India now in al-Qaeda sights

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Zawahiri threatens Assam, Gujarat, Kashmir

A TV grab of al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri.
A TV grab of al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri.

In a video posted online on Thursday, al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri promised to spread Islamic rule and raise the flag of jihad across the Indian subcontinent.

Until now there has been no evidence that al-Qaeda, the group responsible for the September 11, 2001 airliner attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York, has a presence in India. The timing and content of the video suggest rivalry between al-Qaeda and its more vigorous rival in Syria and Iraq, Islamic State, which seems to be gathering support in South Asia. Mr. Zawahiri’s announcement made two references to Gujarat. He termed the formation of al- Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent glad tidings for Muslims in Burma, Bangladesh, Assam, Gujarat, Ahmedabad and Kashmir. — Reuters

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