Daesh has 66 known fighters of Indian descent: US report on terrorism

There were 66 known Indian-born fighters affiliated with the global terrorist group Islamic State, according to the latest US State Department terrorism report, commending India’s counterterrorism forces, including the NIA, for actively detecting and disrupting them. transnational and regional terrorist forces.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in the 2020 National Terrorism Reports released on Thursday, said India is working with the United States on the implementation of United Nations Security Council resolution 2309 and is implementing compliance with the dual-screen radiography mandate for airport cargo screening.

UN Security Council Resolution 2309 calls on governments to take responsibility for ensuring the safety of citizens when traveling by air.

The report states that there were 66 known fighters of Indian origin affiliated with ISIS as of November.

No Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTF) were repatriated to India in 2020, he said.

Emphasizing US-Indian cooperation, the report says the United States continues to develop its strategic partnership with the Indian government, including through bilateral engagements such as the 17th Joint Counterterrorism Task Force and the Third Dialogue on Terrorism. nominations in September, as well as the third 2 + 2 Ministerial Dialogue in October.

He also commended India’s counterterrorism forces, including the National Investigation Agency (NIA), for actively detecting and disrupting transnational and regional terrorist forces.

“Indian counterterrorism forces, at the federal and state levels, have actively detected and disrupted transnational and regional terrorist forces.

“The National Investigation Agency examined 34 ISIS-related terrorism-related cases and arrested 160 people, including 10 suspected al-Qaeda members from Kerala and West Bengal, in September,” the report said.

Giving details of the arrests of terrorists carried out by the NIA, the report states that the first investigative agency arrested 10 suspected al-Qaeda members from Kerala and West Bengal on September 19 and 26.

“Until the end of September, the NIA had investigated 34 cases of terrorism which it said were linked to ISIS and arrested 160 people,” he said.

On May 29, the Kolkata Police Special Counterterrorism Task Force arrested Abdul Karim, the second in command of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh on suspicion of being involved in a 2013 bombing in Bodh Gaya, he said.

“India responds to US requests for information regarding terrorism investigations in a timely manner and works to mitigate threats in response to US information.

“Over the past two years, collaborative efforts have disrupted terrorist travel and alerted US authorities to possible threats in the United States and against US interests,” the report said.

Indian authorities remain concerned about the use of the internet for terrorist recruitment and radicalization leading to violence, as well as to foment interfaith tensions, he said.

“In 2020, the media and the NIA reported on several suspected cases of terrorist radicalization online, particularly in southern Indian states,” the report said.

India is active in leadership roles in numerous regional and international forums in 2020, where it has promoted multilateral cooperation against terrorism, he said.

India has agreed to share terrorism intelligence with Sri Lanka and the Maldives. India’s long-standing defense relationship with Russia extends to counterterrorism issues, the US State Department report added.

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