Jaish-e-Mohammed

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Not to be confused with Jeish Muhammad.
"JeM" redirects here. For other uses, see Jem (disambiguation).
Jaish-e-Mohammed
جيش محمد
Participant in Insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir
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The flag of Jaish-e-Mohammed
Active 2000-present
Ideology Islamic fundamentalism
Leaders Masood Azhar

Jaish-e-Mohammed (Urdu: جيش محمد‎, literally "The Army of Muhammad", abbreviated as JeM; also transliterated Jaish-e-Muhammed, Jaish-e-Mohammad or Jaish-e-Muhammad) is an Islamist terrorist group in Kashmir.[1] The group's primary motive is to separate Kashmir from India and it has carried out several attacks primarily in the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir.[2][3] It has been banned in Pakistan since 2002, yet continues to operate several facilities in the country.[4]

According to B. Raman, Jaish-e-Mohammed is viewed as the "deadliest" and "the principal terrorist organisation in Jammu and Kashmir".[1][5] The group has been designated as a terrorist organisation by Australia, Canada, India, the UAE, the UK, the US and the UN.

History[edit]

In March 2000 Maulana Masood Azhar formed Jaish-e-Mohammed, a terrorist group from a split within Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HUM) (another terrorist group) shortly after his December 1999 release from prison in exchange of Passengers of Indian Airlines flight IC 814 which was hijacked and was taken to Kandahar.[1][5][6] A majority of members left HUM and followed Azhar into the newly founded group.[5]

The Indian Government accused Jaish-e-Mohammed of being involved in the 2001 Indian Parliament attack. In December 2002, four JeM members were caught by Indian authorities and put on trial. All four were found guilty of playing various roles in the incident. One of the accused, Afzal Guru, was sentenced to death for his role.[7]

In January 2002 the government of President Pervez Musharraf banned the group. In response JeM changed its name to Khaddam ul-Islam.[1]

Notable incidents[edit]

  • The group, in coordination with Lashkar-e-Tayiba, has been implicated in the 2001 Indian Parliament attack in New Delhi.[1]
  • It has been suspected in the murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl in Karachi.[2][4]
  • An informant, posing as a member of Jaish-e-Mohammed, helped police to arrest four people allegedly plotting to bomb a New York City synagogue as well as to shoot Stinger missiles at military aircraft in the United States. The arrest of the four took place in May 2009. One of the four, by the name of James Cromitie, allegedly expressed the desire to join Jaish-e-Mohammed. This expression allegedly took place approximately a year prior to this arrest.[8][9][10]
  • Members of the group were suspected of carrying out the 2016 Pathankot attack.[11][12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Cronin, Audrey Kurth; Huda Aden; Adam Frost; Benjamin Jones (2004-02-06). "Foreign Terrorist Organizations" (PDF). CRS Report for Congress (Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service): 40–43. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  2. ^ a b "Jaish-e-Mohammad: A profile", BBC News, 2002-02-06, retrieved 2009-12-02 
  3. ^ "Attack May Spoil Kashmir Summit". spacewar.com. Retrieved 20 May 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Terror group builds big base under Pakistani officials' noses". McClatchy. Retrieved 3 Jan 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c Raman, B. (2001). "JAISH-E-MOHAMMED (JEM) ---A BACKGROUNDER". South Asia Analysis Group. Archived from the original on June 16, 2010. 
  6. ^ "JeM top commander killed in encounter in Kashmir". 
  7. ^ 4 convicted in attack. Hinduonnet.com (17 December 2002). Retrieved on 8 September 2011.
  8. ^ [1] Archived May 23, 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Synagogue targeted in NY plot, four charged". Reuters. 2009-05-21. 
  10. ^ "US men charged over synagogue plot". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 20 May 2015. 
  11. ^ "Pathankot attack: First terrorist was killed while he was climbing 10 meter high wall". The Indian Express. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  12. ^ http://www.rediff.com/news/report/nia-registers-case-in-pathankot-terror-strike/20160104.htm

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