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India and Pakistan Standoff – 300 Killed in Air Strikes

India and Pakistan Standoff - 300 Killed in Air Strikes

New Delhi/Islamabad – From Bloomberg News 

In a series of air strikes by the Indian Air Force, over 300 people were killed at a camp  belonging to the terrorist group Joist-e-Mohammed that was reported to train suicide bombers, an Indian official said, on condition of anonymity. Pakistan denies the attack caused damage and casualties. 

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale reported in New Delhi today that India carried out a series of strikes in Pakistan following an attack in Kashmir earlier this month, saying that intelligence agencies expected more attacks in the coming weeks. 

We should look at history, when in 2001 and 2002 the Indian and Pakistani governments had their military focus on border disputes, raining shells onto each other’s territories. In addition there were a series of nuclear devices detonated in 1998 as the two countries have faced off on 3 occasions since 1950. The shocking 2001 incident was triggered by 5 men penetrating Gate 12 in the Indian Parliament in which blame was placed on Islamist terrorists groups. 

The Line Of Control that separates the two armies in Kashmir  was reported by the Pakistani government as being breached by India troops. Relations between the two arch-rivals have been extremely tense since a suicide bombing, one in which 40 members of India’s security forces were killed on February 14. The organization Jaish-e-Mohammed was fingered as the attackers, of corse this group is classified by the United Nations as being an official terrorist organization, but it does now make front page news in the US and Europe. 

This issue will be closely watched as the first strikes caused the Indian stock exchange to fall by 1.4 percent in Mumbai. 

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