Having tasted major success by killing around eight terrorists during their brief stint in Jammu and Kashmir, the Garud Special Forces of the Indian Air Force are raring to go and want to be given more exposure to direct counter terror operations in the state.
The youngest Special Force of the country, which encountered one of its first major operations during the Pathankot air base attack by Pakistan-backed militants , is also expanding its numbers to meet its requirements during peace and also war-time roles assigned to it.
“Two of our teams are already in operation in Hajin area of Jammu and Kashmir and they would be replaced by two other units soon. This is going to help more and more of our troops get exposure to real action,” a senior Garud officer told MAIL TODAY.
In the aftermath of Pathankot operations, the IAF and Army had agreed to give exposure to the Garuds in counter-terror ops in the Valley and two teams were attached to the 13 Rashtriya Rifles. After a few weeks, they started operating in close coordination with the Army, but also kept developing their own intelligence network.