The Defence Ministry has rejected a statement by the US that it has positioned Special Forces team in India. In a categorical denial,the ministry issued a statement saying that the assertion by US Pacific Command Commander Admiral Robert Willard that Special Forces teams are stationed in India on counter terrorism roles is false.
The report is factually incorrect in so far as the reference to India is concerned. US Special Forces Teams have never been stationed in India in the past,nor are such teams stationed in the country presently, the statement read.
The US official had told US Congress on Thursday that the US has positioned special forces assist teams in South Asian countries,including India. These teams have been deployed by US Pacific Command as part of its effort to enhance their counter-terrorism capabilities,in particular in the maritime domain,Admiral Robert Willard,the PACOM Commander,said on Thursday. In his prepared statement,Willard told lawmakers that the US and India are working together on contain LeT. Responsible for many attacks in India,including the horrific attacks into Mumbai,LeT is headquartered in Pakistan,affiliated with al-Qaeda and other VEOs,and contributes to terrorist operations in Afghanistan and aspires to operate against Asia,Europe and North America, Willard said.