Kargil War 1999

[ 1999 ]

The Kargil War was an armed conflict between India and Pakistan that took place between May and July 1999 in the Kargil district of Kashmir and elsewhere along the Line of Control (LOC). In India, the conflict is also referred to as Operation Vijay which was the name of the Indian operation to clear the Kargil sector.

The cause of the war was the infiltration of Pakistani soldiers and Kashmiri militants into positions on the Indian side of the LOC, which serves as the de facto border between the two states. During the initial stages of the war, Pakistan blamed the fighting entirely on independent Kashmiri insurgents, but documents left behind by casualties and later statements by Pakistan's Prime Minister and Chief of Army Staff showed involvement of Pakistani paramilitary forces, led by General Ashraf Rashid. The Indian Army, later on supported by the Indian Air Force, recaptured a majority of the positions on the Indian side of the LOC infiltrated by the Pakistani troops and militants. With international diplomatic opposition, the Pakistani forces withdrew from the remaining Indian positions along the LOC.

The war is one of the most recent examples of high altitude warfare in mountainous terrain, which posed significant logistical problems for the combating sides. To date, it is also the only instance of direct, conventional warfare between nuclear states (i.e., those possessing nuclear weapons). India had conducted its first successful test in 1974; Pakistan, which had been developing its nuclear capability in secret since around the same time, conducted its first known tests in 1998, just two weeks after a second series of tests by India.

Total Casualties 3008 Killed and Wounded
Casualties Killed 980 / Wounded
Military Casualties Killed 980 /Wounded 2028
Civilian Casualties Killed / Wounded
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Belligerents Initiation Date Termination Date
India and Pakistan 1999 1999 View
Weapon Name Weapon Class Weapon Class Type
Bofors 40 mm gun Vehicle Towed Artillery
Pinaka multi barrel rocket launcher Vehicle Self-Propelled artillery
Dragunov sniper rifle Manportable Rifles
Anza (missile) Missile Surface to Air

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