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COUNTER-TERRORIST EXERCISE "RUBEZH-2005" TO END IN TAJIKISTAN SOON

RIA Novosti

DUSHANBE, April 6 (RIA Novosti) - The Rubezh-2005 joint counter-terrorist headquarters exercise that involves permanent working bodies of the Collective Security Treaty Organization and the Armed Forces of member-countries (namely, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan) is to end in Tajikistan today. Meanwhile the Collective Security Treaty Organization comprises Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

Task forces of national Defense Ministries teamed up with the Organization's joint headquarters to draft a joint-operations concept. This simulated operation aims to protect Tajikistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity. Moreover, the concerned parties are drafting proposals to render military-technical aid to this republic.

A tactical exercise involving live-ammo target-shooting practice will take place at a firing range 35 km south-west of Kurgan-Tyube. Military units of national Defense Ministries will streamline troop-control operations, as well as those pertaining to control over collective-security forces and resources. The afore-said live-ammo war games will feature a battle between a border-control outpost and enemy "intruders" crossing the border. An enemy "invasion" will also be repelled. Joint retaliatory strikes will be launched against an intruding "enemy". The collective rapid-deployment forces will commit their mobile reserve, also conducting a tactical airborne landing. They will seal off the "enemy", subsequently preventing it from retreating.

Special operations involving units of Tajikistan's Interior Ministry, Emergency Situations Ministry and civil-defense department will be conducted at various training centers. Representatives of the CIS anti-terrorist center, the Council of CIS Border-Control Force Commanders and those of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization have been invited to attend the headquarters exercise. Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov, who arrived in Tajikistan the other day, will also observe this exercise.

Tajik President Emomali Rakhmonov and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov discussed military-cooperation issues on April 5.

According to Ivanov, he informed Rakhmonov about preparations for the final stage of the Rubezh-2005 exercise involving countries, members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization.



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