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Al-Qaeda

The new war against terrorism and the so called Islamic State

PRESIDENT Obama's declaration to degrade and destroy the emerging threat posed by the group that calls itself the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) could not have come sooner. Since the beginning of the civil war in Syria and later spawning of the Islamic militants in the war torn region his critics on both sides of the spectrum have either accused him either of inaction and indecisiveness, or warned him against involving the US in another war in...

Al-Qaeda South Asia arm claims Karachi attack

Al-Qaeda South Asia arm claims Karachi attack

Al-Qaeda's new South Asia branch has claimed responsibility for a raid on a Karachi naval yard that left a sailor and three attackers dead, adding they had help from former military officials, reports Al Jazeera. It is the first attack claimed by the fighter network's new wing, whose creation was announced by chief Ayman...

STRATEGICALLY SPEAKING

Enlarging terrorist footprints in South Asia

ZAWAHIRI has got the alarm bells ringing in the region with his latest announcement expressing his intention to set up base in India of his terrorist organisation. And if reports regarding the IS' attempt seeking inroads into South Asia are true, then the South Asian countries, particularly Bangladesh, are looking at a very real threat to the region that has felt only the tremor and not the blast of full grown terrorism, the kind of which some parts of...

Militants show kidnapped UN peacekeepers in video

Militants show kidnapped UN peacekeepers in video

An al-Qaeda-backed militant group that seized 45 UN peacekeepers two weeks ago on the Golan Heights has posted a video in which the hostages, from the South Pacific nation of Fiji, say they expect to be released soon. The video, which was posted on the Nusra Front's Twitter and YouTube accounts on Wednesday but...

'Qaeda wants to portray Modi as enemy of Islam'

Al-Qaeda, which has announced the creation of a separate wing for India, wants to portray Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an enemy of Islam and as such India should take its threat "very seriously", a well-known American counter-terror expert said on Thursday even as the US tried to downplay the terrorist outfit's capabilities. "This video, the first from Zawahiri this year, should be taken very seriously. Al-Qaida wants to portray Prime Minister Modi as an enemy of Islam," ex-CIA analyst...

4 Indians held while entering Bangladesh 'to meet ISIS recruiter'

4 Indians held while entering Bangladesh 'to meet ISIS recruiter'

A day after it came to light that intelligence agencies in Kolkata had prevented four Hyderabad youths from crossing over to Bangladesh to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Indian police yesterday said more youngsters from the city could be in touch with recruiters from the terror outfit, an Indian...

Militancy rises during AL govt: BNP

Militancy rises during AL govt: BNP

BNP today alleged that militancy has risen in the country during the tenure of Awami League-led government. “After the recent video message of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri, it is now clear that militancy has risen in the country during the Awami League rule," said Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, acting secretary general of BNP. Fakhrul,...

Indian states on alert after al-Qaeda opens branch in S Asia

Indian states on alert after al-Qaeda opens branch in S Asia

India's domestic security agency issued a security alert to several states on Thursday after al-Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahri announced the formation of an Indian branch of his militant group, two television networks said. Al-Qaeda would spread Islamic rule and "raise the flag of jihad" in Bangladesh and other South Asian countries, Zawahri said. In...

No scope for terrorism in Bangladesh: Minister

No scope for terrorism in Bangladesh: Minister

In response to an al-Qaeda threat, the government has asserted that there will be “no scope” for militancy in Bangladesh. State Minister for Home Affairs Asaduzzaman Khan came up with the reaction this afternoon hours after al-Qaeda announced its formal establishment in South Asia and its intentions with Bangladesh. “We will deliver a formal statement...

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