By Kamran Bokhari
Summary While jihadists are waging war against the West, they are engaged in a far more profound conflict with the majority of their fellow Muslims. It is this war within Islam that will shape not just Muslim-majority countries but the relations between the West and the Muslim world. Muslim communities in the West that straddle both geopolitical realms form a critical element in this complex triangular struggle. American Muslims will likely play a critical role in the war against the jihadists both in the West and in the Muslim world.
Last week, the Islamic State issued a hit list of 21 prominent Western Muslim figures. In an article titled “Kill the Imams of the Kufr [Disbelief] in the West” published in the latest issue of its online magazine, Dabiq, IS listed its targets, the majority of whom are American Muslims along with a few from Canada, the U.K. and Australia. The list includes Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison, former senior counterterrorism of