Early Saturday, an avalanche swept over a remote Pakistani military outpost in the disputed Kashmir border region with India. The slide, which occurred in an area near the Siachen Glacier, buried more than 100 soldiers who were stationed at an outpost at over 20,000 feet above sea level. India and Pakistan have been facing off in a high-altitude, low-intensity fighting in the border region for decades, though by most accounts, the dangers posed by the altitude and treacherous mountain conditions have claimed far more lives than bullets. According to a Reuters report, there were still no signs of survivors twelve hours after the avalanche.
To understand the convoluted history and bizarre present of the high-altitude standoff between India and Pakistan in Kashmir, I'd recommend The Coldest War" by Kevin Fedarko. Not only is it a brilliant piece of first-person reportage, supplemented by amazing photos by Teru Kuwayama; it also happens to be one of the first pieces I fact-checked as a lowly intern at Outside Magazine back in 2003.