French troops train in the Kyrgyz mountains
14 Jul, 2006 05:44
Army units from France have conducted two-week joint military exercises with Kyrgyz servicemen in the mountains outside Kyrgyzstan's capital, Bishkek.
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China, the United States and Russia also want to join in and develop military co-operation with . This was the third joint exercise between France and Kyrgyzstan , focussed on warfare in difficult areas of steep and rocky terrain. Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan lies along a main route for drugs and weapons trafficking from . The Afghanistan U.S. and Europe both want to train and provide assistance to Kyrgyz security forces in their struggle with those running the trade. has one base in the country and wants to open another. The Russia also has a base from which it launched operations against the Taliban in 2001. U.S. China wants to improve relations further with 's armed forces, to play a larger role in guarding regional security. Kyrgyzstan