On 3 September 2014, Ayman al-Zawahiri declared in a video message, titled “War should continue, message to the Muslims of Kashmir,” that al Qaeda launched Qaedat al-Jihad in the Indian sub-continent. Zawahiri said that "Establishing Al Qaeda in the Indian subcontinent is the result of two years of work to unify the Mujahideen. The rise of this new branch demonstrates that jihad under the leadership of Amir of Believers, Mullah Omar (head of the Afghan Taliban) is expanding." According to the al Qaeda leader the group’s objective is to: "Establish sharia in the land and to free the occupied land of Muslims in the Indian sub-continent.” Zawahiri also said that the group "will serve Muslims in Burma, Kashmir, Gujarat, Bangladesh, Ahmedabad and Assam."Video: 17 November 2015, 'Jihad Memories' via As-SahabTTP Response
Qaedat al-Jihad/al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS)
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