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In A First, CRPF To Be Deployed At Indian Embassy In War-Torn Iraq

| February 23 , 2018 , 09:00 IST

In the first overseas task for India's central paramilitary force, the government is preparing to deploy commandos of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at the Indian embassy in war-torn Iraq that is under threat of multiple terror groups.

Although the last attack at the Indian embassy in Iraq took place in 2004, central intelligence agencies, including RAW have warned of possible terror attacks, in an area which is under threat from the Islamic State (ISIS) Al Qaida and other terror groups.

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Initially, a contingent of 45 highly trained CRPF men led by a deputy commandant rank officer will be posted to secure the embassy and diplomats in Baghdad, and more personnel would be sent later if required.

According to sources, the home ministry has already issued an in-principle approval for the deployment of an armed squad at the embassy complex in the Al Mansour area of Baghdad. The CRPF commandos would be tasked with securing the embassy, its diplomatic staff and their families against terror threats while they are within and outside the embassy complex.

“Given the constant threat of the IS terror group in Iraq, it was being discussed for a long time that the Indian embassy there should have a professional security cover,” an official said.

An official added that the CRPF's elite CoBRA squad is to be a part of the proposed contingent to be sent to Iraq. The deployed CRPF personnel would be adept in handling improvised explosive devices (IEDs), conducting special operations and hostage rescue tasks.


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