At home, not so much. Sigh.
So what else is new? War on Terror? Where?
Yesterday, the U.S. Treasury Department used Executive Order 13224 to freeze the American assets of four founders of the Pakistani terrorist group Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT). LeT was implicated in the the December 2001 attack against the Indian Parliament and the July 2006 attack on multiple Mumbai commuter trains, in addition to numerous attacks on Indian civilians. More on Hafiz Saeed and LeT here (scroll down). It's big news in India (read this and this), Pakistan (read here and here), and even in the International Tribune. But it has so far garnered virtually no press coverage in the U.S. Even the mainstream bloggers are uninterested. I think that will change, as the LeT story becomes known in our country. It must be kind of hard for the feds that their efforts are largely unappreciated. But they're probably used to it, and still they persevere, doing what they can to stop the funding of terrorism and the spread of the death cult jihadi ideology. Thank you for your efforts, FBI, ICE, DOJ and U.S. Treasury folks.
A few links on the subject of LeT:
- LeT denies it has any links to Al Qaeda. "The U.S. statement was 'based (on) enmity with Islam, lack of knowledge and ignorance.' " Plus the LeT was only raising money for widows and orphans.
- The Times of India discusses why the U.S. is cracking down on LeT now.
- More speculation on that here. "The LeT leadership has been targeted at a time when the civilian Yusuf Raza Gilani government is in negotiations with the Pakistani Taliban, a development the US is none too happy about."
- Discussion of whether the Pakistani military is backing "militants" again, including LeT. This article also notes that LeT has recently set up "a state-of-the-art wireless communication center near the LoC (Line of Control), and training centers at Balakote and Gujranwala."
- This article from October 2007 is about LeT's training camps on improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
- From March 2007, India rejected a US proposal for "joint operation against Lashkar-e-Toiba, in a move that has baffled many given that LeT is the principal terror threat to India..." There were a number of reasons behind that.
- LeT smuggles heroin to fund their jihad against India. "In the first ever case of narco-terrorism in the country, money-starved Lashker-e-Toiba miltiants are smuggling in high quality narcotics particularly heroin from Afghanistan and Pakistan to fund their activities in Jammu and Kashmir."
- LeT expands from exhorting women to raise sons who will be missiles to becoming guerilla warfare militants themselves! " Giving details of the Lashkar's women brigade, the report says these militants are imparted 21-day training in handling arms and ammunition, besides swimming and jehadi discourses."
Have at it. Find out what people in the U.S. have been "doing business" and funneling money to LeT. God speed.