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Indian Govt bans ISIS as terrorist organization

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NEW DELHI: The Government of India has notified so-called ‘Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)’ as a banned organization under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, remarking that it is involved in radicalization and recruitment of vulnerable youth from various countries including India as reported by ‘The Indian Express’ and ‘The Times of India.’

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The decision is taken in the wake of the joining of the four Muslim youth from Mumbai and moving to Iraq/Syria last year to fight its ‘Global Jihad.’ Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said in Parliament on 16 December 2014 that the Middle-East organization has already been declared banned in India under United Nations Schedule.

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Recently, retired Intelligence Bureau chief Asif Ibrahim had said there was an imminent danger of Indian youths moving to the conflict zone (Iraq and Syria), emerging as a role model, and such developments may directly or indirectly pose a threat to the country.

According to latest press release, the outfit is operating in Iraq and adjacent countries and has been resorting to terrorist actions to consolidate its position in that area by recruiting youth for ‘Global Jihad’ to achieve the objective of establishing its own ‘Caliphate’ by overthrowing democratically elected governments.

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