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Faraaz Ayaaz Hossain, a true hero,who died protecting his friends in the terrorist attack at Dhaka cafe

Hossain was the grandson of Latifur Rahman, the Chairman of Transcom was among the 20 hostages killed in the terrorist attack

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  • Hossain may have sacrificed his life as he did not want to leave his two friends behind
  • He, along with two of his friends went out for dinner at Holey Artisan, when several terrorists attacked the place
  • The 20-year-old had only come to Dhaka on May 18 with an intent of spending the summer holidays

It is often said that only a true hero emerges in the face of hard times. One such hero was Faraaz Ayaaz Hossain, a 20-year-old, who lost his life in the Holey Artisan Bakery terrorist attack in Dhaka on July 1.

While the world still wonders in horror, what levels the humanity has stooped to, Hossain stands out as an inspiration that would continue to reaffirm our faith in mankind, when hit with difficult times.

Faraaz with his friend Tarish Jain. Image Source: The New Indian Express
Faraaz with his friend Tarish Jain. Image Source: The New Indian Express

According to a report in Indian Express, it is believed that Hossain may have sacrificed his life as he did not want to leave his two friends behind. This detail was revealed during the questioning of the hostages, who were rescued.

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The report quoting sources said, “Faraaz was given the option of leaving on Friday night, July 1. Since Tarishi and Abinta (his friends) were wearing western clothes, the terrorists asked Faraaz where they were from. He reportedly told them that they were from India and the US — but while Abinta was studying in the US, she was a Bangladeshi citizen.”

He, along with two of his friends went out for dinner at Holey Artisan, when several terrorists attacked the place and took the life of the youth.

Hossain was the grandson of Latifur Rahman, Chairman of Transcom and was among the 20 hostages killed in the terrorist attack.

Son of Simeen Hossain, Managing Director, Eskayef Bangladesh Limited, and Muhammad Waquer Bin Hossain, Faraaz was completing his undergraduate studies at the Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

He had only come to Dhaka on May 18 with an intent of spending the summer holidays.

Hossain had just completed his internship with Kolkata in Pepsico, only a few days before the horror that broke out on Friday, reported Indian Express.

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His elder brother Zaraif described him as “extremely sensitive towards other” person and always “careful” about how his actions would affect those around him.

Mahfuz Anam, the editor of The Daily Star, told The Indian Express, “This incident has struck us closer home because one of our family members have lost their child. My daughter, Tahmima, who is a writer, goes there (Holey Artisan bakery) very often… it is one of the quietest places in town. It is really sad that something like this has happened.”

20 hostages were hacked to death by suspected ISIS militants inside a bakery. Branded as the worst terror attack in Bangladesh, most of those killed were found with their throats slit.  Islamic State group had taken responsibility for the attack through its Amaq news agency, nearly four hours after the hostage crisis unraveled.

Commandos launched an assault on the terrorists, killing six and capturing one alive.

The government, however, blames “homegrown” militant groups and Pakistan’s spy agency ISI for the attack, out rightly rejecting the involvement of the Islamic State.

-This article is modified by Bulbul, a staff-writer at NewsGram. 

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Kurdish Red Crescent: IS Attacks Kill at Least 50 in East Syria

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A female fighter from the Syrian Democratic Forces stands near a military tank in the village of Abu Fas, Hasaka province, Syria. voa

Islamic State suicide attackers killed at least 50 people in a triple car bomb attack on Thursday among a group of refugees in northeast Syria, a medical source in the Kurdish Red Crescent said.

A large number of people were also injured by the three car bombs, the source said.

The attack took place at Abu Fas, near the border of Deir el-Zour and Hasaka provinces, said a war monitor, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which said earlier that at least 18 people had been killed.

The dead included refugees fleeing the fighting in Deir el-Zour as well as members of the Kurdish Asayish security force, the observatory reported. Syrian state television said dozens had been killed in the attack.

The jihadist group has lost swaths of its territory in both Syria and Iraq this year and is falling back on the towns and villages of the Euphrates valley southeast of Deir el-Zour.

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias is pressing it from the north, and a rival offensive by the Syrian army, supported by allies including Iran and Russia, is attacking it from the west.

On Wednesday, Islamic State said it had carried out an attack in the capital, Damascus, where three suicide bombers detonated their devices near a police headquarters, killing two people and wounding six.

Aid agencies have warned that the fighting in eastern Syria is the worst in the country this year and that airstrikes have caused hundreds of civilian casualties.(VOA)

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Why are Ordinary Citizens becoming ‘Extremists’?

Factors of people dwelling into extremism

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Oct 1, 2017: The 21st century is witnessing more and more of extremism, in the form of both verbal and physical assault. The phenomenon of showcasing extreme support is visible in many countries. Groups like ISIL target extremists and through them conduct violent activities in the name of defending ‘Islam’ and Muslim communities.

Who are Extremists?

A person who has extreme political or religious views and lacks the quality of being ‘objective’. The actions of extremists may often be aggressive and violent. Various organisations including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have gauged the factors of people resorting to such measures.

One may wonder as to why do extremists resort to aggression and violence in the name of religion or ideology? What could lead to someone dwelling into such actions? Apart from education and poverty, there are factors which result in such behavior. Various studies and researches indicate factors- loneliness, depression, and need for societal acceptance as some of the reasons.

The FBI in one of its reports has stated some vulnerabilities which lead to terrorists or extremist groups.

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The following factors make people more prone to believing in such ideology:

1. Feeling of loneliness.
2. Emotional distress.
3. Hatred towards a sect of society.
4. Disagreeing with governmental policies.
5. The need of being accepted in the society.

Terrorist organisations are in search for these people only. While the reasons for becoming an extremist is mostly a mystery, but terrorist organisations recruit the ones who have these vulnerabilities, as these factors are directly related to a person’s psychology and conscience, and the game can certainly be won by playing with the person’s psychology. These people are dehumanizing those who do not fit into their view, and as mentioned before this extremism is leading to terrorism. Extremism in India, which has lead to terrorism is prevalent in conflicted areas like Jammu and Kashmir, where Islamic militants are conditioning and instigating the citizens of the state to raise their voice against their nation.

The rising extremists is a grave concern that commands immediate actions to be taken. The present actions determine that the future may be very bleak. We need a future which has humanity and objectivity. Extremism needs to be beaten through the power of knowledge, education and right information.

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Will the Latest Message From Islamic State Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Provoke New Attacks in the West?

IS remains a potent organization, despite its continued losses in United States and Europe

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This image taken from a militant website July 5, 2014, purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. (VOA)

Washington, September 30, 2017 : U.S. intelligence officials examining the latest audio statement claiming to be from Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi say, so far, they have no reason to doubt its authenticity.

However, there are questions as to whether the message from the leader of the collapsing, self-declared caliphate will cause IS operatives to spring into action. Some analysts see Baghdadi’s continued call to arms as almost a shot in the dark, aimed at rekindling interest despite the terror group’s fading fortunes in Syria and Iraq.

The still-early U.S. intelligence assessment comes just a day after the Islamic State’s al-Furqan media wing issued the 46-minute audio recording featuring Baghdadi, in which he calls on followers to “fan the flames of war on your enemies, take it to them and besiege them in every corner.”

“Continue your jihad and your blessed operations and do not let the crusaders rest in their homes and enjoy life and stability while your brethren are being shelled and killed,” he says.

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A U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighter takes cover behind a wall on a street where they fight against Islamic State militants, on the front line on the western side of Raqqa, Syria (VOA)

Despite such threats, U.S. officials say the release of the latest audio message is not changing Washington’s approach.

“We are aware of the tape,” a National Security Council spokesman said Friday. “But whether it’s al-Baghdadi or any member of ISIS, the Trump administration’s policy is destroying ISIS in Iraq, Syria and around the globe.” ISIS is an acronym for Islamic State.

Still, intelligence and counterterror officials, both in the United States and in Europe, warn that IS remains a potent organization, despite its continued losses on the ground.

“We do not think battlefield losses alone will be sufficient to degrade its terrorism capabilities,” the head of the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center, Nick Rasmussen, warned in written testimony to U.S. lawmakers earlier this week, calling IS’s reach on social media “unprecedented.”

And while Western counterterror officials say the expected wave of returning IS foreign fighters has yet to materialize, the experience and skill sets of the operatives who have made it back home are ample reasons to worry.

But some caution the new Baghdadi audio message may have more to do with the terror group’s long-term strategy than its desire to carry out attacks in the near term.

“The broadcast boosts morale by contextualizing the hardships facing the group as their losses accumulate by reminding Islamic State militants and their supporters that day-to-day actions are part of a broader struggle, and metrics of progress shouldn’t be assessed in a vacuum,” according to Jade Parker, a senior research associate at the Terror Asymmetrics Project (TAPSTRI).

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Parker also believes that while it is “extremely unlikely” the latest Baghdadi audio will spark or accelerate any IS plots, it might prevent fraying within the organization’s ranks.

“Baghdadi’s silence during the final days of IS’s battle for Mosul was a sore point for many IS fighters and supporters who felt confused and abandoned by their leader,” she added. “This statement was likely released in part to avoid that sentiment with respect to the fight to retain ground in Raqqa.” (VOA)