Babbar Khalsa poses risk to our interests: US

October 06, 2018 12:26 PM

Punjab News Express
WASHINGTON:The US has named Sikh militant group Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) among the separatist movements that pose a risk to American interests overseas by conducting assassinations and bombings against major economic, political and social targets.

The BKI seeks, through violent means, to establish its own independent state in India and is responsible for significant terrorist attacks in India and elsewhere that have claimed the lives of innocent civilians, according to the Trump administration’s new National Strategy for Counterterrorism unveiled by the White House yesterday.
In its strategy paper, the White House said there was a broad range of revolutionary, nationalist, and separatist movements overseas whose use of violence and intent to destabilise societies often put American lives at risk.

“Such groups may avoid or deprioritise targeting US interests for now to avoid detracting from their core goals, but frequently conduct assassinations and bombings against major economic, political, and social targets, heightening the risk to United States personnel and interests overseas,” the strategy said. Among others, the White House said the Nordic Resistance Movement is a prominent transnational, self-described nationalist-socialist organisation with anti-Western views that has conducted violent attacks against Muslims, left-wing groups, and others.
The group has demonstrated against US Government actions it perceives are supportive of Israel and has the potential to extend its targeting to US interests, it said.

“Similarly, the neo-Nazi National Action Group, a terrorist organisation that was banned by the UK in 2016 for its promotion of violence against politicians and minorities, operates mainly in the UK, but has engaged with like-minded groups in the US, Estonia, France, Germany, Latvia, and Poland,” the strategy said. — PTI

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