US Army Officer In J-K For Tips To Tackle Insurgency
16 April 2007
The Indian Express
New Delhi: Withg an eye on increasing military engagement with the US, the Army is exchanging notes on counter terrorism operations in Jammu and Kashmir with senior officers from the United States Department of Army (DoA). A senior officer from the Directorate of Strategic Plans and Policy of DoA visited the Valley last week to exchange information on new tactics used by terrorists and current methodology adopted by Indian troops to tackle insurgency. DoA Strategic Plans and Policy director Brigadier General Peter Vangjal was here on a four-day visit last week on an invitation from the Indian Army. The situation faced by US troops in Iraq and methodology adopted by Indian troops in counter insurgency operations here figured prominently in the exchange. According to sources, the US army is looking at Indian expertise to learn new tactics to cut troop loss. 'They have been facing a war (in Iraq) for the past five years and are looking for solutions from across the world. Doctrine as well as current problems and methodologies in operations were discussed during the visit,' a senior army officer said. The Brigadier General had led the investigation into the 2005 fatal shooting of an Italian intelligence agent, Nicola Calipari, and wounding of journalist Giuliana Sgrena by American troops in Iraq. The exchange visit is a continuation of increasing Indo-US cooperation in counter terrorism operations. While there have been a number of high profile visits between senior officers in the recent past, a joint counter terrorism exercise was also conducted between Indian infantry troops and the US Marines in Belgaum last year.