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Maj Gen A K Dhingra appointed as the first Special Operations Division Commander

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Ace and war veteran AK has been appointed as the of country's first comprising from all three services.

The Armed Forces has been set up by the government to undertake joint operations by three services and will have elements from the Army's Parachute Regiments SF, Marine (MARCOS) of the and the Garud of the

"Maj Gen is a veteran and is from the elite 1 Para Regiment. He has done Special Operations courses in the US also and has been appointed as the of the AFSOD," sources said.

The was also part of the Indian Peacekeeping Force Operations in and has seen real combat from close quarters, they said.

The new division will work under the Integrated Defence Staff and will get its headquarters as per ongoing discussions in the at either or Bangalore, sources said.

The Division is also expected to be the first choice of the government for undertaking any major counter-terrorism operation both within and outside the country.

Nirmala Sitharaman, and the three services chiefs have played a major role in the implementation of the decision to set up three new agencies for Space, Cyber and Special Operations warfare.

The proposal to set up the three agencies was given final approval by at the Combined Commanders' Conference in Jodhpur last year.

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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 13:03 IST