In September 2014, Al-Zawahiri released a video appointing Maulana Asim Umar as the Emir of al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS). Umar’s appointment follows his extensive presence and associations with various jihadist groups in Pakistan. The appointment of Umar (a known propagandist who has published several books) shows the importance of Pakistan jihadist groups to al-Qaeda Central Command, with Umar’s links to these groups as the key to foster close cooperation. In addition, Umar as ideologue could enable access to Pakistan’s youth as recruitment ground for al-Qaeda. His appointment is the continuation of a long standing relationship between al-Qaeda Central Command and the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), whereby al-Qaeda is the ideological inspiration for the TTP, with the latter providing support and even reported safe havens for al-Qaeda militants.Announcement of the formation of AQISVideo Notes: 3 September 2014: Video announcing the new group - this is the…
Maulana Asim Umar (al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent / AQIS) -- INDIVIDUAL PROFILE
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