India ready to tackle threat from outfits like Al-Qaeda: IAF Chief
NEW DELHI: IAF chief Arup Raha on Friday said there
was a threat from terror groups such as Al Qaeda but the country is ready to
tackle such outfits. “There is a threat perception from such agencies but the
nation is prepared for it,” he said when asked about the Al-Qaeda threat to start
operations in India.
He was talking to reporters on the sidelines of a
seminar on the role of Air Force in the 1965 war with Pakistan. US media and
intelligence agencies had said on Thursday that Al-Qaeda has established a new
branch to wage jihad in India, revive its caliphate and impose sharia in the
The creation of the group called “Qaedat al-Jihad in
the Indian Subcontinent” was announced by Al Sahab, al-Qaeda’s official media
outlet, in a lengthy video posted on social media outlets. Al-Qaeda is active
in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but the group’s leader Ayman al Zawahiri said
“Qaedat al-Jihad” would take the fight to India, Myanmar and Bangladesh.
Security agencies feel the video could be an attempt
by al-Qaeda to carry out fresh recruitments in the sub-continent as it stares
at diminishing influence vis-a-vis the ISIS.