The terrorist organization Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed to establish a new “branch” in India. This first announcement of its kind from the IS has been made after the clashes between the terrorists and the security forces on May 10. According to the terror group IS’s news agency ‘Amaq’, the new branch has been named ‘Wilayah of Hind’ (Indian province). A senior police official in Jammu and Kashmir has rejected this claim though.
In the statement of Amaq, it was claimed that the IS killed the Indian soldiers in Amshpora in Shopian district of Kashmir. But a police spokesman denied this claim. However, the IS believed that on Friday it was killed in a terrorist encounter named Isfaq Ahmad Sophie.
Rita Katz, director of SITE Intelligence Group, said on twitter, ” ISIS declares its new “Hind Province” while claiming clashes with Indian forces in Amshipora. Of course, the establishment of a “province” in a region where it has nothing resembling actual governance is absurd, but it should not be written off.”
1) #ISIS declares its new "Hind Province" while claiming clashes with Indian forces in Amshipora. Of course, the establishment of a “province” in a region where it has nothing resembling actual governance is absurd, but it should not be written off.https://t.co/8aHiPpA8Ez pic.twitter.com/azLHxAUWUh— Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) May 10, 2019
2) It’s not for nothing that #ISIS announces its new “Central Africa” and “Hind” provinces—not to mention the “Turkey Province” pamphlet shown in recent video—around the same time ISIS shows Baghdadi, its “Caliph,” is alive. https://t.co/1zfcZ1XVQL pic.twitter.com/Kg50eIpE7z— Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) May 10, 2019
3) The world may roll its eyes at these developments (I sure have), but to jihadists in these vulnerable regions, this are significant gestures to help lay the groundwork in rebuilding the map of the ISIS' “Caliphate.” Thus, these regions should be closely watched.— Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) May 10, 2019
The announcement of the new branch by the group has been seen as a strategy to retain its influence after its land plummeting in West Asia. This kind of strategy was mentioned recently by ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.