07 Feb '18, 4am

Maldives Crisis : Indian Tanks, Special Forces on Standby ready to take over Male

Maldives Crisis : Indian Tanks, Special Forces on Standby ready to take over Male

Besides small arms and mortars, a “few tanks” form part of the 400-600 Indian army soldiers’ weaponry in the event of their departure for Male, the Maldives capital, once the military top brass receives political clearance to deploy for the island nation besieged by its own troops. The Indian troops, which are being led by a unit of the army’s special forces, remain on standby at the IAF’s Yelahanka airbase since Monday evening after a 15-day state of emergency was declared in Maldives by President Abdulla Yameen, even as former head of state Mohamed Nasheed appealed to New Delhi, seeking military and diplomatic intervention to stem the deepening political crisis in that country. Nasheed, the exiled former Maldives president, heads the Maldivian Democratic Party which functions out of Colombo. The SoP and the Objective :: If they go in, Indian troops' task would be to: 1. ...

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