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Lashkar-e-Taiba, Pakistan

Army of the Righteous

Last modified: 2016-05-20 by ian macdonald
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[Lashkar-e-Taiba] image located by Esteban Rivera, 1 April 2016
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Description of the Organization

"Lashkar-e-Taiba (Urdu: لشکر طیبہ‎; literally Army of the Good, translated as Army of the Righteous, or Army of the Pure) – also transliterated as Lashkar-i-Tayyaba, Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, Lashkar-i-Taiba, Lashkar Taiba or LeT – is one of the largest and most active terrorist organizations in South Asia, operating mainly from Pakistan.

It was founded in 1987 in Afghanistan, with funding from Osama Bin Laden. With its headquarters based in Muridke, near Lahore in Punjab province of Pakistan, the group operates several training camps in Pakistan-administered Kashmir."

The flag of Lashkar-Taiba is seen here in this 2014 BBC news online article:
(source: Notice the resemblance with the Taliban flag.

Other images are seen here:

I labeled it as both a political organization since it pursues political goals and has had organized public demonstrations, but also as an armed illegal group since it is also a banned organization "The organization is banned as a terrorist organization by India, the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Russia, and Australia. Though formally banned by Pakistan, the general view of India and the Western countries, including of experts such as former French investigating magistrate Jean-Louis Bruguière and New America Foundation president Steve Coll is that Pakistan's main intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), continues to give LeT help and protection. When LeT was banned in Pakistan, the political arm of the group, Jama'at-Ud-Da'wah (or Jamat ud Dawah, JUD), was not initially banned despite its recognition by the UN Security Council as a LeT front. JUD was not banned until 2015. However, Jamaat-ud-Dawa still continues to work openly as Lashkar-e-Taiba's charitable wing"

For additional information go to Jamaat Dawa (official website):
Esteban Rivera, 1 April 2016