Friday, January 22, 2010

Hybrid, Homegrown and Transnational: The Indian Mujahideen and the Islamist Terror Matrix - The Jamestown Foundation

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    • Militants from the terrorist group Indian Mujahideen (IM) (above) and the aftermath of a bomb blast in Jaipur, for which IM claimed responsibility
    • Even if the indigenous tag of IM is well suited, it is becoming clearer by the day that IM is a hybrid terrorist group with militants from a number of other terrorist outfits (including SIMI, LeT and HuJI) comprising the group’s core.
    • The IB believes that al-Qaeda and its affiliates have already started their operations with IM/SIMI by setting up sleeper cells, giving a breather to LeT and JeM, whose activities came under international scrutiny following the 26/11 Mumbai events.
    • Undoubtedly, the terror trajectory in India perhaps will take a sharp turn with al-Qaeda’s formal entry into the region by bringing the existing terror groups under one umbrella.  However, the most pressing threat to India in the long term comes from none other than the hybrid and homegrown Indian Mujahideen, as the IM/SIMI combined will provide the necessary space and foot soldiers to the sub-continental terror strategy of the larger LeT and al-Qaeda organizations.

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