FBI arrests Pakistan man for distributing Lashkar-e-Taiba jihadi propaganda


Lashkar-e-Taiba leader Hafiz Saeed.

The FBI has arrested Jubair Ahmad, a Pakistani man in Virginia, for helping produce and distribute jihadi propaganda for the Lashkar-e-Taiba. Jubair is said to be linked to the highest level of the LeT: the son of Hafiz Saeed. From the FBI press release [emphasis ours]:

According to the affidavit in support of the criminal complaint, Jubair received religious training from LeT as a teenager in Pakistan and later attended LeT’s basic training camp. Jubair entered the United States in 2007 along with other family members, and in 2009, the FBI launched an investigation after receiving information that Jubair may be associated with LeT.

The affidavit alleges that in September 2010, Jubair produced and uploaded a propaganda video to YouTube on behalf of LeT, after communications with a person named “Talha.” In a subsequent conversation with another person, Jubair identified Talha as Talha Saeed, the son of LeT leader Hafiz Mohammed Saeed. Talha and Jubair allegedly communicated about the images, music and audio that Jubair was to use to make the video. The final video contained images of LeT leader Hafiz Saeed, so-called jihadi martyrs and armored trucks exploding after having been hit by improvised explosive devices.

In October 2010, Talha allegedly contacted Jubair and requested that he revise the LeT propaganda video, giving Jubair specific instructions. Jubair allegedly revised the video and posted it on Oct. 16, 2010. In August 2011, FBI agents interviewed Jubair, where he falsely denied any involvement with the October 2010 video.

Keep in mind that Saeed denies any links to Lashkar-e-Taiba, and claims he only runs the “charitable” Jamaat-ud-Dawa (which is in itself a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba). Yet Saeed’s own son is pushing propaganda of “martyrs” and IED attacks interspersed with images of his father. Despite Lashkar-e-Taiba’s role in the December 2008 suicide assault in Mumbai, India, as well as numerous other terror attacks, the Pakistani government refuses to detain Saeed and dismantle his network. That’s because Lashkar-e-Taiba remains a vital tool for Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate.

Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of FDD's Long War Journal.

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  • Sohaib Baloch says:

    Its official now. Pakistan is exporting terror to every civilised nation. Hafix Saeed was acquitted unguilty by Pakastani courts. Shame on them. Pakistani army backs these groups openly and is itself involved in killing and dumping secular Baloch activists.

  • Charu says:

    Nice report. Interesting how the LeT’s focus has shifted from the Indians to ISAF. Like Nipper, just following his master’s voice; the master being the ISI.

  • Villiger says:

    The headline i would like to wake up to is:
    Obviously the first step would be to liberate Balochistan. What do you think?
    At any rate, the US and allies should be doing everything possible to support the Balochs to gain their independence from the demon state of Pakistan. The rest of the unravelling will follow. Inevitably.

  • My2Cents says:

    1st step — Expand the northern supply route so that nothing is shipped through Pakistan. Also subsidize Afghan exports by the same route, no point in having all the shipping

  • Charu says:

    M2c, the first step is to help carve out an independent Baluchistan to enable the Afghans (and ISAF) have a dependable supply route to the sea through friendly territory. It was the Brits who artificially kept the Afghans landlocked, and this would revert matters to the natural state, as would removing the other major British error, the Durand line.


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