When Surgical Strikes Were a State Secret

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When Surgical Strikes Were a State Secret

Illustration: Akshita Monga/ Arré


he timing of the Uri attack came as no surprise to me. The month of September is when tanzeems or infiltration factions are most active. It has always been the most fertile period for this sort of activity, because the rains in the prior months make it difficult to cross over. After October, as winter sets in, the passes become almost impenetrable. September offers the perfect window.

In my 35-year career in the Corps of Army Air Defence, I have witnessed more infiltrations and attacks than I care to remember. Most of my postings were spent in counterinsurgency ops and intel roles in the Northeast or close to the LoC around notorious infiltration staging areas.