CIA alerted Indian intelligence about pending attacks

On December 1, 2008, we suggested that simply blaming Pakistani intelligence agencies for the recent Mumbai attacks “overlooks the responsibility of Indian intelligence agencies to prevent such attacks by militants”. We cited recent revelations in Indian newspapers that “clear warnings of a coming assault were ignored” and “that Indian intelligence agencies had precise information at least 10 months ago that Pakistani militants were planning an attack”, but failed to act. Indian newspaper The Hindu is now revealing that there were at least two occasions on which the CIA delivered to India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) “warnings of an impending terror attack on Mumbai”. Read more of this post

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Comment: India’s intelligence, police force part of the problem

It is fine to accuse the Pakistani Army and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency of complicity in the recent attack by a small army of selected targets in Mumbai, but this overlooks the responsibility of Indian intelligence agencies to prevent such attacks by militants. Those who criticize the ISI are ignoring the recent revelations in Indian newspapers that “clear warnings of a coming assault were ignored” and “that Indian intelligence agencies had precise information at least 10 months ago that Pakistani militants were planning an attack” but failed to act. Read more of this post

British nationals among Mumbai attackers

Reports in the Indian media state that at least two “British citizens of Pakistani origin” were among the small army that has attacked selected targets in Mumbai in the past few days.  The source of the information is apparently Indian Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, as has been confirmed by the Associated Press. In a related development, the head of Inter-Services Intelligence, the Pakistani intelligence service, is preparing to visit India to assist in the investigation of the Mumbai attacks. It is not clear when exactly General Ahmed Shuja Pasha, the head of the ISI, will b e leaving for India; but if he does indeed go, it will be the first time that the head of the ISI will have visited India. [IA]

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