For those who have been paying attention, these attacks in Mumbai carry all the hallmarks of an al Qaeda planned and coordinated attack. Nonetheless, the authorities and media have been all too quick to say that this was an Indian Muslim Mujahedeen attack by the “Deccan Mujahedeen,” an organization which, if you were to listen and believe the pundits and television intelligence experts, suddenly popped up from nowhere. The facts, however, based on my extensive research of Islamic terrorism and terrorist organizations, indicate otherwise. Although there might have been elements of a local cell from that group involved in the attacks, it is a near certainty that the planning, tactical training, financing and execution came from al Qaeda.
One critical element of these attacks must be highlighted: after the initial attacks began, at least one police van arrived on the scene which was actually occupied by terrorists – a 21st century Trojan horse. Upon arrival, the occupants of this police vehicle disembarked and began shooting at civilians. Whether the vehicle was previously stolen or cloned, this is a well documented al Qaeda technique that has appeared in their training manuals. This web site was one of the first to warn about these tactics, which are designed to implement a second wave of violence or attacks. This textbook tactic, which we have written about many times here in this past, is very effective at increasing the body count as well as causing additional confusion, chaos and psychological trauma. More importantly, we can expect this same Trojan horse tactic when the Islamic terrorists attack here again. So don’t be too relieved when that first or second police car or ambulance suddenly shows up, as it may carry further death with its arrival.
Another key indication that these attacks were originated and conducted by al Qaeda is their blatant search for tourists holding American or British passports. Again, they were after Western targets at Western assets or locations known to be frequented by Westerners – a tactic that suggests that the Indian Muslim Mujahedeen were not the perpetrators in control. Granted, they killed many Indians in the process, but the fact that they were specifically targeting Westerners is quite indicative of al Qaeda in origin, with at least some of the terrorists being “transplants” or imports from outside India.
If they manage to capture a few and perform some interrogations, we will most likely learn that these terrorists trained inside Afghan or Iraqi terrorist training camps. This type of mission requires training and more specifically, precise timing to coordinate attacks as these terrorists managed to do. Some analysts are also suggesting that the terrorists who perpetrated these attacks are purely Pakistani. Although to some this might appear logical, the fact that they purposely allowed some Hindus to escape indicate otherwise. Considering the vast and deep rivalry between India and Pakistan, combined with the active search for Americans and British again points to terrorists other than (or in addition to) those from active Pakistani organizations.
It is also significant that three of India’s top anti-terror cops were specifically targeted and killed, a very bold move and atypical of a local terror cell. Al Qaeda, on the other hand, would do this as a matter of routine.
When it comes to terrorism acts and where to place the blame, it is important to carefully examine all the oddities, objectively and without concern where the facts might lead. Like just about all matters pertaining to Islamic terrorist attacks, however, we may never hear the exact truth from the authorities through official sources. This is simply par for this particular course, which is a course rife with the sand traps of political correctness and religious ideologies amid the greens and fairways of a nation’s security. The official line might well be that these attacks were conducted by a “local” group, because India doesn’t want to admit that an outside group could hit them this easily. That’s pretty much what I expect as far as official statements.
Read the entire analysis here.
My first question, upon hearing the news, was this the work of ISI or al Qaeda? As NEIN pointed out, targeting westerners, the financial center, and using stolen emergency equipment to commit mayhem are al Qaeda tactics.