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Indian military to brain-storm over Taliban in Afghanistan

The Indian military brass led by Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat is expected to brainstorm on the impact of a Taliban regime in Afghanistan and its security ramifications on India and the sub-continent this week.

The military brass including all the three service chiefs will study and assess the security imperatives of rise of the Taliban in Kabul. The topic is a matter of concern as for the first time there will be no US forces on the ground in Afghanistan.

The Indian military has a few areas of security concerns. Firstly, with the US leaving behinds billions of dollars worth of hardware in Afghanistan, there will be a serious proliferation of conventional weapons among the militants in the Indian sub-continent with sophisticated M-4 and M-16 rifles replacing the ubiquitous AK-47.
The biggest worry are the military-grade night vision devices, which are normally subjected to US export control regimes, tactical drones and loitering ammunition.

These US-made military hardware is expected to find its way to militant group like Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Tayebba (LeT) targeting India in Kashmir.

The security situation will become dire when the Taliban cadre are able to fly the abandoned squadrons of Blackhawk helicopters and operate the all-terrain military vehicles.

The other worry is that the umbilical linkages between the Taliban and Pakistan-based militant groups will also give deniability to Islamabad in case of any terror strike in India.

While the Indian military is confident of handling the rise of pressure from the west, it is concerned about the terror attack on India’s huge coastline with Pakistan-based groups providing the logistics on the sea. It is in this context, the Indian Navy and the coast guard will have to plan for such an emergency.

The Indian Air Force will have to sharpen its air defence radar network as the Pak-based militant groups are not averse to using drones to not only cart weapons inside Indian territory but also use them to drop explosives on key installations. The drone attack on the Jammu air base by LeT last June was just the beginning.

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