Exercise Tarkash: First time, India-US exercise includes response to nuke & bio terror attacks

Source: The post is based on the article “First time, India-US exercise includes response to nuke & bio terror attacks” published in Indian Express on 11th February 2023.

What is the News?

Exercise Tarkash between India and US is currently underway in Chennai.

What is Exercise Tarkash?

It is a counterterrorism Exercise between India’s National Security Guard(NSG) and US Special Operations Forces(SOF).

Objective: To rapidly neutralize the terrorists, rescue the hostages safely and deactivate the chemical weapons being carried by the terrorists.

Significance: For the first time, the exercise included Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) terror response in its drill.

What are Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear(CBRN) weapons?

CBRN weapons which are also classified as weapons of mass destruction (WMD) have been used by States and terror elements in the past. 

The most recent use of CBRN in the form of a sarin gas attack was witnessed in Syria in 2017 when more than 100 people died.

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