Exercise Khanjar: A military exercise between India and Kyrgyzstan

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Source-This post is based on the article “Indian – Kyrgyzstan Joint special forces Exercise Khanjar Commences In Himachal Pradesh” published in “PIB” on 22nd January 2024.

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India and Kyrgyzstan Special Forces started a military exercise named “Exercise Khanjar” at the Special Forces Training School in Bakloh, Himachal Pradesh.

About Exercise Khanjar

  • Exercise Khanjar is a Joint Special Forces Military Exercise between India and Kyrgyzstan. It is an annual event conducted alternatively in both the countries.
  • Initiated in: The exercise was started in the year 2011. This is the Eleventh Edition of the Exercise.
  • Aim: To exchange experiences and best practices in Counter Terrorism and Special Forces Operations in Built-up Area and Mountainous Terrain under Chapter VII of United Nations Charter.
  • Features of 11th Edition:
    a. It focusses on enhancing Special Forces skills and advanced insertion/extraction techniques.
    b. The Indian contingent represented by the Parachute Regiment (Special Forces), and the Kyrgyzstan contingent comprising 20 personnel is represented by Scorpion Brigade.
    Significance: The Exercise offers a chance for both the contingents to strengthen bonds, share best practices, and achieve shared security objectives. It will also foster bilateral relations between the friendly nations.

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Other Exercises by Special Forces of India:
  • Exercise Vajra Prahar is a Special Forces joint military exercise between India and the US. This exercise takes place alternately in India and the US.
  • Aim: The aim of the exercise is to enable sharing of best practices and experiences in areas such as joint mission planning capabilities and operational tactics.
About Kyrgyzstan:
  • Kyrgyzstan is a landlocked country in Central Asia bordering Kazakhstan, China, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Its capital is Bishkek.
  • Significance: It is often referred to as ‘Central Asia’s only democracy.
  • Member of: Kyrgyzstan is a member of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).
    • CSTO is a Russia-led military alliance, aims to ensure the collective defence of any member that faces external aggression.
  • Further, Kyrgyzstan is also a member of the Commonwealth of Independent States, Eurasian Economic Union, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and the United Nations.
  • The mountainous region of Tian Shan covers over 80% of the country.

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