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Why India's response to Pathankot attack was 'a debacle'

  • debacle: Why India's response to Pathankot attack was 'a debacle '- BBC News.
  • debacle: Why India's response to Pathankot attack was 'a debacle '.
  • inept: The inept handling of the security operation can only be described as a debacle, writes defence analyst Rahul Bedi.
  • debacle: The inept handling of the security operation can only be described as a debacle, writes defence analyst Rahul Bedi.
  • outskirt: When the attack began, Mr Doval chose to airlift some 150 National Security Guard (NSG) personnel from their base at Manesar, on Delhi's outskirts, to fight in an unfamiliar terrain.

Reports: US-Trained Syrian Rebels Defected

  • abduct: In July, al-Nusra abducted a commander and seven fighters from the program’s first graduates just days after they deployed in Syria, following training in Turkey.
  • outcry: The unraveling of the first contingent prompted an outcry on Capitol Hill, and last week senior administration officials defended the program before skeptical lawmakers.
  • loath: Syrian rebel commanders, who have been loath to volunteer men for the program, say the two biggest problems with the mission are how tightly Washington defines “moderate” and the Obama administratio n’s insistence that the train-and-equip force can be used only against Islamic State extremists and not against the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad.
  • volunteer: Syrian rebel commanders, who have been loath to volunteer men for the program, say the two biggest problems with the mission are how tightly Washington defines “moderate” and the Obama administratio n’s insistence that the train-and-equip force can be used only against Islamic State extremists and not against the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad.
  • complication: The train-and-equip program isn ’t the only complication facing the U.S.-led coalition in shaping and directing indigenous forces in northern Syria.

Country profile: Pakistan

  • border: The east wing- present-day Bangladesh- is on the Bay of Bengal bordering India and Burma.
  • secede: The break-up of the two wings came in 1971 when the Bengali-speaking east wing seceded with help from India.
  • precarious: Economy: The precarious security situation and low fixed investment leave Pakistan's economy fragile, despite a robust private sector.
  • explosive: International: India and Afghanistan accuse Pakistan of protecting Islamist insurgents, which makes for tense and sometimes explosive relations.
  • tarnish: Civilian politics in Pakistan in the last few decades has been tarnished by corruption, inefficiency and confrontations between various institutions.