New report: Muslims seek to establish ‘transcontinental caliphate’

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Under Islamic law, a caliphate would be required to regularly wage jihad against non-Muslim states, relegating its non-Muslim inhabitants to lives of discrimination, deprivation, and harassment. But who cares? They are not “white supremacists” so nothing to worry about.

“Jihadists Seeking to Build ‘Transcontinental Caliphate,’ Report Says,” By Peter Pinedo, Catholic News Agency, December 1, 2022:

Islamist terror groups are unleashing a new wave of violence and persecution to build a “transnational caliphate” stretching from West Africa to the Pacific, according to a new report on religious persecution.

The report, released earlier this month by the international Catholic pastoral aid organization Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), found that, as a result of increased jihadist activity, the persecution of Christians along the equator was has skyrocketed in recent years.

ACN Report, “Persecuted and Forgotten? A report on Christians oppressed for their faith, 2020-2022”, found that the equatorial regions of Africa and the Pacific have been particularly affected. Christians and other minority religions in these regions face violent persecution and, in many cases, the option of “convert or die” at the hands of radical Islamist groups, some of which are affiliated with ISIS and Al-Qaeda.

According to ACN, millions upon thousands of lives have been lost and millions have been displaced as 14 African nations have been the target of jihadist campaigns, and the situation in 12 of these nations is particularly dire. “With increasing Islamist radicalization, Christians are increasingly becoming a specific target for terrorists,” ACN says.

The African region has been prone to sporadic and disorganized violence in the past, but this new rise in jihadism is different, according to ACN. Radical Islamist groups are not only spreading a jihad across the continent, they are increasingly organizing and coordinating their efforts. ACN found that “the threat from militant Islamist groups in Africa is not monolithic, but rather comprises an ever-changing mix of approximately two dozen groups that are actively operating, and increasingly cooperative, in 14 countries.”

Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia and Mozambique have been the targets of radical Islamist terror campaigns intended to impose their extreme version of Islam on the world. . local populations.

With millions fleeing affected regions, serious human rights violations abound. In many cases, men and boys are kidnapped and forced to join the ranks of extremists or suffer beheadings. Meanwhile, women and children fleeing violence have been victims of rape and forced servitude.

The ACN report posits that the international community’s response to this crisis in Africa has so far been insufficient to provide adequate help to the suffering population. In some nations, like Burkina Faso, millions of thousands have been displaced, but “more than 60 percent of the territory was inaccessible to humanitarian aid workers” at the end of 2020, according to ACN.

The ACN report states that “multinational military missions deployed in West Africa have been unsuccessful.” This is further evidenced by the fact that “Islamic State has declared six so-called ‘caliphate provinces’ in Africa.”…

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