Terrorism returns to Afghanistan

Abdullah bin Bijad Al-Otaibi

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The phenomenon of contemporary terrorism is one of the most dangerous phenomena in history as it contains hostility within a live ideology that’s protected by countries like Qatar and another regional country.

This ideology is also fully sponsored by the guardian of the jurist’s regime in Iran. It justifies its presence through the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood and political Islam groups.

Terror attacks have currently increased in Afghanistan which has been calm for years except for few incidents. Terrorist operations have dominated the scene again via explosions targeting the Afghani state and its stability.

This has worried the entire world, and it raised many questions. Is it just a coincidence that terrorism went rampant in Afghanistan after ISIS was eliminated in Iraq and Syria?

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Will it be strange that the road which Zarqawi and his followers took to Iraq after 2003 will be the same road which Baghdadi and his followers will take in 2018? Will it even be stranger that this road passes back and forth through Iran and falls under the supervision of the guardian of the jurist and the Iranian regime?

We should not be dragged behind rushed analyses and it’s good to learn from history and from our present to understand how the Iranian enemy, al-Qaeda and ISIS move and how they can overcome their major crisis by creating smaller crises.

Some superpowers think that by allying with Iran or another regional country or Qatar, they can come up with solutions to resolve the region’s crises, such as the Syrian crisis

Abdullah bin Bijad Al-Otaibi

Terror phenomenon

The region’s countries, primarily Saudi Arabia and the UAE, have forced the world to practically deal with the phenomenon of terrorism. They exposed the Iranian regime’s role as the top sponsor of terrorism and boycotted the Qatari regime which is the largest financial supporter of terrorism.

This is in addition to a possible future confrontation with a regional country that supports terrorism – which when inspecting some aspects, it seems more dangerous than Iran and Qatar. This was seen via taking a strict stance against the terrorist Brotherhood Movement and political Islam groups and categorizing them as terror groups.

The region’s countries have voiced more determination and decisiveness to combat terrorism than most major countries across the world. This is due to several understandable political and economic reasons.

However, lack of decisiveness is tantamount to playing with fire as it’s never enough to close borders or regulate immigration laws to prevent terrorism from spreading. The more terrorism finds ways to exit its suffocating crises, the easier it gets for it to develop its operations and threaten international peace.

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Some superpowers think that by allying with Iran or another regional country or Qatar, they can come up with solutions to resolve the region’s crises, such as the Syrian crisis. However, they miss the fact that they will not be safe from terrorism just because they found themselves a foothold within an international conflict to achieve some victories.

Muslim countries are the ones that are primarily concerned in the war against terror. This is why the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition, which is led by Saudi Arabia, was established. The coalition is a strategic option for Saudi Arabia and its allies, and they cannot bargain over it.

International failure to support it and to fight the roots of terrorism, instead of just fighting terror groups, will give terrorism a great opportunity to rearrange its ranks and come up with untraditional and unfamiliar approaches.

The phenomenon of terrorism is of significant interest to the entire world and it will occupy it for a long time in the future. Any flexibility when confronting it will allow terrorist groups and organizations to strike again and again.

This article is also available in Arabic.
Abdullah bin Bijad al-Otaibi is a Saudi writer and researcher. He is a member of the board of advisors at Al-Mesbar Studies and Research Center. He tweets under @abdullahbjad.

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