The LTTE In Their Truest Colours, Sri Lanka Be Warned !!
Periscope Global Sinhala Village
This is an item which has been brought to world attention by many sources and presented here courtesy of Mr.Rashmee Z Ahmed - India Times correspondent with the collaboration of Mr.Mahinda Gunasekera, President of the International Sri Lankan Organization and Terrorist Watchdog SLUNA- Canada.The importance of this item needs to be put into perspective as an exposure of the transparencies of LTTE insincerity offset against the ludicrous posturings of the Government of Sri Lanka which continues to maintain that the LTTE could be negotiated with towards a conciliatory peace arrangement where the LTTE maintain there is no hidden agenda on their part towards their ultimate objectives! Surely a pipe dream on the part of anyone who believes this which must be the furthest from the truth.
The Nation of Sri Lanka could be in imminent danger of
greater attrocities planned by the LTTE further to the Kadirgamar assassination
regardless of consequences and related rhetoric as this is a group of
cornered and desperate terrorists who would stop at nothing.
Before the September 11 attacks, Al-Qaeda had executed two successful suicide missions, the August 1998 East African embassy bombings and the October 2000 attack on the USS Cole in Yemen.
The sources said the links, which were first indicated in the early 90s, are the first instance of an Islamist group collaborating with an essentially secular outfit.
They said that the growing closeness was further confirmed in May, when the LTTEs chief procurement officer, Tharmalingam Shanmugan Kumraran, alias Kumaran Padmanadhan or KP, who is based in Thailand, visited Afghanistan via Dubai and Karachi.
It took two months for Western intelligence to appreciate the import of this, but on July 24, Interpol issued a Red Notice or an international warrant for KP. He has been wanted by the CBI for years in connection with the Rajiv Gandhi assassination.
The LTTE-Al-Qaeda link is believed to exist in India as well, though the extent and depth of the relationship there is not well-documented, the sources said.
Al-Qaeda, which is known to exist in 50 countries, also has a northern Indian support network, according to Dr. Rohan Gunaratna, a world renowned expert on Asian terrorist groups at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence. He told this paper the extensive network exists mainly in UP, along with small cells in Delhi. Dr.Gunaratna, who has studied Al-Qaeda closely and is one of the Wests leading experts on Asian terrorism and an acknowledged authority on the LTTE, said that it is only a matter of time before Al-Qaeda fully targets India; right now a few of their operations in India have been disrupted.
Dr.Gunaratna has in the past detailed Al-Qaedas constituent or affiliated organisations, which in the Indian context include the Harkat-ul- Mujahideen, Harkat-ul-Jehad and Jaish-e-Mohammed. He confirmed that Asian intelligence agencies had reported before the US attacks that the LTTE, masters in suicide technology, were involved in training the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Abu SayyafGroup (ASG), two groups very close to Al-Qaeda, in the second half of the 1990s.
The alleged LTTE-Al-Qaeda link does not come as much of a surprise to Chris Smith, director of the Centre of South Asian Studies at Londons Kings College, who recalled that when he travelled to the NWFP in the early 90s, he observed quite a lot of activity, especially in terms of weapons procurement. Pointing out that the two groups are in much the same business, he said that he personally came across no direct LTTE involvement with the jehadis at that time, but if there is evidence I wouldnt be surprised.
Sources say Asian intelligence agencies have learnt that one LTTE combat trainer and an explosives expert were helping train Al-Qaeda men in Afghanistan.
The linkages throw up disturbing possibilities. Dr.Gunaratna warns that governments just wont have the lead time if terrorist groups cooperate like governments to share intelligence and even sometimes transfer funds, because whatever terrorist technology is available in one country will soon be available in another.
Intelligence sources said that the Islamist-secular model of cooperation between the LTTE and Al-Qaeda was subsequently reflected in the tactical alliance of similar outfits in south-east Asia. The Malaysian Muslim Mujahideen procured weapons from the ASG for the non-Muslim movement in Western New Guinea, also known as the Indonesian province of Irian Jaya, they said.
RASHMEE Z AHMED - LONDON:
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