The Dim-Post

November 27, 2008

‘Deccan Mujahideen’ huh?

Filed under: general news — danylmc @ 10:18 pm

I take back what I said earlier. As details emerge of the terror attacks in Mumbai it is hard not to conclude that they were directed by a state intelligence or military. The prime suspect would have to be Pakistan’s notorious Inter-Services Intelligence, an agency often described as a ‘state within a state’ with longstanding links to the Taliban and Al Qaeda, as well as Kashmiri seperatists and Islamic terror organisations within India.

If this turns out to be the case then the consequences for Pakistan and its government – which has close to zero control over its rogue intelligence apparatus – will probably be dire, especially if (as seems likely) more westerners are revealed to have been killed in the attacks.

In July of this year the Indian embassy in Kabul was attacked by suicide bombers killing 58 people, an operation that was almost certainly directed by the ISI. Last night, at the same time the attacks in Mumbai were underway suicide bombers attacked the US embassy in Kabul targeting the Thanksgiving celebrations.

It’s hard to imagine how India and the west can respond to this: Pakistan is the front-line in the war on terror and a frighteningly unstable nuclear armed state. This can’t end well.


  1. Makes you wonder whether the targeting of American and British pass port holders might have been a device to hide the real target. They seem to have managed to identify and kill a remarkable number of senior Indian security and intelligence officials.

    Comment by Adolf Fiinkensein — November 28, 2008 @ 8:03 am

  2. Pakistan is the front-line in the war on terror and a frighteningly unstable nuclear armed state. This can’t end well.

    On the off-chance he reads this blog, Robert Fisk’ll be feeling pretty smug.

    Comment by StephenR — November 28, 2008 @ 8:16 am

  3. You might want to consider the role of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE or Tamil Tigers) in this abhorrent act. The LTTE is the only terrorist group in the world with a navy and air force (or should that be air farce – no, air force is right) and the wherewithal to provide support to the mujaheddin in their supply chain.

    Comment by shocked and stunned — November 28, 2008 @ 10:01 am

  4. Except the Tamils fly light aircraft with a range of 600km and they’re almost 1500km from Mumbai. And a little busy fighting the Sri Lankan Army right now.

    I reckon the ISI theory is more plausible.

    Comment by gazzaj — November 28, 2008 @ 4:52 pm

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