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Balakot Air Strike – New Images Unveil the Truth.

As India faces questions on the Balakot Air Strike conducted by the IAF, it has received images from a friendly nation which will batter all the altercations and lull all the doubts.

An air strike was conducted by the Indian Air Force on February 26 in response to the Pulwama attacks. On 14 February 2019, a convoy of vehicles carrying security personnel on the Jammu Srinagar National Highway was attacked by a vehicle-borne suicide bomber at Lethpora in the Pulwama district, Jammu and Kashmir, India. The attack resulted in the deaths of 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel and the attacker. India avenged its men and gave a foretaste of it’s military might by conducting an air strike in Balakot and taking down around 300 terrorists of Jaish-e-Mohammad, the banned terrorist organization that claimed responsibility for the Pulwama attacks.

Although, satisfactory proofs confirming the fact weren’t available. The satellite images captured weren’t clear enough. However, we’ve received much clearer images, which are yet to be released, vouching for India’s claims. India might now be able to burst all blisters of doubts it has faced in the recent past, on the international front.

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What do the new Images show?

The recent and so far the clearest images received shows houses with a sloping roof which are an ordinary feature in hilly regions. The roofs have holes of diameter one metre, a fact which was clearly stated by the IAF just after the attacks. One of the houses visible in the images is a terrorist hostel aka Markaz and the other is a guest house used by elites of the organization. The pictures also show a large entry point at the largest structure in Balakot being recognized as a hall for the terrorist camp. This hole might have been created due to a direct hit or three Spice 2000 bombs going off in its vicinity.

Targets Destroyed

The targets destroyed during the attack include the guest house where Maulana Masood Azhar and his brothers, Abdul Rauf Azhar and senior functionaries of the banned terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad usually stayed. Also, Markaz the 1400 sq. ft. terrorist hostel located immediately North to a field at the Jaish facility was destroyed. According to the sources, two other buildings were hit. They include a hostel for trainers and seniors and another guest house, both located South to the field. Although they aren’t clearly visible due to trees.

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Bombs used

Spice 2000 is an Israel designed smart munition. It’s a long-range glide bomb that uses satellite guidance to locate, identify and hit the target. The missile has been designed to prevent collateral damage and thus has been given a high precision technology. The Spice 2000 is enabled to strike within just three metres range of the fixed target. The IAF also used penetrators that penetrate the roof and explode at a certain depth.

According to a senior official, the IAF Mirage 2000 fighter jet used for the operation carried six missiles with it. Out of the six missiles, only five were launched. Three of the five missiles hit within one metre range of the target and the rest hit the designated target precisely.

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Spice 2000 kills all soft skin targets by a blast of pressure waves within a confined room. An advanced fuse was also embedded, enabling it to count the number of floors.

The Indian Air Force has shown extreme courage. It has proved to the world that India does not stand behind any other country when hard power is concerned. A country which has never attacked another nation first knows how to defend itself adeptly and retaliate whenever necessary.

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