For the first time in the ongoing exercises between the Indian and US armies, a mock exercise on immediate response in the event of a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear terrorist attack has been conducted.
According to the Indian Express, the joint military exercise of the anti-terrorist unit National Security Guard (NSG) and US Special Operations Forces (SOF) is underway in the city of Chennai in the state of Tamil Nadu, which has been named Turkey.
The exercises will begin on January 16 and conclude on February 14.
Last year, Russia accused Ukraine of using chemical weapons in the disputed region of Kharkiv to extract aid money from Western countries, blaming Russia.
A government official told The Indian Express that for the first time, the joint exercise includes a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) terrorist attack.
He said that a mock exercise was conducted on the threat of an attack during the international summit of a terrorist organization armed with chemical agents.
“The objective of the joint exercise is to quickly contain the terrorists, safely rescue the hostages and deactivate the chemical weapons.”
CBRN has also been used by governments and terrorist organizations in the past.
During the year 2017, a chemical attack using sarin gas was carried out in Syria, in which more than a hundred civilians were killed.
According to the United Nations, the possibility of acquisition of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) or CBRN by non-state actors, including terrorists and their facilitators, poses a serious threat to peace and integrity.