Mosaic News – 12/10/08: World News from the Middle East

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“Pakistan Confirms Mumbai Arrests,” Al Jazeera TV, Qatar
“Mumbai Terrorists May Have Used Google Earth,” Al Arabiya TV, UAE
“UN Warns of Surge in World’s Hunger,” Nile TV, Egypt
“Iraqis Prepare for Provencial Elections,” Al-Iraqiya TV, Iraq
“‘Dignity’ Ship Arrives in Gaza,” Dubai TV, UAE
“Gaza Truce Faltering,” IBA TV, Israel
“Carter Offers to Monitor Lebanese Elections,” NBN TV, Lebanon
“Mauritanians Celebrate Eid,” Al Jazeera English, Qatar
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India discloses hometowns, names of alleged Mumbai killers + Reports planted by US

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By Mark Sappenfield
Christian Science Monitor
McClatchy Washington Bureau
12/09/2008

NEW DELHI — Indian officials released the names and hometowns of all 10 suspected Mumbai attackers Tuesday, saying it has pinpointed them even to individual postal codes within Pakistan.

With the disclosure, India is continuing to ratchet up pressure on Pakistan, apparently hoping that strong evidence will compel the international community to take a hard line against its neighbor.

Officials within Pakistan, including President Asif Ali Zardari, had previously cast doubt on India’s assertions that the terrorists who ran amok in Mumbai for three days last month were Pakistani. Tuesday’s announcement, including photos of nine of the 10, is intended to prove Indian claims beyond cavil.

via McClatchy Washington Bureau | 12/09/2008 | India discloses hometowns, names of alleged Mumbai killers.

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Reports planted by US, says former ISI chief

Amitabh Sinha
http://www.indianexpress.com
Dec 08, 2008

New Delhi: Dismissing reports that Pakistan had decided to hand him over to Indian authorities in connection with the investigations into last week’s Terror attacks in Mumbai, former ISI chief General Hamid Gul on Sunday such reports were being “planted” by the United States to malign him.

“As far as I know, neither has the Indian Government asked Pakistan to hand me over to them nor has the Pakistan Government agreed to do any such thing,” General Gul, who served as director-general of the ISI between 1987 and 1989, told The Indian Express.

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via Reports planted by US, says former ISI chief.

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ISI Gen. Hamid Gul: Mumbai + 9/11 = Inside Job

No danger of Indo-Pak War + Pakistan under pressure

Role of Alleged CIA Asset in Mumbai Attacks Being Downplayed By Jeremy R. Hammond

Mumbai India Terrorist Attacks November 26 2008

ISI Gen. Hamid Gul: Mumbai + 9/11 = Inside Job

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Pakistan’s former Intelligence Chief, General Hamid Gul, speaks with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria about the Mumbai attacks. CNN 12/7/08

… talks about the Mumbai attacks, and 9/11 being an inside job.

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Role of Alleged CIA Asset in Mumbai Attacks Being Downplayed By Jeremy R. Hammond

The Mumbai Attacks: More Than Meets the Eye By Jeremy R. Hammond

The Mumbai Terrorist Act: An International Chorus of Actors! by Zahir Ebrahim

The Mumbai Attacks and the “Strategy of Tension” by Andrew G. Marshall

Mumbai India Terrorist Attacks November 26 2008

Role of Alleged CIA Asset in Mumbai Attacks Being Downplayed By Jeremy R. Hammond

Recent press reports on developments with regard to last month’s attacks in Mumbai, India indicate the role of Dawood Ibrahim, a wanted crime boss, terrorist, and drug trafficker, is being downplayed, possibly the result of a deal taking place behind the scenes between the governments of the US, Pakistan, and India, to have others involved in the Mumbai attacks turned over while quietly diverting attention from a man who some say could reveal embarrassing secrets about the CIA’s involvement in criminal enterprises.

By Jeremy R. Hammond
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Foreign Policy Journal
December 9, 2008

Crossposted on Foreign Policy Journal

The role in the terrorist attacks in Mumbai last month of an underworld kingpin that heads an organization known as D-Company, has known ties to Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), and who is alleged to have ties with the CIA is apparently being whitewashed, suggesting that his capture and handover to India might prove inconvenient for either the ISI or the CIA, or both.

It was Dawood Ibrahim who was initially characterized by press reports as being the mastermind behind the attacks. Now, that title of “mastermind” is being given to Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi by numerous media accounts reporting that Pakistan security forces have raided a training camp of the group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), which evidence has indicated was behind the attacks. Lakhvi was reportedly captured in the raid and is now in custody.

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The Mumbai Attacks and the “Strategy of Tension” by Andrew G. Marshall

by Andrew G. Marshall
featured writer
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Dec 7, 2008

Creating an “Arc of Crisis”: The Destabilization of the Middle East and Central Asia
Introduction

The recent attacks in Mumbai, while largely blamed on Pakistan’s state-sponsored militant groups, represent the latest phase in a far more complex and long-term “strategy of tension” in the region; being employed by the Anglo-American-Israeli Axis to ultimately divide and conquer the Middle East and Central Asia. The aim is destabilization of the region, subversion and acquiescence of the region’s countries, and control of its economies, all in the name of preserving the West’s hegemony over the “Arc of Crisis.”

The attacks in India are not an isolated event, unrelated to growing tensions in the region. They are part of a processof unfolding chaos that threatens to engulf an entire region, stretching from the Horn of Africa to India: the “Arc of Crisis,” as it has been known in the past.

The motives and modus operandi of the attackers must be examined and questioned, and before quickly asserting blame to Pakistan, it is necessary to step back and review:

Who benefits? Who had the means? Who had to motive? In whose interest is it to destabilize the region? Ultimately, the roles of the United States, Israel and Great Britain must be submitted to closer scrutiny.

The Mumbai Attacks: 11/26/08

On November 26, 2008, a number of coordinated terrorist attacks occurred across India’s main commercial city of Mumbai, which lasted until November 29. The attacks and three-day siege that ensued left hundreds dead, and roughly 295 others injured. Among the dead were a Briton, five Americans and six Israelis.[1]

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Mosaic News – 12/05/08: World News from the Middle East

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“Indian Interior Minister Admits Security Lapses in Mumbai,” Al Jazeera TV, Qatar
“Settlers Escalate Attacks in West Bank,” Palestine TV, Ramallah
“Mass Arrests by Abbas Forces,” Al Aqsa, Gaza
“Palestinian Inner Fighting Affects Pilgrims to Mecca,” Abu Dhabi TV, UAE
“England Works on a Security Pact with Iraq,” Dubai TV, UAE
“S. Korean Troops Withdraw from Irbil,” Al-Iraqiya TV, Iraq
“West Bank Stories,” Link TV, USA
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Al-Qaeda threat to Indian resorts + Terror alert at Indian airports

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compiled by Cem Ertür
featured writer
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Dec. 5, 2008

1) Al-Qaeda ‘threat to Indian resorts’
2) Airports on alert as authorities brace for ‘9/11 terrorist attack’
3) Terror alert at three big Indian airports
4) Remarks With Indian Minister of External Affairs Pranab Mukherjee

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excerpts from Al-Qaeda ‘threat to Indian resorts’

by Damien McElroy, Daily Telegraph, 4 December 2008

The [UK] Foreign Office is preparing to issue a travel warning amid fears that al-Qaeda is planning to attack Indian holiday resorts popular with Western tourists by the new year.

The news came as Indian officials said yesterday they were investigating links between al-Qaeda and last week’s attacks on Mumbai. Police believe that a senior al-Qaeda terrorist, who is said to have conceived and planned the 2002 Bali bombings in which 202 people died, may have been involved in the latest outrage.

The potential al-Qaeda involvement in the attacks on prominent locations in Mumbai, which were carried out by the Kashmiri group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), has raised concerns that India will see more attacks targeting Westerners.

Mumbai’s anti-terror squad said it had alerted the resorts of Goa and Pune that militants had infiltrated the area and could attack Western visitors at the end of the year.

British officials predicted that the Foreign Office travel advice would have to include a permanent warning against al-Qaeda-style attacks.

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excerpt from Airports on alert as authorities brace for ‘9/11 terrorist attack’

by Rhys Blakely, Times, 5 December 2008

India’s main airports were on a state of high alert last night amid fears that 14 terrorists given the same training as the Mumbai gunmen are preparing to mount 9/11-type attacks using hijacked passenger planes.

The Defence Minister, A.K. Antony, ordered the nation’s armed forces to be on guard against “terror strikes from the air” eight days after India suffered its worst terrorist attack in 15 years…

The India Bureau for Civil Aviation is thought to have been given warning of plans to capture one or more aircraft at Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore or Madras airports, the country’s main transport hubs. Officials said that credible intelligence indicated a plan to attack a significant population centre using an airliner in an assault that would resemble those made on New York in 2001.

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excerpt from ‘Terror alert at three big Indian airports

by James Lamont, Financial Times, 5 December 2008

Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai airports were all put on alert after an e-mail threat by the Deccan Mujahideen, which claimed responsibility for the attack on India’s financial centre that left nearly 200 people dead.

The audacity of the Mumbai attack, in which terrorists arrived by sea, has made the Indian security forces worry about attacks from all sides, including the air.

Armed police were visible at airports yesterday, passengers were subjected to more rigorous searches and non-travellers barred from entry to terminals.

Measures were also being taken in Mumbai and New Delhi to improve protection of luxury hotels, international companies and foreign institutions. Some are turning to razor wire and armed guards.

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http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2008/12/112622.htm

excerpts from ‘Remarks With Indian Minister of External Affairs Pranab Mukherjee’

by US Foreign Secretary Condoleezza Rice, Hyderabad House, New Delhi, 3 December 2008

We certainly understand too that there is a strong demand for bringing the perpetrators of such a crime to justice, and a deep desire to prevent any further attacks from taking place.

It is also a matter of preventing these terrorists who continue to plot and plan from perpetrating further crimes and further attacks.

In all responses, whether they are responses of governments around the world or the response of the Indian Government, the goal should be to make certain that the investigation gets to the bottom of what happened, that the perpetrators are brought to justice, and that there is enough information and a depth of understanding so that an effort can be made to prevent further attacks.

And as I said, we’re focused with India on both bringing the perpetrators to justice and on preventing further attacks.

But the response has to be the same, which is that the perpetrators have to be caught, they have to be brought to justice and they – and there has to be a maximal effort on preventing further attacks.

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Washington Arrogance has Fomented a Muslim Revolution By Paul Craig Roberts

Obama: The situation in South Asia represents the single most important threat

The Mumbai Attacks: More Than Meets the Eye By Jeremy R. Hammond

Mumbai India Terrorist Attacks November 26 2008

Washington Arrogance has Fomented a Muslim Revolution By Paul Craig Roberts

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By Paul Craig Roberts
Information Clearinghouse
December 05, 2008

“In a government of law, the existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for the law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.”
— Justice Louis Brandeis

Is Pakistan responsible for the Mumbai attack in India? No.

Is India’s repression of its Muslim minority responsible? No.

Is the United States government responsible? Yes.

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Mosaic News – 12/4/08: World News from the Middle East

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“Mumbai Attacks Highlight Hindu-Muslim Tensions,” Al Jazeera TV, Qatar
“Iraq rescinds Kurdish oil export deal,” Abu Dhabi TV, UAE
“Al Sadr Followers Continue to Protest Security Pact,” Al-Alam TV, Iran
“Four Mass Murderers Arrested in Diyala,” Al-Iraqiya TV, Iraq
“Settlers Forcefully Evacuated,” IBA TV, Israel
“Aoun Defends Syria’s Role in Lebanon,” Dubai TV, UAE
“Taliban Attack Afghan Police,” Al Jazeera English, Qatar
“Hate Crimes in US Against Arabs Decrease,” Al Arabiya TV, UAE
“Saudi Arabia Prepares for Hajj,” Saudi TV, Saudi Arabia
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Mosaic News – 12/3/08: World News from the Middle East

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Rice urges tough Pakistan action,” Al Jazeera TV, Qatar
“Israelis stab Jerusalem man after ascertaining he was Palestinian,” IBA TV, Israel
“Hebron settlers go on the rampage,” Dubai TV, UAE
“Palestine International Solidariy Day in Moscow,” Palestine TV, Ramallah
“92 nations sign cluster-bomb ban; US, Russia don’t,” Al Jazeera English, Qatar
“UN finds new clues in Hariri case,” Al Arabiya TV, UAE
“Lebanese Christian leader courts Assad,” Syria TV, Syria
“Iraq’s VP Criticizes Al Sadr Over Withdrawal Agreement,” Alsumaria TV, Iraq
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Mumbai India Terrorist Attacks November 26 2008

Obama: The situation in South Asia represents the single most important threat

compiled by Cem Ertür
featured writer
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Dec. 4, 2008

excerpts from ‘Obama’s National Security Team Announcement

New York Times, 1 December 2008

The following is the transcript of President-Elect Barack Obama’s National Security Team announcement:

The situation in South Asia, as a whole, and the safe havens for terrorist that have been established there represent the single most important threat against the American people.

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excerpt from ‘Remarks With United Kingdom Foreign Secretary David Miliband

US Foreign Secretary Condoleezza Rice, 1 December 2008

But this is a critical moment for Pakistan to bring all its institutions into a common strategy to defend Pakistan. And defending Pakistan means rooting out extremism, defending Pakistani interests means cooperating fully…

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excerpt from David Miliband: ‘The Mumbai tragedy makes us more determined

by UK Foreign Minister David Miliband, Daily Mirror, 2 December 2008

The appalling attacks in Mumbai will give new impetus to today’s Nato summit… I believe this tragedy in India will reinforce our determination to tackle terrorist operations at root and prevent Afghanistan becoming an incubator for international terrorism again.

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excerpt from ‘India asks for foreign help to hit terrorists‘ (*)

by Damien McElroy, Daily Telegraph, 3 December 2008

India has called in foreign intelligence agencies to ‘neutralise’ the threat from terrorist groups believed to be behind the attack on Mumbai last week.

Britain, America, Australia and Israel have been asked to track down Pakistani suspects thought to have been involved in the attack.

(*) title of the print version

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excerpt from ‘Warning over mass destruction attacks

by Demetri Sevastopulo, Financial Times, 4 December 2008

“It is more likely than not that a weapon of mass destruction will be used in a terrorist attack somewhere in the world by the end of 2013,” according to the report, released yesterday by the commission on the prevention of WMD proliferation and terrorism.

“Were one to map terrorism and weapons of mass destruction today, all roads would intersect in Pakistan . . . Pakistan is an ally, but there is a grave danger it could also be an unwitting source of a terrorist attack on the US,”

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excerpt from ‘Experts warn Barack Obama of a nuclear Iran

by Catherine Phillip, Times, 3 December 2008

Iran poses the greatest foreign policy challenge to Barack Obama, the President-elect, with Tehran on course to produce a nuclear bomb in the first year of an Obama administration, a coalition of top think-tanks gave warning yesterday.

The warnings came in a report entitled Restoring the Balance. The Middle East strategy for the President-elect was drafted by the Council for Foreign Relations and the Brookings Institution.

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The Mumbai Attacks: More Than Meets the Eye By Jeremy R. Hammond

The Mumbai Massacre: Who Benefits? by Steven Jonas

Mumbai India Terrorist Attacks November 26 2008

The Mumbai Attacks: More Than Meets the Eye By Jeremy R. Hammond

As details emerge about who was responsible for the terrorist attacks in Mumbai last week, the evidence points to a militant group and network of associates that can be linked to a number of intelligence agencies, including the ISI, the CIA, and MI6.

By Jeremy R. Hammond
featured writer
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Foreign Policy Journal
December 4, 2008

Crossposted on Foreign Policy Journal

Details have emerged regarding who was responsible for the recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, with the evidence pointing to the Pakistani-based terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). But the trail doesn’t end there.

Indications of a coming attack were reportedly received by intelligence agencies well in advance. US signals intelligence (SIGINT) picked up a spike in “chatter” indicating something was brewing, which was supported by information from assets in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Some of the information that was received by US intelligence was passed on to India as early as September.

The details were specific. The CIA station chief in Delhi reportedly met with his counterpart at India’s intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), to pass on intelligence that LeT was planning a major attack that would come from the sea.

Less than a week before the attacks, a U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan purportedly killed a British citizen of Pakistani descent named Rashid Rauf, who was suspected of planning to blow up commercial airliners flying from Britain to the U.S. He fled Britain in 2002 after being suspected of stabbing to death his uncle, Mohammed Saeed. He settled in Bahawalpur, Pakistan, and married a relative of Maulana Masood Azhar, the leader of another militant group, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

Besides being linked to JeM, he was also suspected by some intelligence sources of having connections to the ISI. Pakistani authorities arrested him in Bahawalpur in August 2006 at the behest of British authorities, but he escaped police custody when they allowed him to enter a mosque ostensibly to say afternoon prayers. While police waited outside, Rauf walked out the back door. He may have just escaped, but there were also rumors that he was secretly taken into custody by the ISI in a plan that kept him under wraps while preventing him from being extradited to Britain.

The location of Rauf was reportedly given to U.S. officials by the Pakistani government, and may have been a move calculated to appease the U.S. over charges that elements of the ISI are still assisting militants engaged in cross-border attacks into Afghanistan. Earlier this year, terrorists bombed the Indian embassy in Kabul, and both India and the U.S. claimed that the ISI had been involved in the attack.

The airstrike that killed Rauf may also have been the result of early information obtained on the attack on Mumbai, as intelligence agencies reportedly had learned that he was involved in the planning of a major upcoming terrorist event. They may have sought to take him out before such an attack could occur.

Indian intelligence had obtained its own warnings of an attack. One indication was a request from a LeT operative to obtain international SIM cards for an upcoming operation. There was also information that a LeT team was training at a camp near Karachi, and that part of their training was to prepare for launching attacks from the sea. The team was trained under Zakir-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, also known as “Chacha”. Also among the information received was that the Taj Mahal hotel was pinpointed as a major target.

As a result, security at the hotel was increased, but was lessened again just a week prior to the attacks because of complaints from the hotel’s clients. Ratan Tata, chairman of the Tata Group, which owns the hotel, acknowledged that warnings of a possible attack had been received.

The Tata Group is also invested in the energy sector, and stands to gain from the recent deal between the U.S. and India, which would provide India with nuclear resources outside of the framework of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT) and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards system. Pakistan has voiced its opposition to the U.S. deal with its nuclear-armed neighbor.

On November 18, RAW intercepted a satellite phone conversation made to a number in Lahore, Pakistan, known to be used by the military commander of LeT known alternatively by the names Yusuf Muzammil or Abu Hurrera, also known as “Yahah”. The caller notified his handlers that he was heading for Mumbai with unspecified cargo.

As a result of the intelligence it had received, India’s Navy and Coast Guard were on the lookout for suspicious ships entering Indian territorial waters, and were specifically told to watch for an unidentified ship coming from Karachi.

Azam Amir Kasab, one of the Mumbai terroristsOnly one of the terrorists in the Mumbai attacks was captured alive, Azam Amir Kasab, a resident of the territory of Punjab in Pakistan. According to reports, he has told his interrogators a great deal about how the attacks went down.

Kasab confessed to being a member of LeT. He and his fellow terrorists were instructed to target foreigners, particularly Americans, British, and Israelis. They had set out from Karachi in a ship called the “MV Alpha”, which is allegedly owned by Dawood Ibrahim, a terrorist wanted by India in connection with bombings in Bombay in 1993 that resulted in 250 deaths. Ibrahim is also wanted by Interpol, and has been designated a global terrorist by the U.S.

Confronted with increased naval patrols that were boarding and searching suspect vessels, the team hijacked a fishing trawler called the “Kuber”, registration number 2303, and killed most of its crew except for Amarsinh Solanki, whom they kept alive to help navigate.

On November 26, as the terrorists neared their target destination, they killed Solanki by slitting his throat. An associate of Ibrahim’s in Mumbai had arranged to pick the team up in inflatable rubber dinghies. They went ashore at about 9pm. Witnesses reported seeing them land in the dinghies, which were unusual among the common wooden fishing boats, and unloading a number of large bags.

Once on shore near the Gateway to India, Mumbai’s main landing point near the Naval dockyard, the team split up. Four men went to the Taj Mahal hotel, where an advance team had already checked in on November 22 and set up a control room. Two went to the Nariman House, the Mumbai headquarters of Chabad Lubavitch, an ultra-orthodox Jewish group. Another acquisitioned a taxi and drove to the railway station. Two others headed to the Leopold restaurant, a hot spot for foreign visitors to Mumbai.

At about 9:20pm, one team arrived at the Nariman House, where they took hostages, while another opened fire at the Leopold café. At 9:45, terrorists entered both the Taj Mahal and Trident Oberoi hotels, where hostages were again taken. At 10:15, two of the men began firing indiscriminately outside the Cama hospital. At 10:30, terrorists entered the Chhatrapati Shivaji railway station and again opened fire.

According to Pakistan’s Daily Times, the terrorists identified and killed two U.S. intelligence officers at the Taj Mahal hotel.

Indian officials are now saying that just 10 men were responsible, indicating that two-man teams were able to strike one target and move on to the next. Teams held out under siege the the Nariman House and the hotels, with the Taj Mahal the last to be cleared. By the end, it had taken Indian forces 60 hours to kill or capture the attackers, with their reign of terror finally ending on the 29th with nearly 200 people reported dead.

According to police, the men were aged 18 to 28. They were found to have drugs in their system, and traces of cocaine and LSD were found at one or more scenes of their attack, which they apparently had taken for an additional adrenaline boost to keep them going for the long siege and battle with Indian special forces.

A Mauritian government identity card was discovered with the terrorists who attacked the Taj Mahal hotel, along with credit and debit cards of a number of different banks, including HSBC (headquartered in London and named after its founding member, the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, with global branches), HDFC, and ICICI (both banks in India).  The Republic of Mauritius is a former British colony and member of the Commonwealth off the east coast of Africa, near Madagascar in the Indian Ocean.

H&K MP5-NThey were reported to be using AK-47 assault rifles. Photos shown in the press reveal what appear to be variants with a folding stock. They were also reported to have handguns and grenades. Additionally, police recovered sub-machine guns used by the terrorists. An Associated Press photo of the confiscated guns reveals what appear to be Heckler & Koch MP5-N sub-machine guns. The “N” model is a version of the MP5 designed specifically for the U.S. Navy and used by Navy Seals teams.

BlackBerry cell phones were also recovered from the terrorists, containing international SIM cards investigators believe correlate with the early intelligence further connecting the team to LeT. During the attacks, they received calls from outside the country, which is apparently among the evidence leading government officials to early on state publicly that the terrorists had ties to a foreign nation.

A global-positioning system (GPS) and satellite phone were found in the abandoned Kuber fishing trawler. Navigation routes plotted in the GPS revealed the planned route from Karachi to Mumbai and back again, indicating that the terrorists hoped they might possibly be able to escape and return to Pakistan. Investigators determined that this was the phone used to contact Muzammil, the LeT military commander. Calls from the phone were also traced to Lakhvi, the LeT training specialist.

The MV Alpha was also intercepted after the attacks by the Indian Navy.

Responsibility for the attacks was claimed via e-mail by a previously unknown group calling itself Deccan Mujahideen. This appears to be a front, apparently designed to direct blame upon groups within India and give the appearance of a home-grown terrorist attack. Deccan may refer to a neighborhood in the city of Hyderabad or to the Decaan Plateau that dominates the middle and south of India.

The RAW traced IP addresses used to send the e-mail to an account in Russia that was opened on the Wednesday just prior to the attack and used to relay the message to media in India. The e-mail was further traced to a computer in Pakistan, and investigators have also said that it was generated by dictation using voice recognition software.

Dawood IbrahimIndia has called for Pakistan to hand over 20 individuals it has alleged were involved in the attacks. Among the wanted men are Dawood Ibrahim, Hafiz Saeed, and Maulana Masood Azhar.

As noted, Ibrahim is among Interpol’s most wanted. The U.S. designated him as a global terrorist in 2003, stating that he had ties to al Qaeda and that he funded attacks by militant groups, including LeT, aimed at destabilizing the Indian government. Ibrahim’s organization is known as the D-Company and is known to be heavily involved in drug trafficking. According to the U.S. government, D-Company is involved in large-scale shipment of narcotics into the U.K. and Western Europe. He is also alleged to have ties to the CIA through casino operations in Nepal.

Ibrahim is the son of a police constable and worked as a police informant, only to become involved in crime. He rose through the ranks of the underworld in Bombay (now Mumbai) to become one of the city’s leading organized crime bosses. He later fled to Pakistan, where he is believed to have stayed in Karachi under the protection of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency. Some Indian analysts have suggested that it was at the behest of the ISI that Ibrahim planned the Mumbai attacks. Pakistan has denied that he is in the country.

Wanted along with Ibrahim for the 1993 Bombay attacks is Aftab Ansari, also an Indian national. Ansari is linked to Omar Saeed Sheikh, a British national of Pakistani origin. Omar Sheikh is an associate of Osama bin Laden and has been accused of masterminding the kidnapping and murder of Daniel Pearl, a journalist for the Wall Street Journal.

Omar Skeikh was also the paymaster of the 9/11 hijackers and wired $100,000 to Mohammed Atta in Florida. According to Indian intelligence, working with the FBI a link was established between Omar Sheikh and the head of Pakistan’s ISI, Lt. Gen. Mahmud Ahmed. Sources revealed to the media that the evidence obtained from Omar Sheikh’s cell phone indicated that it was at the behest of Mahmud Ahmed that the money was sent to finance the 9/11 hijackers. While this has widely been reported internationally, including by the Press Trust of India, Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper, Agence France-Presse, and UK’s The Guardian and The Times, it has not received any mention in the U.S. mainstream media.

Hafiz Saeed is the founder of LeT. He travelled to Peshawar to join the CIA-backed effort to overthrow the Soviet-backed government of Afghanistan. Peshawar served as the command base for both the CIA and Maktab al-Khidamat (MAK). Haiz Saeed became the protégé of Abdullah Azzam, who, along with Osama bin Laden, founded MAK to recruit and train foreign fighters to join the mujahedeen. The CIA worked closely with the ISI to finance, arm, and train the mujahedeen.

By about 1988, MAK had been evolved into the group known as al-Qaeda by bin Laden. The name “al-Qaeda” literally means “the base”, and may either refer bin Laden’s base of operations for the mujahedeen war effort or the actual database of names of jihadist recruits. While numerous terrorist attacks have been attributed to al-Qaeda over the years, it isn’t so much a centralized organization as a loose network of individuals and affiliate groups having roots or otherwise associated with the CIA-backed effort against the Soviet Union.

Maulana Masood Azhar is the head of Jaish-e-Mohammed, and is also wanted by Interpol. Like LeT, JeM is said to have close links with the ISI, which has used the groups to wage a proxy war against Indian forces in Kashmir.

Like Hafiz Saeed, Azhar was numbered among the veterans of the Soviet-Afghan war. He was educated at Jamia Binoria, a madrassa (religious school) in Karachi that also served as a recruitment center for the mujahedeen.

He later became a leader of Karkat-ul-Mujahideen, a Pakistani militant group, and was captured by India in Kashmir in 1994. He was tried and acquitted, but spent six years in jail before being freed in exchange for the release of the crew and passengers of a hijacked Indian Airlines plane in 1999. He formed JeM after returning to Pakistan.

Omar Saeed Sheikh was also caught and imprisoned by India for involvement in that hijacking, and was likewise released in exchange for the hostages. Like Azhar, Omar Seikh is reported to have close links to the ISI and, according to former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, was also an agent of MI6, Britain’s spy agency, which sent him to engage in operations in the Balkans.

Relations between India and Pakistan also reached a crisis point in December 2001, when gunmen attacked the Indian parliament. JeM and Let were held responsible for that attack as well, and both countries amassed troops on the border, a situation that led to fears of war between two nuclear-armed countries. The U.S. helped mediate an end to the crisis, pressuring Pakistan to crack down on militant groups and setting in motion the plan to assist India with its nuclear program that was finally realized this year.

LeT was banned in Pakistan in 2002 following the attack on the Indian parliament, but remained active in the country nevertheless. The group has denied responsibility for the attacks in Mumbai last week.

Pakistan has on one hand said it would formulate a response to India’s request to turn over the 20 wanted men, and on the other hand indicated it would not do so, insisting that the men are either not in Pakistan or that they have been under Pakistani surveillance and no indication seen that they were in any way involved.

While the evidence strongly points to LeT and a network of associates affiliated with the group or with each other, that web also includes the CIA and MI6. One early report said that some of the Mumbai terrorists were, like Rashid Rauf, British nationals. This was picked up by numerous press accounts around the globe, but the Indian government official this information was attributed to denied ever having said such a thing.

Theories that this was a false flag operation have already begun to spread around the internet, with varying culprits and motives. Whatever the truth is, what is clear from the facts one is able to piece together from media accounts is that there is more to the Mumbai attacks than meets the eye.

Jeremy R. Hammond is the editor and principle writer for Foreign Policy Journal, an online publication dedicated to providing news, critical analysis, and commentary on U.S. foreign policy, particularly with regard to the “war on terrorism” and events in the Middle East, from outside of the standard framework offered by government officials and the mainstream corporate media. He has also written for numerous other online publications. You can contact him here.

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With the violence in Mumbai at an end, and the city beginning to return to normal, the question of response is moving to the front of the conversation. Siddharth Varadarajan believes that there is plenty of evidence to suggest that the attackers were from an Islamic fundamentalist group based in Pakistan known as Lashkar-e-Toiba, which means Army of the Righteous. Siddhartha, drawing on a previous interview he conducted with the leader of that group, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, believes that the group is after more than Kashmir, but would like to see numerous other Indian states with significant Muslim populations ruled according to the group’s interpretation of Sharia law.

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