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Micro Target, Macro Impact: The Resolution Of The Kashmir Conflict As A Key To Shrinking Al-Qaeda's International Terrorist Network

Title:Micro Target, Macro Impact: The Resolution Of The Kashmir Conflict As A Key To Shrinking Al-Qaeda's International Terrorist Network
Author:Irm Haleem
Publication:Terrorism and Political Violence / Routledge (Part of the Taylor & Francis Group)
Enumeration:Vol. 16, No. 1, pp.18 - 47 / Spring 2004
Abstract:The on-going Kashmir conflict has metamorphosed into a formidable insurgency that has attracted extremist groups from Pakistan and elements of Al-Qaeda. Given Al-Qaeda's modus operandi as an international network based on already existing domestic extremist groups, this article argues for the resolution of the India-Pakistan Kashmir conflict as an avenue for shrinking the constituency of both Kashmiri domestic extremist groups and, by extension, that of Al-Qaeda's. Feasible options for resolutions are analyzed and an alternative proposition is suggested. An unresolved, or inadequately resolved, conflict is expected to lead the Kashmiri insurgency on a trajectory directed at the Pakistani government, possibly leading to that country's fragmentation and the subsequent expansion of Al-Qaeda's operational base. It is thus argued that the resolution of the Kashmir conflict be viewed as an integral component of the broader U.S. 'war on terrorism' and should compromise of delicate American diplomatic involvement in the India-Pakistan dialogue over Kashmir.

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