With Zawahiri’s death, ISIS plots to spread, hog Al-Qaeda’s terror space

The Islamic State has already set in motion a plan to take over the space that the Al-Qaeda had managed. The propaganda machinery is already in overdrive mode especially in India to raise local issues and create communal discord.

New Delhi, Aug 17: Earlier this month, the United States of America announced that it had carried out a precision strike in Afghanistan that killed the chief of the Al-Qaeda Ayman Al-Zawahiri.

The death of Zawahiri is no doubt a big blow for the Al-Qaeda which had been gaining traction of late after lying low for long following the death of Osama Bin Laden, its founder and supreme leader.

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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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Taliban to Al-Qaeda: Terror groups intent to incite Indian Muslims

For long the AQIS which has not managed to find a strong foot-hold has been interfering in India’s internal affairs with the intent of inciting Indian Muslims.

New Delhi, Jun 08: The Al-Qaeda in the Sub-Continent (AQIS) which has struggled to find ground has been commenting on the issues in India for sometime now. The AQIS which had commented on the hijab row recently has now threatened to carry out suicide attacks in Mumbai, Gujarat, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh and said that this is a fight for the dignity of their Prophet.

In an apparent reference to the remarks made by a BJP spokesperson against whom the party has taken action, the AQIS said that she insulted and slandered the Prophet and his wife in an vile and evil manner.

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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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The importance of the Afghanistan Conference hosted NSA Ajit Doval

New Delhi, Nov 08: The Afghanistan conference being hosted by Indian National Security Council Secretariat headed by National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval is of utmost importance given the manner in which things have unfolded since the Taliban took over.

While referring to India as a spoiler, Pakistan’s National Security Advisor, Moeed Yusuf said that his country would not take part in it. On the other hand, there is no word from China which has been engaging with the Taliban both directly as well as through Islamabad.

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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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India accepts Russia’s invite for Afghan talks: Taliban leadership to be present

New Delhi, Oct 15: India has accepted an invitation from Russia to join the Afghanistan talks to be held in Moscow next week.

This would bring India face-to-face with the Taliban leadership who have also been invited for the talks.

The Taliban had recently taken over Afghanistan following the withdrawal by the US troops.

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Terror in the Valley and the Kabul connect

New Delhi, Oct 13: The recent killings of civilians in Jammu and Kashmir has created panic among the residents. There are multiple agencies now on the ground tracking down these faceless terrorists who have unleashed a reign of terror in the Valley.

When the Taliban took over Afghanistan, there were questions asked as to what impact it would have in Jammu and Kashmir. While it was clear that the Taliban was not going to send its men down to fight in J&K, it was the moral aspect to the victory of the outfit which became the problem.

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Why US engaging with Pakistan on Afghanistan is a cause of worry for India

New Delhi, Oct 04: India has been keeping a close watch on the situation in Afghanistan since the Taliban took over. At an event in Washington, External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar pointed out that there were tactical compromises the US may be making in Afghanistan and Pakistan via the Taliban.

With the Afghanistan situation remaining very fragile, there is a good chance that the US may re-engage with Pakistan. It is a well known fact that Pakistan has meddled immensely in Afghanistan.

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