BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The official Islamic State branch in India has called on Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in the Kashmir region to join ranks and assist it in waging war against hostile state entities.
The official branch of ISIS within the Indian subcontinent has officially urged Ghazwat-Ul-Hind, Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in the region of Kashmir, to join forces with it.
To this end, it appears ISIS elements within India are seeking the help of Kashmir-based Al-Qaeda operatives in order to strengthen the ranks of the so-called ‘Caliphate’ following the loss of its main territories in Syria and Iraq
If ISIS were ever to develop a strong presence along the Indian-Pakistani border, then Kashmir would be the ideal ground on which to build support bases.
The region’s contested nature between the Indian and Pakistani governments makes it prone to destabilization. Furthermore, Kashmir represents a Muslim majority region (about three-quarters of the total demographic) surrounded by non-Muslim majority provinces in India and China.
The so-called Islamic State, which originated from Al-Qaeda in Iraq, official broke ranks with Al-Qaeda after strong disagreements centered around whose forces should lead whose in Syria came to a head.