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Latest update : 2012-04-24

The highest battlefield in the world

On April 7th, the Pakistani army endured the worst tragedy in its history when an avalanche fell on the Gayari military base in Kashmir, trapping 140 soldiers. Rescue operations are still underway. Since the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947, the two countries have fought three wars over Kashmir. Despite a 2003 ceasefire, both countries still have bases in the Himalayas. Here, in the highest battlefield in the world, weather is a greater killer than weapons, as Noémie Lehouelleur reports.

By Noemie LEHOUELLEUR

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