Somewhere in the Western Sector, Oct. 18. — As terrorism has become the biggest threat the world is facing in the post-9/11 scenario, several countries, including Russia and the USA, are now keen to share India’s “wealth of experience” in countering insurgency.
While the US forces have already taken training at an elite counter-insurgency training institute in India, Russian forces are currently holding their first-ever joint exercise with Indian troops in counter insurgency operations. Several other countries are also keen for joint exercises with the Indian forces.
“Terrorism to countries like the USA is a new thing. But India is facing terrorism for some decades now and our experience in combating it is one of the best. That’s why other countries, including the USA, are keen to train their troops here in counter insurgency,” said a senior Army officer.
In the ongoing joint exercise between India and Russia, the airborne forces of both countries are training with a counter-terrorism backdrop. The exercise on Sunday saw a joint team of forces from both countries attack and destroy a supposed terrorist camp in a third country.
The Russian defence minister, Mr Ivanov Surgey Borisovich, present here on Sunday to watch the exercise, said as both countries are facing terrorism resulting from religious fanaticism, the ongoing exercise is useful and practical. “Both countries have wealth of experience in countering terrorism,” he said.
Chief of the Army Staff, General JJ Singh and Air Chief Marshal, SP Tyagi, were also present on the occasion. Speaking to reporters, Gen. Singh said that as countering terrorism is the joint objective of all peace-loving countries of the world, “experience is being shared by armies to counter terrorism all over the world.”
He said that in the recent past, Indian forces had joint exercises with the US, British and UN forces, apart from ones from Mongolia and Uzbekistan. “Next year, we will go to Russia for a joint exercise,” he added.
The main objective of the Indian-Russian joint exercise, named “Indra 2005” is to establish interoperability between both the armies. In all, 140 army personnel, (60 from Russia, 40 from India) participated in the exercise which began at Agra on 10 October.