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Al Qaeda Chief Al-Zawahiri Likely Near Afghan-Pakistan Border: UN Report

Al Qaeda chief Aiman al-Zawahiri is believed to be within the border area of Afghanistan and Pakistan

United Nations:

A major a part of terror group Al Qaeda resides within the Afghanistan-Pakistan border area, together with its chief Aiman al-Zawahiri, who might be alive however too frail to be featured in propaganda, in line with a United Nations report.

The report, issued on Friday, mentioned that giant numbers of Al Qaeda terrorists and different overseas extremist components aligned with the Taliban are positioned in numerous elements of Afghanistan.

Member states reported {that a} important a part of Al Qaeda stays primarily based within the border area of Afghanistan and Pakistan, the place the core is joined by and works intently with its affiliate group ‘Al Qaeda within the Indian Subcontinent’ or AQIS, the twelfth report of the Analytical Help and Sanctions Monitoring Staff mentioned.

Al Qaeda chief Aiman Muhammed Rabi al-Zawahiri, is believed to be positioned someplace within the border area of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Earlier experiences of his loss of life attributable to in poor health well being haven’t been confirmed.

“One member state experiences that he’s most likely alive however too frail to be featured in propaganda,” the report mentioned, with out figuring out the nation.

It mentioned Al Qaeda’s technique within the close to time period is assessed as sustaining its conventional protected haven in Afghanistan for the Al Qaeda core group.

The Monitoring Staff famous assessments which have urged a longer-term Al Qaeda core technique of “strategic endurance for a time period earlier than it could search to plan assaults in opposition to worldwide targets once more.” This situation is untested in opposition to acknowledged Taliban commitments to ban such actions.

Al-Qaeda, together with Al Qaeda within the Indian Subcontinent, is reported to quantity within the vary of a number of dozen to 500 individuals.

Al Qaeda core’s membership is of non-Afghan origin, consisting primarily of nationals from North Africa and the Center East.

Member states assess that formal communication between senior Al Qaeda and Taliban officers is presently rare, one member state reported that there’s common communication between the Taliban and Al Qaeda on points associated to the Afghan peace course of.

The report mentioned Al Qaeda within the Indian Subcontinent operates below the Taliban umbrella from Kandahar, Helmand (notably Baramcha) and Nimruz Provinces.

The group reportedly consists of primarily Afghan and Pakistani nationals, but additionally people from Bangladesh, India and Myanmar. It mentioned the present head of Al Qaeda within the Indian Subcontinent is Osama Mahmood, who is just not listed, and succeeded Asim Umar, who’s now lifeless.

The phobia group is reported to be such an natural’ or important a part of the insurgency that it could be tough, if not unimaginable, to separate it from its Taliban allies. A number of member states characterised this relationship by noting that the spouse of the previous head of Al Qaeda within the Indian Subcontinent, Asim Umar, was amongst 5,000 Taliban prisoners freed by the Afghan Authorities in 2020 as a part of the Doha settlement, it mentioned.

The report added that Al Qaeda continued to undergo attrition throughout the interval below overview – between Might 2020 and April 2021 – with a variety of senior figures killed, usually alongside Taliban associates whereas co-located with them.

The first part of the Taliban in coping with Al Qaeda is the Haqqani Community. Ties between the 2 terror teams stay shut, primarily based on ideological alignment, relationships solid via widespread wrestle and intermarriage, the report mentioned.

It added that the Taliban has begun to tighten its management over Al Qaeda by gathering info on overseas terrorists and registering and limiting them.

Nonetheless, it has not made any concessions on this regard that it couldn’t simply and shortly reverse, and it’s unimaginable to evaluate with confidence that the Taliban will dwell as much as its dedication to suppress any future worldwide risk emanating from Al Qaeda in Afghanistan.

Al Qaida and like-minded terrorists proceed to rejoice developments in Afghanistan as a victory for the Taliban’s trigger and thus for international radicalism.

In Might 2020, Al Qaeda within the Indian Subcontinent launched an Eid al-Fitr audio message during which it portrayed the Doha settlement for example of divine victory and reward for pursuing jihad.

Whereas each organisations are anticipated to keep up a posture of distance and discretion for so long as such is required for the achievement of Taliban aims, Al Qaeda nonetheless stands to profit from renewed credibility on the again of Taliban good points.

“It will likely be vital for the worldwide neighborhood to observe any signal of Afghanistan once more changing into a vacation spot for extremists with each regional and worldwide agendas,” it mentioned.

Regionally, ISIS-Khorasan (ISIS-Okay) technique is coordinated by the Al Sadiq workplace, which covers the “Khorasan” area of Central and South Asia (together with Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, the Maldives, Sri Lanka and the Central Asian republics).

Whereas rare, ISIS-Okay nonetheless maintains communications with ISIS core, however funding help to the “Khorasan” terror department from the core is believed to have successfully dried up, it mentioned.

Since June 2020, ISIS-Okay has been headed by Shahab al-Muhajir, who is just not listed, and it stays lively and harmful, notably whether it is in a position, by positioning itself as the only pure rejectionist group in Afghanistan, to recruit disaffected Taliban and different terrorists to swell its ranks.

(Apart from the headline, this story has not been edited by The Press Reporter workers and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)

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