Situation in Afghanistan, radicalisation, terror recruitment get top billing at high level security meet

New Delhi, Sep 18: Afghanistan and the situation there was the prime focus of the high-level security meeting of the Intelligence agencies and chiefs of the anti-terror units from all states.

The meeting held in the national capital discussed the various situations that could arise in the wake of the Taliban taking over Afghanistan. Since the takeover, it has become very clear that Pakistan has been meddling heavily in Afghanistan.

The high level meeting discussed the current scenario and how the ISI could with the help of the Taliban use Afghanistan as a launch pad for the Jaish-e-Mohammad or Lashkar-e-Tayiba to launch attacks on India.

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From a new border module to NATGRID, how India plans to wade away the Taliban threat

New Delhi, Sep 13: With the Afghanistan situation remaining fragile and the Indian Intelligence agencies warning of a possible security risks, the border forces under the counter terror grid will train under a new module.

With officials stating that the situation could be very fragile along the border a new module would be prepared. This would largely focus on border strategy and wading off terror strikes.

The new module would comprise training, combat techniques with intelligence. The module would closely watch the activities of the Taliban and the techniques the group of the terror modules they support would adopt.

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With NATGRID round the corner, days of non-actionable Intelligence set to end

New Delhi, Sep 13: In the wake of the evolving situation following the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, India’s Intelligence agencies have sounded a series of alerts about the possible threat to the security situation in the country.

Alerts have been issued regarding the possibility of the Islamic State Khorasan Province upping activities in India. There have also been alerts about the Taliban allowing the Jaish-e-Mohammad and the Lashkar-e-Tayiba to use Afghanistan as a launch pad to carry out attacks in India.

Following the Mumbai 26/11 attacks, there were serious concerns raised around the deficiencies in the intelligence system. India did not have a mechanism to get information on a real time basis.

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Security review in J&K is message to Pak not to use Taliban win in Kashmir

New Delhi, Sep 11: While the Taliban has said it would be different compared to its earlier version, there seems to be no assurance that the group would severe all ties with terrorist groups.

Indian security agencies have flagged concerns that the Taliban’s close proximity with the Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Tayiba would have an impact on the security situation in India. In the backdrop of this, the Indian government is reviewing the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah continues to review the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. This comes in the wake of the Intelligence Bureau stating that the Taliban win in Afghanistan would give a morale boost to foreign terrorist organisations looking to enhance operations in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Taliban takeover: Indian agencies expect more aggressive strategy by Pak terror groups in J&K

New Delhi, Sep 07: Russian Ambassador, Nikolay Kudashev said in the backdrop of the Taliban takeover that terrorism emanating from Afghanistan could spread to Russian territory or Kashmir.

Speaking to reporters during an interaction at the Russian embassy, he said that as far as the phenomenon of terror is concerned, India and Russia share concerns. There is a danger of terror being spread to the Russian territory or to Kashmir, he also said.

In Kashmir there has been talk stating that the Taliban are coming.

Security agencies have been raising concerns over the developments in Afghanistan. The Jaish-e-Mohammad and the Lashkar-e-Tayiba are close to the Taliban. They have watched each other’s back for long. Indian agencies say that the Taliban is likely to provide a safe haven for these terror groups and they could launch future attacks in India from Kabul.

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What are India’s immediate priorities in Afghanistan

New Delhi, Aug 31: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set up a high level group in view of the ongoing developments in Afghanistan. The high level group comprises National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar and other senior officials.

The top focus of the group would be India’s immediate priorities in Afghanistan. The immediate priority for India would be the evacuation of its nationals, many of who are still stranded in Afghansitan, which was taken over by Pakistan.

Another major priority would be to ensure that the Afghan soil is not used against India for any terror attacks. This is crucial in the backdrop of the meeting that the leaders of the Jaish-e-Mohammad had with the Taliban.

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What does the meeting between Taliban and Jaish-e-Mohammad mean for India

New Delhi, Aug 30: The meeting between the leaders of the Jaish-e-Mohammad and Taliban has come under the radar of the Indian Intelligence agencies. The meeting that took place last week focused on India centric operations with the JeM seeking the help of the Taliban.

After the Taliban took over Afghanistan, several JeM terrorists were freed from jails and the concern for India is that these persons may be used to carry out strikes in India. While the Taliban is unlikely to spread its tentacles into Jammu and Kashmir, it could still provide support to the JeM which has its eyes focused on J&K.

The Intelligence Agencies are now focusing on social media accounts. Added to this ANI reported that the agencies are also keeping a close watch on two terrorists from Pakistan who are planning grenade attacks in Srinagar.

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Bigger concern for India is impact a Taliban victory would have on Kashmir based terror groups

New Delhi, Aug 21: There has been a lot of criticism about the manner in which the United States withdrew troops from Afghanistan. The violence that is playing out is quite evident of that fact.

To discuss the development in Afghanistan, OneIndia’s Vicky Nanjappa caught up with Michael Kugelman, deputy director of the Asia program at the Woodrow Wilson Center. In this exclusive interview, Kugelman says it would be naive to trust the Taliban. It is carrying out an aggressive PR campaign to argue that the group has changed for the better, Kugelman also says.

How would you describe the handling of Afghanistan by the US? Do you think the pull out was hasty?

The decision to pull out was not made hastily. President Trump’s administration signed an agreement with the Taliban back in February 2020 that obliged the US to withdrawal. Then, nearly a year later, in April 2021, President Biden confirmed that the withdrawal would take place by the end of the summer.
Its the execution of the pull out that was far too hasty. A big part of the problem was that the US couldn’t have anticipated that the Taliban would seize power BEFORE the withdrawal was complete. This led to the chaotic present situation, where the administration has expedited the withdrawal of US diplomats, and diplomats from other countries and of course thousands of Afghans have scrambled to get out as well.

What the administration should have done right after announcing the withdrawal, back in April, was to draw up blueprints for how the final withdrawal-and possible evacuations of civilians-would play out, and under different circumstances: Scenarios where Kabul is still in control of the government, where it is struggling to keep control, and where it is no longer in control. This could have enabled the US to adjust, and draw on a plan finalised in advance, depending on the actual situation.

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Be extra vigilant against drones: MHA to agencies ahead of Independence Day

New Delhi, July 26: With Independence Day approaching, the Ministry of Home Affairs has instructed the security agencies to be extra vigilant about any flying objects. The MHA has also advised the agencies to shoot down such objects if they try and go near sensitive areas. 

The Intelligence Bureau has also sounded an alert ahead of Independence Day and said that terror groups would look to strike in the national capital. Groups such as the Jaish-e-Mohammad, Lashkar-e-Tayiba and Khalistan groups would look to carry out terror strikes in Delhi, an IB official told OneIndia.

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