The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy is close to deploying its first aircraft carrier, the refurbished Soviet flattop Varyag. Renamed Shi Lang, the 60,000-ton vessel is in the final stages of preparation at the port of Dalian, and could begin training cruises this year or next.
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Maoists Massacre Indian Troops
India’s Maoist rebels have struck again. 8ak editor Manu Sood has the story.
On the early morning of April 6, the 80 troopers from the Indian Central Reserve Police Force were exhausted. For three days straight, they and a single district policeman had patrolled the thick forests of Chhattisgarh, a state in rural western India. They were on the lookout for fighters from the Naxals, an armed group originating in West Bengal that had split off from the Communist Party of India in 1967. Forty-three years on, senior officials in New Delhi consider the Naxals India’s most serious internal threat.
Raman Singh, Chief Minister of the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, says he suspects a connection between his state’s Maoist “Naxalite” rebels and the Islamic terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba. Chhattisgarh has been the site of many of the Maoist’s bloodiest attacks, including an April ambush that killed 73 members of the Indian Central Reserve Police Force. India needs a central strategy for defeating the Maoists, Singh said, but India law requires state police forces to handle most internal-security tasks.
Naxal Rise = Media Hype?
On Monday a bomb allegedly planted by Maoist rebels — the “Naxals” — killed more than 30 people on a bus in eastern India. Last month the rebels from the town of Naxalbari killed 73 Indian police in a complex ambush. Forty-three years since the first Naxals armed themselves and attacked the Indian government, the Maoists seem to be surging in strength and audacity.
A bus carrying around 60 passengers, including at least 20 local policemen, was winding through a thick forest in the eastern Indian state of Chhattisgarh on Monday when it suddenly exploded. At least 30 people were killed. Most of the rest were injured.
In March 2003, an Improvised Explosive Device in the trunk of a car exploded in Najaf, Iraq, killing four American soldiers and two civilians. It was the first IED of the Iraq war. Since then, improvised bombs have become the biggest killers of soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Like a bad idea, the IED has spread across borders and conflict. Now even the Naxalite Maoists in eastern India have begun using them.