Deadly Vanguards: A Study of al Qaeda Violence Against Muslims - military study

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Deadly Vanguards: A Study of al Qaeda Violence Against Muslims - military study

This newly released study of the effect of Al Qaeda’s violence against Muslims provides an interesting glimpse into Muslim on Muslim violence in the Middle East.

The vast majority of al Qaeda’s victims are Muslims, only 15% of the fatalities resulting from al Qaeda attacks between 2004 and 2008 were Westerners.

The results show that non Westerners are much more likely to be killed in an al Qaeda attack. From 2004 to 2008, only 15% percent of the 3,010 victims were Western. During the most recent period studied the numbers skew even further. From 2006 to 2008, only 2% (12 of 661 victims) are from the West, and the remaining 98% are inhabitants of countries with Muslim majorities. During this period, a person of non Western origin was 54 times more likely to die in an al Qaeda attack than an individual from the West.

The overwhelming majority of al Qaeda victims are Muslims living in Muslim countries, and many are citizens of Iraq, which suffered more al Qaeda attacks than any other country courtesy of the al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) affiliate.
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To justify the killing of innocent Muslims, or martyrs, al Qaeda references a shari’a rule called al tatarrus. Al tatarrus refers to the use of human shields, the practice of avoiding hostility by hiding behind others.

Muslims are not supposed to kill other Muslims, and historically, enemies used this prohibition against Muslim military forces by surrounding themselves with other Muslims. Muslims found the al tatarrus rule was a strategic liability and looked for ways to circumvent the ban. The notion that it is okay to kill Muslims being used as human shields, is not widely invoked or discussed in other contemporary circles. Al Qaeda resurrected the term to justify the killing of innocents, arguing that these people were essentially human shields, and if innocent, they died martyrs.

Al Qaeda has acknowledged that assailants should be patient and wait for the right time to carry out attacks (in martyr videos and announcements), but this report shows there is scant evidence of prudence or effort to limit violence. Irrespective of al Qaeda’s justifications, if history provides a glimpse into the future, the group and its associates will pose the greatest threat to fellow Muslims.
 http://www.ctc.usma.edu/Dea...
By netchicken: posted on 14-12-2009








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