WorldViews: Why al-Qaeda is opening a new wing in South Asia

By Ishaan Tharoor, September 3, 2014

In a video message released by al-Qaeda's media arm, terrorist leader Ayman al-Zawahiri announced the creation of a new branch of the organization in South Asia. Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent would "raise the flag of jihad" through Muslim lands it now deems "occupied" by nonbelievers. In the 55-minute video, Zawahiri designated Umar Asim, a militant with ties to the Pakistani Taliban, as the new al-Qaeda branch's head.

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