Government sources claimed on Monday that 45-50 terrorists including suicide bombers are currently undergoing training at Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp in Pakistan’s Balakot. It may be recalled that Indian Air Force’s Mirage 2000 fighter jets had decimated a Jaish-e-Mohammad terror camp in Balakot on February 26. The JeM’s terror camp destroyed in the airstrikes carried out by IAF to avenge the terror attack on a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama was located in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa of Pakistan. It was the biggest training camp of Pakistan-backed terror group.

The terror camp located on a hilltop amidst thick forest was an advanced training centre where suicide bombers were trained. According to intelligence sources, Balakot was an important training center for JeM and other Pakistan-based terror groups. Continue reading


The Border Security Force (BSF) has sought a modern “anti-drone system” that could detect and destroy a lone or swarm of suspicious aerial platforms in the operations area, in the wake of recent spurt of UAVs being spotted across the India-Pakistan international border. The border guarding force, as per an official document accessed by PTI, has sought a full drone detection system that will have radars, radio frequency receivers, jammers and system controllers to neutralise all Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).

“The BSF has been asked to obtain the required technology to detect and effectively engage rogue drones, by the Union home ministry. The force has also been asked to train troops who will handle these systems at the Indo-Pak IB that runs along Jammu, Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat,” a senior official said. Continue reading


The Sri Lanka cricket team returned home after a historic 3-0 whitewash against the top-ranked T20I team Pakistan. However, the country’s cricket board president said that despite the security arrangements, having to stay in a hotel and having to wait for roads to be closed was not easy. “The players had to stay inside the hotel. I got fed up staying for three or four days. We have to talk to the players and support staff and see how this will affect the Test series,” Sri Lanka Cricket President Shammi Silva was quoted as saying by the Ceylon Daily News.

Sri Lanka are scheduled to return to Pakistan for a Test series in December. But Silva said that the board would need to talk to the players as being cooped up in hotel rooms was not ideal for them. Continue reading


Turkish forces that launched multiple artillery rounds near a U.S. Special Operations outpost in northeastern Syria on Friday have known for months that Americans were there, according to four current and former U.S. officials, raising questions whether Turkey is trying to push American troops farther from the border.

The incident occurred on a hilltop base overlooking the town of Kobane as Turkey continues an operation launched Wednesday against Syrian Kurds, some of whom the United States has partnered with for years in its campaign against the Islamic State. The incursion has focused on an area 60 miles west of Kobane, but U.S. officials contend Turkey has long-term aspirations to control a much larger swath of Syria. Continue reading


Pakistan Rangers fired from small arms to target areas along the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district, officials said on Monday.

There was no damage to any property in the ceasefire violations that took place overnight, they said. The Pakistani Rangers opened fire on BoPs and villages in Chadwal belt of Hiranagar sector. Continue reading


Pakistan is under a lot of pressure at the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting, currently underway in Paris, to rein in terror groups operating from its soil, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval said on Monday. Doval, who was addressing a meeting of the chiefs of the Anti-Terrorism Squads (ATS), said the biggest pressure on Pakistan comes from the functionaries of the FATF.

In the present context, no country can afford to go for a war as the financial and human costs are huge and no one is sure about the victory, he said. Continue reading


After accusing the Centre of backtracking on earlier commitments on a separate flag and constitution for Nagas, the Isak-Muivah faction of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) has now blamed the seven other rebel outfits engaged in talks with New Delhi of doublespeak on the Naga cause.

While NSCN-IM, the biggest of the Naga rebel outfits, is seeking a separate flag and constitution, it feels the other outfits, called the working committee of Naga National Political Groups or WC of NNPGs, are not serious about it. Issuing a statement on Sunday evening, NSCN-IM said that those heading the WC, NNPGs are a “confused lot of people” who are speaking “in contrasting tone”. Continue reading


Most of the 130-odd people arrested by security agencies in India for suspected ISIS links were inspired by the speeches of controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, a top official of the National Investigation Agency Alok Mittal told a conference of anti-terror teams on Monday.

Mittal said security agencies had arrested 127 people from different parts of the country in recent years due to ISIS links. The largest number of people were arrested from Tamil Nadu, 33, Uttar Pradesh, 19 and Kerala, 17, Telangana 14, Maharashtra 12, Karnataka 8 and Delhi 7. The other states from where ISIS suspects have been arrested are Uttarakhand, Bengal, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh. Continue reading


The Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) was trying to spread its tentacles across India and a list of 125 suspects have been shared with different states, chief of National Investigation Agency (NIA) Y C Modi said on Monday. Addressing a meeting of chiefs of the Anti-Terrorism Squads (ATS), Modi said the JMB has spread its activities in states like Jharkhand, Bihar, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala in the guise of Bangladeshi immigrants.

“The NIA has shared with states concerned a list of 125 suspected activists who have close links with the JMB leadership,” he said. Inspector General of the NIA Alok Mittal said from 2014 to 2018, the JMB has set up 20-22 hideouts in Bangalore and tried to spread its bases in South India. Continue reading


Jammu and Kashmir Police on Monday arrested two Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) terrorists from Ganderbal and Kashmir, sources said. Police were looking for these terrorists since September last week after it received an input that they were hiding in Kashmir, the sources in Jammu and Kashmir Police told ANI.

AK 47 rifles and ammunition were seized from their possession, they said. The identities of the terrorists are yet to be revealed by the police. Notably, this was the fifth operation to nab terrorists by Jammu and Kashmir Police in last 15 days. On 28 September, three hardcore militants of HM were eliminated in Batote Ramban District. Continue reading


Alert has been sounded and security stepped up after four men in Army fatigue were seen in a car with an Uttar Pradesh registration number in Patiala, the home town of Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh.

Police said that the men were spotted either in a Ford Figo or Hyundai car which had an Uttar Pradesh registration number early on Monday morning. The witnesses said the vehicle was moving suspiciously. It was first spotted at the National Highway toll barrier at Dhareri Jattan village on Patiala-Rajpura road and then near the Army cantonment area on Patiala-Sangrur road around 8 AM. Police sounded an alert after the witnesses reported the matter to the police. Continue reading


The hoopla over Shastra Puja during induction ceremony of India’s Rafale fighter Jet RB-1 in the presence of two senior IAF officials, India’s Air Attache and Deputy Air Attache from the Indian Embassy of France by the Defence Minister Mr. Rajnath Singh refuses to die down. The Raksha Mantri later shared some photographs of the ceremony on social media platform wherein he can be seen offering incense sticks, flowers, coconut and not to forget the green lemons under the wheels besides inscribing the enchanted symbol of “?” on the front fuselage of the fighter jet prior to proceeding on for a sortie on the same aircraft.

His posted on the twitter “Performed Shastra puja on the auspicious occasion of Vijaya Dashami. Worshiping weapons on Vijaya Dashami has been our tradition.” Continue reading


Almost four years after Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists attacked the Pathankot airbase to punch gaping holes in the security set-up of military installations, which also triggered a sharp downturn in ties with Pakistan, the new “virtually impregnable” perimeter system at the frontline station will soon be fully operational after several delays.

“The pilot project of the integrated perimeter security system (IPSS) at the Pathankot airbase will be completed by November-December. It will then be replicated in other bases,” IAF chief Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria said.Sources said IAF planned to install the IPSS, which is a “comprehensive multi-sensor, multi-layered, hi-tech surveillance and intrusion detection system”, at 23 of its “sensitive and high risk” airbases. Concurrently, the force is also pushing the case for “electric smart power fences” for 19 other air stations. Continue reading


At a time when Pakistan-backed terror groups are using small drones to smuggle weapons and narcotics into India, the security forces have been given clearance to shoot down drones flying at 1,000 feet or below, sources said. “Security agencies deployed along the international border have been given the clearance to shoot down drone crossing the boundary and flying at 1,000 feet and below,” government sources told news agency ANI.

For any drone flying at heights above 1,000 feet, the final clearance will have to be taken from the agencies concerned as the flying object can be an aeroplane also, the sources said. Recently, the security forces including the Border Security Force have been spotting small drones crossing the international border in Punjab where the Chinese-origin unmanned aerial vehicles have even been used to supply assault rifles and drugs. Continue reading


An line with the central government’s push to make India a major defence manufacturing hub, a firm based in Karnataka’s Bengaluru has developed the country’s first indigenous sniper rifle prototypes that are meant for use by the Indian armed forces.

SSS Defence, which has developed two sniper rifles, is hoping to lead the way for India to become a arms manufacturing and exporting hub. “We started designing and developing these rifles after ‘make in India’ came in the defence sector. We became one of the few manufacturers allowed to develop arms in the country. These two weapons are entirely made indigenously,” SSS Defence Managing Director (MD) Satish R Machani told ANI on Sunday. Continue reading