Al-Qaeda, neglected, declares intention to destabilize Indian subcontinent

posted at 6:21 pm on September 3, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Remember al-Qaeda? Yeah, the guys who attacked the United States and its allies from 1998 to the present day in battlefields around the world? Seems like it’s been a while since we’ve talked about them, right? Well, they have noticed and are not happy about it.

As National Review’s Joel Gehrke recalled, The Daily Mail reported in July that the organization founded by Osama bin Laden hopes to inspire “a final apocalyptic war in which India will be conquered by a jihadi army.” On Wednesday, the international jihadist group announced the formation of the “Qaedat al-Jihad in the Indian Subcontinent.”

The independent journalist Zaid Benjamin has more details on the video featuring an al-Qaeda leader declaring the start of a campaign in India:

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri also reportedly sanctioned a jihad against the Indian government:

This development comes at a time of political turmoil in the Subcontinent as the government in Pakistan has begun to teeter following the involvement of the military in negotiations between the government in Islamabad and anti-government protesters.

The Islamic State has its eye on the Indian Subcontinent as well, according to a report in The Times of India. ISIS is apparently engaging in a leafleting campaign in Afghanistan and Pakistan aimed at recruiting locals and increasing their regional influence.

“A booklet titled ‘Fatah’ (victory) in Pashto and Dari languages was distributed in Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, as well as in Afghan refugee camps on the outskirts of the city, the Express Tribune reported,” Wednesday report read.

The logo of the pamphlet has the Kalma, the historical stamp of Prophet Muhammad and a Kalashnikov assault rifle. Some copies were also mysteriously sent to Afghan journalists working in Peshawar, the paper said.

A number of hardline groups operating in border areas have already announced support for the outfit. Among them, Abdul Rahim Muslim Dost and Maulvi Abdul Qahar, stalwarts of Saudi Arabia-backed Salafi Taliban groups operating in Nuristan and Kunar provinces of Afghanistan, have extended support to the self-styled caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Both Pakistan and India have substantial nuclear arsenals and a history of mutual hostilities, but the external threat represented by Islamic terrorism groups represents a common enemy. It remains unclear if this new threat will result in a bilateral warming of relations.


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Another war for O’Barry to manage.

Sven on September 3, 2014 at 6:25 PM

So the same outfit that once wanted to have a war with us has been reduced to making trouble in India.

Bitter Clinger on September 3, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Both Pakistan and India have substantial nuclear arsenals

Now I see how the oceans are going to recede

faraway on September 3, 2014 at 6:26 PM

O’Barry has scheduled a “international conversation”.

Sven on September 3, 2014 at 6:28 PM

They’re just pissed that they’ve been relegated from varsity, to JV, and now B Squad.

Bishop on September 3, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Al Qaeda expanding their own version of Bop-a-Mole on continents, instead of keeping it in the Me hood.

31giddyup on September 3, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Me = ME

31giddyup on September 3, 2014 at 6:31 PM

This is for the unthinking moron who claims that Americans unequivocally don’t want another war:

http://washingtonexaminer.com/article/2552674

Star Bird on September 3, 2014 at 6:32 PM

It remains unclear if this new threat will result in a bilateral warming of relations.

Never gonna happen. Evah. Pakis are not known for their peaceful coexistence with ANYBODY . That’s just not what they do.

burrata on September 3, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Al-Zawahiri in a Statement: We want Islam to return to the Indian subcontinent which was part of the muslim world before it was invaded.

Invaded by who ?

burrata on September 3, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Why not. The world is your oyster, and the fools leading our countries are no challenge for these Islamic terrorists.

leader4hru on September 3, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Somewhere someone is about to blame Obama for Al-Qaeda wanting to blow crap up in India. lol

coolrepublica on September 3, 2014 at 6:43 PM

I can barely understand the Indian I talk to now when my computer burps. How in the world will I be able to understand Arabic?

vnvet on September 3, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Awwww. Are their widdle fweewings hurt. Are they no longer the big kid in class. Poor widdle Al-Q’s. The new kids have stolen their thunder and they are not longer big shots. My heart just bleeds for them.

Tinker on September 3, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Terrorists hate other terrorists who knew?? ;)

sorrowen on September 3, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Why do I get the feeling that the national lap dog media is setting up for the White House Marxist to appear as a reluctant president who is forced into WWIII and ends up being lauded a great wartime leader or some such crap?

bgibbs1000 on September 3, 2014 at 6:54 PM

So if people are certain that ISIS is crossing the border why wouldn’t Al-Qaeda be crossing too? Guess maybe the American people should be doubly terrified and shaking in their Birkenstocks. We need more domestic spying dammit!

Jackson on September 3, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Somewhere someone is about to blame Obama for Al-Qaeda wanting to blow crap up in India. lol

coolrepublica on September 3, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Who’s worried about AQ in India or anywhere else? Barack Obama swore that he had decimated AQ and ‘had it on the run’.

He wasn’t lying, was it? Maybe, he meant he had it running straight into another of our allies.

Resist We Much on September 3, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Might not want to mess with India. They’ve been watching this, and they’re pretty smart. And pretty well equipped.

BobMbx on September 3, 2014 at 6:59 PM

MeanWhile,………….ISIS Threatins the USSR:

‘This message is addressed to you, oh Putin’: ISIS now threatens Russia over its ties to Syria’s Assad and promises to ‘liberate Chechnya and all the Caucasus’

Vladimir Putin was threatened because of close ties to Bashar al-Assad
In video, ISIS rebel sits in cockpit of captured Russian-made fighter jet
Second fighter warns Putin that his ‘throne is in danger and will collapse’
Added: ‘With permission of Allah we will liberate Chechnya and Caucasus’
It puts Putin on same side as the West in holding back Muslim extremism
At same time, Krelim leader remains at loggerheads with U.S. and Europe

By Will Stewart for MailOnline

Published: 12:49 GMT, 3 September 2014
Updated: 17:27 GMT, 3 September 2014
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2741979/This-message-addressed-oh-Putin-ISIS-threaten-Russia-ties-Syrias-Assad-promise-liberate-Chechnya-Caucasus.html

canopfor on September 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Somewhere someone is about to blame Obama for Al-Qaeda wanting to blow crap up in India.

coolrepublica on September 3, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Nah. I blame a bunch of crazy muslims for tha…oh wait

HotAirian on September 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Somewhere someone is about to blame Obama for Al-Qaeda wanting to blow crap up in India. lol

coolrepublica on September 3, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Well since he such an expert on jihad
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugAQu4Hk7HM
Remember, this was in Mumbai, when he visited India to gloat about the Mumbai terror attacks by pakis

burrata on September 3, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Invaded by who ?

burrata on September 3, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Britain.

Walter L. Newton on September 3, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Ever notice that it’s always old farts who start wars?

GarandFan on September 3, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Terrific,…..ISSA/AQ World Dominance
attempt!!!!

canopfor on September 3, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Britain.

Walter L. Newton on September 3, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Oh them :) I thought he was referring to those darn Hindus who have been on those parts of the world for more than 5000 years.

burrata on September 3, 2014 at 7:10 PM

IS and AQ want the same thing. IS is just doing it with more gusto.

Walter L. Newton on September 3, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Varsity and JV are occupied. Farm Team?

Mason on September 3, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Somewhere someone is about to blame Obama for Al-Qaeda wanting to blow crap up in India.

coolrepublica on September 3, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Nah, it’ll be some youtube video.

307wolverine on September 3, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Good thing we let them in here.

V7_Sport on September 3, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Ever notice that it’s always old farts who start wars?

GarandFan on September 3, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Like Helen of Troy?

Star Bird on September 3, 2014 at 7:18 PM

al-Qaeda is manageable.

Bertram Cabot Jr. on September 3, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Al-Qaeda, neglected, declares intention to destabilize Indian subcontinent

They’ll probably spend most of their time just fending off the thieves. And if caught, they’ll be begging the police to give them daily beatings and stay in jail with the sewer rats, rather than being handed over to the local populace they recently car-bombed.

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 3, 2014 at 7:35 PM

I”m afraid I have to give ISIS, ISIL, and Al Qaeda a hat tip.

They are doing the job the MSM won’t do. And that is force Obama and his regime to expose their incompetence.

BobMbx on September 3, 2014 at 7:50 PM

What India needs is a national conversation on the Religion of Peace®, am I right?

Akzed on September 3, 2014 at 7:54 PM

OMG, Al Queda now knows how to do that earthquake thingy. They are going to destabilize a subcontinent! If they can do that, maybe they can make kalifornika slip into the pacific.

Old Country Boy on September 3, 2014 at 7:56 PM

Al-Zawahiri in a Statement: We want Islam to return to the Indian subcontinent which was part of the muslim world before it was invaded.

Because there was nobody there when Muslims invaded it.

I really wish there were some Muslim trolls here whose arses we could kick around like a goat head.

Akzed on September 3, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Speaking of India,…..:

“Barack OBollywood”

Uploaded on Nov 28, 2007
************************

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sA-451XMsuY

canopfor on September 3, 2014 at 8:13 PM

FYI to media…as someone who tracked and chased Abu Dua aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi across Iraq for seven years, ISI aka ISIS/ISIL aka AQI aka JTJ are all from the same beginnings!! I am tired of hearing that these guys are different and have separate goals. No. They don’t. They are one in the same. Get it right.

Also AQ, led by Ayman al-Zawahiri, is not really upset about ISIS, he is just competing for those fighters and believes the beheadings are not the way AQ should be recruiting adherents. AQAP, AQIM, Boko Haram, al-Nusra Front, etc are all on the same page which is the overall goal of elimination of Israel and the US.

PS JRTN aka al Naqshabandi is the militant wing of the former Ba’ath Party and are also complicit in assisting ISIS but they are using them to help eventually rid the Gov’t of Iraq of its Shia led gov’t.

PSS I could also go on and on how Iraq WAS pertinent to our fight regarding 9/11 despite what many say Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. Wrong.

g2825m on September 3, 2014 at 8:14 PM

This’ll be interesting. India’s military is more than willing to go hammer and tong eliminating an enemy.

MarkT on September 3, 2014 at 8:39 PM

OMG, Al Queda now knows how to do that earthquake thingy. They are going to destabilize a subcontinent! If they can do that, maybe they can make kalifornika slip into the pacific.

Old Country Boy on September 3, 2014 at 7:56 PM

They’re still working on a plan to tip Guam over.

BobMbx on September 3, 2014 at 8:43 PM

This’ll be interesting. India’s military is more than willing to go hammer and tong eliminating an enemy.

MarkT on September 3, 2014 at 8:39 PM

They’ll put a bit more stick about but efficacy is a different question. India was completely routed by the Chinese in the 70′s.

uatu1878 on September 4, 2014 at 9:24 AM

India has the third largest muslim population on the planet. Between Bangaladesh in the east and paksitan in northwest, the subcontinent is home to almost half a billion muslims, or about 1/3 of global muslim population.

Of course it is the tinderbox of the 21st century. Anyone who has worked or has training in IR, FP, .mil, .ic knows this.

uatu1878 on September 4, 2014 at 9:43 AM

ISIS has knives.
India has nuclear weapons.
And India has no Christian qualms about slaughtering its enemies. In fact, Pakistan is more likely than not to join the Taliban in supporting ISIS.

Of course, Pakistan has nukes too.
I’d lay in a supply of potassium iodide tablets, just in case….

ReggieA on September 4, 2014 at 5:29 PM