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Who is Lashkar-e-Taiba
Posted by: McQ on Monday, December 01, 2008

Bill Roggio gives some background on the group associated with the Mumbai terrorist attack. He says a lot of people are twisting themselves into knots trying to dissassociate the group from al Qaeda. He also says they're wrong to do so:
Lashkar-e-Taiba has an extensive network in southern and Southeast Asia. A senior US military intelligence official described the group as "al Qaeda junior," as it has vast resources, an extensive network, and is able to carry out complex attacks throughout its area of operations. "If by some stroke of luck al Qaeda collapsed, LeT (Lashkar-e-Taiba) could step in and essentially take its place."The relationship between al Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Taiba is complex, the official noted. "While Lashkar-e-Taiba is definitely subordinate to al Qaeda in many ways, it runs its own network and has its own command structure. The groups often train in each others' camps, and fight side by side in Afghanistan."

Lashkar-e-Taiba forces fought alongside al Qaeda and Taliban in the assault on the US combat outpost in Wanat in Nuristan province, Afghanistan in July of this year. Nine US troops were killed, and 15 US soldiers and four Afghan troops were wounded in the heavy fight that nearly ended in the outpost being overrun. US forces ultimately broke the attack.Founded by Hafiz Mohammed Saeed in Afghanistan in 1990, the organization quickly expanded its reach.
Obviously you don't want to attribute to AQ what is not AQ's. You run the risk of missing a new or emerging group if you tend to claim everything is al Qaeda's when, in fact, it could be a rival or new group which is responsible.

On the other hand, if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck and does other ducky things, it may be a duck.
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Well, tactically it may be important to understand where these guys come from, how they are funded and how they move through the population but at the end it’s all part of the same global jihad. What they call themselves is utterly beside the point.
Written By: the wolf
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The jihadis seem to me to be something like a cartel. There are many groups, with a variety of relationships between them. Some are loosely coupled (HAMAS and aQ), while others are tightly coupled (EIJ and aQ). Some are special purpose, either for a particular target set (say, Israel) or a particular task (such as propaganda dissemination). They are self-organizing because they are all working for the same end goal. As such, they cooperate most of the time, feud some of the time, and in the end all move in the same general direction.

I think that it is a mistake to speak of any given group, even al Qaeda, as if it were some independent organization whose collapse would be a war-ending event. Note that the collapse of the Soviet Union damaged the prospects of Communist Totalitarianism as an economic system, but not as a political system. Ideologies don’t die just because some particular group goes away; ideologies die because they are shown to be ineffective at achieving their goals, or because their goals don’t attract a broad enough following.

It’s clear that violent war to create a Muslim theocracy is the main purpose in life of hundreds of thousands, and acceptable to millions more. It’s equally clear that this will only end when those numbers come down dramatically, or when they succeed.

Written By: Jeff Medcalf
Oh come on. It was probably the work of Hindus or Christian fundies. Masterminded and funded by Jews, of course.

Written By: Don
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Don: you forgot the Gnomes of Zurich.
Written By: Jeff Medcalf
Yeah, and Buddists. I forgot them too . . .
Written By: Don
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Damn those Buddhist terrorists. I really wish I could remember the line from A Fish Called Wanda; something like "what kind of Buddhist monks are these, exactly?"

Written By: Jeff Medcalf

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