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Al-Qaeda head calls for attack on J&K in video

July 12, 2019

Ayman al-Zawahiri, the chief of terror group Al-Qaeda has released a video in which he can be seen speaking against India and inciting terrorists to target Jammu and Kashmir.

In his video message Zawahiri says, "Don't Forget Kashmir". He also told the 'Mujahideen in Kashmir' to inflict "unrelenting blows" on Indian Army and the government in Jammu and Kashmir.

For a brief moment the video also flashes the image of terrorist Zakir Musa, who was killed by the security forces in Kashmir in May this year.

He said,"(I am) of the view that the Mujahideen in Kashmir - at this stage at least- should single-mindedly focus on inflicting unrelenting blows on the Indian Army and government, so as to bleed the Indian economy and make India suffer sustained losses in manpower and equipment."

Zawahiri is currently in hiding and the USA has offered a US$25 million reward for information or intelligence that could lead to his capture.

In the video message that is broadcast through As Sahab, the media arm of the terror group, Zawahiri said that "Pakistanis are not trustworthy", and they are using the mujahideen groups for political objectives.

He went on to say that Pakistanis are, "toadies of America" and terrorists should avoid falling in Pakistan's trap.

There are speculations that Zawahiri is hiding in Pakistan and the message is a ruse.

Retired U.S. Army colonel Lawrence Sellin tweeted, "Al-Qaeda chief Zawahiri is in Pakistan. The video is part misdirection & in part a signal. Criticism of the Pakistani Army is meant to create a degree of separation for media consumption. The signal is that Kashmir will be the next target after Afghanistan."

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