Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) has released a 20-page code of conduct outlining its approach to waging jihad throughout the region. The group says its men are currently fighting “shoulder-to-shoulder” with the Taliban and calls on Muslims in the surrounding countries to pledge allegiance to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (another name for the Taliban).
Christians persecuted at alarming rate in Iran, Arab world, US report says
A bomb blast at an upscale hotel in Rangoon injured an American woman; it is the latest of several bombings in the country since Oct. 9. Authorities reportedly detained three suspects; one was identified as Saw Myint Lwin.
Order restored after fresh Myanmar religious unrest
A group called the “Mujahideen of Arakan” announced it has declared war against the Burmese government and against Buddhists living in Rakhine state, and urged all Muslims to engage in jihad as a matter of religious duty. A US-based rights group called on the government to address anti-Muslim propaganda and violence. Indian and Bangladeshi intelligence […]
President Thein Sein promised to release all “prisoners of conscience” in Burmese jails within six months. He said that Burma was moving from a period of authoritarianism to democracy, with a “more inclusive national identity, including Buddhists and Muslims,” and vowed “zero tolerance” toward acts of violence.
“A brigade of Mujahedeen from Burma, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan” purportedly have launched operations in Burma. Photographs of scores of armed jihadists in military uniforms have appeared on a jihadist website.
What is behind Burma’s wave of religious violence?