In the world that has come to become one full of cynicism, competition for survival and an extremely fragile factor of faith, covert operations have become necessary for a nation’s safety and security. And add to all the political unrest the communal clashes that have given rise to international terrorism, and the importance of spy operations only sees an increase in its importance. Much like what one may see in movies, covert operations require extreme planning and proper execution in order to see success. The personnel who involve themselves in covert operations put their lives on the line, and it all sums up to give us some of the most awesome, exciting and classic spy operation.
- OPERATION LEECH (RAW)
Being one of the biggest forces of South Asia, India often takes it upon itself to promote democracy in other countries. And one such example is when RAW tried to bring together all the Burmese rebel groups together, especially the Kiachin Independence Army, and allowed them to carry “jade” (a precious stone) trade through the Indian Territory and even supplied them with weapons to this effect. The plan, however, backfired, and KIA rose to become a major arms supplier for the rebel groups in north-east India. And thus was initiated Operation Leech by the RAW in association with the Indian army and paramilitary forces. The traitor called KIA was put to an end and six RAW-trained traitor KIA leaders were gunned down.
- THE SNATCH OPERATIONS (RAW)
The operation came to light when investigative magazine The Week ran a story on it. It was revealed that RAW in association with the Investigative Bureau of the Indian government had been catching hold of anti-social elements who were operating from neighboring coutries like Nepal and Bangladesh to wreak havoc over India. The Week reported that over 400 such victorious Snatch Operations conducted by RAW and the IB together in countries, like Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. Among such terrorists were Lashkar militants, Tariq Mehmood and Sheikh Abdul Khwaja, one of the conspirators of the 26/11 Mumbai massacre.
- OPERATION MKULTRA (CIA)
The CIA has been known for its notorious experimentation that it has covertly conducted over the decades. However, news of some of it always finds a way to the public. Of them, Operation MKULTRA is one of the most extreme. It was a series of tests that was run with the goal of achieving mind control. Apart from hypnosis and IQ tests, the lab rat, who were actually humans, were given LSD and other drugs. To one of the subjects, LSD was given for continuous 77 days! Of course, no one really knows if any positive results were achieved, but that’s what makes this a good covert operation!
- OPERATION WRATH OF GOD (Mossad)
This was a response operation undertaken by Israeli Intelligence Beureau Mossad. It was in response the Black September’s act of abducting and killing of 11 athletes during the Munich Olympics of 1972. During this time, covert Israeli assassination units killed dozens of suspected conspirators across Europe. The string of assassinations spurred retaliations and criticism of Israeli. The film Munich outlined these events.
- OPERATION PLUTO (CIA)
This operation was one of the major public setbacks of the CIA that led to President Kennedy firing the then CIA Director, Allen Dulles. The plan was to invade southern Cuba with the help of CIA-trained Cuban rebels and the American air support. The expectation was a popular uprising, which actually never happened! The promised American air strike too never occurred!
- FORMATION OF AL QUEADA (CIA)
This is one of those plans of America and the CIA which blew up on their faces and also affected the whole world. The reports are that Al Quaeda was formed by American aid, and its inception had to do with the Cold War. But as fate would have it, the volunteers of the group soon took matters in their own hands, and the result is available for all to see today.
- OBTAINING OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS (KGB)
It was one of the most important operations undertaken by NKVD, the predecessor of KGB. Exact details of the operation is unavailable, but this much is known for sure: It was due of the operations of the NKVD that USSR was able to detonate its first nuclear bomb in only four years after the US.
- OPERATION NORTHWOOD (CIA)
This was a grotesque operation that had been planned by the CIA but was never implemented due to Kennedy’s disapproval. The plan was to set of a series of bombing and terrorist activities and pin it on the Cubans. It was planned in response to the mammoth quantities of drugs that had been channeled into the US by Cuba. However, the plan would lead to loss of several innocent lives, and was never implemented.
9. OPERATION CHANAKYA
The state of Jammu and Kashmir has for a long time been at a position of communal unrest, RAW has tried its hand in several operation in the region, of which Operation Chanakya has given great results. RAW tried to secure the Kashmir valley by limiting the ISI-backed rebel groups, form a coalition of all separatist groups and train them anew, thus distancing them from the ISI. This operation has led to the formation of pro-Indian groups like the Muslim Muhajideen, in Kashmir.
10. WAR ON TERROR
RAW’s operations against world terror are highly classified, but it is almost obvious that RAW deals with such operations. A few years earlier, however, the low-profile RAW gained some speculation in the western media as it was said that RAW had teamed up with US intelligence forces to determine the whereabouts of the then most wanted Osama BIn Laden. It was also claimed that a timely tip sent by the RAW helped foil a third assassination attempt on former Pakistani president Pervez Musharaf.