‘India ready for ops against ISIS under UN flag’
India on Wednesday said it can undertake operations against the ISIS terror group under a UN flag if the global body adopts a resolution in this regard.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who has returned after a crucial meeting with his US counterpart Ashton Carter in Washington, said that India has been sharing intelligence on the ISIS and it will be enhanced.
“We have made it clear that if there is a UN resolution and if there is UN flag and a UN mission, then as per India’s policy to operate under UN flag, we will participate,” Parrikar said here at India Gate after laying wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti on Vijay Diwas.
He was replying to questions on the possibility of India’s participation in operations against the ISIS.
Asked specifically if India will operate against the ISIS under the UN flag, he said, “that depends on whether UN takes a resolution”.
India had earlier this month, along with major world economies, participated in the first-ever global meeting held in Paris to discuss and evolve mechanisms to combat the clandestine and largely undetected terrorist financing network of the Islamic State terror group.
Indian security establishment suggests that around 20 Indians are currently fighting for ISIS in Iraq-Syria. They include two youths from Kalyan in the outskirts of Mumbai, an Australia-based Kashmiri, one youth from Telangana, one from Karnataka, one Oman-based Indian and another Singapore-based Indian.
Last year, a youth from Kalyan had returned home after spending about six-months with ISIS. He was arrested upon arrival in Mumbai.
Parrikar bats for Chief of Defence Staff
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday indicated that the post of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) could be a reality soon, a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi marked defence reforms as a priority and stressed that “jointness at the top” was a need long overdue.
Parrikar said, the Defence Ministry will also submit a report on various issues that Modi had raised during the annual Combined Commanders Conference held in Kochi on Tuesday.
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