India ready for operation against ISIS if UN adopts resolution: Parrikar

Indian security establishment suggests that around 20 Indians are currently fighting for ISIS in Iraq-Syria.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:December 16, 2015 12:18 pm
manohar parrikar, islamic state, Parrikar islamic State, India Islamic state, INdia is Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. Express archive photo

India on Wednesday said it can undertake operations against the ISIS terror group under a UN flag if the global body adopts a resolution in this regard. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who has returned after a crucial meeting with his US counterpart Ashton Carter in Washington, also said that India has been sharing intelligence on the ISIS and it will be enhanced.

“We have made it clear that if there is a UN resolution and if there is UN flag and a UN mission, then as per India’s policy to operate under UN flag, we will participate,” Parrikar told reporters here at India Gate after laying wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti on Vijay Diwas.

He was replying to questions on the possibility of India’s participation in operations against the ISIS. Asked specifically if India will operate against the ISIS under the UN flag, he said, “that depends on whether UN takes a resolution”. India had earlier this month, along with major world economies, participated in the first-ever global meeting held in Paris to discuss and evolve mechanisms to combat the clandestine and largely undetected terrorist financing network of the Islamic State terror group.

Indian security establishment suggests that around 20 Indians are currently fighting for ISIS in Iraq-Syria. They include two youths from Kalyan in the outskirts of Mumbai, an Australia-based Kashmiri, one youth from Telangana, one from Karnataka, one Oman-based Indian and another Singapore-based Indian.

Last year, a youth from Kalyan had returned home after spending about six-months with ISIS. He was arrested upon arrival in Mumbai. Among the six Indians, who fought alongside ISIS and got killed were three Indian Mujahideen terrorists, including Sultan Ajmer Shah and Bada Sajid, who had joined its ranks after being in Pakistan, two from Maharashtra and one from Telangana.

On September 15, the UAE deported four Indians suspected to have links with ISIS. The UAE had also sent back in September a 37-year-old woman, Afsha Jabeen alias Nicky Joseph, who was allegedly involving in recruiting youths for ISIS.

In January, Salman Mohiuddin of Hyderabad was arrested at Hyderabad airport when he was preparing to board a flight to Dubai on way to Syria via Turkey. So far, 17 young men, mostly from Telangana, have been prevented from travelling to Syria, ostensibly to join ISIS.

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    Sid
    Jul 31, 2016 at 9:49 pm
    It is good that India has a perspective on getting rid of this vermin
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      Brenden
      Mar 5, 2016 at 8:16 am
      rd=cei=dpTaVpbFJMSpuwTezZXwDg There is no point in backing down now.They have already brought the fight to us and its an either do or die situation.We have to take some action against it we can not wait any longer.I do not expect a full scale attack against isis but covert operations and support of other militias like YPG and THE LIONS OF THE CANYON who fight them.
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        veer
        Apr 23, 2016 at 3:16 pm
        For the time being, instead of meddling in some conflict taking place somewhere else, India must first eliminate all the terrorist and insurgent groups within it's interiors. The army should launch a strong operation to clear out South Kashmir of it's terrorist nests in the mountain ranges.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Next, the paramilitary forces should go all out against Naxals and such communist movements(China-sponsored) and bring an end to them.lt;br/gt;Once the interiors are clear, India can initiate operations in far away places.
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          Aryan
          Dec 16, 2015 at 8:29 am
          Reasonable predication. Regarding 20 suspects in ISIS: (1) the figure is so low for any country, that out of discussion (2) There is no plan (doctrine) of defense, so it looks that India does have natural military enimies. (3) Where the Indian soldiers can be emplo after the military contract is over within the domestic borders - [Compare the tasks with political plays with 10 liters of alcohol]
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            Harry
            Dec 18, 2015 at 1:50 pm
            Mr. Parikar should not involve in the IS conflict under whatever flag. We have to think about the safety of gulf workers. Many gulf states offer nibble for their countries and as soon as people arrive there, they snatch pports and send them to dangerous places like Irak and Syria. And people wait for their fate. These workers are vulnerable to the ISIS. Better keep away from this menace. There are many rich countries support IS by financing and arming them and at the same time they blame ISIS. India should not get fooled.
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              papaji
              Dec 16, 2015 at 7:53 am
              i think we should refrain from entering a situation created by US. The problem was created by US and its allies and they should solve it. Not India.
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                GNS
                Dec 16, 2015 at 10:03 am
                I agree absolutely if the Defence Minister agrees to send his own family members in this futile fight against ISIS. ISIS is not fighting for Islam.It is fighting to save the face of Sunnis after their humiliating defeat / loss of power after so many centuries of Sunni rule. India is stupid to enter this fight between Sunni Islam and the West. There is so much work to do in India to cut terror roots and our Defence Minister is eager to butter Washington DC !
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                  BharatK
                  Dec 16, 2015 at 8:48 am
                  India SHOULD never enter into this mess. Shri Parikar need to learn diplomacy to speak.
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                    Sanjay
                    Dec 16, 2015 at 12:25 pm
                    First they will never involve the UN in Syria war as they the west are fighting against Asad and wants to remove Russian base in Syria. This mean involving UN is legitimizing Asad sovereignty, and Russian bases in Syria.
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                      undefined
                      Dec 16, 2015 at 10:40 am
                      He should , first take care of Islamic terrorism at the India' s border! India cannot even make it's own defence need s. Build more toilet!
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                        Sumit
                        Dec 16, 2015 at 6:35 pm
                        This is not right. Indian government must join with other world powers to fight with this lslamic menace whether UN sanctions or not. Another matter is India must not stop this sleeper cells to join ISIS and deing there, instead government must encourage them to go and die there. So that security of India will be fine tuned and no need of increasing fund for security in India.
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                          V.V.Chandrasekaran
                          Dec 16, 2015 at 7:57 am
                          It is an unnecessary statement by the defence minister knowing well it will be a futile exercise. Instead of that he could do well to clean India first combating the extremists.Vellor.. Venkatesa.. Chandrasekaran
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                            Indian
                            Dec 16, 2015 at 10:02 am
                            Indian soldiers are working in many places with UN sanction. ... So nothing wrong with accepting a UN role in IS-IS area. .... Volunteers from Armed Forces can be send as UN offers much higher pay and there would be many who wouldn't mind going.
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