The Khanjar exercise is the 11th edition of a joint special forces exercise between India and Kyrgyzstan. It commenced on 22nd January 2024 and is scheduled to conclude on 3rd February 2024. The exercise is taking place in Bakloh, Himachal Pradesh, India. This annual event alternates locations between the two countries. The exercise includes 20 personnel from the Indian Army’s Parachute Regiment and 20 from Kyrgyzstan’s Scorpion Brigade. Its aim is to share experiences and best practices in counter-terrorism and special forces operations, particularly in mountainous terrains and urban areas. The exercise is part of the cooperation under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter and focuses on developing special forces skills and advanced techniques in insertion and extraction. It plays a significant role in strengthening defense ties, addressing international terrorism, showcasing state-of-the-art indigenous defense equipment, and boosting bilateral relations between India and Kyrgyzstan.