From hijab to Kashmir, Zawahiri was Al-Qaeda’s voice for everything anti-India

Following the hijab row, the deceased Al-Qaeda chief had put out a video praising the defiance by the girl. He said that he was moved by her defiance

New Delhi, Aug 02: The United States today confirmed that it had taken out Al-Qaeda chief, Ayman al-Zawahiri in a drone strike. He was killed in Kabul when a drone hit him while he was standing at the balcony of his residence.

This is a welcome development for India as Zawahiri had in the past few years trained his guns on India. The chief who everyone thought had been killed confirmed his existence recently when he put out a video praising the girl from Karnataka who raised the hijab issue, which went on to become a national narrative.

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From a lakh in the 1970s to just 140 now: What happened to the Sikhs in Afghanistan?

India has offered support to evacuate the Parwan Sikhs as they are a vulnerable community in Afghanistan

New Delhi, Jun 18: Terrorists of the Islamic State carried out an attack inside the Gurdwara Karte Parwan in the Afghan capital of Kabul. The terrorists entered the Gurdwara at 8.30 am today after shooting dead the security guard.

Around 30 Afghan Hindus and Sikhs were inside the Gurdwara at the time of the incident. Many managed to flee the Gurdwara when the attack began. The attack comes days after the Islamic Statea released a video threatening to repeat the 2020 Gurdwara attack.

The Karte Parwan Sikhs are a vulnerable community in Afghanistan and India has offered its support to evacuate them from the Taliban ruled country. The Islamic State has been targeting the minorities for long ever since it set up shop in Afghanistan. They have killed many members of the minority communities including Tajiks, Hazaras, Sikhs and Uzbeks.

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How the hasty Afghanistan pull out by US added to rise in Islamic radicalisation in India

The Al-Qaeda is getting stronger thanks to the backing from the Taliban and this is leading to the problem of radicalisation across the globe

New Delhi, Jun 15: The Al-Qaeda is on overdrive mode and its chief Ayman-al-Zawahiri has released several videos in the past couple of months. The worry however is that most of them are India centric where he comments on India’s internal affairs and attempts to instigate Indian Muslims.

For India it is not just the Al-Qaeda which is a worry. With the United States hastily pulling of Afghanistan, the region has been unstable under the rule of the Taliban. This has also led to the strengthening of the Islamic State of Khorasan Province (ISKP) in Afghanistan. After the Taliban took over several of its leaders were released from prison.

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Our approach to Afghanistan guided by historical, civilisational relations: NSA Doval

New Delhi, May 27: National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval who is attending the 4th Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan in Dushanbe said India has focused on infrastructure, connectivity and humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan over several decades.

Doval said at the meeting being attended by the NSAs of Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan and China that India’s assistance to Afghanistan will continue in the future as well.

After the Taliban took over Afghanistan, India has already provided 17,000 metric tonnes of wheat, 5,00,000 doses of Covaxin and 13 tonnes of essential life saving medicines as well as a 60 million doses of polio vaccines.

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Have the Haqqanis entered J&K: What the killing of 2 Pashto speaking terrorists tells us

New Delhi, Apr 27: The presence of Pashtun terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) is a worrying sign. Two Pashto speaking foreign terrorists were killed in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir earlier this month and this has led the agencies to suspect the hand of the dreaded Haqqani Network.

The Haqqani Network mainly operates in eastern Afghanistan and North-Western Pakistan and is closely associated with the ISI. Following the encounter in Sunjuwan, ADGP Mukesh Singh said that an arrested aide of one of the terrorist, Shafiq Ahmed who had kept them at their house had informed the police that both spoke Pashto.

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Kerala ISIS terrorist killed in Afghanistan: Why India’s no-return policy is a good idea

New Delhi, Mar 11: A member of the Islamic State from Kerala has been killed in Afghanistan. Najeeb Ali who hailed from Kerala was killed in a suicide attack, according to the Voice of Khorasan, the publication of the Islamic State Khorasan Province.

He was described as a 23 year old engineering student from Kerala. The article said that he had come all the way from India on his own, while adding that it was very difficult to make hijra during those days. The article described him as a quiet person who always had a smile on his face.

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2021: When Taliban conquered Afghanistan and ISKP decided to stay at logger-heads 

New Delhi, Dec 11: On August 15 this year, the Taliban took over Afghanistan in a breeze with the US troops pulling out. Fear loomed large with fears of the earlier Taliban’s ruthless regime bringing back fresh memories. 

The government formation in Afghanistan took a while with the Taliban and Haqqani Network sparring. 

It was the ISI chief of Pakistan who finally brokered peace and set up the government. He also gave a clear indication of the meddling by Pakistan in the nation. 

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Key India led regional summit on Afghanistan gets underway

New Delhi, Nov 10: The Afghanistan conference being hosted by Indian National Security Council Secretariat headed by National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval is underway.

India has invited the NSAs of Russia, Iran, China, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. China and Pakistan have however said that they will not be attending the meet. China had cited re-scheduling issues, while Pakistan had referred to India as a spoiler.

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Why Islamic State could spoil the Chinese party in Afghanistan

New Delhi, Oct 23: The Islamic State has been looking to make Afghanistan its stronghold. It even launched the Islamic State Khorasan Province and has so far shown that it can be very lethal.

While it has carried out a series of attacks in the past years, since the Taliban took over it carried out three strikes which are deadly in nature. This month alone saw two high profile attacks against the Shiite Muslims who had gathered for Friday prayers in the cities of Kunduz and Kandahar. Prior to this the ISKP had carried out a lethal suicide attack at the Kabul airport just days after the US withdrew in August.

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India expressed readiness to provide humanitarian aid to Afghans says Taliban

New Delhi, Oct 21: The Indian representatives who came face to face with a delegation of the Taliban in Moscow were told that New Delhi had provided humanitarian aid to Afghans.

The Indian delegation was led by Joint Secretary (Pakistan-Afghanist-Iran Division) J P Singh while the Taliban team was led by Deputy Prime Minister Abdul Salam Hanafi. The two sides met on the sidelines of the Moscow Format meet on Afghanistan which was convened by Russia.

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