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Impending Storm
THE ENEMIES, both within and without, use bullets and bombs, not to kill people. They are collateral damages. The real objective is to subdue the enemy by breaking its will and dictating its terms of peace. So far as emigrants go, according to the governor of Assam, 6,000 enter the state everyday. ULFA did start in 1979 as a violent movement to drive away foreigners who threatened their lands, jobs, culture, language and political voice. But that ULFA has died. In its new incarnation it is a handmaid of those who it had vowed to fight to the finish.
Op Moshtarak: Post Surge Operations in Afghanistan
Courtesy the Iraq diversion, the critical Counter- Terrorist campaign in Afghanistan had been deliberately underfunded and under-resourced for nearly a decade. The situation began to deteriorate steadily from 2005 onwards and the Taliban steadily increased its area of influence. The first five months of 2009 were characterised by a major spurt in Taliban activities: In 2009, there were 7228 IED attacks in Afghanistan, a 120 % increase over 2008 There were 519 foreign soldiers killed in Afghanistan in 2009. Of these, 316 were US troops.
Significance of Putin’s Visit to India by Kanwal Sibal
Vladimir Putin deserves our esteem. On assuming power in 2000 he reversed the Yeltsin era drift in India-Russia relations and established a strategic partnership with India. His current visit is his fifth to India in 10 years, testifying to the personal commitment of this pragmatic and practical-minded man to Russia’s India relationship.
Islamic Terrorism in South Asia and India’s Strategic Response
This article discusses a new convergence developing among Jihadi groups in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh and the security implications of this for both the Indian subcontinent and the world at large.
Djinn is out of Pak bottle
India must immediately upgrade its capabilities and keep a close vigil on the developments to its west Writing in these columns over a year ago, I mentioned that Pervez Musharraf has “domestically lost his credibility and legitimacy” and was going to be “under heavy pressure from all sides” to quit. Even much before his clash with Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, the Lal Masjid episode and military setbacks in North and South Waziristan, portents of the future were discernible. The Indian government felt, however, even as late as a few weeks ago, that for Musharraf “the worst is over”.
Terrorists Changing Tactics, but are We?
A small island of shopkeepers dominated the largest part of the world for the longest period with Genghis Khan, the brute, being a distant runner-up. The two, separated by several centuries, had nothing in common except their genius for innovation.
Change of Tactics
Instead of an episodic response, we need stronger laws and proactive intelligence backed by political will
VIF News Digest
Defense, National Security and Terrorism, VIF Alerts
September 26, 2019
VIF News Digest: National Security- Defence Studies And Terrorism (1-15 September, 2019)

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International Development
October 5, 2019
VIF News Digest: International Developments (US, Russia, EU and Africa), 18 September - 3 October 2019

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Neighbourhood News
October 15, 2019
VIF Neighborhood News Digest: October 15, 2019

PAKISTAN PM Imran issues orders to control inflation, summons all chief ministers for consultation: Dawn October 15, 2019...

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