9 factors which make a Lashkar terrorist

31 01 2009

Source: Rediff

January 30, 2009When Ajmal Kasab and his co-murderers were handpicked for the Mumbai [Images] terror operation nine factors were taken into consideration. An Intelligence Bureau officer told rediff.com that these factors are abided by when a terrorist is being recruited.
Arrested terrorists, Sabahuddin and Fahim Ansari have confirmed during their interrogation that a strict procedure is followed while recruiting likely terrorists into the Lashkar-e-Tayiba.
The most important factor is commitment to the Lashkar’s ideology. When the Lashkar recruits youth the latter are told they will undertake a military operation and there is absolute need to be committed to the organisation’s ideology in order to succeed.
The second factor is, obviously, that the recruit is Muslim.
The third factor is the maturity of the recruit. The IB says the recruitment process begins at the age of 10. However when it comes to waging war the Lashkar ensures that the minimum age of the terrorist is at least 15. The Lashkar gives priority to hard work, mental and physical fitness over age.
The next aspect deals with sacrifice; the recruit should be willing to give up his life in order to achieve his goal.
Another important aspect which the Lashkar takes into consideration is concealing information. Talkative recruits are dumped. Likely terrorists are told they should not discuss the mission even with their closest friends or family. If a Lashkar commander discovers that the mission is being discussed, the recruit runs the risk of losing his life.
The Lashkar lays a lot of emphasis on obedience. This aspect has been picked up from the Pakistani military. During the training programmes recruits are told not to ask questions and only to follow orders.
While being recruited, the recruits undergo regular medical check-ups to establish that they are physically and mentally fit. Should any recruit not fulfill these conditions, he is dropped from the terror programme.
Finally, the recruit should be patient by nature and more important, be able to endure psychological trauma.
Likely terrorists are told over and over again that they should be patient and fight till the end, and not abandon their path even if they are overwhelmed by the enemy.
Overcoming psychological trauma is most important. The terrorists are expected to remain calm when they witness bloodshed, when they are arrested or even when they are about to be overwhelmed by their adversaries.

How LeT conceals its terror training camps :Vicky Nanjappa

29 01 2009

January 28, 2009 15:44 IST
Source: rediff

The Lashkar-e-Tayiba [Images], which was responsible for the Mumbai terror attacks [Images], goes to extreme lengths to conceal the identity of terrorists while carrying out an attack in India, according to Intelligence Bureau sources.

The interrogation conducted on Ajmal Kasab [Images], Fahim Ansari and Sabahuddin have helped the IB piece together details of the things the LeT does to ensure that the identity of the terrorists is concealed at all times.

An IB source told rediff.com that extreme caution is taken while training terrorists and the levels of security are such that none of the security agencies are able to get a wind of what is happening.

The fidayeens are trained in an area which is at least 20 kilometres away from a populated area. Moreover there should be no army camp or a police station anywhere in a 30-km radius.

While earmarking the area, the LeT ensures that there is enough land to train at least 50 men in shooting and physical training. Apart from this the LeT also ensures that there is a medical facility close by.

The LeT takes a lot of precaution in ensuring that the location is kept a secret. Only the top commander and his second in command apart from the trainers are aware of the location. What is interesting is that once the training programme is completed then the place is not used for at least another year and all traces of the camp are immediately wiped out.

Further the LeT also ensures that the area has several exit points. Once training for the day is complete no one is allowed to hang on there and all trainees return to base camp.

The trainees too are strictly vetted before being admitted. Also care is taken to ensure that the trainees don’t know each other. This is done to ensure that there is no bonding between them.

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18 05 2008

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17 May 2008

India’s war against terror has only just begun. But the security forces cannot fight it on their own. If the political leaders of our country, and the public, “do their part”, we will find ourselves losing it, says distinguished commentator Prem Shankar Jha

India’s war against terror has only just begun. But the security forces cannot fight it on their own. If the political leaders of our country, and the public, “do their part”, we will find ourselves losing it, says distinguished commentator Prem Shankar Jha

The first reports from Jaipur have put the death toll from the serial bomb blasts in Jaipur at 60 dead and 150 injured, but dismal experience tells us that the final tally will be substantially higher. The shock that this has given to the public is indescribable, for it reveals not only the perilous vulnerability of the entire country to acts of pure, hate-driven terrorism, but the increasing sophistication and killing power of the terrorists.

Although the identity of the killers is still to be established, the similarities between this attack and the one on suburban trains in Mumbai on July 11, 2006 suggests that the perpetrators are indeed members of the Harkat-ul-Jehad-e-Islami (HuJI), as the government has surmised. In coming days there will be the usual chorus of condemnation of the Rajasthan police and of the Intelligence Bureau for having been caught napping, and the usual spate of demands from both to ‘do something’ to curb the terrorist menace. Such demands invariably force governments to promise to beef up the counter terrorist capabilities of the security forces and improve their information gathering capabilities.

The security forces usually respond to the pressure by diverting the blame elsewhere. In the past decade their favourite whipping boy has been Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence. The ISI has been accused, with ample justification, of having assisted in the birth of the HuJI, just as it assisted the growth of the Lashkar-Tayyiba into a full-fledged terrorist force a decade ago.

But this is a barren, and ultimately futile exercise. The ISI is playing it with equal vigour, accusing India of stoking rebellion in Baluchistan, but that is not making the task of controlling it any easier. All that the rival establishments have succeeded in doing is to impede the improvement of relations between their countries.

The truth is that when the only motive for murder is hate, and when the killers do not mind whom they kill, there is no way to anticipate where they will strike next. The only way of preventing such attacks is to gain prior information. But that information can only come from the people among who the terrorists seek shelter as they plan , and execute, their murderous attacks.

That is where the real threat to the country lies. For the failure to anticipate the Mumbai train blasts, the attacks in Delhi, Varanasi, Bangalore, Malegaon, Jaipur, and on the Samjhauta Express, shows that there is now an established network of bitterly alienated families in the countries that hate India so virulently that they will assist in acts that could easily lead to the hounding and destruction of their own community.

That kind of rage is not far removed from the rage that is motivating suicide bombers in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Its existence in a critical mass of families and individuals in India to provide the killers with secure bases of operation in more and more cities, shows that the complacency Indians feel about the absence of extremism among Indian Muslims is no longer warranted.

The challenge that the security agencies face is daunting. Ham-handed action taken under pressure from the media and public, such as the wholesale detention and questioning of young Muslims after a terrorist attack, is almost certain to more harm than good. For instance, the investigations that followed the Malegaon bomb blast only deepened the alienation of Muslims in the area and enabled the terrorists to achieve a part of their aim.

The only sure way to prevent future attacks of the Jaipur variety is to obtain information before they happen. The police cannot do this without the active cooperation of the Muslim population. They have had a fair degree of success so far. For every successful terrorist attack that the country has suffered, there is at least one other that was averted because the police got a tip-off from someone in the community. The most important was the failed attack on the RSS training camp in Nagpur in 2006. But the police still have a long way to go.

In the long run, terrorism of the kind we are experiencing can only be defeated if the people on whose behalf the terrorists claim they are acting repudiate them and force them to stay away, or inform the police of their plans. But for this the community as a whole must feel that the police, and the majority community are their friends. In the recent past the police has all but lost that image, and not just among the Muslims. To most of us today it is an inefficient, corrupt and high-handed force that regularly preys upon the poor. Add to this the targeting of the Muslim community that follows every terrorist attack, and the task of building trust begins to look like trying to build a house on sand.

An effective anti-terrorist strategy requires us to look even more deeply into ourselves. The police and security agencies only mirror the prejudices of the majority community, and these have become more pronounced in the past two decades. Why has no one in office ever formally expressed regret for the terrible pogroms that have scarred the face of our society , from the Mumbai killings in 1993 to the Gujarat massacres in 2002. Why are Indian courts suddenly handing out death penalties by the dozen, with a predisposition towards singling out the minorities? Indeed so great has been the bias, and so quixotic the rulings, that it has provoked Amnesty International into making a scathing criticism of the Indian judiciary.

India’s war against terror has only just begun. But the security forces cannot fight it on their own. If the political leaders of our country, and the public, do their part, we will find ourselves losing it.