jihad

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We must cast out all that is evil within us, all that opposes God.  This is the war that we must fight.

My brethren, let me tell you a story so that you may better understand the meaning of jihad, or holy war.  When God formed Adam out of earth, He placed the great trust of the light of Nur Muhammad on Adam’s forehead and decreed that man would know things that the angels and other beings could never know.  The leader of the jinns was watching and listening.  He became filled with jealousy, pride, and vengeance, and these qualities changed him into satan.  At once he began to speak against God, boasting to Adam, “I am more exalted than you.  Allah said that He created you to be most exalted, but you are only made of earth.  I am made of fire.  If you bow down to me I will help you, but if you attempt to rise above me, then I will do many evil things to you and make you suffer greatly.”

Then that light on Adam’s forehead looked closely at satan, and when satan saw the radiance, there arose within him an even greater fear, jealousy, and vengeance.  Once again he sneered at Adam, “You are created out of mere earth, and yet you dare to look at me like this!  Because you were given a higher place than I was, I will create sorrow and suffering for you until the very end.”  Then satan spat on him, and the moment that spit landed on Adam, satan’s poisonous qualities entered him and spread throughout his entire body.  Those qualities became the darkness of the mind and the veils within the innermost heart.

Upon seeing what had happened, Allah commanded the Angel Gabriel to pinch out that spot of hell where satan’s spit had landed.  The hollow that remained became the navel.  Even though the spit itself was cleared away, some of the poison of those evil, envious qualities had already entered Adam and in that way were passed on to his descendents, causing all of mankind endless trouble.  Because of satan’s actions, Allah commanded that he and his followers be cast out of heaven.  Then he elevated Adam to the high position decreed for him.

This is a very great matter.  I have related only a small part of it to show you that the most important jihad, the holy war that each one of us must fight, is the war against these qualities.  Just as satan was thrown out of heaven because he opposed the Almighty, Unique One, we too must cast out all that is evil within us, everything that opposes God.  Those evil qualities of jealousy and vengeance are the qualities that ruin us and take us on the path to hell…

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Tsar Cannon is the largest howitzer in the history of humankind. The bronze weapon was made in Moscow in 1596…

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by Kabir Taneja

DNA daily news & annalysis

17 Apr 2017

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On the evening of April 13, the United States deployed for the first time in a combat zone its GBU-43/B Massive Ordinance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB) in an active combat zone, making the weapon the third highest yield explosive ever used by any military. US Central Command announced the use of the MOAB, which was first cleared for operational use by the Obama administration, as being successful in “destroying” a maze of underground caves in the ISIS stronghold in Nangarhar, in Afghanistan’s troubled Achin province.

This strike orchestrated under President Donald Trump’s ambit could have significant implications for Afghanistan, a country embroiled in an ‘infinity war’ since the 1990s when the Taliban took over and installed a pariah state. Later on, the US campaign post 9/11 to dislodge the Taliban, an entity US helped create to take on the former Soviet Union, saw controlled success with a pro-West government developed under the leadership of former president Hamid Karzai. However, despite initial success against the Taliban, the US and its allies have started to lose ground yet again, with the terror organization making small yet steady comebacks in the country, specifically in and around Helmand province in the south.

However, the launch of the MOAB that has captured global headlines, and perhaps more importantly, catapulted Afghanistan’s precarious security situation back into American prime time headlines has a different target than the Taliban. The bomb was launched, possibly from a customized USAF C-130 Hercules aircraft, to target a maze of caves in and around Achin used by the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP), ISIS’s loosely attached Afghanistan chapter which was launched in 2015 under the watchful eyes of Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, who was killed last year in a drone strike in Aleppo, Syria.

America’s Afghanistan policy is still up for deciphering under the new administration, despite use of the MOAB. All eyes are now on Lt Gen H.R. McMaster, President Donald Trump’s second attempt at filling the coveted National Security Advisor position after the resignation of former-NSA Michael Flynn. McMaster is on his first tour of Kabul, Islamabad and New Delhi, with Afghanistan’s security being in jeopardy and both Pakistan and India being major influences and partners for the country’s future, the former via spreading terrorism and latter via funding developmental projects in the country.

The ISKP, however, is an entity punching above its weight in the threat perceptions that make up Afghanistan’s security discourse. While the Taliban still remains the main challenge to the government in Kabul by a long mile, the attack on ISKP by the US had multiple reasons, very few of them having much to do with the terror group’s validity in itself. The strike, as per reports, killed nearly 100 jihadists, including high-ranking ISKP leaders. However, the question that needs to be asked is, what exactly is the ISKP in Afghanistan and what warranted such a military strike by Washington D.C.?

The answer to the origins of ISKP is not surprising. “The IS fighters who pioneered the Khorasan franchise of the IS were Pakistani militants who had long been settled in the southeastern districts of Nangarhar, in the Spin Ghar mountains or its foothills, bordering the tribal agencies on the Pakistani side of the Durand Line”, explains researcher Borhan Osman in a paper published by the Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN), a Kabul based think tank.

Most of the fighters in the ISKP brand are former Pakistan Taliban (TTP) members, who had been fleeing military operations being conducted by the Pakistani armed forces in the country’s tribal areas such as FATA, Waziristan and so on. These jihadists arrived into the Achin province and Nazian under the cover of being refugees, and were initially settled by local villages with a sympathetic outlook towards them for being Pashtuns. These “refugees” used this situation to look for new avenues to go back to their premiere career paths, terrorism, and started to develop an environment and infrastructure (madrasas and so on) for the same.

The ISKP is another brand in the convoluted yet prevailing cottage industry of Afghanistan’s jihadist complex, where terrorism is seen by many fighters more with a career lens than an ideological or political one, unlike the Taliban. Like any other career, jihadists look for a better paying role, and allegiance to a group often is not of the primary concern in this theatre of war. The role of the ISKP was to take up brutal violence in the Achin area of Afghanistan; however, the group never gained enough popularity or human strength to expand its reach. As per available research, not more than 1,400 ISKP fighters exist, and no major commanders from central Asia who have fought in either Syria or Iraq had tried to take control of ISKP’s operations despite the panache with which Adnani launched the franchise. The ISKP gained prominence with the ISIS branding; however, operationally they still remain smaller than even some tribal leaders in the region. These leaders, in fact, used the likes of ISKP to launch violence on other tribal leaders over territory, prominence, and regional power.

The launch of the MOAB on ISKP and Achin had more than one aim, and perhaps had a message for North Korea by the Trump administration, another, more complex theatre of geo-political tensions which involves nuclear weapons. By orchestrating a strike on the ISKP at this magnitude, the United States administration may have signaled its intent to Pyongyang, showcasing the strength of its non-nuclear strike capability as well. However, in Afghanistan, it is the Taliban and Pakistan’s intelligence apparatus that remains in cahoots with the Afghan jihadist complex that is the single biggest threat to not just Afghanistan’s future, but the extended region’s stability as well. New Delhi should make clear to NSA McMaster of the increasing instability in Afghanistan, the Taliban’s resurgence, and for America to not forget that its Afghanistan project also cost more than 2,300 US military deaths. Leaving the country without a valid conclusion after waging a war for 15 years is not an option that the Trump administration should entertain.

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Kabir Taneja is an Associate Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation.

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http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-what-did-the-monster-of-all-bombs-target-in-afghanistan-2404861

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drumming in afghanistan

young afghan with tambourine

conjures

sufi bubble

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unama

the united nations assistance mission in afghanistan

https://unama.unmissions.org

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background

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Assistance_Mission_in_Afghanistan

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Madam Beloved

her devoted butler

journey to kabul

via

sufi bubble

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heroic photo-journalist having braved afghanistan

http://www.lucykafanov.com

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connectivity

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-03/23/c_136149585.htm

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sufi bubble pops

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editor

elvis bojangles

happy easter

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God this, God that, God everything & damn it too

the end of reality’s trail & everything else that’s true

the last frontier of hard facts and how-do-you-do’s

I stood on a hill in deep desert & all I had was ‘de blues

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Find yourself a woman, lad, and work for a living too

make sure she’s a good woman who will always stand by you

raise some kids or corn and ply your trade on the avenue

or you’ll end up standing amongst the cacti with nothing else to do

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I stood there hard and long concentrating on every thorn

but no angel arrived blowing music on a golden horn

all was quiet but a little wind, no birds, just some ants

crawlin’ around aimlessly lookin’ for someone with whom to dance

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I trudged back to the truck, crunching the desert turf along the way

opened the doors to the book-store in the rear without much to say

figured I’d sell a book or two if a miracle happened to stray

but there was nobody around but me on this fine lonely day

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Nobody but a million catatonic cacti with not much to offer but a thorn

stretching off into the distance come evening and come morn

I sat in the wind & the blood of my brain ~ t’was a mournful song

and then, and then, suddenly, a rabbit come lopin’ along

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T’was the biggest I’d ever seen, about the size of a dog

a jack rabbit who fit no-ways in any kind of catologue

he wasn’t at all shy like other rabbits in other scenes

when he stopped & asked me, “Have you got any books on human beings?”

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Stunned, I replied, “I have books on coyotes and snakes

cacti, deserts, rivers, God and whatever it takes

to get along with anything including killer bees

but, but all I have on human beings are fantasies”

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The rabbit sadly bowed his head, loped away and disappeared

I said to a fly buzzing around my hat, “that was really weird”

closed up the store, bent low to tie one of my worn-out shoes

climbed behind the wheel, bumped on outta them deep desert blues…

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from the out-of-print book

A Love Song To The American Lizard

by Rawclyde!

alias 

Elvis Bojangles

(Copyright Clyde Collins 1999)

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Americans For Responsible Solutions

http://americansforresponsiblesolutions.org

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Madam Beloved’s Shrine

http://spiritdameshrine.yolasite.com

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the wayward wind forever!

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The wayward wind is a restless wind
A restless wind that yearns to wander
And she was born the next of kin
The next of kin to the wayward wind

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In a lonely shack by a railroad track
She spent her younger days
And I guess the sound of the outward-bound
Made her a slave to her wand’rin ways

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And the wayward wind is a restless wind
A restless wind that yearns to wander
And she was born the next of kin
The next of kin to the wayward wind

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Oh I met her there in a border town
She vowed we’d never part
Though she tried her best to settle down
I’m now alone with a broken heart

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And the wayward wind is a restless wind
A restless wind that yearns to wander
And she was born the next of kin
The next of kin to the wayward wind

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