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Report: India readied to attack Pakistan

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- India's air force was preparing for a likely strike against Pakistan following the Mumbai terror attacks, Pentagon sources told CNN.

The report quoted three Pentagon officials as individually confirming the Untited States has information about Indian air force personnel preparing for a possible mission against Pakistan.

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One official told CNN the Indian air force "went on alert" after the Nov. 26 attacks in India's financial capital. The attacks ended after three days, leaving at least 170 dead, including foreigners.

India, which captured one of the 10 terror suspects alive, says the suspect has said all the attackers were Pakistani nationals and that the massacre was planned by the Laskhar-e-Toiba militant group in Pakistan.

CNN reported its sources offered few details about the Indian preparations, but added it is the first public indication the two nuclear weapons powers were closer to a conflict in the days after the attacks.

One official told CNN India's preliminary preparations may have allowed it to speedily strike suspected terrorist training camps and targets inside Pakistan. But during this time, U.S. officials were pleading with India to exercise restraint, the report said.

CNN said a spokesman for the Indian air force declined comment on the report.

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