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Mumbai attacks: the terrorists' tactics
Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 28 Nov 2008 | Amir Taheri

Posted on 11/28/2008 10:43:32 AM PST by forkinsocket

The Army of Muhammad is back. This was the message buzzing in radical Islamist circles yesterday as the world tried to absorb the shock of the terrorist attacks in Bombay, India's economic capital.

While it is not yet clear which group was behind the attacks, it looks as if the perpetrators were trying to imitate the tactic of ghazwa, used by the Prophet against Meccan caravans in his decade-long campaign to seize control of the city.

The tactic consists of surprise no-holds-barred attacks simultaneously launched against a caravan or settlement with the aim of demoralising the enemy and hastening his capitulation.

The Bombay attacks differed from previous terror operations in India in a number of ways. In the past, one approach had been to place explosive-packed devices in crowded places with the aim of killing large numbers at random. Another was suicide attacks on specific targets by lone "volunteers for martyrdom".

This time, however, the approach was "symphonic", in the sense that it involved different types of operations blended together.

Involved in the operations were men who had placed explosives at selected points. But there were also gunmen operating in classic military style by seizing control of territory at symbolically significant locations along with hostages. Then there were militants prepared to kill, and be killed, in grenade attacks against security forces.

Whoever designed the operations had another important Islamic tactic in mind: tabarra or exoneration.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: amirtaheri; india; islam; jihad; mohammedanism; mumbai; tactics; taheri
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1 posted on 11/28/2008 10:43:32 AM PST by forkinsocket
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To: forkinsocket

When will the WORLD (the civilized part of it) unite to exterminate these filthy Islamic fascists?


2 posted on 11/28/2008 10:46:39 AM PST by EagleUSA
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To: EagleUSA
When it comes to staggering death, destruction and maiming, nothing compares to islam and its lovely adherents.


3 posted on 11/28/2008 10:58:06 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: EagleUSA

“When will the WORLD (the civilized part of it) unite to exterminate these filthy Islamic fascists?”

Will they?

Maybe when the perspective of “they” becomes “we”.


4 posted on 11/28/2008 10:59:26 AM PST by Seeing More Clearly Now
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To: EagleUSA
When will the WORLD (the civilized part of it) unite to exterminate these filthy Islamic fascists?

Don't Hope for any leadership from The Messiah on this issue.

I'm sure he'll agree to meet with the terrorist leader back in Pakistan, with no conditions.

5 posted on 11/28/2008 11:04:48 AM PST by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: forkinsocket

This is how Muslims bring up the subject of “god” (WARNING GRAPHIC) -— http://www.moonbattery.com/archives/bali-bomb-blast.jpg


6 posted on 11/28/2008 11:05:48 AM PST by BenLurkin
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To: EagleUSA

The West is too pussified to do anything.


7 posted on 11/28/2008 11:08:48 AM PST by arrogantsob (Hero vs Zero)
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To: forkinsocket

>>>>>>with the aim of demoralising the enemy and hastening his capitulation. <<<<<<<

India has been fighting the satanic Muslims since Mohammad walked the earth.

I don’t see them capitulating any time soon.


8 posted on 11/28/2008 11:10:35 AM PST by angkor (Conservatism is not a religious movement.)
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To: forkinsocket

That “army” has not been doing so well against real armies of the free peoples, so they think they are hotel sierra waging war against hotels, passenger terminals, and hot dog vendors.
Sad, Haji. History dismisses you.


10 posted on 11/28/2008 11:38:24 AM PST by epluribus_2
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To: forkinsocket
The Army of Muhammad is back.

Armies fight soldiers. These vermin wage war against defenseless civilians, innocent women and children, tourists on vacation, etc. Calling them an "army" is an insult to anyone whoever fought in a real army.

11 posted on 11/28/2008 11:41:34 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree (Abortion is to family planning what bankruptcy is to financial planning.)
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To: arrogantsob

“The West is too pussified to do anything.”

While I agree with you that the west is pussified, this is India’s problem and they will have to deal with it. Our hands are full enough.


12 posted on 11/28/2008 11:54:32 AM PST by FightThePower! (Fight the powers that be!)
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To: arrogantsob

“The West is too pussified to do anything.”

I think you need to qualify your statement, that does not apply to the young warriors crawling through darkened hallways to confront an enemy that hides among civilians. The US (and many other countries also has such warriors) also has many of these young people.

The problem is, many in government do not have the moral courage to deal effectively with people who use terrorism as a tactic. As long as our warriors are not (pacified) there is still hope. It is a tragedy that young warriors have to die because of the cowardice and stupidity of their prospective governments.


13 posted on 11/28/2008 12:05:15 PM PST by Peter Horry (Mount Up Everybody and Ride to the Sound of the Guns .. Pat Buchanan)
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To: Peter Horry

“The West is too pussified to do anything.”

I think you need to qualify your statement, that does not apply to the young warriors crawling through darkened hallways to confront an enemy that hides among civilians. The US (and many other countries also has such warriors) also has many of these young people.

The problem is, many in government do not have the moral courage to deal effectively with people who use terrorism as a tactic. As long as our warriors are not (pacified) there is still hope. It is a tragedy that young warriors have to die because of the cowardice and stupidity of their prospective governments.

The enemy, though, through decades of propaganda, has infiltrated our military at the policy making level and brainwashed them and our political leaders into establishing contradictory messages to the troops - all in the name of “multicultural understanding” and “social justice (beware those double speak terms). Fear that putting panties on the head of the mass murderers of innocents will get the soldiers courtmarshalled or sentenced to prison or worse ties the hands are ties behind their backs. The command in chief and his military needs to clean shop. Will Obama be the man for that job?


14 posted on 11/28/2008 12:21:33 PM PST by Seeing More Clearly Now
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To: Soliton

nuke mecca and medina NOW and be done with it


15 posted on 11/28/2008 12:33:12 PM PST by Cronos ("Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant" - Omar Ahmed, CAIR)
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To: Seeing More Clearly Now

“The command in chief and his military needs to clean shop. Will Obama be the man for that job?”

I don’t think so, but I do believe he may be a necessary conduit for what is to come. I believe that things (that can’t be stopped) are in motion that have to reach a conclusion. If we have enough people who value duty and honor, we will see a renewal (even though a great struggle is probably unavoidable) if not we will venture into a very dark time.


16 posted on 11/28/2008 12:50:41 PM PST by Peter Horry (Mount Up Everybody and Ride to the Sound of the Guns .. Pat Buchanan)
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To: Seeing More Clearly Now

Very good post. I think you just about summed it up.


17 posted on 11/28/2008 12:52:30 PM PST by riri
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To: forkinsocket
Amir Taheri is a treasure, as always.

Theoretically, the tactic could be used in any city, from Bombay to New York, passing through London and Paris.

If only this could get imprinted onto our new president's teleprompter.

18 posted on 11/28/2008 1:24:49 PM PST by denydenydeny ("Banish Merry Christmas. Get ready for Mad Max.."-Daniel Henninger)
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To: forkinsocket

One of the targets reported attacked was a women and children’s hospital. I shudder to think of Islamic terrorists attacking hospitals or elementary schools in the US, but they certainly are capable of doing so.


19 posted on 11/28/2008 6:33:00 PM PST by The Great RJ ("Mir we bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: arrogantsob; pissant
The so-called "leadership" (I only partially include our president here) of the West is too pussified to do anything.

But we still have too many traitors, fellow-travelers, idiots, cowards and pissants (ahem, but not you, pissant) among us.

20 posted on 11/28/2008 7:20:40 PM PST by Clint Williams (Read Roto-Reuters -- we're the spinmeisters | Impeach Obama!)
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To: FightThePower!

Actually it is not just India’s problem since this attack directly involves the fight in Afganistan. Conflict between India and Pakistan weakens the fight against al Queda and the Taliban in the NW Territories. The only exception is an unlikely direct and massive nuclear attack on the NW, the terrorist home base. By engineering conflict between these two countries al Queda reduces the pressure on its efforts against us in Afganistan. It has attacked Pakistan far more than it has India.

This attack was as brilliant a move as 911, very destructive.


21 posted on 11/28/2008 8:43:06 PM PST by arrogantsob (Hero vs Zero)
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To: Peter Horry

My eldest serves as a Nuke on the USS Ohio so I well know the qualities of a minority of our young. Our nation has shown it does not deserve them or their sacrifices and has joined the rest of the nihilistic West in surrendering all it has valued for the last four centuries.

There will have to be massive destruction and tremendous suffering before the attitudes which the brainwashed/braindead masses work under change. The lack of moral courage is not just in the government leaders but in the people which elect and re-elect RATs. The Treason media only exists because the people allows it to.


22 posted on 11/28/2008 8:49:53 PM PST by arrogantsob (Hero vs Zero)
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To: Seeing More Clearly Now

Zero will systematically remove any and all who resist the pussifiers and politically correct traitors.


23 posted on 11/28/2008 8:51:45 PM PST by arrogantsob (Hero vs Zero)
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To: Clint Williams

It is because the Treason media/Party of Treason has so undermined the President that these scumbags still exist in a condition that they can pull this kind of crap.

They would have no chance against a unified US. Our deadliest enemies are less than two months away from taking complete power here.


24 posted on 11/28/2008 8:55:14 PM PST by arrogantsob (Hero vs Zero)
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To: arrogantsob

“My eldest serves as a Nuke on the USS Ohio so I well know the qualities of a minority of our young.”

Your son is among the ranks of a rare bread of warrior. I have known many of his predecessors, mostly USS SEAHORSE SSN-669 era, and am well aware of their honor, dedication to duty, and the courage that instills (even when they occasionally put out the lights in a city block with a Dodge Charger). Courage, after all, is not the lack of fear, but the conquest of fear (even when your stomach feels like you have swallowed an anvil and your chest feels like someone is standing on it), that allows one to perform a necessary dangerous task. Blind Man’s Bluff, you may be familiar with it, gives a glimpse of the exploits of the Cold War Submarine sailor.

I agree with your assessment of our government leaders and many of our fellow citizens. There is still hope, however, as long as there are people like your son, that we can turn the tide. If that fails, and we slip into tyranny, I do not want us to quietly let it happen. My prayer is a renewal of Reagan’s morning in America.


25 posted on 11/28/2008 11:38:03 PM PST by Peter Horry (Mount Up Everybody and Ride to the Sound of the Guns .. Pat Buchanan)
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To: Peter Horry

My fear is that tyranny has never had the weapons of social indoctrination that it does now. When similiar levels were reached the rulers were generally religiously based which moderated their savagery. Except maybe for the Aztecs.

With nihilists in control of such power I become very concerned.


26 posted on 11/30/2008 11:46:02 PM PST by arrogantsob (Hero vs Zero)
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