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Updated: January 7, 2012 4:09 pm

The author has microscopically detailed the organistion dealing in terror and he also touched upon those rough edges that hardly a few people know and just a handful of journalists covering this crime beat know. Those alleys lead to many other different blind alleys that now and then keep rocking the country with big bangs. The culture, modus operandi, syllabus of LeT and its operational modules worldwide and funding have been well elaborated by Wilson John in this book with different commanders heading this militant outfit for different operations and regions. LeT, better known as the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba, is one of the world’s largest Islamist militant organisations said to have its roots in Pakistan. Officially banned in Pakistan and in six other regions—India, United Kingdom, United States of America, the European Union, Russia, and Australia—this notorious organisation continues to operate with full force. The Caliphate’s Soldiers is an important and insightful book about this dangerous terrorist outfit.

The book chiefly focuses on terror network, global mission and a war against India. The book unfolds numerous facts like military liaisons, training to kill, its spokespersons, masterminds and the business of jihad, which the author has categorically elaborated. This helps a reader know how this militant outfit operates with those sophisticated weapons and those tech-savvy working with LeT linked with Al Qaeda. However, this association remained obscure in public domain. How Hafiz Saeed, a prominent figure of LeT, stayed in touch with Osama bin Laden. And also how Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, head of an overseas crime syndicate, funded the outfit. The book figures David Coleman Headly, a Pakistani-born Chicago resident who actively worked for LeT and triggered terror against India.

Despite its enormous clout and resources, the LeT had only partial success in creating a network of supporters and allies inside India. It has worked largely through two of its main allies, SIMI and D-Company. The two groups, with an extensive network of religious and criminal support base across India, particularly in Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, have been instrumental in recruiting new cadres, supplying weapons, scouting for targets and providing safe havens besides facilitating execution of terrorist attacks since 1993 when, in December to be more precise, three men, one from Mumbai, one from Haryana and another from Andhra Pradesh, came together under the banner of the LeT, to avenge the demolition of Babri Masjid.

The author delves into the aspirations of this militant group and presents a close reading of its copious literature, leaders’ speeches, and other resources available in public records. The book is an in-depth study of the workings and ideology of LeT, which condemns democracy as a ‘useless practice’, rather ‘a menace’, which they must fight and replace with Islam. The Caliphate’s Soldiers is written in an accessible format so that it can be appreciated not only by experts on terrorism and intelligence analysts, but also by a commoner. It acts as a primer of LeT’s origin and growth. It’s a must-read work by John who brings you the first-hand experience about terror and terrorists not within India but also abroad.

By Syed Wazid Ali

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