Lashkar Moving Focus From Kashmir To Iraq
28 October 2004
The Times of India
Islamabad: Two of the militant Islamist groups banned by the US are apparently not only carrying on their activities in Kashmir, but has also reportedly deployed its jehadis to wage battle in Iraq. According to the Daily Times , the two outfits, one being the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) are now operating under the new name of Jamaat-ud-Dawa and are also running their own websites full of jehadi exhortations. The paper quoted an article written by Daniel Benjamin, a former director of counter-terrorism at the National Security Council, as saying that LeT, the largest militant group in Pakistan was shifting its focus away from Kashmir towards Iraq. LeT has also used its online Urdu publication to call for sending jehadis to Iraq to take revenge for the torture at Abu Ghraib prison as well as for the reported 'rape of Iraqi Muslim women.' 'The Americans are dishonouring our mothers and sisters. Therefore, jihad against America has now become mandatory,' the paper quoted a online poster of the LeT as saying. As per the report, the organisation is planning to send in 8000 jehadis to Iraq to wage war against the American forces.