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As Its Conflict With Pakistan Heats Up, India Looks to Israel for Arms, Tactics.

On Feb. 25, 11 days after a suicide bomber from the Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Muhammad killed upwards of 40 soldiers in Indian-controlled Kashmir, Mirage 2000 fighter jets crossed into Pakistani airspace, marking the Indian military's first incursion into its northwestern neighbor since 1971. The jets dropped an Israeli-made precision-guided bomb called the SPICE 2000an acronym for "Smart, Precise, Impact, and Cost-Effective"striking at a supposed terrorist camp in Balakot, inside of undisputed Pakistani territory.

If the weapons were Israeli, so was the tactic: Since the start of Syria's civil war, Israel has launched hundreds of strikes on targets inside the country, often from Lebanese or international airspace. Although it is difficult to know with absolute certainty, early reports indicated that India originally planned on striking from Pakistani Kashmir (which India does not consider to be part of Pakistan) but that heavy winds forced the planes to cross the international border. India's strike last month, therefore, was just the sort of surgical, non-balance-shifting attack that Israel has mastered in its own neighborhood, using Israeli weapons to boot.

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Author:Rosen, Armin
Publication:Tablet Magazine
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Mar 8, 2019
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