Author Biography

Krishna Mungur is an Independent Contractor with nineteen years combined experience in Open Source Intelligence research and analysis, and information technology. He fulfills assignments within his own consulting company, SCC, in cooperation with government agencies, defense contractors, and within academia. Krishna has completed hundreds of studies on terrorist organizations, attacks, leadership profiles, and created the Werzit (http://werzit.com/intel/) website for intelligence studies and counterterrorism. The website has detailed country and regional studies, historical analyses, and extensive archives on national security. His current work is concerned with terrorism from the three Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Krishna is a member of the International Association for Intelligence Education, and holds a Master's of Science in Strategic Intelligence from American Military University, and two Bachelor's degrees from Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio.



Subject Area Keywords

Fundamentalism, History, Ideology, Islamic culture and politics, Nonstate actors, Threat assessment


In 1953, a radical splinter organization from the Muslim Brotherhood,Hizb ut-Tahrir (HuT), was founded by the Al-Azhar University (Cairo,Egypt) educated jurist Sheikh Taqiuddin an-Nabhani who criticized theMuslim Brotherhood for collaborating with Egyptian secularists, such as Gamal Abdel Nasser. A sizable portion of the more radical members of the Muslim Brotherhood broke away, to join Nabhani's budding movement. Today, HuT is known to operate in more than forty countries, calling for the restoration of the Islamic Caliphate, with a history of violence and links to violent terrorist organizations. Given increasing tensions in the region over the presence of coalition troops, Predator drone airstrikes, a destabilized Pakistan, and lawless regions in Afghanistan, HuT is well positioned to amplify the strategic threat to coalition forces serving in the Pakistan and Afghanistan theaters.