Majority of Islamic militant group members view Kashmir “jihad” front

Majority of members of the militant group, Lashkar e-Taiba (LeT), consider Kashmir as a front for jihad (holy war) against India, according to a newly-released US report.

Up to 94 percent of the guerrillas view Kashmir as a fighting front and most of them are well-educated, drawn out mostly from Pakistan’s Punjab state.
Based on the study of over 900 slain militants, the report titled “The Fighters of Lashkar-e-Taiba: Recruitment, Training, Deployment and Death,” a copy of which KUNA has also accessed, has been prepared by Arif Jamal, Nadia Shoeb, Anirban Ghosh, Christine Fair, and Don Rassler at Combating Terrorism Centre in West Point military academy. The study, released on Thursday (April 4) reads, “The recruits often become holy warriors with the help of their families, which admire Lashkar’s military exploits in India and Afghanistan, its nationalism and social service activities at home Pakistan.” LeT, a Pakistani militant group, fights an asymmetric warfare against Indian troops in the disputed region of Kashmir for over two decades, as well as other parts of India more recently. Tensions soared between India and Pakistan when militants stormed Mumbai hotels and railways stations in 2008 killing over 150 people. India blames LeT for the attacks. New Delhi also maintains that Pakistani state backs LeT, a charge Islamabad has always denied.
The US study on the militant group further says that LeT training has historically occurred in Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK’s) capital Muzaffarabad and in Afghanistan. “Together these two locations have accounted for 75 per cent of LeT militant training over time,” it says.
It further says that 94 per cent of fighters list Indian Kashmir as a fighting front. “Afghanistan, Chechnya, Tajikistan and Bosnia are also identified in the biographies as other fronts”.
The report says LeT’s local activity and infrastructure are and will remain the key source of its strength, even if the group decides to become more active on the international arena.
“By leveraging biographical information extracted from four Urdu language publications produced by LeT from 1994 to 2007 and statistical information released by the government of Pakistan, this study aims to provide baseline data about LeT’s local recruits, the nature of the time they spend with the group and how these dynamics have changed over time,” it reads.
The authors have tried to provide insights into the general background of LeT’s local fighters, how and from where are these fighters recruited, the level of training these fighters undergo and where exactly do LeT’s fighters die.
The report says the mean age when a recruit joins LeT is 16.95 years, while the militants’ mean age at the time of their death is 21 years. “The mean number of years between an LeT militant’s entry and death is 5.14 years,” it says.
The report says siblings and parents are central characters in the biographies and they play important roles in a fighter’s entry into and journey through LeT. “For example, siblings or other immediate family members were often the one to drop off a LeT recruit at a training camp or at the border before his mission. This finding suggests that scholars should reconsider the value of parental influences in understanding radicalization and a young person’s decision to participate in jihad,” the report states.
The report further reads that on average the group’s cadres had higher levels of secular education than other Pakistani males.
” LeT fighters do not have high levels of formal religious education,” it says. “In fact uncle of one militant was a Director at Pakistan’s Atomic Energy Commission, while the father of another was the president of the Pakistan Muslim League’s labor wing in Islamabad/Rawalpindi.” Interestingly, Lashkar has maintained biographies of its dead fighters and most of the biographies, the US report has consulted from, includes four volumes of Hum Ma’en Lashkar-e-Taiba Ki (We, the Mothers of Lashkar-e-Taiba) (181 biographies) Majallah Taibaat (Journal of Virtuous Women) 14 biographies and Majallah al-Dawa (Journal for the Call to Islam) 696 biographies.
The US report maintains that the districts of Kupwara, Baramulla and Poonch in Indian-administered Kashmir account for almost half of all LeT militant deaths since 1989 when an armed rebellion against New Delhi’s rule began.
“The scale and scope of LeT’s training is extensive,” the report says, adding “While not all who receive training see combat in places like Indian Kashmir, some estimates suggest that between 100,000 to 300,000 men have received some form of LeT training over the last two decades.” Although LeT has played a prominent role in the Kashmir conflict-a place where it has good following and where local recruits are easily available–very little was so far known about the group’s regular fighters, which this US report tries to discover.

3 thoughts on “Majority of Islamic militant group members view Kashmir “jihad” front

  1. Why the terrorists leaders like Mohd. Hafeez saeed, Pak taliban leaders have been supporting with food and money by pakistan government.. These terrorists are beggars and baffoons of north wazaristan in pakistan. They will die like a dogs death. These militants only preaches terrorism in madrassas of pakistan. The latest news is that Mohd Haeez Saeed is practising to eat cow dung every day in early morning to get relief…..vilop +91-080-9620504282, india

    • Vilop,
      Every person who has been proven to have committed the crimes should be executed, killed, given maximum punishment immediately… as this world needs PEACE!

      Names don’t matter as terrorists are murderers and should be killed before they kill others…just like the Maoist of India.

  2. From,
    MR. K.G.VILOP,
    ADDRESS: – Bangalore-560076.
    Karnataka state, INDIA.
    Contact No.: +91-80-9986930810

    The Pakistan violating the ceasefire in the border of kishtwar, LoC and infiltrating the terrorists in to the India is very shameful. There is a vast proof in regarding to the act done by the Pakistan army with support of terrorists and pak government. Even the top terrorists LeT leader Abdul karim Tunda is spilling a beans of all leading informations to the investigating agency in India. Even former Pakistan ISI chief Abdul Gul, Underworld Don Dawood Ibrahim with ISI cover is also working under the terrorists. Some of the Madrassas in Pakistan is owned by the terrorists leaders is used for recruiting, training poor & Illeterate childrens for terrorists and in dealing with arms and ammunitions. This shows that the Madrassas is not used for preaching Islamic purposes in Pakistan but only for terrorists organizations training. The killing of the Indian soldiers in an ambush in Indian territory, attack at yemen, attack at jalabad embassy and threatening entire nations by the terror outfit like Al-qaeda, JuD, Lashkar-e-Toiba, Hizbul Mujahideen, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Taliban, Mujahidin, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, etc., has become dangerous to the nations for attacks against innocent peoples of the country. We are calling for strong reactions against these terrorists from the nations. These has become serious incidents after killing and threatening the countries & attack against the innocent peoples. There are so many ceasefire violation from the Pakistan counterpart. Still it is on. We must message to Pakistan, afganisthan that these kinds of attacks will not be tolerated anymore. It is useless to debate the birth of Pakistan which is getting more radical and Talibanized. The attackers and terrorists are well trained in Pakistan with sufficient flow of fund, shelter and food from the Pakistan country itself. Pakistan terrorists are also using fake currency notes to smuggle to india and other parts also. Some of the terrorists is under the cover of ISI in Pakistan which has been proved by the agency. Everytime these incident happens, our country lodge protest. Now also pakistan have violated the ceasefire in LoC. But the pak has been in denial at every events. The Pakistan has become liar. Those countries who support the Pakistan will have to suffer in future by their own hand. Even the pak will spoil the neighbouring countries by making terrorism country. Pakistan is shed up in more light on the radicalization and methods of indoctrination and recruitment of more terrorists. Pakistan country is the godfather for spreading Islamic terrorism. It seems to be the Pakistan is a Unislamic country. The catch of most wanted terrorists of Indian Mujahidden Co-Founder Yassin Bhatkal from the information of LeT terrorists Tunda spilling the entire details before the police and most of the kids and illiterate persons getting training from the Pakistan land terrorist organization seems to be encouraged by the Pakistan country itself. The pak terrorists will sneak in your country also and make the environment of neighbor country very dirty. If pakistan is not creating terrorists/terrorism then from where terrorists are coming. Are they coming from heaven. Sufficient warn and advice had given from the neighbouring country but pak have not attempted to control the terrorists. Instead of they are encouraging them. Some of the terrorists leader like Mohd. Hafeez Saeed, has given VVIP security and sheltered in Pakistan. The Pakistan has supporting the terrorists groups. Those who give specific information nor behead the terrorists leaders like Mhd. Hafeez Saeed, Ayman –al-Zawahri, Nasser al-wuhaysi, Taliban leaders must be given bounty to the informer. These crookes will poise entire nation. Instead it is better to eliminate these terrorists. I also came to know that some of the terrorists like Mohd. Hafiz
    Saeed, osama bin Laden, Ayman-al-Zawahri were beggers and begging in the streets of North Waaristan. Later they became small time thieves. Now they are terrorists and treated as a VVIPs in Pakistan. These beggers are using as Jihadi. But in Pakistan they are not preaching islam. Instead of preaching Islam they are preaching terrorism. Actually Pakistan attack & crossing the LOC has now become a daily affair. Lodging a protest with Islamabad over the killings is the routine response,and it has been done. Countries must read the message of the killings carefully before it moves forward. Pakistan is already in deep crisis due to the coalition with the terrorists. The terrorists are ruling the Pakistan. The environment and conditions for peace are only going to get worse soon, with Afghan situation also becoming a factor in countries relations. It is time to teach fitting lesson to Pakistan, Afganistan. It is pakistan’s very old crooked practice to talk of peace and cooperation to be continuously carried on and then stab in India’s back frequently. The ISI, Army with terrorists of Pakistan is waging a war against the nations. Entire nation should be united in unison manner and to retaliate strongly and warn the Pakistan, Afganistan government. If we go by the past ISI’s track record it is certainly planned for the next five to ten years. The Taliban warning to pakistan government in regarding not to kill militants is nothing but a warning to a global terror. Entire militants should be killed without any mercy and their dead bodies should be thrown to the seashore without handing to their families. Just like the what the Terrorists Osama Bin Laden Fate occurred. Militants should not be given any mercy. What is jihad? Whether it terms to kill innocent people according to the terrorists? The Militants are fools. The Militants will not learn anything unless they are killed, as all the militants/ terrorists head are filled with cow dung. The countries like US, China must seriously engage with India and other global powers so that they could rein in Pakistan diplomatically. The US forces/Nato-led combat troops should not be withdrawn until all the terrorists groups have been dismantled nor eliminated. The terrorists/ militants should be eradicated from the earth. Till that drone attack or launch attack must be proceeded wherever the terrorists has been sheltered in Pakistan, Afghanistan land. Pakistan is ruling with the support of terrorists. The terror groups are funded with the currency which is from Hawaala. The Reserve Bank should keep a vigil on money/monetary flow from one account to another. We have to improve our own surveillance.
    We all the countries should gather and must re-group, unite to fight against terrorists/terrorism and should give them a telling blow.

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