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The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) and its alleged rival al-Qaeda are expanding their Sunni jihadi operations into the disputed Muslim-majority Himalayan region of Kashmir, claimed by Pakistan, India, and China, according to a report published Wednesday.
Citing unnamed New Delhi intelligence officials, the India-based daily newspaper Mint suggests that ISIS and al-Qaeda are working together in Kashmir, echoing other assessments.
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“The Al-Qaeda lost all ground after Osama bin Laden was killed. So the group has almost been razed to the ground. Any operations they now conduct in Kashmir or elsewhere will be in conjunction with the Islamic State. While the groups have been trying to get a foothold for a while now, we need to keep a hawk’s eye on any change of trend in warfare in the valley,” an Indian intelligence officer told Mint, which is affiliated with the U.S.-based Wall Street Journal (WSJ), on condition of anonymity.
Some analysts believe that ISIS and al-Qaeda have indeed collaborated.
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In Afghanistan, ISIS has been accused of working with Taliban jihadists who are strong al-Qaeda allies.
A number of experts have forecasted that, should ISIS be defeated, al-Qaeda would incorporate the remnants of the terrorist organization.
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Late last month, al-Qaeda named Zakir Musa as chief of its newly created cell in Kashmir.
“The appointment of Zakir Musa as head of the new group represents the first time militants linked to al-Qaida have operated openly in Kashmir, site of a decades-long separatist insurgency and the only Muslim-majority region under Indian control,” reported the Guardian.
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“The new cell, named Ansar Ghawzat-Ul-Hind, is the deepest inroad al-Qaida has yet made in Kashmir. A 2014 video called on ‘brothers’ there to wage jihad against Indian authorities,” the news outlet added.
Musa has reportedly advocated that his fight in Kashmir is aimed at establishing a caliphate.
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Despite the unprecedented inroads ISIS and al-Qaeda have made into Kashmir,...
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