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Sunil Ram speaks to Paul Jay about the logistical organization of the attacks on Mumbai. Ram says an operation of this scale requires intricate equipment, the space to practice in daylight and at night, as well as the intelligence to organize.
For a Special Forces soldier to be trained to the level the Mumbai attackers were, they must be trained for at least a year. They must also be well acquainted with the target layout and they must be well equipped in order to hold out a multi-day firefight with the Indian security forces. Ram says the evidence that links the attackers to Islamic extremist would support their motivation to dedicate the length of time they did to training and to be willing to die for their cause.

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Sunil Ram is a military and security expert with Alexis International, an international consulting firm. He is the Contributing Editor of SITREP, the private defense journal of the Royal Canadian Military Institute, and has served in the Canadian Forces as both a soldier and officer between 1980-86 and 1997-99. Sunil also served as a military adviser to the Saudi Royal Family for over ten years, including involvement in the 1991 Gulf War and the Yemeni conflict in the 1990s. He has won a series of awards, including the UN Global Citizen Award presented to him in 1995 by the UN. He has also published a variety of articles and books and has had columns on military affairs published in newspapers, such as Canada’s Globe and Mail.