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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.