Lashkar-e-Taiba Current Affairs - 2020

What is “The Resistance Front” in news frequently?

“The Resistance Front” is the new name of terror group in Kashmir. The group is made of existing terror groups such as Jais-e-Mohammad, Hizbul Mujahidin, LeT (Lashkar-e-Taiba) and Al-Badr.

The Resistance Front has claimed responsibility for the attack in Kupwara district along the Line of Control on April 5, 2020, where 5 army personnel were killed.

Highlights

According to the Indian Army, The Resistance Front (TRF) is like the old wine in new bottle! The new terror group is being supported by Pakistan. This is being done to get deniability of action under the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). Pakistan has been under constant pressure from the FATF to cut its financial support to the terrorist organizations.

How is TRF operating?

The TRF has an active online presence. It is now a rebranded terror group as a non-religious rebellion. It uses Haqqani and Jaish-e-Mohammad in Afghanistan to target Indian Embassy and other consulates.

The TRF has clear imprints of ISI (Islamic State of Iraq) in its operation.

Background

The TRF has come up in the Kashmir region after Indian Government had abrogated Article 370. It is to be noted that the TRF has owned responsibility for the first grenade attack on October, 2019 after scrapping Article 370. Recently, in March 2020, the Kashmir police arrested 6 terrorists who claimed themselves to be part of the TRF.

US to sign peace deal with Taliban forces to end war in Afghanistan

The US President Donald Trump recently announced that the United States of America will sign a peace agreement with the Taliban forces on February 29, 2020.

Highlights

The US and the Taliban forces are to sign peace agreement to end the war of 18 years in Afghanistan. After the agreement, 12,000 US troops that are currently deployed in Afghanistan are to return to US.

Taliban

The Talibans are sunni Islamic fundamentalists that are currently waging war in Afghanistan. The Taliban held power between 1996 and 2001. They emerged a powerful political and military organization in Afghanistan. Under Taliban rule in Afghanistan, Opium was completely eradicated. But today, 80% of the world opium originates in Afghanistan. However, the Talibans openly celebrated the 09/11 attacks on the US.

US-Taliban

The US waged war in Afghanistan after the 9/11 terrorist attack. The war was waged to roll back the control of Taliban. The US conducted two major operations to contain terrorism of Talibans. They were Operation Enduring Freedom (2001-14) and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel (2015-present).