Saturday, July 19, 2008

Kyrgyzstan Hosting US, Iran, Afghan, Kazakh, Pakistani Military Exercise

MiG-21F as a monument in front of military building in downtown Bishkek. The big sign in Kyrgyz says "Улуттук гвардия" ('National Guard')

TEHRAN (FNA)- An international computer command-post exercise codenamed "Regional Cooperation 2008" is being held in Kyrgyzstan from 15 to 24 July.
Kyrgyz, Afghan, Kazakh, Pakistani and Iranian servicemen are participating in the maneuvers. The drill takes place in line with a plan of bilateral military contacts between the Kyrgyz armed forces and the US Central Command, Kyrgyz Defense Ministry's press service told the Interfax news agency today. The exercise consists of two parts: theoretical, which was held on 15-17 July with the use of computer technologies, and practical, which began at the Kyrgyz Defense Ministry's officers and warrant officers training centre on 18 July. The drills provide for exercising interaction between various groups, including intelligence services, an operational group, a logistics division, media outlets and a humanitarian group involved in clearing up the aftermath of emergency situations.


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