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‘Pakistan has given Dawood strong protection’: Delhi ex-top cop Neeraj Kumar

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New Delhi: It is true that Chhota Rajan possesses a huge information base on infamous don Dawood Ibrahim but retired Delhi top cop Neeraj Kumar told Firstpost that how much of that information actually reached us depended on the Indian agencies’ capability to extract it. Moreover, to get hold of Dawood, the information had to be actionable as well.

On being asked about the chances of Dawood, accused in the 1993 Mumbai blasts, being brought to India, 1976 batch IPS officer Kumar said that it was possible in theory but not quite so in practicality.

“It’s generally believed that Dawood is in Karachi. He’s in an enemy country, not in Bali or Thailand from where he could easily be nabbed and extradited. Pakistan has given him strong protection and ensured that he doesn’t get into the hands of Indian security agencies,” said Kumar.

Kumar’s yet-to-be-released memoir Dial D for Don speaks about the cop’s investigations into the underworld activities and gives a lot of information on Dawood, and the 9/11 attacks in the US. The book also reveals how India indirectly contributed a part of the funding for the attack.

“A part of the ransom money received in the kidnapping of Khadim footwear’s CMD Partha Pratim Roy Burman in Kolkata — around $100,000 (which at the time, was worth Rs 49 lakh), was passed on by the abductor Aftab Ansari to the chief of the 9/11 attackers Mohammad Atta through terrorist Omar Sheikh, who was released by India in exchange for hijacked Indian Airlines plane IC-814 in 1999,” he said in a Firstpost interview.

Asif Raza Khan, a Harkat-ul Mujahideen terrorist had divulged this information about his “boss” Aftab Ansari, who currently awaits hanging in a West Bengal jail. Ansari, who is also responsible for the attack on the American Centre in Kolkata, had shared a part of the ransom money with Omar Sheikh.

The BCCI anti-corruption wing is currently headed by Kumar, who explained the interconnection between Dawood, cricket and the underworld. Soon after he had led an operation against the Indian Premier League tournament spot-fixing issue, in which a few cricketers were involved, Kumar received a call “in all probability” from the elusive don: “Kya saheb, aap retire hone ja rahe ho, ab toh peecha chhod do (What, Sir? You are about to retire, at least stop chasing us now).”

Kumar had received the call a few days before his retirement in July 2013. “It was a one-way communication and before I could reply, the call was disconnected,” he said. However, he didn’t pursue the matter after his retirement.

Indian security agencies say that Dawood, along with his wife Mehjabeen Shaikh, son Moeen Nawaz and daughters Mehreen, Mazia and Mahrukh, are currently working from Karachi’s upscale neighbourhood of Clifton, and are based with the syndicate chief in Pakistan. Mahrukh is married to former cricket captain Javed Miandad’s son, Junaid. This explains Dawood’s cricket connection.

On being asked the possibility of ISIS spreading its roots in India, Kumar stated that since he hadn’t been in the government service for more than two and a half years, he was out of touch with recent occurances and information from intelligence agencies. “They may, they may not,” he said, “the threat is always there.”

On allegations that Kumar had treated Dawood rather softly in his book, the ex-cop, who had also worked in the CBI, said that he had only put forward facts.

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U.S. President Donald Trump Announces Withdraw Of Almost All The Troops From Syria

Meanwhile, U.S. military officials, as well as members of the coalition actively fighting the terror group, have been reluctant to predict when final victory will be declared.

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President Donald Trump shows maps of Syria and Iraq depicting the size of the "ISIS physical caliphate" as he speaks to workers at the country's only remaining tank manufacturing plant, in Lima, Ohio, March 20, 2019. VOA

In late 2018, President Donald Trump announced the U.S. would withdraw almost all of its troops from Syria, saying the Islamic State terror group had been defeated and there was no longer a reason to deploy U.S. forces in the war-torn nation.

The announcement led to the resignation of former Secretary of Defense James Mattis, who reportedly felt the drawdown was premature.

In the months since Trump announced the defeat of IS, he has wavered on whether the group has been vanquished. Sometimes he predicted that total victory would come in hours or days, while other times he has doubled down on the claim that the IS threat has been eliminated.

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Trump declared, “We have won against ISIS,” in a video released by the White House, to explain why the U.S. was pulling most of its troops out of Syria. VOA

Here’s a chronology of claims concerning the demise of Islamic State.

Dec. 19, 2018 — Trump declared, “We have won against ISIS,” in a video released by the White House, to explain why the U.S. was pulling most of its troops out of Syria.

Dec. 22, 2018 — Trump tweets that “ISIS is largely defeated and other local countries, including Turkey, should be able to easily take care of whatever remains.”

Jan. 16, 2019 — Vice President Mike Pence declares in a speech at the State Department that “the caliphate has crumbled and ISIS has been defeated.” Earlier that day, four Americans were killed in Syria by an IS suicide bomber.

Jan. 30, 2019 — Trump tweets about the “tremendous progress” made in Syria and that the IS “Caliphate will soon be destroyed.”

Feb. 1, 2019 — Trump repeats that “We will soon have destroyed 100 percent of the Caliphate.”

Feb. 3, 2019 — Trump tells CBS News, “We will be announcing in the not too distant future 100 percent of the caliphate, which is the area — the land, the area — 100. We’re at 99 percent right now, we’ll be at 100.”

Feb. 6, 2019 — Trump predicts that the declaration that the coalition has captured all IS holdings “should be formally announced sometime, probably next week.”

Feb. 10, 2019 — Trump tweets that the U.S. will control all former IS territory in Syria “soon.”

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Feb. 16, 2019 — Trump tweets, “We are pulling back after 100 percent Caliphate victory!” Pixabay

Feb. 11, 2019 — At a rally in El Paso, Texas, Trump says the announcement that 100 percent of Islamic State territory has been captured will be coming “maybe over the next week, maybe less.”

Feb. 15, 2019 — At a news conference Trump says a statement about “our success with the eradication of the caliphate … will be announced over the next 24 hours.”

Feb. 16, 2019 — Trump tweets, “We are pulling back after 100 percent Caliphate victory!”

Feb. 22, 2019 — Trump tells reporters “In another short period of time, like hours — you’ll be hearing hours and days — you’ll be hearing about the caliphate. It will — it’s 100 percent defeated.”

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March 2, 2019 — At a conference, Trump tells attendees, “As of probably today or tomorrow, we will actually have 100 percent of the caliphate in Syria.” VOA

Feb. 28, 2019 — In a speech to U.S. troops in Alaska, Trump says, “We just took over, you know, you kept hearing it was 90 percent, 92 percent, the caliphate in Syria. Now it’s 100 percent we just took over, 100 percent caliphate.”

March 2, 2019 — At a conference, Trump tells attendees, “As of probably today or tomorrow, we will actually have 100 percent of the caliphate in Syria.”

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March 20, 2019 — Trump shows reporters a map that plots the territory still held by the Islamic State in Syria and promises that area “will be gone by tonight.”

Meanwhile, U.S. military officials, as well as members of the coalition actively fighting the terror group, have been reluctant to predict when final victory will be declared. Some also note that even when IS no longer controls any territory, fighters who escaped capture and are hiding within civilian populations could still pose a security threat. (VOA)