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Email Tweet MANTRAYA BRIEF#17: 04 JULY 2016 Whats in a name? Unscrambling the Dhaka terror strike  Bibhu Prasad Routray – Abstract Whether global or local jihad consumed the lives of the Bangladeshis and foreigners on 1 July 2016 is irrelevant. An effective counter-terrorism response is about the state’s demonstrated inclination to provide a honest assessment of […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA INTERACTION#01: 20 JUNE 2016 The Kashmir Conundrum  Interaction with Dr. Ashok Bhan – How will you describe the current situation in Jammu & Kashmir? The security situation in Jammu & Kashmir has been improving continuously since 2001. In the last five years,  terrorism related incidents have gone down to less than 200 per […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA OCCASIONAL PAPER #01: 27 MAY 2016 Sri Lanka: Assessment of the End-Game – Thomas A. Marks, Ph.D.   – Much has already been written concerning the dramatic climax of three decades of war in Sri Lanka (see map).  Still, much remains to be assessed.  This is imperative, for the conflict, one of the […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA BRIEF#14: 26 MAY 2016 Profile: Abdul Rehman Rauf of Jaish-e-Mohammad Partha Chakraborty   Abstract Abdul Rehman Rauf is the second in command in the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM)’s power hierarchy and is arguably the most important person in charge of taking key decisions in the outfit. He has played key role in several terrorist […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA BRIEF#13: 05 MARCH 2016 CPI-Maoist’s continuing potency Bibhu Prasad Routray  – Abstract Killing of 16 civilians in the worst massacre since 2013 and another three security force personnel in Chhattisgarh by the CPI-Maoist brings back attention on the potency of a declining extremism. The state’s continued achievements in neutralising its cadres does […]

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Email Tweet – MANTRAYA SPECIAL REPORT#03: 27 JANUARY 2016 Narco Diplomacy: Foreign Policy of the United Wa State Army – Boh Ze Kai – Abstract Once a remote, uncontrollable region, Shan State in North Myanmar is home to the ‘Wild’ Wa people, who make up 10percent of its population. Nonetheless, with 30,000 active soldiers, the United […]

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Email Tweet – MANTRAYA DATABASE#03: 21 JANUARY 2016 Timeline: Taliban attacks in Afghanistan: 2015 (January-June)  –  – 1 January: Transition of power from the NATO-led coalition forces to Afghan National Security forces and the beginning of the NATO-led non-combat Resolute Mission. 1 January: Taliban carry out attack on a team of 200 former Taliban fighters in […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA BRIEF#12: 04 January 2016 Bangladesh’s Ansarullah Bangla Team Surya Valliappan Krishna  – Abstract Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) has emerged as a radical Islamist group with a limited operational objective of targeting secular bloggers in Bangladesh. However, behind its attacks on and killings of these bloggers, is its larger intent of establishing Islamic rule […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA BRIEF#11: 1 DECEMBER 2015 Afghanistan: Reversing Losses? V. Vidya Lakshmi – Abstract Recurrent insurgent attacks and rising civilian fatalities in Afghanistan raise questions on the capacities of ANSF. The US decision to revise the withdrawal plan in the wake of the Kunduz attack has indicated the gaps in the strategic and tactical capacities […]

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Email Tweet  MANTRAYA BRIEF#10: 24 SEPTEMBER 2015 Profile: Mirza Shadaab Beg of Indian Mujahideen Bibhu Prasad Routray & Manoj Kumar Panigrahi – – Mirza Shadaab Beg alias Engineer was born in Raja ka Quila under Kotwali Police circle in Uttar Pradesh state’s Azamgarh district. Son of Mirza Ahatesham Beg, Shadaab pursued engineering prior to his […]

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