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NSG holds 7th Joint Anti-Terror Mock Drills Exercise TARKASH with US’ SOF in Kolkata

Published on May 16, 2024
Current Context: The National Security Guard (NSG) and the US Special Operations Forces (SOF) have recently conducted the 7th edition of their joint counter-terrorism exercise, ‘Tarkash’, in Kolkata.
NSG holds 7th Joint Anti-Terror Mock Drills Exercise TARKASH with US’ SOF in Kolkata
  • This annual exercise commenced on April 22 and concluded on May 15.
  • The three-week exercise encompassed intense training and mock drills in urban counter-terrorism scenarios.
  • The drills included a wide spectrum of counter-terror operations in an urban environment, such as close quarter battle, building intervention drills, hostage rescue operations, surveillance, long-range sniping, and planning complex operations involving multiple targets in multiple locations.
  • The primary objective of ‘Tarkash’ is to build functional relations and enhance interoperability between the two special forces, particularly in urban counter-terrorism contingencies.
  • It also aims to improve bilateral cooperation between India and the US in matters relating to combating terrorism, in all its forms and manifestations.

Question:

Q.1 What is the name of the joint counter-terrorism exercise conducted by the National Security Guard (NSG) and the US Special Operations Forces (SOF)?
a. Operation Thunderbolt
b. Operation Tarkash
c. Operation Counterstrike
d. Operation Freedom
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