Explained: 4 reasons why Ayman al-Zawahiri’s killing is important for India | Explained News,The Indian Express

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri had resurfaced earlier this summer and indicated efforts at recruiting cadres in India. His presence in Afghanistan, however, shows that the new Taliban regime has continued to maintain its links with al-Qaeda, and the terrorist infrastructure in that country remains intact

A US drone strike in Afghanistan over the weekend killed Ayman al-Zawahiri, one of the masterminds of the 9/11 attacks, who took over the leadership of al-Qaeda after Osama bin Laden was killed, at an urban safe house in Afghanistan, the White House said on Monday night (in the wee hours of Tuesday (August 2) for India).

Al-Zawahiri had been on the radar of intelligence and counter-terrorism agencies for the last two decades. His killing is important for the global war on terror, as also for India. There are at least four clear reasons for this.

First, al-Zawahiri had resurfaced in April this year, and Indian intelligence agencies were concerned.

In a video, al-Zawahiri spoke on the hijab controversy in India and asked Muslims in the subcontinent to fight the perceived assault on Islam “intellectually, using the media and with weapons on the battlefield”. He referred to a live, hot-button issue that confirmed he was alive and able to follow developments in India. He showered praise on the young Indian student Muskan Khan, who he claimed had “emboldened the spirit of Jihad” by her defiant response to heckling by a mob of rightwing Hindu men.

“She has unveiled the reality and unmasked the nature of the conflict between the chaste and pure Muslim Ummah and the degenerate and depraved polytheist and atheist enemies it confronts. …May Allah reward her greatly for imparting a practical lesson to Muslim sisters plagued by an inferiority complex vis a vis the decadent Western World. May Allah reward her for exposing the reality of Hindu India and the deception of its pagan democracy,” al-Zawahiri said.


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