India asks for Israeli help fighting Islamists

Monday, September 15, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

India has turned to Israel for assistance in fighting Muslim insurgents in the disputed Kashmir region, according to Israeli media reports this week.

Israeli Gen. Avi Mizrahi, head of Israel's Ground Forces Command, reportedly paid a visit to Kashmir last week to assess India's counter-terror efforts and the preparedness of Indian forces.

The visit ended with a proposed agreement under which Israel will send teams of commandoes to train Indian soldiers in counter-terror tactics and urban warfare.

Mizrahi's trip was kept secret for fear of sparking unrest among Indian Muslims, but has since been widely reported in the Indian and Pakistani press.

Pakistan controls the other half of Kashmir, and is accused by India of aiding the Muslim insurgents operating in the Indian half of the volatile territory.

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