Mumbai-Linked Terror Crew Hunts Western Recruits

Lashkar-e-Taiba seen as stepping stone to al-Qaeda
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 8, 2008 9:52 AM CST
Mumbai residents sit near the boat landing behind the Taj Mahal Hotel last week in Mumbai, which was open again after being closed in the wake of the November terror attacks.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The Islamic militant group thought to be behind the Mumbai terror attacks has recruited Westerners, particularly Americans and Britons, to aid in planning and executing attacks, the Los Angeles Times reports. A 23-year-old Brit, convicted this year on terror-related charges, was among the Lashkar-e-Taiba adherents helping get converts to Pakistan for training before he was nabbed at a UK airport in 2006.

Aabid Khan was caught returning from Pakistan with a laptop full of terrorist propaganda, maps, manuals, and videos. One video included another young English-speaker who said he was from Los Angeles and appeared friendly with Khan. Recruits of Pakistan’s Lashkar-e-Taiba often “graduate” to al-Qaeda, including an Australian who pleaded guilty to supporting terrorism.