Resurgent Militants Could Ignite India-Pakistan War

India braces for fresh attacks that could spark war
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2009 1:19 AM CDT
Indian Army soldiers display arms and ammunition seized from a militant group after a gun battle at an army base in Srinagar earlier this year.   (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
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(Newser) – The Pakistan-based terror network that organized the slaughter of 163 people in Mumbai last year is still thriving, and security officials on both sides of the border fear it's only a matter of time before operatives attack India again. Lashkar-e-Taiba enjoys broad support within Pakistan, its top leadership remains intact despite a wave of arrests following the Mumbai attack, and it's poised to strike again, current and former militants tell the New York Times.

Pakistan's spy agency—which helped create the group 20 years ago—says it disowned Lashkar-e-Taiba after the 9/11 attacks. But analysts believe it maintains covert links and militants say it knew the Mumbai attacks were coming and turned a blind eye. Indian security officials complain that they have received zero cooperation from their Pakistani counterparts. Intelligence officials in both countries agree that if another attack happens, it could spark war between India and Pakistan.