Al Qaida planning to attack US and Israeli Embassies in India
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Submitted by Rohit (India), Jun 16, 2007 at 15:28
Al Qaida is recruiting muslim youth from Kashmir and remaining parts of India . They are getting full support from thousands of radical muslims belonging to SIMI ( Student Islamic Movement of India ). Al Qaida has plan to attack US and Israeli Embassies in India. They also plan to target Israeli Tourists in Goa , Pushkar , Varanasi , Manali ,Kashmir , etc. They may kidnap US Businessmen or Tourists in India.Recently thousands of Al Qaida CDs were distributed in Mosques after Friday Prayers in which Al Qaida Terrorist Leader urged Indian Muslims to participate in Global Jehad against USA , Israel , India , UK and other countries of Democratic world.It is high time that US , Israel , UK , India , Russia , Australia , France ,etc start close cooperation in countering the Global Threat of " World Jehad Movement " by Al Qaida and its 300 Islamist Terror outfits around the world.
Al Qaida in India : Counter Terrorism Expert Mr.Raman
Has Al Qaeda come to notice for any overt act of jihadi terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and other parts of India?Not so far. However, pro-Al Qaeda jihadi organisations from Pakistan have been active in Indian territory since 1993. These are the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HUM), the Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HUJI) and the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LET), which were infiltrated into J&K by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in 1993. From there, they spread their activities to other parts of India. The Jaish-e-Mohammad (JEM), which came into being in 2000 following a split in the HUM, has also been active in the Indian territory since its formation. The HUJI of Bangladesh, known as HUJI (B), has been active in Indian territory since 9/11.
What are the links of these organisations with Al Qaeda?
The HUM and the HUJI (B), then operating under the name of Al Jihad, were among the founding members of the International Islamic Front (IIF) for Jihad Against the Crusaders and the Jewish People formed by Osama bin Laden in February, 1998. The HUJI of Pakistan and the LET joined it in 1999. The JEM joined it in 2001. Al Qaeda depends on them for its operations in Pakistan and Bangladesh. Fazlur Rahman Khalil, the Amir of the HUM in 1998, was a signatory to the fatwa issued by bin Laden in 1998, calling for attacks world-wide against US and Israeli nationals and interests. The leaders of the other organisations have not signed this fatwa. In addition to these organisations, the Sunni extremist Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LEJ) is also a member of the IIF, but it has not been active in Indian territory. The Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi (TNSM), the Movement for the Enforcement of Islamic Laws , whose activities are confined to the Federally-Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan, is also a strong supporter of bin Laden and the IIF, but it has not joined the IIF. Among other members of the IIF are the Taliban (now the Neo Taliban), the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, the Abu Sayyaf of Southern Philippines and a Chechen organisation.
What are the common points between these organisations and Al Qaeda?
All are Wahabi in orientation. All are strongly anti-US and anti-Israel. All emphasise the right of the Ummah to develop a military nuclear capability. All practise mass casualty terrorism. All rely more on improvised explosive devices (IEDs) than on hand-held weapons and on suicide terrorism for their operations. All recruit members from the Muslim communities in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh as well as in the Muslim diaspora in the Gulf, Europe, North America and Australia. All of them support the creation of a global Islamic Caliphate. All of them oppose Western-style liberal democracy and advocate an Islamic democracy, which according to them, will be governed by the will of Allah as interpreted by the clerics.
Are there policy differences?
Yes, there are many. Only the LEJ supports the attacks of Al Qaeda and the Taliban on the Shias in Afghanistan and Iraq. The other organisations avoid anti-Shia rhetoric and operations. None of them supports Al Qaeda's attacks on the Saudi monarchy.They hold that while Saudi Arabia may not be an ideal Islamic State, it is the nearest to an ideal Islamic State and hence should not be destabilised. However, they supported Al Qaeda's past attacks on the American troop presence in Saudi Arabia. They also refrain from supporting Al Qaeda's characterisation of the rulers of Egypt, Jordan and Algeria as apostate. They support the creation of independent Muslim states in Southern Phillipines, Southern Thailand and the Arakan area of Myanmar. Al Qaeda did not condemn the Israeli military operations in the Lebanon in July last year as vigorously as it condemned the US invasion and occupation of Iraq. It has now been trying the undermine the Hizbollah in the Lebanon through its own surrogates in the Palestinian refugees camps in the Lebanon such as the Fatah-al-Islam. Al Qaeda has been deafeningly silent on the attempts of the US and Israel to prevent Iran from acquiring a military nuclear capability. As against this, the Pakistani organisations, which are members of the IIF, strongly condemned the Israeli operations in the Lebanon, supported the Hizbollah and defended the right of Iran to acquire a military nuclear capability. They have also refrained from supporting Al Qaeda's attempts to undermine the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and the Hamas.
Are there differences in the way Al Qaeda and these organisations are constituted?
Yes, there are. Al Qaeda is an almost exclusively Arab organisation. Bin Laden has been taking into the organisation only Arabs known for their personal loyalty to him so that its internal security is not diluted. An exception was Khalid Sheikh Mohammad (KSM), who allegedly orchestrated the 9/11 terrorist strikes in the US homeland. He was a Kuwaiti resident of Pakistani origin. Before 9/11, when he was operating from Kandahar, bin Laden had kept the training camps of Al Qaeda and the IIF separate. Only Arabs were trained in Al Qaeda's training camps. Non-Arabs were trained in the camps of the IIF by Arab instructors of Al Qaeda. The US Cruise missile attacks on Al Qaeda camps in Afghan territory in October, 1998, mostly struck the camps of the IIF, particularly those of the HUM, which suffered the maximum damage.
Has Al Qaeda been using non-Arabs for its operations abroad?
Has Al Qaeda come to notice for any covert activity in India?
When Abu Zubaidah, supposedly the then No.3 in Al Qaeda, was arrested at Faislabad in Pakistani Punjab from the house of an LET operative in March 2002, sections of the Pakistani media had reported that he had done a computer training course at Pune in India before crossing over into Pakistan and joining Al Qaeda. The report of the US National Commission, which had enquired into the 9/11 terrorist strikes, had referred to a visit by KSM to India, but it did not indicate when and why he visited India. In his confession before a US military tribunal in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba earlier this year, KSM said that among the operations planned by him for Al Qaeda, but not carried out was an attack on the Israeli Embassy in India. He did not say when he had planned it and why it was not carried out.
What has been the attitude of Al Qaeda to India?
Before 9/11, India or even Kashmir hardly figured in the statements of Al Qaeda. Since 9/11, the references have been more frequent but not as frequent as in the case of other countries. In 2002 and 2003, bin Laden used to mention what he described as the US support to India on the Kashmir issue as one of the reasons for the anger of the Muslims against the US. In an audio message disseminated in April 2006 in the wake of the visit of President George Bush to Afghanistan, India and Pakistan in March, 2006, he projected the global jihad as directed against what he described as the joint anti-Islam conspiracy of the Crusaders (Christians), the Jewish people and the Hindus. Previously, he had never referred to Hinduism as part of this global conspiracy. However, this characterisation of the Hindus as part of this conspiracy, has not figured in the subsequent statements of Ayman al-Zawahiri, his No.2. However, Zawahiri's statements have included Jammu & Kashmir as among the historic Muslim lands under occupation by non-Muslims and hence to be liberated. In his anti-Musharraf statements of 2003, Zawahiri had spoken of the danger of Musharraf colluding with the Hindus.
Is there any evidence of ideological and/or operational support for Al Qaeda in Indian territory?
A small number of Indian Muslims has joined the Pakistani jihadi organisations, which are members of the IIF---particularly the LET. This would indicate that they support the pan-Islamic ideology of the IIF. Al Qaeda would not recruit them as its members since it does not take non-Arabs into its fold. However, it could use them for its operations in Indian territory. When Bush visited India in March, 2006, Muslims staged anti-US demonstrations in Lucknow, Mumbai and Hyderabad. There were reports that sections of the Muslims---particularly in Mumbai--- shouted pro-bin Laden slogans.
Is there any evidence of support for Al Qaeda in the Indian Muslim diaspora abroad?
Is there any support for Al Qaeda and the IIF in J&K?
Is there any support for Al Qaeda in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir?
Why Al Qaeda should be interested in India?
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