• Monday, September 26, 2022

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Kashmiri militant Zakir Musa named head of new Al-Qaeda-linked group

Zakir Musa criticised top separatist leaders for not pursuing Islamic law in the contested region.

By: Eastern Eye Staff

A prominent young Kashmiri militant has been named as the head of a new Al-Qaeda-linked group in the disputed Himalayan territory, a move described by Indian police Thursday (27) as an “ideological shift” in the long-running conflict. The declaration, by an Al-Qaeda-affiliated propaganda channel, marks the first time the international jihadist group has pushed so far into Kashmir, a restive Muslim-majority region divided between India and Pakistan but claimed in full by both. Zakir Musa, a 23-year-old militant based in Indian-administered Kashmir, was named leader of the new group by the Global Islamic Media Front, a propaganda organisation linked to Al-Qaeda. The…

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