Al Qaeda announces India wing, renews loyalty to Taliban chief

September 3, 2014 9:44 PM

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Al Qaeda announces India wing, renews loyalty to Taliban chief

DUBAI: Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahri on Wednesday announced the formation of an Indian branch of his militant group he said would spread Islamic rule and "raise the flag of jihad" across the subcontinent.

In a 55-minute video posted online, Zawahri also renewed a longstanding vow of loyalty to Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar, in an apparent snub to the Islamic State armed group challenging al Qaeda for leadership of transnational Islamist militancy.

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