US Fear Of The LeT
- Could match Al Qaeda’s capabilities for global terror, even replace it
- The Headley episode has shown that there could be sleeper cells in the US
- Said to be present in 17 countries now
- Its members are adopting an anti-western agenda
- Has stronger societal roots than even Al Qaeda, therefore better suited to recruit jihadists and do fundraising across the Islamic world
- Strong demands that the US should act against Lashkar even if Pakistan is unwilling
For years, the United States wished away the Lashkar-e-Toiba as an Indian concern, erroneously believing that the militant group based in Pakistan lacked the capability and ambition to launch minatory attacks thousands of miles away. But, in a belated awakening, Washington is now gradually realising that the Lashkar poses a mortal threat to its interests as well. Prompting the rethink here is the infamous case of David Headley, which stoked fears about LeT sleeper cells in the US. The indisputable evidence of LeT fingerprints on a spate of plots—from Afghanistan to Denmark and Bangladesh—has elicited an acknowledgment in Washington that the LeT perhaps possesses an ability to spread global terror matching Al Qaeda’s.