EXERCISE KHANJAR (Syllabus: GS Paper 2 – IR)

News-CRUX-10     23rd January 2024        

Context: The 11th edition of India-Kyrgyzstan Joint Special Forces Exercise KHANJAR has commenced at the Special Forces Training School in Bakloh, Himachal Pradesh.

Exercise KHANJAR

  • About: It is an annual event conducted alternatively in both the countries.
  • Started from: 2011
  • Aim: To exchange experiences and best practices in Counter Terrorism and Special Forces Operations in Built-up Area and Mountainous Terrain under Chapter VII of United Nations Charter.
  • Objective: The exercise will provide an opportunity for both the sides of fortify defence ties while addressing common concerns of international terrorism and extremism. 
  • The exercise will also accord opportunity to showcase capabilities of cutting edge indigenous defence equipment besides achieving shared security objectives and foster bilateral relations.


  • About: It is a landlocked country in Central Asia.
  • Borders share with: Kazakhstan, China, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. 
  • Capital: Bishkek.
  • International Alliances: It is a member of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), a military alliance led by Russia. 
  • Multilateral Affiliations: Kyrgyzstan holds membership in several international organizations, including the Commonwealth of Independent States, Eurasian Economic Union, Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, and the United Nations.