Sunday, 7 August, 2022

Topic: al-Qaeda

What Omar Saeed Sheikh’s acquittal in the Daniel Pearl beheading case mean for India

In episode 435 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta analyses the 47-year-old terrorist's life & his role in WSJ journalist Daniel Pearl's murder.

‘Video of Daniel Pearl beheading only proves he was murdered, but not by who’

Read the full verdict of the Pakistan court that in its order overturned the death sentence of a British-born terrorist convicted for beheading journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002.

Pakistan court overturns terrorist Omar Sheikh’s death sentence in Daniel Pearl beheading case

Pakistan court overturns death sentence of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh but upholds the kidnapping charge against him the Daniel Pearl case.

Islamic State is regrouping and getting stronger in Iraq again, claims report

According to a BBC report, the Islamic State has over 10,000 members in Iraq — including 4,000 to 5,000 fighters.

While Osama was trying to convince supporters he was alive, Zarqawi declared Islamic State

From Abbottabad, Osama bin Laden told his followers he was well, but privately was obsessed with his inability to rein in Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Zakir Musa’s al Qaeda-inspired militant group ‘wiped out’ from Kashmir

With the killing of 3 militants including chief Hameed Lelhari, J&K Police say the Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, founded by former Hizbul commander Zakir Musa, has been finished.

How al-Qaida outpaced ISIS in Bangladesh by tuning into youth anger & conservatism

Modern Bangladesh is a textbook breeding ground for ‘ressentiment’. And new strains of Islamist terror—ISIS and Al-Qaeda—are showing through.

India-born Asim Umar, leader of al Qaeda’s south Asian branch, killed in US-Afghan raid

According to Indian officials, Asim Umar was born Shaan-ul-Haq in UP's Sambhal, went to Pakistan in 1995 and joined the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen.

Hamza bin Laden, Osama’s favourite son and son-in-law of lead 9/11 hijacker Mohammed Atta

Hamza, whose death was announced Saturday, was being groomed to take over as al Qaeda chief and urged his followers to wage war on Washington, London, Paris and Tel Aviv.

US President Donald Trump confirms death of Osama Bin Laden’s son Hamza

Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden's son, Hamza bin Laden, was killed in an American counter-terrorism operation in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, said Trump in a statement.

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A Kia Sonet in India, 2020 | Wikimedia Commons

Pandemic, Toyota, Honda, Volkswagen, naysayers —Kia Motors entered India and beat all

Kia Motors claims to have sold over 5 lakh cars in India in just under 3 years. With new EV6 lined up, will the future be as electric for the Korean company?
Wheat being harvested at a village near Amritsar in Punjab | Representational image | ANI

Willing to ‘feed the world’ by summer, India may have to import wheat come winter

With wheat prices soaring, the government may have to slash import duty and impose stock limits, say traders and analysts.


The Flying Dolphin — how a former Indian Navy submariner qualified as a commercial pilot 

Vivek Chaudhary retired from the Indian Navy in 2017 after serving on the  Short-Service Commission. After that, his dreams took flight. 

In Kashmir 3 years on, 3 positive changes, 3 things that should’ve happened & 3 that got worse

Kashmir as a crisis has fallen off our headlines and from the top of our collective minds. Which is precisely the most important change for the better.