DIGEST: Mumbai Terrorism, Deccan Mujahideen, ISI’s Political Wing

“Never again.” Again.
November 28, 2008

I was watching Shark yesterday night when CNN-IBN first reported some firing at Cafe Leopold, and said it was some gang war with Nigerians involved. By 11 pm, however, it was clear that it was an unprecedented terrorist attack (because of its overt nature and scale), and that a hostage drama was in progress…

Who are the Deccan Mujahideen?
November 26, 2008

One must always be suspicious when a “new” terrorist organization crops up. Today’s horrific attacks in Mumbai were claimed by a previously unknown group calling itself the Deccan Mujahideen. But one India journalist claims the pattern of the attacks suggests that Lashkar-e-Taiba, a nasty Islamist organization based in Lahore, Pakistan, and with a significant presence in Kashmir and links to al Qaeda, may be to blame…

ISI’s Political Wing
November 28, 2008

On Nov 24, 2008, PM Gilani confirmed that his government had scrapped the political wing of the military’s main spy agency. The disbandment of a section that had been responsible for spying on Pakistani politicians is the clearest signal yet by the eight-month old civilian government that it has begun asserting control over the powerful ISI Directorate. Gilani’s statement confirmed an announcement by his foreign minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, on Sunday that the ISI’s political wing dealing with domestic politics had been disbanded…

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