I'm working on a Mumbai post, but it's going to take a few days. In the meantime, I would suggest you read my study of Dhiren Barot's (aka Issa al-Hindi) 1998 book, The Army of Madinah in Kashmir. This is the memoir of an AQ emir's time fighting for Lashkar-e-Tayyiba in Kashmir.
A Free Prediction (and worth every penny of it): In two years you're going to see package tours to Saudi Arabia and Iraq:
In OSINT news: The power of distributed networks to share information was on display this past week in Mumbai. Meanwhile, the power of distributed networks to absorb information and spit it out again was on display in NYC after a Belgian cabinet minister became the subject of a blogging bartender.
Several professional librarians organizations have teamed up to develop something better than Google:
Thomas Barnett notices the "shift into Africa." Here's a question for those readers in the IC: Are we ready for Africa?
Mr. Axe on the Good News and Bad News in Somalia:
Something from the Yeah, duh! files: International hotels draw elites and terror threat (AP)
In a related link, center-right talk show host Hugh Hewitt links to some good advice for corporate CEOs who find their employees in the middle of a crisis.
Abu Muqawama has a lite reading list for the Christmas holidays.
I was going to post on the Salafist and Salafist/Jihadist response to the Mumbai attacks, but the Jawa folks beat me to it. No need to reinvent the wheel. Lest you think it's only The Pest's little following doing this, I saw other, more "mainstream," Salafist blogs, doing the same thing. That said, I just don't think this is important enough to blog on.
New issue of Parameters (via Small Wars Journal)
"Saudi Interior Minister Appeals to Religious and Education Establishments to Fight Ideological Extremism in the Country" (Via MEMRI)
Also, a different type of campus radical. Or is that a radical campus? You decide!
And last but not least, a new article:
Author: Khatchadourian, Minas1
Source: Arab Law Quarterly, Volume 22, Number 4, 2008 , pp. 387-396(10)