Why Are Terrorist Groups Renouncing Violence?

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In summary, Lawrence Wright's article discusses how al-Qaida is at war with itself and how this development could have implications for the reduction of terrorism.
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This is a rather interesting development and it will be interesting to see where it goes. I guess this is good news?

Al-Qaida at War with Itself, Author Says
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=90805085
Al-Qaida is at war. And not just against the West, but with itself, says Lawrence Wright, . . . .

"It's very profound in the radical edge of it," says Wright, who explores the ideological rift for an article in next week's New Yorker magazine. "Before, moderate Muslims have spoken out against violence in the name of Islam, but now radicals are doing the same thing. And what's fascinating is that they're attacking on two grounds: One is that [violence is] not practical because it hasn't achieved their purposes. And secondly, it's sinful. It is placing the souls of the people who commit this violence in great jeopardy."

. . . . Sayyed Imam Al-Sharif, also known as Dr. Fadl. Sharif, who wrote al-Qaida's manual for jihad training, recently released a manifesto refuting those principles.

The fact that al-Qaida's architect has changed his mind, Wright says, makes violence "harder to justify using that kind of thinking."

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. . . . They're clearly losing in Iraq. Their popularity all across the Muslim world is plummeting because Muslims are the main victims. And people are beginning to question the use of violence not only in the case of al-Qaida but even in resistance movements in Palestine."
Seems like there is an opportunity to reduce terrorism if groups like Al Qaida, Islamic Jihad, Hamas and Hezbollah, and others renounce violence.
 
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why would terrorists renounce violence?
and yes, I agree, they are recognized as terrorist groups in the modest side of the ME. And don't get me wrong, we also recognize Israel and the US in Iraq as terrorists as well.
There's no innocent side here.
We should not feed the beast with threads that encourage biasness and one-side judgments.
 
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AhmedEzz said:
why would terrorists renounce violence?
Because it may be in their political interests to do so.

Why did the IRA disarm? Why did Qaddafi renounce violence? Why did Musharraf strike at jihadi groups?
 

Related to Why Are Terrorist Groups Renouncing Violence?

1. What is Al Qaida?

Al Qaida is a militant extremist group that originated in the late 1980s and is primarily based in the Middle East. It was founded by Osama bin Laden and has been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks around the world, including the 9/11 attacks in the United States.

2. What is the internal dispute within Al Qaida?

The internal dispute within Al Qaida refers to the ongoing power struggle between different factions within the organization. This conflict has been fueled by differences in ideology, leadership, and strategies, leading to divisions and tensions within the group.

3. How did the internal dispute in Al Qaida start?

The internal dispute in Al Qaida started in the aftermath of the death of Osama bin Laden in 2011. With his absence, different leaders and factions within the group have been vying for control and influence, leading to a power struggle that continues to this day.

4. How does the internal dispute in Al Qaida affect its operations?

The internal dispute in Al Qaida has had a significant impact on the group's operations. The divisions and tensions within the organization have led to a decrease in coordination and communication, making it more difficult for Al Qaida to carry out large-scale attacks like it did in the past.

5. Is there a resolution to the internal dispute in Al Qaida?

As of now, there is no clear resolution to the internal dispute in Al Qaida. While some attempts at reconciliation have been made, the power struggle and differences in ideology have prevented a full resolution. It is likely that the internal dispute will continue to affect the group's operations in the future.

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