"This video, the first from (Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-) Zawahiri this year, should be taken very seriously. Al-Qaeda wants to portray Prime Minister Modi as an enemy of Islam," said ex-CIA analyst Bruce Riedel, who is considered to be one of US' top experts on counter-terrorism.

"From its base in Pakistan and with its close links to Lashkar-e-Taiba, Al-Qaeda is a dangerous menace to India," Riedel said when asked about the latest video of Zawahiri announcing al-Qaeda's creation of a new branch for the Indian subcontinent to wage jihad in India, including in Kashmir, Gujarat and Assam with the goal of establishing a caliphate and impose sharia ranging from Afghanistan to Myanmar.

Zawahiri had announced new branch of Al-Qaeda called ‘Qaedat al-Jihad in the Indian Subcontinent’, "seeking to raise the flag of jihad, return Islamic rule, and imposing Sharia across the Indian subcontinent," in the video which was posted on various social media websites.

Reiterating that the new Indian government should take the threat very seriously, Riedel said that New Delhi should increase its counter-terrorism co-operation with US and Afghanistan.

After the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, counter-terrorism cooperation between India and US has increased significantly.


Al-Qaeda wants to portray Modi as enemy of Islam
US analyst terms Al-Qaeda as dangerous menace to India
Zawahiri had announced Al-Qaeda’s India wing called Qaedat al-Jihad
Home Ministry issues alerts across the country
After 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, counter-terrorism cooperation between India and US has increased significantly
US is yet to verify Al-Qaeda video
Al-Qaeda is a global militant Islamist and Wahhabist organization

US, however, is yet to verify the authenticity of the video or the creation of a new wing of al-Qaeda.

"We haven't been able to verify that yet. Obviously, we're looking to see if there's more information we can get about this here," said State Department Deputy Spokesperson.

"We also don't regard this announcement as an indication of any new capabilities by Al-Qaeda," she said.

At the same time, she reiterated that US remains committed to dismantling al-Qaeda anywhere that it poses a threat to US and make sure that it doesn't renew its threat to America.

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