India-Pakistan: June 26, 2005

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 In Kashmir, Islamic radicals continue to attack Indian troops and civilians and, increasingly, Moslems who oppose the radicals. Suicide attacks are more common against better prepared Indian troops and police. Remote control bombs and assassinations of civilians are more common as well. But most Kashmiris are getting tired of the endless violence, which has killed over 40,000 since it began in 1989. However, the violence is declining, and the tourists are returning. This year, so far, there are 90 percent more tourists than last year. Tourism, especially from India, has long been a major component of the Kashmir economy. This business was largely destroyed by the late 1990s, because of the Islamic terrorists.

In northeast India, soldiers raided the camp of  the Chin National Army, a rebel group from across the border  in Burma. The rebels represent a Christian group that has been in rebellion since 1988, but was forced by Burmese army pressure to establish their camp in India. Some 200 Chin rebels fled the Indian troops. This attack is the result of India and Burma agreeing to clear out all rebel camps, on both sides of their mutual border.

 

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