A thread for general Islamist and Jihadist articles and such for the next year.
I've wanted a place to keep track of developments on this for a while, follow various Jihadist insurgencies, attacks, and Islamist political gains/losses. For example, if Ikhwan wins an election, Zawahiri is killed, or a bomb goes off in Moscow... it'll get posted here.
Here's a map and key for global perspective.
Red: Places with a Sunni Muslim majority where someone has been killed by a Sunni Jihadist since January 1, 2013. Involves conflict zones like Syria (hundreds or thousands killed) and simmering regions like Kashmir (a handful or a few dozen killed).
Yellow: States with a Sunni Islamist party as the ruling party; Turkey, Tunisia, Malaysia, Tunisia, Gaza, and Egypt.
Yellow-Green: States with a Sunni Islamist party as the parliamentary majority but the country remains a monarchy; Jordan & Morocco.
Green: Places with a Sunni Muslim majority that have experienced no deaths at the hands of Sunni Jihadists this year, nor is a Sunni Islamist party the ruling party or parliamentary majority.
Light Green: Places with a non-Muslim majority but Sunni Muslim majority enclaves.
Purple: Places with a Shia Muslim majority.
Light Purple: Places with a non-Muslim majority but Shia Muslim majority enclaves.
Orange: Places with an Ibadi Muslim majority.
White: Places with a non-Muslim majority and no majority Muslim enclaves.
I should note that Darfur, the western third of Sudan, is run by an Islamist militia called JEM, which is responsible for defending the indigenous Fur tribes against Bashir's encroaching Arab Janjaweed over the last decade.
Aceh, the western-most province of Indonesia, has some autonomy and is run by an Islamist party/ex-militia complete with Shariah courts, called GAM.
West Java, Indonesia's most populous province, has Shariah courts but their authority is weak and contested.
Saudi Arabia and Jordan have Shariah courts but Salafis dismiss them as subverted by the monarchy... which they are.
Oman and Iran are the only non-Sunni states with Shariah.
Note that Saud is being sandwiched by Qutbis, Ikhwanis, and revolutionary Irani-backed Shia. It's a scary view from Riyadh in 2013.
Boko Haram is operating, with bloody hands, in Northern Nigeria and Northern Cameroon.
Salafis, led by Al Qaeda and Ansar Al Dine are running an insurgency in Azawad (North Mali) and Southern Algeria, fighting France and whatever allies they pull in.
As Shabaab is fighting in Southern Somalia against the AU, primarily Ethiopia, Uganda, Burundi, etc. and they're fighting in Northern Kenya where the majority is Somali.
In Libya, Cyreniaca, Fezzan, Misrata, and the Nafusa Mountains are held by Islamist militias while Tripoli is governed by NATO proxies.
Al Qaeda is fighting in Yemen and holds the eastern half, mainly along the coast.
Salafis including Al Nusra and Al Qaeda, as well as former regime elements like the FSA continue to battle and riot in the Sunni parts of Iraq and Syria against their Iranian backed Shia overlords. There is growing talk of a movement to join them in a new state, name it Mashriq... leave Southern Iraq and Coastal Syria to the Shia and erase that old colonial border.
Fatah Al Islam and Al Qaeda are continually building in Sunni Lebanon, especially in the Palestinian camps. Again, aiming to throw off Western and Shia-Iranian hands.
The Taliban holds the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, constantly in conflict with Karzai, NATO, and whoever the CIA has stationed in Islamabad.
Kashmir is a simmering zone, Pakistani and Indian soldiers killing each other in border skirmishes, Jihadists and Indian security forces clashing, and sectarian murders this year.
The Russian Caucasus, especially Dagestan, Chechnya, and Ingushetia are similarly warm with low level Jihadist activity.
Malays in the Pattani region continue to violently resist Thai rule, with covert Malaysian support.
Moros in Bangsamoro flipping the flips, and killing them.
Bangladesh has seen a number of Jihadist linked murders this year and the Islamist party has been rioting this week, with bombs.