to death in Punjab, India.
  9. Man killed and mutilated in honor killing in Multan, Iran. “Murtaza’s ears, lips, tongue, nose were sliced his eyes were gouged out with a knife before his head was severed.”
  10. Ireland suffers its first honor killing.
  11. Iraqi police chief killed by a roadside bomb.
  12. Six NATO soldiers killed Wednesday in Afghanistan.
  13. The figure above presumably includes U.S. Private Benjamin Moore, killed by an IED.
  14. The figure presumably does not include Marine Lance Cpl. Ryan Giese, killed on Friday.
  15. Nor that of Private First Class Robert Near, also killed in Afghanistan on Friday.
  16. Finally, I count two more names on this list of the fallen, for the time period specified, not including those killed 1/12: SPC Ethan C. Hardin and PFC Ira B. Laningham IV (the latter of Zapata, Texas).

If I’m counting correctly, that brings the total, just for this week, up to 73. There could be twice that many I didn’t have time to search out yet, either from the Foreign Policy/Jihad sources listed to the right (JihadWatch was, as always, invaluable) or just doing a Google search. And there could be twice (or ten, or even a hundred) times as many Jihad-related killings that didn’t make news reports. I did not include Iran’s execution of five accused drug-smugglers in the total. Nor any of the other 46 executions the Islamic Republic of Iran has carried out in the last 20 days.

Other Jihad-related tidbits:

This Week in Jihad for January 6, 2011

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

I hope everyone had a Happy New Year. Here’s a roundup from the world of Jihad, where things aren’t nearly so happy:

(Hat tips: JihadWatch, Creeping Sharia, Michael Totten, etc.)

This Week in Jihad for December 30, 2010

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

One last batch of Jihad news to tide you over until the New Year:

This Week in Jihad for November 24, 2010

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Sadly, Jihad doesn’t wait for American holidays, so here’s a roundup of related news:

This Week in Jihad

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Thanks to an Instalanch (with assists from Ace of Spades and Moe Lane, among others), my piece on Elizabeth Moon and WisCon has proven extraordinarily popular, so I’ve been spending a fair amount of attention on that. (And numerous liberal science fiction professionals have been writing in to thank me for it, as the shrill, exclusionary rhetoric and tactics of the FailFandom crowd have alienated vast swathes of the field.) But that’s not the only news from the World of Jihad this week, so here’s a roundup of a few other notable developments:

  • The convert-to-Jihadism that threatened the lives of South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone over the Mohammed episodes is going to prison:

    A 20-year old guy named Zachary Adam Chesser pled guilty on Wednesday to three federal charges: communicating threats against South Park’s writers, soliciting violent jihadists to desensitize law enforcement, and attempting to provide material support to Al-Shabaab, an organization designated by the US as a terrorist group….He faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison when sentenced on February 25, 2011. He was born Jewish, and converted in his teens to an extremist strain of Islam, adopting the name Abu Talhah al-Amrikee….Chesser admitted that he promoted online what he called “Open Source Jihad,” where he would direct jihadists through his online forums to information on the Internet that they could use to elude capture and death while maintaining relevance and striking capability.

  • London borough turning into an Islamic republic (the Telegraph‘s phrasing, not mine). Lutfur Rahman, the newly-elected Mayor of Tower Hamlets, has “close links [with] a Muslim supremacist body, the Islamic Forum of Europe (IFE) – which believes, in its own words, in transforming the ‘very infrastructure of society, its institutions, its culture, its political order and its creed… from ignorance to Islam.’”
  • Speaking of UK jihadists, Pregnant Asiyah Khan of Bradford, who burned to death, may have been the victim of an honor killing.
  • Benjamin Kerstein points out the obvious: the Middle East Peace Process is a joke.
  • If you’re wondering what “Islamic moderates” look like, take a look at this essay by Mohamed El-Moctar El-Shinqiti, which, in diagnosing the cure for Arab decline, calls for a guarantee of the rights of non-Muslims, but rejects a wholly secular state saying that “non-Muslim minorities and non-practicing Muslims need to accept the fact that Islamic law is too rich and too important to be discarded.” Mr. El-Shinqiti’s vision of a rule based on moderate Islamism would be a distinct improvement in countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia, but a vast step backwards in any Western society based on individual rights.

(Hat tips: Instapundit, JihadWatch, Michael Totten, MEMRI.)

This Week in Jihad

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Though I’m going to be concentrating heavily on election coverage the next three weeks, the rest of the world doesn’t stop just because the U.S. is having an election. Here’s a roundup of this week’s problems with Jihad, Islamists, Sharia, Islam, and the Middle East in general. (You might also have noticed that I’ve added a Foreign Policy/Jihad links section.)

So here’s a week’s worth of (mostly depressing) developments: