Gates discusses terrorism with Indian leaders
By The Post's Pentagon correspondent Craig Whitlock:
NEW DELHI -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates praised India for showing "statesmanlike" behavior by not retaliating against Pakistan after the 2008 Mumbai hotel attacks but said the United States was not directly involved in trying to broker peace between the two nuclear-armed rivals.
On a two-day trip to New Delhi, Gates on Tuesday met with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other officials to bolster U.S.-Indian military ties and discuss a joint approach to combating al-Qaeda and regional terrorist groups.
Last month, Gates warned U.S. lawmakers that al-Qaeda was providing "targeting information" to Lashkar-i-Taiba, a Kashmir-based terrorist group, in hopes of triggering a war between India and Pakistan. On Tuesday, the defense secretary delivered a similar message in person to Indian officials, describing al-Qaeda as leading a "syndicate" of terrorist groups in the region, including Lashkar and Taliban factions in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
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