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Farkhor Air Base is the only Indian overseas military base, situated at Farkhor/Ayni in Tajikistan. The base is located 80 kilometres (50 miles) from Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan. The agreement between the two countries was signed in 2003 and became operational in late 2004. It stipulates the presence of the Indian Air Force and Indian Army to be permanently stationed there, and ward off any external threat to the country's security. Details of the composition of the base are not known but it is speculated that Indian military materiel acquired from Central Asia might be stationed there. Almost seventy percent of India's arms are procured from Russia and former Soviet republics. Dushanbe Dushanbe (Душанбе), population of more than 536,000 people (2000 census), is the capital of Tajikistan. ... 2003(MMIII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004(MMIV) is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Indian Air Force (भारतीय वायु सेना : Bharatiya Vayu Sena) is the air-arm of the Military of India and has the prime responsibility of conducting air-based warfare and securing Indian airspace. ... The Indian Army (भारतीय सेना Hindi: Bhartiya Sena) is the land force of the Military of India and has the prime responsibility of conducting land-based warfare. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...



Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Atal Bihari Vajpayee

In 2001, the India military opened a 25-bed hospital at the base at Farkhor to treat Afghan Northern Alliance members injured in fighting with the Taliban, including military leader Ahmed Shah Massoud, who was rushed there after the suicide attack against him. After the September 11 attacks, Tajikistan offered its bases, including Farkhor, to the United States in its war against terror. The Indian military hospital unit was relocated inside Afganistan with the progress of Northern Alliance forces. The US had initially shown interest in the base, but that did not proceed any further. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (902x1247, 125 KB) Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Former Prime Minister of India Source: [1] File links The following pages link to this file: Atal Bihari Vajpayee ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (902x1247, 125 KB) Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Former Prime Minister of India Source: [1] File links The following pages link to this file: Atal Bihari Vajpayee ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... The Northern Alliance (who prefer the title United Front) were a group of factions who had the common goal of toppling the Taliban regime that was formerly in power in Afghanistan. ... Flag flown by the Taliban. ... Ahmed Shah Massoud Ahmed Shah Masood (احمد شاه مسعود) (c. ... The World Trade Center on fire The September 11, 2001 attacks were a series of coordinated terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. ...

The exact origins of the offer of the Farkhor base to India are not clearly known, but the Indian Ministry of External Affairs passed on the offer to the Ministry of Defence, headed by then Defence Minister George Fernandes who seized on the opportunity. The agreement was signed by former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmonov during Vajpayee's visit to that country in 2002. Tajikistan and India share close relations, with the Tajik President visiting India many times. Common issues between the two nations include peace, security and stability to the region around Afghanistan. India has also invested in hydroelectric power and is a major donor to Tajikistan. George Fernandes (born 1930) is an Indian politician. ... Executive President Prime Minister The Union Ministries Legislative Parliament Rajya Sabha Chairman of the Rajya Sabha Lok Sabha Speaker of the House Judicial Supreme Court Chief Justice of the Supreme Court High Courts District Courts Constitution Fundamental Rights and Directive principles Regions States and territories Elections General Elections State Assembly... Atal Bihari Vajpayee (often wrongly spelt Behari; अटल बिहारी वाजपेयी in Devnagari) (born December 25, 1924) was the Prime Minister of India in 1996 and again from October 13, 1998 until May 19, 2004. ... Emomali Sharipovich Rahmonov (born October 5, 1952) has been the President of Tajikistan since 1994 (and the head of state since 1992). ... 2002(MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hydroelectric dam diagram The waters of Llyn Stwlan, the upper reservoir of the Ffestiniog Pumped-Storage Scheme in north Wales, can just be glimpsed on the right. ...

Strategic location

See also: Geostrategy in Central Asia

The base gives the Indian military the required depth and range in seeking a larger role in South Asia. However military analysts speculate that this base was built to check Pakistan, India's long time rival. Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, has also raised his concern to the Tajik government on the fact that Indian planes can reach Pakistan within minutes. India has downplayed these issues saying that the base is not Pakistan oriented and Central Asia is anyways geographically close to northern India. The air base is also close to China, India's other long time rival. Central Asia has long been a geostrategic location merely because of its proximity to several great powers on the Eurasian landmass. ... Composite satellite image of the Indian subcontinent Map of South Asia. ... General Pervez Musharraf (Urdu: ; born August 11, 1943, Near Delhi, India) became de facto Head of Government (using the title Chief Executive and assuming extensive powers) of Pakistan on October 12, 1999 following a bloodless coup détat. ...

See also

Military branches: Indian Army, Indian Navy (including naval air arm), Air Force, various security or paramilitary forces (includes Border Security Force, Assam Rifles, Rashtriya Rifles, National Security Guards, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Special Frontier Force, Central Reserve Police Force, Defense Security Corps and several other units) and the Strategic Forces...




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