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Indian Forces to be Trained to Fight Taliban as Afghan Fall Has 'Grave Implications' for Country's Borders

Border Security Force (BSF) men patrol along the India-Pakistan border. (File photo: PTI)

Border Security Force (BSF) men patrol along the India-Pakistan border. (File photo: PTI)

The ground forces and their intelligence setup have been asked to update both their strategy, tactics and combat syllabus to deal with the Taliban.

Border forces and armed police units deployed in the counter-terrorism grid have been directed by the central security establishment to prepare and administer a new training module on the Taliban and its modus operandi to the troops in view of the “emerging" scenario following the Islamic militia taking over Afghanistan.

Stating that the fall of Kabul to the Taliban last month may have a “serious bearing" on the security situation in India, the ground forces and their intelligence setup have been asked to update both their strategy, tactics and combat syllabus on the new “geo-political situation in central and south Asia and its grave security implication on India’s borders and the hinterland."

The directive issued by the security establishment a few days back also envisages a scenario where infiltration from across the border from Pakistan on India’s west and illegal entry of terrorist operatives from open fronts in the east may increase including that by foreign terrorist fighters.

Officials in the central security forces and intelligence wings acknowledged the new developments that have taken place in the neighbourhood after the Taliban swiftly took over almost all provinces of Afghanistan last month following the US military retreating from their 20-year war in that country launched after the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001 in their country, a  senior officer told .

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first published:September 12, 2021, 17:35 IST