Indian pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan captured by Pakistan is seen in this handout photo released February 27, 2019. (Inter Service Public Relation (ISPR) Handout via Reuters)

NEW DELHI — An Indian Air Force pilot captured by Pakistan was released on Friday, offering the two countries a chance to de-escalate the worst military tensions in decades.

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Indian Wing Cmdr. Abhinandan Varthaman, in the navy blazer, waiting to cross the border into India after being released from Pakistani custody. (Sky News)

Pakistan returned a captured Indian fighter pilot late on Friday, after a dramatic clash between regional rivals that him shot down over the fiercely-contested Kashmir border region.

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Indian pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan captured by Pakistan is seen in this handout photo released February 27, 2019. (Inter Service Public Relation (ISPR) Handout via Reuters)

ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A downed Indian fighter pilot who was attacked by a mob and then paraded on video by Pakistan's army has become a social media sensation and a hero in his homeland amid a spiraling crisis between the nuclear-armed neighbors.

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India's Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers patrol along the fenced border with Pakistan in Ranbir Singh Pura sector near Jammu February 26, 2019. (Reuters/Mukesh Gupta)

ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India and Pakistan both said they shot down each other's fighter jets on Wednesday, with Pakistan capturing an Indian pilot a day after Indian warplanes struck inside Pakistan for the first time since a 1971 war, prompting world powers to urge restraint.

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After months of hustling through the halls of the Pentagon in search of booze and answers, Task & Purpose will be riding shotgun when Defense Secretary James Mattis visits India. And rather than just ask the usual questions, we’re doing something different: We want to be your direct line to Chaos himself

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U.S. Marine Crops photo by Cpl. Melanye Martinez

An elephant

Serving in the Indian military is an adventure, even if you end up working in the chow hall. Earlier this week, a video surfaced of an elephant wandering through the dining facility, much to the chagrin of the local troops.

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