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23 Apr, 2021

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Exercise Khanjar- exercise between India and Kyrgyzstan

GS-II : International Relations India and its neighborhood

India and Kyrgyzstan Special Forces have 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.
  • The exercise was started in the year 2011. This is the Eighth Edition of the Exercise.
  • 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.
  • 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.

About Kyrgyzstan:

  • Kyrgyzstan is a landlocked country in Central Asia bordering Kazakhstan, China, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Its capital is Bishkek.
  • It is often referred to as ‘Central Asia’s only democracy.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Source: TH

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