Indian & Russian Mountain Troops Conduct Joint Anti-Terrorism Drills

15 10 2010

Russian and Indian mountain troops began conducting joint antiterrorism exercises on Friday Oct. 15, 2010 and will last through October 24.

Russia has sent more than 200 troops from its 34th Independent (Mountain) Motor-Rifle Brigade (ca. 25,000 troops), based in Zelenchukskaya the North Caucasus, to join the Indian troops in the INDRA 2010 drills.

The exercises will be conducted in Chaubattia in Uttarakhand India, a mountainous area near the country’s border with China and Nepal. For the first time Alpine troops from both countries are going to take part in the war games.

The Russian troops will be equipped with lightweight Permyachka Infantry Suits, which protect at least 80 percent of the body surface from small-caliber bullets and low-speed shrapnel.

The Indian and Russian military have conducted joint INDRA exercises since 2003, including biannual peacekeeping drills.

INDRA-2007 Photo Gallery: Here

MOSCOW, October 15 (RIA Novosti)


Books: The Volatile Caucasus, Calmly and Carefully Assessed

4 10 2010

The snow-capped peaks that rise from Russia’s south and fall toward Turkey, Iran and the Black and Caspian Seas present barriers in almost every sense: to traffic, to trade, to development, to military action, to rapprochement and to smooth integration with the outside world. In the diversity of the mountains’ people and their pasts, with the deep wells of grievances and grudges that reach far back in time, stoked by the contest for resources and stature, they present barriers to understanding as well.

“The Caucasus: An Introduction” (Amazon) will likely have many lives. Why? The wars that broke out in the 1990s are not over. Mr. De Waal’s book is welcome now, and most useful. If one of the wars flares up again, it will be essential.

Read the rest at: NYTimes – C.J. CHIVERS – At War

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