by PETER VINE United Kingdom Despite the cuts, the drumbeat of operations rolls on. In addition to the previously announced dispatching of Type 45 Destroyer HMS Daring to the Persian Gulf to join the international flotilla already there, the Foreign Office released a rather hurried notification to the press that Daring’s sister ship, HMS Dauntless, [...]
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Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up
Events are starting to move quickly in North Africa, with a visit by the most senior American official yet to the rebel leadership — as well as reports of the French dispatching 12 attack helicopters on May 17 to the region to assist rebel forces. The force was dispatched on the amphibious assault ship Le Tonnerre. Now it appears that Britain intends to send attack helicopters, too.
Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up
Eurofighter Typhoon/Dassault Rafale
India is a step closer to choosing a candidate for the medium multi-role combat aircraft order. Dropping bids from America, Russia and Sweden, the final shortlist includes EADS’s Eurofighter Typhoon and Dassault’s Rafale. The two companies have been asked to extend their bids to the end of the year where a winner will be chosen.
George K. Tanham, a famous American military historian once said, “India doesn’t have a strategic culture.” In other words, India doesn’t have a strategy to project its power beyond the confines of the subcontinent. This shows a defensive realism on the part of Indian policy makers.
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.
Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna returned from Beijing this month with bombshell news. Krishna said Chinese authorities had finally admitted what the Indian government had long suspected: Beijing is building a massive, power-generating dam on China’s Tsang Po river, which also runs through India — where it is known as the Brahmaputra — and Bangladesh.
The Indian military has launched a campaign codenamed “Operation Green Hunt” to find and destroy the Maoist Naxalite rebellion rooted in the country’s east.