Home-grown Ter­ror

Southasia - - Briefing -

In his three-day visit to south­ern and east­ern Afghanistan, the top U.S. mil­i­tary com­man­der said that the bor­der re­gion be­tween Afghanistan and Pak­istan was still the world’s most dan­ger­ous area - call­ing it the ‘epi­cen­ter of ter­ror­ism.’

Dur­ing his visit, Ad­mi­ral Mullen also met with com­man­ders and troops across the south and south­west, a fo­cus of the troop “surge” or­dered by Pres­i­dent Obama. De­spite a wave of spec­tac­u­lar sui­cide at­tacks there, he of­fered as­sur­ances that al­lied and lo­cal se­cu­rity forces would con­tinue to push in­sur­gents into re­treat.

Ad­mi­ral Mullen made the case that the Tal­iban had suf­fered such losses over re­cent months that it could not mount sig­nif­i­cant mil­i­tary of­fen­sives to re­take safe havens or ex­pand po­lit­i­cal con­trol, and in des­per­a­tion had re­sorted in­stead to in­di­vid­ual, ter­ror­ist-style at­tacks. Vi­o­lence has es­ca­lated in Afghanistan in the re­cent months where the Tal­iban have con­tin­ued to carry out a re­lent­less string of at­tacks against NATO and Afghan se­cu­rity forces and civil­ians.

As­sess­ing the over­all mis­sion, Ad­mi­ral Mullen said the pres­i­dent’s or­der to be­gin with­draw­ing the 33,000 additional Amer­i­can surge troops could be car­ried out with­out putting the mis­sion at risk.

In­dian Home Min­is­ter P. Chi­dambaram, while speak­ing on a de­bate in Ra­jya Sabha [In­dian Par­lia­ment] on in­ter­nal se­cu­rity last month said home-grown ter­ror was a new chal­lenge In­dia was fac­ing be­cause the prob­lem was ig­nored and al­lowed to grow when the na­tion was fight­ing cross-bor­der ter­ror­ism.

Mr. Chi­dambaram said all over the world right-wing fas­cist forces were on the rise and In­dia is no ex­cep­tion to it. “While there is finger-point­ing for ev­ery ter­ror in­ci­dent to­wards the ‘neigh­bor­ing coun­try’, there is also an ex­is­tence of home grown ter­ror mod­ules as also right-wing fas­cist forces here”, the Min­is­ter as­serted.

Slam­ming the slow progress in the 26/11 probe, Mr. Chi­dambaram said that the coun­try was slowly but suc­cess­fully build­ing ca­pac­ity to fight ter­ror­ism whose ori­gin

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