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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:

Governor of Punjab Assasinated for Opposing Blasphemy Laws

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

This is not good news. Imagine if the governor of California or Texas were assassinated in broad daylight by his own bodyguard. Well, that’s what happened to Punjab Governor Salman Taseer in Pakistan. Of course, former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was also assassinated, and Indian PM Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her own bodyguards, in large measure due to policies regarding Sikhs in the Indian portion of Punjab.

As for who is responsible, who knows? It could be a freelance jihadist, it could be al Quada, it could be Taliban, or it could be some of the Islamist elements of the Pakistani ISI. (Given the circumstances, I’m assuming it wasn’t Kashmiri nationalists, though stranger things have happened.) In any case, it’s bad news for a nuclear-armed nation that always seems to be inching ever closer to become a failed state.

I don’t have any particular insight into Pakistani, so I direct you to the odd piece by the ever-interesting Christopher Hitchens, which are long on insight and short on hope. Sometimes, as in the Middle East, there are simply no good options.