Our good friends: Pakistani Intelligence behind Mumbai massacre

October 21, 2010

In late November, 2008, the world stood transfixed in horror as Muslim terrorists waging jihad (jihad fi sabil Allah) went on a murderous rampage in the Indian city of Mumbai. At the time, there was strong suspicion that the terrorists, who belonged to a jihad group called Lashkar e Taiba (LeT), had received some support from the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency. But the evidence, while suggestive, wasn’t considered conclusive.

Now it is. An American who became involved with LeT, David Headley, acted as a scout for LeT, picking targets and reporting to… the ISI:

Pakistan’s powerful intelligence services were heavily involved in preparations for the Mumbai terrorist attacks of November 2008, according to classified Indian government documents obtained by the Guardian.

A 109-page report into the interrogation of key suspect David Headley, a Pakistani-American militant arrested last year and detained in the US, makes detailed claims of ISI support for the bombings.

Under questioning, Headley described dozens of meetings between officers of the main Pakistani military intelligence service, the ISI, and senior militants from the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) group responsible for the Mumbai attacks.

He claims a key motivation for the ISI in aiding the attacks was to bolster militant organisations with strong links to the Pakistani state and security establishment who were being marginalised by more extreme radical groups.

Headley, who undertook surveillance of the targets in Mumbai for the operation, claims that at least two of his missions were partly paid for by the ISI and that he regularly reported to the spy agency. However, the documents suggest that supervision of the militants by the ISI was often chaotic and that the most senior officers of the agency may have been unaware at least of the scale and ambition of the operation before it was launched.

I’m not sure which is worse: that Pakistan’s intelligence service was involved in the operation, or that it’s so poorly supervised, fractured, and riddled with Islamists that it can run rogue operations senior officials are unaware of. Regardless, I’m wary of the “the bosses didn’t know” argument, as Pakistan has had a long history of using LeT and similar groups as proxy forces against India in Kashmir and have been suspected of facilitating other spectacular attacks inside India.

Pakistan’s possession of nuclear weapons prevents India from taking strong military action against Pakistan in retaliation (as they have every right to do), but we should nevertheless stay aware that our “ally” in the fight against al Qaeda and the Taliban is quite willing to play a double or triple game and that it would be foolish to trust them completely.

Via Big Peace.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


In most cases, this would mean war

July 14, 2010

Based on communications intercepted during the operation itself and the confession of one of the operatives, India has accused Pakistan’s intelligence agency, the ISI, of being behind the 2008 Mumbai massacre:

India has accused Pakistan’s powerful spy agency of planning and executing the 2008 Mumbai attacks, in the strongest and most specific allegation of Islamabad’s involvement in the assault from a top official.

The remark comes a day before the foreign ministers of the rival nations are set to meet in Islamabad to attempt to rebuild a fragile peace dialogue that was shattered by the attacks, which killed 166 people. It appeared to be an attempt to ratchet up the pressure on Pakistan to prosecute people whom India says were deeply involved in the assault.

In an interview published Wednesday, Home Secretary G.K. Pillai accused Pakistan’s powerful spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence of playing a key role the attacks.

“It was not just a peripheral role. They (the agency) were literally controlling and coordinating it from the beginning till the end,” Pillai told the Indian Express newspaper.

Sponsoring a raid on another country’s city that results in over 150 deaths would usually earn one a visit from the other guy’s military. And I have no doubt that a) India would have every justification to crush Pakistan and b) they could do it within a matter of weeks, if they tried.

But, then, both have nuclear weapons, which no doubt gives India considerable pause. Look at it this way: the point of nuclear weapons is that your enemy can’t be sure of what will trigger a massive response, therefore they aren’t likely to push you too far. In Pakistan’s case, the ISI (which is highly Islamized and only nominally under government control) guesses it can get away with quite a bit without provoking war with India, because India, on its part, cannot be sure that an invasion of Pakistan wouldn’t lead to a nuclear strike by a desperate Pakistani military. India also has to be concerned that punitive action against Pakistan, with its weak and unstable governments, might cause a collapse of central authority and the passing of Pakistan’s nukes into much more dangerous and unpredictable hands.

Hence New Delhi’s relatively mild words (after all, they’re still talking) and the apparent determination that an attack against the nation’s financial capital and the deaths of several hundred citizens isn’t worth war.

Yet.

The danger lies in a Pakistani miscalculation of India’s response after the next incident, and there will be a “next incident,” I’m sure. The ISI isn’t sorry this happened, only that they got caught. With a large part of the service comprising  jihad-minded Muslims, they’re bound to continue their terror war against India. The risk is that the Indians decide they’ve had enough and should “do something” about Pakistan.

At which point things get really scary.

(via DaveedGR)


Mumbai on the Thames?

December 20, 2009

The news that terrorists may be planning to replicate the Mumbai massacre in a Western city shouldn’t surprise us; one of the goals of the jihad is to bring Western civilization to its knees with divinely sanctioned terror (See number 220). What better way than to attack one of the West’s financial centers?

Police expect Mumbai-style terror attack on City of London

Scotland Yard has warned businesses in London to expect a Mumbai-style attack on the capital.

In a briefing in the City of London 12 days ago, a senior detective from SO15, the Metropolitan police counter-terrorism command, said: “Mumbai is coming to London.”

The detective said companies should anticipate a shooting and hostage-taking raid “involving a small number of gunmen with handguns and improvised explosive devices”.

The warning — the bluntest issued by police — has underlined an assessment that a terrorist cell may be preparing an attack on London early next year.

It was issued by the Met through its network of “security forums”, which provide business leaders, local government and the emergency services with counter-terrorism advice.

During a “commando-style” raid by 10 gunmen on hotels and cafes in Mumbai in November 2008, 174 people were killed and more than 300 injured over three days.

Officials now report an increase in “intelligence chatter” — communications captured by electronic eavesdropping agencies. One senior security adviser said the police warnings had intensified and become much more specific in the past fortnight.

“Before, there has been speculation. Now we are getting what appears to be a definite plot to carry out a firearms attack on London,” he said.

Earlier this year, police, military and intelligence services held an exercise in Kent to see whether they could defeat a commando raid in London by terrorists.

“The exercise brought out to those taking part that the capability doesn’t exist to deal with that situation should it arise,” said a military source.

That last has be quite a comforting to people who live and work in the City: “Well, yes, it may well happen, but, don’t worry! We have no idea what to do! Carry on!”

Of course, defending against just such an attack is difficult, especially when the jihadis have accepted the inevitability of their own deaths and thus thrown caution to the winds. A small band that strikes quickly at targets that had been scouted in advance will have plenty of time to take hostages and do damage before the police or military can react. And if, as in the case of the Jewish center in Mumbai, the attackers don’t plan to take hostages, you can expect many dead before there’s ever a chance of rescuing them.

While the “chatter” may be just that and nothing more, it’s a given that al Qaeda and allied Salafist groups want to strike at important Western targets. And not just London: Washington, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles all present their own tempting targets, to name but a few. And it will happen: the FBI and local police have foiled over a score of serious threats in the continental United States since 9/11, most recently in New York and Denver.

Let’s not forget, they’re still trying to kill us.

Jihad fi sabil Allah.


The Mumbai massacre

November 28, 2008

After two days of jihadist mayhem in the Indian financial center of Mumbai, things are finally coming to a close there, at least a far as combat is concerned, with Indian commandos still searching for one crazed Muslim gunman in the Taj Mahal hotel and the dead still being counted.

Questions remain regarding just who was behind this atrocity, although, naturally, Muslim wallowers in victimhood are blaming, wait for it … the Jews and the Hindus!

Why am I not surprised?

Even an Australian professor buys into the crap that Hindus might have done this. I guess that just goes to show that having a PhD and being intelligent don’t necessarily go hand in hand.

Let’s face it, folks. Like 9-11, like the train bombings in Madrid and the subway bombings in London, like the Beslan school massacre and the Bali nightclub bombing, like the attack on the Marine barracks in Beirut in 1983 and the 1979 seizure of the US Embassy in Tehran, like thousands of other outrages over these last 30 years, this is jihad fi sabil Allah.

War for the sake of Allah.

The Qur’an, the hadith, and all the major schools of Islamic jurisprudence are clear on this point: it is a Muslim’s highest duty to wage war against the infidel until he converts to Islam or submits to Muslim domination. This struggle can take many forms, but, again, the pinnacle of jihad is to fight the unbeliever:

Lo! Allah hath bought from the believers their lives and their wealth because the Garden will be theirs: they shall fight in the way of Allah and shall slay and be slain. It is a promise which is binding on Him in the Torah and the Gospel and the Qur’an. Who fulfilleth His covenant better than Allah? Rejoice then in your bargain that ye have made, for that is the supreme triumph.

-Qur’an 9:111

Am I saying every Muslim is a jihadi anxious to kill and be killed for a promise of paradise (and 72 sexually easy virgins)? No, of course not. There are tens of millions who want to live peacefully with their neighbors. But it is just as true that there are tens of millions who sympathize with the jihadist goals, the dominance of Islam and the imposition of sharia law across the globe, and they are all motivated by orthodox Islamic theology. Like the general manager of al-Arabiya TV once said,

It is certainly true that not all Muslims are terrorists, however, sadly we say that the majority of terrorists in the world are Muslims.

The problem isn’t “root causes” in poverty or Western imperialism. It’s not “misunderstanders” of the Religion of Peace. The root of the problem, and the root of the last few days’ horrors in Mumbai, lies in the doctrines of Islamic supremacy and violent jihad that have been hardwired into Islamic theology from the days of Muhammad, himself.

The problem is Islam.

And until we are honest about this and stop indulging politically correct fantasies, more Mumbais (and New Yorks and Madrids and Londons and on and on) are inevitable.

Have I earned my fatwa, yet? Bring it on

LINKS: As you’d expect, there’s lots of blogging on the Mumbai massacre. The best analysis of the attack itself and its implications comes from Bill Roggio at The Long War Journal. Forget the worthless mainstream media, TLWJ is where you want to go. Fausta has many updates and links. Ed Morrissey report that Pakistan’s intelligence chief has gone to Mumbai to “help.” One wonders if he’s more worried about Indian tanks rolling over what’s left of his nation, since it’s evident that a group with ties to Pakistan Intelligence was behind this attack. The Boston Globe provides graphic photos of the fighting. Meanwhile, al Qaeda is rejoicing over the slaughter of “pagan” Hindus. Phylllis Chesler wonders why Islamic leaders are so silent over this slaughter. One isn’t. Richard Fernandez, always worth reading, talks about a symphony of blood. Finally, the Mirror reports that seven of the jihadis were from the UK. Britain has a huge problem.

UPDATE: According to Indian officials, it’s over. Tigerhawk asks us to remember genuine heroes of this nightmare.


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