Indian Covert Ops and the Myanmar Strike

After an ambush that led to the death of 18 soldiers in Manipur (June 4th, 2015), Indian special forces (Para Commandos) carried out an operation (June 9th, 2015) inside of Myanmar destroying two training camps and killing scores of militants.  The two camps allegedly belonged to the National Socialist Council of Nagaland – Khaplang (NSCN-K) and the Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL). Minister of State for Ministry of Information Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore told reporters that “Be it Yemen or Iraq, attacks on Indians are not acceptable. This is also a message to our neighbours who shelter terrorists.” However, other military officials cautioned against comparing the Myanmar operation to anything that can be carried out in Pakistan.

A brief backgrounder on the NSCN-K and KYKL from the South Asia Terrorism Portal.

More info on the attack from India Times.

A backgrounder on the Manipur insurgency from Binalakshmi Nepram

Praveen Swami on the role of diplomacy in facilitating the operation.

Sushant Singh on other Indian operations into foreign territory.

Vikram Sood warns against the public chest thumping following the operation. Wasbir Hussain also provides some analysis on the operation and its aftermath.

Can this also be applied to Pakistan? For an interesting read, here is George Perkovich and Toby Dalton on the different options that Modi use to respond to terrorism emanating from Pakistan.

Shashank Joshi also discusses whether a similar operation can be done against Pakistan, as well as look at some of the irregularities in the account of the operation.

Finally an article by Kishalay Bhattacharjee (written on June 6th before the raid) warns about the operations that are retributive in nature, giving the examples of Operation Bluebird and Operation Summer Storm.

*This story is rapidly changing