Thursday, 5 February 2009

US start Military maneuver in Thailand

Bangkok, Feb 4 (Prensa Latina) The annual military maneuver Cobra Gold, organized and financed by the United States (US), started today in the Thai northern province of Chiang Mai, according to the Washington embassy in this capital.

In the exercise participate 11 637 soldiers of the Pentagon, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and Japan.

As observers are invited in this twenty-eighth series, Australia, Brunei, France, Italy, Great Britain, Bangladesh, India, Philippines, Cambodia, China, Canada, Germany, South Korea, Laos, Nepal, Pakistan, Vietnam and Mongolia.

US sources indicated to the Bangkok press that the joint maneuvers will prepare the present armies in missions of support, reconstruction and combat tactics.

According to the American Deputy Chief of Mission, James F. Entwistle, there is no comparison with Cobra Gold in the preparation of their militaries for the priorities of support to stability and reconstruction, combat operations and humanitarian assistance.

This maneuver, ending in February 17th, will consist in a commando exercise simulated by computer, field training and humanitarian and civil assistance projects.

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