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A new chapter in terrorism

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The writer is a political analyst. He can be reached at [email protected] Twitter @Imran_Jan

The terror attacks in Sri Lanka may seem as yet another Islamist terror incident. However, this is a new territory, a whole other game, and a new chapter in terrorism. The Islamist terrorism that our generation has known stemmed primarily from the teachings of Syed Qutub, whose book Milestones inspired a generation of Arab Takfiris, including Ayman Zawahiri, the current head of al Qaeda. The events of late 1979 — the siege of Makkah, the Iranian revolution, and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan — started a chain reaction creating the Mujahideen and then al Qaeda during the 1980s. Then came the unforeseen Soviet Union’s collapse followed by the Gulf War of 1991 which eventually led to the turning of al Qaeda against its erstwhile patron, the United States, resulting in the attacks against the US embassy in Tanzania, the Khobar Towers bombing, bombing of the USS Cole and finally 9/11.

If we closely look at these terrorist attacks, including........

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