Operation All Out: Taking down the command in the Valley
When the Indian Army launched Operation Clean Up of Operation All Out, there was a conscious effort to go after the commanders instead of the foot soldiers. The past six months have seen a large number of commanders of various terror groups fall to the Army's bullet.
While the death of a commander shakes the operation of a foot soldier, the other advantage is that the group loses contact with the handler. The commander of an outfit is the one who keeps in touch with the handler. The handler on the other hand gives instructions to the commander on the operations to be undertaken.
The top terrorists to be killed in the Valley in recent times are Abu Dujana, Khalid, Waseem Shah and Abu Ismail. They were all commanders and their killing has hampered operations of the terror groups.
Although replacements do keep coming in, the interim period has given the security forces to plan and execute operations better.
Sources say that there are a handful of commanders remaining in the Valley. The aim is to take them down. The foot soldiers in the absence of a commander are unable to execute tasks since they are not in touch with the handlers in Pakistan, the official also said.