Al-Qaeda Calls for War on Indian Cities for Victory in Kashmir
In a video released on online terrorist forums on Tuesday, 26 December, an al-Qaeda commander said the key to victory in the war for Kashmir lies in Indian cities, The Indian Express reported.
“If it (India) is attacked in Kolkata, Bengaluru and New Delhi, it will come to its senses and release its grip on Kashmir,” al-Qaeda’s second in command in the Indian subcontinent Usama Mehmood said. “India is already using 600,000 troops just to hold on to Kashmir.”
The Quint could not verify the veracity of the video and its content.
Watchdog terrormonitor.org reported that Mehmood said it was necessary for “the jihadi movement” to strengthen in the region.
In the excerpts of his interview posted by terrormonitor.org, Mehmood also hit out at the Pakistan Army, calling it “an enemy of the Shari’ah and a slave of the global infidels.”
In another video released on Monday, 25 December, a Kashmir-based organisation that calls itself al-Qaraar pledged alliance to the Islamic State. The clip reportedly featured an armed extremist, who identified himself as Abu-ul-Braa Kashmiri, urging Zakir Musa, the leader of an al-Qaeda affiliate, to pledge allegiance to the ISIS.
In July, al-Qaeda had announced the formation of its Jammu and Kashmir outfit, named Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, and named Musa its head.
The Hindureported that both the terror groups – al-Qaeda and the Islamic State – have been engaged in a fierce competition to promote their propaganda in India. An unidentified senior officer of the security establishment told The Hindu that they are particularly concerned with the al-Qaraa, which has been posting Kashmir-centric messages.