Originally published in the Huffington Post
‘There has been understandable focus in recent months on events in Iraq and the rise of the Islamic State. Yet we must not forget that al-Qaeda – still the most prominent terrorist network out there – also has the West in its sights.
On Wednesday, al-Qaeda emir Ayman al-Zawahiri announced the creation of a new al-Qaeda group in the Indian subcontinent. He claimed that efforts to create this group had been underway for over two years and it would protect “vulnerable [Muslims] in the Indian subcontinent, in Burma, Bangladesh, Assam, Gujurat, Ahmedabad and Kashmir.” However, there will inevitably be a virulently anti-Western focus to its operations. The Long War Journal points out how the newly appointed emir of this group, Asim Umar, has previously attempted to persuade Indian Muslims to join the “global jihad to give a final push to the collapsing edifice of America” and stated “lives are being sacrificed in this jihad to defeat America and its allies everywhere.”…’
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