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Friday, April 10, 2015

NATO tests VJTF rapid reaction force in Czech Republic, Netherlands

The Western military alliance NATO has held its first exercise to test its new rapid reaction force. Hundreds of troops took part in the exercise staged in both the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) top commander in Europe, US General Philip Breedlove, said on Thursday that a total of 1,500 NATO troops from 11 member states had taken part in the exercise, which began on Tuesday.

"These measures are defensive, but are a clear indication that our alliance has the capability and will to respond to emerging security challenges on our southern and eastern front," General Breedlove said, apparently referring to Russia in the east and "Islamic State" militants who have seized large swathes of territory in Syria and northern Iraq over the past year.

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