Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al Zawahiri has announced, on 09/03/2014, the formation of an Indian branch of his global armed group that he said would spread Islamic rule and “raise the flag of jihad” across the subcontinent.

In a video spotted in online “jihadist” forums on Wednesday by the SITE terrorism monitoring group, Zawahiri said the new force would “crush the artificial borders” dividing Muslim populations in the region.

Using the notion that  the new force would “crush the artificial borders” , Ayman Al Zawahiri is clearly imitating the rising power of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in the Levant and his ambitions to erase the “Colonial” borders of the Middle East.  Zawahiri said the group 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 (see also – INDIAN Mujahideen).

But since the death of its figurehead Osama Bin Laden, Following the Abbottabad Raid, on 05/02/2011, Al Qaeda has been somewhat eclipsed, first by its own offshoots in Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, and now by the so-called “Islamic State” I-S fighting in Iraq and Syria.

Iin launching “Qaedat al-Jihad in the Indian sub-continent,” Zawahiri may be attempting to recapture some of the limelight for his group and to exploit existing unrest in Kashmir and Myanmar. “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.

Zawahiri said the group would recognise the overarching leadership of the Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar and be led day-to-day by senior Pakistani fighter Asim Umar.

 The 55-minute video begins with stock footage of the late bin Laden giving a sermon, before cutting to a satellite map of southwest Asia, the Middle East, the Indian sub-continent and the Horn of Africa (East Africa).

Asim Umar also speaks in the video – using the Urdu language of Pakistan rather than the Egyptian doctor Zawahiri’s native Arabic – along with a new group spokesman identified as Usama Mahmoud.

The video is produced by Al-Qaeda’s usual media arm, the As-Sahab Media Foundation – “The Cloud” – and SITE reported that it had been widely distributed on jihadist online forums.


** There is a reason for a major concern that the Al Qaeda and the rising “Islamic State” will now compete each other over leading the Global Jihad and catch the attention of Islamists all over the world with mega terror attacks with special priority to the Western Democracies.


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