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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

U.S. military 'Red Team': Jihadist, Islamist, Needed Terms

In The News (ITN): Islamic World Newswire; Muslim World News: "A U.S. military 'Red Team' charged with challenging conventional thinking says that words like 'jihad' and 'Islamist' are needed in discussing 21st-century terrorism and that federal agencies that avoid the words soft-pedaled the link between religious extremism and violent acts.

'We must reject the notion that Islam and Arabic stand apart as bodies of knowledge that cannot be critiqued or discussed as elements of understanding our enemies in this conflict,' said the internal report, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Times.

The report, 'Freedom of Speech in Jihad Analysis: Debunking the Myth of Offensive Words,' was written by unnamed civilian analysts and contractors for the U.S. Central Command, which is responsible for the Middle East and South Asia. It is thought to be the first official document to challenge those in the government who seek to downplay the role of Islam in inspiring some terrorist violence.

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