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Daily news – February 8, 2022

News from: Al Jazeera, Astana Times, Atlantic Council, Brookings, Bruegel, Chatham House, CSIS, Defense News, Defense One, East Asia Forum, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Global Times, Human Rights Watch, Japan Institute of International Affairs, Nextgov, Reuters, RFE RL, RUSI, StartMagazine, The Jamestown Foundation, Vatican  AFGHANISTAN – USA Where are the detailed Pentagon reports like […]

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Anxiety in Kashmir as India panel proposes to redraw election map (Rifat Fareed, Al Jazeera)

A controversial proposal to redraw the electoral map of Indian-administered Kashmir has caused anxiety and anger among the region’s Muslims, who say the move is aimed at “disempowering” them. In March last year, a delimitation commission headed by a former judge of India’s Supreme Court was appointed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government and tasked […]

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Six rebels, Indian soldier killed in Kashmir: Police (Al Jazeera)

Government forces in Indian-administered Kashmir have killed six suspected rebels in two incidents overnight, police said, rounding off another bloody year in the disputed territory. “Six militants, including two Pakistan nationals, have been killed in two separate encounters with the security forces in Anantnag and Kulgam districts of Kashmir,” the region’s police chief, Vijay Kumar, said on […]

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Suspected rebel killed in fresh Kashmir gun battle (Al Jazeera)

Indian troops have killed a suspected rebel during a gun battle in Indian-administered Kashmir, officials said, as violence escalates in the territory at the heart of decades of tensions with neighbouring Pakistan. Fighting between Indian security forces and rebels broke out in the early hours of Tuesday in the Surankote area of Jammu region’s Poonch district, where a small […]

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On Human Rights Day, Kashmir rights groups decry India crackdown (Rifat Fareed, Al Jazeera)

On the International Human Rights Day every year, 62-year-old Parveena Ahanger and the families of hundreds of victims of enforced disappearances in Indian-administered Kashmir would gather at a park to seek the whereabouts of their children or spouses who disappeared during decades of conflict. For Ahanger and the family members of other victims, who would gather under […]

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India Responds to New Kashmiri Militant Factions’ Campaign Against Civilians (Animesh Roul, The Jamestown Foundation)

After a period of relative dormancy, India’s restive Kashmir region has been struck by violence again, witnessing an increase in the targeted killings of civilians. In October alone, there were 45 deaths, including 13 civilians and 12 security force personnel. With the killing of a well-known pharmacist, Makhnalal Bindroo, and street vendor, Virender Paswan, in […]

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Families bury bodies of Kashmir civilians, shutdown in protest (Al Jazeera)

Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir have exhumed the bodies of two civilians and returned them to their families who claim Indian troops used them as human shields and executed them in “cold blood” during a gunfight earlier this week. Police earlier said the two men – Altaf Ahmad Bhat, 48, and Mudasir Gul, 40 – died […]

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India to probe Kashmir civilian killings, residents say ‘eyewash’ (Rifat Fareed, Al Jazeera)

Following widespread outrage over the killing of four people, including at least two civilians, in a gun battle in Indian-administered Kashmir, the disputed region’s New Delhi-backed administration has ordered an inquiry into the incident. The move announced on Thursday came a day after the families of the two civilians and activists protested in the main city […]

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Five suspected rebels killed in Kashmir amid escalating violence (Rifat Fareed, Al Jazeera)

Five suspected rebels have been killed by Indian forces in the southern district Indian-administered Kashmir, a day after a gunfight in the region triggered protests following the allegations of civilians being used as “human shields” by Indian armed forces. The five were killed in two separate operations in the Kulgam district on Wednesday. Five suspected […]

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Civilian shot dead in Kashmir as India’s home minister visits (Rifat Fareed, Al Jazeera)

A 19-year-old civilian has been shot dead in Indian-administered Kashmir in what his family called “cold-blooded murder” by Indian forces. It was the 12th civilian killing this month in the region either by rebel fighters or security forces. Civilian shot dead in Kashmir as India’s home minister visits | News | Al Jazeera

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Killings trigger fear, memory of dark past among Kashmiri Hindus (Al Jazeera)

A Kashmiri Hindu activist was listening to religious hymns on his cellphone when he was interrupted by a tragic WhatsApp message. It brought news of a fatal shooting of a prominent chemist from his community, just a few miles from the activist’s home in Srinagar, the largest city in Indian-administered Kashmir. Sanjay Tickoo, 54, anxiously […]

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What is behind the recent surge in violence in Kashmir? (Al Jazeera)

A surge in violence in Indian-administered Kashmir in recent weeks, including a spate of suspected rebel attacks on civilians and a widespread crackdown by security forces, has left at least 33 people dead in the heavily militarised region since early October. Kashmir, which is claimed in full by India and Pakistan but ruled in parts […]