Blood And Ice at 20,000 Ft.

The Siachen Glacier is a desolate slab of ice deep in the Karakoram mountain range of northern Kashmir. For three nights late last month, it was the scene of the bloodiest fighting between India and Pakistan since 1971, the last time the two neighbors went to war. In a statement last week, the Indian Defense Ministry confirmed that a "major battle" had taken place on the contested glacier after as many as 1,200 Pakistani troops, backed by artillery and rockets, attacked Indian positions. The Indians claim to have held their ground, losing 20 men and killing about 80 Pakistanis. Said an...

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