August 2006 News

Unholy Tie-up: Qaida, LeT, JeM

12 August 2006
The Times of India

New Delhi: The post-Mumbai blasts phone call announcing the arrival of Al Qaida in Kashmir may not have led investigators too far but there are reports that personnel of the outfit are scouring Battlefield Kashmir as part of the jehadi squads belonging to Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba. Indian security agencies have established that the notorious group, which hit global headlines after the 9-11 attacks in US with its elusive supremo Osama bin Laden as the global face of terror, has developed an organic relationship with the two dreaded Pak-based terrorist outfits. They are exchanging personnel, weapons and funds. Jammu and Kashmir police, in a report to the Union home ministry, cited two intercepts which point to Al Qaida's presence in the state. The last one came in as late as June 2006. In the early part of June, Indian agencies intercepted a conversation between terrorist commanders of Hizb-ul Mujahideen which revealed that a bunch of Al-Qaida terrorists was operating with a JeM commander in the Kandi Badhai area of Rajouri. Before that, the Intelligence Bureau (IB) had chanced upon an intercept which provided information about the presence of Al Qaida operatives in the upper reaches of Qazigund. The last intercept, seen in conjunction with the previous information, has led the state to raise the possibility of Al Qaida operating in the state. Union home ministry is mum on the subject. However, National Security Advisor M K Narayanan on Friday called LeT the 'most visible manifestation' of Al-Qaida in India. The Qaida-JeM-LeT partnership takes on importance in that it represents the success of Pak-based groups in selling India as the target for jehadi freebooters with whom Qaida has greater credentials.


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