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India will Continue to Support Afghan Security Forces
Apr 07, 2014

India has sent a team of 80 additional commandos to Afghanistan to secure Indian installations, including the embassy building. The decision to rush in the commandos was taken last year but they were strategically sent ahead of the Presidential elections to guard the Indian embassy and consular buildings in the war-torn country. The additional batch of commandos left for Afghanistan last week to secure the indian installations there. They will be deployed for perimeter security cover as as well as mobile security cover to the embassy officials in wake of any attack.

The commandos, who have been pulled from the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) force, were sent to Afghanistan on the request of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). These men would be in addition to the 220 commandos already deployed there.

The issue is not only the Presidential elections but extending security even after that. The peripheral security is the responsibility of the Afghan authorities but the immediate security is taken care of by our commandos. Some more commandos will also be sent in the next few days

The decision to augment the strength of commandos in Afghanistan was taken after credible intelligence inputs that Indian installations were high on the radar of the terror outfits there. In fact every week there are two such inputs. India do not want to take any chance as Afghanistan enters a critical phase since US forces would withdraw in a phased manner after the new government is formed.

The deployment will cater to the main embassy complex in Kabul as well as the consulate offices in Mazar-e-Sharif, Jalalabad, Kandahar and Herat.

With a non-governmental Afghanistan task force pitching for stronger military cooperation between India and Afghanistan, India will continue to provide assistance as per Afghan requests and priorities. India sees support to Afghan National Security Forces as an important part of its commitment to Afghan people. This is also an element of the Strategic Partnership Agreement between both the countries.


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