US National Guards to train at Indian Army school


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Source:Rediff News

As part of measures to focus on combating terrorism post 9/11, the US Administration is sending out teams of its National Guards to receive specialised anti-terrorism and jungle warfare training at the Indian Army School at Varangte in Mizoram.

The Guardsmen would form part of the US army contingent, which is here to undergo a 14-day specialised course at the prestigious Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School.

This, according to senior army officers, would be for the first time that National Guardsmen would be undergoing the specialised course at the institute where they will match skills with Indian Army contingents, fresh from anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir.

The training would be part of joint Indo-US exercises code-named Yudh Abhyas. The US contingent would comprise 40 personnel from the 25th infantry division and the National Guards.

A top US Pacific Command Major General Ronald G Crowder will witness the exercises, the third of the series being held with US forces at picturesque Mizoram town.

National Guards would again form the part of US army contingent to undergo another round of anti-terrorism joint exercises to be held at Choubatia near Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh from January 16 to 31.

The Varangte institute has facilities to sharpen skills on anti-terrorism manoeuvres like storming urban buildings, carrying out house-to-house search in urban and built-up environment.