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Lessons from the Mumbai Attack*
Lessons from the Mumbai attack
GautamNavlakha

More than three months after the Mumbai attack, focus remains on Islamabad's dilatory tactics and frustration at getting the Pakistan government to cooperate in investigating the possible links and support network of the armed gunmen. It is granted that the audacious commando-style operation, attacking several places simultaneously, represents a paradigm shift in the conduct of low-intensity urban warfare. The planning, training, financing and logistics involved suggest that swathes of Pakistani territory have become captive of non-state actors who operate virtually at will, with or without the connivance of the Pakistani authorities. Although multiple centres of power, jostling for pre-eminence, are said to be a complicating factor, there appears to be consensus among the various power centres ...

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