At least 300 fighters from Pakistan-sheltered Lashkar-e-Taiba, who has been banned globally by the United States, along with the UN and the ban is also active in war-torn Afghanistan, as per the Pentagon report.
The report also recognized Let among the three terrorist groups causing the greatest threat to the US and its allied forces in Afghanistan. The LeT was accountable for the Mumbai terror attack in 2008 which killed 166 people.
Among the 20 foremost terrorist organizations active in Afghanistan, LeT ranks fifth in terms of fighters along with Al Qaeda and Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, described in the Pentagon report, “’Lead Inspector General for Operation Freedom’s Sentinel”, for the quarter ending March 31 ”.
The document said the Department of Defence ”identified the Haqqani Network, the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba as groups that present the greatest threat to the US and allied forces in Afghanistan”.
The record also described that an evaluation 300 LeT and 1,000 Islamic Emirate High Council operatives are dynamic in the war-devastated nations.
The ISIS-K, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan and Haqqani network with an evaluated 3,000 -5,000 fighters each top the list of terrorist groups active in Afghanistan.