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ISIL, Al Qaeda Gaining Ground in Pakistan, Afghanistan


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Al Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL or ISIS) have significantly stepped up their recruiting efforts in Pakistan and other South East Asian countries, highlighting the competition between the two terror groups to enlist radicalized fighters.


Al Qaeda head Ayman al-Zawahiri released a rare video message on Wednesday announcing the creation of a new terror offshoot called “Qaedat al-Jihad in the Indian subcontinent,” according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which translated the 55-minute video.


Reports concurrently emerged on Wednesday that ISIL had launched its own recruiting campaign in Pakistan and Afghanistan, where the terror group is said to be distributing pamphlets urging locals to join its fight to establish a caliphate, according to Pakistan’s Express Tribune.


The simultaneous recruiting efforts by al Qaeda and ISIL in South East Asia is a sign that the terror groups are in competition in the region, with al Qaeda seeking to reassert its dominance as ISIL grows in popularity, according to regional experts.Scissors-32x32.png

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