Indian Army to train 25 Maldivian soldiers in anti-terror operations

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New Delhi, Nov 13 (UNI) The Indian Army will train 25 soldiers of the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) at the elite Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School (CIJWS) Vairengte, Mizoram, in Counter Insurgency and Anti-Terrorist Operations.

Brig R M Painuly, who is commanding the 25 soldiers at the four-week training, said low Intensity Conflict was becoming global in scope.

''It is widely believed that terrorism is becoming less territorially defined, global in reach and more decentralised.

Indeed, terrorism has now truly become a global phenomenon.

They are not longer bound by limits of geography. Modern militancy has become a complex phenomenon. The globalised world is now matched by a globalised militant ideology. We need to tackle the menace of terrorism globally and hence joint training is a step in global war on terrorism,'' he said.

The MNDF is keen to learn from Indian Army's experience in combating insurgency for the last 50 years.

One cannot think of a better staging ground for this exchange of expertise between the two forces than the Indian Army's unique Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare (CIJW) School, located in Mizoram.

The motto of the School is 'fight the guerrilla like a Guerrilla'.

The School has been recognised as a 'Centre of Excellence for Counter Insurgency' and trains all ranks of the Indian Armed Forces, Indian Air Force, Indian Navy, Para Military Forces and Central Police Organisations.

Going global, the School is providing training to Officers and Personnel Below Officers Rank (PBOR) of various friendly countries including Afghanistan, Bhutan, Botswana, Bangladesh, Nepal, Ghana, Iraq, Kenya, Mauritius, Singapore, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Myanmar, Kyzgystan, Mongolia, Uzbekistan and Nigeria.

Training facilities provided by the School are greatly appreciated by the subscribing countries.

Many other countries have elicited interest in the training being imparted here and the demand is on the increase.

UNI

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