MILITANT GROUPS IN SOUTH ASIA
By Surinder K. Sharma and Anshuman Behera
New Delhi: Pentagon Press, 2014
ISBN: 978-8274-754-8 Hardcover
Excerpt from the Foreword:
South Asia has been witnessing the proliferation of militant groups of all kinds for the last several decades. These militant groups defy national frontiers and often indulge in acts of violence, which have both regional and international ramifications. While some of these groups operate within the territorial limits of one particular country, many of them have international linkages and are transnational in character. They can be divided into different categories on the basis of their ideological orientation as well as their socio-political and economic objectives. This study, initiated by the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, aims at collating information about important militant groups operating in the region. The book updates information on several of these groups and also widens the scope of the study to cover important militant groups operating in the entire region. The authors gather detailed information on the groups' genesis, ideology, objectives, cadre strength, training, alliance, areas of operation, leadership, funding sources, weapons they use, links with other militant groups, and their current status.