Add to the mix of al-Qaida and Taliban fighters operating against U.S. forces in Afghanistan another Pakistan-based terrorist organization.
The Lashkar-e-Taiba, the organization linked to the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai, India, that left dozens dead, is sending increasing numbers of fighters into Afghanistan, according to a senior State Department official.
“The LeT is a group whose ambitions are expanding,” Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert O. Blake said today during a morning meeting with reporters. “It is increasingly targeting the United States, particularly our troops in Afghanistan.”
The Lashkar-e-Taiba — loosely translated as “Army of the Good” — operates throughout South Asia but is based in Pakistan. Historically, India has been the primary focus of its attacks.