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Emerging Trends in Terrorism-related Activities in Kashmir Part 1 – Success of Anti-Terror Operations

By India

Since the creation of the problem way back in 1947, Kashmir has been the bone of contention between India and Pakistan. We have fought four major wars in 1948, 1965, 1971 and 1999 respectively in addition to numerous medium and large theatre level conflicts. This is in addition to a three-decade-long Militancy in the so-called “Heaven of the Earth”.

After assuming the top position in this country in 2014, Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi cracked down on the terrorists and this campaign intensified in 2017-18 when Indian Army launched “Operation All Out” which was aimed to neutralise the leadership of terror tanzims and finishing the terror modules from the valley.

The year 2018 has been the most fruitful when Indian Forces were able to kill 257 terrorists. In 2019, the number was 174 while in 2020 (till 10th November 2020) 191 terrorists were neutralised out of which more than 20 were foreign mercenaries. This is a big success.

I recall my days in 2000-2001 when more than 1000 terrorists were killed by the security forces every year but those were different times, the number of terrorists operating too was very high and it was assumed that more than 10000 were operating in Kashmir valley alone at one point of time.

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