US says Lashkar in Sri Lanka

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A top US military official says the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba militant group, predominately a threat to India, is fast expanding operations to other South Asian countries including Sri Lanka.

According to a PTI report Admiral Robert Willard, Commander of the US Pacific Command in his testimony before the US Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday has said that that the group is expanding in Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives.

"Right now our concern is the movement of Lashkar-e-Toiba, the terrorist group that emanates from Pakistan that was responsible for the Mumbai attacks in India, and specifically their positioning in Bangladesh and Nepal, the Maldives and Sri Lanka," Willard said in response to a question from Senator George Lemieux.

He said the US was working "very closely with the Indians" and within to develop the necessary plans to counter LeT and its movement into the Asia-Pacific region.

Asked specifically if the LeT is a regional threat or a threat to India, Willard said as of now Lashkar is predominately a threat to India.

"And we have certainly knowledge of their influence within the region beyond the countries that I just mentioned. The extent of that influence is what we're taking under study," he said.

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  • Saturday, 27 March 2010 09:32 AM

    No Problem... We know how to handle terrorism & We strongly respect the Human Rights of Terrorists !. Lakshar can't run faster than a bullet !

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 10:14 AM

    Sure~this is under covered US patronage!

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 10:19 AM

    US cant spread their filth here this is SL! SL remember the country that really spill the brains of one terror leader that yankees were soo afraid of? lol

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 10:30 AM

    Kugan n Nirmeli y do u wanna support Lashkar ? Pls don't go in the wrong path thinking of doing something great

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 10:46 AM

    it took nearly 30 years.This time it will be a war with muslims.so no oil to run your 20 year old lancer .First invent a car to run or water and then fight with LeT.

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 10:47 AM

    US is planning for some thing ??

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 11:01 AM

    So more SL youngsters to die for nothing.

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 11:59 AM

    Sponsors know better.

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 12:04 PM

    Doesn't LeT know the history; End of Lashker E Taiba is near...This is the place where Napoleon met his waterloo. Better to get SF ready for another operation

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 12:12 PM

    baseless allegation, US is trying to fish created troubled water.

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 12:14 PM

    This is what happens when you get foreigners like India and Pakistan fighters to get into the country!!! Next it will be Chinese!!!!

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 12:27 PM

    Will Lashkar keep RAW in check. Will India and Pakistan fight their battles here in SL ?

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 12:31 PM

    this news is a sign that there is a possibility of US troops may land in Sri Lanka to hunt those terrorist.

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 12:50 PM

    "Lashkar-e-Toiba" is this another Name for LTTE, I wonder...

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 01:16 PM

    Another "GUNDUWAK" from US. Agree with Sandekalum & Ian

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 01:34 PM

    Well, they are not interested in Sri Lanka. Their aim is South India, at least for now.

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 01:43 PM

    naufer, you got it wrong. They are here working with SL Govt against India.

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 02:51 PM

    Don't worry USA. We will release SF as Rambo.
    And arrest him back after LeT is crushed.

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 03:22 PM

    Is it like that WMDs in Iraq...?

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 03:30 PM

    Took us 30 years though ! Want to go thru that again ?

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 04:03 PM

    Sri Lankan army is capable of wiping out any terrorist in the world. I am sure the SL Muslim youth will not join forces with them, knowing the reward they would get from the Lankan Army.

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 04:17 PM

    Sri Lankans must try to keep Rajapaksa team in the saddle till all terrorism threats are subdued. Also make sure defeated terrorists do not regroup behind naive generals.

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 04:40 PM

    are you sure ??
    In sri lank we can't do anything straight !!! even eggs are imported

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 04:48 PM

    Don't worry about Sri Lanka. Be warned of LTTE in America.

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 04:59 PM

    Muslims are not alone like LTTE!

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 05:05 PM

    LeT is not ltte. Muslims are the majority of the world. Dont under estimate. US and NATO struggle in Iraq & Afgan.... So, MR and SF(out dated) are nothing.

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 05:11 PM

    to naufer, what about JVP?

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 05:44 PM

    Robert Willard is full of it.

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 07:06 PM

    Good news. US can enter Sri Lanka and save us.

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 07:35 PM

    if LeT knows how LTTE was kicked they wd not dare to step into SL

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 07:37 PM

    another 'New World Order' rubbish by the great USA

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 08:01 PM

    Yes, Yes, noone can beat us, we are the table toppers and Pakistan or Afghaanistan may be the runners-up only.

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 08:45 PM

    how dumb can americans be

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 08:59 PM

    Yes. Then we only have to find or create a link between LeT and LTTE operatives abroad. Then uncle Sam will do the rest.

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 09:19 PM

    I am sure VP and Pottu Amman are behind this.

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 09:59 PM

    General , we have need of you once more.

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 10:11 PM

    Don't find reasons to jump in to sri lanka....a simple message to you "USA go and fly kite!!!!!!"

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 05:19 AM

    This is a very good news. Lashkar welcome to SL.

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 11:20 PM

    until country see stable peace, any news is bad news.
    i wonder why when these guys enter into other countries, we hear no news ?.

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 05:43 AM

    Hey !

    This si now a new excuse by Yankee USA to enter and engage in Sri Lanka, after failing all other attempts.
    We are no Pakistan or Afghanistan

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 06:05 AM

    This is an very good news that what India wants ..we al have support to lashkar..

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 06:10 AM

    It seems US is looking excuses to turn Asian Sub-continent another Iraq.

    Sunday, 28 March 2010 02:50 AM

    We must get our inside confirmation before any admission or any rejection of the report. If it is yes no other option but crush like LTTE faced before any innocent bood sheding.

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 06:26 AM

    hey....are you trying to capture Sri Lanka also.
    our country is not like Iraq

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 06:28 AM

    They are in SL under the invitation of Pres. Obama ?

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 06:36 AM

    The lesson we taught to LTTE will repeat against any terrorist movement that erupts in this land.

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 06:47 AM

    As if the US hasn't killed enough poor, innocent, Muslims in its current crusade in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan already!

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 07:15 AM

    ............LeT........Who cares? MR and SF destroyed LTTE successfully, hence LeT is nothing.


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