Second, there is an Islamic myth about the province:
As in the case of the Taliban and Al Qaeda, the Caucasian mujahideen in Dagestan base their struggle on a hadith saying that the end-of-the-world Imam Mehdi will fight at the head of an army of Islam coming from Khorasan - a historical region containing Afghanistan, Central Asia and Pakistan - referred to by Muslim radicals as Black Flags from Khorasan. The Taliban in Pakistan have formed a Lashkar-e-Khorasan to hunt down "American spies" who facilitate drone attacks. In Dagestan, Al Qaeda-inspired terrorists call themselves Black Flags of Khorasan.
There is some evidence that Tamerlan made references to the Army of Khorasan. There is also likelihood that he had access to the internet instructions about bomb-making radiating from the Al Qaeda indoctrinators of Yemen. Also detected is a likely link of Tamerlan to an on-line English-language magazine, "Inspire". (The Yemen-based persuader Al-Awlaki and the Pakistani-born editor of "Inspire" Samir Khan were both killed by a drone in 2012.)
Sunday Times (Islamabad)
April 28, 2013 Sunday
Boston bombing and Pakistan
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