His name was included in the demand list just to drag Pakistan into the affair and to give the world a false impression that Pakistan was behind this abduction. It appeared as though the terrorists were planning to capture every foreigner in the region. Naxilite movement and the uprising for freedom in seven north-eastern states is no more a hidden story. But over the course of the next week, their holidays take a terrifying turn when they become entangled in a nail-biting hostage drama that will suck them into an alien world of jihad and Islamic fundamentalism. Instead, the men are sold to a local warlord fighting for the Indians, who then has them executed and disposed of. Suffering from severe diarrhea, as do most travelers to South Asia, John had established a pattern of often going to the bathroom.
As the defense attache at the U. Tikoo on the Line -- 11. Instead of wasting all her zeal and zest in playing blame game against Pakistan, India could have made situation far better by concentrating upon the remedy of actual issues which compel the people to revolt against the government. While the true fate of the hostages is unknown to this day, the authors, through years of interviews and research have put together this chilling account of the murky, intertwined world of militant groups, renegades and the Indian agencies. The Meadow connects this incident to the larger events of September 11, highlighting the proximity of elements linked to al-Qaeda and the subsequent group that Masood Azhar founded when he was eventually released in exchange for a planeload of Indians held hostage while en route to Nepal. Bin Laden may be buried deep beneath the sea, but Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark point out that Masood Azhar, the Pakistani mujahedin leader around whom the central events of this book revolve, is still out there, preaching on YouTube.
One hostage Hans Christian Ostro was beheaded. It was a very positive exchange except for new information about movement of the hostages and an increase in the strength of the militants — both items were disturbing. After taking Dirk Hasert the morning of 8 July, the militants seized Hans Christian Ostro, a Norwegian, later that same day. In July 1995, ten Western backpackers take a trip of a lifetime. John Childs was flown from Srinagar to New Delhi. As had the other hostages, Hans Christian had made no effort to determine conditions in Kashmir and had been unaware of the deteriorating security condition there.
The tourists were kidnapped by a terrorist organization Al-Faran, which initially demanded release of 21 persons including Harkat chief Maulana Masood Azhar and Omar Sheikh. Jim and Colleen Luntzel, their replacements, left early due to jet lag from having arrived a day or so earlier. Since 1988 over 80 000 civilians including women and children have died at the hands of the Indian army and paramilitary forces. It tells of the terrifying escape of one hostage, the heart-rending secret letters another wrote on birch bark and hid in his clothing as he contemplated his situation, and how, with a brutal beheading, the kidnappers took an irreversible step into the abyss. Their first book, Stone of Heaven 2001 was named by the New York Times as a book of the year. Saklani, the security advisor to the governor of Jammu and Kashmir. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in South Asia and terrorism.
They both received assurances that representatives would arrive in Srinagar on the next available flight which would be in the morning. Puri had no information to give us, he appeared honest and forthright. We decided to meet daily to exchange information and ensure unity of effort. In New Delhi, Americans enjoyed Fourth of July activities at the American club. Their crime is they want India to end the brutal occupation of Kashmir, their homeland. The people of Kashmir are entangled into the unseen strings of politics of terrorism.
We had received worrisome news that Al-Faran had released photos of the American Don Hutchings and one of the British hostages showing wounds from having been caught in a firefight between the terrorists and Indian security forces and an audiotape by Don. Indian authorities must also be aware of the nexus between the Indian security forces personnel and the so-called militants they claim to fight against; with the passage of time this coordination is getting stronger. The Delta communications sergeant sent the jointly prepared sitrep to the Embassy using a secure satellite transmitter. In the morning, Jane was given a note from the leader of the terrorists. The goldfish bowl -- 18. The Meadow is as long as it is fascinating, minutely re-enacting a horrifying moment that was to send out ripples for decades to come. Linda and I hosted a farewell lunch for the outgoing air attaché and his wife at our house.
A general consensus of opinion was wonderment as to why the backpackers had been trekking in such a dangerous area. I met John Childs who had escaped from his captors on 8 July in the Embassy. It tells of the single escape attempt and how — with a brutal beheading — the hostage takers took an irreversible step into the abyss. I went for a lunchtime run during the heat. They did not have a plan to meet the new situation and wanted to know how the Western special operators would carry out a rescue operation.
I made a unilateral decision to move our group to a more secure guest house in a different location. They have produced several television documentaries, most recently City of Fear, a film for Channel 4's Dispatches 2010. But, it was the kidnapping of Western backpackers, including two Americans, in the Indian Himalayas in Kashmir by Islamic terrorists on 4 July 1995 that truly impacted my life and put a human face on the suffering that such acts cause. As a poster boy for global jihad, the portly, bookish was never likely to compare with Osama bin Laden. The shocking true story of the crisis that foreshadowed a new epoch of global terrorism, this is the book that forced Intelligence and government authorities to uncover what really happened in the Meadow. Up and down -- 8. Even though Tim was new to India, he and I had accompanied the Ambassador on a three-day trip to Srinagar two weeks earlier.