May 25, 2005

GLACIER RETREATING:

India, Pakistan Consider Ending Conflict on World's Highest Battlefield (Benjamin Sand, 25 May 2005, VOA News)

India and Pakistan start high-level peace talks Thursday aimed at resolving a two-decade military standoff on a glacier high in the Himalayan Mountains.

India and Pakistan have been fighting over the uninhabited Siachen Glacier for more than 20 years.

At 6,000 meters above sea level, the glacier is considered the world's highest battleground.

Military experts say the isolated expanse has little or no strategic value. More soldiers have reportedly died there from the freezing temperatures and altitude sickness than from enemy fire.


Outside magazine ran a terrific story on this insane battlefield several years ago.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 25, 2005 10:42 AM
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