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India and Kyrgyzstan Special Forces started a military exercise named “Exercise Khanjar” in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
About Exercise Khanjar
- Exercise Khanjar is a Joint Special Forces Military Exercise between India and Kyrgyzstan.
- Initiated in: The exercise was started in the year 2011. This is the Eighth Edition of the Exercise.
- Aim: The exercise aims to boost the strategic partnership between India and Kyrgyzstan. It also focuses on high-altitude, mountains and counter-extremism drills.
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.
- 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.