Saturday, November 29, 2008

Security Chiefs Fear Revamped Version Of 70s-Style Violence

An Indian soldier holds positions outside the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai. Indian commandos have killed the last remaining gunmen in Mumbai's Taj hotel to end a devastating attack by Islamic militants on India's financial capital that left 195 dead, including 26 foreigners. (AFP/Sajjad Hussain)

From The Guardian:

Head-on attacks on soft targets by small, well-trained gangs will be harder to detect and to stop, say intelligence officials

Western intelligence officials yesterday expressed concern about the security implications of the Mumbai attacks for their own cities as they confronted the prospect of new tactics being adopted by highly trained and motivated terrorists.

They contrasted the Mumbai attacks with suicide and car bombers who have plotted outrages in London. The latter have been mainly self-radicalised, self-selected groups of individuals, slowly gathering bomb-making equipment and vulnerable to surveillance by the security services, counter-terrorist officials said.

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My Comment: From a terrorist point of view, the attacks on Mumbai were not only a military success that paralyzed a city of 18 million, but also a propaganda one.

I would not be surprise that this may become the modus operanda for many terror groups in the future.

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