Saturday, April 18, 2009

Interesting, only BBC is covering this drill

This 1000 personnel SOC drill is not showing up any media outlets expect the BBC. Of course, everyone is waiting for the "big one", "Peace mission 2009", which will be 10 times in size and the show will start in a few months.

Central Asia holds military drill

Russia, China and three central Asian countries are conducting a joint military exercise in Tajikistan.

The operation involves helicopters, military aircraft and armoured vehicles and up to 1,000 military personnel.

One of the exercises involves Russian and Tajik special forces countering a simulated terrorist attack from Afghanistan, which borders Tajikistan.

Troops from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan are also taking part in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) drill.

Some observers have described the security grouping of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan as a potential counterweight to the Western military alliance, Nato.

But the BBC's Rayhan Demytrie in Dushanbe says SCO members have expressed their support for US and Nato efforts to stabilise Afghanistan.

Moscow and Beijing originally set up a regional body in 1996 to resolve border disputes between China and its central Asian neighbours.

It has since evolved into an alliance seeking cooperation on trade, energy and security issues and when Uzbekistan signed up in 2001 the body was named the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

And, by following the Chinese tradition of Mixing-Business-With-Pleasure, China and Kazakhstan signed a 10 Billion oil deal in due course. (here) and (Here)

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