Republic Bharat on Wednesday accessed final visual proof of the accuracy of the Indian Air Force's February 26 precision strike against the Jaish-e-Mohammed's terrorist base in Balakot.
What the visuals show:
Three different structures in the Jaish-e-Mohammed complex in Balakot were hammered with the Israel-made SPICE-2000 missile system. The unique characteristic of the precision missile system is that it makes a clean entry inside the building and then explodes, leaving no chance of anyone inside surviving.
These tell-tale holes are also evident in the images accessed by Republic TV showing the camp after the strike. Similar entry-holes have also been made in the past when the US had bombed Syrian bases.
The locations targeted by the SPICE-2000 missiles were the ones that were the most populated. Sources have told Republic Bharat of the deep human intelligence because of which India got to know where the Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists were.
Meanwhile, the massive ground where the Jaish terrorists underwent their training has been clearly dug up and turned into a huge mass burial ground. Given that half of the very large ground has been speedily dug up, one can safely estimate that hundreds of bodies have been hastily buried.
Additionally, whereas in the 'before' images copious green cover can be made out, in the 'after' images, the same area has been cleared and converted into a makeshift road, via which vehicles have moved in and are visible on the ground.
A deep spectral analysis has also been conducted, revealing in a targeted way how the area has been damaged, and what emerges is that it was a 100% successful strike.
On the day of the attack, i.e. February 26, at about 0300 hours - keeping in mind a window of least resistance of the Pakistani Air Force - a number of aircraft - 1 Embraer AEW-145, 1 IL-78 mid-air refueller, 16 Mirage 2000s and 4 SU-30s - took off from four Air Force bases. The strike at Balakot took place between 3:45 am and 3:53 am.
As per inputs, during its surveillance in the immediate aftermath of the strike on Pakistan's terror bases being greenlit, the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO) detected around 300 mobile phones being active at the well-known terrorism facility in Balakot, and this remained stable for a number of days before the attack.
A number of other agencies then corroborated the NTRO's surveillance findings, validating the presence of the estimated number of terrorist foot-soldiers and handlers at the location that was then being run by Jaish-chief Masood Azhar's brother-in-law. The Air Force was then provided with the inputs ahead of the attack.
The Pulwama terror attack and its aftermath:
On February 14, 40 CRPF Jawans were martyred by a Jaish-e-Mohammed perpetrated suicide attack at Pulwama. On February 26, the IAF conducted precision air-strikes on terrorist training bases at three locations across the LoC, with the Balakot joint JeM-LeT-HM terror base being both largest and deepest in Pakistan territory. The strikes found their mark. The next day, February 27, the Pakistan Air Force attempted an incursion into Indian airspace at two locations - Sunderbani in J&K and in Rajasthan. They turned back before entering India at Rajasthan due to the IAF's activity, but further north, 24 PAF jets made their ingress into India. They were intercepted by the Indian Air Force and their formation broken, after which a fierce aerial battle ensued, and the Pakistani jets were forced to turn back, their bombs not managing to damage their intended Indian military installation targets.