Reuters/Mukesh Gupta - Indian security personnel stand guard inside the Indian Air Force (IAF) base at Pathankot in Punjab, India, January 4, 2016

Opinion

Blame Pakistani spy service for attack on Indian air force base

January 5, 2016, Bruce Riedel

The Pakistani intelligence service is behind the recent attack on a major Indian air force base in Punjab using a terrorist group it created 15 years ago, according to well-informed press and other knowledgeable sources, writes Bruce Riedel. The attack is designed to prevent any detente between India and Pakistan after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise Christmas Day visit to Pakistan, Riedel argues.

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