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Monday, 23 May 2016

From Today's Papers - 23 May 2016






















http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/world/taliban-chief-killed-in-us-drone-strike/240882.html
Taliban chief killed in US drone strike
Dreaded militant targeted inside Pakistan I Sovereignty violated, says lslamabad
Washington/Kabul, May 22
Afghan Taliban supremo Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a rare US drone strike deep inside Pakistan, Afghanistan announced today, inflicting a body blow to the insurgents and a removing a major “threat” to the fragile peace process in war-torn Afghanistan.

Pakistan accused the US of violating its sovereignty with the strike. The drone strike inside Pakistan was a rare one since US Navy Seals killed Al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden in a stealth raid in the Pakistani garrison city of Abbottabad in 2011. Mansour and another militant were targeted in a precision air strike by multiple unmanned drones operated by US Special Operations forces yesterday as the duo rode in a vehicle in a remote area near Ahmad Wal town in the restive Baluchistan province close to the Afghan border, US officials said.

The drone strike, which US officials said was authorised by President Barack Obama, showed America was ready to target the Taliban leadership in Pakistan, which Afghanistan has repeatedly accused of sheltering the militants.

Afghanistan’s main spy agency said Mansour, said to be in his early 50s, was killed in a US drone attack inside Pakistan. “Mansour was being closely monitored for a while... until he was targeted along with other fighters aboard a vehicle... in Balochistan,” the National Directorate of Security said in a brief statement today. Afghan defense ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri also confirmed Mansour’s death.

Addressing a press conference in the Afghan capital, he called on the group to select a new leader and then come to Kabul and act like a political party. Speaking in the Myanmar capital Naypyidaw, US Secretary of State John Kerry said, "Mansour posed... an imminent threat to US personnel, Afghan civilians and Afghan security forces… we had no recourse but to respond and I think we responded appropriately," he said.

The drone strike inside Pakistan was a rare one since US Navy Seals killed Al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden in a stealth raid in the Pakistani garrison city of Abbottabad in 2011. Mansour assumed the leadership in July 2015, replacing Taliban founder and the one-eyed reclusive long-time spiritual head Mullah Mohammad Omar, who died in Pakistan in 2013.

The United States informed both Pakistan and Afghanistan shortly after the strike, a senior White House official said. In Kabul, Afghan CEO Abdullah Abdullah said said Mansour had been a major obstacle in the way of the Afghan peace process and that his death would be a big blow to the insurgent group. — Agencies


http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/six-army-men-killed-in-manipur-ambush/240815.html
Six Army men killed in Manipur ambush
Insurgents target Assam Rifles convoy in Chandel dist
Imphal/New Delhi, May 22
Six troopers were killed when an Assam Rifles convoy was today ambushed in Manipur's Chandel district by insurgents of the Corcom—the apex body of six proscribed underground organisations.

The attackers also took away four AK-47 assault rifles, an INSAS rifle, a light machine gun and ammunition before fleeing the spot.

While intelligence sources said six personnel, including a junior commissioned officer, were killed, the Assam Rifles and the police, while confirming the incident, declined to disclose the exact casualty figures.

The convoy of 29 Assam Rifles was approaching Holenjang village from the main camp at Joupi in Chandel district bordering Myanmar around 1 pm when the insurgents detonated remote-controlled bombs and opened fire from different sides.

The exchange of fire lasted about one hour. Reinforcements were rushed to the spot and operations launched to apprehend the perpetrators, who are believed to have escaped to no man's land along the India-Myanmar border.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh has directed the security forces to take the “strongest possible action” against militants involved in the killing of six Assam Rifles personnel in Manipur.

After the incident, Rajnath reviewed the situation with Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and other top officials in the security establishment.

He also spoke to the Assam Rifles Director-General, who apprised him of the situation and the action taken so far.

“Extremely pained to learn of the killing of Assam Rifles' JCO and jawans in Manipur. My condolences to the families of the deceased soldiers,” Rajnath wrote on Twitter.

“Spoke to DG Assam Rifles who apprised me of the situation in Manipur. MHA is closely monitoring and reviewing the situation in the state,” he added. — Agencies


http://www.india.com/news/india/encounter-in-kashmir-5-militants-killed-by-indian-army-in-kupwara-3-jawans-injured-1203888/
Encounter in Kashmir: 5 militants killed by Indian Army in Kupwara, 3 jawans injured
"5 militants shot dead in encounter with Army in Kupwara," said Defence spokesperson Col S D Goswami.
Srinagar, May 21: Indian Army successfully averted an infiltration bid, by cracking down on a unit of armed gunmen in Kashmir’s Kupwara district. In the ambush, 3 jawans also ended up being injured.

Defence Spokesperson Col S D Goswami confirmed the news on Saturday evening. “5 militants shot dead in encounter with Army in Kupwara, he was quoted as saying by news agencies. The militants are suspected to be linked with anti-India jihadist outfits targeting the Indian forces in Kashmir. Although, official confirmation has not been received, the armed men could be linked to Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, which has pumped up its effort to rejuvenate the Kashmir azaadi movement.
Encounter between the militants and the security forces went on for nearly 12 hours. The militants were suspected of hiding in Wastar forests near Kupwara.

Central Police Reserve Police deployed in the state, has launched a massive counter-militancy operation in the region, along with the Indian Intelligence. In the past 18 months, efforts to instigate Kashmir youth has been initiated. The cross-border militants are being perceived as heroes and ideals by a growing section of local youth, who are rapidly turning radicalized.


http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/eye-on-india-china-fortifies-borders/1/667960.html
China boosting Tibet Military to fortify border with India?
The move to raise the Tibet Military Command's authority would put it directly under the command of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) ground forces.
China has raised the rank and status of its western Tibet Military Command to widen its scope for missions and combat preparedness, in a move that analysts in Beijing say is aimed at fortifying the border with India.

The move to raise the Tibet Military Command's authority would put it directly under the command of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) ground forces, the Party-run Global Times reported on Friday, and allow it "to shoulder more combat assignments".

This suggests "the command may undertake some kind of military combat mission in future", the newspaper quoted an unnamed source as saying.

A military expert in Beijing told the newspaper that the command "bears great responsibility to prepare for possible conflicts between China and India", but is currently facing difficulties "to secure all the military resources they need".

The move would raise its authority, including the designation of troops, but also "expand their function and mission", the deputy director of the Political Work Department of the Tibet Military Command, Zhao Zhong, was quoted as saying. This would also boost their combat readiness, a military expert said.

China announced sweeping military reforms in January and February, aimed at creating a more nimble fighting force and unified military command. Following the reform, provincial military commands were placed under the control of a newly set up National Defence Mobilisation Department under the Central Military Commission, which is headed by President Xi Jinping.

The Tibet Military Command, however, will be directly under under the PLA Ground Force, headed by General Li Zuocheng, who sits on the CMC.

"The Tibet Military Command's political rank will be elevated to a level higher than its counterpart provincial-level military commands, and will come under the leadership of the PLA Army," the newspaper quoting a report from the China Youth Daily, said.

"The promotion shows China is paying great attention to the Tibet Military Command, which will significantly improve the command's ability to manage and control the region's military resources, as well as provide better preparation for combat," Beijing-based military expert Song Zhongping said.

Song was quoted saying: "The Tibet Military Command bears great responsibility to prepare for possible conflicts between China and India, and at present it is difficult to secure all the military resources they need."


The newspaper noted that "border disputes between China and India have not been completely resolved", and in April when Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar visited Beijing, his counterpart had said China "reacted positively toward setting up a military hotline with India".

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