Indian, French Armies to conduct counter-terrorism
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Last Updated: Thursday, September 29, 2011, 21:49
New Delhi: Strengthening their ties, armies of Indian and France will for the first time conduct a two-week counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism exercise in Chaubatia in Uttaranchal.

"The exercise codenamed 'Shakti' would start on October 9 where both the armies would practise their counter insurgency and counter terrorism skills as part of exchanges under bilateral military ties," army officials said here.

This will be the first such exercise involving armies of the two countries and it will be conducted under the UN mandate, they said.

100 personnel from 2 Bihar Regiment will represent Indian army while an equal number of soldiers from French 13 Mountain Battalion would participate in the joint drills.

Meanwhile, sharing its two-and-half-decade long experience of handling counter-insurgency operations, Indian Army would be holding joint exercises with 16 countries this year.

"Indian Army has maximum exposure of insurgency and militancy infested areas. Various countries have shown their interest in conducting joint exercises with us. In recent past we had joint exercises with the armies of US, UK, Russia, China and Mongolia," the officials said.


First Published: Thursday, September 29, 2011, 21:49

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