New York, Jul 13: Long War Journal in US reported that International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan considers Pakistan's terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) as one of the chief allies of Taliban.
The Journal also reported that LeT has grown over the years to become a pan-Islamic jihad group, including training Al Qaida and Taliban operatives at its training camps. LeT is the major terrorist group which Pakistan uses against India.
"ISAF forces had named LeT repeatedly in their official documents in the month of Jul as the group supplying terrorists and the deadly improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to the insurgency in Afghanistan. US forces are particularly vulnerable to the latter," said Bill Roggio, terrorism analysts in Long War Journal.
"It was a significant shift by the international coalition, because although its been known for years that the LeT had become a significant member of the Afghan warfront, the US had been hesitant about openly naming it," he added.
According to the Long War Journal the shift began in Saturday, Jul 3 when ISAF announced it captured a Taliban commander, a Taliban facilitator and two fighters during a raid in the eastern province of Nangarhar.
The ISAF reported on Saturday, Jul 3 that the captured Taliban commander was directly linked to the Taliban amir of Khugyani district and assisted with the influx of LeT insurgents into the province. LeT was the Pakistan-based terrorist organisation responsible for the November 2008 Mumbai attacks.