Al Qaeda's shadowy new 'emir' in South Asia handed tough job




 
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September 9th, 2014  
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By Asim Tanveer and Maria Golovnina MULTAN Pakistan/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani militant Asim Umar has been handed a very tough job. Thrust into the limelight after being named leader of al Qaeda's newly created South Asian wing, he has been entrusted with reviving the network's fortunes at a time when Islamic State is generating grisly headlines and luring recruits. Little is known about the man whose thinking was shaped in radicalized seminaries and madrassas of Pakistan and who will now spearhead al Qaeda's activities from Afghanistan to Myanmar. In a video address aired last week, the group's chief, Ayman al-Zawahri, named him as the "emir" of a new branch of the network that masterminded the 2001 attacks on the United States.

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