|SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii (AP) -- As 40 Indian soldiers descend on a mock village in the Oahu mountains to hunt for insurgents, they are watched by U.S. Army officers looking for lessons they can apply when leading their units through the same exercise.
The troops are on the island for the biggest joint drills the Indian and U.S. armies have had to date, the latest sign of growing military relations between the two nuclear powers.
The bilateral exercise, called Yudh Abhyas, or ''training for war'' in Hindi, started four years ago with a handful of Indian and U.S. soldiers. It has since ballooned to feature hundreds of troops, including 140 Indians who flew to Hawaii, which hosts the U.S. Pacific Command whose reach extends to their homeland.
3/9th Gorkha Rifles and 1/21st US Infantry Regiment participating in this round of exercises.