Country ready to tackle threat from outfits like Al-Qaeda: IAF Chief

There is a threat perception from such agencies but the nation is prepared for it, he said.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: September 5, 2014 1:49 pm
arun-raha IAF Chief Arup Raha. (Source: Express photo)

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 Indian sub-continent.

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.

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  1. Damodaran Churicode
    Aug 9, 2015 at 5:36 pm
    The Air Chief is not to make comments about our preparedness and the capability to fight, instead it is time we prepare adequately considering all the corners of the expected enemies. Vande Mataram
    1. S
      Sep 5, 2014 at 6:35 pm
      Feel it is more of a policing issue than a defence one... Sure al qaeda would not attack our external border but would attack from within like IM. Only a vigilant and harmonious society would help. People playing communal card, vote bank politics, riots must be checked for this.
      1. A
        Sep 5, 2014 at 8:22 am
        Yeah...situation will be "under control" after they strike!You are there not to react but to prevent the things to happen!
        1. H
          Sep 5, 2014 at 12:00 pm
          some is going on the statements are coming but the answer is right there
          1. B
            Sep 5, 2014 at 6:03 pm
            Strike them before they strike us! And strike to eliminate not cripple!
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