Major clashes bring India and Pakistan to brink of third war over Kashmir

According to conflicting reports on Tuesday, Feb. 26, Pakistan says it shot down two Indian jets over Kashmir, while India claims to have shot down a Pakistani fighter jet. Pakistan said it had “taken strikes at [a] non-military target, avoiding human loss and collateral damage” Indian authorities said the Pakistani jets had been pushed back.

Two weeks ago, tensions between the two nuclear-armed powers flared after a Pakistani Jaish-e-Muhammed terrorist carried out a suicide attack on a bus carrying Indian Border Guard police officers and killed 44, the deadliest terrorist attack since Kashmir was partitioned between India and Pakistan in 1947.

On Feb. 26, the Indian air force retaliated for the attack with strikes against targets in Pakistan, which responded with cross-border artillery shelling of Indian sites in Kashmir. Pakistan then claimed to have shot down two Indian Air force jets over the Pakistani side of Kashmir and taken two pilots captive, one injured. India confirmed the loss of an MIG21 fighter and said that a pilot was missing. During this air fight, Pakistan closed its air space to commercial flights, while India followed suit, although limiting the closure to areas close to embattled Kashmir.

In the wars between the two powers over Kashmir, India has lost more than 70,000 dead. Indian Kashmir has a population of 7 million, both Hindu and Muslim. The Pakistan side has 6 million inhabitants, almost all Muslim.

DEBKAfile notes that, while Kashmir is a long-rankling issue between New Delhi and Islamabad, both tend to scale up military tensions over the disputed territory when security concerns arise on the Indian subcontinent in other fields. This time, it was sparked by the Afghan peace talks in progress between the US and Taliban leaders. Pakistan, which has strained relations with the Trump administration, suspects that the Americans aim to oust its positions of influence in Kabul and open the door for the Indians to step in. Last week Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman visited both capitals and tried his hand at mediation. But tensions were so high, that the prince could not cross the border and was forced to return to Riyadh before flying back to India. Since then, Pakistan and India began trading serious air and ground warfare.

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20 thoughts on “Major clashes bring India and Pakistan to brink of third war over Kashmir

  • Feb 27, 2019 @ 14:31 at 14:31
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    the juice diddit

  • Feb 27, 2019 @ 15:13 at 15:13
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    Humpty Dumpty sat on an Apartheid Wall
    Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
    All of Adelson’s Horses,
    and all of Saban’s men and Hillary
    Couldn’t put Kahanist Israel together again

    Which was a good thing

    • Feb 27, 2019 @ 15:25 at 15:25
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      the muslim pigs are kings of apartheid against christians as jews were expelled already. in sinai and fakistan they kill anyone suspected not to be like pedophile muhamad the pig, thieff rapist of Aisha 6 years old and the pig 59.
      the fakistanis nazis are the same gipsys like the indians just they are under influence of satanic islam
      Salman Rushdie SATANIC VERSES

    • Mar 2, 2019 @ 3:34 at 3:34
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      Israel will help India finish the job of Pakistan is Chutistan hay and We ask Israel to help India ASAP. God Bless Israel

  • Feb 27, 2019 @ 17:22 at 17:22
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    So a paki muslim suicide bomber kills 44 indians and so the indians retaliate. What are they supposed to do? The common denominator here once again is sickslam. EVERYWHERE there are muslims , there are problems.

  • Feb 27, 2019 @ 17:26 at 17:26
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    A Mig-21? Why is India still flying these obsolete fighters? Where are the Su-30 MKI modern generation 4++ fighters that India license builds by India’s Hindustan Aeronautics, Inc?

    • Feb 27, 2019 @ 18:30 at 18:30
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      Because a f16 will wipe the floor with a su30 and India knows it,hence the junk aircraft

      • Feb 27, 2019 @ 20:46 at 20:46
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        A Mig-21 Bison shot down a Paki F-16 today.

        • Mar 2, 2019 @ 15:51 at 15:51
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          LIAR , INDIA GAVE NO PROOF MAN .

  • Feb 27, 2019 @ 17:38 at 17:38
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    Both sides have nukes so…..

  • Feb 27, 2019 @ 17:58 at 17:58
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    Muslims can’t live in Peace with Hindus of India?

    I thought Zionists/Jews were the problem.

    Maybe crazed, bloodthirsty Islam is the problem?

  • Feb 27, 2019 @ 20:28 at 20:28
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    Once again we are discussing here about the 3 blessings of Muhammad: be stupid, hate everything, kill to the max.

  • Feb 27, 2019 @ 21:21 at 21:21
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    If Pakistan feels mortally threatened it will get Iran’s help.

  • Feb 28, 2019 @ 3:32 at 3:32
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    As an American, I am ashamed that the U.S. has armed Pakistan, while India gets weapons from Russia. It should be the other way around. How did we end up backing the bad guys?

    To me it seems obvious that India being terrorized by Pakistan is the same as Israel being terrorized by the local muslims at her borders.

    And in both cases, its a consequence of the British leaving a mess behind. “mess” is civilized people having to endure blood thirsty (i.e. muslim) neighbors.

    Muslims cannot have civilized democracies as neighbors. Only brutal dictatorships (e.g. Russia, China). can treat them as they should be (like animals). When they throw grenades and kite bombs at innocent Israelis, the Israelis either do nothing, or bomb empty positions. What do they (animals) learn from that? That its free. Russia or China would make sure to kill 1,000 of them for every incident, and then even the animals can learn.

    • Feb 28, 2019 @ 5:53 at 5:53
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      what you say is true, however it is the Indian government that pushed USA out and not the other way around. The present President of India is different from those of the previous 30 years. USA is in India selling arms.

  • Feb 28, 2019 @ 9:53 at 9:53
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    This is getting silly. The purpose of nuclear should stay as a deterrent. Using them is like peeing in the wind. The clouds will also roam around the world and kill others slowly. The UN should get a hold of these two.

  • Feb 28, 2019 @ 10:35 at 10:35
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    I’m pulling for the Hindu’s. The Muslims want to behead me, a Christian.

  • Feb 28, 2019 @ 17:05 at 17:05
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    THE FACT IS THAT INDIA HAS NO PROOF !!!! INDIA LOST TO PAKISTAN!!!! VERY BIG DECEPTION FROM INDIA. ITS SU-30, SU-35 AND SU6ETC…. WORTH NOTHING!!!!!! INDIA CAN ADVICE TO RUSSIA DURING THE SOVIET AGFAN INVASION RUSSIAN AIR FORCE TOOK A BIG BEATING TO PAKISTAN AIR FORCE AND THEN THEY CEASED TO VIOLATE PAKISTAN SPACE

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