In a first for CRPF, the elite paramilitary force may soon stand guard for the diplomats working at the Indian embassy in the Iraqi capital city.
The Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Home Affairs have given their approval in-principle for stationing a group of 45-50 CRPF personnel to guard the embassy complex.
The will have commandos from the specialized unit CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action), of CRPF and will be led a deputy commandant officer. The elite commandos who specialise in guerrilla tactics and jungle warfare will also look out for the safety of diplomats when they move of Embassy compound.
The elite contingent will be tasked majorly with rescue hostage operations and proficient handling of improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The country, specially its capital has been witness to innumerable terror attacks from organisations like Al-Qaeda and ISIS for the past few years.
A senior government official echoed on the same by sharing that indeed Indian government was considering on strengthening the security cover of its diplomats working in the terror-stricken city. “The effort to send the paramilitary commandos is a move in that direction. A final decision will be taken soon,” the official apprised.
Terror attacks have rocked the city from time to time after the advent of ISIS into the country. Most recently, over 38 people lost their lives when suicide bombers blew themselves in the busy marketplace of central Baghdad. Thus it is a welcome move by the Indian government on safeguarding its workplace in a city which is still overcoming its shambles of peace and order.
(Source – NDTV, TOI, The Guardian)
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