ISIS has 66 known fighters of Indian origin: US terrorism report

There were 66 known fighters of Indian origin affiliated with the global terror group Islamic State, according to the US State Department’s latest terrorism report, which praised India’s counterterrorism forces, including the NIA, for actively detecting and disrupted transnational and regional terrorist forces.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in the 2020 National Terrorism Reports released on Thursday, said India was working with the US for the implementation of UNSCR 2309 and enforcing compliance with the mandate dual X-ray monitor for airport cargo control.

United Nations Security Council Resolution 2309 calls on governments to fulfill their responsibility to keep citizens safe when traveling by air.

The report said there were 66 known fighters of Indian origin affiliated with ISIS in November.

No foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs) were repatriated to India in 2020, he added.

Highlighting U.S.-India cooperation, the report says the United States continues to strengthen its strategic partnership with the Indian government, including through bilateral engagements such as the 17th Joint Counterterrorism Task Force and the third appointments dialogue in September, as well as the third 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue in October.

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

“Indian counter-terrorism forces, at federal and state levels, have actively detected and disrupted transnational and regional terrorist forces.

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

Giving details of terrorist arrests carried out by the NIA, the report said the first investigative agency arrested 10 suspected Al-Qaeda affiliated members from Kerala and West Bengal on September 19 and 26.

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

On May 29, Kolkata Police’s Special Counter-Terrorism Task Force arrested Abdul Karim, the second-in-command of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh, on suspicion of involvement in a 2013 bombing in Bodh Gaya. , did he declare.

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

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

Indian officials remain concerned about the use of the internet for terrorist recruitment and radicalization to violence, as well as fomenting inter-religious tensions, he said.

“In 2020, there were multiple media and NIA reports of suspected cases of terrorist radicalization online, especially in southern Indian states,” the report said.

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

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

The US report, meanwhile, pointed to “gaps” in intelligence and information sharing between agencies.

He said that “Indian security agencies are effective in disrupting terrorist threats, although gaps remain in intelligence and inter-agency information sharing.”

“The Indian Multi-Agency Center (MAC) collaborates with the United States to share information on terrorist screening. In the absence of a national counter-terrorism center, the MAC carries out the collection and sharing real-time intelligence between federal and state security agencies.

“Several Indian states have established state-level MACs to disseminate terrorism information to law enforcement agencies,” the report said.

He also said Indian security forces demonstrate limited ability to patrol and secure vast sea and land borders.

“India is implementing UNSCR 2396 to improve detection and deterrence of terrorist travel by using watch lists, implementing biographic and biometric screening at points of entry and expanding information sharing “, did he declare.

UN Security Council Resolution 2396 (2017) calls on Member States to develop and implement biometric data collection systems to identify terrorists responsibly and appropriately.

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