has used America's "preoccupation"
with the Islamic State (IS) to regain
strength in South Asia and preparing
to spread its ideology in India
from its "home" in western
Pakistan, Bruce Hoffman, Director,
Center for Security Studies at Georgetown
University, told members of the
House Armed Services Committee,
NDTV reports on February
17. "Al-Qaeda has never changed,
and it still sees itself in what
it conceives as an existential struggle
against the West and against the
United States in particular,"
Bruce Hoffman, stated.
think that it's taken advantage
of our preoccupation with ISIS to
rebuild its strength, particularly
in South Asia, where, again, almost
completely escaped notice when they
created al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent
which was designed simultaneously
to reinvigorate its presence in
Afghanistan," he told Congressman
Mac Thornberry, chairman of the
committee. During a Congressional
hearing on terrorism and counter-
terrorism strategies yesterday,
Hoffman said al-Qaeda "had
been preparing to spread its ideology
to India", which has the world's
second-largest Muslim population.