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India’s security outreach to Central Asia, trains Uzbek troops

As a part of India’s security outreach to Central Asia, 13 Kumaon regiment, a famed Indian Army battalion is training troops from the Uzbekistan Army. This Indian Army battalion is known for its brave stand against Chinese troops in the 1962 Indo-China war. 

The exercise named “Exercise Dustlik” will last for 10 days in which Indian troops are sharing experiences in tackling terrorist threats in a variety of situations, from dense jungle hideouts to cordon and search operations in villages and storming high-risk buildings.  

The final part of the exercise called validations drills is likely to be attended by the Deputy Defence Minister of Uzbekistan, highlighting the growing military ties India is developing in a region that has a strong Chinese influence. 

The Army’s 13 Kumaon regiment was given the title of the bravest of the brave for various heroics over the year and is most famous for the battle at Rezang La in Eastern Ladakh where one of its companies stood up to an assault in 1962 to the last man, will also train foreign troops on special helicopter-borne operations that involve rapid induction of soldiers into the battlefield. 

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