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  • Indian policemen run for safety fearing an attack as the body of Abrar Khan, a Kashmiri youth, unseen is brought home for burial in Srinagar, India, Tuesday, July 6, 2010. Government forces fired on hundreds of rock-throwing protesters in Indian Kashmir on Tuesday, killing three and wounding two others as a seven-day curfew was lifted, locals and officials said. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

    WEISS: India's Maoist insurgency

    On Thursday, heavily armed Maoist rebels attacked a police station and the home of a Congress leader in the state of Chhattisgarh in India's heartland. On June 29, they assaulted and killed 26 members of India's Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). The Maoist movement, tens of thousands strong, is active in more than half of India's states, a red ribbon that stretches from the Nepalese border down the Bay of Bengal coast. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh calls the Maoists India's top internal security threat; Home Minister P. Chidambaram terms Maoism "a graver problem than jihadi terrorism." In U.S. terms, the rebels' geographical reach extends from New York City to Key West, Fla., and Washington, D.C., to Indianapolis.

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