Al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent
On Sept. 3, 2014, Zawahiri announced in a video the formation of an Indian Subcontinent branch of Al-Qaida, claiming it was the culmination of a two-year effort to bring various militant groups together. Many of the groups already had extremely close working relationships with one another and with Al-Qaida's original network. Pakistani militant Asim Umar was named the group’s leader. He was believed to have been born in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The day prior to the announcement,...
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