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US army officers will receive training in guerrilla warfare in Mizoram

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Guwahati, Sept 1, IRNA
India-US-Army Training
A team of 50 United States army officers are arriving next week to receive training in low-intensity guerrilla warfare from Indian anti-terror experts in the jungles of the northeastern state of Mizoram, military officials said today.

An Indian army commander said the two-week training on
unconventional warfare at the Counter Insurgency Jungle Warfare School (CIJWS) at Vairangte in Mizoram begins September 13.

"Apart from a rigorous drill on how to tackle an unconventional war or low intensity conflict, the training module would have a session of simulated anti-insurgency operations for the American soldiers," a commander at the CIJWS told IRNA.

The school at Vairangte is considered as one of world's most prestigious anti-terrorist institution with troops from several countries getting counter-insurgency training.

"The motto of this institute is to fight a guerrilla like a guerrilla," the commander said.

"The training module is non-conventional and once a soldier undergoes training here, he can face all deadly situations anywhere in the world."
About 150 American soldiers have already undergone training at Vairangte with the last batch of nine Alaska Army National Guard's Long Range Surveillance Detachment soldiers completing a six-week course in 2004.

"The troops are taught to live in difficult and hostile terrain,eat and sleep like the guerrilla and strike as silently as the guerrilla," an instructor at the CIJWS said.

"Soldiers from the US, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal have already undergone training here and were are now getting queries from France, Uzbekistan, Italy, besides some African countries willing to get their soldiers trained here at Vairangte," the commander said.

The British government has recently sought the services of experts from the CIJWS to set up a similar institute in the United Kingdom,the official said.

The Vairangte School at present runs four counter-insurgency and jungle warfare courses open only to officers and soldiers below 28 years of age.

The school was set up in 1970 after Indian soldiers suffered heavy casualties at the hands of northeastern rebels who were adept at hit-and-run guerrilla strikes.


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