Responsible for the recent Mumbai attacks, the LeT organization — which, as this report insists, is made up of “disaffected youth” — seems to have a keen interest in the Washington area, New York, California and Georgia. And, as the FBI director put it, they “are merely an e-ticket away from the US.”
“LeT bigger threat than Al-Qaeda, says US intelligence,” from the New Paper, March 11:
PAKISTAN terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) is an even bigger threat than Al-Qaeda, said US security experts.
And they say it could be targeting the US.
‘We are and should be concerned about the threat LeT poses, given its global network,’ Mr Juan Zarate, deputy national security adviser for counter-terrorism in the Bush administration, told the Chicago Tribune in an interview published on Sunday.
Intelligence agencies report that potentially many tens of thousands of Pakistanis have been trained in LeT’s guerrilla camps in Pakistan.
And a small number are active in the US.
‘It doesn’t just reside in South Asia. It is an organisation that has potential reach all over the world, including the US,’ Mr Zarate said.
Mr Bruce Riedel, chairman of the Obama administration’s Pakistan-Afghanistan strategy review team, said he believed such a ‘global jihadist syndicate’ of disaffected young Pakistanis was the most likely mechanism for launching an attack on US soil.
Authorities said thousands of disaffected Westerners and Pakistanis in Britain and other ‘visa waiver’ countries in Europe travel frequently to Pakistan.
An unknown number of those have trained in LeT camps.
They can also enter the US with virtually no background check.
Evidence confiscated from computer-savvy young militants shows LeT interest in the Washington area, New York, California and Georgia, according to interviews and court testimony.
FBI Director Robert Mueller also highlighted the concern in a recent speech, saying US authorities fear a Mumbai-style commando attack, and that such militants from ‘less well-known terrorist groups…are merely an e-ticket away from the US’.