31 July, 2021

Caliphate’s Southern Recruits

Black flags and a Muslim youth from Telangana dying with Kashmiri militants bring ISIS to the middle of K-discourse

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The ­funeral of ­militant Eesa Fazili in Soura, Srinagar
Photograph by Getty Images
Caliphate’s Southern Recruits

Number Of Active Militants

  • 240-250 Total
  • 110-115 Hizbul
  • 105- 110 Lashkar-e-Toiba
  • 15-18 Jaish-e-Mohammed

Insider-Outsider Profile

  • 130-140 Locals
  • 100-110 Foreigners

(Source: J&K Police)


On the evening of March 11, three militants were killed during a cordon-and-search operation at a hamlet on the outski­rts of south Kashmir’s Anantnag town. Along with Eesa Fazili of Srinagar and Syed Owais Shafi of Kok­e­r­nag, the police statement referred to a militant whose identity was then ­being asc­ertained.

There was no mention, however, of the org­anisations to which the militants were affiliated. Three days later, the third militant was identified as Mohd Taufeeq, 26, from Telangana, who had allegedly been in the Valley since...

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