The latest US State Department report on terrorism revealed and commended India’s counter-terrorism forces, including the NIA, for actively detecting and disrupting transnational and regional terror forces.
There were 66 known Indian-origin fighters affiliated with the global terrorist group Islamic State as of November.No Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTFs) were repatriated to India during 2020, it said.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in the 2020 Country Reports on Terrorism issued on Thursday, said that India collaborates with the United States on implementing UNSCR 2309which calls governments to meet their responsibility to keep citizens secure while traveling by air and is enforcing compliance with the dual-screen X-ray mandate for cargo screening at airport locations.
Focusing on the US-India cooperation, the report said that the United States continues to build its strategic partnership with the Government of India, including through bilateral engagements such as the 17th Counterterrorism Joint Working Group and Third Designations Dialogue in September, as well as the third 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue in October.
It also commended the Indian counterterrorism forces, including the National Investigation Agency (NIA), for actively detecting and disrupting transnational and regional terror forces. Indian counterterrorism forces, at the federal and state levels, actively detected and disrupted transnational and regional terror forces.
The National Investigation Agency examined 34 terrorism-related cases related to ISIS and arrested 160 persons, including 10 alleged al-Qaeda operatives from Kerala and West Bengal, in September, the report added. The premier investigation agency arrested 10 alleged al-Qaeda-affiliated operatives from Kerala and West Bengal on September 19 and 26. By the end of September, the NIA had investigated 34 terrorism cases it indicated were related to ISIS and arrested 160 persons, it said.
The Kolkata Police counter-terrorism Special Task Force on May 29 arrested Abdul Karim, the second-in-command of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh, on suspicion of involvement in a 2013 bombing in Bodh Gaya, it said.
India responds to the US requests for information related to terrorism investigations in a timely manner and makes efforts to mitigate threats in response to US information. Over the past two years, collaborative efforts have disrupted terrorist travel and alerted US authorities to possible threats in the United States and against US interests, the report said.
Officials in India remain concerned about internet use for terrorist recruitment and radicalization to violence, as well as for fomenting interreligious tensions, it said.
In 2020 there were multiple reports in the media and from the NIA of suspected cases of online terrorist radicalization, particularly in southern Indian states, the report added.
India is active in leadership roles in the many regional and international fora in 2020, where it has promoted multilateral counterterrorism cooperation, it said.
India has agreed to share intelligence on terrorism with Sri Lanka and the Maldives. India’s longstanding defence relationship with Russia extends to counterterrorism issues, the US State Department report added.
Source: The Print, Indian Express