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Terrorist Attacks in Mumbai, India, and Implications for U.S. Interests
K. Alan Kronstadt (au)
Hardcover (no d.j.)
On the evening of Nov. 26, 2008, well-trained militants came ashore from the Arabian Sea on small boats and attacked numerous high-profile targets in Mumbai, India, with automatic weapons and explosives. By the time the episode ended some 62 hours later, about 165 people, along with nine terrorists, had been killed and hundreds more injured. Among the multiple sites attacked in the city known as India’s business and entertainment capital were two luxury hotels — the Taj Mahal Palace and the Oberoi-Trident — along with the main railway terminal, a Jewish cultural center, a café frequented by foreigners, a cinema house, and two hospitals. Six American citizens were among the 26 foreigners reported dead. Indian officials have concluded that the attackers numbered only ten, one of whom was captured. Press reporting and statements from U.S. and Indian authorities strongly suggest that the attackers came to India from neighboring Pakistan and that the perpetrators likely were members and acting under the orchestration of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist group. Contents of this Congressional Research Service (CRS) report: Attack Overview; U.S. Response; Suspected/Accused Culprits; Lashkar-e-Taiba; Suspected Links with Pakistan’s State Apparatus; Indigenous Indian Suspects; Possible Motives; Background; Domestic Indian Terrorism; India-Pakistan Tensions; The Kashmir Issue; Implications for India-Pakistan Relations; New Delhi’s Response; Islamabad’s Response; Outlook for Bilateral Relations; Implications for India; Political Recriminations; Anti-Terrorism Law and Capacity Reform; Implications for Pakistan; U.S. Policy; U.S.-India Relations; U.S.-Pakistan Relations.
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