India says Islamic State not yet a threat

By REUTERS
October 21, 2014 15:25

 
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NEW DELHI - The Islamic State and al Qaeda do not yet pose a threat to India, the national security adviser said on Tuesday, despite attempts by the ultra-radical groups to enlist support from among India's huge Muslim population.

Flags of the Islamic State have appeared in Jammu and Kashmir, India's only Muslim majority state, setting off concern that the insurgent group is drawing support in a region where Indian forces are trying to end a 25-year revolt.

An announcement by al Qaeda in September that it had set up a South Asia branch further added to Indian fears that global jihadi groups were turning their attention to the country, as foreign forces in nearby Afghanistan leave.

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