Reasons are many, but madness is one

Two Saudi twins stabbed their father and a third brother killed their mother. They then escaped, before being arrested by authorities.

Investigations revealed that they are influenced by Daesh ideology of loyalty and disavowal. Also, during the same week, another fanatic who adopted the takfiri ideology killed his brother, claiming that he is an atheist or infidel.

In an earlier clip on social media, a Saudi jihadist said the youth should disown the people nearest to them, as whoever fights religion must be disowned even if he is a father or brother, and consequently killed!

Another scholar issued a fatwa that the person who does not pray is an infidel and should be asked to repent, and if he refuses, he should be killed.

What is notable is the increase of the phenomenon of having brothers carrying out killings and participating in terrorist operations, and despite the difference in those youth’s origins, cultures, nationalities and ages, what brings them together is belonging to a violent and exclusionist religious ideology.

It has been said that the recruitment tactics used by terrorist organizations like IS, which our scholars and Al-Azhar do not consider infidel, is behind this strange phenomenon, which is historically unprecedented. In addition to the Saudi brothers who killed their mother and stabbed their father, there are those like Ibrahim and Khalid Bakrawi who carried out the Brussels airport suicide attacks.

In the beginning of 2015, French authorities accused brothers Saud and Shareef Kawashi of attacking the Charlie Hebdo newspaper, who were killed by French police. Also, Salah Abdelsalam, the main suspect in the Paris attack, who was handed over by Belgium to France, is the brother of Ibrahim Abdelsalam, one of the suicide bombers who allegedly carried out the attacks that left 130 dead.

Also brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, both Americans of Chechen origin, participated in the attacks at the Boston Marathon in 2013.

There is also a special case of the adolescent Younes, who is 13, joining his brother Abdelhameed Abaoud, the alleged mastermind of the Paris attacks, joining Daesh in Syria, and Younis is considered the youngest fighter in the terrorist organization.

Results of a study by the German Der Spiegel newspaper showed that 466 jihadists who were placed under study in a research center called “New America”, which published its results in several other papers, showed that nearly a quarter of the Western fighters of Daesh were joined by some relatives in later stages.

A study conducted by Pennsylvania State University that included 46 percent of 120 terrorist operations that were studied, showed a prior knowledge by a family member of the attacker.

It was also said lately that the wife of Omar Mateen, who killed 49 club patrons in Orlando, had knowledge of his intentions and did not tell authorities, and now she is accused of being in collusion over the killings. —Translated by Kuwait Times

By Ahmad Al-Sarraf

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