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We live in an era of fear market where only ignorance drives our thoughts and responses every day. We observe many incidents of auctions in terror markets across the globe, in which innocent children are being sold for suicide terrorism. These are spreading successfully because we do not do our homework and we have no specific counterterrorism strategy. In India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, the terror market is viewed in different perspectives. If we deeply study the news stories of suicide terror-related incidents, we will find that terrorists use different techniques in their attacks. The method of destruction and killing is the same but techniques and strategies are different. Terrorist organisations suchlike ISIS, and the Taliban through Facebook, YouTube and twitter invite young people to join their networks by using various marketing techniques. These terror groups are marketers as well as consumers to a degree; their recruiters ‘market’ boys and use them as human bombs against civil society and military infrastructure. They supply suicide bombers across Asia and the Middle East very cheap. Religious and political vendettas are being settled by using suicide bombers against rival groups or families. This generation of fear and panic is controlled by extremist elements and non-state actors. Fear and terror marketing systems are updated every year and new techniques of destruction are being introduced. The way the Afghan Taliban design their strategies for training and brainwashing suicide bombers is not quite different from the suicide techniques of the ISIS-K.

The Taliban Misrule in Afghanistan: Suicide Brigades, the IS-K Military Strength

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  • Musa Khan Jalalzai is a journalist and research scholar. He has written extensively on Afghanistan, terrorism, nuclear and biological terrorism, human trafficking, drug trafficking, and intelligence research and analysis. He was an Executive Editor of the Daily Outlook Afghanistan from 2005-2011, and a permanent contributor in Pakistan’s daily The Post, Daily Times, and The Nation, Weekly the Nation, (London). However, in 2004, US Library of Congress in its report for South Asia mentioned him as the biggest and prolific writer. He received Masters in English literature, Diploma in Geospatial Intelligence, University of Maryland, Washington DC, certificate in Surveillance Law from the University of Stanford, USA, and diploma in Counter terrorism from Pennsylvania State University, California, the United States.
    Dr. Sanchita Bhattacharya, is Research Fellow in New Delhi based Institute for Conflict Management. Her core area of research is Madrasa Education in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. She works on terrorism and socio-political issues of Pakistan. She also has an avid interest in the Af-Pak region. Her articles and commentaries have been published in East Asia Forum, The Kabul Times, The Outlook, Firstpost, The Pioneer, South Asia Monitor etc. She has written research papers in national and international journals and also contributed chapters in various edited volumes.