Sixth anniversary of Surgical Strike

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The nation celebrates the sixth anniversary of surgical strike on 28 September.

Important facts

  • On 28 September 2016, the Indian Army launched surgical strikes against terrorist camps situated in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

  • Eleven days after the Uri attack, in which 18 soldiers lost their lives, the Indian Army conducted surgical strikes on the intervening night of 28 and 29 September 2016, in which terrorists inflicted heavy losses.

  • The Indian Army, including commandos of various units of the Para (Special Forces) stationed in Jammu and Kashmir, raided several positions across the border.

  • With this action, India gave a befitting message that if needed, it can cross the border and attack terrorist hideouts.

What is a Surgical Strike?

  • A surgical strike or surgical operation is a military attack carried out only for the purpose of destroying a designated military target.

  • In a surgical strike, every effort is made to cause less damage to the surrounding construction, vehicles, buildings or other public.

  • Such an action requires tremendous coordination between the government, intelligence agencies and security forces.

  • India has conducted surgical strikes against insurgent groups in Myanmar in 2015 and terror launch pads along the Line of Control in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in 2016.

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