Pakistani Taliban terror group Tehreek-e-Khilafat swears allegiance to ISIS

by 1389 on July 10, 2014

in 1389 (blog admin), Caliphate, Islamic State (of Iraq and ash-Sham/Levant/ISIS/ISIL/Daesh), Pakistan, Taliban

Tehreek-e-Khilafat image
The image sent by Tehreek-e-Khilafat with their announcement of allegiance to al-Baghdadi

Telegraph (UK) has the story:

(h/t: Jawa)

A Pakistani terror group has become the first in the region to break ranks and declare allegiance to the Islamic State that has seized power across Iraq and Syria.

It represents a breakthrough for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as he tries to win support for his caliphate, potentially extending his influence into South Asia and bolstering his challenge to al-Qaeda for leadership of the global jihadist movement.

Little is known about the Tehreek-e-Khilafat group other than that it has claimed responsibility for a string of attacks in Karachi.

This week it pledged to raise the Islamic State’s flag in South Asia and Khurasan – the historic name used by Islamist militants for an area covering Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Using the poetic language often favoured by jihadist groups, it said in a statement: “From today, Sheikh Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi shall consider Tehreek-e-Khilafat and Jihad mujahideen fighters of Pakistan as one of the arrows among his arrows which he has kept for his bow.

“We are praying from the almighty Allah to give us chance in our lives to see the expansion of Islamic State boundaries toward the Sub­Continent and Khurasan region in order to hoist the flag of Islamic State here.”

It is thought to be the first group beyond the Middle East to have offered support.

Pakistan is home to dozens of militant groups with greater or lesser ties to al-Qaeda or the Taliban.

Tehreek-e-Khilafat and Jihad is considered part of the Pakistan Taliban, an umbrella movement linked to al-Qaeda containing dozens of terrorist groups, racketeers and sectarian outfits.

Its statement was passed on through trusted sources.

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