Qaedat al-Jihad: A Terrorist Outfit to spread jihad in South Asia
Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri on 3 September 2014 announced creation of a new branch of the terrorist outfit named Qaedat al-Jihad. The new outfit has been formed to carry out militancy to spread Islamic rule and to raise the flag of jihad in South Asia.
The new branch Qaedat al-Jihad will take the fight to India, Myanmar and Bangladesh. With the creation of this terrorist outfit Zawahari renewed the pledge of loyalty to Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar. Zawahri described creation of the Al Qaeda wing in the Indian Subcontinent as good news for Muslims in Burma, Bangladesh, Assam, Gujarat, Ahmedabad, and Kashmir and termed that the new wing would rescue Muslims there from injustice and oppression.
Reason behind creation of the outfit Qaedat al-Jihad
Reason for creation of Qaedat al-Jihad militant outfit is a move to snub ISIS militant outfit that has created problems in Iraq and Syria in past few months. It is seen as challenging Al-Qaeda to lead Islamist militancy worldwide.
Al-Qaeda is a global militant Islamist and Wahhabist organization founded by Osama bin Laden, Abdullah Azzam, and several other militants, at some point between August 1988 and late 1989, with origins traceable to the Soviet war in Afghanistan.
Al-Qaeda as a terrorist outfit is active in Afghanistan and Pakistan. These are the two countries where the surviving leadership is thought to be hiding out.
When: on 3 September 2014