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    Elite Gurkhas from Nepal deployed to secure Trump-Kim summit

    https://www.chron.com/news/world/art...r-12983425.php
    SINGAPORE (AP) — To protect one of the highest-profile diplomatic events so far this century, Singapore has enlisted the help of its fearsome Nepalese fighters whose large curved knives, according to custom, must "taste blood" whenever they're drawn.
    Wearing brown berets and equipped with body armor and assault rifles, the elite Gurkha police officers are a conspicuous part of the enveloping security force Singapore has deployed for Tuesday's summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
    The meeting, which could prove to be a crucial moment in the global diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang, has sent the highly manicured city-state into security overdrive. Trump and Kim have brought their own personal security personnel and heavily armored limousines; Kim's bodyguards have been seen running in formation alongside his massive Mercedes.



    Selected among young men from impoverished Nepal, Gurkhas have been part of Singapore's police force since 1949. There are reportedly about 1,800 Gurkha officers in Singapore, and they are a regular presence at high-security events. On Monday, they were seen standing guard at the heavily fortified St. Regis Singapore, where Kim arrived Sunday afternoon.

  • #2
    I saw them in Singapore in '06 or '07 when there was some diplomatic event on. Fearsome looking to say the least.

    BTW when I lived in Hong Kong there were a lot of people who were children of former Gurkhas in the British army who had settled there. One old bastard actually was a former Gurkha, good drinking buddy at Bahama Mama's.

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    • #3
      Canadian warship made a public stop in Singapore too.

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