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20 countries join peacekeeping training

  • Yuli Tri Suwarni

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 17 2009   /  11:21 am

Drilling home the message of peace: Mongolian peacekeeping forces march onto a field in Cipatat, Bandung, West Java, during a joint exercise with more than 550 additional soldiers from 20 countries, including the US and Australia. The two-week training exercise is fully sponsored by the US government. JP/Yuli Tri Suwarni More than 500 soldiers from 20 countries, including the US, Australia, Germany and Italy, are taking part in a US-sponsored two-week peacekeeping training – Garuda Shield-09 – in the Army Infantry Training Center in Cipatat, to prepare troops to support UN peacekeeping missions. The joint training, which was officially opened by chief commander of the Indonesian Military (TNI) Gen. Djoko Santoso, involved Army soldiers armed with rifles and will run until June 29. Also attending the opening ceremony was Maj. Gen. Vern T. Miyagi, assistant to the com...