US says, Babbar Khalsa & other movements pose risk to US interests

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The reference to Babbar Khalsa assumes importance as it has a small support base in US and Canada

The Hush Post: The United States of America has identified Sikh militant group Babbar Khalsa among the movements that are a risk to American interests.

The US has said that Babbar Khalsa poses risks overseas by conducting assassinations and bombings against major economic, political and social targets.

As per a report, the Babbar Khalsa International has claimed lives of innocent people. This is a report of the Trump administration’s new National Strategy for counter-terrorism.  It was unveiled by the White House on Thursday.

The reference to Babbar Khalsa assumes importance as it has a small support base in US and Canada. It is an international terrorist organisation banned by many countries including the US, Canada and India. In recent times, the Indian government is believed to have raised the concern with the Trump administration. The separatist Sikhs use United States and Canada as a platform to get global recognition.

In its strategy paper, the White House said there is a wide range of revolutionary, nationalist, and separatist movements overseas whose use of violence and intent to destabilise societies often puts Americans at risk.

“Such groups may avoid or deprioritise targeting United States interests for now. This is to avoid detracting from their core goals but frequently conduct assassinations and bombings against economic, political, and social targets. This heightens the risk to United States personnel and interests overseas,” the strategy said.

The White House said the Nordic Resistance Movement is a prominent transnational, self-described nationalist-socialist organisation. It has anti-western views that has carried out violence against Muslims, left-wing groups, and others.

The group has demonstrated against United States Government actions which it perceives are supportive of Israel.

“Similarly, the neo-Nazi National Action Group, a terrorist organisation that was banned by the United Kingdom in 2016 for its promotion of violence against politicians and minorities, operate mainly in the United Kingdom. But it has engaged with like-minded groups. These groups operate in the US, France, Estonia, Latvia, Germany, and Poland. Thus they expanding the potential influence of its violent ideology,” the strategy said.

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