Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri declared today in a video message that the global Islamist extremist movement has launched a new branch to lead its struggle in the Indian sub-continent.
In the video, found in online jihadist forums by the SITE terrorism monitoring group, Zawahiri said the new force would "crush the artificial borders" dividing Muslim populations in the region.
Al-Qaeda is active in Afghanistan and Pakistan, where its surviving leadership are thought to be hiding out, but Zawahiri said "Qaedat al-Jihad" would take the fight to India, Myanmar and Bangladesh.
"This entity was not established today but is the fruit of a blessed effort of more than two years to gather the mujahedeen in the Indian sub-continent into a single entity," he said.
Founded by Osama bin Laden, who was killed in Pakistan by US commandos in May 2011, Al-Qaeda has long claimed leadership of the jihadists fighting to restore a single caliphate in Muslim lands.
But since the death of its figurehead, it has been somewhat eclipsed, first by its own offshoots in Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, and now by the so-called "Islamic State" fighting in Iraq and Syria.
While still regarded as a threat to the West, the group has never managed to repeat the spectacular success of the September 11, 2001 attacks by hijacked airliners on New York and Washington.
But, in launching "Qaedat al-Jihad in the Indian sub-continent," in a video partly in his native Arabic and partly in the Urdu of his presumed Pakistani base, Zawahiri attempted to regain some of the limelight.
"It is an entity that was formed to promulgate the call of the reviving imam, Sheikh Osama bin Laden. May Allah have mercy upon him," Zawahiri said.
He called on the "umma," or Muslim nation, to unite around "tawhid," or monotheism, "to wage jihad against its enemies, to liberate its land, to restore its sovereignty and to revive its caliphate."
He said the group would recognize the overarching leadership of the Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar, be led by Pakistani militant Asim Umar, and employ a spokesman.
My answer, "CAIR has condemned past Zawahiri tapes, but I have not seen any comment on the latest tape, probably because it is of regional interest," would have been enough for any prudent person, but I knew when I wrote it that Moditards will come up with one objection or another. They just can't help it.
CAIR has condemned past Zawahiri tapes, but I have not seen any comment on the latest tape, probably because it is of regional interest.
Indian Muslims like you are important members of CAIR. And all of them have very big extended families residing behind in India .
Do the NRIs think that their families back in India will be safe once Qaeda sponsored Terror erupts in India ?? Bombs and bullets don't differentiate between Religions . 26/11 is an example where 40% of the dead were Muslims .
Alas Indian Muslims haven't learnt any lesson from the past as usual.
Something to learn from two retired IPS officers of Mumbai
According to Ribeiro, never confuse the terrorists with the community whose cause they claim to champion. The challenge lies in winning the community’s trust and thus isolating the terrorists.
Shney said, "For me, as police commissioner of the city and for the police force under me, it should be a matter of great shame if even one police man or woman is communal.”
>> Why CAIR is mum on ISIS or Qaeda threat to India ?
CAIR has vociferously denounced ISIS. The Executive Director of CAIR has been interviewed on several television news shows in which he has condemned ISIS as being a perversion of Islam. CAIR has condemned past Zawahiri tapes, but I have not seen any comment on the latest tape, probably because it is of regional interest.
I did not express any opinion of my own at all. What I posted is the joint statement of several Indian American Muslim organizations. Are you getting senile?
Why CAIR is mum on ISIS or Qaeda threat to India ??
You yourself are unable to face the the reality of Islamic Terror.You are always hiding your shame with fig leaf of equating Islamic Jihad -ISIS with Hindu right. That is the trend world over in Muslim world.
Is Hindu Right existing World over and so powerful and prevading that you feel imperative to crush Hindu Right along with Islamic Jihad ??
Just your shame.