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    Default Nearly ten years later: reflections on the attacks and the aftermath

    A sharp review by Adrian Levy, a UK-based investigative journalist in an Indian website; entitled 'Despite Headley’s Warning, U.S. Prioritised Capturing Bin Laden Over Saving Mumbai'. Leaving aside Headley (who was eventually convicted in the USA) there are other aspects.

    A stinging last paragraph:
    Of course the US did not carry out 26/11. And it would be wrong to accuse Western security agencies of even having exacerbated it. Criminal killers did that. But what Western governments and their agencies did do was —of course –act in their own naked self interest, elevating the targeting of Osama bin Laden, over the threat to Mumbai, an insight into the real world of hard knocks, where special relationships are no replacement for rigorous National Security.
    Link:https://sniwire.com/despite-headleys...saving-mumbai/
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    Default An Indian ret'd police & intelligence officer reflects ten years on

    He is a "lurker" and starts with:
    My analysis, from different angles, on whether we are prepared to face a similar attack like 26/11.
    In the 'Indian Express': 'Securing India- A decade after 26/11 terrorist methodology has changed, state response remains woefully same.'
    Link:https://indianexpress.com/article/26...india-5464060/

    In 'T
    he Tribune': 'So it may never happen again..Centre-State synergy is needed between police and Intel agencies to combat terror.'
    Link:https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/co...in/688820.html

    From '
    The Mint: 'India is not better prepared than 2008'
    Link:http://https://www.livemint.com/Opin...than-2008.html


    He "pulls no punches" and what has not happened is a national political decision to simply "stay calm and carry on as normal".
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    Default The nation that "got away with it": Pakistan

    Two articles, one by the LeT expert, Stephen Tankel via WoTR and the otehr by ProPublica retuirns - as Stephen - does to the lack of any penalty for Pakistani's role in the attack.

    Stephen's last passage:
    India executed Kasab in late November 2012, almost four years to the day after the Mumbai attacks began. U.S. authorities arrested David Headley, the Pakistani-American who conducted reconnaissance for the attacks, in the United States, where he is currently in prison. But their leaders in Lashkar-e-Taiba and the ISI handlers supporting them got away pretty much scot-free. The Pakistani authorities charged seven of the groupís members, including the groupís second-in-command, in connection with the attacks. Not surprisingly, none were convicted in Pakistani courts, or extradited to India. All are back on the street. The ISI handlers who supported the attack reportedly moved on to other assignments. Lashkar-e-Taiba leaders not only remain at large. They and the group their organization arguably have more influence in Pakistan than ever before.
    Link:https://warontherocks.com/2018/11/te...ier-than-ever/

    Link:https://www.propublica.org/article/t...-mumbai-attack
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