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Kashmir turmoil

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An Indian Air Force patrol over Leh in India's mountainous Ladakh region. The versatile Russian Sukhoi SU-30 MKI twin seater has a top speed of 2,120km per hour, and is built under license in India by Hindustan Aeronautics.   © Reuters

BARAMULLA, India -- While 2020 will be remembered by most around the globe for the COVID-19 pandemic, the people of Kashmir will recall it as the year their local war moved up to two fronts.

On Nov. 13, Imtiyaz Ahmad, 47, was at work in a passport office in Srinagar, the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir, when his phone alerted him to shelling between India and Pakistan across Jammu and Kashmir's Line of Control (LoC). He immediately called home to his wife in Sirankote, a village on Pakistan's doorstep, but there was no answer.

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