Skip to comments.al-Qaida Claims it Has Kashmir Network (Issues Demand for All Indian Muslims to "Take Up Jihad")
Posted on 07/13/2006 4:00:11 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
SRINAGAR, India A man claiming to represent al-Qaida in Kashmir said the terror network had set up a wing in Kashmir and appealed to Indian Muslims to take up jihad, an Indian news agency reported Thursday. An official said the government said it was taking the claim "very seriously."
The man, who identified himself as Abu al-Hadeed, told Kashmir's Current News Service that "who so ever has carried out the attacks in Bombay we express our gratitude and happiness."
As word of the announcement spread, a senior intelligence official in Kashmir said the call had been placed from a local landline phone that authorities were trying to trace.
"Our immediate effort is to locate the caller and ascertain the authenticity of the claim," said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak with the media. "The government is taking it very seriously."
It was impossible to independently verify the caller's identity and if he actually represents a new wing of al-Qaida.
The Bombay train bombings on Tuesday killed at least 200 people and injured more than 700. Kashmiri militants are being investigated for the attack, although two main rebel groups have denied responsibility.
There have been allegations that Islamic militants fighting to wrest predominantly Muslim Kashmir from India have ties to al-Qaida, but Thursday's statement is the first time Osama bin Laden's network has claimed to have spread to the Indian territory.
"We appeal to Muslims in India to fight for freedom and Islam and choose jihad as their way to achieve freedom and establishing Islamic ways," al-Hadeed was quoted as saying. He added the Bombay bombings "are a reaction to what is happening to the minorities, especially Muslims in India."
Al-Hadeed identified the network's Kashmir leader as Abu Abdul Rehman al-Ansari. Both names are Arabic, not Urdu, the language spoken by most of Muslims in India and Pakistan.
Current News said al-Hadeed spoke in Urdu. But he reportedly said: "Henceforth our statements will be in Arabic."
AQ vs the World: Death Match 06
Their message is becoming very blurred.
Sorry, not gonna believe it. We've already been assured that al Qaida was not involved. The selection of Tuesday 7/11 was mere coinky-dinky...
SAAG.org - SOUTH ASIA ANALYSIS GROUP - Paper no. 1872: "MUMBAI BLASTS OF JULY 11, 2006 - INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM MONITOR -- PAPER NO. 86" by B. Raman (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "19. While in the past, the Pakistani pan-Islamic organisations and the ISI have been taking advantage of the pockets of anger in the Indian Muslim community for their strategic objectives against India, since March this year, Al Qaeda has been trying to take advantage of them for its own pan-Islamic and anti-US objectives. In view of the increased interactions between the US and India, it is likely to look upon India as providing a fertile soil for its anti-US operations. 20. The impact of Al Qaeda's propaganda and ideology on the minds of Indian Muslim youth, its possible inspiration behind the blasts of July 11 and likely threats to American interests in India from Al Qaeda need close attention. The Madrid blasts of March, 2004, were preceded by strong anti-Spain propaganda by Al Qaeda. The London blasts of July 7, 2005, were preceded by strong anti-UK propaganda by it. Anti-India statements of Al Qaeda since March, 2006, need to be closely monitored and not dismissed lightly as of no consequence. 21. This may please be read in continuation of the earlier articles titled "bin Laden Targets India" at http://www.saag.org/papers18/paper1776.html and "AL QAEDA, THE IIF & INDIAN MUSLIMS" at http://www.saag.org/papers18/paper1743.html ")(July 12, 2006)
Those Hindu's don't take sh*t from anybody anymore, bring it b*tches.
(**) "Popular names" of Islamic terrorists and murderers:
* Assailants - National Public Radio.
* Attackers - the Economist.
* Bombers - the Guardian.
* Captors - the Associated Press.
* Commandos - Agence France-Presse refers to the terrorists both as "membres du commando" and "commando."
* Criminals - the Times (London).
* Extremists - United Press International.
* Fighters - the Washington Post.
* Group - the Australian.
* Guerrillas - New York Post editorial.
* Gunmen - Reuters.
* Hostage-takers - the Los Angeles Times.
* Insurgents - in a New York Times headline.
* Kidnappers - the Observer (London).
* Militants - the Chicago Tribune.
* Perpetrators - the New York Times.
* Radicals - the BBC.
* Rebels - in a Sydney Morning Herald headline.
* Separatists - the Christian Science Monitor.
* Activists - the Pakistan Times.
* The Clintonoids in the US State Dept call them .... "allies".
* The Clintonoids in the CIA call them ..... "patriots".
[ partially ased on Daniel Pipes]
Unfortunately, that's not true. They're pacifist Gandhi-ites.
Wouldn't it be nice though if India and Israel took out Pakistan, Bangladesh, Australia took out Indonesia, Malaysia and the US took out the Middle East? It could be done, quite easily too. One caveat, the Europeans would have to participate and take out those within their borders. Aren't they due for another Semitic meat barbecue?
"The incidence of attacks is increasing."
Thank you for the info, Beckwith.
You're good... I was thinking to post back to 2001 at least...
This is not really "new" news.
Pakistan was as instrumental as anyone in getting Osama into Afghanistan in the first place. In addition, the Pakistani Intelligence Service authored, funded and supported the Taliban and they personally sought Osama's help, in the 1980s and 1990s, with training and organizing some of the separatist groups in Kashmir.
The CIA knew this, the White House has known it and many in Congress on the intelligence committees have known this. You think the Indian government has not known this as well?
This is really really old news.
In December 1988, as Soviet troops were returning home from Afghanistan, thousands of Afghan-Arabs trained in Al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan and Pakistan made their way to Kashmir. There, with the assistance of the Pakistan military intelligence (ISI) under the command of Pervaez Musharraf armed the jihadists and placed them in Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HUM) units. The HUM was the first of a series of jihadist terrorist organizations to be active in Kashmir. The strife in Kashmir has continued to this date, and to this date Arab volunteers are active in Kashmir.
Perhaps they are officially pacifists, but I had a friend from Bangldesh, who was a Muslim, tell me about the fights the Muslims and Hindus would get into. Both sides would do some terrible things...