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Mumbai 'Oddities' By Lori Price, www.legitgov.org
Updated: 09 December 2008

Former ISI Head: Mumbai and 9-11 Were Both Inside Jobs Posted by ewrh78 07 Dec 2008 Pakistan's former Intelligence Chief, General Hamid Gul, speaks with CNN's Fareed Zakaria about the Mumbai attacks and 9/11 being an inside job. (Video)

Mumbai terror attacks similar to 1993 New York Landmarks plot 07 Dec 2008 The meticulous planning and execution of the Mumbai terror attack, which has left the country's security agencies scurrying for cover, might not be as original as it is presumed to be, because of its eerie resemblance to the 1993 New York Landmarks Plot, hatched by Al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh].

Gunmen were on drugs drugged during Mumbai attacks 03 Dec 2008 Those responsible for last week's attacks in Mumbai fueled their terror binge with cocaine and hallucinogens, Indian officials say. "We found injections containing traces of cocaine and LSD left behind by the terrorists and later found drugs in their blood," one official told London newspaper the Telegraph. Syringes and other drug paraphernalia were found on the scene of the horrific crimes. The drugs help explain how the 10 young men were able to fight hundreds of Indian commandos for 50 hours without stopping to eat or sleep. One militant fought for 6 hours despite a severe wound to his thigh before later being killed by commando fire.

Arrests made in Mumbai terror attack, but one may be Indian undercover officer, igniting controversy --Police were still investigating how the 10 gunmen obtained the SIM cards. 06 Dec 2008 Senior police officers in Indian Kashmir, which has been at the heart of tensions between India and Pakistan, demanded the release of arrested officer Mukhtar Ahmed, saying he was one of their own and had been involved in infiltrating Kashmiri militant groups. The implications of Ahmed's involvement -- that Indian agents may have been in touch with the militants and perhaps supplied the SIM cards used in the attacks -- added to the growing list of questions over India's ill-trained security forces, which are widely blamed for not thwarting the attacks. Earlier Saturday, Calcutta police announced the arrests of Ahmed and Tauseef Rahman, who allegedly bought SIM cards by using fake documents, including identification cards of dead people.

Arrested cop was deputed to sneak into Lashkar 07 Dec 2008 The trail of the SIM cards recovered from terrorists in Mumbai has led to a J&K policeman who was arrested by police in New Delhi, taking the lid off an undercover operation that had successfully sneaked deep inside Lashkar ranks. Mukhtar Ahmed--a 'follower' in District Special Branch of J-K police in Srinagar district--had been deputed for an undercover operation. Sources reveal that the modus operandi was simple: he had managed to sneak inside the Lashkar ranks and become one of their trust-worthy aides. It is learnt that a Lashkar operative needed SIM cards for their men and sought Ahmed’s help, who contacted Tausif Rehman based in Kolkata. And when the police found out that a SIM card recovered from a Mumbai attack site was one of the 22 Rehman sold to Ahmed, they immediately arrested both.

Two arrested for links to Mumbai terror attacks 06 Dec 2008 In the first breakthrough in Mumbai terror attacks, the Kolkata Police arrested two persons including a constable from Jammu and Kashmir police for allegedly buying SIM cards on fake identities, three of which were used by Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists in Mumbai during the November 26 strikes. Constable Mukhtar Ahmed Sheikh, a resident of Rainawari in downtown Srinagar, was picked up along with a sub-inspector from state police's Crime Branch from Chanakyapuri on Friday, official sources said. The two had come to the national capital in connection with a case. Sheikh, who is attached to office of Inspector General (Crime) in the state S M Sahai, is alleged by Kolkata Police to have brought SIM cards using fake identity cards. He was placed under arrest while the sub-inspector was released. Sheikh, 35, who married a local girl in Kolkata, was arrested on the interrogation of Tauseef Rehman, a resident of Tiljala Road here, nabbed from Howrah Railway station, STF head of Kolkata Police Rajiv Kumar told reporters here.

India Police Arrest Two New Suspects in Mumbai Attacks --Police Now Probing Possibility of Some Level of Indian Involvement 06 Dec 2008 The ongoing probe into last week's Mumbai attacks widened late Friday night as Indian police began investigating the possibility of local support groups with the arrest of two new suspects in New Delhi and the eastern city of Calcutta. Police arrested two men identified as Tausif Rehman, 28, and Mukhtar Ahmed Sheikh, 35, for buying cell phone cards using forged documents. Officials now want to investigate whether the gunmen in Mumbai used these cards to make calls during their attacks last week.

Police: Man arrested in Mumbai probe is cop 06 Dec 2008 One of the two men arrested for illegally buying mobile phone cards used by gunmen in the Mumbai attacks is a counter-insurgency police officer who may have been on an undercover mission, security officials said Saturday. The officials in Indian Kashmir demanded that police in Calcutta, where the suspect is being held, arrange for his quick release. Only two people have been arrested since the end of the bloody siege that killed 171 people. Indian officials have blamed the attacks on Pakistani extremists. A senior police official in Indian Kashmir said one of them, Mukhtar Ahmed, is part of a semiofficial counter-insurgency network whose members are usually former Kashmiri militants... Tauseef Rahman, who was also arrested, allegedly bought SIM cards _ memory chip 'smart cards' that store information including the cell phone's number, address book and text messages _ by providing fake documents, including identification cards of dead people, Kumar said Saturday. Rahman, of West Bengal state, later sold them to Ahmed, Kumar said. Both men were arrested Friday and charged with fraud and criminal conspiracy. The SIM cards were later used by the gunmen. Police said they were still investigating how the 10 gunmen obtained the SIM cards, and declined to offer more details.

J&K cop, Kolkata aide arrested for SIM cards used in Mumbai attack 07 Dec 2008 The Kolkata Police on Saturday arrested a J&K police constable from New Delhi after one of his SIM cards was allegedly used by terrorists in Mumbai. Mukhtar Ahmed Sheikh had, over a period of time, collected more than 35 SIM cards. Another man, Tausif Rehman, who obtained the cards for Ahmed, has been arrested in Kolkata.

Details emerge on CIA terror plot warnings 05 Dec 2008 Indian intelligence sources have confirmed to The Hindu that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) delivered two warnings of an impending terror attack on Mumbai in September. India is also hoping for assistance in accessing electronic evidence on phone calls made and received by the terrorists during the attack -- which provided what one police described to The Hindu as a "running commentary" on the operation. Forensic experts at the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) have determined that the calls were routed through voice-over-internet service providers based in New Jersey and Vienna.

Interpol likely to join probe into Mumbai attacks 05 Dec 2008 Interpol, the international police organisation, is expected to join investigations in the Mumbai terror attacks as the probe has begun acquiring an international dimension. Government managers on Thursday asserted that Interpol’s assistance was actively under consideration with the international agency already making a formal offer to despatch a small team of investigators to India to help with the terror attack probe. Ongoing probes in the attacks have also revealed that the terrorists had used satellite phones purchased in Karachi besides using international SIM cards purchased in Vienna and New Jersey for their mobile handsets.

Police: Mumbai gunman's mobile SIM card possibly from New Jersey 04 Dec 2008 The sole Mumbai gunman [Azam Amir Kasab] to be taken alive has said he was paid 150,000 Pakistani rupees – about £1,300 or $1,900 – for his part in the attacks that killed nearly 200 people, according to police. Police are also investigating a possible link to the United States – a mobile SIM card found with the terrorists which possibly came from New Jersey. Police interrogators have told The Times that they are poised to settle the matter of Kasab's background through the use of "narcoanalysis" – a controversial technique, banned in most democracies, where the subject is injected with a "truth serum". Deven Bharti, a deputy police commissioner in Mumbai and one of the interrogators, said that there was "no doubt" that Kasab will be subjected to "narcoanalysis". The drug – probably sodium pentothal – will be administered through a drip and will lull Kasab into a trance-like state.

Mumbai attacks: Indian operative 'helped Pakistani militants' 05 Dec 2008 A Pakistani militant group used an Indian operative as far back as 2007 to scout targets for the elaborate plot against India's financial capital, authorities have said. The discovery is a blow to Indian officials who have blamed the deadly attacks entirely on Pakistani extremists. As investigators sought to unravel the attack on Mumbai, stepping up questioning of the lone captured gunman, airports across India were put on high alert amid fresh warnings that terrorists planned to hijack an aircraft.

Mumbai: Was it Indeed an Islamic Terror Attack? Were Muslims even Involved? By Julaybib 05 Dec 2008 If the Mumbai terrorists' background was consistent with the single captured survivor, then the terrorist actions were not performed by Muslims, but by mercenaries, that is soldiers of fortune, hired criminals, paid to murder and terrorize, for non-religious reasons, and funded by unknown criminal gangs for purposes also unknown... This certainly suggests that the criminal gangs who hired the mercenary terrorists in Mumbai, were like their soldiers, motivated also by financial gain, as criminal gangs tend to be so engaged, and that the gangs themselves were hired by perhaps non-Pakistani actors, with ambitions for control of the government of Pakistan.

Mumbai militants used Pakistani soil: Rice 07 Dec 2008 Pakistani territory was used to stage recent attacks on the Indian city of Mumbai, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Sunday, as she again urged Islamabad to help bring perpetrators to justice. Pakistan has called for India to back up its charges of Pakistani involvement with proof. But in interviews with U.S. television networks, Rice said there was no doubt the militants behind the Mumbai attack had operated from Pakistani soil, although she said probably "non-state" actors [CIA] were involved.

Pakistan raids camp of group blamed for Mumbai 07 Dec 2008 Pakistani security forces on Sunday raided a camp used by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), two sources said, in a strike against the militant group blamed by India for last month's deadly attacks on Mumbai. Local man Nisar Ali told Reuters the operation began in the afternoon in Shawai on the outskirts of Muzaffarabad, the capital of the Pakistani side of disputed Kashmir region.

Hoax call to Zardari "put Pakistan on war alert" 06 Dec 2008 Pakistan put its forces on high alert after someone pretending to be India's foreign minister made a phone call to President Asif Ali Zardari threatening war after the Mumbai attacks began, Dawn newspaper said on Saturday. "It's true," a diplomat with knowledge of the exchanges told Reuters when asked whether the report was correct.

Report: India Warned of Airborne Attacks --New Intelligence Puts Indian Airports On High Alert, Unexploded Grenade Found At Hospital 04 Dec 2008 Local media reports quoted the Indian air force chief Thursday as saying authorities had received warnings of a possible airborne terrorist attack. Major airports across the country were put on high alert after receiving the information from intelligence agencies about possible aerial strikes.

Rice tells Pakistan to act against militant threat --US Secretary of State calls for 'resolve and urgency' 04 Dec 2008 Pakistan came under renewed pressure yesterday to respond to accusations over the Mumbai terror attacks when the US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, called for "resolve and urgency" in bringing those responsible to justice.

Explosives found, defused at Mumbai railway station: police 03 Dec 2008 Indian police on Wednesday discovered and defused explosives at Mumbai's main railway station, left by militants [planted ?] who struck the city last week. The situation was "under control" and a bomb disposal unit had defused the devices, anti-terrorism chief K.P. Raghuvashi told AFP.

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