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#1 WRW

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Posted 26 November 2008 - 1456 PM

This seesm to be an escalation - these guys are willing to fight
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Posted 26 November 2008 - 1505 PM

Looks like a running thing.

Hope the Indian police can put the knuckleheads down quickly.
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Posted 26 November 2008 - 1608 PM

Oh crap. Just saw it on BBC website. Not good.
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Posted 26 November 2008 - 1655 PM

At least 80 dead and hundreds wounded already, and two major hotels still under siege, one of them ablaze in flames.

Edited by Exel, 26 November 2008 - 1655 PM.

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Posted 26 November 2008 - 1656 PM

Yep, reports get worse and worse.

Might it have something in common with the agreement about counter-terror fight between current Pak PM and India? ISI/islamists themselves fearing that "cold peace" between India and Pakistan will hurt their interests and trying to prevent it?
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Posted 26 November 2008 - 1701 PM

I also suspect that inciting India will force the Pakistan army to keep resources on the Eastren border rather than fighting Taliban and insugents in the NWF and FATA.
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Posted 26 November 2008 - 1842 PM

Smart move by the ISI.
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Posted 26 November 2008 - 1852 PM

Hospitals are appealing for blood donors. BO has made a statement, Indian sources are reporting it, not mentioning GWB. Police/Army are storming the Taj and the Trident hotels. At least three good guys killed, several T arrested.
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Posted 26 November 2008 - 1949 PM

My friend's colleague was killed in the attack just outside a hospital. :( I just spoke to him - he was bawling. It was unreal.

Two of my other friends working in Mumbai say that the number of dead may cross 500 because there are several bodies inside 3 hotels that are still to be recovered. Several people were killed in a historic neighborhood that housed Indian Jews and some expat Israelis.

Pakistani hardliners want to drag India's economy down because they see no hope for their country and cannot stand India's relative success. This will affect India's economy and foreign investment for years. Some 10,000 Western expats and visitors are in Bombay at any given time, mainly investors.

Pakistan is a cancer in the world's corpus. Cancers need to be excised or the body dies.
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Posted 26 November 2008 - 2140 PM

Condolences to India. Woke up this morning to hear this bad news. I hope they catch the bad guys.
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Posted 26 November 2008 - 2218 PM

http://www.smh.com.a...acks/index.html
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Posted 26 November 2008 - 2308 PM

My friend's colleague was killed in the attack just outside a hospital. :( I just spoke to him - he was bawling. It was unreal.


Damn. Condolences.

Edited by X-Files, 26 November 2008 - 2309 PM.

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Posted 27 November 2008 - 0005 AM

The captured terrorists have spilled the beans. They came directly from Karachi, Pakistan in a fishing trawler used by smugglers. They belonged to the ISI-trained group Lashkar-e-Taiba, with local support given by Indian gangster Dawood Ibrahim, who lives under ISI protection in Karachi. They had directions to key locations including the specific addresses of guest houses used by Israelis.

BTW, one of the terrorists called an Indian TV station. I can clearly hear a Pashtun accent.

This is clearly done by the ISI because the Indian and Pakistani foreign ministers were due to meet Thursday for the next round of peace talks. The Pakistani hardliners do not want the civilian government to "cave in" to India, as they see it.
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Posted 27 November 2008 - 0039 AM

Vijay, is it already in some English-speaking news?
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Posted 27 November 2008 - 0043 AM

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I'm not surprised to hear the Taj Hotel was targeted. I stayed there a few years ago and it was hit with a car bomb a few days after I'd left by the group that used those stolen white Humbers or Ambassadors favored by the gov't for cover. Parked in that big green between the Taj and Victoria Gate (about a hundred meter quadrangle) frequented by people of all stripes heading out to various islands in small touring boats. Such a peaceful, mixed race/religion/whathaveyou scene with everybody gettin on fine whenever I was there. Then some waste of oxygen decides to militarized the place with a terrorist act. Very saddening. No regard for whom might be hurt, regardless of faith or age. Many families assemble there and lounge on the grass. The term "innocent civilians" was never more appropriate.
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Posted 27 November 2008 - 0053 AM

Vijay, is it already in some English-speaking news?


Most of the best news are Hindi channels. You can watch a good English news channel at:

http://ibnlive.in.co...o_streaming.php

I don't know what to make of this but a local channel is reporting that a US "intelligence official" was among those killed, quoting a "senior" government source. Sounds a bit fishy to me but watch this space.
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Posted 27 November 2008 - 0103 AM

Vijay, I know you guys are solid on your security services and don't need US/British assistance (ie the Marines), but this poster represents my sentiment at this moment quite firmly.

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Hopefully that's taken as a positive notion of support for India and Indians and not just bluster. It's meant as support most emphatically.

My fear is that this coupled with the bombing at the US embassy in Kabul is part of a LARGER chain of acts focused on this week.
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Posted 27 November 2008 - 0122 AM

Vijay, I know you guys are solid on your security services and don't need US/British assistance (ie the Marines), but this poster represents my sentiment at this moment quite firmly.

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Hopefully that's taken as a positive notion of support for India and Indians and not just bluster. It's meant as support most emphatically.

My fear is that this coupled with the bombing at the US embassy in Kabul is part of a LARGER chain of acts focused on this week.



Assistance maybe but not the Marines - low key behind the scenes intel - the Indian Security Forces as the national forces have to and have to be seen running the show - it is their country that has been attacked and from I have seen so far they are not doing a bad job
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Posted 27 November 2008 - 0127 AM

The captured terrorists have spilled the beans. They came directly from Karachi, Pakistan in a fishing trawler used by smugglers. They belonged to the ISI-trained group Lashkar-e-Taiba, with local support given by Indian gangster Dawood Ibrahim, who lives under ISI protection in Karachi. They had directions to key locations including the specific addresses of guest houses used by Israelis.

BTW, one of the terrorists called an Indian TV station. I can clearly hear a Pashtun accent.

This is clearly done by the ISI because the Indian and Pakistani foreign ministers were due to meet Thursday for the next round of peace talks. The Pakistani hardliners do not want the civilian government to "cave in" to India, as they see it.


Any ideas on the numbers of attackers
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Posted 27 November 2008 - 0129 AM

5-6 terrorists still have a couple of dozen Israeli tourists/visitors hostage in a residential complex. Most of the media coverage has been focused on the 2 big hotels but no one is covering the other sites.
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