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US soldiers to learn jungle warfare from Indians

March 26, 2004 19:23 IST

After carrying out joint fighter exercises, India and the United States forces would be involved in 'low intensity conflict' exercises in the jungle terrain in Mizoram towards the end of this month.

The exercise codenamed 'Yudh Abhyas' would be carried out at the Indian Army's prestigious Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School at Vairangte from March 27 to April 17, an army spokesman said on Friday.

He said an exchange exercise with the US army was planned to be held on the American soil, on July 4, where an Indian army infantry platoon would participate in US army battalion level field and live fire exercise.

'Yudh Abhyas', the spokesman said, would be the first time that regular infantry soldiers from the two armies would be involved, as hitherto, India and US have carried out joint exercises at the special forces level near Leh in Jammu and Kashmir and in Agra.

The exercises would be carried out in phases with the American soldiers given a week for familiarisation at the counter-insurgency school, which has recently been attracting officers and men from number of western armies.

"The initial phase would be for carrying out cross country runs, slithering and firing and later on the two sides would conduct exercises in anti-militancy and unconventional operations," the spokesman said.

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Sub: Do we realize our own strength?

It is interesting to know the US army is going to learn the jungle warfare its Indian counterpart. It is definitely a matter of pride ...

Posted by Sambit Behera

Sub: What about Veerappan!

I wonder whether we will then take the help of these US soldiers to trap Veerappan, who is hidden in the jungles of the South. ...

Posted by SAV Raghavan

Sub: Foolish exercise with enemy's ally

Pakistan is an enemy of India which is still fighting an undeclared proxy terrorist war and had already fought 4 wars (incl Karghil). US has ...

Posted by selvarm

Sub: Jungle warfare

I think the indians should not train the US Soldiers in Jungle warfare because they may use the same on us sometime in future cannot ...

Posted by Peldin


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