Times of India: Qatar is a center for radicalizing youth

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The Times of India reported that the National Investigation Agency has filed a case against young people from the Indian provinces of Kerala and Karnataka, who have been living in Qatar for a while and have moved to Syria since 2013 to join terrorist organizations such as Jund al-Aqsa and Al Nusra Front, both believed to be associated with ISIS.

The youths are believed to have been radicalised while living in Qatar and had conducted preparations for or travelled to Syria from 2013 onwards. NIA sources on Wednesday said ongoing investigation into other cases involving youth from Kerala who had attempted to or joined IS, threw up information on these Qatar-based youth having joined terrorist groups other than IS in Syria. “NIA is aware of the identity and addresses of these youth. However, it is not clear how the youth travelled to Syria and if they are still alive or dead,” said a source.

In past instances, youth from Kerala have travelled to Syria via two routes. First, travelling to Turkey by flight and then crossing the border illegally to reach Syria, and second, taking a flight to a Gulf country and then travelling to Iran from where they travel to Turkey by road before crossing over to Syria.

Investigators said this is the first case of Indian youth travelling to Syria to join a terrorist outfit other than IS.

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