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Troops ready to move to Iraq at short notice: Intelligence chief

June 19, 2003 11:04 IST

Indian troops are prepared to move at 'short notice' for deployment in Iraq if the government gives the nod, but it has been made clear they will operate under New Delhi's command and control, the country's Defence Intelligence Agency chief Lt Gen Kamal Davar said on Wednesday night.

"All battle procedures are in place for deployment if the government so desires," Davar told newspersons asserting the Indian Army had the capability to operate anywhere.

Asked if India could spare a large number of troops for such a deployment keeping in view the security situation along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast, the DIA chief said this was one of the main questions being evaluated by the government in connection with the US request for troops.

He said a large number of jihadi elements were still concentrated in launching pads in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir and there is no 'perceptible change' in the infiltration pattern across the LoC 'despite pronouncements from Islamabad and Washington'.

He did not rule out the possibility of some Al Qaeda terrorists operating in J&K given their links to outfits like the Lashkar-e-Tayiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad.


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Sub: simple

if usa soldiers get killed in iraq bush will not get a second term,so he needs sitting ducks of indian army,whereas if indian soldiers die ...

Posted by nhk

Sub: Do we not care for our soldiers?

I understand that India has been trying to gain economic advantages out of every possible opportunity, but doing so at the cost of the lives ...

Posted by Lalit Rai

Sub: Let the yankees take the casualties

Let the yankees take the casualties. Let them get a taste of their medicine. thanks Saifi Khan. India.

Posted by Saifi Khan

Sub: Re :Troops deployment in Iraq

This is a issue the indian parliament and senior cabinet minister including prime minister is grappling with for a while .Again the onus is on ...

Posted by gaurav

Sub: Indian Troops in Iraq

It is high time indian politicos understand their priorities. Instead of impressing US, they should send these troops to Kashmir, making our country/border more secure.

Posted by Jitendra


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