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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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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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New Delhi: At a time when India is reeling under severe militancy concerns, the Syrian security forces arrested four Indian citizens who had gone there to join the terror outfit ISIS. This was disclosed by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Al-Moallem on Wednesday during a press conference.

Notably, the Syrian Foreign Minister was on a four-day official visit to India.
“Four Indians who went to fight for the Islamic State are in a prison in Damascus right now,” Mr Al-Moallem said.

The Syrian minister also revealed that India and Syria were focusing on bolstering bilateral ties to deepen intelligence and security cooperation.

It might be mentioned that for quite some time Syria has been a breeding ground for terror outfits including the dreaded Islamic State. The country has already been ravaged due to the extremist forces.

“Terrorism does not know any boundary. My discussion with the External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj reflected that our views on important issues converge and that is why greater security cooperation between two sides is underway,” the Foreign Minister said.

Recently, Mumbai Police Commissioner’s office received a letter written by a member of the ISIS threatening ACP Bhanupratap Barge, an officer with Pune Anti-Terror Squad (ATS). The militant threatened to kill Barge and his family members for deradicalising a girl who ha made up her mind to join the militant group.

Earlier in November, Indian Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said in a statement that Muslims from south Indian states were more prone to get influenced by ISIS ideology than any other part of the country.

“It is a reality (some south Indian Muslims getting attracted to ISIS). It is a fact. But we should not undermine our vigil in other parts of the country,” he said.

Rijiju’s comments came at a time when, reports were making rounds that ISIS would carry out attacks in India. Reportedly, a single person would carry out the attack. ISIS had named the operation “Lone Wolf”.

Riju, however, termed the incidents of the hoisting of the ISIS flag in Jammu & Kashmir as sporadic. “These were isolated cases and not spread across the state or the country,” he said.(Inputs from agencies)