ISIS-Jamaat-ARSA nexus plotting series of terror attacks in South Asian nations

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A newly-formed nexus between Islamic State (ISIS), Jamaat e Islami (JI) and Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) is secretly plotting series of terrorist attacks in Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Nepal.

According to Shwe Kalaung of the Jihad Watch, “the increasing global problem of Islamic terrorism is now becoming a harsh reality in Sri Lanka. The four men arrested at the compound with the explosives are being held for three months for further interrogation, with permission from the Defense Ministry under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, to establish more information about their network and motives. There have been no prior Islamic terror attacks in Sri Lanka, and authorities are wondering if this new jihadist group in Wanathawilluwa, the northwest region of the island, has connections to international Islamic terror organizations. The evil purpose of these explosives is yet to be determined.

“A recent rise of Islamic jihad activity in Sri Lanka has been paralleled by a rise in Islamic gangs who are controlling the drug trade. The historic heroin seizure in December, 2018 shows a direct link to networks in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Ruthless Islamic gangs are known to control the underworld in Sri Lanka, and have been connected to the recent assassination plot of the President, along with several other political leaders in late October 2018. Not much information is known about this new radical Islamic group which was caught with the explosives or their connections to the underworld in Sri Lanka, but the common purpose of these Islamic gangs and jihadist networks is to create conflict and political instability inside Sri Lanka. Many Sri Lankans, both Tamils and Sinhalese, believe they have become the target of Islamic jihadis[t] over the last few years; growing evidence shows their fears are not unfounded, since there have been no previous historic problems with Islamic terror in Sri Lanka.”

Although until recently, Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) was known as a Myanmar-based Islamist terror outfit, latest information reveals, this group already is linked with Islamic State (ISIS). Recent attacks against Buddhists, such as the killing of two monks at a temple in Thailand, or the smashing of statues from a Hindu temple in India, show a heightened level of daily regional jihadist activity. In Rakhine State, Myanmar, Islamic terror led to a complete insurgency in late August 2017 from the ISIS-linked terror organization Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) that was formed in 2012. This insurgency was masterminded by Pakistani spy agency Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) through a Pakistan-born Saudi imam, Ata Ullah, who also is known as the head of ARSA. So the war on terror in Asia has literally become like an all-out war in the countries of the Golden Horseshoe Caliphate.

Bangladesh government has faced with a rise of jihadist activity from powerful jihadist factions such as Al Qaeda-linked Ansar Al Islam (AAI) and ISIS-linked Jamaatul Mujahedin Bangladesh (JMB) inside the country. Since August 2018, Jamaat e Islami (JI) has taken control of production and sale of Yaba pills (methamphetamines) in Myanmar. The nexus is now selling this narcotic through a network of drug dealers inside Bangladesh. According to information, although the illegal trade of Yaba was earlier controlled by leaders of ruling Awami League, the control of this trade gradually now is going into the grips of JI cadres as well as members of other jihadist outfits in Bangladesh. It is even learnt by counterterrorism experts, an infamous Awami League leader known for his direct involvement in Yaba trade has secretly joined hands with newly formed JI controlled nexus.

Each month, Yaba pills worth US$ 20-25 million are smuggled inside Bangladesh mainly through Bangladesh-Myanmar border. Members of Jamaat e Islami are handling such huge trade by establishing secret distribution centers within Chittagong division while ARSA men are coordinating it from Myanmar.

Illegal drug money spent into jihadist activities:

Cash proceeds of Yaba pills trade are secretly handed over to Pakistani ISI by JI men in Bangladesh which is subsequently used in buying arms and explosives for ARSA and other jihadist outfits in Bangladesh. Similar method is also followed in other South Asian nations such as India, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Nepal. With the help of Jamaat e Islami, ISIS has been very successfully expanding its existence and network within the South Asian countries.

Dangerous network of jihadists and terrorists:

Under the directives of Pakistani spy agency Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) and supervision of Jamaat e Islami (JI), cash and weapons are being secretly supplied to several jihadist and terrorist outfits in South Asia with notorious agenda. In India, cash and weapons are regularly going to the members of Kashmir-based Islamist militancy groups and country’s northeastern state-based United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA).

In Nepal, terror assistance is reaching an active group of terrorists named Nepal People’s Army (PLA), National Defence Army (NDA) and Terai Army. Additionally, jihadist and terrorist groups hiding in Nepal also are amongst the recipients of such support.

Circulation of counterfeit Indian rupees:

Through the jihadist and terrorist groups inside India, Pakistani spy agency Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) has been circulating hundreds of millions of counterfeit Indian currency bills with the agenda of destroying country’s economy. According to credible information, ISI has been producing counterfeit Indian currency bills inside the security printing press in Pakistan, which later is pushed into India through several routes. Members of Lashkar e Taiba (LeT), ARSA, Ansar Al Islam, ULFA etc are actively involved in working with ISI is spreading such huge volume of counterfeit money through its networks inside India.

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