Afghanistan Seeks Military Assistance From India Amid Escalating Conflict With Taliban

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Fighting between Afghanistan forces and the Taliban* has intensified in the past few weeks since foreign troops have begun to withdraw from the country. No ceasefire has been announced on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, signifying that the fierce fighting will continue as the Taliban keeps taking hold of large swathes of land.

As fighting with the Taliban has continued to escalate, Afghanistan is looking for military assistance from India to fight the terrorists who continue to claim control of key border posts and cities in the war-torn nation. 

Newly-appointed Afghan Army Chief General Wali Mohammad Ahmadzai is scheduled to meet top security officials in India, including Indian Army Chief General M.M. Naravane and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on a visit next week. 

What’s On Agenda

The supply of equipment and military platforms from India will be on top of the agenda of the Afghanistan Army chief during his talks with the country’s top brass, said Indian defence officials. 

India has supplied as many as seven helicopters to Afghanistan over the past several years. These include Mi-24 attack helicopters and Cheetal choppers. 

India has also been training Afghan cadets at military academies in the country. Defence sources said that Afghanistan has presented a “wish list” to India that consists of offensive military hardware, including artillery guns, tanks and armoured vehicles, and discussions will be held about this list.

India’s…

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