Monday, 4 July, 2022

Topic: al-Qaeda

Jaish held 1st public event since Pulwama on 3 Jan in PoK, to own Srinagar attack & raise funds

Jaish-e-Mohammed’s PoK chief Muhammad Illyas tells gathering that slain terrorist Hafiz Arsalan carried out 13 December ambush in Srinagar that killed three police personnel.

Who is Ayman al-Zawahiri? al Qaeda chief, rumoured dead, who resurfaced on 9/11 anniversary

In a video released on anniversary of 9/11, Ayman al-Zawahiri cited incidents from January 2021, which is months after he was presumed to be dead.

20 years since 9/11 — how al Qaeda’s attacks changed international affairs and US policies

On 11 September 2001, al Qaeda hijacked 4 planes, which crashed into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania, killing nearly 3,000 people.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed — ‘principal architect’ of 9/11 attacks whose trial resumes today

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, known as 'KSM', also confessed to beheading journalist Daniel Pearl. He has been imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay for 15 years.

The alphabet soup of terrorists that an ill-governed Afghanistan can launch against India

Anyone expecting fractious Taliban to act against terrorists is whistling in the wind.

The Bangladesh ‘machete killings’ case of LGBTQ+ activists in which 6 Qaeda affiliates will hang

The judge, while pronouncing verdict in the 2016 case, said the death penalty was to 'set an example' that 'militancy or terrorism in any form' will not be tolerated in Bangladesh.

Al Qaeda’s message to Taliban calls for ‘Kashmir liberation’ but is silent on Uyghurs in Xinjiang

Al Qaeda congratulates Taliban for Afghanistan victory, calls it an opportunity for the masses in 'Europe and East Asia to break free from the shackles of American hegemony'.

Amin al-Haq, who helped Osama bin Laden escape US capture once, returns to Taliban

Videos that surfaced Tuesday show Amid al-Haq being greeted by cheering crowd in his home province of Nangarhar. 

Wary of Haqqani influence, Modi govt unlikely to respond to Taliban outreach immediately

The Taliban has been assuring India that it faces no threat from them and instead welcomes trade and business ties. But New Delhi believes it is 'too early' to engage in any dialogue.

As the Taliban surges across Afghanistan, al-Qaeda is poised for a swift return

Even before the US military completes its troop withdrawal, the Taliban is surging. It is now reported to control more than half of Afghanistan’s 407 districts.

On Camera


Attendees pose for a group photo at the 48th G7 Summit on 26 June | PTI

G7 infra plan a lifeline developing nations can’t ignore but first crack this code, like BRI

Silk roads are getting bumpier but Beijing will maximise its pursuit of global leadership as long as it perceives that Washington seeks to deny it any.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.


Army personnel give military honours to the soldiers of Territorial Army's infantry 107 battalion who lost their lives in the Manipur Landslide, 2 July 2022, Siliguri | Credits: ANI Photo/ ANI Pic Service

A look at the Territorial Army — The Indian military’s task force hit by the Manipur landslide

The Territorial Army, a part-time military organisation for Indians who may have other jobs, is essentially a volunteer force that can be quickly mobilised in the defence of a state.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.