Washington: The new counter-terrorism strategy of U.S. under Trump administration has identified Lashkar-e-Taiba and Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan as potential threats to the U.S., among other radical Islamist militant outfits.
In addition to Islamic State and al-Qaeda, dozens of other radical Islamist terrorist groups are working to advance more locally focused insurgent or terrorist campaigns, while still posing a threat to United States persons and interests overseas, said the National Strategy for Counter-terrorism released by the White House on Thursday. “These groups, including Boko Haram, Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan and the Lashkar-e Taiba, employ a range of political and terrorist tactics to undermine local governments and conduct attacks,” it said.
Trump administration officials say that the new counter-terrorism strategy differs from the previous administration’s by focusing on “terrorist ideology.”
“We recognize that there is a terrorist ideology that we’re confronting,” national security adviser John Bolton said. “And I think it’s long been the president’s view that without recognizing that we’re in an ideological struggle that we can’t properly address the terrorist threat. I think in that sense this is much broader than strategies in the previous administration.”
Full document of the new U.S. National Strategy for Counter-terrorism can be viewed here.