Biggest surgical strikes across the globe in recent times
By Anshu Dubey
| Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 17:11
New Delhi: Following the Uri attack, where India lost its 18 brave soldiers, Pakistan got a befitting reply through a surgical strike that was conducted along the Line of Control (LoC) in the wee hours of Thursday, 29 September from 12:30 to 4:30AM.
This is the second time India has conducted a strike on a nation, the first time being on Myanmar, in which 38 North East insurgents were killed and 7 injured.
Flipping the pages of history, we see time and again there have been various other incidents of this sort, where nations have carried out surgical strikes in order to safeguard their nations. One of the major ones being the operation to neutralise Osama Bin Laden on May 2, 2011, when in the dark hours of the night, US helicopters approached a high-walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on a mission to capture or kill one of the world's most notorious terrorist leaders.
Not to forget, the strikes by Israel on Gaza every now and then and the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict also known as ‘Operation Protective Edge,’ was a military operation launched by Israel in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. Israeli strikes and the Palestinian rocket attacks resulted in the death of thousands of people, the vast majority of them being Gazans.
In an earlier military operation in 2012, called the ‘Operation Returning Echo,’ Israel had carried out a targeted air strike in the Gaza Strip killing Zohair al-Qaisi, the secretary general of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC).
Al-Qaisi had overseen the 2011 southern Israel cross-border attacks, which killed eight Israelis including six civilians. Israeli officials said that he was preparing the final stages of a new mega-attack that could have claimed multiple lives.