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    Al Qaeda Opens Branch in Indian Subcontinent

    I'm so glad our "master chess player" president who is, like, the smartest guy alive, is so hell-bent on getting these guys and really wrecking them with his superior Smart Power that, you know, they aren't able to pull off any major expansions, or anything....

    Al Qaeda has announced the establishment of a new branch, called "Qaedat al-Jihad in the Indian Subcontinent." The group reports to Mullah Omar, the head of the Afghan Taliban, and is led by a former commander in the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan who also served as a sharia official in al Qaeda's branch in Pakistan. The ultimate goal of al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent is the same as al Qaeda's: to establish a global caliphate and impose sharia, or Islamic law.As Sahab, al Qaeda's official media outlet, released a lengthy video promoting the creation of al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent today. The video, which was published on various Internet video sites, including YouTube, features Ayman al Zawahiri as well as Asim Umar, the new emir of al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, and Usama Mahmoud, the group's spokesman....

    Zawahiri says the group will defend the "vulnerable in the Indian subcontinent, in Burma, Bangladesh, Assam, Gujurat, Ahmedabad, and Kashmir ..." and "your brothers in Qaedat al-Jihad did not forget you and that they are doing what they can to rescue you from injustice, oppression, persecution, and suffering."...


    Al Qaeda has promoted the Asim Umar, the new emir of Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, in several propaganda releases by As Sahab in the past two years. Umar was previously identified by al Qaeda as a commander in the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, a jihadist group closely linked to al Qaeda, in a video released by As Sahab in July 2013.
    In the video, Umar called on Indian Muslims to participate in the "global jihad to give a final push to the collapsing edifice of America."
    Umar also identified the US as a prime enemy and said "lives are being sacrificed in this jihad to defeat America and its allies everywhere."
    He focused on the growing jihad in Syria, and said that "[a]fter Iraq, the black flags of Khorasan are heading for Syria." The Khorasan is a region in Asia that includes Afghanistan and Pakistan, and is considered a key battleground by al Qaeda.
    Umar also indicated in that speech that al Qaeda was integrating with other jihadist groups and traveling to Syria to fight.
    "Al Qaeda and other Mujahideen have taken the leadership of this movement in their own hands," he said. "Several groups have gone to Syria from Afghanistan and are leading the Jihad there."...


    The reference to Mullah Omar is a deliberate delineation of authority that will also serve as a bit of a slap in the face to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the ISIL commander. Like Highlanders, there can only be one Emir of the Faithful. Also worth remembering is the reference to Khorasan.

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    Re: Al Qaeda Opens Branch in Indian Subcontinent

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    I'm so glad our "master chess player" president who is, like, the smartest guy alive, is so hell-bent on getting these guys and really wrecking them with his superior Smart Power that, you know, they aren't able to pull off any major expansions, or anything....



    The reference to Mullah Omar is a deliberate delineation of authority that will also serve as a bit of a slap in the face to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the ISIL commander. Like Highlanders, there can only be one Emir of the Faithful. Also worth remembering is the reference to Khorasan.[/FONT][/COLOR]
    I though Al Qaeda was on the run and decimated? Isn't that what Obama said, and the Democrats repeated endlessly?

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    Re: Al Qaeda Opens Branch in Indian Subcontinent

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    I though Al Qaeda was on the run and decimated? Isn't that what Obama said, and the Democrats repeated endlessly?
    We just weren't told that AlQaeda was on the run. all right - to India and Syria to lead the jihad there, it appears. :

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    Re: Al Qaeda Opens Branch in Indian Subcontinent

    Muslims in Hindu India? What are they about 9 percent of the population?

    India will annihilate them. India doesn't tolerate terrorists very well. And India doesn't have much love for Muslims. Just look how much they loath their neighbor Pakistan a predominately Muslim country.

    I call bull****.

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    Re: Al Qaeda Opens Branch in Indian Subcontinent

    Quote Originally Posted by EnigmaO01 View Post
    Muslims in Hindu India? What are they about 9 percent of the population?

    India will annihilate them. India doesn't tolerate terrorists very well. And India doesn't have much love for Muslims. Just look how much they loath their neighbor Pakistan a predominately Muslim country.

    I call bull****.
    You might want to think about that call. This has the potential to be something nobody wants to see. AQ running out of Pakistan and attacking India is a prescription for larger problems given the history between India and Pakistan, and they both have nukes.

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    Re: Al Qaeda Opens Branch in Indian Subcontinent

    They announced a branch? Are they like a bank, with tellers and everything?

    Seriously, all it takes is 10 guys and an Internet connection, and AQ can say it has a "branch." Issuing a communiqués is not a show of strength.

    Or perhaps you're suggesting that if someone else was President, we would be invading Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria, Syria and a dozen other nations to try and kill every single person in the world who identifies as AQ....?

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    Re: Al Qaeda Opens Branch in Indian Subcontinent

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    I though Al Qaeda was on the run and decimated? Isn't that what Obama said, and the Democrats repeated endlessly?
    If You Like A Decimated Al Qaeda, You Can Keep It!

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    Re: Al Qaeda Opens Branch in Indian Subcontinent

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    I though Al Qaeda was on the run and decimated? Isn't that what Obama said, and the Democrats repeated endlessly?
    As pointed out, a few people with an internet connection can claim to "open a branch". Is it something that needs to be kept on eye on? Absolutely. Should we be ****ting in our pants? No.

    I question the magnatude of this situation and it could very well be this is a PR campaign by Al-Qaeda to keep from being irrelevent since the rise of ISIS. It does need to be kept in observation though for the time being.

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    Re: Al Qaeda Opens Branch in Indian Subcontinent

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    As pointed out, a few people with an internet connection can claim to "open a branch". Is it something that needs to be kept on eye on? Absolutely. Should we be ****ting in our pants? No.

    I question the magnatude of this situation and it could very well be this is a PR campaign by Al-Qaeda to keep from being irrelevent since the rise of ISIS. It does need to be kept in observation though for the time being.
    This was a declaration by Aymal al-Zawahiri, the leader of al-Qaeda, not "some guy with an internet connection." The answer to ISIS is going to be retaking Afghanistan after we leave. Was the phrasing of this part of that effort? Yes (see initial post), however, this has been an effort some time in the making.

    Crapping our pants? I guess that depends on the level of threat before you start making messes. Are they a significant threat to the homeland? No. Are they likely to be a significant threat? Probably.

    KForce is a private Intelligence Firm who puts out a daily OSINT piece on global developments - sort of a STRATFOR-esque group, except some of their content is still free. Their initial analysis:

    ...Pakistan-South Asia: Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri declared Wednesday in a video message that the global Islamist extremist movement has launched a new off-shoot 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 fight to revive a Muslim caliphate in Burma, Bangladesh and parts of India.

    Comment: Zawahiri is reacting to al-Baghdadi's caliphate in a way that ensures religious tension in a region where mass murders of Muslims are always one minor traffic accident away. For example, Indian Prime Minister Modi's wing of the governing Bharatiya Janata Party has a history of supporting Hindu suppression of Muslims. That wing does not need an excuse to kill Muslims. On the other hand, Muslim hotheads also are prone to kill Hindus with little provocation. Burmese Buddhists seem to have no reservations about committing "ethnic cleansing" against the Rohingya Muslims apparently because they are not Buddhists and not ethnic Burmans.

    Zawahiri's declaration is a potential death sentence for many South Asians
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    Also worth noting are two items that seem to be being ignored:

    1. The Indian Subcontinent includes more than just India, it includes Burma, Bangladesh, and (critically) Pakistan.
    2. The declared leadership of this branch aren't exactly shrinking violets or excitable "revolutionaries" hiding out in their moms' basements, but rather seasoned, multi-year veterans of leadership positions in the Jihad.
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    Re: Al Qaeda Opens Branch in Indian Subcontinent

    Quote Originally Posted by Visbek View Post
    They announced a branch? Are they like a bank, with tellers and everything?

    Seriously, all it takes is 10 guys and an Internet connection, and AQ can say it has a "branch." Issuing a communiqués is not a show of strength.


    Ayman al-Zawahiri is not "some guy with an internet connection". Did you bother to read more than the title before you responded?

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