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Terror Groups - Lashkar-e-Toiba (LET)


Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LET) is the armed wing of the Pakistan-based religious organization, Markaz-ud-Dawa-wal-Irshad (MDI), an extremist missionary organization formed in 1989. LET has conducted numerous terror operations against Indian troops and civilian targets in Kashmir, Pakistan and India, including an attack on the Indian Parliament (December 2001, 9 people dead) with the cooperation of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JEM). The group is also believed to have been tied to Al-Qaeda elements, possibly on a more logistical level which includes funding and operating safe houses for activists in Pakistan.

Current Status:

In the last few years, the group had to deal with some counter terrorism activity by the Pakistani authorities, who arrested some LET figures and froze the group's assets in 2002. It appears the operational capabilities of the group have been hurt, but not demolished, as it continues to attack local tagets. Nevertheless, its links to other terror groups in Pakistan, as well as Al-Qaeda elements may help the LET to regroup in the future and get involved in terror attacks against western targets as well.

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