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Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has announced 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.

Al-Qaeda is active in Afghanistan and Pakistan, where its surviving leadership are thought to be hiding out, but 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.

Founded by Osama bin Laden, who was killed in Pakistan by US commandos in May 2011, al-Qaeda has long claimed leadership of the self-declared 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 carry out another attack on the scale 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," 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.

'Waging jihad'
Al-Qaeda leader announces India wing

Zawahiri 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 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.

Then it cuts to a white-bearded Zawahiri, in a white turban and glasses, against the backdrop of a brown floral curtain and desk with hardback books and a tin holding ballpoint pens and prayer beads.

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. (Source: Aljazeera)
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  • Jayantha Thursday, 04 September 2014 02:57 AM

    Sri Lanka will have to join hand with India, USA and Israel and destroy this threat.

    Marikkar Thursday, 04 September 2014 03:18 AM

    Another American by product emerged in the name of alqaida to either crush innocent Muslims in the region in the name of eradication of terrorism or target its so called enemies in order to attain the American hidden agenda.

    Askrdeen Thursday, 04 September 2014 06:22 AM

    [quote name="HellWelcomes"]Modi's respects Buddhism . We should cooperate with him[/quote]
    [quote name="malij"]Let's eliminate the fanatics from our land.[/quote]
    This article didn't say anything about our land.

    raza Thursday, 04 September 2014 03:24 AM

    repetition of Mogul destruction and capture of Northern India .He may start his operation in Southern India , Hyderabad, under owissi.

    Eresha Thursday, 04 September 2014 06:26 AM

    And I like that.

    Askrdeen Thursday, 04 September 2014 06:27 AM

    [quote name="HellWelcomes"]Modi's respects Buddhism . We should cooperate with him[/quote]
    Who told you that Modi respect Buddhism? Please study his track record in independent medias.

    mount Thursday, 04 September 2014 08:58 AM

    Al quida work under CIA. Leaders are working for money and post. Sin flowers.

    ishara Thursday, 04 September 2014 06:43 AM

    indeed. otherwise sri lanka also become a muslim state.

    Mel Thursday, 04 September 2014 06:56 AM

    I'm backing BBS now..

    malij Thursday, 04 September 2014 03:52 AM

    Let's eliminate the fanatics from our land.

    HellWelcomes Thursday, 04 September 2014 04:24 AM

    Modi's respects Buddhism . We should cooperate with him

    dhamarapalad Thursday, 04 September 2014 03:02 PM

    srilanka must joined to india, USA, and UK, Canda,

    Dee Thursday, 04 September 2014 07:56 AM

    USA save the world.

    Roshan Thursday, 04 September 2014 04:42 AM

    [quote name="Marikkar"]Another American by product emerged in the name of alqaida to either crush innocent Muslims in the region in the name of eradication of terrorism or target its so called enemies in order to attain the American hidden agenda.[/quote]
    Yes, it is all the plan of CIA to kill many Muslims as possible under the name of Jihadist.

    Arnold Thursday, 04 September 2014 04:45 AM

    Sp why cant the innocent muslim stand up and protest against it like they protest for Palestine

    dimiki Thursday, 04 September 2014 04:56 AM

    [quote name="Arnold"]Sp why cant the innocent muslim stand up and protest against it like they protest for Palestine[/quote]

    100% Agreed

    southpaw Saturday, 06 September 2014 03:25 AM

    Yes suck up the very countries that tried to stop the GOSL from eliminating the LTTE

    malij Saturday, 06 September 2014 03:58 AM

    Wara Lankawata. Dennam thopita.

    zuh Thursday, 04 September 2014 10:57 AM

    well said marikkar...cia puppets doing their masters job accurately. ..by tarnishing the pure islamic image via DM Android App


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