- Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) is a Pakistani-based Islamic extremist group founded in 1990. Its focus is on attacking and expelling Indians from Kashmir, a northern state in India that borders Pakistan and is home to a Muslim-majority population.
- LeT is one of the largest militant groups in Southwest Asia capable of coordinating attacks in India, including the commuter train bombings in 2006, which killed 209, and the attacks in Mumbai in 2008, which resulted in 164 deaths and about 300 injuries.
LeT has supported other terrorist organizations, including al-Qa’ida, that have targeted US forces in Afghanistan.
Threat to New Jersey: Low
LeT does not have the intent to target the United States and remains focused on seizing Kashmir from India, while expanding its presence throughout Pakistan and the region. LeT leader Hafiz Muhammad Saeed declared in 2000 that if the group achieved its goal of annexing Kashmir, it would continue attacking India.
In February 2016, LeT targeted a military bus in Pampore, Kashmir, killing three Indian army commanders. According to Western media reports, since at least 2008, the US Intelligence Community has documented Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and LeT operatives meeting regularly to share intelligence about India’s presence in Kashmir.
In response to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s (ISIS) growing influence in the region, LeT has called for a global effort to confront the group, stating ISIS does not represent Islam and all Muslims.
While LeT has threatened the United States, it has not conducted an attack in the Homeland. In the past 10 years, four US citizens have been arrested for providing material support to LeT.
In January 2013, Daood Sayed Gilani, a Pakistani-American from New York City, received a 35-year prison sentence for assisting in the Mumbai attacks in 2008. Between 2002-05, Gilani traveled to Pakistan where he received weapons, combat, and countersurveillance training from LeT. Once trained, Gilani, who changed his name to David Coleman Headley, traveled to India and produced surveillance videos used in planning the attacks.