India Celebrates 17th Anniversary Of Kargil War Victory

India is celebrating the 17th anniversary of the Kargil war. The war began in May, 1999, after the infiltration of Pakistani troops into Kargil districts of Jammu and Kashmir along the Line of Control (LOC). The war that went on for two months is also referred to as Operation Vijay.

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Tiger Hill, one of the highest peaks in the Drass-Kargil area of the state, was the main point during the war. The war resulted in the death of hundreds of soldiers on both sides and left thousands injured.

On 14 July, then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee declared Operation Vijay a sucess and India and Pakistan ceased firing. 12 days later, on 26 July, Kargil War officially came to an end.

On that day, the Indian Army announced the complete eviction of Pakistani intruders.

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