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Al-Qaeda calls on Bangladeshi Muslims to wage jihad against Myanmar Army

  • Published at 03:25 pm December 24th, 2017
  • Last updated at 11:45 pm December 24th, 2017
Al-Qaeda calls on Bangladeshi Muslims to wage jihad against Myanmar Army
Al-Qaeda has called on the Bangladeshi Muslims to wage jihad against the Myanmar Army to liberate Arakan for the Rohingya population. Bangladeshi al-Qaeda fighter in the subcontinent Muhammad Miqdaad made the call in a literature titled “Adopt the call of Allah; say “no” to Jahiliyyah!.” The literature was released by al-Qaeda’s As-Sahab Media on the messaging app Telegram on December 16, reports the Wionews. In the literature, Miqdaad argued saying that the “devil and his companions” divided the identity of Muslims as one nation by segregating them by region and locality. “Specially, recently when I see the genocide, and the oppression on Arakanese Muslims… the demolition of their dwellings… the assaults on their women… and then their attempts to enter Bangladesh or Malaysia for asylum… and then at the same time, the Bangladeshi and Malaysian Muslims’ adoption of the identity of Jahiliyyah while forgetting their real identity… thus rejecting and abandoning their own people by identifying them as Rohingya or Burmese [Myanmar nationals],” he said in the literature dating back to September. According to the literature, Arakan was not part of Myanmar and was a blueprint of the “kuffar” (infidels) to “annihilate the Muslims.” It also pulled references from Quran and gave a brief history of the region. The 15-page literature said: “Due to the unrestrained cruelty — genocide, rape, and other war crimes — committed upon Arakanese Muslims, Jihad against the Burmese [Myanmar] Army has become an individual obligation on every capable Muslim of Bangladesh.”
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At least 655,000 people have entered Bangladesh fleeing the violence which erupted in Myanmar on August 25. Recently, some Indian news outlets reported that the Rohingyas and jihadists from India, Bangladesh and Pakistan, were taking training to make and using improvised explosive devices in Mae Sot in Thailand. Earlier on September 12, al-Qaeda Central (AQC) urged Muslims around the world and especially those in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and the Philippines to support their Rohingya brethren in Myanmar financially, militarily, and physically. Two days later, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), also known by its former name Harakah al-Yaqin, denied allegations of having links with terrorist groups. In a statement released on September 14, ARSA Commander in Chief Attaullah Abu Ammar Junoni said: “ARSA feels it is necessary to make it clear that it has no links with al-Qaeda, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Laskar-e-Taiba or any transnational terrorist groups, and we do not welcome the involvement of these groups in the Arakan state.”