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Indian Native and ISIS Chief Recruiter Mohammed Shafi Armar in the Global Terrorist List by US

Armar has been operating on Facebook and other personal messenger services to contact, brainwash and recruit youths from India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka

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FILE PHOTO - A member of the Iraqi rapid response forces walks past a wall painted with the black flag commonly used by Islamic State militants, at a hospital damaged by clashes during a battle between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants in the Wahda district of eastern Mosul, Iraq, January 8, 2017. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

June 16, 2017: The US state department sponsored sanctions against Mohammed Shafi Armar, an alleged chief recruiter for ISIS while renewing its list of Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) on Thursday, as reported by PTI.

The Interpol red corner notice is also lying pending against the fugitive Indian leader of the terror outfit.

Mohammed Shafi Armar,

Armar has many aliases like ‘Chhote Maula’, ‘Anjan Bhai’ and ‘Yousuf al-Hindi’. The 30-year-old is a native of Bhatkal in Karnataka who left for Pakistan along with his elder brother after the attack on Indian Mujahideen cadres. He is believed to have formed Ansar ul-Tawhid, which later pledged its adherence to the ISIS.

“Mohammed Shafi Armar is a leader and head recruiter in India for the Foreign Terrorist Organisation (FTO) and Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) group, ISIS,” the State Department stated.

The statement further concluded, “He has cultivated a group of dozens of ISIS sympathizers who are involved in terrorist activities across India, such as plotting attacks, procuring weapons, and identifying locations for terrorist training camps.”

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Amar has been quite active on social media like Facebook to contact, brainwash and recruit youth from India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. There have been reports of him having killed in a drone attack or crackdown of the allied forces, but every time intelligence agencies affirmed such reports, his name or voice cropped up in intercepts.

Armar was on the radar of investigation first time when the National Investigation Agency (NIA) was probing suspected ISIS cadres in Ratlam of Madhya Pradesh. His association with ISIS was also the highlight of the interrogation of Yasin Bhatkal, who was arrested near the Nepal border in 2013.

While interrogating the IS operatives, it appeared that Armar was motivating and radicalizing Muslim youths in India. He was recruiting youths for the Jund ul Khalifa-e-Hind through online radicalisation.

The National Investigation Agency had filed a charge-sheet against Armar along with five others for allegedly conspiring to carry out terror strikes in the national capital and also during ardh kumbh in Haridwar.

Two other ISIS leaders in Europe and the Middle East, Oussama Ahmad Atar and Mohammed Isa Yousif Saqar Al Binali were also listed as Specially Designated Global Terrorists by the US.

Oussama is a senior leader of ISIS’ external operations efforts and has established a network to carry out attacks in Europe.

“He was a leading coordinator of the November 2015 Paris attacks and March 2016 attacks in Brussels,” the State Department said. The Belgian-Moroccan national was responsible for recruiting, training, and sending at least some of the individuals to Paris to launch the November 2015 attacks, which killed and injured hundreds, including Americans, it said.

He also recruited and mentored two of the bombers involved in the March 2016 Brussels attacks that killed 32 and left many more wounded.

prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter: @Nainamishr94

 

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UN Lists ‘JeM’ Founder ‘Masood Azhar’ as a Global Terrorist

India accuses JeM of plotting terrorist attacks on its soil, including the February 14 suicide car bombing in the disputed Kashmir region’s Pulwama district that killed 40 Indian security personnel

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FILE - Masood Azhar, center, leader of Jaish-e-Mohammad arrives in Islamabad, Pakistan, Jan. 27, 2000. Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said, May 1, 2019, that Azhar has been added to a United Nations sanctions blacklist by the Security Council. VOA

Cindy Saine at the State Department contributed to this report.

A United Nations Security Council committee has designated the head of the Pakistan-based militant organization Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) as a global terrorist after China withdrew its long-held objections to the designation.

Beijing, a staunch Islamabad ally, had on several occasions since 2009 prevented the sanctions committee from blacklisting Masood Azhar, the founder of JeM, which is already designated as a global terrorist group.

The United States, France and Britain had jointly moved the designation earlier this week, asking the sanctions committee to subject Azhar to a foreign travel ban, an assets freeze and an arms embargo for promoting international terrorism on behalf of the al-Qaida terrorist organization and the Taliban.

India accuses JeM of plotting terrorist attacks on its soil, including the February 14 suicide car bombing in the disputed Kashmir region’s Pulwama district that killed 40 Indian security personnel. The attack dangerously escalated military tensions, bringing India and Pakistan, both armed with nuclear weapons, to the brink of war.

Senior U.S. State Department officials commended the U.N. Security Council sanctions committee for the designation, and said his group is responsible for the Feb. 14 terrorist attack in Kashmir.

 

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People burn pictures of Masood Azhar, the head of a Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad, as they celebrate the U.N. Security Council committee’s decision to blacklist Azhar, in Ahmedabad, India, May 1, 2019. VOA

“Designating Azhar demonstrates international commitment to rooting out terrorism in Pakistan and bringing security and stability to South Asia. This designation was critically important, and it was a long time coming.”

The State Department official said the U.S. has been trying to get Azhar designated as a global terrorist for 10 years, and strongly encouraged Pakistan to crack down on terrorism.

“We do appreciate that Pakistan is saying the right things, has taken the initial steps that we are looking for but we reserve judgement, because as I indicated, we have seen backtracking in the past once a few months have passed and the heat is off.”

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang praised the resolution of the issue and explained why his country decided against blocking Azhar’s blacklisting.

“Recently, relevant countries revised and re-submitted the materials for the listing proposal to the 1267 Committee. After careful study of the revised materials and taking into consideration the opinions of relevant parties concerned, China does not have objection to the listing proposal,” Geng said.

The Chinese spokesman said Pakistan has made “enormous contributions” to fighting terrorism and that the country deserves the full recognition of the international community. “China will continue to firmly support Pakistan’s efforts to combat terrorist and extremist forces,” he added. New Delhi and Islamabad both claimed diplomatic victories of their own following Azhar’s designation.

“We have been persistent, diligent and in a subterranean manner making all our efforts towards this goal. Today, that goal stands achieved. Grateful to the many, many countries who supported this effort,” said Syed Akbaruddin, India’s ambassador and permanent representative to the U.N.

Pakistani officials noted that Wednesday’s listing did not tie Azhar to the Pulwama bombing or to the insurgency in Indian Kashmir, calling it a diplomatic success for Islamabad.

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Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal briefs reporters in Islamabad, May 1, 2019. VOA

Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal told reporters Pakistan is going to immediately enforce the U.N. committee’s decision, rejecting as “absolutely false and baseless” Indian attempts of claiming a diplomatic “victory” for validation of their stance.

 “Our position is in line with the statements of Prime Minister [Imran] Khan, who clearly stated that there is no space for any proscribed organization or its affiliates to operate from Pakistani territory,” Faisal said.

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Pakistan has in recent weeks announced a series of measures to counter terrorism and violent extremism in the country in its bid to avoid being blacklisted by the Paris-based the Financial Action Task Force, (FATF) which monitors money laundering and terrorism financing.

The measures include an intensified crackdown on Islamist groups and major reform plans to “mainstream” thousands of religious seminaries across Pakistan, some of which critics say are tied to transnational terrorist organizations. (VOA)