ISIS links morph into ISI cloak as militants quizzed
The alleged Islamic State module busted with the arrest of four students in Uttarakhand on Tuesday night appears to be a smokescreen set up by Pakistan’s ISI to send Indian intelligence agencies on a wild goose chase, police sources said on Thursday.
Investigators found the four men — Akhlaq- ur- Rehman, Mohammad Azim Ushan, Mohammad Osama alias Adil and Mohammad Mehraj — had more information on a module based in Pakistan than any in Syria or Iraq. Their alleged IS ( Islamic State) handler Shafi Armar was found to have been an IM (Indian Mujahideen) man all his life who recently shifted loyalties to the Iraqi and Syrian outfit.
Intelligence officials are trying to determine if various alleged IS modules being discovered in India have origins in Syria and Iraq or are being floated by the ISI in the name of the West Asian group to mislead Indian agencies.
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National Security Guard (NSG) commandos during a mock drill at Khan Market in New Delhi, ahead of R-Day.