New Delhi, July 2: The ISIS has been claiming for long that it has penetrated into Bangladesh. Many had questioned this claim and in Bangladesh, the leaders preferred to live in denial and blame the opposition for the rising number of extremist attacks.
The fact is that the ISIS has been trying to make an entry into the sub-Continent with its eyes fixed on Afghanistan. While it had made baby steps, today's attack in Dhaka shows that the threat of the outfit is for real.
Who supports the ISIS?
In Bangladesh the ISIS made a slow start. Several splinter groups had been siding with the al-Qaeda including the ABT. However over the past few months the Ansar Ul Bangla Team(ABT) witnessed some infighting and several disgruntled elements decided to pledge support to the ISIS.
The ABT and the ISIS began spreading a reign of fear among the people by issuing fatwas in a bid to set up an Islamic Calipahate.
The ISIS saw an opportunity in Bangladesh and realized that it could set up a module in order to achieve its dream of setting up a Caliphate.
Let us take a look at the ISIS' allies in this part of the world also. In Pakistan, the ISIS has the support of the Tehrik-e-Taliban, Tehreek-e-Khilafat and the Ismamic Movement of Uzbekistan.
In Afghanistan it garners support from the Heroes of Islam Brigade in Khorasan and the al-Tawheed Brigade in Khorasan. In India the ISIS has the support of the Ansar-ul-Tawhid or the erstwhile Indian Mujahideen.