Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri’s announcement of Qaedat al-Jihad in the Indian Subcontinent (QJIS) is attracting attention from many analysts and pundits. All are arguing that Zawahiri is seeking to re-invigorate the terrorist organization in the wake of the ISIS’s strategic and tactical victories and economic and state building in the Levant. This analysis may be missing the mark: What may be occurring is the evolution of Sunni extremism and proto-state development into Pakistan and India while at the same time that the Islamic Caliphate is in its early stages of functioning. This activity is not to set up an epic competition and battle between the ISIS and al-Qaeda: Instead, the move is looking towards the next level of the concept of Caliphate construction in the coming years.
While the mechanism of al-Qaeda franchises and associate groups may be different than the ISIS, their strategic target is the same: the CaliphateDr. Theodore Karasik