24 November, 2020

Long Arms Reach Further Out

Long Arms Reach Further Out
The Indian government, after years of hesitation, has finally decided to extend its counter-insurgency operations against militant groups in the Northeast to neighbouring countries Bhutan and Myanmar. It’s common knowledge that many Northeast militant groups like the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) and the United Nationalist Liberation Front (UNLF) have bases in Bhutan and Myanmar. Defence minister George Fernandes also confirmed the launching of operations across the border. "An action plan has been prepared with the help of neighbouring countries to contain militancy," he said. Later, an army commander directly involved in counter-insurgency operations in Assam told Outlook: "Brisk preparations on the ground are on to launch operations in Bhutan very soon, and in Myanmar in the near future." Nearly a division-level force (almost 40,000 troops) is currently deployed in Assam along the Bhutan border. Most of the ULFA and NDFB cadres have been holed up...


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