The Delhi police claim that they had made some progress into the Delhi attack in which the target was an Israeli diplomat’s wife. According to the Delhi police the journalist, Mohammad Ahmed Kazmi was the turning point to the investigation and he is said to be spilling out information regarding the attack.
The investigators are looking into the possibility of the Quds Force and the Hezbollah into the attack. Officials however point out that the links to the Quds Force look more of a possibility at the moment when compared to an operation by the Hezbollah. According to Kazmi, he had provided logistic support to men from Iran, but he was unsure as to which outfit the men belonged to. The indications at the moment point towards the Quds Force.
According to the Indian Intelligence, the Hezbolla is an outfit which reports to the Iran intelligence. Looking at the diplomatic ties between Iran and India, it is unlikely that Iran would approve of an attack on Indian soil even if it meant that the targets were Israelis. The Quds Force on the other hand is looking to make its point heard loud and has shown signs of expanding into other countries.
This force was created during the war of Iran with Iraq. Their area of operation remained largely in Iraq and they had helped the Kurds in their battle against Saddam Hussein. However after the death of Saddam, they found themselves wanting for a cause and it was gradually then that they decided to take on Israel and use the Palestine cause. Looking at the manner in which this force has operated it is clear that they have been involved in small ways in possibly every fight that the Muslims are waging worldwide. Traces of their involvement was seen in the fight that the Afghans fought with the Soviet Union, the Yugoslav war and also the fight against the Serbs.
Today the Quds Force has a strength of around 15000 people. They are not directly under the control of the Iran militia at least now although the regime in Iran had supported them way back in the 1980’s while the country was at war with Iraq.
The latest on the agenda for the Quds Force is the battle for Palestine. It appears that they have decided to wage a war against Israel on a large scale and hence could have carried out a series of attacks at India, Georgia and also Thailand. One cannot call it a full fledged attack as the intensity was low in all the three places. It was more to test the waters and also make an announcement on the world stage.
However it appears to be a deliberate attempt that they have maintained a low key despite these attacks and there was no official proclamation from the group regarding their participation in the attack. Either there is no full fledged involvement or it is a deliberate ploy to keep the heat low, Indian Intelligence Bureau officials point out.
While investigators say that there is a link pointing towards the Quds Force, the assessment done by the Intelligence would question the involvement to some extent. This is largely because of the fact that the group has not claimed responsibility as yet. Terrorist groups normally would like to take responsibility for an attack so that they could send out their message loud and clear. However in this case it has not happened. However that should not be a factor to let go of the group since this could be a ploy which was aimed at testing the waters.
Speaking of the capabilities of the Quds Force in carrying out international operations, sources say that the group is well equipped. They have primarily been known for their skills on the battle field and recently have shown signs of being able to stage operations through a remote control in other countries.
When one speaks of their operations in India, it becomes clear that some groups from West Asia have been carrying out surveys here. Although their target has not been India, they have been looking to target Israelis and citizens from the United States of America living on Indian soil. Israel has in particular been paranoid about this development has sent in many of their trained citizens for counter terror operations which they have been doing undercover. Some members of the Iran based terror groups have been in India providing logistic details, collecting funds and also looking for recruitment’s.
The Quds Force in particular which is being probed in this regard could have picked people of Iranian origin living in India to provide details and information of their targets. Kazmi is an example of one such person who provided details of targets to this force, the police say. If the statements of Kazmi are to be believed then it becomes clear that the attack was staged by an Iranian force since he says during his interrogation that the attackers fled to Iran after the incident.