Author: Wilson John
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Ashley Tellis
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9789381506011
The Caliphate’s Solders is a pain-stakingly detailed, comprehensive and insightful book on Pakistan’s arch terrorist organisation, Lashkar-e-Tayyeba. It compiles the history of the organisation, its precise positioning and virulent mal intents as it stands today, beginning from the story of its founder leader, Hafiz Mohammad Saeed.
What makes the book a unique read for the global savants on terrorism is that a mass of data, hitherto little known, has been masterfully marshalled to convincingly demonstrate that this state-based terror group poses as great a threat to the world as the stateless entity, al Qaeda.
The uncomfortably persuasive denouement of this work is that the ambitious sweep of Let's targets of domination through terrorism include, besides India, the South East Asian countries in the Indian Ocean, across the Pacific to the US and ultimately, Pakistan itself.
For the hope of an enduring stability in a region flush with nuclear weapons to be nurtured to reality, terrorist groups like LeT need to be dismantled and decimated.
The Caliphate's Soldiers is a must read for all those who want the world to be free of violence and terror.
…(in this book) Wilson John highlights the Lashkar’s larger aspirations and substantiates its roots through a close reading of the group’s copious literature. Its leaders’ speeches, and other items in the public record. In fact, there is no book quite like it, traversing as it does a huge swath ranging from the Lashkar’s history to its virulent ideology to its organization, resource mobilization and operations. John’s book thus functions as a primer in the best sense of the word: it provides a comprehensive introduction to this insidious terrorist group whose global reach has increased considerably during this last decade at a time when most analysts and governments, at least in the West, were consumed by the threats posted by al Qaeda…
…If there were any doubts about the need for urgent concerted action against Lashkar-e-Tayyeba, this volume should erase them all.
--- Ashley J. Tellis, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, D.C.
Introduction – Fatal Flaws of a Deep State
1. The Army of Madinah
2. Terror Network
3. Global Mission
4. A Long War Against India
5. A Billionaire Mastermind
6. Smoke and Mirrors
7. Education and Jihad
8. Command and Control
9. Training to Kill
10. Military Liaisons
11. The Weapons of Mass Destruction Nightmare
12. The Business of Jihad
List of Players
List of Acronyms