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Nisid Hajari

Al-Qaeda India Gambit Depends on Modi

The best way to ensure Al Qaeda's grand designs never come to fruition would be for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to push forward the stalled India-Pakistan peace process.
Mentor and prodigy.
Mentor and prodigy.

Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri said this week he was opening a branch of the terror outfit focused on India, and in one sense that's nothing new. The Egyptian doctor has dreamed for years of sparking a war between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan, a conflict he thinks would drive Pakistanis into the arms of radical Islam and rally Muslims around the world to al-Qaeda's banner.

Osama bin Laden, Zawahiri's former boss, preferred to keep the organization's focus on the U.S. "Great Satan." If Zawahiri is to be believed, he started putting together his new India affiliate a little more than a year after bin Laden's death.