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Beating Al-Qaeda through religious debate about its tactics

This is a new tactic to reduce the influence of terrorist organizations such as Al-Qaeda, and by association, others such as the Taleban. These terror groups thrive on the basis of the terror campaigns they unleash on citizens of their country, such as suicide bombings, attacks by machine-gun wielding terrorists, etc. It is difficult for the security apparatus of countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq to handle the threat of these organizations, especially since the security apparatus is either weak, or where sections share some of the beliefs of these terror organizations. If these groups are not put down, they also pose major threats to countries such as US, UK, India, and many western countries. One way to combat these groups is through direct military and police action, and there is a vigorous effort underway against these groups.
However, there are challenges in fighting such groups when there is a sympathy towards their actions by sections of the population and administration in Pakistan, and this sympathy also extends towards regular donations from wealthy individuals in countries such as Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, etc. There is a need to break this sympathy by declaring that the acts of terror carried out by such groups, and the attacking of innocent civilians is totally against the teachings and the tenets of Islam. An attempt is being made in this regard by negotiating with a group such as the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), a much older group that was well regarded by Al-Qaeda, but which repudiated the methods used by Al-Qaeda (link to article):

From within Libya’s most secure jail a new challenge to al Qaeda is emerging. Leaders of one of the world’s most effective jihadist organizations, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), have written a new “code” for jihad. The LIFG says it now views the armed struggle it waged against Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s regime for two decades as illegal under Islamic law.
The code’s most direct challenge to al Qaeda is this: “Jihad has ethics and morals because it is for God. That means it is forbidden to kill women, children, elderly people, priests, messengers, traders and the like. Betrayal is prohibited and it is vital to keep promises and treat prisoners of war in a good way. Standing by those ethics is what distinguishes Muslims’ jihad from the wars of other nations.” The code has been circulated among some of the most respected religious scholars in the Middle East and has been given widespread backing. It is being debated by politicians in the U.S. and studied by western intelligence agencies.

Any advice by well meaning individuals from the West, as well as attempts by the governments of the Middle East to reduce the support for terrorist organizations is normally ignored. It is when scholars or even Islamic terrorists renounce the tools of terror does the fight against these terrorist organizations get joined.

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