Al-Badr (Jammu and Kashmir)

Al-Badr (Arabic: البدر‎, al-badr "the full moon") is an Islamic terrorist group operating in the Kashmir region.[1][4][5][6][7] The group was allegedly formed by the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in June 1998.[1][4][5][6] It is believed the group was encouraged by the ISI to operate independently from their previous umbrella group, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM).[1][4][5][6] Prior to the group's separation from HM, they participated in the fighting in Afghanistan in 1990 as part of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar's Hizb-l-Islami (HIG) alongside other anti-Soviet Afghan mujihadeen.[5][6][7] India and the United States have declared it a terrorist organisation and banned it.[8][7]

Al-Badr
البدر
LeadersArfeen Bhai
Jasniel Rihal
Bahkt Zameen Khan Hamzah Burhan (Chief Operational Commander in valley)
Dates of operation1998-present
HeadquartersMansehra, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Active regionsKashmir
IdeologyIslamic fundamentalism
Islamism
Jihadism
Size200[1]
Part ofUnited Jihad Council
Allies Pakistan
 China[2][3]
Hizbul Mujahideen
Lashkar-e-Taiba
Jamaat-e-Islami Kashmir
al-Qaeda
Opponents India

Foundation and separationEdit

The group was originally led by Arfeen Bhai, also known as Jannisar or Lukmaan, when it separated in 1998 and is currently led by Bahkt Zameen Khan.[1][4][5][7] In 2002, Zameen declared jihad against the U.S. forces in Afghanistan after being responsible for prior attacks against coalition forces there beginning in 2001.[7] Al-Badr went on further in 2002 to order all women police in the Rajouri District of Kashmir to quit their jobs by mid-January the next year.[9] The group has stated membership in the United Jihad Council (UJC), a coalition of Pakistan-based militants who are active in the Jammu Kashmir region.[1] They have been linked to Jamaat-e-Islami and alleged to have connection with al-Qaeda.[1][4][5] The groups stated purpose is to liberate the Indian states of Jammu and Kashmir to be merged with Pakistan. Al-Badr opposes negotiations to end the violence in Kashmir and opposes the Line of Control (LoC) and calls for the strengthening of the jihad.[1]

Designation as terrorist organisationEdit

Al-Badr was banned by India under The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 2004.[10] On 27 April 2005 State Department of United States Government identified Al-Badr as a terrorist organisation in its list of 40 Foreign Terrorist Organisations. Al-Badr is currently on the U.S. State Department list of Designated Foreign Terrorist Organisations.[11]

LocationEdit

The Islamic fundamentalist group Al-Badr operates covert Al Badr training camps in Pakistan to train Pakistani civilians to serve as fighters in the conflict in Kashmir.[12][13][14] Group has training camps in the Mansehra area of North West Frontier Province (NWFP) in Pakistan, and in Kotli and Muzaffarabad in Azad Kashmir.[1]

In the 1990s, militants trained at al-Badr camp in the use of RDX and C4 explosives.[15] Shaukat Ahmed Khan, the author of an article about the camps, in the Times of India, said he was kidnapped from his home in India by recruiters for the camp;[13] and that when he made clear he wasn't interested in fighting on behalf of Al Badr those running the camp cut out his tongue, and cut off his right hand. He said they spared his life because he was a fellow Muslim.

Militant activityEdit

It is believed the group has been weakened in recent years due to increased presence of Indian security forces along the Line of Control (LoC) that separates India from Pakistan. Indian security forces gauge the strength of al-Badr to be between 200 with 120 of those forces being foreign mercenaries.[1][5] Al-Badr is currently one of only two Kashmiri separatist groups that employ suicide squads as a tactic, the other being Lashkar-e-Tayyeba.[1][4]

On 27 October 2006, two members of al-Badr were apprehended in Mysore in what Indian police are calling a foiled terror attack. Mohd Ali Hussain and Mohd Fahad were captured carrying a laptop, chemicals often used for creating improvised explosive devices (IEDs), detonators, an AK-47 rifle, a pistol, a cell phone, a digital camera and passports as well as sketches of the state legislature building, 'Vidhan Sabha'.[10][16][17]

On 4 June 2018 Al-Badr took the responsibility for grenade attacks in Pulwama injuring 23 people, including eight security personnel.[18]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Pakistan Moves 20,000 Soldiers To Gilgit-Baltistan". Sakshi Post. 1 July 2020. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  3. ^ Thakur, Aditi (1 July 2020). "Sources Says China In Talks With Pakistan Terror Groups". HW English. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
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  8. ^ "List of Banned Organisations". Ministry of Home Affairs, GoI. Government of India. Archived from the original on 3 May 2018. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  9. ^ "India - Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: 2002". U.S. State Department.
  10. ^ a b "Two militants of Pak. based Al Badr arrested in Mysore". Chennai, India: The Hindu News Update Service. 27 October 2006. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007.
  11. ^ "State Department Identifies 40 Foreign Terrorist Organizations". Country Reports on Terrorism 2004. U.S. Department of State. Archived from the original on 24 June 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
  12. ^ Bindra, Satinder (19 September 2001). "India identifies terrorist training camps". CNN. Archived from the original on 7 February 2009.
  13. ^ a b Shaukat Ahmed Khan (6 October 2006). "They took my tongue out". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 7 February 2009. Retrieved 6 February 2009.
  14. ^ Ghulam Hasnain (29 January 2001). "Inside Jihad". Time magazine. Archived from the original on 24 June 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2009.
  15. ^ Bergen, Peter, "Holy War, Inc.", 2001
  16. ^ "Report: Police arrest 2 suspected militants plotting attack in India's technology hub". International Herald Tribune. 27 October 2006.
  17. ^ "2 Pak terrorists nabbed in Mysore". IBNLive. 27 October 2006.
  18. ^ "Al-Badr claims responsibility for Pulwama attack: All you need to know about the banned outfit with ISI links". Firstpost. 5 June 2018. Retrieved 8 June 2018.