Pakistani Taliban declare allegiance to Islamic State and global jihad

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Pakistan's Taliban to Islamic State: 'We Are with You'

by Edwin Mora  5 Oct 2014

The Pakistani Taliban has pledged support for Islamic State jihadists in Syria and Iraq.   

On October 4, BBC reported that Maulana Fazlullah, the leader of Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), directly addressed the Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS and ISIL) in a statement.   

"We are proud of your conquests against the enemies. We are with you in good and bad times," said the Pakistani Taliban leader.   

"In these troubled days, we call on you to be patient and stay united as your enemies are now united against you," he added.

"Forget rivalries," continued Fazlullah.

Early this year, core Al Qaeda cut ties with its onetime associate ISIS.   

TTP's pledge of allegiance to the Islamic State could signal a change at least by some al Qeada affiliates.   

Islamic State militants have seized large areas in Syria and Iraq, but they have also been battling rival jihadists linked to al Qaeda in the process.   

TTP "maintains close ties to senior al-Qa'ida leaders, including al-Qa'ida's former head of operations in Pakistan," according to the National Terrorism Center (NTC).   

TTP fighters have been known to cross the Pakistan border into Afghanistan and fight against U.S.-led international forces. Afghanistan has accused Pakistan of harboring TTP fighters.

The NTC describes TTP as "an alliance of militant groups formed in 2007 to unify groups fighting against the Pakistani military in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan" along the Afghan border with Pakistan.   

"TTP leaders also hope to impose a strict interpretation of Qur'anic instruction throughout Pakistan and to expel [U.S.-led] Coalition troops from Afghanistan," adds the NTC description. 

The TTP statement mentioned in the BBC article added that ISIS should expect support from the international Muslim community who would "stand by you in these tough times and help with what we can". 

According to Shaimaa Khalil, a BBC correspondent in Islamabad, "There has been little evidence so far of an agreement between IS and the Pakistani Taliban." 

Nevertheless, Khalil noted that Islamic State sympathizers have "been spotted in the north-western Pakistani city of Peshawar distributing pamphlets praising the group."

Taliban allies in Afghanistan, where U.S. forces have been engaged in war since October 7, 2001, have claimed to be linked to Islamic State militants.

The statement from the Pakistani Taliban leader marked the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, the BBC noted.

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Pakistani Taliban declare allegiance to Islamic State and global jihad

Oct 4, 2014

The Pakistani Taliban says to the Islamic State: "All Muslims in the world have great expectations of you ... We are with you, we will provide you with Mujahideen (fighters) and with every possible support." The misunderstanding of Islam is epidemic and global. Will Obama send John Kerry to talk to the Pakistani Taliban and explain to them how the Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam?

"Pakistani Taliban declare allegiance to Islamic State and global jihad," by Saud Mehsud and Maria Golovnina, Reuters, October 4, 2014 (thanks to Block Ness):

DERA ISMAIL KHAN/ISLAMABAD, Oct 4 (Reuters) – The Pakistani Taliban declared allegiance to Islamic State on Saturday and ordered militants across the region to help the Middle Eastern jihadist group in its campaign to set up a global Islamic caliphate.

Islamic State, which controls swathes of land in Syria and Iraq, has been making inroads into South Asia, which has traditionally been dominated by local Taliban insurgencies against both the Pakistan and Afghanistan governments.

The announcement comes after a September move by al Qaeda chief, Ayman al-Zawahri, to name former Taliban commander Asim Umar as the "emir" of a new South Asia branch of the network that masterminded the 2001 attacks on the United States.

Although there is little evidence of a firm alliance yet between IS and al Qaeda-linked Taliban commanders, IS activists have been spotted recently in the Pakistani city of Peshawar distributing pamphlets praising the group.

IS flags have also been seen at street rallies in Indian-administered Kashmir. The trend has been of growing concern to global powers struggling to keep up with the fast-changing nature of the international Islamist insurgency.

In a message marking the Muslim holy festival of Eid al-Adha, the Pakistani Taliban said they fully supported IS goals.

"Oh our brothers, we are proud of you in your victories. We are with you in your happiness and your sorrow," Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said in a statement sent to Reuters by email from an unknown location.

"In these troubled days, we call for your patience and stability, especially now that all your enemies are united against you. Please put all your rivalries behind you ...

"All Muslims in the world have great expectations of you ... We are with you, we will provide you with Mujahideen (fighters) and with every possible support."

The statement, released in Urdu, Pashto and Arabic, was sent after Islamic State militants beheaded British aid worker Alan Henning in a video posted on Friday, triggering condemnation by the British and U.S. governments....