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Olmert praises Indian government, military

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s prime minister praised the Indian government and military for their response to the Mumbai terrorist attacks.

Ehud Olmert said Sunday that he was briefed frequently by security and intelligence officials who were "in close touch with the Indian government."

"At no stage were the issues of whether or not Israel should join the operation, or do things that were within the power of the Indian government and its strong and trained military to do alone, on the agenda," Olmert told the Cabinet at its weekly meeting. "I am very pleased at the cooperation and would like to take this opportunity to thank the Indian government for seeing fit to update us throughout the events."

Israel has sent a forensics team, including experts on the identification of human remains, to Mumbai, Israeli media reported. The team will bring the bodies of the Israeli dead back to the country.

In addition, Israel has sent a group of anti-terrorism experts to Mumbai to study how the large-scale attack was carried out and who was behind it. 

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