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« on: February 17, 2006, 10:21:06 »
http://www.afghannews.net/printer.php?action=show&type=news&id=156

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/india/itbp.htm

Three hundred ITPB police are being assigned to southern Afghanistan to guard Indian projects and workers.

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INDIA AND PAKISTAN HEAD IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2007, 10:00:46 »
Good intel from a man who knows

http://www.ericmargolis.com/archives/2007/03/india_and_pakis_1.php

Archives > March 19, 2007

INDIA AND PAKISTAN HEAD IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS


NEW DELHI - This week, India’s feisty press was gleefully speculating that Pakistan’s embattled President Pervez Musharraf, better known here as `Mush,’ was about to be kicked out by his erstwhile patrons in Washington and replaced by another senior general deemed even more responsive to US policy.

There is indeed growing anger at Musharraf in Washington. The Bush Administration, stuck in an aimless war in Afghanistan, blames Musharraf for its problems and for not crushing Pashtun resistance in Pakistan’s tribal belt. But he has already pushed Pakistan close to civil war in an effort to answer US demands. It’s getting hard to tell who is angrier at the beleaguered general, his own people or Washington.

This week, in an amazingly obtuse move, Musharraf sacked his nation’s respected chief justice, Iftikhar Chaudhry, for daring to inquire into the fate of political prisoners. This disgraceful act, and new press restrictions, ended any democratic pretenses by Musharraf’s regime and left Pakistan looking like a banana republic. It also stood in glaring contrast to India’s vibrant democracy, free press and independent judiciary.

High level sources here tell me Indian PM Manmohan Singh’s able government feels there’s little point conducting serious negotiations with Musharraf over divided Kashmir since he is on the defensive and in deep disfavor with the US. In any event, India has no intention whatsoever of acceding to Musharraf’s latest idea for some sort of autonomy in its portion of Kashmir.

India already has what it wants in Kashmir and sees no reason to negotiate it away. With Musharraf and Pakistan now in the US dog house, Delhi is even less inclined to offer meaningful concessions to Pakistan beyond more confidence building measures and making the Line of Control more porous to trade and travel.

Significantly, Delhi has also concluded that the US and NATO war to dominate Afghanistan has failed. The western powers will withdraw their troops, sooner, think Indian strategists, than later.

India should know. It has hundreds of agents from its intelligence agency, RAW, inside Afghanistan and has spent nearly $1 billion there for `reconstruction,’ a euphemism for renting influence with anti-Pakistani Tajiks, Hazara, and Uzbeks.

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« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2007, 17:49:21 »
An interesting turn of events.  I wonder how many more troops the Indians might be willing to commit to protect their people assisting Afghanistan.

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Commandos being rushed to Afghanistan to protect Indians 
 
New Delhi, June 24: India is rushing a contingent of para-military commandos to Afghanistan to beef up security of its personnel engaged in reconstruction work there in view of increase in Taliban activity.

At least 134 highly trained ITBP commandos will be despatched in two batches beginning this week for protection of Border Roads Organisation (BRO) personnel constructing a crucial highway in Afghanistan, sources said here.

Seventy five commandos will be sent in the first batch in view of the urgent security requirement cited by BRO, the sources said.

In the next batch, 59 more commandos will be sent early next month, they said, adding they are at present being given training for the specific task.

With the reinforcements, the total number of ITBP commandos in Afghanistan for protection of Indian workers will go up to 388 as 254 are already there for the same.

The decision to send additional commandos was taken in response to a recent SOS from BRO which is engaged in construction of the 218-km Zaranj-Delaram highway, a strategic road that will connect Kandahar to Iran border.

The BRO, whose 300 personnel are constructing the crucial road, sent the request as it feared Taliban could target its workers to prevent them from carrying out their task.

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Interesting. I never knew that India had 'Commandos', nor that they had workers there in Afghanistan that were working on building roads. Good read.
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Certainly would be a good chance for India to take on an international role more commensurate with its burgeoning power.

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1- It's Ghurkas and not Ghukras

2- As far as I know Ghurkas are from Nepal, not India.

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Yeah after some research the Indian commandos are MARCOS.
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My apologies on the spelling, forgot to give it a look over. Douke, you are largely right that the Ghurkas are from Nepal, though they have traditionally served with the Indian Army, and I believe that a small portion of the Ghurkas are from India. Though, I'm a bit out my lane in that regard.
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Ahh typos happens! I am not a huge history expert either, but it is possible since India was part of the British empire at that time. But I know for sure that Ghurka is a Nepalese word and that it is the designation for Nepal commandos serving the British crown.

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Kirkhill,

I know that India has a large and effective military which includes paratroops, special forces etc and an equally large national police force with various special operations capabilities.  I have never, until now, heard of the para-military commandos of the ITBP.

Well just a short internet search later and I've found out about the Indo-Tibetan Border Police or ITBP.  They are a sub-service of the Indian Police Service (IPS) which is India's national force.

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The ITBP is trained in mountaineering, disaster management, and nuclear, biological and chemical disasters. ITBP personnel have been deployed abroad to UN peacekeeping missions in Bosnia and elsewhere.

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ITBP Commando units provice security to the Embassy and consulates of India in Afghanistan. Besides this two Companies of the ITBP are providing security in Afghanistan.
UNQUOTE.

It was the para-military commandos aspect of the news article which piqued my curiosity.  I could not understand why Pakistan would not be raising holy hell with the stationing of Indian troops, albeit in minuscule numbers, on its western border.

Like you said, an interesting summer is coming.

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India has 7 Gorkha Regiments. The Indian spelling is Gorkha.

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The official Indian government website has this entry for the ITPB:

Indo-Tibetan Border Police

"The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) was raised on 21 October 1962 after the Chinese aggression as an integrated intelligence/signal/pioneer/engineering/ medical and guerrilla unit and was initially placed under the Intelligence Bureau for operational control. In 1975 the primary task of the ITBP was redefined as security of northern borders, to check illegal immigration and transborder crimes.

ITBP is given the responsibility of providing security/communication/ medical cover to the pilgrims during Kailash-Mansarover Yatra besides being the Nodal Agency Disaster Management in the Central and Western Himalayan region. The ITBP has 29 battalions including four specialist battalions."

No clarification on what "specialist battalions" are responsible for.

The link is here:

http://india.gov.in/sectors/defence/indo-tibetan_police.php
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Does anybody know which road the Indians are building in Afghanistan?
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Ever since the partition, India has always cultivated friendly relations with Afghanistan. Pakistan's support for the Taliban and radical Mujaheddin forces before them was, in part, to bring Afghanistan into Pakistan's orbit, or at least force them out of India's Sphere of Influence.

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Having Afghanistan back in the fold may be an important long term goal for India, so I expect to see more aid and trade flowing north, although I suspect any military presence will be very carefully masked. Private security forces (a la the Chinese in the Sudan, or American "security contractors" throughout the third world) may be the preferred MO.
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a la the Chinese in the Sudan
I know I'm going off topic here, but can someone give me a link to where this is talked about in much more detail. I have read some stuff on the Chinese involvement with Sudan, but not a whole lot on a Chinese presence there.
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« Reply #15 on: November 13, 2008, 02:40:41 »
Yet another reason to continue to peacefully engage with this fellow Commonwealth member nation and emerging superpower.

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Indian navy showcases rising might

    * Story Highlights
    * Indian naval ships in rescues 2,900 kilometers (1,800 miles) from home port
    * Country seeks to expand navy from coast guard duties to major military power
    * India buying symbols of naval power: aircraft carriers, nuclear submarines

NEW DELHI, India (AP) -- The helicopter carrying Indian commandos swooped in low over the distressed Saudi Arabian chemical tanker, firing its machine guns and sending three speedboats filled with pirates fleeing for the lawless Somali coast.



Indian Naval Ship INS Nashak, with Missile Launchers, takes part in exercises off Porbandar coast in 2006.

Twenty minutes later they rescued a nearby Indian ship, navy officials said, foiling another hijack attempt by a different band of pirates in east African waters of the Indian Ocean.

Tuesday's rescues, by forces based on an Indian warship patrolling some 2,900 kilometers (1,800 miles) from their home port, mark a significant step for the South Asian giant, which is determined to translate its growing economic strength into global military and political clout.

"India now has the demonstrable capacity to project force beyond its border," said Ashok Mehta, a retired Indian army general and leading strategic analyst, adding that this was the first time commandos had been used so far from Indian shores.

At the heart of this effort -- which has seen the country of 1.1 billion people become a nuclear power and actively campaign for a seat on the United Nations Security Council -- is a program to expand the navy from traditional coast guard duties to one of the world's largest sea forces.

Speaking at a recent conference, Indian naval chief Adm. Sureesh Mehta vowed that the navy would ensure "a secure and peaceful environment in the Indian Ocean region and further India's political, economic, diplomatic and military objectives."

In the process, India is acquiring the biggest visible symbols of naval power -- aircraft carriers -- and nuclear submarines.

India plans to have three aircraft carriers at sea in the next decade -- a refurbished Russian one and two made locally.

India is also leasing an advanced Russian Akula-class submarine and designing a homegrown version, the Advanced Technology Vehicle, which is expected to begin sea trials in the next two years after long delays as Indian engineers struggled to miniaturize their nuclear reactor to fit inside the hull.

India's attempts to secure nuclear submarines surfaced this week after 20 people were killed in an accident on a Russian submarine undergoing sea trials Saturday in the Sea of Japan. Russian and Indian media reports said the craft was destined for India, though the Indian navy refused to comment and Russia insisted the sub would be commissioned in its own navy.

However, India's navy chief said last month that a Russian submarine would be used to train the crews that will, eventually, man Indian nuclear subs.

India currently operates 16 diesel-powered submarines.

Nuclear submarines, which can cruise undetected for long periods undersea, have been nuclear deterrents since the early days of the Cold War -- virtually assuring that a country that possesses them can respond to a nuclear attack.

In part, India's efforts are in response to moves by China. The two countries are increasingly competing for influence over vital Indian Ocean shipping lanes, and India fears China's large and increasingly sophisticated submarine fleet.

The U.S. military says China already has eight nuclear submarines, three of which are believed to be able to launch nuclear weapons.

While Indian and Chinese relations are the closest in decades, the Indian military also harbors a long-standing mistrust of China dating back to a brief 1962 border war in which China routed India's forces.

But even as it waits for its aircraft carriers and nuclear submarines, the Indian navy has been slowly expanding its scope of operations. It played a major role in rescue operations during the 2004 tsunami and sent warships to rescue Indians trapped in Lebanon during the 2006 war between Israel and the Hezbollah guerrilla group.

They have also embarked on a series of joint maneuvers with other navies active in the area, particularly the United States.

But Tuesday's missions against pirates marked the first time the navy had fired shots in anger so far from home to protect India's overseas interests.

The Indian warship, the INS Tabar, was dispatched to the Gulf of Aden in October after a spike in piracy and hijackings off the coast of Somalia, which is caught up in an Islamic insurgency and has had no functioning government since 1991.

As of Monday, there have been 83 attacks this year in Somali waters and 12 vessels, including a Ukrainian freighter loaded with tanks and weapons, remain in the hands of pirates. Many of the ships were Indian or had Indian crews.

While several other countries sent warships to the region, India was particularly worried. Much of India's trade and the energy supplies vital to fueling India's economy flow through those waters.

The patrols "are intended to protect Indian merchant vessels from being attacked by pirates and also to instill confidence in our large seafaring community," the navy said in a statement.

And it seems that Indian ships may become regular sights in faraway ports.

"We operate from the Strait of Malacca to the Gulf of Aden," said navy spokesman Commander Nirad Sinha. "Ours is a growing, developing navy."

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/...r.ap/index.html
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Mumbai rocked by series of fatal shootings
« Reply #16 on: November 26, 2008, 15:37:11 »
Mumbai rocked by series of fatal shootings
Updated Wed. Nov. 26 2008 3:34 PM ET

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At least 78 people have been killed and 200 others wounded after heavily armed gunmen attacked several sites in Mumbai, including two five-star hotels, state officials and media reports said Wednesday.

The attacks also took place at the city's crowded train station, at a police station and at a well-known restaurant popular with foreigners.

Two of the city's landmark hotels, the Taj Mahal and the Oberoi, were targeted, officials said.

Shortly after the hotel attacks, police engaged in a firefight with the gunmen, officer A.N. Roy said.

"The terrorists have used automatic weapons and in some places grenades have been lobbed, the encounters are still going on and we are trying to overpower them," Roy told The Associated Press.

Gunmen also opened fire at a police station in the city's south end.

"We are under fire, there is shooting at the gate," Const. A. Shetti told The Associated Press by phone from the police station.

The street battle continued to rage Wednesday afternoon. Johnny Joseph, a government official for the region of Maharashtra, said at least 90 people have been hurt and that the death toll could rise.

No terrorist groups have yet claimed responsibility for the attacks and a motive wasn't clear Wednesday afternoon.

Janice Sequeira, a tourist who was eating at the Taj Mahal Hotel, said the situation was frightening.

"It was like the sound of loud crackers, not one but several, we just ran out of there," she said. The AP reported that several European lawmakers were staying at the hotel.

According to police, officials blocked off the Oberhoi hotel after gunfire erupted inside. Local media said that two gunmen were still inside the hotel, and that a commando operation had been launched.

Meanwhile, armed men with AK-47 rifles and grenades had barricaded themselves inside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus train station, local media reported. The attacks started around 10:00 p.m. local time.

The Times of India reported that the city's police chief, Hemant Karkare, and another top official were killed during the firefight.

The Press Trust of India, a news agency, reported that gunfire had erupted at Leopold's restaurant, forcing customers to panic and flee. Blood stains and bullet holes could also be seen at the site.

Mumbai has been targeted in several attacks since 1993, when Muslim rebels bombed several sites in the city in retaliation for hundreds of Muslim deaths during earlier religious riots.

In 2007, several massive bomb blasts ripped through commuter trains and stations, killing 187.

 http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27928718/



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Re: Mumbai rocked by series of fatal shootings
« Reply #17 on: November 26, 2008, 16:31:40 »
MUslim extermist attempting to incite India to prevent the Pakistan army from pulling resources off the Eastern front to combat Taliban and insugents in the NWF and FATA?

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Re: Mumbai rocked by series of fatal shootings
« Reply #18 on: November 26, 2008, 18:15:52 »
MUslim extermist attempting to incite India to prevent the Pakistan army from pulling resources off the Eastern front to combat Taliban and insugents in the NWF and FATA?

An interesting suggestion and perhaps very valid.

But, I honestly do wonder how much real effort is  being expended by the Pakastani government in the NWF and other trouble spots.  Or are they just providing "lip service" for public/allied consumption.  Are they more concerned with not throwing rocks at a hornets nest, than exacting a full measure of effort. This also goes without saying of reports of latent support for insurgent activities from some elements within the government.

To the victims and families affected by events in Mumbai, my deepest sympathies.

To the perps, I hope none  of you survive to face "due process" ...
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Deccan Mujahideen claims Mumbai terrorism responsibility
« Reply #19 on: November 26, 2008, 19:24:42 »
MUMBAI: A terrorist group by the name Deccan Mujahideen has claimed the responsibility of terrorist strikes in Indian financial capital on late Wednesday that claimed as many as 80 lives and left over 450 injured.

No further information regarding the proofs claiming responsibility was released.

*I have heard the same name in the MSM as well as on blogs.  You know how it goes: once a name is out there - its next to impossible to find out who really did it IF the named one did not.

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Re: Indian Navy showcases rising might
« Reply #20 on: November 26, 2008, 23:04:04 »
Oops:

Navy Sank Wrong 'Pirate' Ship: Official

A supposed Somali pirate vessel fired upon and sunk by an Indian warship last week off the Somali coast was actually a Thai fishing trawler that had been hijacked earlier, a maritime agency said Wednesday.
 
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Re: Mumbai rocked by series of fatal shootings
« Reply #21 on: November 27, 2008, 00:07:08 »
Over a hundred dead. Several hundred hostages are held at two hotels. The NSG "Black Cats" are preparing to move in. Alot of chaos. The Indian Army is moving into the city as well.

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Re: Mumbai rocked by series of fatal shootings
« Reply #22 on: November 27, 2008, 04:56:22 »
Australian news sources are saying an 24 yr old Australian woman on the first day of her 11 week holiday has been wounded in the thy while eating at a cafe, and sadly, another Australian has been MURDERED by these cowards.  The name of our citizen killed has not yet been released.

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Re: Indian Navy showcases rising might
« Reply #23 on: November 27, 2008, 09:30:33 »
Oops:

Navy Sank Wrong 'Pirate' Ship: Official

A supposed Somali pirate vessel fired upon and sunk by an Indian warship last week off the Somali coast was actually a Thai fishing trawler that had been hijacked earlier, a maritime agency said Wednesday.
 
http://news.aol.ca/article/navy-sank-wrong-pirate-ship-official/434730/


Eh, people make mistakes. Poor Thailand ha.

Eh, People make mistakes. ha

And about the Indian Navy, its to be expected.. I think the next few decades are going to show many shifts in power. Hopefully all for the best..

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Re: Mumbai rocked by series of fatal shootings
« Reply #24 on: November 27, 2008, 10:23:13 »
Canadians among Mumbai hostages: Indian officials
Updated Thu. Nov. 27 2008 9:27 AM ET

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Indian officials have confirmed Canadians are among the hostages being held by suspected Islamic militants in Mumbai, India.

Co-ordinated attacks in at least 10 locations across the city left 104 people dead and more than 300 injured Wednesday night.

The Associated Press reported Thursday morning that Deputy Home Secretary Bitan Srimali confirmed Canadians, along with Americans, British, Italian, Swedes, Yemenis, New Zealanders, Spaniards, Turks, Israelis and a Singapore national were among those being held.

Neither Foreign Affairs in Ottawa nor the High Commission in Delhi have confirmed that Canadians were being held, however.

On Wednesday, Foreign Affairs said it believed no Canadians had been injured or killed in the attacks.

However, India's NDTV spoke with a travel agent who claimed that five of his Canadian clients were trapped inside the Oberoi Trident hotel. That report had not been confirmed.

Canadians concerned about relatives in the Mumbai-area can call:

Foreign Affairs hotline - in Canada: 1-613-996-8885
Foreign Affairs hotline - outside Canada: 1-800-387-3124
Meanwhile, tension and fear continued to grip Mumbai on Thursday as hostages, as well as dead bodies, began to emerge from the Oberoi Trident luxury hotel as Indian commandos worked to free captives -- many of them believed to be foreigners -- after a series of attacks on Wednesday.

Militants still appeared to be occupying the Oberai and a number of other locations in the city.

The suspected Islamic militant members of a previously unknown group calling itself the Deccan Mujahideen staged a co-ordinated attack, with groups of armed men invading two five-star hotels, a busy restaurant popular with foreigners, a train station and Jewish centre, along with five other locations.

They appeared to be targeting foreigners, with some reports claiming the militants were seeking British and U.S. citizens.

Phil Smith, a reporter with Reuters, was outside the popular Oberoi Trident Thursday morning.

He told CTV's Canada AM that some hostages had been released and a military siege was underway -- and that there appeared to be a lot of hostages still inside the hotel.

"A group of commandos went into this hotel at about 4:30 p.m. this afternoon and it looked like they were about to start some sort of operation and that looks like it's underway right now," Smith said.

"Basically it's a series of explosions and gunfire...there's definitely something going on."

He said the sun was beginning to set in Mumbai, and it was likely that Indian authorities were attempting to have the hotel cleared before dark.

At the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower hotel, another landmark in Mumbai, explosions and exchanges of gunfire could be heard on Thursday, Smith said.

"It looks like you might have a situation there where the hostages might be out but some of the militants may still be in the hotel and the army is clearing them out. We don't know that for sure, but that's the best guess," he said.

CTV's South Asia Bureau Chief Paul Workman, reporting from Delhi, said Mumbai is used to violence, but not on this scale.

"There have been a lot of attacks in the city ...for many years. I think it will bounce back but I think the country itself is in shock that people using relatively crude weapons -- grenades and handguns -- could essentially take the whole city hostage and cause so much havoc."

He said there appears to have been no warning of the attacks, which most experts believe were carried out by a domestic terror group rather than al Qaeda operatives.

A similar group, the so-called Indian Mujahideen, has carried out its own attacks over the past year, though mostly using bombs rather than armed attackers, and not specifically against tourists, as in Wednesday's attacks, Workman said.

"Nobody seems to know very much about this group, although the feeling is that these are Indian Muslims, part of a largely radicalized section of the community," Workman said.

"Here in India there are a lot of upset and angry Muslims here, it is a minority, it feels discriminated against and that there is great economic disparity."

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20081127/mumbai_follow_081127/20081127?hub=TopStories

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Stupid is not a crime, so you're free to go!

"Engineers think of how many lives they are saving, not of the one they risk."
MCpl Mark Isfeld