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Pakistan-India Conflict

February 14, 2019

A convoy of Indian paramilitary forces in Indian Kashmir was attacked by a car bomb, killing 46 troops. The terror group responsible for the attack, Jaish-e-Mohammed, is considered a Terrorist Organization by the U.S. government and has openly declared war against the United States. India has accused Pakistan of supporting Jaish-e-Mohammed and other groups.

February 25, 2019

Twelve French-made Mirage 2000 fighter bombers from the 1st “Tigers” and 7th “Battle Axes” fighter squadrons took off from bases in India. Armed with 2,000 pound laser-guided bombs and escorted by Sukhoi Su-30 MKI fighter bombers, the Mirages flew at low level forty miles into Pakistani territory and bombed what India claims was a JeM training camp outside the town of Balakot. The strike took place early in the morning (3 a.m. local time) and was conducted with tanker and unmanned surveillance aircraft support. India claims that around 300 militants were killed in the bombing raid, while Pakistan claims the air strike dropped munitions on a patch of empty land. Meanwhile on the ground, the two sides are shelling one another with artillery.

February 26, 2019

An Indian Mil-17 military transport helicopter crashed and was possibly shot down. Pakistani forces also shot down at least one, and maybe two, Indian Air Force MiG-21B fighter jets. Pakistan claims to have at least one Indian pilot in custody. For their part, Indian forces claim to have shot down a Pakistani F-16 Fighting Falcon, as well.

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